50 Beach Tattoo Ideas: Inspiring Designs for Ocean Lovers

Beach tattoo ideas

Beaches are simply one of the most beautiful and relaxing places on earth. 

The sound of the waves, the smell of the ocean, and the feeling of the sand between your toes can be one of the most truly enchanting and relaxing experiences. 

For those who love the beach and everything it represents, a beach tattoo can be the perfect way to express your passion for the ocean. 

In this guide, we’ll share some of the best beach tattoo ideas for ocean lovers everywhere!



The waves are one of the most iconic elements of the beach. The way they rise and fall, crash and recede can be a powerful symbol of the ebb and flow of life. 

A wave tattoo can represent the ups and downs of life, the power of nature, or simply the beauty of the ocean

There are many ways to design a wave tattoo, from simple black and white lines to colorful, intricate designs.

black and white waves on shoulder tattoo

Credit: @liongateinktattoo


Sea Creatures

From dolphins to turtles to seahorses to sharks, there are many wildly different creatures that call the ocean home. 

If you have a favorite sea creature that means something special to you, then consider getting a tattoo of it. 

A sea creature tattoo can represent your love for the ocean as well as the unique qualities of the animal you choose. 

For example, a dolphin tattoo can represent intelligence, playfulness, and freedom.

The simple small beach tattoo below is similar in style to Sailor Jerry tattoos which often have a nautical theme.

colorful turtle tattoo

Credit: @badger_ink_tattoo

Nautical Symbols

Nautical symbols are another popular choice for beach tattoos. Anchors, compasses, and ships all have a rich history in maritime culture and can be powerful symbols of adventure, exploration, and stability. 

Nautical tattoos can be simple or complex, depending on your preference. You can choose to incorporate other beach elements into the design, such as waves or seashells, to make the tattoo more personal.

geometrical pattern tattoo

Credit: @weggenadelt


Seashells are a classic symbol of the beach. They come in many shapes and sizes and can be found all over the world. 

A seashell tattoo can represent the beauty and diversity of the ocean as well as the memories you’ve made on the beach. 

You can choose to incorporate one or several seashells into your tattoo design, depending on the symbolism or design you prefer.

shoulder beach tattoo

Credit: @pilototattoo

Beach Landscapes

If you want to capture the beauty of the beach in your tattoo, consider getting a landscape tattoo. 

A beach landscape tattoo can feature everything from palm trees to sand dunes to lighthouses to nearby mountains. These tattoos can be simple or detailed, depending on the style you prefer. 

You can also choose to include other beach elements, such as animals or people, to remember a special memory for you.

flowers and waves tattoo

Credit: @floralhaunting.tattoos


Sunsets are one of the most iconic and breathtaking sights on the beach. The way the sky changes colors as the sun sets can be a truly magical experience that’s not easily forgotten. 

A sunset tattoo can represent the beauty and serenity of the beach as well as the passage of time. These tattoos can be simple or detailed, depending on the level of realism you prefer. 

You can also choose to incorporate other elements, such as waves or seashells, to make the tattoo more personal.

postcard tattoo

Credit: @luckykattatstudio


Ocean Quotes

If you want to add a meaningful message to your beach tattoo, consider including a quote. 

There are many ocean-themed quotes that can be used for tattoo inspiration. Here are a couple of my favorite examples of ocean-related quotes for tattoos:


“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination, and brings eternal joy to the soul” by Robert Wyland. 


“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something” by Mother Teresa


Ocean quotes like these can be used on their own or as part of a larger design.


Beach Wave Tattoo

beachy wave tattoo

Credit: @pinkrosetattoostudio

Underwater Tattoo


Beach on Biceps Tattoo

beach on biceps tattoo

Credit: @agustrivinio

Underwater Life Tattoo

underwater life tattoo

Credit: @skin_dk

Flowers and Waves Tattoo

flowers and waves tattoo

Credit: @floralhaunting.tattoos

Black and White Tattoo

black and white tattoo

Credit: @ink.sekt

Beach Side Serenade Tattoo

Credit: @goldeneagle_tattoo

Simple Small Beach Tattoo


Black Shaded Tattoo

black shaded tattoo

Credit: @domi_d_tattoo

Clean Beach Tattoo

clean beach tattoo

Credit: @tattoosammyy

Orange Hue Tattoo

Credit: @vortextattoosbyjamie

Whole Arm Tattoo

whole arm tattoo

Credit: @ignaczbencetattoo

Lover’s Paradise Tattoo

lover’s paradise tattoo

Credit: @addictedtoinkny

Postcard Tattoo

postcard tattoo

Credit: @luckykattatstudio

Turtle Tattoo

turtle tattoo

Credit: @badger_ink_tattoo

Lighthouse Tattoo

lighthouse tattoo

Credit: @mikejonestattoos

Setting Sun Tattoo

setting sun tattoo

Credit: @leomendeztattoo

Water Splashing Tattoo

Credit: @debrartist

Rainbow Beach Tattoo

rainbow beach tattoo

Credit: @demian.tats

Shark Tattoo

shark tattoo

Credit: @greasygootattoo

Japanese Waves Tattoo

Credit: @how8_tattoo

Geometrical Pattern Tattoo

geometrical pattern tattoo

Credit: @weggenadelt

Blue Theme Tattoo

blue theme tattoo

Credit: @nana_tattoopeople

Wave Heart Tattoo

wave heart tattoo

Credit: @lelionnoirtattoo

Good Memories Tattoo

good memories tattoo

Credit: @tattoofactorygermany

Pencil Shading Tattoo

pencil shading tattoo

Credit: @douglassoaresantonio

Unique Lighthouse Tattoo

unique lighthouse tattoo

Credit: @backbenchertattoostudio

Waves and Galaxy Tattoo

waves and galaxy tattoo

Credit: @default_blue_tt

Family Time Tattoo

Credit: @tattoo.xaxa.albania

Huge Wave Tattoo

huge wave tattoo

Credit: @start.your.line

Relaxing Sunday Tattoo

relaxing sunday tattoo

Credit: @caro_karacho_tattoo

Waves on Shoulder Tattoo

Credit: @liongateinktattoo

A Relaxed Stroll Tattoo

a relaxed stroll tattoo

Credit: @daisyemilytattoo

Finding the Way Tattoo

finding the way tattoo

Credit: @jdt__tattoo

Memory Tattoo

memory tattoo

Credit: @brandnewtattoo

Real Life Beach Tattoo

real life beach tattoo

Credit: @andrea___bad

Colorful Beach Tattoo

Credit: @danny_inkrose

Skull Beach Tattoo

skull beach tattoo

Credit: @redbirdelectric

Unusual Color Tattoo

unusual color tattoo

Credit: @marisa_waboriworldtattoo

Dotted Beach Tattoo

dotted beach tattoo

Credit: @soniawang

Beach Face Tattoo

beach face tattoo

Credit: @the_pirate_ink_cave

Vibrant Beach Tattoo

vibrant beach tattoo

Credit: @iyanstattoo

Seagull Tattoo

Credit: @petra_bol.ttt

Half Arm Beach Tattoo

half arm beach tattoo

Credit: @buttons_tattoos

Palm Tree Tattoo

palm tree tattoo

Credit: @chopper_nick_tattoo

Black Ink Outline Tattoo

black ink outline tattoo

Credit: @nidometattoo

Simple Beach Tattoo


Beautiful Waves Tattoo

beautiful waves tattoo

Credit: @tattooist_pong

Black and White Beach Tattoo

black and white beach tattoo

Credit: @lucastakahaschi

Shoulder Beach Tattoo

Credit: @pilototattoo

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