Animals have inspired art for millennia: some of the oldest documented forms of human creativity are petroglyphs depicting the animals that ancient man hunted. Animal tattoos also have an ancient history, although the pug tattoo art in this collection are far from the stags and lions that were the first inspiration for this essential human tradition.
While common animal tattoos like tigers and eagles remain popular, more and more people are choosing to dedicate ink to the pets that bring joy and companionship to their lives. While every breed will have its associated dog lover following, the humble pug dog has one of the most devoted groups of admirers.
Characterized by their wrinkled face and short snout, the pug continues to wiggle its way into the hearts of millions – from the young girl to your mom, and evene hardened miltary vets. For some people a pug tattoo is the only way to fully commemorate their love for these playful little dogs and the meaning they have on life.
Every dog tattoo in this pug pet collection represents a loving relationship and demonstrates the profound way these charming pups continue to improve the lives of everyone they meet.
1. Black Pug Dog Tattoo
While some people prefer vibrant colors for their ink, black ink is a classic approach that can often have stunning results. Each tattoo artist in this gallery uses black ink to create unique designs dedicated to these quirky little dogs, whether emblazoned on an arm or as a sweetly placed leg pug tattoo.
These pug tattoos also demonstrate the range of styles and concepts that can be applied using black ink. From smooth shading and precise lines that create realistic portraits to a playful tattoo idea that places a pug in a suit of armor, holding a medieval melee weapon, these pug tattoos demonstrate that black ink can do it all.
2. Color/Watercolor Dog Tattoo
Incredible designs for a pet lover can be created using color ink. These pug tattoos demonstrate the success of a vibrant aesthetic. However, color ink is not restricted to any one style in particular and the pug tattoos here use realistic, abstract and cartoon-inspired approaches to produce exciting results.
One style of color tattoo in particular is gaining popularity and these watercolor pug tattoo designs are great examples of the approach. Using bold outlines and a loose application of bright colors, a skilled tattoo artist is able to perfectly recreate the effect of a watercolor painting applied directly to the skin.
3. Cute Pug Lover Tattoos
Not everyone wants a bad ass tattoo that will elicit gasps in the grocery store. In fact, cute and playful tattoos are becoming more popular and a pug’s unique expression is the perfect subject for this adorable method for tattoos. While each of these pug tattoos takes a different stylistic approach, they are all unified by the irresistible and universal power of a cute dog.
4. Vintage Traditional Illustration
While Vintage American and neo-traditional tattoos are typified by bold lines and bright colors there are other elements that contribute to the appeal of this classic style. The pug tattoos for their human friend in this collection demonstrate how the subsidiary elements-notably flowers in these examples-can be used to frame a portrait and contribute to a successful composition and the American traditional tattoo aesthetic. These excellent pieces demonstrate the wearer’s love for their pets as well as their artist’s skill and design IQ.
5. Outline and Simple Dog Owner Tattoo Art
The level of detail the modern tattoo artist is able to achieve with a tattoo idea is astounding, however, some people prefer a subtler approach to their pug tattoo design. The pug tattoos in this gallery take a variety of approaches but are all united by an understated aesthetic that perfectly suits these charming dogs. From simple designs that use a single, continuous line to create the unmistakable figure of a pug, to cartoon inspired depictions of this unique dog, these clean pug tattoos demonstrate that sometimes, less is more.
6. Realistic Pug Image Designs
Another style that is becoming increasingly popular in the world of dog tattoos takes a photo-realistic approach to portraits. Not so long ago if you asked a tattoo artist for a hyper-realistic portrait of your pug you might have gotten some strange looks, however, the modern tattoo community is less concerned with tough guy aesthetics and more interested in quality work. The skill on display in these realistic pug tattoos is exceptional, providing the wearers with permanent reminders of the lovely dogs that bring so much joy into life.
7. Small Pug Artwork
Given the small stature of these friendly little dogs, it isn’t surprising that many people want to commemorate their love and companionship with a small pug tattoo. The pug tattoos in this collection use a variety of styles to complete their canine designs: tiny, single needle black and gray portraits, full color depictions and illustrative designs reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons are all represented here.
However, just like the playful little dogs they depict, don’t think that these pug tattoo are limited by their size. Precise lines and intelligent composition prove that-as the pug lover likes to say-“multum in parvo” (a lot in a little).
Pug Tattoo FAQs
Why are pug tattoo popular?
While the pug has a long history of popularity in the world of dog owners, they have seen a revival in recent years. According to the American Kennel Club, the pug is the 31st most popular breed in the United States-no small feat considering the 193 distinct breeds recognized by this prestigious canine association.
This popularity means that people all over the United States form profound bonds with these little dogs and the changing attitudes and growing acceptance of tattoos means that it a pug tattoo is becoming a more popular tribute for passionate dog owners. Their distinct face and the range of human emotions that the pug can express make them especially well-suited for portrait tattoos.
If you’re unsure about the style and placement of a potential dog tattoo one option is to get a temporary tattoo. Temporary tattoo designs are becoming much more prevalent and well inked, so can approximate a more permanent piece of art quite well for the unsure.
What type of personality does a pug have?
Every dog breed has different temperament and personality and pugs are no exception. The pug is an affectionate breed that originated as the mischievous counterparts to Chinese Emperors before being introduced to Europe in the 16th Century.
The pug is a loyal and loving breed that is cherished for its distinct looks and often boisterous personality. These charming and playful dogs make great family pets and truly live up to their Latin motto, “multum in parvo” (a lot in a little).
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