If you’re running to the sea, surfboarding in tow, or just enjoying a romantic walk on the beach while the waves peacefully break in the background, the waves are probably one of the more seductive creations.
The first wave of tattoos, probably native to the Pacific Islands cultures, especially Maori and Samoa tribes. Simple single line designs and minimalist recurring wave patterns were commonplace at this time and still remain to this day. Over the years, as the art of body and technology has evolved, these simple patterns have turned into more elaborate and intricate works of art. With the resources tattoo artists have at their disposal today, if one can imagine, it can be inked. Let’s take a look at some of the best examples of the wave tattoos created today.
This super clean wave glyph
Another incredible triangular glyph. The largest wave ever surfed was over 100 feet tall. Who is as big as a 10 story building!
This great Hokusai tattoo space
Twinkling stars can be found inside these waves.
This cute tattoo calf
Undeniably a lovely design, but it’s a bit too small to make any subtle nuance.
These wave scale
This wandering chest piece begins on the pectoral muscle, before doing so in the way and over the collarbone. The waves are framed with a bit of model work while featuring different textures, including a slight scaling.
This spectacular shore break
Ok, maybe shore break is a bit of a euphemism. This terrifying tsunami is better like this. Traits and waves go together as PB
This beautiful piece of foot
Clean, crisp and clean are the words that come to mind when you see this elegant piece of furniture. But again, what do you want to expect from
Tropical triceps piece
Here, we have a full blown at the tropical beach scene that almost looks like it could be the most complex woodcut ever cutting.
This epic back piece
This relatively large circular back piece consists almost entirely of vague features. This tattoo could almost be mistaken for something else if it was not the only protruding story of a whale.
This black ink at the waves sea
These sectoral lines look like something from an illuminated manuscript.
Hokusai tattoo wave on the back
Epic on so many different levels.
These delicious dotwork ridges
The anatomy of a wave consists of a ridge and a hollow. The distance between the ridges is known as the wavelength.
This blue and white ink medallion chestnut
Although not as much as you think of the vague tattoos with white ink creates a bold and exciting design that is hard to ignore. This beautiful color scheme makes this piece one of our favorites for both is composition and color.
These beats by the waves
A beautiful example made in black and gray ink, which could just as easily be grassy hills as it is a rough sea. Where is this grassy slope?
The Great Wave of Kanagawa tribute
Note the length of the wooden ships are threatened by the ruthless waves.
This piece of thigh
The huge waves crash down in great detail. Fun fact: The biggest wave ever was the result of a landslide triggered by an avalanche. In 1958, an earthquake along the Fairweather Foul in Alaska released apx. 40 million cubic meters of rock along the north shore of Lituya Bay, resulting in a tsunami wave of more than 1720 feet (524 meters) in height. A wave that would have dominated the Empire State Building.
This Hokusai tat side
Other reproduction, of Hokusai wave of fact in the dotwork style low on the rib cage.
These tattoo couple correspondents
Internet loves a good pair of couples, tattoos and us too.
This amazing ankle work
Blackwork blues we will call it. Unbelievable.
These curious peaks
These waves almost look like a package by cobras checking things.
This triangular ankle piece
Another unique interpretation of the vague Hokusai but this time constrained to a diamond-shaped glyph. Triangular, diamond, and circular-shaped borders are pretty popular these days.
This watercolor wave foot, tattoo
Blues and purples decorate this simple design.
This dotwork anchor and tattoo wave
This nautical themed dotwork illustration has the old world of tin type feeling for it.
These beautiful bright waves
The luminescence qualities of this combination of inks are absolutely divine.
This Big Sur-inspired tattoo wave
This California coast coin is inspired from the Big Sur coast
This rectangular Hokusai wave tattoo
Does anyone know what this symbol represents in the upper left corner of the photo?
This simple circle of the forearm
Closed up, open down.
This dynamic of Hokusai forearm piece
The vague Hokusai is a phrase given to the work done in the renowned image, 19th century Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai of engravings of works. Most of these “Hokusai tattoos”, which there are many examples of this list, have been made to the image of Hokusai’s most famous work
This colorful big dot design
Only the blue and red of the ink has been used here to give the viewer a feeling as if they are inside the barrel of a breaking wave.
This Fibonacci wave tattoo
Color meets style in this beautiful example of Fibonacci wave. Adrian always impresses with his keene eye for color.
This tubular sunset
This beautiful realism embodies a user to visualize perfectly. Any regular visitor will appreciate this work for the vague moment of nostalgia that it evokes.
These beautiful whitecaps
FYI, there is a baseball team in Michigan that calls themselves Western Michigan Whitecaps.
This color of the forearm piece
A vague Hokusai in landscape format.
This cute little kite
Playful monochromatic tattoo wave featuring an orange and yellow kite in the wind.
This beautiful watercolor glyph
Cool summer tones make up this brilliant watercolor glyph.
This beautiful glyph
The waves break the lines of this triangular glyph dramatically.
This inner-work of arms
We can never know if Jon Boy’s work is done muted or if it’s just a soft filter. Probably the filter. Here we have a rough sea, with a couple of flying fish doing what they do.
This little island
This composition without borders has a beautiful sun that exceeded some fluffy clouds.
This granular dotwork piece
Perhaps the most realistic tattoo wave (proportionally speaking) we still have to see. The entanglement of gaps up the room, as if the subject was leaning over it before being stamped with a tattoo wave.
This bluish green watercolor wave tattoo
Here we have only one wave on the list made exclusively in watercolor. No outlines or fancy features here.
This sky and sea tattoo yin and yang
This whale-under-the-tattoo wave
A large humpback whale is visible below a boiling wave.
This dotwork / tattoo wave features
Both styles work well together, but are not considered as often as you think. Resident Bang Bang tattooist Joice Wang is eclectic in style, always succeeds in producing magnificent works of art, no matter what the challenge.
This single line continues
Our tattoo wave shot on the list. The Iranian artist Mo Ganji quit his business work to create these one of the minimalist aspect of tattoos made using a single continuous line.
This design woodcut
Katsushika Hokusai had no idea that he would inspire so many vague tattoos.
This wave tattoo minimum
Demonstrating how beautiful simplicity can be.
This nasty-watercolor work
These geometric waves
These beautiful lines
Beautiful lines ending in a cold break of the pac.
These watercolor waves
This freshly tattooed rib cage work done in the image of the wave Hokusai.
This beautiful display lines
Some seriously heavy features are on display in this diamond shaped tattoo glyph.
This linear network piece of chest
As close to perfection as you can get.
This circular piece back
Several waves crashing in fact in a unique style.
This brilliant of vague tattoo features
Here we have a devastating display of lines with a negative sun space placed in the background.
This black ink glyph thigh
Sound familiar? This is obviously one of the most popular designs on the list.
Hokusai tattoo wave on the calf
Here we can see Mt. Fuji in the background behind these crashing waves. Hokusai is The Great Wave off Kanagawa, this tattoo represents, is his most famous work as well as arguably the most recognizable piece of Japanese works of art in the world.
This infinite wave of tattoo
Two sets of waves, one vertical and one inverted occupy the inner loops of a symbol of infinity. Cool and creative.
This circular wave of tattoo
This beautiful woodcut tattoo wave
“Wrinkles are smoothed out of the soul,” reads this gorgeous superior ankle tattoo.
This minimalist wave of tattoo
Another continuous single of the tattoo wave line undoubtedly influenced by the work of the Iranian artist Mo Ganji.