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Cloud Tattoo Designs

Updated on March 1, 2018

Cloud Tattoos

Clouds are a great supporting actor in the scenes portrayed in tattoo designs, and should be considered as part of any creative scenario if it fits in with the other elements of the image that is being contemplated.

While there are occasional cloud tattoos that are standalone, they are rare, and there is always something unique about the few you do find that allows them to work okay for the recipient.

Another interesting thing I found when looking for cloud tattoo designs was the majority of them use black ink as the preferred color of the clouds. There are exceptions to that, but dark ink is the preferred hue for most of the clouds themselves.

An additional element included in many cloud tattoo designs is something related to spiritual denotations or heavenly things. That isn't surprising because of clouds resting or moving high in the skies, perpetrating upon our sense a majestic sense of awe and wonder; something many people acquaint with spirituality.

Sun Shining Above Clouds

This clouds tattoo of the sun shining above them had a lot of potential. Not only does the sun look great, but those rectangular and square rays of the sun, along with the birds flying in the midst of them, works good.

What I didn't like in this case is the clouds themselves, which for whatever reason, are a step below in quality with the rest of the design of the tattoo. It's puzzling that a little more time wasn't spent taking them up a level to coincide with the quality of the rest of the tattoo.


Cloud Tattoo with All-Seeing Eye

I'm not big on the all-seeing eye thing, which is used in a number of tattoo scenarios and designs, but the clouds in this image, as the use of the rays of the sun pouring out of the eye, works pretty well.

The detail of the eye is pretty impressive, particularly the sense you're getting a glare off of it.

Concerning the brown rays, they clash a little bit with the rest of the dark ink, suggesting it may have been better to continue with a gray or black hue.

I do like the continuity of the cloud parts as it's broken down into smaller pieces between the rays emanating from the eye.


Black Cloud, Lightning Tattoo Design

This was a tattoo that I tried to like, but in the end, there were too many odd things about it to be able to positively embrace it.

While the rain and lightning look pretty good, that cloud is just too weird and odd-shaped. Rather than the appearance of a cloud, it looks more like a hat as far as the shape goes. That really takes away from what would have otherwise been a decent tattoo.

Another thing that doesn't look good is the way it looks like a glob because of the uninterrupted black color. By that I mean it would have looked much better with streaks of lightning designed with them them striking through the cloud with lighter color, as that would have made it look less like a chunk.


Red Heart and Cloud Tattoo

Sometimes when you see compelling tattoo designs, they can leave you clueless as to their meaning because it's obviously something very personal to the person being inked.

That's the case with this cloud tattoo with the vibrant red heart and eye in the middle of it. Include the barbed wire with the image and you definitely have a story being told.

Taking into account the broken pieces of the heart, tears in the middle bottom, dark clouds, and the barbed wire, and you get the impression this person is referring to something devastating that happened.

As to the eye, it seems to be saying he's looking at things from the point of view of being broken. These are of case only guesses, but it's probably very close to the truth.

Now why someone would have that inked on them, unless it was related to a death of a close family member, is beyond me. Why have a permanent record of a lost love when eventually most people will find someone new? It gives the impression you're damaged goods from such a drastic action.


Blue Cloud Tattoo

Here we have an unusual tattoo design because it entails only the cloud, with nothing added to it. It's rare that you find this.

Loud blue is very unappealing to me, and it's a turn-off when immediately looking at this tattoo. Also not including anything with it takes a little away from it. At first glance it seems blotchy, and most people looking at it probably wouldn't know what it is.

Having said that, there are some redeeming qualities to it, with the most impressive being the part of the design a little up from the wrist which seems to be blurred some, giving the sense the sun is struggling to shine through.

But no matter how hard I try to really like this, I just can't get beyond the lack of clarity and loud blue colors accompanying the tattoo. I think the inclusion of other elements would have made this a pretty good tattoo. As it is, it's pretty much a fail in my opinion.

Angel Weeping on Cloud

Clouds as a prop for expression heavenly beings like angels work nicely, as you can see in the angel tattoo below. With this one there is a sense of loss conveyed by the image, with the head down and tears dropping from the eyes.

Kneeling down with the hands held as they are indicates what is being portrayed was a destructive blow. These are always powerful and emotional scenes.

As to the design itself, I really like it, as the shadow looks great and the cloud is used subtly so the angel can be the center of attention in the design.


Blue Angel Sitting on Cloud

This angel tattoo of her sitting on a cloud was included to show you how differently a theme can look, even though it's similar to the one above.

Here we have a happy angel, as she smiles and has those stars almost seeming to reflect the mood she's in.

What is subtle but blends in an unobtrusive way is the color of the sun and the skin tone of the angel. It actually makes the overall tattoo color flow and not appear somewhat disjointed, like some I've seen that miss it with the color.


Cross and Cloud Tattoo

This powerful cross tattoo against the backdrop of a cloud representing heaven and the the fire below representing hell is very compelling. The detail is extraordinary, and the flow of the dark and light colors make for a breathtaking image.

When looking at the details of the cross, it's also of interest to note the way the edges are made to appear to shine. Also note the area at the top of the cross where there is some clear area so it can be seen better. Good job.


Cloud Tattoos

Looking at this gallery of cloud tattoos, you can see why it's such a popular theme to use to support an overall tattoo scenario.

As shown above, there are attempts to use the cloud as the center of the design, but that rarely works. Clouds are best used to complement, rather than be the dominant figure of the tattoo.

Seeing how good they work when used correctly, it's worthwhile considering using it as part of an overall tattoo design.


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