Cloud tattoos are often used as symbols of transcendence, heavenly intervention, inspiration, and fantastical imaginings (like a boy sitting on the moon amongst the clouds). They can be used to surround a variety of other tattoos fluidly, helping to weave together designs throughout the body. Stars can be used amongst them, as well as the sun or any other astrological theme. They can be divinely serene or wickedly menacing – the choice is yours when it comes to cloud tattoos.
If you’re considering getting a cloud tattoo, take a look at these 40 we’ve compiled here on Zarias to help inspire your personal design.
Heavenly & Earthly Cloud Tattoos
Tattoos make one of the most amazing forms of body adornments today, with men and women around the world loving to embellish their body parts with these exquisite creations. The designs of tattoos are offered in great variety and different elements are used by creative tattoos artists to create something unique and innovative. One of the most beautiful types of tattoos is cloud tattoos which use clouds as the basic elements. They abound in aesthetic beauty and are bound to attract attention because of the grace and charisma exuded by them. Most of the time, you would notice these tattoos done in black or grey color because it is the natural color of the clouds, though some tattoo lovers may go for colorful designs. Choosing the color and design of a tattoo is entirely a matter of personal preference and the right lies only and only with the tattoo bearer, though he can consult an expert artist for advice regarding the same.
Clouds Tattoos Meanings
Clouds are one of the most beautiful creations of nature. They seem to paint the sky and have a feel-good value for both the body as well as the mind. There is also something spiritual about them and looking at them can bring a great deal of spiritual happiness and fulfillment. They also symbolize illusion, mystery, secrets and dreams, depending upon how the meaning is interpreted by the bearer of the tattoo. Different cultures relate clouds with different meanings, which give different symbolic meanings to clouds:
- In Chinese tradition, clouds stand for transition and they denote the journey of a person as he reaches the realms of spiritualism
- The Greco-Roman mythology related clouds with the abode of the Gods as Mount Olympus, the home of Gods, has always been pictured with clouds around it. as such light and puffy clouds signify happy times ahead while dark, storm clouds indicate something ominous coming up
- The Hindu and Tibetan cultures relate clouds with a sense of detachment as they relate to change but not a permanent one
- Clouds harbinger rain, which makes them stand for abundance and prosperity
- According to the Japanese, clouds are bringers of good luck and fulfillment
- They also denote air and water, which relates them with balance of intellect and emotion
It would be apt to say that if you are looking for a tattoo design which looks graceful and at the same time, abounds in symbolic value, then cloud arts would make just the perfect tattoo design for you.
Like all other tattoos, the most important aspect of cloud tattoos is its placement as it needs to be inked in such a manner that its placement adds more charm to the design and makes it highly attractive. The placement depends mainly upon the size of the tattoo, the larger one befitting wider surface area and vice versa. Larger and more detailed cloud art can be inked on chest, lower back, stomach, spine, leg, ribs (sides), sleeves, shoulder, thighs, hips, breast and under the breast, while smaller ones look good on arm, forearm, ankles, wrists, collar bone, elbow, back of the neck, face, spine, hand, foot, ears and even as finger tattoos. Wherever the cloud art is inked on the body, it is guaranteed to be a source of attraction, because it has a very alluring and fascinating quality.
Popular Design Options
Clouds are the element of the sky and the nature so the options in cloud arts are as endless as the nature itself. A creative tattoo artist can make use of various elements of nature to create some amazing cloud designs, which abound in beauty as well as symbolism. They can be featured in small or large size, depending upon the design of the tattoo as well as its placement on the body of the bearer. Cloud is one such element which can be used in men and women with equal ease because the design can be depicted in masculine or feminine form, as the bearer wants it to be done. Some cool design options featuring clouds as the basic element are listed below:
- Sun and Clouds – An amazing tattoo design is the sun and clouds which has a stunning quality and also a deep meaning, both invoking a sense of joy and positivity in the bearer as well as anyone who sees the tattoo. Some tattoo artists can create a design with sun rays penetrating through the clouds, rather than depicting the sun itself. This design too has a charming and alluring quality about it.
- Lightning with Black Clouds – It may sound a bit negative but a tattoo featuring lightning with black clouds has something mysterious and captivating about it. The artist should however design the tattoo in such a manner that it does not look too dark and scary.
- Blue Clouds – Most of us have painted the clouds blue since our young days and blue clouds tattoos look happy and attractive, giving a bright appearance and grabbing attention all the time.
The tattoo artist can make use of various other natural elements along with cloud art tattoos to make them more appealing and meaningful. These include the stars, birds, trees, raindrops, thunder and the ocean, to name just a few. They are intricate and need to be done by an expert hand so that they can create the right kind of visual impact. Therefore, when you make up your mind that you are going to have a cloud art inked, choose a good artist who can guide you regarding the design options and also give you something really eye catching.
1. Blanketed Within the Stars
This swirling design amongst the fingers is outstanding work done by an outstanding artist. Here, the clouds look like they’re a swirling smoke, rising to the skies as if summoning a deity.
2. Rising or Lowering Mist?
There’s a contrast between the red and blue in the clouds and/or smoke seen on this tattoo. It looks out-of-this-world abstract with enough detail yet to show what looks to be a tree and moon.
3. Gateway to Heaven
These swirling clouds come together with one idea in mind: a contribution to a special someone that’s risen to heaven and is amongst the stars. Often, light shining through the clouds (either from the sun or from heaven) is also coupled with a piece of art dedicated to someone who’s passed as seen above.
4. Eye of Inspiration
This eye could be looking directly into your soul. The lines are thick and intense; the shadows dominate this piece of art. It’s simple but harbors a deep meaning to the wearer. Rain, stars, clouds, and a vivid eye are always for an intriguing piece of work.
5. Cover Me with the Sky
This is an interesting piece of work – the skin acts as the clouds while the rest of the arm is filled with the blue of sky. This must’ve taken a long time, what with all that shading in blue. It almost looks like a colorfully blue rash though…
7. Adding A Bit More Flavor
Yeah, we’ve all seen that type of star on one tattoo wearer or another – usually more than one since they’re quite popular. But adding some shaded clouds behind them is a nice touch, making these stars just a little more unique than others.
8. Misting Clouds
The clouds in this tat are clearly representing the transcendence of the balloon into the sky. This tat can be considered to represent the free as well, those who are free in a free world thus the design on the balloon. Of course, the real meaning is known to the wearer.
9. Pairing Cloudy Skies with Tossing Waves
The quote “Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?” is a wonderful way to look at things in the world. It reminds us that even the biggest things; the biggest obstacles are simply a multitude of smaller ones. Every step of the way is a push forward on the wondrous path of life.
10. Cliff Girl
A girl staring at the big beautiful moon, sitting on a cliff overlooking the ocean and sky. This is quite a detailed tattoo, holding true meaning to the wearer. The clouds in this tattoo aren’t done in ink, but rather, the sky is – the clouds being the color of the wearer’s skin. Its a great technique to keep cloud tattoos looking lighter, like their true form.
11. War Ink
The cloud tattoos seen here are coupled with airplanes from previous world wars as a contribution to the veterans that served. Any great airplane tattoo needs great clouds to show just how high up in the sky they are.
12. Fleeting Dove
This free flying dove looks like its flying from dark and menacing clouds, the kind that forebode a horrible storm. Yet it’s flying in front of the storm, getting away just in time – it’s quite symbolic and can told a torrent of meaning for both the wearer and onlooker.
13. Reach for the Stars, Tomorrow May Never Come
The quote here is a wonderful reminder to live in the moment, and this wearer dedicated a large piece of skin towards having such a quote inked on her. These lovely cloud tattoos are done in various shades of blue. If you decide to get shaded ink colors, ensure you’re not allergic to them beforehand and ensure your artist has legitimate materials to be inking properly.
14. Warped! Cloud with Lightning Bolt
Simple cloud tattoos like this one are a great way to help expose a lightening bolt, which are also quite popular tattoos these days. The fact that it’s behind the ear and includes a fun word like “warped” really says a lot about the wearer!
15. Hidden Clouds Behind Torn Skin
This tattoo is breathtaking. It makes the skin look as if it’s been torn by free and fleeting birds, escaping the realm within and finding freedom from the deep shell of society’s walls. Of course, this tattoo could mean something completely different to you and the wearer. It just looks fabulously done, the edges perfectly like broken or torn artwork.
17. Colorful Cloud Tattoos
Not all cloud tattoos are done in simple black and white or even blue. You can add the colors of a sunset to your cloud tattoos and get something like what’s seen above. Combine with the silhouette of trees and voila, a gorgeous piece of inked artwork.
19. Clouds or Waves?
It’s always fun to create a piece of inked artwork that could pass as more than just one thing. Are these clouds or are these waves? This piece looks as if its a lovely combination of both, the sun setting either in the sky or on the horizon.
21. A Torrent of Emotion
These dark clouds surround the essence of a lightning bolt, quite a large and crazy one at that. This piece also seemingly shows the place where the lightening has come from. While storms are naturally amazing and beautiful, one wonders why this wearer has their entire arm dedicated to a large lightning bolt.
25. Sad Cloud
An interesting collection of tattoos, you can see that there’s a cloud that looks quite sad and has far too many lightning bolts coming out of it. Wonder what it could mean aside all these others…
26. The All Seeing Eye
This all seeing eye spreads its rays amongst the clouds and onto the land below. Those clouds are done in perfect layers leading up to the eye, but they’re more random above it. Wonder if that was done on purpose.
27. Magical Collection of Wonder
This tattoo is a contribution to a loved one, with dates denoting their lifespan. Whoever this is for must have enjoyed the image of a boy sitting atop a moon of cheese, fishing for wishing stars – a magical conception indeed.
29. Red Clouds
Normally, red cloud tattoos would be associated with a more menacing concept, but as we see here, there are colorful and happy looking birds amongst them! See the stars within the clouds, too?
30. Like Asian Swirls
Are you familiar with Asian artwork depicting swirling clouds amongst jagged, tree-covered mountaintops? That’s what these clouds remind me of. A wonderful addition to coupling it with lovely flowers.
32. Stormy Lighthouse
An angry ocean beating against the cliffs, dark and evil clouds lingering in the distance as lightning lights up the sky, and a lighthouse standing amidst it all guiding the unlucky sailors to safety. This tattoo that has intriguing clouds within the background truly tells a story.
33. What Can You See?
This is a simple cloud tattoo with simply lightning bolts and a simple eye, but it makes a not-so-simple statement that holds true and ancient meaning if you’re into interpreting and analyzing like that.
Thanks for viewing these cloud tattoos on Zarias – we hope they inspired your own inked artwork!