With monkeys being so close to humans in evolutionary terms, it’s no wonder that we have an affinity with them as animals. Choosing a monkey for your next tattoo design is a cool choice, and the range of different styles for you to choose from is practically endless. From tiny monkey symbols to immense and intricate designs, depending on what you choose your monkey tattoo could be placed anywhere on your body, from a small wrist tattoo to a huge full-sleeve tattoo. If you’re unsure as to exactly what you want from a monkey tattoo design, then check out some of these awesome ideas to kick-start your imagination.
Three Wise Monkeys Tattoo Designs
The image of the Three Wise Monkeys is popular and well-known throughout the world, and represents the Japanese principle of ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’. Depicting one monkey covering its eyes, another covering its ears and the final monkey covering its mouth, a Three Wise Monkeys tattoo design can be used to champion being good in mind, speech and actions. Depending on how large you want your tattoo, you could have a Three Wise Monkeys tattoo design spread across your back, or even each of the monkeys encircling your arm or leg.
Cute Monkey Tattoo Designs
Cute monkey tattoos are very easy to design, partly because they have similar physical characteristics to humans, only generally cuter! With their big eyes and wavy tails, a cute monkey tattoo would look perfect on any part of the body. A typical addition to a cute monkey tattoo design would be a banana, or you could have your monkey swinging from a branch of a tree. You could even go for a baby monkey sucking its thumb for a cuteness overload!
Realistic Monkey Tattoo Designs
To really make the most out of a love of monkeys, why not consider a lifelike tattoo of a monkey? Whether your favorite monkey is a chimpanzee, gorilla, oran utang or something even more exotic, as long as your tattoo artist is skilled in realistic tattoo work you could have a truly outstanding monkey tattoo design. Bear in mind that a tattoo of this style will be a lot more intricate and detailed than, say, a cartoon monkey design, so be prepared to put the hours in to get it perfect.
Tribal Monkey Tattoo Designs
Using tribal elements such as strong black lines and geometric shapes in a monkey tattoo design really makes for an exceptional and striking tattoo. If you’re not a fan of color tattooing and instead much prefer simple black and gray, then this may be the perfect choice for you. Whether you use tribal styles to make up a complete monkey or just a monkey’s face, this type of design looks strong, powerful and eye-catching.
Cartoon Monkey Tattoo Designs
Cartoon monkeys are an awesome choice for a tattoo design, as by not sticking to a lifelike image your tattoo artist can really go to town on all of a monkey’s best features, for example by accentuating its big eyes. You can come up with an original cartoon monkey character for your tattoo design, or choose from one of the many famous cartoon monkeys around, such as Curious George, Rafiki from The Lion King or Abu from Aladdin.
Creepy Monkey Tattoo Designs
If you’re not a cute and cuddly type of person, (or at least not when it comes to your tattoos!) then a cute or cartoon monkey probably won’t be the right fit for you. Instead you could go for a creepy or scary monkey tattoo design, either by having a zombie monkey or a monkey with rabies; as long as you incorporate scary eyes and dripping fangs you’ll be on the right track. If you’re a fan of Family Guy, the Evil Monkey character would make an awesome creepy monkey tattoo design!
Monkey God Tattoo Designs
Sun Wukong is the Monkey King or Monkey God of many Eastern legends, and would make a fantastic Eastern and spiritual inspired monkey tattoo design. As a legendary warrior as well as a god, your monkey god tattoo will signify strength and power, and the detail involved in such a tattoo would make it perfect as a large back piece or half-sleeve tattoo.