125 Arranging Wave Tattoo Design Ideas

Waves are some of the most beautiful yet terrifying images in the world. They can be exciting, awe-inspiring or even peaceful sights. You might just enjoy watching them, or maybe you have taken a liking to surfing. People enjoy waves in many different ways. It might be because you like long walks on the beach, or maybe you love to swim. Many people just love listening to the sounds of the waves breaking against the sand.

Waves tattoos are hugely popular and the first tattoos originated in pacific islander cultures. Back in the day, it was common to see simple single line designs. Tattoos have become much more detailed these days and that means there are some pretty cool designs available to you. There are so many options available to you today.

Check out these 67 Arranging Wave Tattoo Design Ideas:

  1. Bright Colors

Circular tattoos are very popular and perfect for a wave design. The colors are probably the best part of this tattoo.


2. Darkening Designs

There is a lot more movement with this tattoo and a darker blue.


3. Abstract Waves

If you want something a little less realistic, then this is the tattoo for you.


4. Sleeve Designs

A wave design is a great look for a sleeve tattoo.


5. Swirling Waves

This is a creative design that is all about beautiful shading and great movement. This is a creative tattoo that could easily be considered artwork. The different colors really give the water a realistic touch.


6. Warm Colors

If you are looking for a large back tattoo, then this is a pretty awesome style. She chose warm colors instead of cool ones and it blends right in with her skin tone. It’s definitely a different take on coloring your waves.


7. Simple Lines

If you are looking for something simple to show off your love of waves, then you can’t go wrong with a look like this. There are only a few lines that come together to create this style.


8. Earth Elements

These earth tattoos are always very popular designs. If you love the environment or nature in general, then you can’t go wrong with this style.


9. Geometric Designs

The colors are insanely beautiful, but there is always something intriguing about looking at a geometric tattoo. These are the kinds of tattoos that you can stare at for a long time and just enjoy looking at it. The colors really make the tattoo stand out in a great way.


10. Muted Styles

This style proves that you don’t have to have color to have an amazing tattoo.  It’s another geometric design that really pulls the whole tattoo together.


11. Bright Blue

Blue is always a color that will make your tattoo stand out. This is a great way to show your love for the ocean or catching waves. The color is sure to be something that people talk about at your next party.


12. Circle Designs

A tattoo within a circle is another popular style right now. It’s all about keeping a balance in nature. Mountains and waves together seem to be a popular choice.


13. One Line

You won’t find an easier tattoo design than this one. If you are all about simple and casual looks, then you are sure to love this tattoo design. You don’t have to have big and detailed tattoo designs to show off your passion. Sometimes less is more.


14. Sweet Waves

A small tattoo design like this can fit anywhere. Just choose the location you want and you can rock this tattoo out all summer long. It doesn’t hurt to be passionate about waves.


15. Bold Waves

These waves are huge and they are heading for the shoreline. This design is a little more realistic than the others.


16. Creative Designs

This wave design looks like a stained glass window. The waves are turning over to crash and it’s certainly a unique way to represent your love.


17. Fierce Waves

Another great sleeve design that is going to make you want to be at the beach. This is a great way to represent your passion and it’s large enough for people to take notice as well. You can’t go wrong with this style.


18. Small Designs

Wave tattoos come in all shapes and sizes. This is a design that could fit anywhere. The sky is the limit for what you can do with your wave tattoo.


19. Small Waves

This is one of the most basic tattoo styles that you can find and yet it still gives off the same peaceful feeling. Again this is a very simple design and it’s all she needs. It’s also small enough that she can put it anywhere.


20. One Wave

This wrist tattoo is simple and sweet. It’s little one line that gets curved. If you want something casual that isn’t too big, then try this style out for size.


21. Shoulder Tattoos

The shoulder is a great place to show off a wave tattoo. It’s another simple design that can be placed anywhere. Some people want the option of hiding their tattoo and it needs to be small enough to do so.



22. Lightning Bolt

A large lightning bolt with waves in it. It must have to do with Posideon, the God of water. It’s an eye-catching style that is going to be amazing when you go to the beach and wear a bikini. This is the kind of tattoo that people will be talking about.


23. Surfing Waves

A great tattoo design that has a wave that you are sure to want to surf on. The colors are deeper in this design and that’s sure to turn heads wherever you go.


24. Crashing Waves

If you love to surf, then you are going to want to represent that love properly. This is a cool design that you can take anywhere and people will be talking about it.


25. Cool Waves

This tattoo has ascending waves going down the arm.


26. Love Tattoos

This person is definitely expressing their love of waves with this tattoo. We love that the word “love” is right in the middle of the waves.


27. Simple Wave

A wave design like this is simple and yet perfect. You don’t have to have a crazy design to show your love for the water.


28. Bright Designs

The line of blue really makes the whole tattoo stand out. All the tattoo needs is just a little bit of color like on here to make it pop.


29. Casual Styles

A simple tattoo like this is all you need to represent your passion. She couldn’t wait to get to the beach to show off her new look. Being on the beach can be one of the most relaxing experiences


30. Symmetrical Designs

Another great example of a simple wave design that you are sure to love. This is a very popular style and one that can be easily hidden if that’s what you want.


32. Art Work

You won’t find a lovely tattoo than this one and it looks more like a painting than a tattoo. The bright contrast between the blue and white really makes this an eye-catching look.


33. Slow Moving Waves

These waves aren’t crashing, they are flowing smoothly by. This type of design is great along the side or on the rib cage. It’s the perfect fit for a tattoo.


34. Cute Styles

If you are looking for a tattoo that is small and can fit on your ankle, then this is a great option for you. You can get them on both ankles or even do a matching tattoo with a friend.


35. Heartbeat Tattoos

Heartbeat tattoos are super popular right now and in this case, the waves are in the middle of the design. It’s a unique way to show your love.


36. Bold Waves

This terrifying wave is going to crush the ship. If you like drama, then this might be the tattoo for you. It shows the power of the ocean.


37. Bold Stylings

Another simple wave tattoo with some bold colors.


38. Whale Styles

A unique wave design that has a whale’s tail peeking out.


39. Cool Images

This is a unique design because it has the wave inside of a butterfly silhouette.



40. Cool Vibes

Another great option for someone who just wants a simple tattoo design.


41. Under the Moon

A simple design that is made up of a moon, stars and the waves.


42. Triangle Designs

This is another great example of a geometric tattoo.


43. Soft colors

This is a simple design of a wave with a burst of color to it.



44. Bold Colors

This sleeve design has crashing waves and a whole lot of color to it.


45. Great Styles

A very different style of a wave, it has more cartoon features to it.

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46. Two Passions

When you have two passions you want to share, you can put one on each shoulder.

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47. Cool Colors

We love this bold and bright waves design. It’s large and the colors just beckon to us.


48. A Thicker Wave

This is the same image that we have seen in smaller tattoos but this one is big enough to fit on the back and the line is thicker.


49. Matching Waves

Getting matching tattoos is a fun thing to do with your spouse or friend.


50. Turning Styles

You can see here how the tattoo wraps all the way around the arm.


51. Good Styling

Another great example of a standard tattoo design that can still represent your passion for the ocean.


52. Fun Styles

A cool image of the waves within a circle.


53. Line Designs

A great design that is created with one line. It’s a longer design that also looks really cool.


54. Fierce Waves

A small design that is no less fierce than the other styles.


55. Circle Styles

We have the mountains and the waves again in separate circles. If you have a fierce love for nature than you are sure to love a tattoo design like this one.


56. Watercolor Designs

Watercolor tattoos are ones that always look cool because they have the look of paint dripping. This is a bold style that has some bright colors.


57. Fresh Waves

The water looks so fresh and pure in this tattoo. The design is amazing and so was the color choice.


58. Crushing Colors

Another great sleeve design that has some amazing colors to it. The right color is sure to draw the eye wherever you go.



59. Circular Wave

Another great wave design that is shaped in a circular pattern. You don’t need color to have an amazing tattoo.


60. Paper Boats

This a pretty cool tattoo that has a paper boat floating through a wave. It might even be connected to the scene in the movie IT.


61. Waves and Mountains

This seems to be a pretty popular theme when it comes to wave tattoos. If you enjoy both the mountains and the waves, then you can’t go wrong with a tattoo design like this.


62. Sweet Waves

Another great example of matching waves tattoo designs. Try it out with your best friend this year.


63. Sun Shining

There is nothing better than being in the water with the sun beating down on you. This is another great example of a geometric tattoo design with some cool colors.


64. Eternity Symbol

The eternity symbol is certainly a cool way of expressing your love for waves. The waves are warped into the symbol of eternity and we have to understand that it’s about how long the passion will survive. It’s definitely an original design that you will love showing off this year.



65. Interesting Designs

Another great example of the eternity symbol that is tattooed underneath a wave. It’s certainly a great way to represent your passion. If you are looking for something simple, then this is the tattoo for you.


66. Ankle Tattoos

This is a small design that will fit perfectly on the ankle. If you want a cool new tattoo this year, then you can’t go wrong with this look.


67. Moon Designs

We all know that the sun and the moon can control how the water responds. We love that these waves are in the shape of a moon.


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