Dark Souls Tattoo Designs & Meanings For Men & Women

Lore-like and full of adventure and darkness, Dark Souls is a viable and unique option for those looking for a tattoo that will really pack a visual punch.

A visual masterpiece, the critically-acclaimed Dark Souls was in 2011. Garnering incredible recognition for its enthralling plot and stunning design, Dark Souls blends folklore and mythology into its incredible action. With ardent fans all over the world, it isn’t hard to see why Dark Souls has the potential to be recognized and appreciated by a whole spectrum of people.

Masterfully dark, detailed, and fantastical, a Dark Souls tattoo would be stunningly displayed in full detail by a talented hand. From dragons and warriors to monsters and giants, Dark Souls possess the imagination and ingenuity to thrill a variety of spectators.

The ideas for the tattoo designs include dragons, monsters, giants, warriors, and other imaginative characters and symbols steeped in mythology and legend. Some of the world’s most creative tattoo artists are deeply inspired by the captivating graphics of this action role-playing game. These very artists have been able to come up with incredible Dark Souls tattoo art. In this article, I’ve compiled 60 Dark Souls tattoo designs and ideas that you will love to show off as a Dark Souls fan. Where possible, each piece’s artist/source is mentioned so you can explore it further.

Dark Souls Tattoo Designs

Shown below are 60 stunning and incredibly detailed Dark Souls tattoos that are inked by highly talented tattoo artists that are also gaming enthusiasts in their own right. I’m beginning with my top 21 picks, followed by 39 more stunning ideas.

1. Dark Souls Knight Tattoo

Dark Souls Knight Tattoo

Source: @pigmentaltattoo via Instagram

This tattoo looks incredibly macho as it’s placed on one side of the upper back of this gentleman. The armor, helmet, and weapon of the Dark Souls knight are wonderfully depicted by the artist. The colors are commensurate with the darkness and the dark undertones that familiarize us with the franchise.

2. Forearm Dark Souls Tattoo

Forearm Dark Souls Tattoo

Similiar Dark Souls tattoos with blue ink look the best if you prefer smaller designs. This forearm tattoo is a true piece of art!

3. Armored Knight Tattoo

Armored Knight Tattoo

Source: @neil.t.tattoos via Instagram

Any die-hard gaming fan of the Dark Souls franchise would tell you, bonfires are central to the game at large. This bright, colorful tattoo highlights the armored knight as he rests at the brightly lit bonfire. This tattoo looks exceptionally catchy when inked on the forearm, and is sure to get onlookers’ keen attention.

4. Bicep Dark Souls Tattoos

Bicep Dark Souls Tattoos

Guys who like color and who enjoy greyscale tattoos will need this design. Since it is so dark it may take you up to 6 hours to achieve this tattoo.

5. Blue Dark Souls Tattoo

Blue Dark Souls Tattoo

@deadflesh.tattoos

The video game itself can come to life and look even more realistic if you end up getting blue ink! This tattoo will look the best on your leg.

6. Bonfire and Knife Knight Tattoo

Bonfire and Knife Knight Tattoo

Dark Souls by Slav at House of Art Leicestershire

My favorite Dark Souls tattoos are ones that are black and grey. This one makes the cut in several favorable ways. It envelopes the shoulder and upper arm to show a realistic Knight, bonfire, and knife scene. The artist has done impeccable tattoo shading work and the artist’s high talent is evident from this piece.

7. Wolf Arm Dark Souls Tattoo

Wolf Arm Dark Souls Tattoos

Wolf Arm Dark Souls Tattoo should be your go-to if you have a trustworthy artist. This is a cool and awesome print, perfect for guys who like detailed tattoos

8. Realistic Dark Souls Tattoo

Realistic Dark Souls Tattoo

@filip.memoart

If you are a true fan of this video game – dedicate an entire sleeve! Your tattoo artist should have a somewhat level of experience before they give you this design.

9. Sword Fire Skull Dark Soul Tattoo

Sword Fire Skull Dark Soul Tattoo

Source: @vincegenois via Instagram

This tattoo looks awesome due to the artist having successfully highlighted the bright bonfire over the other symbols. If you’re a gaming enthusiast that likes colorful tattoos that aren’t too big, this one fits the bill perfectly.

10. Back Dark Souls Tattoo

Back Dark Souls Tattoo

Make this sign stand out even more with some tree and forest elements. Even if it begins to fade, this tattoo will still look amazing!

11. Black And Yellow Dark Souls Tattoo

Black And Yellow Dark Souls Tattoo

Dark souls tattoo @studioatattoo

Once you discover an interesting tattoo design – get it on your visible spot. This color combo looks amazing and very realistic to the actual video game.

12. Black and White Dark Souls Tattoo

Black and White Dark Souls Tattoo

Source: @sootskin via Instagram

This is a fabulous black and white Dark Souls tattoo. It intelligently depicts a bonfire watched over by a Fire Keeper. If you’re an experienced gamer you’d know this equates to kindling to provide ten Estus Flask charges. The artist has done an astounding job in the placement and detailing of this tattoo that looks great on the inside forearm.

13. Leg Dark Souls Tattoo

Leg Dark Souls Tattoo

You don’t have to make your sign stand out with a lot of ink or lines. You can enjoy similar tattoos and only do dramatic outlines.

14. Dark Souls Forearm Tattoo

Dark Souls Forearm Tattoo

@frau_ermelyn

You don’t have to make your sign stand out with a lot of ink or lines. You can enjoy similar tattoos and only do dramatic outlines.

15. Sif Tattoo

Sif Tattoo

Source: @notslimcorey via Instagram

In the game, the player finds Sif found protected behind a magical barrier. I love this highly detailed tattoo of Sif that’s perfectly inked on the leg. It’s a sizable tattoo in black and white that depicts the great grey wolf Sif amidst the darkness of the world.

16. Dark Souls Tattoo On Calf

Dark Souls Tattoo On Calf

If you are not afraid of calf or leg tattoos – similar ideas will suit you. Share this tattoo idea with your closest ones and enjoy the cool placement, as well as the ink itself.

17. Bold Dark Souls Masterpiece

Bold Dark Souls Masterpiece

Source: @marcel_skull via Instagram

How about this tattoo to cover your entire arm sleeve area? This is a bold yet visually appealing idea that you can’t go wrong with. The artist has done a super job of efficiently using the full arm’s space to create a Dark Souls masterpiece.

18. Small Dark Souls Tattoo

Small Dark Souls Tattoo

@strashnoe_delo

You can always go for a twist! This sign stands for Dark Souls, and if you are out of ideas (yet you want something smaller and simple) this is it!

19. Gravelord Nito Tattoo

Gravelord Nito Tattoo

Source: @polluxlynch13 via Instagram

This is a one-of-a-kind tattoo that makes wonderful use of the visible thigh area. It will get heads turning if you’re wearing short shorts or a bikini. This rare tattoo depicts the Gravelord Nito, who is one of the original Lords from Dark Souls.

20. Dark Souls Tattoos Cool Ink On Leg

Dark Souls Tattoos Cool Ink On Leg

Once you discover this design, place it on your leg! It will easily fit on your calf and will seek attention. Guys who love bigger and bolder ideas will enjoy this tattoo.

On That Note

Which design is your favorite? Share your thoughts and opinions with us in the comments down below! We hope you can find your perfect Dark Souls sign, tattoo inspo, as well as your favorite character out of the gameplay!

21. Subtle Colors Dark Souls Knight Concept

Subtle Colors Dark Souls Knight Concept

Source: @spottitattoo via Instagram

This is a traditional take on the whole Dark Souls knight concept. It’s another great tattoo for a man particularly. It covers the sleeve area almost entirely, and the large tattoo can be conveniently seen from both near and far. The use of subtle colors makes this a distinct idea for the theme.

22. Soul of Cinder Tattoo

Soul of Cinder Tattoo

Source: @jotaoff.ink via Instagram

There’s no better way to cover the calf area, according to me. If you’re an ardent Dark Souls fan, you would love this design. It features the Soul of Cinder — the final Boss (Boss enemy) in Dark Souls 3 — amidst a bonfire.

23. Glorious Sun Tattoo

Glorious Sun Tattoo

Source: @hmci_ via Instagram

I love this shoulder area tattoo design. It depicts the glorious sun. The artist has done a fantastic job at using subdued colors and lettering. Although there’s no such thing, this tattoo almost looks natural. Such designs are sure to fetch compliments wherever you go.

24. Fire Keeper Design

Fire Keeper Design

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This is a delicate scene of a bonfire watched over by a Fire Keeper. It’s a really pretty tattoo that uses black and grey effects in a subtle yet comprehensive way.

25. Sun, Knight, and Flowers

Sun, Knight, and Flowers

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What better way to show the sun, knight, and flowers with efficient use of color ink and shading? It’s like showcasing a scene from the world of darkness and battle in a happy way. This is to show there’s great humanity and harmony embedded in the game’s plot. This tattoo looks perfect on the forearm and is sure to fetch attention.

26. Nito

Nito

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This is another great Nito depiction for your entire arm. It’s not easy working so flawlessly with white and black ink in one go. The artist has done an amazing job here.

27. Aldrich and the Fire Keeper

Aldrich and the Fire Keeper

Source: @mumia916 via Instagram

I love this tattoo of Aldrich and the Fire Keeper. The artist has intricately covered the arm with so much perfection. It takes several sessions and multiple hours to achieve such results. It’s one of the best and most realistic Dark Souls tattoos on this list.

28. Red Sun Bonfire

Red Sun Bonfire 

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With the shades of red in the background representative of the sun, and the bonfire scene happening with such perfection, this tattoo is sure to leave onlookers spellbound with amazement. It’s a great choice for die-hard gamers looking to cover up their forearm with something that means a lot to them.

29. Dark Soul Monster

Dark Soul Monster

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The Dark Souls universe is extensive. Besides warriors, bonfires, and knights, there are giants and monsters to defeat. This tattoo shows one such vicious monster if that’s what you’re into.

30. Cute Dark Soul Tattoo

Cute Dark Soul Tattoo

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This is one of those tattoos inspired by gaming that has talent written all over. The gifted artist has taken an interesting turn, by animating the knight, bonfire scene using the perfect pallet of colors and black and grey. This tattoo looks great on any visible spot of your body.

31. Gravelord Nito Tattoo

Gravelord Nito Tattoo

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This is another Gravelord Nito tattoo. It looks perfect on the upper arm, tricep region. Each skull depicts a unique look. The tattoo artist has done a splendid job in the composition, shading, and overall design of this flawless piece.

Other Dark Souls Tattoo Designs and Ideas for Inspiration

Cool Dark Soul Tattoo 1

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Conclusion

Dark Souls has always been the beautiful world of dark fantasy. It consists of challenging battles that are brutal in the truest sense. Gamers get optimal satisfaction through such true challenges and hard-fought victories. Dark Souls is credited for having brought millions of ardent gamers into the world of monsters needing a good fight in a dark and depressing world. Having a Dark Souls tattoo, thus, is relevant and trendy. All the tattoos on my list are carefully selected based on an exceptional level of creativity, precision, and popularity. These designs are not only inspiring but also downright astounding works of masterpiece artistry. The game-inspired artists combined their talents with the best tattoo machines and equipment to achieve such flawless results.

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