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Top 83 Best Quetzal Tattoo Ideas – [2020 Inspiration Guide]

The resplendent quetzal is among the world’s most beautiful birds. Their vibrant colored plumage, and the bird’s proud cultural ties to the Central Americas they call homehelp make the Quetzal a popular tattoo design.

Quetzals live in the mountainous, tropical forests where they eat fruit, insects, lizards, and other small creatures. Unfortunately, Quetzals are often hunted for their beautiful feathers or for sale to illegal collectors, and their numbers are dropping significantly in the wild despite not being under immediate threat.

The quetzal is a popular choice in Aztec tattoo design popular with the Latinx community, while bird lovers and tattoo enthusiasts who enjoy the bright and beautiful often get realistic tattoos of the vividly colored, long feathered bird.

Read on for 83 of the best Quetzal tattoo design ideas, while towards the end of the gallery you’ll find a useful FAQ to help you with your next tattoo choice.

1. Upper Arm Quetzal Tattoos

Ankle Quetzal Tattoos Kevinricharttattoo
Source: @kevinricharttattoo via Instagram
Arm Quetzal Tattoos Aduir
Source: @aduir via Instagram
Arm Quetzal Tattoos Blocke523
Source: @blocke523 via Instagram
Arm Quetzal Tattoos Dzulinklounge
Source: @dzulinklounge via Instagram
Arm Quetzal Tattoos Fertattoo2406
Source: @fertattoo2406 via Instagram
Arm Quetzal Tattoos Joanna Ec Tattoo
Source: @joanna_ec_tattoo via Instagram
Arm Quetzal Tattoos Johnhansentattoo
Source: @johnhansentattoo via Instagram
Arm Quetzal Tattoos Kiki Tattoos
Source: @kiki_tattoos via Instagram
Arm Quetzal Tattoos Nickkartchner
Source: @nickkartchner via Instagram
Arm Quetzal Tattoos Rizzie Tat2
Source: @rizzie_tat2 via Instagram
Source: @alliancetattoonj via Instagram
Arm Quetzal Tattoos Temperism1
Source: @temperism1 via Instagram

2. Aztec and Black Ink Inspiration

Forearm Quetzal Tattoos Skull Heart Tattoo
Source: @skull_heart_tattoo via Instagram
Watercolor Quetzal Tattoos Jean Vader Tattoos
Source: @jean_vader_tattoos via Instagram
Forearm Quetzal Tattoos Luissilva Blackheart
Source: @luissilva_blackheart via Instagram
Blackwork Quetzal Tattoos Chochibolch
Source: @chochibolch via Instagram
Blackwork Quetzal Tattoos Goodforyoutattoos
Source: @goodforyoutattoos via Instagram
Arm Quetzal Tattoos Alberto Rojo Tecolotl
Source: @alberto_rojo_tecolotl via Instagram

3. Quetzel Chest, Back and Side Tattoo Design

Side Quetzal Tattoos Executive Ink
Source: @executive_ink via Instagram
Source: @xtina_603 via Instagram
Watercolor Quetzal Tattoos Tattoolu89
Source: @tattoolu89 via Instagram
Back Quetzal Tattoos Mermaiidiisabelle
Source: @mermaiidiisabelle via Instagram
Chest Quetzal Tattoos Billycalavera
Source: @billycalavera via Instagram
Back Quetzal Tattoos K Ink Tattoo
Source: @k_ink_tattoo via Instagram

4. Black and Gray Quetzal Body Art

Simple Quetzal Tattoos Mrblacktattoo
Source: @mrblacktattoo via Instagram
Dotwork Quetzal Tattoos Dexterpts
Source: @dexterpts via Instagram
Dotwork Quetzal Tattoos Uhhhhtaco
Source: @uhhhhtaco via Instagram
Blackwork Quetzal Tattoos Miguelbusckotattoo
Source: @miguelbusckotattoo via Instagram
Simple Quetzal Tattoos Tattoos By Bocho
Source: @tattoos_by_bocho via Instagram
Blackwork Quetzal Tattoos Manu.lacasa
Source: @manu.lacasa via Instagram

5. Quetzal in Flight Tattoo Ideas

Flying Quetzal Tattoos Bellacat.tattoo
Source: @bellacat.tattoo via Instagram
Flying Quetzal Tattoos Estel P
Source: @estel_p via Instagram
Flying Quetzal Tattoos Ix Jaguarspirittatt
Source: @ix_jaguarspirittatt via Instagram
Flying Quetzal Tattoos Leonkhuvo
Source: @leonkhuvo via Instagram
Flying Quetzal Tattoos Missloretattoos
Source: @missloretattoos via Instagram
Flying Quetzal Tattoos Soultattoochiapas
Source: @soultattoochiapas via Instagram
Flying Quetzal Tattoos Yukieriveratattoo
Source: @yukieriveratattoo via Instagram

6. Forearm Quetzal Tattoos

Traditional Quetzal Tattoos Mi Arte Linabell
Source: @mi_arte_linabell via Instagram
Traditional Quetzal Tattoos Feathers And Needles
Source: @feathers_and_needles via Instagram
Forearm Quetzal Tattoos Artwork Otto
Source: @artwork_otto via Instagram
Forearm Quetzal Tattoos Jniahstylee
Source: @jniahstylee via Instagram
Forearm Quetzal Tattoos Richie.ink
Source: @richie.ink via Instagram
Forearm Quetzal Tattoos Subear
Source: @subear via Instagram
Forearm Quetzal Tattoos Yaya Flores
Source: @yaya_flores via Instagram

7. Quetzal Leg Ink

Minimalist Quetzal Tattoos Mewmiranda
Source: @mewmiranda via Instagram
Leg Quetzal Tattoos Babygirl.gemini82
Source: @babygirl.gemini82 via Instagram
Leg Quetzal Tattoos Inkedinthe906
Source: @inkedinthe906 via Instagram
Leg Quetzal Tattoos Rob Ink Art
Source: @rob_ink_art via Instagram

8. Uniquely Placed Quetzal Tattoos

Leg Quetzal Tattoos Yarull Tattoo Inklakech
Source: @yarull_tattoo_inklakech via Instagram
Minimalist Quetzal Tattoos Jonesing.ink
Source: @jonesing.ink via Instagram
Wrist Quetzal Tattoos Paolaozuna10
Source: @paolaozuna10 via Instagram

9. Realistic Quetzal Body Art

Traditional Quetzal Tattoos Rafahdztattoo
Source: @rafahdztattoo via Instagram
Realistic Quetzal Tattoos Avila Pao 86
Source: @avila_pao_86 via Instagram
Source: @timothysamtattoos via Instagram
Realistic Quetzal Tattoos Luissilva Blackheart
Source: @luissilva_blackheart via Instagram
Realistic Quetzal Tattoos Sanni Tormen Tattoo
Source: @sanni_tormen_tattoo via Instagram
Realistic Quetzal Tattoos Scummy Tattoo
Source: @scummy_tattoo via Instagram

10. Small Bird Tattoo Ideas

Minimalist Quetzal Tattoos Emegarciatatuadora 2
Source: @emegarciatatuadora via Instagram
Simple Quetzal Tattoos Mumbo Jumbo Tattoo
Source: @mumbo_jumbo_tattoo via Instagram
Simple Quetzal Tattoos Sr.loki Studio
Source: @sr.loki_studio via Instagram
Simple Simple Chorotega Art Imox
Source: @chorotega_art_imox via Instagram

11. Quetzal Thigh Tattoo Inspiration

Thigh Quetzal Tattoos Arr2row
Source: @arr2row via Instagram
Thigh Quetzal Tattoos Boundlesstattooco
Source: @boundlesstattooco via Instagram
Source: @dennis_paul_kline via Instagram
Thigh Quetzal Tattoos Lazlodasilva
Source: @lazlodasilva via Instagram
Thigh Quetzal Tattoos Pamzapata
Source: @pamzapata via Instagram

12. Floral Quetzal Designs

Thigh Quetzal Tattoos Martistic
Source: @martistic_ via Instagram
Traditional Quetzal Tattoos Mnink
Source: @_mnink_ via Instagram
Traditional Quetzal Tattoos Carpidiemdeeznutztattoo
Source: @carpidiemdeeznutztattoo via Instagram
Traditional Quetzal Tattoos Chejososa
Source: @chejososa via Instagram
Traditional Quetzal Tattoos Eva.desperado
Source: @eva.desperado via Instagram
Simple Quetzal Tattoos Tattoos By Kelly
Source: @tattoos_by_kelly via Instagram
Arm Quetzal Tattoos Wrightzen Beba2trill
Source: @beba2trill via Instagram
Source: @wrightzen via Instagram

13. Innovative Color Quetzals

Traditional Quetzal Tattoos Red2bacco
Source: @red2bacco via Instagram
Forearm Quetzal Tattoos Nyahzul
Source: @nyahzul via Instagram
Forearm Quetzal Tattoos Ysikusa
Source: @ysikusa via Instagram
Arm Quetzal Tattoos Alberto Rojo Tecolotl 2
Source: @alberto_rojo_tecolotl via Instagram
Flying Quetzal Tattoos Valebubu Libh
Source: @valebubu_libh via Instagram

14. Quetzal Watercolor Tattoo Ideas

Watercolor Quetzal Tattoos Carosn5
Source: @carosn5 via Instagram
Source: @ojostattoo via Instagram
Watercolor Quetzal Tattoos Cesart Ink
Source: @cesart_ink via Instagram
Watercolor Quetzal Tattoos Chelioz Tattoo
Source: @chelioz_tattoo via Instagram
Watercolor Quetzal Tattoos Christian Tattooart
Source: @christian_tattooart via Instagram
Watercolor Quetzal Tattoos Makinucci
Source: @makinucci via Instagram
Watercolor Quetzal Tattoos Stacey.night.creations
Source: @stacey.night.creations via Instagram
Watercolor Quetzal Tattoos Stephii2211
Source: @stephii2211 via Instagram

Quetzal Tattoo FAQs

What does a Quetzal Tattoo Symbolize?

The resplendent quetzal is among the world’s most beautiful. It’s a popular animal motif for people with strong ties to the Aztecs and Central Americas. Much like the jaguar the quetzal is a great source of pride and history.

The quetzal is also a great tattoo choice for body art and bird lovers of great beauty. The bird has beautifully bright, striking plumage, luminous eyes, and gorgeous tail feathers.

These standout physical characteristics can be magnificently incorporated into flowing, full colored realist tattoos or utilized in more abstract and culturally symbolic design ideas.

What type of Quetzal Tattoo should I get?

Quetzal tattoos come in many styles, however it’s luminous plumage of many bright hues and fantastic tail feathers are often deployed in realistic, full colored tattoo designs.

Other popular styles that use the Quetzal effectively include:

Why are Quetzal tattoos so popular in Latin America?

The quetzal is a truly beautiful bird and a source of much pride to the Latin American nations it calls home. The resplendent quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala – while the country’ currency is also named the Quetzal.

Other breeds of the bird stretch down into Venezuela and Colombia, and north into the mountains of Mexico. In the past, the Quetzal was an important animal motif for Aztec and Mayan peoples, where it was known as “the God of the Air.”

Where should I place my Quetzal ink?

The Quetzal is such a striking bird that it suits almost any range of sizes and body placements, however if you can incorporate the illusion of movement or the flowing tail feather strongly into the design it looks magnificent when a talented tattoo artist lays down the design.

The most popular placements for Quetzal ink include:

  • The thigh. Great space for larger designs
  • The inner forearm. Versatile for large or small designs, and a good spot to show off your art
  • The ribs. A great chance to scale and shape your bird tattoo however you like
  • The shoulder and back. Another popular area for flowing art or large pieces

Also, if you aren’t sure about size and placement of your next tattoo, a good strategy to employ is a short-term temporary tattoo. A temporary tattoo works exceptionally to answer questions you may have about the size, placement, and overall visibility for future permanent tattoo art.

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