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Gothic Tree Tattoos

Gothic Trees

Tree tattoos are among my favorite tattoo designs because of the many ways a tree can be designed, and the other elements you can add to it if you want to make it into a scene.

Even if a tree stands alone, with only a few additions, embellishments or characters included, it seems to always looks great if you have a good tattoo artists doing the design and work.

In the case of this gallery of tattoos, I'm going to focus on what I describe as Gothic tree tattoos.

All of these tattoos have similarities, and are easily identifiable once you see what they are and how they affect the look and feel of the tree.

Taking that into consideration, they do offer up a completely different tattoo than many of the other designs offered.

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Gothic Tree Tattoo Design

A Gothic tree design, to me, must have several features to fall into that category. Now there will be some subjectivity in the description, as the true Goth lifestyle is one created by the individual, or those who agree to agree together. That extends to all areas of life, including tree tattoos.

With that caveat, my interpretation of a Gothic tree tattoo is one that has little or no leaves, is totally designed in black or dark ink, has gnarled or pointed branches, and may have a dark character included to enhance and support the image.

So here's a gallery of Gothic tree tattoo that I see as fitting that description.

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Gothic Tree with Crows

Sometimes it's hard to tell whether a bird design like this is a crow or raven, but these birds appear to be crows to be, although I could me mistaken.

Either way, it's always a foreboding sign to see birds fluttering around like that overhead, as it usually means something has died.

The look good with the seemingly dead tree. Notice how a couple of them appear to be pecking away at it.

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Pointy-Limbed Gothic Tree Tattoo

Similar to the image above, the one thing that caught my attention was the way the limbs were so pointed at the ends, as well as the roots. That makes this tattoo, as the rest of the tree is very common looking. Maybe it was purposely designed that way.

If you look at the trunk, you can see the lighter, smoother design giving way as you go up and down the tree. Interesting effect.

My only complaint is a darker ink would have made this into an awesome tattoo, rather than a somewhat average one.

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Back Gothic Tree Tattoo

Not only is this a great back Gothic tree tattoo, but the way it is complemented by what the woman is wearing makes it even better to me.

The way the tree seems to emerge from underneath her top and spread out across her back is very cool. Also the dark ink blends in nicely with the hue of the dress. That lone crow sitting there is a nice addition to the design too.

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Gnarled Gothic Tree Tattoo

This is an awesome Gothic tree tattoo below, but there is one thing wrong with it: very few people will be able to enjoy that amazing quality.

As with many decisions on tattoo placement, it always surprises me to see an otherwise extraordinary tattoo design be weakened by the positioning on the body.

It doesn't matter if it's in a private area or not; if it's not in a position where it can be seen on the surface it's inked on, it loses much of its impact.

Nonetheless, it is a fantastic tattoo in its own right, even with the inherent limitations.

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Great Gothic Tree

I really like this tree with the person at the bottom. The way the darker shadow is contrasted with the light really makes this design to me.

As to what appears to be that person at the bottom of the tree, it may in fact be part of the tree itself. It seems like it is, but it blends in so well it's hard to tell. What do you think?

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Tree Tattoo on Lower Back

This particular tree was borderline Gothic to me. The branches don't quite have that creepy look the others in this gallery do.

Two things sold me on it though. One was the woman herself, who is dressed in Goth, but also the tree, which seems to have a twisted trunk and branches, confirming its official (or unofficial) Goth status.

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Dark Gothic Tree

Although some would identify this particular tattoo design as a Celtic tree of life, I see it much differently, especially with the numerous pointed limbs protruding from the ends of the branches. You can click on this tattoo to get a larger view of that part of the tree if you like.

Those little branch ends and the extremely dark ink are what tipped this into Gothic to me.

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Gothic Tree Arm Tattoo

What probably impressed me most about this Gothic tree is the ability of the artist to be able to place it on that small of a canvass and still retain the look and feel obviously wanted by the recipient. That is extremely hard to do.

As for this tree, it's similar to the one above in relationship to the small, pointy, thin ends. The knotty holes on the tree trunk and the contrast of dark and light ink make this a terrific tattoo design.


This ends our little foray into Gothic tree tattoos. These were a really nice gallery of design choices for those seeking a tattoo with the particular qualities displayed here, and range from the slightly ominous to being slightly macabre.

When you take in all of them, you can see why I'm so enamored with tree tattoos, and the addition of the Gothic element to them.


annasmom on November 07, 2015:

Love the tree with the birds...of course. Tattoos are like potato chips....

AnonymouslyAmanda from Delray Beach, FL on March 10, 2012:

Great article. Gave me a good source for a tattoo I want to get....thank you!

SopranoRocks from Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA on February 15, 2012:

I adore the 3rd photo - if I ever get brave enough to get a tatt that large, that would be the one. Ravens are my favorite bird, second only to loons. I guess I have quite a darker side, but don't we all just a bit?

David Cook from Suburban Philadelphia on February 04, 2012:

Beautiful art work. Interesting location.

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