Top 50 Best Yggdrasil Tattoo Ideas [2021 Inspiration Guide]
Tattoos come in a vast multitude of designs and styles. The Yggdrasil is a particularly impressive piece of art that displays the image of a tree, one known well in Norse Mythology.
As explained by the Encyclopedia Britannica, “Yggdrasill, Old Norse Mimameidr, in Norse mythology, the world tree, a giant ash supporting the universe.”
As you can see, this tree was no small matter to the Norse. The encyclopedia goes on to say that the legend of the great tree states that one of its roots went into the underworld, another went into the land of the giants and still another went into the land of the gods.
Below are several examples and a variety of interesting takes on the classic Yggdrasil design.
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This piece fits nicely on the upper-back as it spans from the bottom of the back neck down in-between the shoulder blades. It incorporates two simplistic diamond shapes toward its lower half and displays simple but effective black and white shading to fill in the foliage of the tree. It is a fairly simplified tattoo is some regards but it is clear from one close look that there was certainly an abundance of truly skilled handiwork involved in its creation.
This tattoo is a slightly more complex version of the Yggdrasil design as it incorporates multiple symbols and a circular outline of lettering. It displays a good deal of solid black and makes good use of negative space to draw the viewer’s eye toward the detailed linework, particularly in the upper-half. The symbols inspire interest and the shape of the piece as a whole is idea for covering the backside of the bottom portion of the leg.
This piece grows from the mid-arm area up to the shoulder and features multiple lush segments of color. Whether it be the greenery at the crown of the tree, the brown and white throughout the trunk or the various designs on each respective level, this coloring has an attractive and comfortable feel and is a solid, creative piece of artistry.
This Yggdrasil occupies the majority of the mid to upper arm but does it by making effective use of space. It displays several small, interesting pieces throughout the roots and branches of the tree including a bug, an eye and a skull of some sort, possibly that of some type of animal. The combination of these various elements come together for a unique, almost eerie feel. Nevertheless, eerie or not, this is some sick ink.
This is a seemingly-minimalistic take on the Yggdrasil design. This piece, however, proves to be more intricate when examined up close. The dotting technique employed around the branches of the tree, for example, shows that with this Yggdrasil there may be more than meets the eye. Not to mention the fact that this tattoo is undeniably well-drawn.
This version has been laid out in a circular form as both the shape of the tree’s branches and leaves as well as its roots conform to a rounding shape, giving it a tighter, more cohesive look. To contrast this design, three birds are placed just outside of the sphere circle that could be interpreted as standing out from the crowd in a symbolic and metaphorical sense.
Here is an interesting one. With a very similar design used for both the top and bottom of the piece, accented by multiple emblems throughout, this piece feels both unified and filled with variety. The bird perched on the top of the tree and spreading its wings is an aesthetically pleasant touch as well, as is the shading in general.
A more raw and stripped down take on the classic design, this piece utilizes a more simplified look without losing any of the original strength or attitude. While it may initially seem a bit jagged and rough around the edges, these aspects of this Yggdrasil are what truly gives it character. While many people may prefer a cleaner, more standard approach, there is certainly a demand for bold and rustic tattoos like this one.
This Yggdrasil is rather unique as it is divided by a large, pointed shape in the middle of the right and left sections branches. This shape is made up of multiple different elements including what appears to be celtic knotting, a substantial amount of dotting technique around the inside border of the shape and smaller shapes within the large shape as well.
Featuring two Yggdrasil, one on the inside of each arm, this tattoo combo really is twice as impressive. While it may appear at first glance that this is the same ink twice, it certainly is not. While they are quite similar and share many similarities, including their core design, it can be seen upon a closer look that the line patterns in the middle circle within the branches are quite different and the branches around them differ as one is filled with foliage and the other is without any leaves (among other differences).
Quite a creative take on the Yggdrasil, this tatt shows versatility in the way that the tree is growing over the shoulder rather than standing face up. Integrated into the branches are a collection of what look like birds and wolf faces in addition to what appears to be a dagger, all drawn in the celtic style. This approach to the Yggdrasil is quite impressive and refreshing as it literally comes at you from a different direction.
Here is another Yggdrasil piece that is done within a circle. This tattoo is split into two portions. One is a darkened portion that displays the tree branches by using the negative space. In turn, the bottom half quite effectively, does the opposite effect with the tree’s roots. It’s an exceptionally cool idea and certainly one that originated from a place of strong and thoughtful creativity.
This Yggdrasil is composed of minimalist lines showing the two barren treetops placed opposite each other and joined at the center of the artwork in the form of a spiral. This work is simple but well-done and, despite the amount of untouched ink on either side of the spiral, still fills this portion of the subject’s arm quite effectively. Even with its reduced approach, this piece stands out with its interesting shape and nicely-done linework.
This Yggdrasil includes much more than the bare minimum as it incorporates a cracking surface at the bottom of the tattoo, possibly intended to symbolize shattered earth, as well as an hourglass that supports the main element of the piece, the tree. Hourglasses commonly symbolize the passing of time. This particular combination of the Yggdrasil and the hourglass most likely has a more complex meaning than one would find with only one of these elements. The range of possibilities is vast.
This is a particularly minimalistic, straightforward, and interesting Yggdrasil as it utilizes white space for both the trunk of the tree and much of the foliage as well, yet still maintains a bold look and feel. Additionally, the contrast between said white space and the dark bottom portion of what appears to be a sort of soil and earthen materials, which is quite dark and bold, is certainly a strong feature of this tattoo. Negative space has the potential to play a key role in a tattoo design, particularly when the artist is skilled in that area. This take on the Yggdrasil is an exceptional example of this.
This is a rather complex and embellished Yggdrasil, although certainly not in a negative way. This piece, which spans over the majority of the subject’s arm, takes an untraditional approach to this well-known design by only showing a portion of it, that being most of the tree’s top portion, with the rest being covered by a warrior. This figure is clad in highly-detailed armor of the fantastical variety.
Inked onto the upper leg, this Yggdrasil stands out with its simplicity as a design that takes few risks but maintains the core elements of the piece, such as the branches and roots of the tree and the tastefully and simple designed birds that reside in a group not far above the tree’s crown. Sometimes more is better, but in this case, the artist did more with less.
This version of the Yggdrasil takes a more abstract approach but certainly still retains balance as either end of the tree, the branches and the roots, both flow into respective triangles giving them a type of mirror-image effect. The splashes, or perhaps clouds, of paint make the clearest difference between the two halves as one is blue and the other is more of a reddish-purple. Nevertheless, this tattoo presents an interesting and well-done interpretation of the Yggdrasil.
This artist went about the Yggdrasil from yet another angel, creating what in some ways looks like an intentionally early sketch, yet with a great deal of strong line work. The piece is minimalistic to say the least. This less-is-more approach is in no way a hindrance to this artwork as the stripped-down style is beautifully done and applied to the subject’s arm in such a way that makes it seem as if it is a natural extension.
The Best 20 Leather Jackets for Men in 2021
With the winter months (hopefully) dwindling down, it’s time to start planning ahead to a time where we can wear thinner jackets and fewer layers. While it may be tempting to quickly shed your parka and grab for whatever piece of outerwear is nearby, don’t reach for last year’s wardrobe item just yet. Isn’t it time you try something new, like, say, a leather jacket?
Though it may seem all leather jackets are similar, there are actually many different designs and styles that work for different body types and tastes. In this article, we will take a look at the hottest leather jacket trends that have hit the market this season.
1. Ionic Black Leather Jacket
Ionic Black Leather Jacket from The Jacket Maker is an excellent choice for any guy looking for a slim and sleek jacket in a classic black finish.
It’s made with incredibly tough, yet soft, sheepskin leather, making it a great choice for guys that aren’t used to wearing leather jackets.
One of the best things about the Ionic is its streamlined look. While it offers four outside pockets, the zippers are subtle, so they don’t detract from the sleek look. This design gives it a more streamlined look than most leather jackets, without taking away from any of the authenticity.
2. Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket
There is a reason why leather jackets and bikers are usually associated with one another. Historically, many motorcycle riders have seen a leather jacket as a stylish way to protect themselves, not only from the elements but also from the possibility of a crash. While this may seem hard to believe – it’s not like leather comes with a large amount of padding, after all – leather has actually been shown to offer more protection than your average vinyl jacket or equivalent.
Maybe you’re not hopping on a motorcycle anytime soon, but you can still treat yourself to this biker-inspired Saint Laurent leather jacket. With a price tag surpassing $5,000, it’s certainly our premium pick on this list, but if you’re looking for the leather jacket of a lifetime, you have it right here. This pick is sure to come with the “for life” quality Saint Laurent is particularly known for.
3. Reiss Keith Leather Cafe Racer Jacket
Reiss is a British fashion retailer that’s been around since the 1970s. For the first 30 years of its brand history, it focused solely on men’s fashion before eventually expanding to carry items for women as well. However, the fact high-quality items for men are at the heart of this brand is very apparent through their simple wardrobe staples such as the Keith leather cafe racer jacket.
This Reiss jacket comes at a considerably lower price point than its counterparts, which makes it a pick that packs a lot of value. It’s made from super-soft leather and features a full lining. It’s the perfect choice for anybody who prefers a slim-fit jacket.
4. Dean Brown Leather Biker Jacket
Let’s be honest… A traditional racing-style biker jacket is about as cool as it gets. With the high band-style collar and heavy-duty zippers on the front of The Jacket Maker’s Dean Brown Leather Biker Jacket, you’re sure to get that badass look.
The Dean is made with 100% real cowhide leather, so it might be a little stiff at first, but it will break in and patina like none other. The Dean features three zippered pockets on the front as well as zippered cuffs, providing that authentic racing jacket-look without killing your bank account.
5. Ksubi Capital Leather Jacket
The Capital Leather Jacket from Ksubi comes in 100% authentic leather and is designed to have a biker fit. It’s heavy-duty with a protective interior quilted lining. It also features retro details such as antique zippers.
Kusbi is an Australian fashion label that’s existed since the 1990s. While the brand was originally focused on high-end denim, they’ve expanded their offerings over time to include other textiles such as leather. Items from Ksubi’s collections have been shown at such high-profile events as New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, and the company operates a flagship store in New York’s SOHO neighborhood.
6. Charcoal Navy Blue Suede Biker Jacket
Leather jackets don’t only come in black and brown. If you want something less traditional, check out this navy-blue suede jacket from The Jacket Maker.
The outer shell is made from real goatskin suede leather, and there’s a quilted polyester lining inside for added warmth. Suede has a softer feel and look than other leather types, and is ideal if you’re going for a more boho look.
This jacket boasts a total of four pockets—two inside and two outside.
7. Acne Studios Off-Centred Zipper Biker Jacket
Swedish fashion powerhouse Acne Studios is well-known for their basic wardrobe pieces, so it makes sense that they would have the classic leather jacket look on lock. We love the way this off-centered jacket packs a punch of personality with its multiple buckles and zippers, but we love even more the way that it does not compromise softness or comfort at the expense of appearance.
This jacket comes with a high-end price tag, but it has the high-end materials to match. It is made of 100% genuine lambskin and comes with an interior lining of 100% viscose. Its unique off-center zip takes its inspiration from street style.
8. Lavendard Brown Leather Biker Jacket
The Jacket Maker has something for everyone, including guys that are a bit intimidated by purchasing their first leather jacket. Not only is the Lavendard incredibly affordable, but it also has a really approachable look despite its biker moniker. With open hem cuffs and a tailored fit, it looks great with badass-inspired outfits as well as everyday wear.
The Lavendard is made of real cowhide, which means it will take on a great patina over time. But it might be a bit stiff when you first get it. The more you wear it, the faster it’ll form to your body, break-in, and soften up. The fact that it goes with so many outfits will help speed up that process.
9. Saturdays NYC Leather Harrington Jacket
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand Saturdays NYC, prepare to fall in love. As a laidback lifestyle brand, Saturdays NYC infuses its love for all things surfer culture in all of its fashion offerings. While primarily known for their loungewear, such as sweats and pullover sweaters, they also happen to make one of the best leather jackets on the market right now.
The leather Harrington jacket features a smooth design and has deep pockets for your convenience. It is made of 100% lambskin leather and features a lining made of polyester. Staying true to its brand’s carefree nature, this jacket features a more relaxed fit than many classic leather jackets.
10. Allaric Alley Mocha Leather Biker Jacket
The most distinctive thing about this biker jacket is the integrated waist belt, which helps create an edgy look. This mocha-colored jacket uses real cowhide leather on the outer shell, with a quilted viscose lining inside.
With two pockets inside and three outside, there’s no shortage of places to keep your wallet and keys.
11. Berluti Piped Venezia Leather Jacket
Unlike the other options we’ve included so far, Berluti is known less for being a fashion brand and more for being a leather maker. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the Paris-based manufacturer has been producing fine leather clothing items and accessories, from belts to bags to jackets.
Berluti’s piped Venezia leather jacket is the apex of luxury leather fashion. Made from a distinctive brown shade, this jacket line has been around since the 1980s – and it’s a style that certainly stands the test of time.
This jacket is made from 100% authentic patinated calfskin leather and features shoulder patches and a buttoned collar. For optimal breathability, the jacket even features ventilation eyelets.
12. Kingsman Burnished Leather Jacket
Kingsman is a line of high-quality clothing pieces that exists as a collaboration between Mr. Matthew Vaughn, director of the film The King’s Man, and international online fashion retailer MR PORTER. The line features items that are inspired by classic military style and timeless sensibilities.
The burnished leather jacket from the Kingsman line is unique for its length as well as its appearance. It draws direct inspiration from an aviator jacket worn on-screen in The King’s Man, a period piece that takes place in the 1940s. The jacket is made out of sturdy cow leather and buttons made of buffalo horns. It also features two linings – one made of cotton, and one made of viscose.
13. Francis B-3 Black & White Leather Bomber Jacket
There’s only one way to improve upon a traditional bomber: Add shearling fabric. If you’re going for a more flamboyant look, this black and white bomber jacket is sure to make an impact. It combines real leather on the outside with a faux fur lining.
The white faux fur lining accentuates the black leather, making this jacket stand out from the crowd. It will keep you warm as well!
The dual front pouch pockets are great for a phone and a pair of gloves, so if you’re wearing it on a motorcycle, you’ll have the storage you need.
14. AllSaints Milo Leather Biker Jacket
AllSaints is a British fashion brand from the United Kingdom. Since its founding in the 1990s, it has grown to an international presence that consists of more than 200 retail stores across Europe, North America, and Asia. The brand is mostly focused on fashion for women and men, though it also sells footwear and other accessories. It has primarily seen its popularity grow thanks to its popularity among a celebrity clientele.
AllSaints makes a number of leather jackets, but the Milo biker jacket is definitely one to write home about. This is a jacket that brings out the very best of two very different worlds – including a soft composition and sharp edges – since it is made of tender lamb leather and decorated to the nines with perfectly-placed zippers and buckles. It also has a distinctive slim fit.
15. Golden Bear Sherpa Jacket
San Francisco brand Golden Bear may have its roots in ship workers in the San Francisco Bay since the 1920s, but it’s evolved today to combine both utilitarianism and high-end style. Although not as recognized outside of its native northern California, to know the stylish jackets of Golden Bear is to love them.
The sherpa jacket, in particular, is exquisite. Like any Golden Bear clothing piece, it’s designed to be worn for life, and fortunately, it comes with a style that will be sure to stay in fashion for decades to come, with brown distressed leather and a notable shearling collar that can be detached.
16. Sven Mocha Suede Bomber Jacket
Here’s another suede leather jacket, this time in a subtle mocha finish. This jacket is made using real goatskin leather and has a total of six pockets (two inside and four outside).
This jacket looks best with a tight fit, which can be achieved perfectly using The Jacket Maker’s custom fitting service.
17. Tom Ford Zip-up Leather Jacket
Tom Ford is well-known for their high-end scents and formal clothing, but they have a strong foot in the casual jacket sphere as well. Not that this zip-up leather jacket is something you would wear to a casual house party. Its sleek edges and formal design make it more than suitable for a fancy professional event or night out on the town.
True to its brand’s roots, no attention to detail was spared in the creation of this particular wardrobe piece. Its straightforward design features 100% authentic leather and a cotton and polyamide lining. It is truly meant to last for life. Made in Italy, this jacket has shallow pockets in the front and a zipper down the center.
18. Schott Vintaged Fitted Cowhide Leather Motorcycle Jacket
Schott is an iconic name in leather jacket world, thanks in part to Marlon Brando, who wore a Schott jacket in The Wild Ones.
This jacket is pricey, but has a classic design and is built to last decades. It’s made from a lighter weight cowhide, which makes it breathable, so it’s perfect for wearing in warmer months.
As you’d expect from this brand, the Schott Vintaged jacket is made in the USA.
19. Bomia Ma-1 Black Leather Bomber Jacket
This classic black leather jacket has a timeless look that will never go out of fashion. It’s made from genuine leather on the outside with a polyester lining inside.
This motorcycle jacket has a rib knit collar and cuffs and a zipped pocket on the left sleeve.
The leather feels soft yet tough—you can tell this jacket is the real deal!
20. Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket
This sleek, minimalistic jacket is a real moto jacket trusted by serious bikers. It also looks incredibly cool, with a distressed, vintage feel and a truly American feel.
This jacket can be supplemented with RSD x Forcefield armor to give you extra protection while riding.
Leather Jacket FAQs
While there are many different unique leather jacket configurations out there, there are four classic syles you should be most aware of. In no particular order, they are the leather bomber jacket (also called aviator jacket), the leather racer jacket (sometimes called moto), the trenchcoat, and the fencer. While bomber jackets and racer jackets tend to be more relaxed, the trenchcoat and the fencer are more dramatic.
If you care for your leather jacket correctly you should have a wardrobe piece that’ll last you a lifetime. Most leather jackets cannot be washed at home and must only be handled professionally. The first step to taking proper care of your jacket is to adhere to this rule.
You should also keep your leather jacket dry as often as possible and keep it away from extreme heat or cold air. If you are not going to be wearing your leather jacket for a period of time, such as during a warm season, then you’ll want to be sure that you are hanging it up correctly – this means out of direct sunlight and in a properly-ventilated area.
Determining how much to pay for a leather jacket is a very personal matter. For an authentic leather jacket, you will probably be paying, at a baseline, $500. However, this price can easily skyrocket from here, depending on the jacket’s materials and manufacturing process.
Some leather jackets can cost as much as $10,000! There is no right or wrong number – it’s instead about the brands you like and the style that you envision for yourself.