50 Best Adventure Tattoos to Keep The Wanderlust Alive

Have you always wanted a tattoo but couldn’t decide what to get? Well, if you’re visiting this website you are probably interested in adventure. So, why not get an adventure tattoo?

Not convinced?

Here are 4 reasons to get your own adventurous tattoo:

  • As a reminder of an amazing adventure you experienced in the past
  • As a symbol of commitment to leading an adventurous lifestyle
  • To display to the whole world that you are an adventurous soul
  • Just because they look cool!

Here are 50 adventurous souls that decided photos and souvenirs of their journies were just not enough – so they went for something a little more permanent.

From mysterious mountains to vintage maps, hopefully, these beautiful works of body art will inspire you to get your own adventure tattoo. Just don’t tell your mom I was the one who convinced you to get it!


airplane tattoo on arm
Jet plane arm tattoo photographed on a vintage map
wanderlust globe tattoo
“Wanderlust” Colorful vintage globe
adventure is out there globe and luggage tattoo
“Adventure is Out There” – Another beautiful vintage globe and suitcases
polaroid pictures on arm tattoo
Abstract vintage travel polaroids all the way down his arm
minimalist mountain tattoo
Mysterious mountains line drawing perfectly placed on man’s shoulder
not all who wander are lost
“Not All Who Wander Are Lost” One of my favorite quotes flanking a beautiful wilderness scene
campfire adventure tattoo
A colorful camping tattoo
forest on shoe print tattoo
Photoreal hiking boot – this was a bold choice!
tiny boat adventure tattoo
Subtle kid’s sailboat tattoo photographed on a map background
the land and the sea
Land on one arm – Sea on the other arm
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Bold black Rock Climber hanging off the edge of a cliff
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Skydiver across a man’s back.
perfect match
Man and woman with complimentary Adventure tattoos
element adventure tattoo
Another variation of Land & Sea one on each arm
backpack traveler
Classic backpacker walking atop the Earth
adventure, off-the-beaten-track
“adventure” This simple one-word tattoo pretty much says it all
cedar tree and a plane
Another “adventure” tattoo – but she added in a single tree and a paper airplane to represent forward nothing – I really like this one
go where you please
“Be Brave Go Where You Please” This woman’s arm tattoo lays out her philosophy pretty clearly
numbers
This is brilliant – simple GPS coordinates inked on a woman’s arm – makes me wonder where on Earth this is and what great adventure awaits there.
going up the country
Another bold black ink line drawing reminds one of vintage adventure book art.
wanderlust
She got a bit carried away with this series of adventure-themed tattoos – but there is no doubt that this girl lives to travel.
world map adventure tattoo
Subtle and primitive world map
compass adventure tattoo
Creative compass with an airplane in flight headed to parts unknown. I like how this one is laid out on the arm to give the feel of forward momentum.
tattoo on feet
Wanderlust and compass on feet. I like how subtle this is, others would never even see it until you took off your shoes.
adventure is out there
“Adventure is out there” Colorful balloons and a nod to the movie Up
paper plane
So simple yet beautiful. A paper airplane in flight
compass tattoo
Incredibly detailed compass covering the entire arm. The detail and shading in this tattoo is astounding.
up inspired adventure tattoo
Quirky, childlike tattoo of the balloon driven house from the movie “UP”.
backpack explore
“Let’s Explore the World” Beautifully inked vintage backpack
One of My Favorite Adventure Travel Tattoos – Passport Stamps on his arm! Genius
around the globe
Vintage globe tattoo across woman’s entire back. Now that is commitment!
camera wanderlust tattoo
“Wanderlust” Hand-drawn vintage camera playfully inked on man’s arm
DSLR camera and images tattoo
Another amazing vintage camera with travel photographs.
come away
“Come Away” simple but effective call to adventure
OK - this one is a bit creepy as is looks like his flesh is crumbling like aged parchment.
OK – this one is a bit creepy as is looks like his flesh is crumbling like aged parchment.
This one just screams "ADVENTURE"!
This one just screams “ADVENTURE”!
Another beautifully inked vintage compass.
Another beautifully inked vintage compass.
The humble little paper airplane seems to be a popular symbol of freedom and adventure - notice the subtle world map on this one.
The humble little paper airplane seems to be a popular symbol of freedom and adventure – notice the subtle world map on this one.
Another fun use of the paper airplane, but this time in flight over a map of the world.
Another fun use of the paper airplane, but this time in flight over a map of the world.
Vintage compass with old-time postcard
"The world is mine" Globe with vintage passport stamps. At first glance, I thought it was an arm tattoo - but then I realized - this is a full-body tattoo - Wow!
“The world is mine” Globe with vintage passport stamps. At first glance, I thought it was an arm tattoo – but then I realized – this is a full-body tattoo – Wow!
Yet another rendition of the vintage compass as symbol for Adventure
Yet another rendition of the vintage compass as symbol for Adventure
Simple world map line drawing
Simple world map line drawing
small vintage plane tattoo
I love this playful vintage biplane tattoo. For some reason, it is a powerful symbol of a time when adventure was all around us
Postage stamp with a palm tree
Postage stamp with a palm tree
"Travel" Classic vintage anchor tattoo pretty mush says it all
“Travel” Classic vintage anchor tattoo pretty much says it all
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About the Author

Rick Coleman
Rick Coleman
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona Rick Coleman is a Lifeofadventure.com featured contributor who has written for a wide range of international travel publications. He loves the outdoors and has covered thousands of miles in the pursuit of his next adventure.
Rick Coleman
Rick Coleman
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona Rick Coleman is a Lifeofadventure.com featured contributor who has written for a wide range of international travel publications. He loves the outdoors and has covered thousands of miles in the pursuit of his next adventure.
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