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Foxes are medium-sized omnivorous mammals that somewhat resemble fluffy dogs in aspect, with gorgeous long furry tails. They are beautiful wild animals that can be red, brown, grey and white in color, with a reputation as cunning and mysterious tricksters.
In Persian folklore, they are depicted as able to evade the hunters and confound people, whereas in Asian culture they are usually familiar spirits that possess magic powers. In Japan and China the Nine Tailed fox is a sacred mythological creature that can be either good or bad, but always beguiling and powerful as a force of nature. Femininity and sexuality are among the main symbols of the fox and Nine Tailed Foxes usually have the ability to disguise as attractive females, too!
Fox tattoo meaning can vary a lot depending on the person. In the Nordic countries foxes symbolize cunning and deceit but sometimes it can mean fertility and prosperity, as well as well-being. They are also popular with business oriented people and entrepreneurs.
Foxes have this wild energy about them that is a great inspiration for various styles of tattoo designs. Maybe that is why they are a favorite of so many tattoo lovers. Check out our amazing list of inspirational fox tattoo designs!
The Best Fox Tattoo Designs
Stylish Art Deco Inspired Fox Hand Tattoo
They say hand tattoos hurt quite a bit, but it would totally be worth the pain to get an awesome deco style red fox tattoo with olive branches around like this one.
Fox Meets Squirrel Chest Design
Another great deco style tattoo, this time combining a red fox and a red squirrel with some graphic 20s design and lilium flowers.
Fox Lineart Small Tattoo
A pensive looking small fox lineart tattoo on what appears to be an arm is a great example of a good starter design for beginners.
Japanese Red Fox and Cherry Blossoms Arm Design
There is no other fox as cool as the Japanese fox, case in point: this wise looking pipe holding fiery fox surrounded by sakura cherry blossoms.
Full Back Fox Graphic Tattoo
A psychedelic trippy fox tattoo, an eye mandala and an intertwining graphic design combine in a crazy full back fox tattoo design.
Sweet and Delicate Red Fox Small Design
Small, sweet looking… This tiny and sweet fox seems to be thinking about autumn and maybe his love for someone named M?
Running Fox Leg Artwork
This running fox tattoo is an awesome way to take your spirit animal everywhere with you. Great inspiration for a marathoner too!
Watercolor Red Fox Sleeve Tattoo
Watercolors can be tricky for a tattoo artist. Only the most experienced ones can make a design like this watercolor fox tattoo.
Arm Lineart Fox and Flowers Deco Design
Flowers, ferns, branches and leaves are great adornments for lineart drawings such as this one. The positioning and decoration in this design might indicate a fox tattoo meaning linked to the wilderness and nature.
Fox Skull and Red Fox Graphic Artwork
Life and death collide in this eerie fox tattoo design, decorated with geometric shapes and a dot grid with watercolor orange lines.
Forearm Lineart Fox Tattoo
A detailed lineart made in an ink “dot” technique, this fox tattoo design requires spectacular skills and a good grip on the needle. Certainly not for the faint of heart!
Hissing Fox Ink Design
An aggressive looking fox curls around the arm and combines with a mandala geometric design, with a moon as backdrop and a symbol on its chest. So mysterious!
Magical Deer Fox and Moon Artwork
Magic is so intertwined with fox folklore that all kinds of fables have fox protagonists. This colored fox tattoo design seems to be about a forest defending fox with an antler’s crown.
Art Deco Full Colored Fox Sleeve Tattoo
Bright, colorful and vibrant, this full sleeve fox tattoo looks stunning. Decorated with blue berries, giant flowers and a handwritten sign that reads “only my own”, it is one of the most detailed ones we have seen.
Minimal Lineart Fox Design
Ankle tattoos are very difficult to withstand due to the thin layers of dermis available for the needle to draw on. A great idea is to go for a minimal fox tattoo idea, like this one.
Fox in the Autumn Wind Artwork
A lovely whirlwind of autumn colored leaves swirls around this pensive red fox whose tail dissolves into the swirl of leaves. A super romantic chest fox tattoo.
Detective Fox Leg Tattoo
Detective Sherlock Fox, at your service! A line art portrait leg fox tattoo is meticulously drawn with clean lines and a lot of flair.
Beautiful Poppies, Pigeon and Fox Artwork
A poppies flower crown envelops a fox and pigeon that stare off into the distance, the simple lines of this fox tattoo have amazingly detailed dot shading.
Wintery Fox in Autumn Colors Design
Cozy winter clothing is not only for humans, this cute fox wanted in on the action! A warm wool hat and mountaineer red and black tartan shirt combines delightfully with flowers, pine-cones, acorns and leaves in a crown around the red fox.
Fox Couple Inside a Branch Heart Tattoo
A romantic tattoo in a heart shape made of branches and purple flowers surrounds this lovey-dovey fox family. The colored shading looks great!
Tiniest Surprised Fox Cub Torso Design
Matching tiny red foxes make for a funny and cute decoration, be it wrist or torso. That little small fox tattoo with a surprised face is great!
Ninetails Mythical Fox Artwork
As we said in the intro, Nine Tails Foxes are sacred mythical creatures in Asia. This fox tattoo design made in delicate lines and dot shading could signify empowerment, femininity and power.
Lineart Fast and Minimal Fox Back Design
Back tattoos are as hard to draw as ankle tattoos. This is another area where doing a minimal line art design seems like the best idea.
Under the Rain Rainbow Colored Fox Tattoo
Minimal line art fox tattoos don’t really have to be done in black, you could do a colored version with thin line in an autumn palette like this one. It looks amazing, don’t you think?
Photography Quality Fox Artwork
Portrait quality fox tattoo with amazingly vivid fur detail and coloring. Look at those amber eyes! They are staring at you!
Shoulder Curled Fox Ink Design
That little fox curled up in a ball is the sweetest fox tattoo design so far, no contest. Looks great for a delicate shoulder tattoo.
Striking Back Flower and Ferns Fox Tattoo
A magical crown of flowers surrounds this fox tattoo, with branches and leaves falling around and down her back in strategic positioning.
Lovely Art Deco Style Fox Lineart Design
Magnolia flowers and wide leaves function as a flower bed from which the fox springs forward. The top of the sleeve tattoo is crowned in stars surrounding a half moon barely touching the shrub. It is a dreamy and artful design!
Fox Sleeve in Progress with Roses Artwork
Starting at the shoulder, this amazing sleeve looks only half done with the red fox drawing colored-in and numerous roses surrounding it, waiting for their turn at the needle.
Magic Japanese Kitsune Torso Design
A slightly more cartoon looking white Nine Tails Fox gazes at you from this woman’s torso as it, maybe, conjures up a spell on you. A great example of a Japanese fox tattoo.
Hand Cartoonish Fox Tattoo
This cheeky fox on the moon looks photo ready, with a raised paw over the side and glossy looking red fur.
Small Wrist Fox Lineart Tattoo
The tiniest of line art fox tattoo designs so far. Ideal for wrist, ankle, or any other sensitive places.
Geometric Drawing Fox and Moon Artwork
Only for the brave of heart, this fox tattoo design is placed on the chest and is filled in with thousands of tiny dots and geometric lines to make up the fur.
Amazing Fully Colored Deco Inspired White Fox Tattoo
Another mythical looking white Japanese fox tattoo, with a moon on its forehead, poppies on the sides and a deco inspired portrait locket in the shape of a moon around it, all intertwined in the flowers’ stem.
Crazy Cartoon Fox Leg Artwork
It’s Looney Toons time with this crazy fox cartoon design done in the leg.
Great Fox and Rose Hand Tattoo
A hand tattoo fully colored and big enough to cover the whole upper part of the hand. That is one seriously brave tattoo lover!
Magic White Ninetails Japanese Fox Artwork
The style of this white nine tailed fox looks like an Asian ink drawing. The mastery behind this design shows the tattooer’s artistry.
Fox Meaningful Design in Chest
A hand fox pose, a Japanese fox mask and a real fox combine in an ink splattered chest design that spans the entire length of it.
Neck Japanese Fox Mask Design
Another great example of a Japanese fox mask, in this case done in a simple line art and placed on the back of the neck. Truly amazing!
Simplified Wrist Red Fox Tattoo
Tiny colored red fox sits happily on the inside of the wrist in this lovely and cute small fox tattoo design.
Anime Eyed Fox Lineart
An anime style drawing could not be absent from our amazing list, given the importance of the fox in Japanese culture and folklore.
Small Ankle Line Fox Artwork
Almost the same design as the small wrist fox drawing, this one is done on the ankle and in black ink.
Geometric Minimal Fox Shape in Ankle
Our last fox tattoo design is a geometric simplification of the fox form. It is done on the side of the ankle in one of the hardest places to tattoo. It looks just perfect!
Foxes have a place in almost every culture as amazing fabled creatures. Deciding on what foxes mean to you is super important in order to pick what kind of fox tattoo you want to get.
Placement is super important as well. A fox over your heart could mean a person you love, while a tiny fox in your wrist could be a symbol of a stage in life, a business enterprise or simply in honor of your favorite animal.
Undoubtedly, they all look amazing, so every picture in this list is a worthy candidate!