125+ Ocean Tattoo Ideas That Are Uber-Cool

Ocean tattoos are as the odd one out of all the different types of tattoo that people get. Among the various memes, sharks, skulls, scorpion, and movie quotes that people get as tattoos, people often overlook ocean tattoos, which is very unfair seeing the massive potential that these tattoos hold.

Moreover, if you are someone who has overlooked Ocean tattoos in favor of some other popular tattoo, here is a list of cool ocean tattoo ideas that are sure to change your mind.


Ocean Tattoo Ideas


Ocean tattoos are very somber ink that carries the calmness of the ocean itself on your body. In addition, unlike most tattoos that have a symbolic meaning or some form of emotional attachment to the person, ocean tattoos have the added benefit of being very therapeutic. Therefore, if you find yourself interested, here are a few ocean tattoo ideas that are sure to leave you in awe.

  1. Minimalist Ocean Tattoo

Who says that ocean tattoos have to be massive in both size and detail? Minimalist tattoos with all of their simple lines and lack of detail hold the same therapeutic value as that of any other ocean tattoo. People who get minimalist ocean tattoos often get waves or rising tides inked on their body.

Waves and tide tattoos are incredibly soothing and can look very cute with the right size and design. These minimalist tattoos always carry a dark color like black or blue that looks simply breathtaking. As for the placement of a minimalist tattoo, it is sure to look great on your forearms, Wrists, shoulders, or your neck.

  1. Ocean Tattoo Sleeves

While minimalist tattoo really capture the look and feel of the ocean in a small design, for the more committed of you out there, a minimalist tattoo does not hold a candle to ocean tattoo sleeves. These sleeves make use of your entire arms or your legs to create a beautiful portrait of the sea.

Sleeves like these are often too small to have portraits of things like ships and what not, but is big enough to show off the underbelly of the ocean and the different animals swimming in it. You can make the sleeve very vibrant and colorful, and use either a realistic style or a more cartoonish one for the animals.

  1. Linework Wave

Linework is a very rare tattoo style that very few artists can pull off successfully. The linework waves show multiple waves crashing into each other in a very satisfying tattoo. Though the tattoo only uses linework throughout, it is more than enough to provide detail to the waves.

Being a somewhat minimalist tattoo in its own right, it only uses a single color. You can use colors like black and dark blue to really set this tattoo apart from most other tattoos.


  1. Ship On Water

Ships are without a doubt some of the coolest tattoos that you can get on your skin. While ship tattoos surely deserve a tattoo list on their, this one in particular is in a league of its own. The tattoo shows a ship cruising on the sea, giving the tattoo a very soothing and somber look.

The colors for this tattoo can be bright and vibrant, but they may not have the same soothing visuals as that of a monochrome tattoo.

  1. Dotwork Waves

If you were thinking linework tattoos were rare, dotwork tattoos are a lot rarer and a lot more obscure. However, do not let this tattoo style’s obscurity fool you, as it can really make for great tattoos like this dotwork waves one. The tattoo shows beautiful waves all intricately drawn with tiny dots of ink that really gives the tattoo a unique look along with its calming aesthetic.

Dotwork, much like linework, uses a single color throughout the tattoo, and in most cases, this color is black. If you feel that color does not properly represent you, then you can opt for any other dark color, as light colors are not usually vivid on the skin.

  1. A Light House Buy The Ocean

Lighthouses are a unique tattoo idea that you do not see often and yet is a tattoo that holds a lot of symbolic value. A lighthouse tattoo represents guidance, hope, and safety, making it possibly one of the best ocean tattoos to get. Although the lighthouse along with the ocean does not represent anything in specific, the lighthouse away from the ocean does make the tattoo look incredibly calming.

As for the colors of this tattoo, it carries a monochromic color scheme that makes the tattoo a lot more atmospheric.

  1. Palm Trees On The Beach

Nothing is quite as relaxing as a nice, quiet day on the beach. Moreover, if you have ever been lucky enough to enjoy a nice and quiet day at the beach, you know exactly how calming the experience can be. Remind yourself of that feeling at every passing moment with this amazing beach tattoo filled with palm trees, the ocean, and the nice sandy beach.

This tattoo features a lot more color than the previous tattoos, and this increase in color is actually a lot more soothing and calming than if the tattoo did not have any color at all.

  1. Coral Reef Design

Are you tired of seeing the usual waves and tides that people use for their ocean designs? Well then, this coral reef design just might be the fresh change of pace that you may have been looking for. A coral reef under the ocean is an amazing choice for a tattoo simply because of the colors that most coral reefs have and how well they translate to tattoos.

You will need a lot of space for this tattoo, so the best place to get this is the calves, back, and the chest, mainly because of the attention to detail.

  1. Ocean Life Tattoo

 Another great idea for a tattoo is the ocean life tattoo, which is a massive portrait of fishes under the sea. The tattoo is incredibly rich in color and has a lot of intricate detail in it. However, due to the immense size of the tattoo, the best place for this is the back and this is only for the most dedicated and patient of you.

  1. Shark In The Ocean

Pay homage to one of the greatest thrillers ever-made (Jaws), with this amazing shark tattoo. The shark tattoo is also big but not as big as the massive underwater portrait. This tattoo can make for a great sleeve on your arm or leg, or it can go well on your calf, chest, and back. The tattoo is incredibly colorful, and looks simply beautiful.

  1. Mermaid Tattoo

Mermaids used to be a very common among sailors back in the day, but as time changed this tattoo became a lot more common among women thanks to the incredible design and beautiful artistry. Mermaids are the maidens of the sea and their beauty is at full display here thanks to the realistic art style. The colors of this tattoo are up to you, and will look great in either black or white, or bright vibrant colors.



Ocean tattoos are very different from most other tattoos, not just because of the different aesthetic or art style, but also because of the underlying meaning. Ocean tattoos, especially those with waves and tides, are very soothing and very calming. People often get these tattoos for therapeutic reasons, other the obvious fact that they look good and that they have an underlying meaning. Therefore, before you get to choose your tattoo, you should first understand the underlying meaning for the tattoo and then make a decision.

Tattoo Placement

Tattoo placement is also a very important factor to consider when choosing a tattoo. Over the years tattoos have become such a recognized art form that where you get your tattoo can also say a lot about you as a person. A good example of this is when you get tattoos on visible parts of your body, like the forearms, hands, neck, face, you are someone who is very confident in the choices and you like to live life on your own terms. Whereas tattoos on parts of the body that are usually hidden are very intimate and shows that you are someone who wants to follow a standard career, but is not afraid to show off their creativity.


Will Tattoos On My Back Hurt A Lot?

The back is a lot more sensitive part of the body and even after the anesthetic will pinch during the tattoo session.

What Is Tattoo Etiquette?

Tattoo etiquette is a set of rules that tattoo artists have established in order to keep customers from asking questions; something of a handbook. Tattoo etiquette includes things what to wear, how to sit, how to talk to the artist, and general rules.

Should I Tip My Tattoo Artist?

Many people consider tipping the tattoo artist mandatory, but you can choose not to do if the artist has not lived up to your expectations. However, if they do a good job, it may be impolite to leave without tipping.


Ocean tattoos are a form of therapy in their own right, which alone makes them one of the greatest tattoos to get. Besides, you have a variety of size options available to you when it comes to ocean tattoos, so depending on what you are looking for you can definitely find it.