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Top 77 Best Pug Tattoo Ideas – [2020 Inspiration Guide]

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

Black Gray Pug Tattoo Amandamourapp
Source: @amandamourapp via Instagram
Source: @flaviosilveira via Instagram
Black Gray Pug Tattoo Covo Official
Source: @covo_official via Instagram
Black Gray Pug Tattoo Gerfer Tattoo
Source: @gerfer_tattoo via Instagram
Black Gray Pug Tattoo Inkscapetattoo
Source: @inkscapetattoo via Instagram
Black Gray Pug Tattoo Lstark Tattoos
Source: @lstark_tattoos via Instagram
Black Gray Pug Tattoo Matovyvlk
Source: @matovyvlk via Instagram
Black Gray Pug Tattoo Noee111
Source: @noee111 via Instagram
Black Gray Pug Tattoo Redbarrontattoos
Source: @redbarrontattoos via Instagram
Black Gray Pug Tattoo Shpadyreva
Source: @shpadyreva via Instagram
Black Gray Pug Tattoo Tattoosax
Source: @tattoosax via Instagram

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

Colored And Watercolor Pug Tattoo Artista90
Source: @artista90 via Instagram
Colored And Watercolor Pug Tattoo Bridget.rose.tattoo
Source: @bridget.rose.tattoo via Instagram
Colored And Watercolor Pug Tattoo Dominikbank
Source: @dominikbank via Instagram
Colored And Watercolor Pug Tattoo Eerieeric444
Source: @eerieeric444 via Instagram
Source: @johnnymatters via Instagram
Source: @kreepykerrie via Instagram
Colored And Watercolor Pug Tattoo Kris Osinski
Source: @kris_osinski via Instagram
Colored And Watercolor Pug Tattoo Kristenprossertattoo
Source: @kristenprossertattoo via Instagram
Colored And Watercolor Pug Tattoo Osimstattoo
Source: @osimstattoo via Instagram
Source: @harry_simister via Instagram
Colored And Watercolor Pug Tattoo Remziyuce 35
Source: @remziyuce_35 via Instagram
Colored And Watercolor Pug Tattoo Santa Tinta
Source: @santa_tinta via Instagram
Colored And Watercolor Pug Tattoo Seangardnerisawesome
Source: @seangardnerisawesome via Instagram
Colored And Watercolor Pug Tattoo Spendlotattoo
Source: @spendlotattoo via Instagram

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

Cute Pug Tattoo Bendaviestattooer
Source: @bendaviestattooer via Instagram
Cute Pug Tattoo Calebadger Tattoos
Source: @calebadger_tattoos via Instagram
Cute Pug Tattoo Cejo Tattoo
Source: @cejo_tattoo via Instagram
Cute Pug Tattoo Claudia Contrieri.tattoo
Source: @claudia_contrieri.tattoo via Instagram
Cute Pug Tattoo Irwinchupacabra
Source: @irwinchupacabra via Instagram
Cute Pug Tattoo Jasonthetattooer
Source: @jasonthetattooer via Instagram
Cute Pug Tattoo Madameyubaba
Source: @madameyubaba via Instagram
Cute Pug Tattoo Seerdartas
Source: @seerdartas via Instagram
Cute Pug Tattoo Tattoos By Andrew
Source: @tattoos_by_andrew via Instagram

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

Old School Traditional Pug Tattoo Aspraguetattoo
Source: @aspraguetattoo via Instagram
Old School Traditional Pug Tattoo Dini Live Love Love Life
Source: @dini_live_love_love_life via Instagram
Old School Traditional Pug Tattoo Gueller9
Source: @gueller9 via Instagra
Old School Traditional Pug Tattoo Mattcharles
Source: @mattcharles via Instagram
Old School Traditional Pug Tattoo Oguithepug
Source: @oguithepug via Instagram
Old School Traditional Pug Tattoo Pumuki Pincha Pieles
Source: @pumuki_pincha_pieles via Instagram
Old School Traditional Pug Tattoo Sandorharaszti
Source: @sandorharaszti via Instagram
Old School Traditional Pug Tattoo Stevencikos
Source: @stevencikos via Instagram
Old School Traditional Pug Tattoo Teejayburkett
Source: @teejayburkett via Instagram
Old School Traditional Pug Tattoo Tenacious Dea
Source: @tenacious_dea via Instagram
Source: @spreadeagletattoo via Instagram

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

Outline Simple Pug Tattoo Alefarrera.tattoo
Source: @alefarrera.tattoo via Instagram
Outline Simple Pug Tattoo Danicabaker2401
Source: @danicabaker2401 via Instagram
Outline Simple Pug Tattoo Guyandersontattoos
Source: @guyandersontattoos via Instagram
Outline Simple Pug Tattoo H0gman Theintruder
Source: @h0gman_theintruder via Instagram
Outline Simple Pug Tattoo Hannaeyetattoo
Source: @hannaeyetattoo via Instagram
Outline Simple Pug Tattoo Nala Jade
Source: @nala_jade_ via Instagram
Outline Simple Pug Tattoo Not Therealjefriatric
Source: @not_therealjefriatric via Instagram
Outline Simple Pug Tattoo Sharintattoo
Source: @asharintattoo via Instagram
Outline Simple Pug Tattoo Tetovacky Od Anicky
Source: @tetovacky_od_anicky via Instagram
Outline Simple Pug Tattoo Trashmtattoo
Source: @trashmtattoo via Instagram
Outline Simple Pug Tattoo Wolfang.ink
Source: @wolfang.ink via Instagram
Outline Simple Pug Tattoo Yenytt
Source: @yenytt via Instagram
Outline Simple Pug Tattoo Zebratattooz
Source: @zebratattooz via Instagram

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

Realistic Pug Tattoo Aitorjimenez Tattoo
Source: @aitorjimenez_tattoo via Instagram
Realistic Pug Tattoo Boblewistattoos
Source: @boblewistattoos via Instagram
Realistic Pug Tattoo Chrisreynolds894
Source: @chrisreynolds894 via Instagram
Realistic Pug Tattoo Cindyray1125
Source: @cindyray1125 via Instagram
Realistic Pug Tattoo Galgo Tattoo
Source: @galgo_tattoo via Instagram
Realistic Pug Tattoo Jairoglyphics 23
Source: @jairoglyphics_23 via Instagram
Realistic Pug Tattoo Joaolimatattoo
Source: @joaolimatattoo via Instagram
Realistic Pug Tattoo Joss.haze
Source: @joss.haze via Instagram
Realistic Pug Tattoo Moggsart
Source: @moggsart via Instagram
Realistic Pug Tattoo Pinkyinkyfi
Source: @pinkyinkyfi via Instagram
Realistic Pug Tattoo Sashamade
Source: @sashamade via Instagram
Realistic Pug Tattoo Tattoorobertosilva
Source: @tattoorobertosilva via Instagram

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

Small Pug Tattoo Aurora.moana
Source: @aurora.moana via Instagram
Small Pug Tattoo Curiel.28
Source: @curiel.28 via Instagram
Small Pug Tattoo Dakid.ttt
Source: @dakid.ttt via Instagram
Small Pug Tattoo Eladio.pinto.tattoos
Source: @eladio.pinto.tattoos via Instagram
Small Pug Tattoo Il.tattoo
Source: @il.tattoo via Instagram
Small Pug Tattoo Markotasevski Tattoo
Source: @markotasevski_tattoo via Instagram
Small Pug Tattoo Monochrometattoo
Source: @monochrometattoo via Instagram
Small Pug Tattoo Moriana Tattoo
Source: @moriana_tattoo via Instagram
Small Pug Tattoo Tomtattooer
Source: @tomtattooer via Instagram
Small Pug Tattoo Trvsgld
Source: @trvsgld via Instagram
Small Pug Tattoo W Inkstudio
Source: @w_inkstudio via Instagram

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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