If you love the look of dirt under your fingernails, the smell of pine needles mixing with campfire, and the feeling of waking up to the rising sun, then you, my friend, really love camping. And what better way to honor your passion for nights spent in the great outdoors than with some permanent ink? If you’re looking to formalize a committed relationship with your tent by getting a camp-themed tattoo, we’ve got lots of ideas for you to consider.

Camping Tattoo Ideas for Every Type of Camper

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There are many different types of campers, from the solo adventurer to the family vacationer–and there are even more types of tattoos. We’ve narrowed them down into camping categories that should help you decide which camping tattoo is perfect for you.

General Camping Tattoos

Camping is full of tradition and these tattoos embrace the traditional imagery, from the tent that feels like home, to your trusty lantern. Anyone who loves to camp will find lots of memories and inspiration in these camping tattoos.

I really love doing these tiny little nature scenes… makes me feel like #bobross

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Thanks Abby, you made it to my instagram! #rockstartattooco #wisconsintattoo #milwaukeetattoo #beartattoo

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Landscape and Nature Tattoos

The whole point of camping is to get away from our sheltered lives and reconnect with nature. Embrace the elements with your camping tattoo, and celebrate the beautiful landscapes we love to explore. 

Travel/Camping Tattoos

Travel and camping go together like chocolate and marshmallows. If you prefer to sleep under the stars when you travel, embrace your wanderlust with one of these travel/camping-themed tattoos.

?⌚ @kray912 #compas #travel #tattoo

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My vanlife inspired travel tattoo. Now Miles is always with me ?❤️ Drawing by @david_rollyn

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#tattoo #compasetattoo #armtattoo #ink #like4like #followme #follow #traveltattoo #adventure #travel

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Camping with Animals Tattoos

You’re sleeping in their habitat–it’s only right to pay homage to the critters that we meet while camping. Check out these animal tattoos that are perfect for the camper who loves to meet creatures in the forest.

Healed/ Cicatrizada. Sem filtro nem edição ????

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Have a good week! #impulseinktattoo #jessie翰zhang #outlinetattoo #eagletattoo #deertattoo

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Camping Tattoos with Text

Pictures might be worth 1,000 words, but words are still powerful–especially when you’re looking to make a statement with your camping tattoo. These tattoos get straight to the point with inspiring messages that are for and from the camping-obsessed.

Sweet and Simple Camping Tattoos

Whether it’s your first tattoo or your fifteenth, these camping tattoos say a lot with just a little ink.

~By Mark. #tattoo#tattoos #wnytattoos#wny #bataviany #bataviatattoo #campingtattoo #camping

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Do you have a camping-themed tattoo? We’d love to see it! Tell us about it in the comments below, or tag us in a photo of your tattoo on Instagram!

 

Shameless plug:

The Dyrt is a FREE app solving the pain of finding campsites online. Like Yelp for camping, you can find the perfect campsite for you with photos and reviews from real campers across the country. And if you write reviews, you can WIN free outdoor gear all summer long.

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Britany Robinson

Britany Robinson

Britany is a writer with bylines in BBC Travel, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, and more. When she's not at her computer, she's (hopefully) outside, hiking or camping with her dog. Oh and she definitely ate all of the chocolate out of the trail mix you're sharing.