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500+ Top Monkey Tattoo Ideas –[ Inspiration Guide]

Monkey tattoo ideas are popular for collectors wanting an animal ink design motif emphasizing fun and mischief. Monkeys, and in particular the chimpanzee, are popular choices for old-school and cartoon tattooing styles for their fun-loving, hilarious temperament that often spills over into mischief and chaos. For the more serious-minded tattoo enthusiast, a gorilla or orangutan may be the choice you look for in ink design. Those who are fans of the beautiful creatures in the wild often opt for realistic tattoo choices etched in painstaking detail. For contemporary body art, neo-traditional concepts – such as imagery associated with the Planet of the Apes films – are a popular choice. No matter your design choice, monkey tattoo meaning, or application style, the following top 27 monkey tattoo ideas are sure to give you inspiration about choosing the right image to take to your tattoo artist.

Monkey Tattoo FAQs

What does a monkey tattoo symbolize?

Monkey tattoo ideas are popular for collectors wanting an animal ink design motif emphasizing fun and mischief. Conversely, those who are fans of the beautiful creatures in the wild often opt for realistic tattoo choices etched in painstaking detail.

What are some popular monkey tattoo themes?

There are plenty of options to choose from when looking to find the right monkey tattoo theme.

These include:

  • Fun-loving chimpanzee cartoon designs
  • Serious gorilla and orangutan tattoos
  • The three wise monkeys – see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil
  • New school tattoos referencing the Planet of the Apes films
  • Photorealistic tattoos mirroring real monkeys

Choosing the right style of monkey tattoo concept often involves matching the sentiment of your piece with the correct style elements to make it work.

Where should I place my monkey tattoo?

Monkey tattoo designs can go practically anywhere if small enough, however portrait and realistic pieces tend towards significant large areas such as the bicep and forearm. Popular areas for more mischievous monkey tattoos include the inner arm and wrist, shoulder, and contemporary spaces such as the neck, thigh, and lower leg/ankle are also becoming inked more often.

Cartoon Monkey Tattoo Art

Cute Monkey Tattoo -vezetattoo

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Small Monkey Tattoo -starcrossedtattoo

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Black Monkey Tattoo -al.true

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Traditional Monkey Tattoo -jonnydextertattoos

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2. Realistic Monkey Tattoo Ideas

Realistic Monkey Tattoo -tyleratd

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Realistic Monkey Tattoo -wolf_tattoo

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Baby Monkey Tattoo -allena.marie

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Black Monkey Tattoo -denisnogueiratattoo

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Black Monkey Tattoo -leanne_brothers

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Cute Monkey Tattoo Art

Baby Monkey Tattoo -stavros_tattooer

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Cute Monkey Tattoo -dalriadatattoos

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Cute Monkey Tattoo -ecstacytat2s

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 Monkey Tattoo Ideas for the Forearm

Monkey Forearm Tattoo -relja_tattoo

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Monkey Forearm Tattoo -sergiotattoos

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Monkey Shoulder Tattoo -zigermeister

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 Neo-Traditional Monkey Tattoo Designs

Neo Traditional Monkey Tattoo -allday_jina

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Black Monkey Tattoo -schuster_tattoo

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Monkey Shoulder Tattoo -kodeart

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Cute Monkey Tattoo -mu_genn_tattoo

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Realistic Monkey Tattoo -auseklis_studija

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Simple Monkey Tattoo Ideas

Simple Monkey Tattoo -celine.luzia

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Simple Monkey Tattoo -chupacabratatto

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Small Monkey Tattoo -yogixiii

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American Traditional Monkey Tattoos

Traditional Monkey Tattoo -danm_tattoos

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Traditional Monkey Tattoo -mikereedtattoo

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Traditional Monkey Tattoo -sammotattoo

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Traditional Monkey Tattoo -sdolz

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