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24 Interesting Jellyfish Tattoo Ideas That’ll Make You Squirm With Joy

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Whether you’re going in for your first tattoo ever or thinking of adding another water-themed tattoo to your growing collection, you might want to consider getting a jellyfish tattoo. Jellyfish tattoos are worth your while because they’re adorable, appealing to the eye, and whimsical.

If you’re worried about the meaning of jellyfish tattoos, worry not. Jellyfish are some of the most meaningful sea creatures that will make you squirm with joy. Jellyfish represent a myriad of meanings, they’re typically seen as a symbol of strength, protection, and defending one’s family and friends. 

In addition to that, jellyfish represent power, responsibility, and resilience, too, because they’re one of the most stealthy and dangerous sea creatures when threatened. Jellyfish might be calm and serene for the most part, but they’re much more than meets the eye – especially when they’re attacked.

With that out of the way, we’re bringing you a few of our favorite jellyfish tattoos to get you started.

1. A tiny jellyfish tattoo

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With a few thin lines, a little bit of shading, and a bubble or two, you can get the cutest tiny jellyfish tattoo you’ve ever seen. Whether you’re a fan of fine-line tattoos or looking for something a little more elegant, we suggest you get a tattoo that looks exactly like this little fellow.

2. A jellyfish tattoo on the shoulder

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When picking the perfect water-themed tattoo, you have to think about the tattoo placement, too. With a shoulder tattoo, for example, you can count on your jellyfish having plenty of real estate to flow and move with your body. What better way to end up with a dope jellyfish tattoo?

3. A jellyfish tattoo on the thigh

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What about a jellyfish tattoo on the thigh? Thigh tattoos are popular among body art enthusiasts who prefer concealing their body art away from the eyes of the public. That being said, you can always show off your jellyfish tattoo when the right time comes – we’re referring to the beach, of course.

4. A tattoo of a jellyfish on the leg


We can say the same thing about leg tattoos, too! With a leg tattoo, you get plenty of real estate to work with and make your tattoo artist’s life a lot simpler. Whether you opt for a blackwork tattoo, colored tattoo, or a classic tattoo, you can count on your legs looking like an aquarium in no time.

5. A sternum tattoo of a jellyfish

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Sternum tattoos might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they’re popular among seasoned tattoo-getters for a reason. They’re attractive, appealing to the eye, and sensual. They’re easy to conceal and reveal, depending on your personal preferences. And they’re perfect for water-themed tattoos, too.

6. A blue jellyfish tattoo

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Blackwork tattoos, or tattoos done in black ink, are always on-trend because they’re elegant, effortless, and classic. But you might be on the hunt for something a little more whimsical, especially when you’re thinking of getting a jellyfish tattoo. Before you commit to a design, consider going for a blue ink jellyfish!

See also: 21 Beautiful Elephant Tattoo Ideas To Celebrate This Gentle Animal

7. A moon jellyfish tattoo

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Why wouldn’t you want to go all out and get a tattoo of an entire smack of moon jellyfish, right? With a moon jellyfish, you can count on everyone asking you questions and commenting on your tattoo from the moment you leave the tattoo parlor.

Moon jellyfish, for those of you who don’t know, are alien-looking creatures named for their translucent, moonlike bells.

8. An iridescent jellyfish tattoo

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While these jellyfish might not *actually* be iridescent, their design, color combinations, and craftsmanship trick you into thinking that their colors are shifting. Whatever your initial plan might have been, don’t shy away from experimenting with iridescent jellyfish tattoos.

9. A tattoo of a jellyfish on the ribcage

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Jellyfish tattoos are wearable and versatile, and that’s why they’re popular among body art enthusiasts looking for water-themed ink-spiration. A jellyfish on the ribcage sounds stunning, doesn’t it?

10. A linework tattoo of a jellyfish

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When choosing the perfect style for your jellyfish tattoo, consider getting a linework tattoo. Linework tattoos are becoming more and more popular because they’re the right balance between statement and simple, maximalist and minimalist, or abstract and realist.

11. A water-themed tattoo sleeve


If you’re in the market for a water-themed tattoo sleeve, you came to the right place. With a cute coral or two, some seaweed, a mysterious manta ray, and a joyful jellyfish, you’re guaranteed to attract attention wherever you go. What are you waiting for?

12. A jellyfish tattoo on the ankle

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A perfectly placed ankle inking is everything you need and more to make all your water-themed tattoo dreams come to life. Ankle tattoos are perfect because they’re rarely seen, never the focal point of attention, and they’re immune to sagging when you get older. Ankle tattoos are perfect!

13. A matching jellyfish tattoo

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From minimal outlines to statement pieces, matching tattoos are a great way to pledge your friendship or celebrate your relationship. Matching jellyfish tattoos can represent your strength as a couple or your power to overcome hardships as besties. Matching jellyfish tattoos for the win!

14. A tattoo of a smack of jellyfish

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If a single jellyfish isn’t enough, it’s about time you consider getting a tattoo of a smack of jellyfish. It might take you (and your tattoo artist!) a little bit of time and effort to get it done, but it will be worth your while.

15. A jellyfish tattoo with flowers

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Jellyfish tattoos might be strikingly beautiful on their own, but they’re even better when you embellish them with elements, styles, and symbols that add to their meaning. A flower of your choice, a couple of pearls, or even a bubble or two can make a world of difference.

16. A gray wash jellyfish tattoo


If you’re looking for a soft and simple tattoo, you might want to go for gray wash tattoo ink rather than black ink. Black ink tattoos are timeless and chic, but they’re quite harsh when done incorrectly.

Grey wash tattoo ink, on the other hand, is a special type of black and grey ink that is used to create a shaded effect in tattoos. With a gray wash jellyfish tattoo, you can count on that subtle, shaded look.

17. An abstract jellyfish tattoo

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What about an abstract jellyfish tattoo? Abstract tattoos are becoming more and more popular because they’re a great way for people to express their creativity and experiment with different styles. Abstract tattoos are permanent works of art, and that’s what’s great about them.

18. A blue jellyfish tattoo on the ribcage


We already mentioned that jellyfish tattoos (arguably!) look better when done in different colored inks. Blue ink tattoos are magical and mysterious, and they’re guaranteed to attract more attention than black ink tattoos. Before you bite the bullet on your tattoo design, consider going with blue ink.

19. A jellyfish tattoo on the hip

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Tattoo placement can make all the difference in the way the final design of the tattoo looks. A jellyfish tattoo on the hip, for example, will have the ability to move with your body, flow, and look a lot more realistic than, let’s say, an ankle tattoo.

20. A watercolor jellyfish tattoo


A watercolor tattoo is the perfect style for water-themed ink, there’s no question about that. A watercolor jellyfish will be vivid, whimsical, and wet which is exactly what you want. Watercolor tattoos mimic the characteristics of a classic watercolor painting and that’s what makes them special.

21. A vibrant jellyfish tattoo


Pinks, purples, and oranges make for the most vibrant, vivid tattoos, too. If you’re on the lookout for a jellyfish tattoo that isn’t realistic but evokes the same happy emotions you get when you see a real jellyfish, this might be the right tattoo, for you.

22. A colorful jellyfish tattoo

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A colorful jellyfish tattoo is almost always a great idea! If you’re a fan of colorful body art, you might want to work with your tattoo artist and come up with an abstract (or a realistic one!) jellyfish tattoo that uses all your favorite colors.

23. A black and red jellyfish tattoo

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If colors aren’t your thing and you’re on the lookout for a jellyfish tattoo that isn’t basic and boring, you’re in a pickle. With a black and red tattoo, though, you might be able to achieve a dope design that’s innovative and intricate.

24. A small and simple jellyfish tattoo

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And we’ve arrived at the end of the article with the smallest, simplest jellyfish tattoo. If you’re searching for a tattoo style that can be done within the first few minutes of entering a tattoo parlor, you might be interested in a simple outline of a jellyfish. It’s subtle and sweet, but it still packs a punch!