To ink or not to ink… that is the question. While some people swear by artistic tattoos, sleeves and yes, even lower-back bullseyes, getting a tattoo isn’t necessarily for everyone. But that doesn’t mean we can’t all appreciate a beautiful piece of body art when we see one.

Well we’ve scoured the web and we have to say that these are some of the most gorgeous, incredible animal tattoos we’ve ever seen. Check them out in all of their majestic glory.

A lone wolf

Who needs a wolf pack anyhow?

Family bonds

Because nothing screams “eternal bond” like a momma elephant and her calf.

Nocturnal creatures

No trash cans were harmed in the making of this tattoo.

Pretty bird

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Mawcaw-wow.

Puppy love

– Via @cheyenne_tattooequipment

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These pooches were made for walking.

Here kitty, kitty, kitty


That belly button looks delicious?

One giant gorilla

King Kong or bust.

Turtle, turtle


Now this is a tattoo worth shell-ebrating.

Grab life by the horns


Inspiration: fifty shades of grey.

Get your hands on this one


Anyone need a new set of pincers?

Cute critters


A chip off the old… shoulder.

Great lengths

This one must have been a real pain in the neck to sit for.

Tats of prey


Don’t worry, “owl” always love it.

Ducky designs


A not-so-ugly little duckling.

Favourite feline


Obviously a cat person.

Eye of the tiger


Too much tiger balm, maybe?

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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This is how werewolves are made.

Foxy lady


Come into my den…

Slow and steady wins the race

Sloth tattoo done using supplies from @killerinktattoo

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