Seasonal Tattoo Designs & Ideas: Autumn

Updated on March 18, 2020
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Fall colors and images make beautiful tattoos designs.
Fall colors and images make beautiful tattoos designs.

Many tattoo design inspirations come from the beauty around us. With such a wide variety of plants, animals, elements, and striking visuals to choose from, it's no wonder that mother nature is a tattoo lover's most popular muse. Her different seasons provide a wonderful collection of art-inspiring images.

Autumn's color tones are warm and heavy: robust reds, bold oranges, bright yellows, and rich metallic hues (such as gold and bronze) dominate the fall palette. Of course, no harvest moon canvas is complete without throwing in a spark of chartreuse here and a dazzle of emerald there. This array of vivid shades will surely make your skin pop with autumn flair!


Changing Seasons

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Striking fall colors.Leaves on the shoulder.Colorful sunset.
Striking fall colors.
Striking fall colors. | Source
Leaves on the shoulder.
Leaves on the shoulder. | Source
Colorful sunset.
Colorful sunset. | Source

Autumn is nature's reminder that life is not stagnant. Things change and, in order to survive, one must learn to adapt.

Through the changes that occur in our lives, whether positive or negative, we learn to become better at living. And that process is always an enlightening and invigorating experience. There are many different autumn designs that can help you represent important life changes via ink.

Maple leaves, fiery-maned trees (and their inhabitants) are excellent choices for fall imagery. While the flora can symbolize a change in environment and/or memorable places, the fauna can represent people and/or changes in one's relationships.

Sunset-touched forest scenes are also a wonderful option, as the sky's cool tones compliment autumn shades well. The striking visual exudes both beauty and wonder, as one is never sure of what nightfall may bring.

Halloween Ideas

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Haunted house tattoo.Cute bat tattoo.Day of the Dead sugar skull.Black and white glamour witch.Ultra-realistic black widow.
Haunted house tattoo.
Haunted house tattoo. | Source
Cute bat tattoo.
Cute bat tattoo. | Source
Day of the Dead sugar skull.
Day of the Dead sugar skull. | Source
Black and white glamour witch.
Black and white glamour witch. | Source
Ultra-realistic black widow.
Ultra-realistic black widow. | Source

This costume and candy-filled holiday offers designs like skeletons, Jack-o-lanterns, vampire bats, and frightening monsters. With shades of poisonous purple and toxic green, Halloween tattoos give October-lovers a chance to show their festive pride.

Are you looking for something more subtle? Consider a bad luck charm, like the number 13 or a jet-black kitty. For more "bling," design an ornate sugar skull.

If you're more intrigued by the morbid and macabre, bats, spiders, and scorpions make great tattoo designs to represent fall.

Fall Animals

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An orange fox.A colorful parrot with fall leaves.An anime squirrel.This owl is spreading its wings across someone's chest.
An orange fox.
An orange fox. | Source
A colorful parrot with fall leaves.
A colorful parrot with fall leaves. | Source
An anime squirrel.
An anime squirrel. | Source
This owl is spreading its wings across someone's chest.
This owl is spreading its wings across someone's chest. | Source

Our flying friends, large and small, are splendid choices for an autumn scene. Birds, owls, and bats all symbolize intelligence and self-confidence.

While different species of birds can represent different aspects of life (everything from love to good luck), owls are well-known as symbols of wisdom and protection. Bats, while not as revered as owls, represent intuition and awareness.

Woodland creatures, such as squirrels and hedgehogs, are also wonderful candidates for a fall-themed tattoo. Squirrels are known as resourceful masters of preparation, while hedgehogs symbolize vitality and perception.

The red fox is also a great choice for an autumn scene tattoo. Foxes, with their scarlet-orange fur coats, are often portrayed as cunning and witty tricksters.

Abundance Themes

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Full-sleeve cornucopia tattoos.A fall cornucopia.Faeries of fall.Tree spirits embrace.
Full-sleeve cornucopia tattoos.
Full-sleeve cornucopia tattoos. | Source
A fall cornucopia.
A fall cornucopia. | Source
Faeries of fall.
Faeries of fall. | Source
Tree spirits embrace.
Tree spirits embrace. | Source

Fall is the harvest season, a time of great abundance, appreciation, and generosity. It is a time when we get together with loved ones to celebrate everything good in our lives. Hence, getting an autumn tattoo is a great way to express your gratitude year-round.

The cornucopia (a horn filled with fruits, flowers, and vegetables) is a traditional Thanksgiving symbol that represents abundance. Cornucopia tattoos can be personalized to represent foods and flowers that bear significance in your own life. For instance, since I'm from Hawaii, I would choose local fruits (i.e., lilikoi/passion fruit) and flowers (i.e., puakenikeni) to incorporate into my cornucopia design.

Goddess tattoos are also perfect symbols to represent abundance and generosity. Not to mention, the beauty of autumn can be incorporated into a goddess design very easily with clothing and animal totems.

I hope this article has given you some valuable ideas on how to display your love of the autumn season with ink. Once you get those creative juices flowing, you'll be able to find the right design for you.

Just remember that every tattoo, regardless of theme or design, should hold great significance for the bearer. Make sure that, before the needle touches your precious canvas, you are absolutely certain that you'll cherish the design for years to come. Best wishes and happy inking to you all!!

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    • TattooKitty profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks, always exploring! The autumn season is such a wonderful muse for tattoos!!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      These are really beautiful!

    • TattooKitty profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Hi billybuc! I'm actually working on the winter version of this hub now (with spring & summer soon to follow)...gonna wait 'til the cold sets in before I publish it. I've been itching to get an autumn tattoo for quite a while...may give in and visit my artist on my birthday. So many design to choose from though...ahhhhh!!! LOL! Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great pics and some really beautiful tattoos, especially the last one. Nice job on this; you and lyricwriter should combine on your tattoo both do quite well.


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