ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Gothic Tree Tattoos

Updated on July 28, 2014

Gothic Trees

Tree tattoos are among my favorite tattoo designs because of the many ways a tree can be designed, and the other elements you can add to it if you want to make it into a scene.

Even if a tree stands alone, with only a few additions, embellishments or characters included, it seems to always looks great if you have a good tattoo artists doing the design and work.

In the case of this gallery of tattoos, I'm going to focus on what I describe as Gothic tree tattoos.

All of these tattoos have similarities, and are easily identifiable once you see what they are and how they affect the look and feel of the tree.

Taking that into consideration, they do offer up a completely different tattoo than many of the other designs offered.

Gothic Tree Tattoo Design

A Gothic tree design, to me, must have several features to fall into that category. Now there will be some subjectivity in the description, as the true Goth lifestyle is one created by the individual, or those who agree to agree together. That extends to all areas of life, including tree tattoos.

With that caveat, my interpretation of a Gothic tree tattoo is one that has little or no leaves, is totally designed in black or dark ink, has gnarled or pointed branches, and may have a dark character included to enhance and support the image.

So here's a gallery of Gothic tree tattoo that I see as fitting that description.

Gothic Tree with Crows

Sometimes it's hard to tell whether a bird design like this is a crow or raven, but these birds appear to be crows to be, although I could me mistaken.

Either way, it's always a foreboding sign to see birds fluttering around like that overhead, as it usually means something has died.

The look good with the seemingly dead tree. Notice how a couple of them appear to be pecking away at it.

Pointy-Limbed Gothic Tree Tattoo

Similar to the image above, the one thing that caught my attention was the way the limbs were so pointed at the ends, as well as the roots. That makes this tattoo, as the rest of the tree is very common looking. Maybe it was purposely designed that way.

If you look at the trunk, you can see the lighter, smoother design giving way as you go up and down the tree. Interesting effect.

My only complaint is a darker ink would have made this into an awesome tattoo, rather than a somewhat average one.

Back Gothic Tree Tattoo

Not only is this a great back Gothic tree tattoo, but the way it is complemented by what the woman is wearing makes it even better to me.

The way the tree seems to emerge from underneath her top and spread out across her back is very cool. Also the dark ink blends in nicely with the hue of the dress. That lone crow sitting there is a nice addition to the design too.

Gnarled Gothic Tree Tattoo

This is an awesome Gothic tree tattoo below, but there is one thing wrong with it: very few people will be able to enjoy that amazing quality.

As with many decisions on tattoo placement, it always surprises me to see an otherwise extraordinary tattoo design be weakened by the positioning on the body.

It doesn't matter if it's in a private area or not; if it's not in a position where it can be seen on the surface it's inked on, it loses much of its impact.

Nonetheless, it is a fantastic tattoo in its own right, even with the inherent limitations.

Great Gothic Tree

I really like this tree with the person at the bottom. The way the darker shadow is contrasted with the light really makes this design to me.

As to what appears to be that person at the bottom of the tree, it may in fact be part of the tree itself. It seems like it is, but it blends in so well it's hard to tell. What do you think?

Tree Tattoo on Lower Back

This particular tree was borderline Gothic to me. The branches don't quite have that creepy look the others in this gallery do.

Two things sold me on it though. One was the woman herself, who is dressed in Goth, but also the tree, which seems to have a twisted trunk and branches, confirming its official (or unofficial) Goth status.


Dark Gothic Tree

Although some would identify this particular tattoo design as a Celtic tree of life, I see it much differently, especially with the numerous pointed limbs protruding from the ends of the branches. You can click on this tattoo to get a larger view of that part of the tree if you like.

Those little branch ends and the extremely dark ink are what tipped this into Gothic to me.

Gothic Tree Arm Tattoo

What probably impressed me most about this Gothic tree is the ability of the artist to be able to place it on that small of a canvass and still retain the look and feel obviously wanted by the recipient. That is extremely hard to do.

As for this tree, it's similar to the one above in relationship to the small, pointy, thin ends. The knotty holes on the tree trunk and the contrast of dark and light ink make this a terrific tattoo design.


This ends our little foray into Gothic tree tattoos. These were a really nice gallery of design choices for those seeking a tattoo with the particular qualities displayed here, and range from the slightly ominous to being slightly macabre.

When you take in all of them, you can see why I'm so enamored with tree tattoos, and the addition of the Gothic element to them.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • annasmom profile image

      annasmom 

      3 years ago

      Love the tree with the birds...of course. Tattoos are like potato chips....

    • AnonymouslyAmanda profile image

      AnonymouslyAmanda 

      6 years ago from Delray Beach, FL

      Great article. Gave me a good source for a tattoo I want to get....thank you!

    • SopranoRocks profile image

      SopranoRocks 

      6 years ago from Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA

      I adore the 3rd photo - if I ever get brave enough to get a tatt that large, that would be the one. Ravens are my favorite bird, second only to loons. I guess I have quite a darker side, but don't we all just a bit?

    • LucidWarrior profile image

      David Cook 

      6 years ago from Suburban Philadelphia

      Beautiful art work. Interesting location.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)