Best Devil Tattoos – Our Top 12

Find your inspo from these designs if you wish to come across as a holy terror (not literally).

Reviewed by Terisa Green, Tattoo Researcher
Written by Jyotsana Rao, BE
Edited by Madhumati Chowdhury, MA (English Literature)
Fact-checked by Joyce Joyson, MA (Mass Communication & Journalism)  • 

The devil, a red figure with horns, a pointy-ended tail, and a trident, symbolizes all that is not good. The world has always existed in opposites and the angel’s opposite is the devil. It would justifiably take a lot of courage to get tattoos of the devil on your body. However, in most religious stories and fables the devil is portrayed as a cunning persona, possessing a silver tongue that lures and tempts you to challenge your fate and ultimately meet your death. Similarly, the idea of a gothic devil tattoo, though appalling in its symbolism is strongly appealing to today’s youth. This may be because of the perfectness in which the devil’s imagined form can be fashioned into a tattoo design.

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Devil tattoos are often associated with rebellion and symbolize dark forces. However, it also represents inner power and transformation.

Best Devil Tattoos

1. The Devil’s Head Tattoo

A common kind of devil tattoo is one with just its head. It inculcates a sense of fear and awe with its darkness and wickedness. This one is the most popular and generally inked because of its cool looks.

2. A Smoking Devil Tattoo

The devil’s face with a cigarette between its lips and mischief in its eyes is a common tattoo for marking defiance. When you are rebelling against your parents, what can be worse than a tattoo, and that too with cigarettes and devils in them!

3. Black and White Outline Tattoo

A black and white outline of the devil’s face is another common aesthetic form of a devil tattoo. It symbolizes what any other devil would, but looks a bit more mature than the red inane character the devil is imagined to be.

4. The Cute Full Body Cupid like Devil Tattoo

This is the devil out of children’s fable books. It looks cute and naughty rather than evil and demonic. Unsurprisingly it has a lot more fans than its angelic alternatives. There is something about that little pitchfork and those cute, not-meaning-good-at-all eyes that have you melting all over them.

Tattoo Researcher, Terisa Green, says, “The cartoon version of the small devil with horns and a pitchfork has been a mainstay in classic Americana tattooing for decades. Also known as “Hot Stuff” the tattoo symbolizes that the wearer is hot stuff – sexy, exciting, and fun.”

5. She Devil Tattoo

Then there is the she-devil looking insanely hot in her semi-nude appearance with fire around her. This devil symbolizes defiance more than satanic virtues and it looks seriously hot which is an added advantage.

6. Horrifying Full Body Tatoo

Then there is the devil which is not cute or childish at all. It is awe-inspiring and macabre in its shape and yet beautiful to look at. Though extremely praiseworthy from the point of view of art, this demon tatto certainly inculcates that element of fear and horror in the minds of the ones who see it.

7. Rockstar Devil Tattoo

Satan, the king of Hell with a guitar or playing the drums fits this image. For musicians especially rock musicians the devil isn’t evil at all. It is grossly misunderstood, dark, deep, eerie, and perfect for the enigmatic image they require.

8. The Devil’s Caricature Tattoo

This is yet another funky-looking tattoo that generally doesn’t make use of color. It isn’t realistic in its appearance but still manages to look cool.

9. Devil Cum Angel Tattoo

This is another favourite among the devil tattoos. It generally comprises of a being – half angel and half devil, that is wholly human. It is full of contrast in its imagery like good against sin and heaven against the underworld. This devil angel tattoo looks as good as the other devil tattoos but is somehow less foreboding.

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This tattoo will also look good with a blend of black and brown colors. You may get it on the arm, but the back of the shoulder is also a perfect spot to sport this design.

10. The Combat Devil Tattoo

These tattoos generally depict the devil engaged in some kind of fight with the angel. It often portrays images from myths like those of Gabriel and the Leviathan. They are certainly more ominous than the rest!

A blogger and a devoted fan of the band Letlive., found inspiration in their album ‘If I’m the devil…’ for a unique tattoo. Excitedly recalling the experience, she shared in her blog, “We dubbed it ‘the party demon’ because he looks like a cheerful devil, with these colors.” Proudly placed on her left arm, it stands as a captivating homage to the band and their impactful song.(i)

11. Japanese Devil Tattoo

A Japanese devil tattoo on the arm
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While there are several references to devils in Japanese mythology, the Oni mask tattoo happens to be the most common Japanese devil tattoo. Dragons and demons are classified together and symbolize good fortune and generosity. Elaborate demon tattoos are seen as a representation of masculine strength. One can also sport a Japanese demon tattoo to reference the struggles and challenges one has encountered.

12. Devil Back Tattoo

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Devil tattoos are a part of occult imagery, and they can accentuate your goth sex appeal. This devil back tattoo just under the nape of a girl is simple yet goes with her overall aesthetic. While men usually prefer elaborate devil back tattoos that sprawl across the back, there is no hard-and-fast rule.

Infographic: Top 7 Striking Devil Tattoos

If you are interested in devil tattoos, there are various options that can match your style. Whether you prefer mythical satanic creatures or cute red devils, they are perfect for those who want to showcase their playful or rebellious side. They can also be intricately designed to catch everyone’s attention. Take a look at this infographic to explore 7 amazing devil tattoo ideas.

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These devil tattoos can help you show your dark and occult side. Symbolize your inner defiance and rebellion according to your style – a minimalist demonic pattern or an intricate and bold monotone design. You can take inspiration from our collection and design your own. Getting a tattoo can be fun, but don’t forget to take good care of your ink. Your skin is susceptible to infections after getting a tattoo. Thus, speed up your healing process by taking precautions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cultural significance of devil tattoos?

Devil tattoos hold important meanings in different cultures. In some cultures, devil tattoos are a symbol of danger, temptation, and a desire to embrace one’s dark side. It is also seen as a symbol of rebellion against conventional societal norms or one’s interest in the paranormal.

What are some of the best practices for getting a devil tattoo, in terms of design, placement, and aftercare?

Think about the design and what you want it to convey. You can get it on the thigh, back, arm, or back. Always ensure that you clean the area properly, avoid direct sunlight, and use a moisturizing lotion to keep your tattoo hydrated and infection-free.

What are some common misconceptions about devil tattoos, and how can they be dispelled?

People often associate devil tattoos with evil. However, these tattoos are seen more as a form of self-expression, strength, and duality to most people.

From monster to demon tattoos, pick the one that suits your personality best. Check this video for the top 10 best devil tattoo designs!

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