68 Dragonfly Tattoo Designs That’ll Make Your Heart Soar


The dragonflies are great. They look really cool and the best thing is that they eat mosquitos. If it wasn’t for dragonflies we would be swatting away mosquitos all damn day. They are also a symbol of overcoming obstacles and moving forward which is a good thing. In this post, we take a look at some of the best and worst tattoos on the internet. There are some amazing ones and some real shockers as you will see from the list.

Wrist Dragonfly Tattoo

This is a cute dragonfly tattoo on the wrist. The silhouette style is great for small tattoos as there is not much detail yet the image is clear and easily deciphered.

Back Dragonfly Tattoo

This is a cool mandala style dragonfly tattoo paired with a mandala. It’s easy to get lost in the patterns and the beautiful outline of the vines in the¬†piece.


Shoulder Dragonfly Tattoo

Did you know there are heaps of different types of dragonflies? There are over 5000 different species and they all have teeth. They sting at all but use their teeth to have a nibble. This lady looks like she’s getting bitten on the shoulder.

Foot Dragonfly Tattoo

I love the colors in this tattoo. Some nice light purple with green and pink markings. It’s a very cool looking dragonfly indeed. The shadow effect gives it some lift off the skin. It also makes the tattoo more prominent.

Lower Back Dragonfly Tattoo

This kind of tattoo used to be called a tramp stamp and was quite popular back in the 90’s. The spot has a bad reputation as girls were getting around in skimpy outfit displaying these tattoos. Each to their own I guess.


Upper Back Dragonfly Tattoo

This is the opposite of tramp stamp. This is one classy tattoo with beautiful iridescent colors. It’s cool how the artist has used disjointed lines to create the dragonfly.

Another Certified Tramp Stamp Dragonfly Tattoo


Arm Dragonfly Tattoo

Now this is more like it. This tattoo has style and is done in a beautiful watercolor design. I love the fact that it’s a bit rough and messy. The artist has done this on purpose for a more rustic approach.

Leg Dragonfly Tattoo

Here is another watercolor tattoo masterpiece. It’ in a sketch style with beautiful colors bleeding into each other.

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Forearm Dragonfly Tattoo

This little guy is throwing colors around making a pretty mess all over this person’s arm. Luckily it looks awesome and the tattoo artist did a tidy job.



Matching Dragonfly Tattoos

This person has got some matching dragonflies. It’s a cool concept to get two of the same tattoo on your body. It gives the artwork some repetition.


Spine Dragonfly Tattoo

This is a nicely done piece where the dragonflies tail stretches down this ladies spine. The colors look amazing. The tail trails down with the contour of the spine leading the eye down the back.


More Watercolor Madness

Black Dragonfly Tattoo

Ok so now we are getting to some good old-fashioned¬†black dragonfly tattoos. Don’t get me wrong they look every bit as amazing as color, some are even better.


Forearm Dragonfly Tattoo

The forearm is the perfect size for a dragonfly tattoo due to the shape of the arm and the body of the dragonfly fit well together. When planning your next tattoo always take into consideration how the tattoo will look on your body.

Negative Space

This is a cool silhouette using negative space wisely. It uses the natural skin tone instead of the of ink to make the shape of a dragon fly.

Neck Dragonfly Tattoo

This is a bit sexy. A hot woman with a long neck rocking a dragonfly tattoo. She could fit about three on there her neck is so long.


Forearm Dragonfly Tattoo

Here is a couple of rocking forearm dragonfly tattoos. The top one is cool and uses some geometry to spice it and the bottom is a huge beast with plenty of color and detail to mix things up.

Huge Dragonfly Tattoo

This dragonfly is a monster. Luckily they are not that big in real life or they would probably be running the world and biting large chunks out of unsuspecting people.


Big Badass Wrist Tattoo

This wrist tattoo is big, black and bold. It would have hurt as the wrist is quite a sensitive spot. This person must have been pretty tough to sit through this and deserves a medal. Or maybe an ice cream at least.

This one is even bigger. It’s a little too realistic for my liking and a bit freaky indeed. Look at it’s tiny little head bobbing away. The flowers are a nice touch though.


Weird Dragonfly Myths

There are some weird dragon fly myths getting around such as the one about how dragonflies can heal snakes. What kind of crazy person came up that idea. People were so dumb before the internet.


Cute Dragonfly Tattoo

This dragonfly tattoo adds a touch of whimsy to the whole scenario. It’s very cartoon-like and uses vivid colors to pretty it up.


Another Huge Back Dragonfly Tattoo

Fun Fact: Dragonflies have six legs but are hopeless at walking on them and they would rather fly. They are so good at flying and have been recorded to reach speeds of up thirty-six miles an hours. That’s pretty damn fast when you think about it. They need to be fast because they have a lot of predators like frogs, toads, and fish.

The Swarm

Above is a swarm of butterflies flying up this ladies spine. It’s a cool idea and a neat way to get more coverage and unity.

A Bunch of Wrist Butterfly Tattoos

Wrist tattoos, especially on the inside are a great spot if you want to show a little discretion yet still be out there loud and proud.



Side Wrist Dragon Fly Tattoo

Adult dragonflies only live short lives that can last from a few weeks to a few months. They spent most of their time as larvae flapping around in the water. So all the dragonflies you see cruising around in the air are almost dead. That means they don’t get much time to chew on mosquitos.


Hand Dragonfly Tattoo

Dragonflies only hang around clean water. If you see dragonflies hanging around a body of water apparently it’s good. I wouldn’t drink it without boiling it first though. Dragonflies huge eyes allow them to have 360-degree vision and also allow them to see prey in the through the reflection in the water. They are known to eat a variety of insects and have been known to eat tadpoles and small fish.


The Cycle of Life

In this tattoo, there is a swallow about to nail the dragonfly. I hope he gets away in time. Fly little dragonfly. The tattoo is a nice sleeve with a lot going on including a compass.


Life Like Dragonfly Tattoo

This tattoo is almost too realistic. It looks like the dragonfly is about to take a chunk out her neck. The artist has done an amazing job. The detail is so fine and the wings are a standout feature.


Another Realistic Dragonfly Tattoo

Here is a realistic dragonfly done in black and white. The artist has done a spectacular job. The dragonfly is having a nibble on this person’s back.


Dragonfly Tattoo Fight

This dragonfly is having its way with the butterfly. The bloody battle wages on and it looks like the dragonfly will prevail in this epic battle of good vs evil.


Butterfly and Dragonfly Tattoo

The classic tattoo duo of butterfly and dragonfly.


Shoulder Blade Dragonfly Tattoo

Bees use flap their wings approximately three hundred times a minute to fly whereas dragonflies only have to do it thirty times. They do have two sets of wings of course giving them the advantage.


Hip Butterfly Tattoo

Here is a simple little butterfly tattoo on the hip. It’s cute and the picture could really go anywhere even on the hand and foot.


Another Spine Dragonfly Tattoo

Here is a sexy little dragonfly.

Foot Dragonfly Tattoo

Here is a whimsical little foot tattoo of a dragonfly.



Toes Dragonfly Tattoo

This is a cool little tattoo on the toe. It’s pretty rare in these lists to come across a toe tattoo. That gives me a good idea for my next tattoo.


Ankle Dragonfly Tattoo

Here are a bunch of ankle tattoos. The ankle is a cool spot but it hurts a bit more than other places. There must be more nerve endings in that part of the body and the bone is closer to the surface. Have you ever hit your ankle on the something hard on a cold morning? It bloody hurts.

Dragonfly Tattoo Trails

The above and below tattoos feature trails. It’s a nice way to fill up space and add an extra element to your next tattoo.


Mandala Magic

This dragonfly tattoo has some great mandala designs and is one of the best on the list so far. It contains some very tidy line work with dot patterns in the background.

The Formation

All dragonflies report for mandala formation. We are going in for the attack. We have a few bogey mosquitos to take down for our dinner. Roger Copy That.


Shoulder Butterfly Tattoo

This is a big and beautiful tattoo featuring some nice understated colors. The line work is very tidy and so is the shading.


Dragonflies and Flowers

Here is another watercolor style dragonfly tattoo with some beautiful flowers that compliment the piece and add some depth and variety.


Side Body Dragonfly Tattoo

A Harvard study revealed that dragonflies are very efficient hunters. They catch their prey by the feet and caught ninety percent of their prey.




Dragonfly Kiss

Dragonflies are keen migrators and will migrate with other species of dragonflies. Most species have been found to only travel every third day averaging a distance of 7.5 miles a day although one dragonfly traveled one hundred miles in a single day. The longest migration of a dragonfly was 11000 miles over the Indian ocean. I bet they were exhausted after that trip. Scientist attached tracking devices to their wings to track the journey.


Tattoo Aftercare

Caring for your tattoos after they are done is almost as important as getting them done. Tattoos need serious aftercare if you want them to maintain the color and line work and also keep it free from infection. The best thing to do is after you have received your tattoo ask the tattoo artist on the best way to care for it. If they don’t give you much information there is a wealth of knowledge on the internet. Alternatively, you can see your doctor and they might be able to give you some advice.


Big Back Dragonfly Tattoo

Dragonflies are said to be over 300 million years old. That’s older than the dinosaurs and could even be the first flying insect. They have stuck around all these years to keep the mosquito population in check. Well maybe.


Huge Dragonfly Tattoo

This is a huge pair of dragonfly wings. Dragonflies are great at flying. They have full mobility in the air and one of the best out of the insect popualtion. They can fly forwards, backwards, up, down, and can even hover in one spot.



Chest Dragonfly Tattoo

What’s better than a dragonfly on the chest? A dragonfly on the chest. Here is a super large tattoo on this girls chest. It looks a bit dodgy but as long as she’s happy, I’m happy.

More Watercolor Surprises

Here is another watercolor tattoo this time using fatter lines and more washed out colors than the others. I epecially like how the flower has been done in a paintbrush stroke manner giving it a very natural appeal.

And the list complete. It was a long one and there were some beautiful tattoos there. Hopefully, you got some ideas for your next tattoo. This has been a fun ride and an educational one at that. Remember tattoos are permanent so choose wisely or you may just regret your decision and have to get a cover-up. Or you could just live with. After all it’s only a tattoo.



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