Dogs are some of the most loyal friends we’ll ever know. These good boys and girls are with us through happy times and sad, so it’s no wonder that so many of us opt to have their likenesses permanently inked on our skin. Dog tattoos are a popular subject for artists, and because of the current ubiquity of body art, there’s no shortage of inspiration if you’re looking to have something similar done.
Tattoos celebrate the things we love the most about our pups. Some portraits highlight a dog’s silly expression and its wagging tongue, while other designs might showcase their adorable “love handles.” Another option is to ink an image that reflects their endearing personality traits like playfulness and loyalty. Kiss Kata, for instance, created a portrait of a shaggy dog waiting for their human to throw a frisbee with them. It’s ink like this that’s sure to tug at your heartstrings—no matter if you’re a dog lover or not.
Check out some of our favorite dog tattoos below. You’ll be saying “awww” in no time!