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Top 31 Best Ladybug Tattoo Ideas – [2020 Inspiration Guide]

A lucky subject that has grown in popularity in the tattoo world is the ladybug. Besides their meaning as a sign of good luck, a ladybug—or ladybird as they are known in the UK—also make for a great tattoo design thanks to their cute appearance, link to childhood happiness and unmistakable color combination featuring black and orange.

Humans are always looking for ways to bring good luck to themselves and their loved ones: horseshoes, rabbit’s feet and four-leaf clovers are all common items that are believed to bring good luck in different cultures.  People used to carry around these charms, however the popularity of manifesting these superstitions has waned in recent times. 

More people are choosing to get a good luck symbol permanently tattooed on their bodies. The fabled ladybug is a colorful, cheerful character with bright hues used prominently in kid’s stories and nursery rhymes that can stick with you into adulthood. 

Read on to explore pieces that demonstrate how appealing ladybug tattoos can be as inspiration for your next ink adventure.  

1. Black and Gray Ladybug Tattoo Design

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Fads and trends come and go, even in the world of tattoos where ink is forever. One style that has consistently maintained its appeal throughout the decades of innovation and trend chasing is black and gray work. There is something about designs when they are applied using this monochromatic approach that allows them to age gracefully and retain a classic sensibility.  

While ladybird—with their bright and distinct orange and black color combinations—may not be the most obvious choice for black and gray tattoos, their unmistakable black spots mean that even without color there is no doubt about what animal is depicted in the design. 

A ladybird tattoo like those above utilizes a variety of styles, approaches, and symbolism—from abstract images laden with meaning, to more realistic interpretations of the tiny beetle—and demonstrate just how successful ladybug tattoos can be, even without color.  

2. Flower and Plant with Ladybug Design 

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If you’ve spent a bit of time in the garden you have probably run across this charming little insect more than a few times. Ladybugs are not considered harmful insects, which means they are always a welcome sight to any green-thumb.

Given their homes in gardens and plots around the world, it only makes sense that many people choose to incorporate plants and flowers into their lovely ladybug tattoo. Whether a tattoo artist uses a flower to add more color to the design, a little creature to daisy tattoos, or green grass in contrast to bright hues of orange and black, utilizing plants in a ladybug tattoo design provides an artist with ample opportunity to make a more interesting ladybug idea.

3. The Larger Ladybug Tattoo Idea 

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For some, there is only one option when it comes to tattoo: they love to go big. The ladybug idea is great for larger symbolic meaning thanks to their bright colors and unmistakable markings. The bold black ink dots on an orange background are so recognizable that some people choose to apply this ladybug design to other elements of a large tattoo; and it works.

Whether on a key or a car, the ladybug’s colorful pattern will instantly bring these lovely little insects to mind and serve as a unique and permanent good luck charm.  

4. Neo-traditional Lady Bug Tattoo Art

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Western tattoo styles can be traced back, in one form or another, to the American traditional work that was born out of ports and harbors worldwide. Known for bold black ink outlines and bright single colors, many a tattoo artist felt that the “rules” of American traditional tattooing were restricting. They broke from the rigid customs of the American traditional style and developed neo-traditional tattooing.

Keeping the essential elements of the older style—bold lines and simplified designs—but applying them using a much broader color combination that drew inspiration from a much wider variety of motifs, neo-traditional tattooing has grown in popularity.  

A beautiful ladybug tattoo demonstrates how successfully a variety of concepts and motifs – for both man and woman – can be when used in the neo-traditional approach.

5. Simple Cute Tattoo Ladybugs

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Ladybugs are the perfect symbol for an unassuming tattoo idea.  Their unmistakable colors allow each artist to create very basic design yet contain the essential tattoo meaning to be instantly recognized.  

These pieces are great examples of the little beetle, showing that an artist doesn’t need to use mind-blowing symbolism to create a successful and meaningful ladybug tattoo. And if you’re unsure, you can get a lady bug temporary tattoo as a test run before taking the full plunge. 

6. Tiny or Small Ladybug Tattoo
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Just as some folks prefer bright colors and other people enjoy the understated appeal of black and gray work, certain people feel that a small ladybug tattoo fits better with their style and tastes than larger pieces. For the people that want a small tattoo getting a lady bug is a great idea

Whether applied using a photo-realistic approach or creating a more cartoon inspired piece, ladybugs are an excellent choice for tiny tattoos These small pieces are also a great way to carry a bit of good luck wherever you go. 

Ladybug Tattoo FAQs  

What is the most common ladybug tattoo meaning?  

Ladybugs have been considered good luck for centuries and to this day remain powerful symbols of good fortune. Most people can remember the childhood adage that when a ladybug lands on you, if you make a wish and send the little insect on its way your wish will come true.  

An interesting thing about ladybugs is the fact that they are considered good luck almost universally across superstitions.  While some symbols of good luck vary from culture to culture—for example, 13 is considered good luck in some places and bad luck in others—the ladybug is considered a harbinger of good times.  

Where do ladybugs get their name?  

Ladybugs are mentioned in a variety of historical and religious texts, including being referenced multiple times in the Bible. In the Middle Ages, European Christians believed that ladybug’s spots represented the Seven Sorrows of Mary and after farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary ladybugs came to protect their crops. The astonished farmers came to refer the insects as “Beetles of Our Lady”, and slowly changed to “ladybugs”.   


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