25+ Creative Dog Tattoos That Pay Homage to Paw-fect Pups

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!

See how people pay homage to their favorite pups with creative dog tattoos.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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