23 Paw Print Tattoos To Celebrate Your “Purrecious” Pet


Tattoos are a great way to celebrate your “purrecious” pet and that’s why they’re getting increasingly popular among first-timers and experienced body art enthusiasts. Whether you’re visiting a tattoo parlor for the first time or adding a new design to your collection, what about a paw print tattoo?

You wouldn’t be the first pet parent to take the plunge and get a paw print tattoo. You might opt for a simple and subtle outline of your four-legged friend’s paw or “brand” yourself with an extensive, elaborate pooch print. Whatever you do, add some visual flair to your tattoo, too.

What better way to do that than to get your puppy or kitty to press their paw onto your skin or on a piece of paper? Take it to your tattoo artist, have them translate it onto your skin, and you’re good to go. That being said, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite paw print tattoos to get you started.

1. A kitty print tattoo on the forearm

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If you’re looking for a tattoo that’s the exact replica of the muddy prints your feline friend leaves all over the house, you came to the right place. It’s a great way for you to commemorate your friendship and pay homage to the most important lady in your life.

2. A puppy print on the forearm

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It goes without saying that you can do the same thing for your puppy, too! If you’re trying to figure out a way to make your love for your puppy even more permanent than it already is, you might want to experiment with a paw print tattoo anywhere on your body.

3. A paw print tattoo on the collarbone

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A paw print on the collarbone might be the sweetest act of unconditional love we’ve ever seen! A collarbone tattoo might not be right for everyone, but if you’re brave enough to get your collarbones tatted – we say go for it.

4. A watercolor paw print tattoo

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If a black and gray, splatter-style tattoo isn’t your thing, you might want to experiment with a watercolor tattoo. Watercolor tattoos are exactly what you think they are – they’re colorful works of art meant to mimic the flow and vibrancy of a watercolor painting.

5. A paw print tattoo on the wrist

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A paw print of your favorite four-legged friend on your wrist? Absolutely! Wrist tattoos are perfect because they’re always on display. Whether you’re actively trying to show them off or going about your day, you can expect pretty much everyone to see (and comment!) on your wrist tattoo.

6. A paw print tattoo on the inside of the arm

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A paw print tattoo on the inside of your arm, on the other hand, might be a better choice for those of you concerned with concealing and revealing your tattoo when necessary.

Whether you have a strict dress code at work or you simply don’t like having all your tattoos on display, you might want to go with an inside-of-the-arm tattoo and pay homage to your pet in your own way.

7. A paw print outline on the forearm

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When you decide to bite the bullet and get a paw print tattoo, you don’t necessarily need to get a full-on print of your pet’s paws. You can be a little more creative than that and get an outline tattoo, a linework tattoo, or even a tattoo embellished with flowers. You do you, boo.

8. A “pawsome” collection of paw print tattoos

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If you’re a pet parent to more than one pet, you know what you need to do, right? It would be in poor taste to get a paw print tattoo of one of your pets and you might end up angering the others. We suggest you take the plunge and immortalize your love for them with a lovely tattoo of all of their paws.

9. A matching paw print tattoo

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Are matching tattoos still a thing? After all, they’re a great way to bond with your bestie, your favorite family member, or even your significant other. A paw print tattoo might be your way of bonding over something both of you are obsessed with – your puppy or kitty.

10. A paw print tattoo on the ribcage

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A ribcage tattoo might not be for the faint of heart, but that’s what makes it a perfect gift for your “purrecious” pet. Whether you opt for a simple splatter-style tattoo, a watercolor tattoo, or even an outline of your pet’s paws, you’ll carry their love with you forever.

11. A puppy paw on the ankle

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Ankle tattoos don’t get enough credit, don’t you think? At the end of the day, ankle tattoos can be easily revealed and concealed, depending on your personal preferences. And they’re some of the sweetest tattoo placements for paw prints because they’re, well, close to your own prints.

12. A watercolor paw print and snout print tattoo

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We’ve got another watercolor paw print coming your way! If you’re in the market for a bigger, bolder tattoo, you might be interested in adding your pet’s snout into the mix, too. It’s an excellent way for you to

13. A tattoo of two paw prints on the wrist

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What’s better than a single paw print on your wrist? A double paw print on your wrist! Whether you get a tattoo of both of your puppy’s or kitty’s paws or get paw prints of two different pets, you’ll probably smile every time you catch a glimpse of your tattoo in the mirror.

14. A realistic paw print tattoo

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Paw print tattoos are typically “actual” prints of your pet’s paws, but that doesn’t need to be the case. If you’re looking for something a little more in alignment with your aesthetic, you might want to go with a realistic tattoo of your pet’s paws.

15. A blue paw print on the ankle

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Maybe you’re feeling blue because you’re overthinking the possibility of your pet leaving you a little too early. Maybe you lost your pet out of the blue. Whatever the case might be, a blue ink tattoo might be your way of commemorating something you and your pet went through.

16. A big paw print tattoo

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Paw print tattoos are typically on the smaller, simpler side, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not allowed to experiment with a different approach. Get a big paw print for your big dog (or cat!) and see what happens. Big paw prints are guaranteed to attract attention, too.

17. Another matching paw print tattoo

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We’ve got another matching paw print tattoo coming your way! A matching tattoo can only strengthen your relationship with your BFF, your SO, or even your favorite family member, and what better way to test your limits than to get a matching paw print of your pretty pet?

18. A paw print with a date

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Losing your pet will probably be one of the hardest things you’ll ever go through, and that’s why you might find solace in getting your pet’s paws tattooed somewhere on your body.

See also: 21 Dream Catcher Tattoos To Make Your Dreams Come True

19. A sketch tattoo of a puppy paw

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If puppy and kitty prints aren’t your thing, you might want to go with a more modern, minimalist tattoo style. A sketch tattoo is a tattoo style that mimics the look of a sketch or a drawing, giving the impression that the tattoo design is still in the process of being sketched out. It’s pretty cool, isn’t it?

20. A puppy paw tattoo with a face

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Choose your tattoo artist wisely and work on a tattoo design that’s going to incorporate all the things you adore about your pet. A paw print tattoo with the face of your pet peeking through might be the cutest way for you to commemorate your pet.

21. A tiny paw print tattoo

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Tiny tattoos are taking over the world, and we couldn’t be more excited to experiment with them. If bigger, bolder styles aren’t your thing, you might be interested in getting a tiny tattoo of your pet’s paws somewhere on your body.

22. A splatter-style tattoo of a paw print

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Paw print tattoos are typically splotchy, sketchy, and loose, and that’s what makes them perfect for people who prefer abstract styles over realistic ones. With a splatter-style paw print tattoo, you’re guaranteed to look like you know exactly what you’re doing with your ink.

23. A paw print with flowers

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We’re ending the article with a floral tattoo! Adding a few of your favorite florals to your tattoo will make the entire design pop. And there’s no reason why you wouldn’t be able to get creative with your tattoo design. Work with your tattoo artist and come up with something that fits your aesthetic.