45 Awesome Shark Tattoos for Your Inner Badass


Sharks are great. They’re fierce, fearless, and powerful. If you’re one of those people who think they’re vicious killers, you’ve probably watched waaaay too many horror flicks. As a matter of fact, sharks only attack when their environment is disturbed or when they feel they’re in danger. In other words, they do it to protect themselves, which is completely understandable. They’re actually gorgeous animals, worthy of our protection and respect. And what better way to showcase your admiration for these badass creatures than to get a shark tattoo?

While men would probably prefer more aggressive designs, women usually go for more graceful and subtle tattoos, which can be just as powerful. If you’re looking to convey that you’re a bold and strong individual, a shark tattoo is the perfect way to spread the message. Here are some awesome tattoo ideas to get you inspired.


Shark out of water! This mesmerizing creature seems particularly angry. Maybe he saw something he didn’t like? Or maybe evil humans are after him. Whatever the case, he knows how to protect his turf. And what’s more important – probably the owner of this lovely tattoo know how to stand up for themselves as well.


Now that’s what we call a classic. If you really want people to admire your ink up close and personal, a hand tattoo is the way to go. Such a scary (yet still marvelous) specimen will clearly make a long-lasting impression.


Sharks + typography = love, at least in our book. This is a more private tattoo – a black and white design people will only see if you’re a fan of crop tops. We can’t really see what it says, but it’s something about survival, and sharks are good at that. So, great choice.


This tattoo looks unfinished, but we’re sure the end product will be amazing. Just look at that perfect shark silhouette and that bold shade of blue. We can’t tell if the shark is angry or cheerful, but he seems to be swimming peacefully, which means he’s very zen. Yay!


Aaaaargh! What better way to convey your love for the sea than get a tattoo of a pirate skeleton and one or a badass shark? We don’t know. But the combination clearly works, as you can see on this creative fellow.


“Hello, I am Shark. I like to cuddle with sea lions and make fun of awkward-looking fish. What is your story?” We haven’t seen a happier shark in our lives and we doubt we’ll ever see one before, so this specimen won our hearts in a jiffy.


Oops! This shark was hungry. He’s not anymore. We particularly appreciate the fallen flip-flop, as it makes the design look more realistic. That eye, however, will haunt us for days. Sharks are good guys. Except when they’re not.


Now this is one fierce animal, who looks like he’s looking to revenge his pal’s death. At least he has a purpose. Side note: this is a great location for a shark tattoo, as you can display this interesting creature in all its glory. Sharks from all across the world will be in awe.


Colorful, gracious, and utterly cute. When it comes to this particular design, we love everything, from the placement to the mesmerizing color combination. If you’re a lady looking to get inked, you should add this to your list of potential designs for sure.


Menacing shark on your foot? Why not? Here, the creature seems to be yelling at the Pi sign located on the other foot, so maybe he’s not a fan of math. We won’t hold it against him. Math is hard.


Now this is what we call an eye-catching tattoo. It’s big, manly, and perfect. If you enjoy danger, what better way to showcase that? The details on this design are flawless, so make sure to find a skillful artist with a keen eye for detail.


This Mr. Shark looks kinda nostalgic. We imagine he’s thinking about his last yummy meal and looking forward to the next one. At least that’s how we look when we’re craving fries. We’re guessing his taste is more eclectic.


At first we though this shark looks a bit drunk, but then we noticed he’s been cut in half. Uncool. Maybe a magic trick gone wrong? Whatever the case, we’re digging still this design (and mourning for the lovely fellow at the same time).


This is what we call interesting placement. While this kind of tattoo looks awesome though, you want to make sure it’s really what you want before you get one. Growing your hair is always an option, but better to be extra certain you’ll still like the design after a couple of years.


Wow. Is this an awesome design or what? Everything from the waves to the stylized sea creature to the twinkly stars is marvelous, and the amount of detail is truly fascinating. We’re in love.


Is geometry your thing? Than this is the tattoo for you. Complex, eye-catching, edgy. Plus, the design kind of creates a 3D effect, right? We somehow can’t take our eyes out of this one. Kudos for the great contrast as well.


We love tattoos that tell a story, so we’re obviously in love with this one. Someone has fallen of a ship and got attacked by a fearless creature. Sounds like a great idea for a movie. What, it was already done? Oh, well.


This shark looks like he’s contemplating his next meal in the form of that sad looking fishy. This shade of blue is to die for and the details are great. But does the fishy escape? I guess we will never know. Although due to the shark’s hungry eyes, we doubt it.


This shark is hella fancy. He has a hat for Pete’s sake, and he can see better than his fellow sea creatures. We can also see a trident, so maybe Mr. Shark is the ruler of the sea in the tattoo owner’s eye. We like whales as well, but we won’t disagree.


The perfect proof that a small shark is still a fierce shark. And he looks dashing next to the anchor. Side note: an anchor tattoo symbolizes strength and stability, so it only makes sense to associate it with a mighty shark, which exudes power.


We’ve seen Jaws, but this tattoo still made us gasp. It’s very realistic and well-made. We’re only sorry that the pic is black and white and we can’t tell is the shark is colorful or not. Whatever the case, it’s stunning for sure.


A remarkable design that will surely grab the eye of everyone around. What more is there to say? It’s truly perfect.


Angry shark is looking for blood. Meanwhile, innocent puppy is making puppy eyes and this contrast is mainly what makes this design stand out from the crowd. Oh, and those splashes of water? That’s what we call excellent craftsmanship.


Another tattoo of a seemingly menacing shark on an arm, because you can never have too many of these. Again, we applaud the artist’s attention to detail and we’re deeply jealous this design isn’t resting on our arms instead.


If you’re going for a scary but impressive tattoo, associating sharks with skeletons is the way to go. You don’t even have to be a sailor. It just works. The dark waves are beautiful, and the Mr. Shark looks as pissed as a shark can get.


Rock and roll! It’s not a saying, it’s a lifestyle. Even when you’re being eaten by a shark. We love the symbolism of this design. Mainly because the day we give in is the day we day. Stay true to who you are.


The deep sea is full of gorgeous creatures, so if you want a unique tattoo, include as many as you can. Turtles are cure, sharks are wonderful, a jelly fish will add a touch of whimsy to the design. Looking at this art piece is quite relaxing, isn’t it?


This particular shark is out to get you. If you’re a person who scares easily, it might even cause some nightmares. Thankfully, we’re not, so we consider this a win. As we’ve already said, sharks only attack to protect themselves, so we’re safe.


Sure, you might have thought about getting a shark tattoo, but did you ever considered the possibility of getting a tattoo of a shark with its insides visible? No? You’re welcome.


Judging by the tattoo, the pants, and the beer, this person is very much into the sea. We understand. The sea is awesome. And sharks are pretty even when they look like they’re out to get you.


A shark with a riffle? Not that’s a movie we would definitely watch. If he’s released upon the world during a tornado, even better. That’s as compelling as it gets.


A small, subtle, and wonderful tattoo that goes particularly well with that heart piercing. Due to their shape, sharks make perfect ear tattoos, don’t you agree?


So many colors! We love colors and we love sharks, so we definitely applaud the tattoo artist who put this together. The details are spectacular, the shades dazzling. Perfection.


Sharks everywhere! This particular fellow looks calm and peaceful. We especially appreciate the frame, as it gives the entire design a bit of an edge. And is that another shark tattoo on the other leg, or just a doodle? Care to speculate? We vote doodle, but you never know.


This shark is hiding behind the owner’s ear because he doesn’t want to scare you, not because he is the one who’s scared. Sharks don’t get scared. They make the scaring. On a more serious note, we love the colors and the placement of this tattoo. Discreet, but still amazing.


Although we can only see a bit of this shark tattoo, we can help but gush over it. It’s probably wonderful, as shark tattoos usually are. How far down do you think it goes?


Simple, black and white, highly effective. He looks like he’s screaming though. Maybe the owner has something to say and wants the world to pay attention? This is our best guess.


A slice of sea life on your foot – the perfect choice when you’re obsessed with the waves. While we like the sharks in this design, we’re also in awe over the octopus and the sentiment of peace we’re filled with after looking at the image for a while. The sea is great guys.


When you’re giving someone the finger, having a shark on it makes the whole gesture even more powerful. This shark might be tiny, but he will tolerate nobody’s nonsense. Just look at those teeth.


Angry shark is out to get you! Beware! (That blue though is deep and wonderful and in total contrast with the shark’s overall demeanor, which is very cool.)


This shark may look menacing, but he’s probably only annoyed that you’re invading his privacy *wink.*


Abstract sharks are great, red abstract sharks are even better. We’re totally digging the flowery design as well, so this is a particularly compelling tattoo in our book.


Another discreet, but menacing design because we just can’t get enough of tiny sharks who hide behind people’s ears.


A very interesting design, which will surely catch the attention of everyone around. The amount of detail is crazy good. We’re actually applauding over here.


This shark looks kind of sad, but that’s probably just because we’ve reached the end of our list. He’s pretty dashing though, with his lovely tail and those perfect stripes. The placement is also perfect considering the shark’s silhouette, so we’re definitely in awe. Well done!

See? Sharks make awesome tattoos. They’re can look fierce, convey strength, and even scare people away if you’re going for a more gruesome design. What more could you wish for? If you’re looking to get inked, you will be more than able to find a design that satisfies all your needs. Maybe one from above?