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If you are a vivid reader of Bored Panda, you might already know that many animal tattoos have a deep symbolic meaning for a person. Usually, that meaning is expressed in a simple or complex way. There are a lot of animal tattoo ideas that try to utilize the two different styles in the best possible way. If you want a collection of wildlife tattoos on your body that are unique, be sure to read up on the difference between simplistic and realistic styles.

The best animal tattoos are those that can seem unique. To some, uniqueness comes from the details of a tattoo. The more photorealistic a tattoo is — the more unique it is. Realistic animal tattoos require a lot of time and money to create them. But not everyone wants to have a Mona Lisa on their body. Some want a string of simple animal tattoos that are just theirs. Some can see beauty in a single line that creates a form of an animal.

In the end, an animal tattoo is a work of art that can be enjoyed by any person, no matter the style of it. The only thing stopping the realization is the lack of inspiration. If you want to fix that problem — we are here to help you. With the list below, see what simplistic and realistic cool animal tattoos people have made. If you want to learn more about the symbolic meaning of similar tattoos, check out our previous post featuring even more tattoo designs of animals. If you like the design, be sure to upvote it and share it with a friend. Also, comment below on what you think makes a tattoo unique!

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“Once You Have Had A Wonderful Dog, A Life Without One Is A Life Diminished.” – Dean Koontz

“Once You Have Had A Wonderful Dog, A Life Without One Is A Life Diminished.” – Dean Koontz

Took 35 Hours.

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I'm Really Happy With How This Red Panda Turned Out

I'm Really Happy With How This Red Panda Turned Out

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Beginning Of An Animal Sleeve, Matt R At Chronic Ink, Toronto

Beginning Of An Animal Sleeve, Matt R At Chronic Ink, Toronto

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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know u don't want my two cents, but dude this is so majestic I would just leave it at this amazing owl... And then maybe a nice mouse down around your opposite ankle... Predator and his prey...

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#12

Cats Are Always Cute

Cats Are Always Cute

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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Blimey, this could be a relative of my old girl that left a big hole in my life, miss you Twinkle.

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Chillin Racoon. Agnia Von Jesus, Vilnius, Lithuania. Tattoo House

Chillin Racoon. Agnia Von Jesus, Vilnius, Lithuania. Tattoo House

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Animal Crossing Inspired Back Piece By Pony Reinhardt Of Tenderfoot Studio In Brooklyn New York. My First Tattoo!

Animal Crossing Inspired Back Piece By Pony Reinhardt Of Tenderfoot Studio In Brooklyn New York. My First Tattoo!

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Raccoon All Cosy In His Fav Grandad Jumper. Thank You, Sara

Raccoon All Cosy In His Fav Grandad Jumper. Thank You, Sara

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My Favourite Animal, Done By Antony Flemming At Scythe And Spade In Calgary, Alberta

My Favourite Animal, Done By Antony Flemming At Scythe And Spade In Calgary, Alberta

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11 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yup my grandma take care of her younger brother farm we had a cow we called lila idk about her anymore I left to a new country so she had a boy idk how to ringt hes name they killed him so we can eat him I didn't want to eat him but I was hungry . Lol. he will be in my heart 😢 😔 💔

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Bee Tattoo

Bee Tattoo

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Valerie G.
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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And a nice fat one, too. Used to see these all the time when I was a kid. They only seem to make wasps these days.

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Baby Lambs Tattoo

Baby Lambs Tattoo

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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really like this but the disconnected line work kind of makes it look like it healed patchy.

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Sweetest Little Sleepy Kitten And Duckling

Sweetest Little Sleepy Kitten And Duckling

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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Couldn't make out the duckling at first. Didn't see the snout and thought the eye was an open mouth and the petals on its head was actually 2 eyes with quite a big nose in between...

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Shout Out To Cool Clients Who Book Big Pre-Drawn Designs That I Am Dying To Do Like This Secretary Bird

Shout Out To Cool Clients Who Book Big Pre-Drawn Designs That I Am Dying To Do Like This Secretary Bird

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Epic Black And Grey Bird With A Red Sun For Contrast Done By Chani

Epic Black And Grey Bird With A Red Sun For Contrast Done By Chani

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Cute Pair Of Bunnies For Lovely Char.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​always Love The Finished Look Of Black And White Dot Work

Cute Pair Of Bunnies For Lovely Char.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​always Love The Finished Look Of Black And White Dot Work

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My Husband Passed Away In Oct. He Was My Lobster By Teri At Animated Canvas SC

My Husband Passed Away In Oct. He Was My Lobster By Teri At Animated Canvas SC

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Butterfly Ornament Design In My Design Account Was Processed By Adding And Changing Only The Colour Slightly

Butterfly Ornament Design In My Design Account Was Processed By Adding And Changing Only The Colour Slightly

Studio: @dearyouth_ink
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Academy: @dearyouth_academy

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#49

Stoned Ape Theory By Kati Berinkey (Aka Rockin Rabbit) At Blade&shade - Lucerne, Switzerland

Stoned Ape Theory By Kati Berinkey (Aka Rockin Rabbit) At Blade&shade - Lucerne, Switzerland

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Shadozfire
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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is that a hand turning into a vag with a finger turning into a tongue? Or am I the one trippin?

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#53

Lamb And Lion For Two Cumbrian Sisters Today. Thank You, Dena & Carrie

Lamb And Lion For Two Cumbrian Sisters Today. Thank You, Dena & Carrie

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Jescia
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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did the lion fall in love with the lamb? "What a stupid lamb," I sighed. "What a sick, masochistic lion.

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My Whimsical Woodland Fairy Skunk. By Macy At Thirteen Feet Tattoo In Sydney, Australia

My Whimsical Woodland Fairy Skunk. By Macy At Thirteen Feet Tattoo In Sydney, Australia

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#62

How Did I Forget This Wee Cutie In My Photos? From A Few Weeks Ago

How Did I Forget This Wee Cutie In My Photos? From A Few Weeks Ago

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Snake Tattoo

Snake Tattoo

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Cat Chat
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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Again, while I can admire and appreciate the detail and incredible talent, this creeps me out (snakes scare me, mainly from a childhood experience).

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Small Fish Tattoo For Lauryn

Small Fish Tattoo For Lauryn

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Cupcake Kitten
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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reminds me of the moon and ocean spirits from Avatar: The Last Airbender!!

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Something A Little Different For Me Doing Some Black And Grey. Such A Fun Piece For Toni Of Her Spirit Animal

Something A Little Different For Me Doing Some Black And Grey. Such A Fun Piece For Toni Of Her Spirit Animal

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Spider And Chrysanthemum

Spider And Chrysanthemum

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Cat Chat
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11 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's some awesome details. But, with how much spiders creep me out, I would have a hard time being around this person. That spider is beyond creepy.

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The Amount Of Detail Put Into This Piece Is Mind-Blowing

The Amount Of Detail Put Into This Piece Is Mind-Blowing

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Family Origins Tattoo

Family Origins Tattoo

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Tiger Tattoo

Tiger Tattoo

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#83

Arcanine X Hellhound

Arcanine X Hellhound

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The Gorilla, The Panda

The Gorilla, The Panda

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Designed And Tattooed By Ben Whiteraven Tat Bedsee

Designed And Tattooed By Ben Whiteraven Tat Bedsee

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