It’s that time of the year when red, orange, and yellow leaves drop from the trees and crunch under our feet. We don cozy sweaters and coats to enjoy festive flavored lattes and shop for Halloween decor. It’s Fall!
Fall is a special time of the year as we say goodbye to the sunny weather and hello to shorter days and longer nights as the sun crosses the celestial equator, known as the Autumn Equinox.
If you have a love affair with the season, you’re not alone! There could be a psychological reason behind so many people’s obsession with Fall, as Bustle explains,
“Biologically, cooler temperatures provoke positive reactions. In 2012, researchers discovered that the cold made some people more likely to select films that they associated with ‘psychological warmth,’ like romantic comedies. When the temperature outside is lower, people reach for experiences that make them feel closer to others…”
If you associate Fall with all the good things in life and always look forward to this time of the year, keep reading for Fall inspired tattoo ideas so that you can carry the season with you all the time.
Fall Leaf Tattoo
Of course, one of the first things that comes to mind with Fall is warm-hued leaves. To fully capture the magic of the season, you can add shades of yellow, orange, and red to your leaf.
If you’re attracted to geometric shapes you can turn your leaf into a geometric tattoo with the different warm shades in symmetrical shapes.
If you want more flow in your Autumn tattoo, opt for a watercolor leaf tattoo where the colors are swirled and look like they’ve been applied with a paintbrush.
However, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into with a colorful tattoo, especially red ink. Some people do have an allergic reaction to red tattoo ink, so it’s a good idea to have your tattoo artist do a patch test before the main tattoo event.
“Because of the metals and other potentially toxic components in red pigment, it is one of the more likely colors to trigger allergic reactions. Common symptoms of adverse reactions to red ink include itchy, sensitive skin, redness, tattoos that are painful on contact, and swelling. This irritation on only the red parts of tattoos is commonly called ‘red reaction’,”Tattooing 101
Autumn Trees Tattoo
If you don’t want a single leaf but a whole forest, you could get a forest tattoo with a canopy of Fall leaves. Trees in various states of Fall, with leaves falling or lying on the ground, can make for a beautiful, large tattoo design.
This type of tattoo – because of the number of details – should be on a large surface area. The larger the area, the more space there will be for details. The smaller a hyper-detailed tattoo is, the worse the design will age as the tiny details can fade into each other.
With that being said though, many things impact how a tattoo will age, as Alchemists Valley says,
“It is important to find an artist who is a specialist in this style, with lots of practice in the proper application of micro-realistic tattoo ink. The pigment quality of the ink you use should be taken into account as lower quality inks fade faster.”
One of the favorite flavors of Fall is pumpkin! You’ll find pumpkin spice in stores and cafes. But, why are pumpkins such a huge part of the season? Pumpkin harvest happens during the Fall, hence their popularity at this time of the year.
Also, with Fall comes Halloween, a holiday that calls for pumpkin carving and Jack o’ Lanterns.
A pumpkin tattoo can be a way to celebrate the bounty and flavors of Fall, or you could take a Halloween angle by opting for a Jack o’ Lantern tattoo.
Either way you go for your pumpkin tattoo, you may want to add orange shades. Lighter colors, like orange, do tend to fade faster than darker tattoo inks. So, be prepared to get touch-ups.
One of the best ways to ensure your color tattoo lasts is to choose a placement that is hidden from the sun as the sun’s rays break down tattoo ink.
An acorn can be a symbol of the bounty of Fall and can make for a cute mini tattoo.
“For hundreds of years the acorn has been seen as a symbol of life, growth and birth. The small nut of the mighty oak tree, acorns have also been seen as a representative of fertility and immortality,”Tattoodo
As the oak tree is often associated with wisdom, an acorn tattoo can be a representation of this as well as strength.
You could also get an acorn tattoo to symbolise your potential and future success, as even though an acorn is small, it has the potential to grow into a mighty oak tree.
A few of the best places for a small tattoo include the wrist, the ankle, behind the ear, and the hip.
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These incredible birds can be a symbol of the season as their migration patterns can coincide with the changing of the leaves. Ravens are also dark and mysterious animals, making them perfectly aligned with the magic of Fall as well as Halloween.
“Their dark plumage and mysterious nature evoke the idea of shedding the old and embracing new beginnings, making raven tattoos a perfect choice for those seeking personal growth and change,”Chronic Ink Tattoo
The Fall – with its rich colors and cozy feelings – can be incredible inspiration for body art. From the vibrant colors of the leaves to the mystery of the raven, look at the above ideas for a meaningful theme for your Autumn tattoo.