Top 73 Fishing Tattoo Ideas [2022 Inspiration Guide]
Just about every man enjoys casting a line out into the water and heading home with the big catch of the day. It’s a good reason why more than 44 Americans fish at least once every year.
Few things can top the recreation of a good day spent out on the boat or by the dock.
Even if you fish for sport or competition, there’s always a reward in store at the end of the line, from tuna to marlin, shark, sailfish, mackerel, bass, and more.
However, you might be surprised to know that it comes at a cost. The truth is non-commercial fishers spend, on average, a jaw-dropping $1 billion per year on bait alone!
Remember, that doesn’t even include the rod, sinker, line, hook, etc.
Yet, if you’re curious to know how they did it back in the Stone Age, you might also be a little shocked to know they used fish hooks made from bones.
Regardless if you go fly fishing or just hope to get a nibble down at the local pond, these top 75 best fishing tattoos for men are sure to reel you in. From cool bait designs to realistic fishermen out on the seas, every popular fish tattoo design you can imagine has been included in this manly collection!
Fishing Tattoo Ideas
This inner forearm fishing tattoo displays excellent linework and shade techniques to create different sets of realistic surfaces. The tattoo artist used a lot of white ink in a variety of ways. The twin fishing hooks look almost real and ready to toss in the water, while the coiled and looping rope creates texture and links more isolated elements of the tattoo together.
Such a great quote and a great 3D abstract . Having the anchor caught on the rod is a nice touch and the image is placed snugly in the inner bicep; however, some alt aqua/blue shading, black gray fuzzy work, or another image inside the rig would add more depth and balance to the overall piece. There’s a touch too much gap between the tip of the rod curling past and the top of the anchor.
This unfinished looks badass, and it’s not even done. The Darth Maul looking doesn’t look like the enjoyable eating kind, but it’s a mean image well angled in contrast to the skull captain’s still growing beard. Together they give off different planes, angles, and curves to shade. The white ink on the Skipper’s eye patch and pipe highlights are well deployed.
This fellow looks like he was lifted from the cover of Sega Bass way back in the day. The highlight here is the fresh linework in wave and . This technical style gives a good outline contrast for the light, fill, particularly the gray sheen threading through the light blue water.
This is an enjoyable marlin in the neo traditional style. This one does a good job of taking a realistic image and then throwing in some American Traditional elements to make a nice, clean outline for a larger-than-life character. From here, the classic approach is thrown out in favor of brightness, a sleek gray , and a nicely contrasting backdrop of bright red sky.
The core black ink part of the man in this is an excellent image. It’s solidly done, well angled, and the crisp outline works perfectly. The shading is fine; however, the supporting stylized map of southeast USA needs a bit of work. It needs to be a sharper, more accurate background image to work in opposition to the fuller black shadow.
An excellent take on a technically difficult piece. The showed a great eye for scale and depth in successfully incorporating an above/below water line sleeve . The detail is great; below water, the are kept clean and clear in their lines despite the dark view. The above the water looks fantastic, standing out in white ink among the bright, streaking sunlight colors behind and on the water’s surface.
Love seeing all those teeth! It’s reminiscent of trips to the local aquarium or watching the movie Jaws when you were a kid and almost passing out holding your breath when the music played. This is an enjoyable – the black and gray shading to keep such great detail in the is a masterful technique. Keeping the action within the unique border allows the artist to have fun with negative space and white ink alt-fill.
This is a beautiful animal realism of a marlin breaking the water – if you ever get to see this in nature, it is exceptionally cool. The detail and . are clean and crisp, while the fill does a great job of bringing the salt water and sea spray to life around the
This shows another marlin, this time with Japanese irezumi overtones in the bold shading and rich pattern of fill surrounding the main image. Once the new ink settles from red raw into alternating gray and negative space, it will contrast better against the and the in the small trying to haul it in.
Big Mouth Billy Bass! This is a homage to both bass video games and singing curios. It’s wicked. The blue is bright and fresh throughout, allowing the other colors – green , red sky, negative space belly – to work in relief. There are some elements, such as clean, fat black outline work and minimal shading. In other styles, there would be a lot more on the itself and in the water.
Love this . It’s only a very small yet loaded with great and detail. The tiny bits of dotwork along the flank to help “scale up” the blue ink is a fantastic touch. The artist has also done brilliantly in making the multi-point hooks look realistic against the subject’s skin with the deft use of white ink.
This is spectacular. It’s a simple technique that sometimes gets lost among bells and whistles, shades, flair, and flourishes. This is clean lines, contrasting colors, and cool shapes working together across a full image. The artist nailed this squid without doing anything outlandish.
This killer scene mixes realism with a sketch style to create an epic upper arm sleeve. The artist developed different shapes and patterns in order to create shade effects such as water splashing from the breaching or light glancing off the logs to contrast with the otherwise flat water surface.
Groupers always look like someone stole from them. The tattooist in this piece created excellent realism, from the seemingly disappointed right through to the nasty-looking sitting tantalizingly on the ocean floor. The creation of plant life with dirty sea green and off yellow is a unique complement to the rest of this solid lower leg .
What a ! The alternating gray and black colors work on their own; however, the artist opting to thread in small scales as a point of difference in the gray kicks up the technical prowess a notch. Also, like the etching of fins and tail – fresh black lines are well augmented by touches of white ink.
Here’s a nice symbolizing the hunter gatherer. The juxtaposition of old school arrow and forms a great circular border for the internal image. It’s a fun, etched from a unique idea, although shooting at a seems quite rude.
Now, this is top quality work. The brilliant technical shade elements in this work from the illusion of movement from the central black image. It’s the focus for the cool ripple effects, alternating gray mountains behind, and the forest on the river’s other side. This is an outstanding displaying flawless shadow and negative space awareness.
Wow, this is a unique – a mother watching her partner and children . Being able to display this scene in the reflection of an eye is impressive from both design and execution perspective. The white ink and negative space usage to create individual shapes in the iris is a standout, while the eye is drawn flawlessly too. Check out the detail in each eyelash as they connect to the skin below the eye.
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