Ivy is a common plant that makes an uncommonly good tattoo. Ivy vines offer many great decorative options for tattoo artists, whether it is tattooed alone or used as a background or decorative element. Many choose to use ivy in tandem with other plants or flowers, such as the rose, iris, lily, or orchid. In this article, we will discuss ivy tattoo designs and meanings and hopefully, you will gain some inspiration for your next tattoo.
What Does an Ivy Tattoo Mean or Represent?
- Spiritual growth, quest, or journey (seeking answers or truth): An ivy vine grows blindly out into thin air, hoping to find a connection.
- Life: Ivy spirals like a strand of DNA looking for expression.
- Resurrection: You can pull ivy out by the root, but it will still come back.
- Determination: An ivy plant knows no obstacles. Eventually, it swallows whole trees, gardens, and buildings.
- Immortality: Ivy is a famously hard-to-kill plant. The ever-greenness of ivy can symbolize immortality.
- Fertility: It represents life, vitality, and rejuvenation.
- Fidelity, Loyalty, or Devotion: Once ivy grabs hold, it won't let go. It represents a devoted, dedicated, and steadfast attachment.
- Good Luck or Protection: Ivy covers the ground with a layer of crisscrossing vines that envelop and protect.
Ivy Tattoo Design Ideas
Tattoo artists often enjoy doing ivy tattoos because this vine can be inked in so many intricate, curling, scrolling, unfurling, twisting, turning lines. Since ivy can be designed in this fashion, it adds beauty anywhere on the body.
For this reason, ivy makes a great background accompaniment for other images and can be used to connect and integrate other tattoos. Ivy alone is simply beautiful, but many people choose to use it with other images, like beautiful flowers: Like a bouquet, you can add any flower or plant you wish. Some of the most popular flowers include the rose, daisy, lily, and orchid. If you choose to go this route, your ivy tattoo can take on the symbolic meaning of the flowers you add. For example, if you choose to have roses added to your ivy vine, your tattoo could represent searching for love, passion, and desire. The ivy represents the searching, and the rose represents what is being searched. Remember, in the end, your tattoo represents what you want it to.
Ivy's vining habit makes for a beautiful line that makes any tattoo more lovely. For example, say that you have your family's surname tattooed on your back. Add some ivy wrapping around the letters.
Since there are so many ways to use ivy in a tattoo, I suggest taking the time to view as many ivy tattoo designs as you can. Even if you are not looking for an ivy tattoo, ivy can be used to decorate a tattoo that you already have or one that you are thinking about getting.
Ivy in History
Some of the most famous depictions of ivy in art and literature are in portraits of the Greek god Dionysus, who was often portrayed as being wreathed in ivy. Because of this connection to Dionysus (god of fertility, pleasure, and wine; aka Bacchus in Roman mythology), it has come to symbolize sexual potency and enduring sexual desire.
More Design Ideas
The great thing about ivy tattoos is that you can do so many things with them. If you would like to get an ivy tattoo with only ivy, I would suggest that you have it shaded. Several different combinations of greens and browns can be used for realism or, if you prefer, you could add ivy in any color. I would suggest using multiple colors to set your ivy tattoo off.
Remember, ivy can be added to nearly any tattoo.
- If you are into crosses, you can have one decorated in ivy.
- If you are into hearts, they can also be wrapped in ivy.
- It can easily be used as an arm or leg band.
- It can wrap around the ankles or run up a leg.
- It makes a cute behind-the-ear tattoo.
Ivy is often used in decoration, and it can be used to decorate any tattoo symbol.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
tattoos-intro on October 28, 2012:
One of the most painful places to be tattooed. Many gangs also deligate behind the ear to have their markings for gang membership
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on July 26, 2012:
Gypsy, thanks for dropping by. Glad you liked them. Take care.
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 21, 2012:
Now these I really like.
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on July 16, 2012:
*AE, thanks for stopping by. I never knew some of them bloom in the winter. Very interesting. If it is a stone house, I don't mind the ivy. Take care.
*MM, thanks for dropping by. Yeah, it is popular as a decorative, rather then a single tattoo. Les, thanks for the visit and take care.
*Sueswan, always a pleasure my dear friend. You have a great eye for picking tattoos friend. A;ways very appreciative Sueswan:)
*Snowdrops, thanks for coming by. I agree, that is a beautiful tattoo. I really think they add to a women's look, the ivy tattoo around the ankle. Very beautiful:)
snowdrops from The Second Star to the Right on July 15, 2012:
I love to have Ivy tattoos :) interesting.
would like to try the tattoo like that on the one picture, the last one on the 2nd thumbnail, tattoo on on one foot. very cute.
Sueswan on July 14, 2012:
The ivy tattoo is very versatile.
I like the rose and ivy tattoo - source : floralflowertattoos
Voted up and awesome.
I hope all is well my friend.
Take Care :)
Movie Master from United Kingdom on July 14, 2012:
Hi Ricky, I was surprised to read that the Ivy tattoo is one of the most popular - maybe that's because I'm not that keen on ivy!
A wonderful and interesting hub as always, voting up/awesome
Enjoy your weekend, best wishes Lesley
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 13, 2012:
These are very beautiful. I love ivy. I have it all around my house, some types bloom in the winter, I love that...GREAT hub...
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on July 13, 2012:
*Jasmine, thanks for taking the time to read this article and comment. Very popular among girls. Love the idea of using it as a decorative. Glad you enjoyed the pics!
*Frank, it is always a treat pal. Oh yeah, that one hurt. The toes are very sensitive. I would say it was quite painful.
*KJ, many thanks for everything. You have always noticed my hard work and it is always a treat to have someone say, "good job." I am glad you like the series and I promise to keep them coming:)
*Kash, always great to hear from you dear friend. Thanks again! Glad you like all the pics. They really help out when one is trying to find the right tattoo design.
Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on July 13, 2012:
Hi my friend, another great hub done on tattoos . Loved all the beautiful ivy tattoo photos !
Vote up and more !!!
kjforce from Florida on July 13, 2012:
thelyricwriter...these tattoo's of yours are starting to "grow" on me...keep'em coming..this is true dedication to your dream...
Frank Atanacio from Shelton on July 12, 2012:
Great share once again my friend but the ones on the toes gotta hurt the tiny little bones.. oh yeah :) voted up
Jasmine on July 12, 2012:
I didn't know about the symbolism attributed to ivy. Great tattoo pics :) They must be more popular among girls!