Animal,  Bird

Top 25 Penguin Tattoos


Today’s bird, the penguin, is one of only a few flightless birds that will be featured during Bird Month. Through evolution, the wings of a penguin have become flippers, which are far more useful as they spend half their lives in the water.

Over the years (and still to this day) there’s been much debate over the etymology and derivation of the bird’s name, so too with the recognised number of penguin species.

The Galapagos penguin is the only species found in the Northern Hemisphere, with other species and populations located in Antarctica, southern parts of Africa, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. There are none in the US, yet Pittsburgh’s NHL team is the Penguins.

The emperor penguin is the largest species, standing at 1m tall. Little blue penguins, more commonly known as fairy penguin, are the smallest at only 40cm tall. Visiting Phillip Island to see the fairy penguins come to shore is a popular attraction for both locals and tourists.

A penguin tattoo may represent your love of the animal, a holiday or childhood memory, or maybe Happy Feet is one of your favourite animated films. We’ve gone though over 7000 penguin tattoos to bring you to top 25 to inspire you.


Floral illustrative neo trad penguin tattoo by @giarosetattoo
Neo trad fairy penguin tattoo by @giorgiamae_
Neo trad penguin and snowflakes tattoo by @olivetattoos
Colour realism penguins tattoo by @torstenmalm_tattoo
Cute penguin character tattoo by @tattoosbyjaclyn
Neo trad snowflakes, eggs and penguins tattoo by @jameshurleyart
Colour realism penguins tattoo by @timothyboor
Neo trad penguin tattoo by @tanvandenbroek
Sketchy brushstroke abstract penguin tattoo by @hllywd_homicide
Abstract dotwork geometric tattoo by @jasoncalltattooer
Traditional rockhopper penguin tattoo by @mwjtattoo
Blackwork penguin in space tattoo by @suflanda
Cute penguin couple tattoo by @mickeyttattoos
Guitar-playing penguin tattoo by @ypsoinfarto
Abstract traditional penguin tattoos by @vin_il
New school skydiving penguin tattoo by @allisintattoos
Traditional tropical penguin tattoo by @samilocke
Cute penguin and balloons tattoo by @moonstarmemoirs
New school toothy critter penguin tattoo by @joshpeacock_obe1
Decorative neo trad penguin tattoo by @darylwatsontattoo
New school penguin tattoo by @samfiorinotattoos
Even penguins get cold. Tattoo by @chadkoeplingertattoo
Colour realism penguin tattoo by @artofbuduo
Colour realism rockhopper penguin tattoo by @fabz_art
Neo trad penguin tattoo by @emily_rose_murray

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