Top 21 Tree Of Life Tattoo Designs With Their Interpretations

Written by Jyotsana Rao

Mother Nature is the most prominent symbol of strength when we talk about elements of the universe. So, it is not surprising that trees are a symbol of power, immortality, and spirituality. Trees have proved to play a significant part in most cultures and traditions. The symbol of the tree of life has a long history, so we have provided the distinct features of each kind in this collection so you can choose the one you relate to the most and sport that particular tree of life tattooon your skin, turning heads wherever you go with your new style statement.

1. Celtic Tree Of Life Tattoo

The Celtic culture is based around Mother Nature and their strong connection with trees. Trees provide food and shelter to birds and animals, act as a place for gathering, and provide a spiritual bond to various deities and ancestors. This connection to the spirit world is regarded as a significant attribute in the Celtic culture. This Celtic tree of life tattoo done in black ink can be a good choice for anyone who connects with Celtic beliefs.

2. Cherry Blossom Tree Of Life Tattoo

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This design features an elaborate cherry blossom tree done on the thigh. Its natural colors look absolutely stunning. It is widely known that this flower blooms for a short period of time and ends up detaching itself from the tree. Hence, according to the Japanese tradition, it symbolizes the transience of beauty. Cherry blossoms are also highly celebrated in various Japanese festivals. According to Buddhism, they represent self-knowledge and wisdom.

3. Minimalistic Tree Of Life Tattoo

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I have been a firm believer in the saying “Less is more.” This is one of those tree of life tattoo designs that bring this ideology to life. This unique tattoo is done right above the collarbone in black ink and surrounded by a colored circle.

4. Apple Tree Tattoo

Apples appear in many religious texts, sometimes even being called mystical. As the story of Adam and Eve goes, it is called the forbidden fruit. Apples can even be seen as having a dual nature: they signify the downfall of Adam and Eve but also symbolize learning and knowledge.

5. Simple Tree Of Life Tattoo

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I have always been a fan of simplicity and believe that it can take anything to the next level and turn it into something beautiful. This tattoo is proof that even the easiest and softest strokes can turn a simple tree into an edgy tree of life tattoo.

6. Geometrical Tree Of Life Tattoo

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Geometrical patterns are often chosen by people who value neatness, clarity, and perfection in their lives. This tattoo consists of a tree of life surrounded by a cool geometrical pattern giving it a crisp look.

7. Tribal Tree Of Life Tattoo

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Tattoos inspired by tribes from around the world make for some of the most beautiful designs in the world of body art. This tattoo features a tree of life flagged by lions on either side in tribal patterns.

8. Mandala Tree Of Life Tattoo

Trees, in general, represent good fortune, security, the blessings of Mother Nature, and family stability. A tree mandala design beautifully encompasses these meanings within the circle creating a layer of protection. The mandala sign itself is considered sacred across various cultures and thought to bring good fortune. When combined, this design creates an even stronger symbol.

9. Linden Tree Tattoo

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Linden trees are considered to be sacred as they symbolize monogamy, love, fertility, friendship, and peace. On the other hand, they are popular in various traditions across the globe due to their positive connotations with healing and protection from the evil eye and diseases.

10. Cypress Tree Of Life Tattoo

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The crosses you see at graveyards are usually made of wood from cypress trees to protect the dead. Both Muslims and Christians also plant them in cemeteries as they believed that they acted as a wall of protection against all kinds of evil.

11. Birch Tree Of Life Tattoo

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Birch trees are thought to be symbols of new beginnings, hope, and renewal because they have the unique ability to grow on even the most barren of lands. They also grow quickly and make shelter for various birds and animals. They are known to carry wisdom while also appearing young for life, making them the perfect tattoo for people who strongly believe in these attributes. With its intricate detailing and sleek appearance, this is a great idea for a calf tattoo done in black ink.

12. Ash Tree Of Life Tattoo

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Ash trees are big in height and width, and they have strong roots being. These attributes of weight, size, and depth symbolize expansion, growth, and a premier perspective. This tattoo of the tree has been done on the forearm in black ink. The gradient shading of the tattoo adds a unique dynamic to this design.

13. Aspen Tree Of Life Tattoo

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This is one of the prettiest images for a tree of life tattoo. It is done using the natural colors of the aspen tree. You are bound to find the shuddering aspen leaves being mentioned in various legends and lores in ancient literature. Anyone who is has seen this tree would have seen it dance when the wind blows. It is said that the druids used to go to the aspen groves to watch the dance of nature while using aspens as tokens. Hence, it is believed that aspen trees symbolize a happy ending as well as mourning and sorrow.

14. Cedar Tree Of Life Tattoo

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Cedar trees are admired by tons of cultures around the world. The wood of this tree is used to build doors for various holy structures and is burnt during purification rituals. This tree was believed to be used in housing gods, serving as a passageway to the other world. When you get this tattoo inked on your body, think of it as a symbol of incorruptibility and protection. Placed best onto the forearms, shoulder, and thighs, they look enchanting in colored ink and edgy in black ink.

15. Bay Tree Of Life Tattoo

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Often mentioned in ancient Greek mythology, the bay tree is a representation of strength and courage. It is also said to be treasured by Roman gods and goddesses. They used to wear crowns made out of sprigs of the bay tree to depict their high status and glory. This is one handsome tree that makes for an equally gorgeous tattoo. Sharp and bold black lines have been used for the branches of this tree, and the leaves have been done with neat and precise strokes. This is a great tattoo for your forearm.

16. Fig Tree Of Life Tattoo

The symbolism of the fig tree originates from the Bible story of Adam and Eve where they used fig leaves to hide their private parts after eating the forbidden fruit. Hence, it is often figuratively used to express covering up any embarrassing or unpleasant activity that might bring shame. Other meanings of the fig tree include longevity and abundance.

17. Oak Tree Of Life Tattoo

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Numerous supernatural movies and TV shows have stressed on the importance of oak trees in ancient cultures. Celtic culture, for example, considers the oak tree to be a holy object and believes it has the power to access the door to the alternate realm. This Celtic tree of life tattoo depicts endurance, strength, bravery, and liberty. This tattoo would look very enchanting on your forearm or back in all black ink.

18. Willow Tree Of Life Tattoo

There are a lot of meanings associated with willow trees like healing, freedom, and lost love. They also symbolize more mystical things like dreams and magic. These qualities are often seen as being feminine features. Getting a tree of life forearm tattoo like the one shown here is a time-consuming task but worth every second when you get all the fine lines and detailing right.

19. Beech Tree Of Life Tattoo

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The beech tree is a well-built and magnificent tree with smooth, gray bark, a short trunk, and widespread branches. With such a strong image, it is no surprise that it is often seen as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, prosperity, and patience. Perfect, right? If a person values these virtues, a beech tree of life tattoo is the most impressive option for them to get inked.

20. Maple Tree Of Life Tattoo

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You all would know about this tree as the one producing the delectable syrup you drizzle on your fluffy pancakes, right? Well, traditionally the maple tree is known to be a symbol of harmony, balance, and duty. The enchanting shades of red and yellow of maple leaves are the best sight of the autumn season. So, why not get this gorgeous image inked on your skin?

21. Walnut Tree Of Life Tattoo

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Walnut trees are an important symbol for Native Americans. According to Native American culture, the walnut tree of life symbolizesfocus and clarity. People who value perfection and are truly clear about their life goals can use this tattoo as a reminder for the same. Be it an all-black tattoo like this one or filling the tree with colors, both look perfect. Place this tattoo on your wrist, calf, or forearm in any size you wish. 

One of the best things about tattoos is that you can customize any design to create something unique for yourself. The same holds true for tree of life tattoos. If you found something you absolutely adore in the list above, let us know in the comments below!

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Jyotsana Rao is an engineering graduate from NIT, Nagpur, who discovered her love for writing during her undergraduate days. She is passionate about writing about everything related to beauty - makeup, fashion, hairstyles, skin care, or hair care. When this social media junkie isn't stalking the world of fashion and glamour, she loves spending her time traveling.