Found mainly on the eastern coast of Australia, the koala is a a furry grey and white marsupial (not a bear!) which sleeps up to 20 hours per day due to their diet of eucalyptus leaves providing limited nutrition and energy.
Koala babies, like kangaroos, are called joeys. The koala gives birth and the baby is kept in the mother’s pouch for six months – you’ll then see them clinging to their mother’s back until they’re a year old.
Sadly, bush fires in recent years have decimated koala populations across Australia, and left their habitats destroyed. They are now considered a vulnerable species and one which we could lose if more isn’t done to protect them.
Koalas are a native Australian animal beloved the world over, which is especially true given the number of tattoos shared by artists on other continents. We’ve found the top 50 koala tattoos, however there’s probably dozens more out there – we’ll certainly be updating this post in the near future.
Australians will often tease tourists about catching Chlamydia if they hold a koala; there is truth to some koalas having the STD, although it cannot be transferred from koala to human. Just use this information as a reminder for you to be safe when getting tattooed by selecting a reputable artist as you’ll dramatically reduced your chance of contracting an infection.
While technically a marsupial, and not a bear, these tattoos certainly are unbearably cute! But, be warned – if you so much as even think about copying one of these tattoos a drop bear will find you!
Koala tattoo by @melaniemilnetattoos
Koala enjoying a cup of coffee. Tattoo by @carly.kawaii
Black and grey koala tattoo by Sergio Cabezuelo
Neo trad Australian koala tattoo by @katweir
Koala tattoo by @tillydee
Koala tattoo by @nicole_draeger
Neo trad koala tattoo by @ali_burke_tattoo
Koala half sleeve tattoo by @danpemble
Party koala tattoo by @tanvandenbroek
Neo trad kangaroo and koala Australia tattoo by @brittanykilsby
Illustrative neo trad koala tattoo by @annemarietattoo
Colour realism koala tattoo by @obandosamuel
Cute koala tattoo by @tattoosbymeri
Blackwork koala tattoo by @pechschwarzattoo
Koala tattoo by @tattoosbymeri
Colour realism koala tattoo by @kylecotterman
Koala tattoo by @angel.de.la.concha
Cute koala and gumnut babies tattoo by @bklynbeee
Traditional koala tattoo by @ohjoelrhystattoos
Koala tattoo by @tallsarahtattoos
Traditional style koala tattoo by @the_egyptian_magician
Blackwork koala tattoo by @suflanda
New school koala tattoo by @jamieris
Samurai koala tattoo by @javierfranko
New school koala tattoo by @jacklesdouglas
Sketchy blackwork koala and skull tattoo by @conio_polifamous
Traditional koala tattoo by @missquartz
New school koala tattoo by @kaddi.k.tattoo
Koala tattoo by @mattandersontattooer
Neo trad floral koala tattoo by @lady_fts
Neo trad koala tattoo by @mel.tintenfass
Bold neo trad koala tattoo by @marshmillostattoos
Neo trad koala tattoo by @millhaustattoo
Koala tattoo by @clareclarity
Neo trad koala tattoo by @ericmoren0
Neo trad koala tattoo by @candela_pajaro_tattoo
Koala tattoo by @luisloureirotattoo
Neo trad floral koala tattoo by @ashleyluka
Koala tattoo by @brealanyon
In addition to these tattoos, we thought we’d share a couple of our favourite koala videos on YouTube.