Fern tattoo designs are quite popular among botanical tattoo lovers due to their connection with nature, elegance and rich symbolism.
Ferns are some of the oldest plants on Earth, dating from prehistoric times, being present on the Earth even before the dinosaurs. The very high adaptability is the main factor underlying the longevity of these plants.
In art and as tattoos, ferns are old images of multi-cultural ancient emblems full of symbolic meanings and esoteric significance.
To the indigenous people of New Zealand, the fern is known as the Koru, which is represented as a spiral in Maori artwork, symbolizing opening to new life and bringing purity to the world. It also represents peace, tranquility, spirituality and new beginnings.
To the Japanese, the fern is the symbol of the hope of posterity, as it branches, so may the family increase and multiply through the generations.
The fern, (or Aya), is an African Adinkra symbol of endurance and resourcefulness. The individual wearing this symbol suggests he has endured many adversities and survived with great difficulty.
The ancients believed that the ferns bring rain, protection, fortune, prosperity, eternal youth, health, trust and safe shelter. Nowadays, ferns are often used in floral arrangements to amplify faith in the magic of love.
Inked on the skin, a fern tattoo pays homage to nature but has also multiple symbolic meanings like happiness, prosperity, new beginnings, and longevity. A fern tattoo can be depicted in a realistic way, keeping you connected with nature or you can opt for inking its silhouette in black ink, as an amulet for its symbolic meanings.
Check out below our selection of the most beautiful fern tattoo designs and get inspired for your next tattoo.