Arrow tattoos, despite their inherent popularity, come in so many different styles and types that it’s possible to make them all your own. They are especially popular among women, and they make excellent options for couples’ or best friends’ tattoos, as well.
The arrow tattoo design itself is simple in nature, but they can carry some very complex, and deep meanings. The only limit when it comes to arrow tattoo ideas is your imagination – and your tattoo artist’s ability.
- 1 Arrow Tattoo Meaning
- 2 How To Keep Your Tattoo Vibrant
- 3 Arrow Tattoo Designs + Ideas
- 4 Bow And Arrow Tattoo
- 5 Small Arrow Tattoos
- 5.1 Perfect Small Bow + Arrow Finger Tattoo
- 5.2 Tiny Heart + Arrow Finger Tattoo
- 5.3 Infinity Ankle Arrow Tattoo
- 5.4 Geometric + Arrow Finger Tattoos
- 5.5 Small Broken Arrow
- 5.6 Small Heart Arrow Tattoo
- 5.7 Arrow Charm Bracelet Tattoo
- 5.8 Small Geometric Arrow Tattoo
- 5.9 Small Arrow Tattoo On Collarbone
- 5.10 Perfect Simple Arrow Tattoo On Foot
- 6 Arrow Compass Tattoos
- 7 Feather Arrow Tattoo
- 8 Geometric Arrow Tattoos
- 9 Crossed Arrows Tattoos
- 10 Arrow through the Heart
- 11 Couples Arrow Tattoos
- 12 More Arrow Tattoo Designs
- 12.1 Colorful Broken Arrow Tattoo
- 12.2 Heart Arrow Tattoo On Wrist
- 12.3 Arrow Through Diamond Tattoo
- 12.4 Broken Arrow Tattoo On Wrist
- 12.5 Unique Arrow Tattoo On Forearm
- 12.6 3 Arrow Tattoo Design
- 12.7 Arrow Tattoo + Lotus Flower
- 12.8 Love Yourself Arrow Tattoo
- 12.9 Diamond Arrow On Arm
- 12.10 4 Arrow Tattoos
- 12.11 3 Arrow Tattoo On Collarbone
- 12.12 Warrior Arrow
- 12.13 Three Arrows Tattoo Design
- 12.14 Arrow Semicolon Tattoo
- 12.15 Unique Arrow Tattoo On Wrist
- 12.16 Arrow Rib Tattoo
- 12.17 Arrow With Feather Tattoo
- 12.18 Double Arrow Tattoo
Arrow Tattoo Meaning
Meanings behind arrow tattoos can vary depending on the type of tattoo you choose. They are symbols of everything from protection and positivity to love, achievement, and friendship.
More often than not, women choose arrow designs as a symbol of moving forward. The arrow literally points outward in an effort to direct the wearer to keep moving and keep going. Think about what you want your arrow tattoo to mean, then choose a design that is an accurate reflection of that.
Arrow Tattoo On Wrist + Diamond
For example, a broken arrow represents peace and destroying your weapon. An arrow pointed downward represents peace as well. Also, crossed arrow tattoos represent friendship, where two arrows pointing away from each other represent conflict.
Simple Broken Arrow Tattoo
Whether you choose to have a single arrow, broken arrow, or an arrow within a compass, they all have general symbolism but should most importantly mean something to you. We will discuss more meanings of each of the different arrow tattoo designs below.
How To Keep Your Tattoo Vibrant
There’s a lot of argument over the best way to help your tattoo heal – especially in the first few days after it’s finished. Though many artists still recommend triple antibiotic ointment or even A&D Ointment (commonly used for diaper rash), there are better options.
Small Watercolor Arrow Tattoo on Forearm
Ora’s Amazing Herbal Tattoo Salve
This tattoo salve is one aftercare product no tattoo aficionado should be without. Ora’s Amazing Tattoo Salve is petroleum-free, which is a huge plus, and it’s infused with herbs that help to reduce the risk of infection. Bonus: it’s also great for minor burns and wounds, so after your ink heals, keep it in your first aid kit.
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Coppertone Tattoo Guard Continuous Spray
Though it won’t happen immediately, the sun can (and absolutely will) cause the colors in your ink to fade. To prevent this, use this Coppertone Tattoo Guard spray made directly for tattoos every time you expose them to the sun.
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Tattoo Goo Tattoo Aftercare Kit
If you want to avoid buying multiple products, this is the option for you. This Tattoo Aftercare Kit is affordable and comes with everything you need to properly care for your new arrow tattoo. It comes with a protective healing salve, a moisturizing lotion, a special soap, and a sunscreen all in one cool kit.
- 1 (one) Tattoo Goo salve (1.5 oz tin)
- 1 (one) Tattoo Goo salve (3/4 oz tin)
- 2 (two) Tattoo Goo lotion (2oz)
Arrow Tattoo Designs + Ideas
Designs for arrow tattoos are endless, but if you’re having trouble deciding what to get, the following arrow tattoo meanings and ideas may help:
Bow And Arrow Tattoo
One of the most popular arrow designs is the bow and arrow tattoo. This is a design that is perfect as a stand alone tattoo or as a couples or friendship tattoo.
If you see an arrow being pulled back on a bow this can symbolize life struggle or tension. On the other hand, if you have an arrow that has been released from the bow it represents moving forward, or a positive transition.
Simple Arrow Tattoo + Bow and Arrow
Flower Bow + Arrow Tattoo
Though you’ve probably seen this design in many variations, the bow and arrow can symbolize love for couples or friendship for besties. One person gets the bow and the other the arrow, ideally in the same place.
Small Wrist Bow And Arrow
Couples Bow And Arrow Tattoo
Also, some will use the bow and arrow to symbolize the Sagittarius zodiac sign.
Detailed Geometric Bow + Arrow Tattoo
It is also believed that when you have a bundle of arrows together this represents strength as a bundle of arrows is rougher to break than a solitary arrow.
Bundle Of Arrows Tattoo
Bow And Arrow Tattoo
Small Arrow Tattoos
If you’re interested in an arrow tattoo, but you aren’t really keen on a large tattoo that’s overly visible, they are perfect for tiny tattoos. Small arrow tattoos can be placed on the side of your foot, on your shoulder, or even on the side of a finger where they’ll be more dainty than noticeable.
Perfect Small Bow + Arrow Finger Tattoo
Tiny Heart + Arrow Finger Tattoo
Infinity Ankle Arrow Tattoo
Geometric + Arrow Finger Tattoos
Small Broken Arrow
Small Heart Arrow Tattoo
Arrow Charm Bracelet Tattoo
Small Geometric Arrow Tattoo
Small Arrow Tattoo On Collarbone
Perfect Simple Arrow Tattoo On Foot
Arrow Compass Tattoos
Compass arrow tattoos can represent many different stages in life, but for the most part they will always represent moving forward. For example, this can symbolize a new relationship, starting on a new path, or changing your path towards the unknown. Compass tattoos are very sentimental and can be extremely simple or very detailed.
Watercolor Arrow Compass Tattoo
Compass Arrow Tattoo On Arm
Detailed Arrow Compass + Feather Arrow Tattoo
Arrow Compass Tattoo On Back
Classic Arrow Compass Tattoo
Feather Arrow Tattoo
A feather arrow tattoo can have any number of meanings, but it most often represents overcoming one’s troubles and independence. The arrow is indicative of a warrior, and that’s exactly why so many people prefer it. Of course, you may simply choose a feather arrow for the aesthetics, and you can choose a simple black-and-white or full-color tattoo to suit your personal preferences.
Small Feather Arrow Tattoo On Wrist
Feather Arrow Forearm Tattoo
Feather Arrow Tattoo Ideas
Infinity Feather Arrow Tattoo with Initials
Native American Arrow Tattoo
Arrow And Feather Tattoo
Bow Feather And Arrow Tattoo
Geometric Arrow Tattoos
Arrow tattoos mean something different to each owner, but geometric designs give a modern spin on a simple tattoo. Diamond arrows are one of the most common geometric arrow tattoos. Diamonds are one of the hardest materials on Earth, therefore tattoos with diamond shapes represent courage and invincibility.
Geometric Arrow Tattoo On Arm
Geometric Arrow White Ink Tattoo
Amazing Arrow Tattoo On Back
Solitary Geometric Arrow
Large Geometric Arrow Tattoo On Back
Crossed Arrows Tattoos
The arrow design of two crossed arrows symbolizes friendship. Therefore, this design is extremely popular for matching friendship tattoos.
Small Crossed Arrow Tattoos
Crossed Arrows on Arm
Simple Ankle Crossed Arrow Tattoo
Matching Crossed Arrow Tattoos
Arrow Tattoo On Arm
Crossed Arrow Tattoo With Rose
Crossed Arrow Friendship Tattoo
Arrow through the Heart
Another classic is the arrow-through-the-heart tattoo. This can be done in the traditional tattoo style (with a cartoon flair) or it can be made more modern depending on what you like. This design is also known as the cupid arrow tattoo which represents love and romance.
Unique Heart Arrow Tattoo
Simple Heart Arrow Tattoo
Classic Cupid Tattoo
Realistic Heart + Arrow Tattoo
Cute Heart Arrow Tattoo
Realistic Small Cupid Tattoo
Couples Arrow Tattoos
Matching tattoos mean something special to everyone. Whether you decide for matching small tattoos or complementary tattoos, arrow designs are perfect.
Small Couples Arrow Tattoo
Couples Bow and Arrow Forearm Tattoo
Simple Couples Bow and Arrow Tattoo
Couples Arrow Finger Tattoo
Brother + Sister Arrow Tattoos
More Arrow Tattoo Designs
Finding the perfect arrow design for you may take time. Your tattoo will most likely be a combination of multiple arrow ideas, but once you find your perfect tattoo it will be worth the time and effort. Below are more unique arrow tattoo designs to help you create your own masterpiece.
Colorful Broken Arrow Tattoo
Heart Arrow Tattoo On Wrist
Arrow Through Diamond Tattoo
Broken Arrow Tattoo On Wrist
Unique Arrow Tattoo On Forearm
3 Arrow Tattoo Design
Arrow Tattoo + Lotus Flower
Love Yourself Arrow Tattoo
Diamond Arrow On Arm
4 Arrow Tattoos
3 Arrow Tattoo On Collarbone
Three Arrows Tattoo Design
Arrow Semicolon Tattoo
Unique Arrow Tattoo On Wrist
Arrow Rib Tattoo
Arrow With Feather Tattoo
Double Arrow Tattoo