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70+ Olive Branch Tattoo Looks to Bring You Peace

by Sherri Owens

You can choose anything from a traditional tattoo to a symmetrical pair of branches for your olive branch tattoo.

As an artist, I have always loved the olive branch due to its association with peace. It is also a pretty unique tattoo with lots of design elements. Allow me use my artistic expertise to guide through all the options available.

The Best Olive Branch Tattoo Designs

These are some of the best olive branch tattoos to consider:

Traditional Olive Branch Tattoo Concepts

Do you like the original ink meanings for the olive branch tattoo? If so, you will probably go with a more traditional olive branch tattoo design.

This means having the olive branch alone - no other elements included in your tattoo. There a lot of different ways to make this idea work.

If you want to keep your olive branch tattoo as simple as possible, you can make this happen. Here are the olive branch tattoos you can choose from:

Olive branch tattoo on thighs

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Traditional Olive Branch

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Fine line olive branch

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Small Olive Branch

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Little olive branch on arm

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If you imagine that simple makes for a boring olive branch tattoo, think again! There are lots of ways that you can elevate your olive branch tattoo so that it is minimalistic yet utterly breathtaking.

Just take a look at these olive branches. Although they don't have much detail, the tattoo artist uses shading to lend a more artistic feel to the olive branch tattoo concepts.

Dot Work Tattoo of Olive Branch

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Delicate Olive Vine

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Olive Branch on Back

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Double Olive Branch

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Olive branch with a snake texture

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Olive Branch and Olives Tattoo Concepts

Of course, for many people, olive tattoos can be just as important as an actual olive branch. Olives are the fruit that the tree bears - so, it embodies fertility.

It can also represent good luck, a fulfilling life, or rewards for your hard work. In any case, here are the olive branch tattoo ideas with olives that you simply should check out:

Once again, you have the option of choosing a more simplistic design for your olive branch tattoo.

Olive Branch with Olives

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Big Olive Branch with Olives on Back

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Olive branch design

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Shaded Olive Branch with Olives

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Black Traditional Olive Tattoo

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Color Olive Branch Tattoo

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With the right shading, you can add a beautiful yet haunting aesthetic to your olive branch tattoos. Just take a look at how shading these tattoos in the right places adds detail and aesthetic appeal:

Small Olive Branch Tattoo

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Big Shaded Olive Branch

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The shading is taken to the next level in these black and grey olive branch tattoos. Even though only two colors are used, the technique allows the branches to be brought to life. Here is some inspiration for your next olive branch tattoo:

Black Olive Branch

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Olives Tattoo

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Inked Olive Branch

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Olive Branch with Olives

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Small Olive Branch with Olives

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Do you want to give your olive branch tattoo designs more of an antique feel? Well, here are some truly stunning ideas for you.

There are different approaches and styles you are free to go with for this kind of olive branch tattoo. However, the result is the same - you get an olive branch tattoo that looks like it has been lifted from an old book.

If you want to get this kind of olive branch tattoo, you can narrow down your desired style. Perhaps you prefer something with hints of ancient Rome or maybe Ancient Greece is better suited to your tastes. You can even fast forward the design all the way to a more classical era. The options are endless!

Olive Branch Olives and Snake

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Olives and Oranges

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Olive Branch and Bee

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Winding Olive Branch Tattoo Concepts

This is a really cool idea for your olive branch tattoo design. As the name suggests, this is where the olive branch tattoo winds around a curved part of your body.

The most common place to get this kind of olive branch tattoo is your arm or forearm. However, it can easily be applied to any part of your body.

What you need to know about this kind of olive branch tattoo is that you need a talented tattoo artist to help you pull it off.

Not only do you need to consider the design of the olive branch tattoo, but your artist also has to think about how the olive branch tattoo will curve around that particular body part. It is a lot more complicated than you might imagine.

However, if this design appeals to you, here are the olive branch tattoos you can get:

Olive Branch on Hand

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Olive Branch Wrapped Around Arm

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Freehand Olive Branch

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Black Lined Olive Branches

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Black & Grey Olives

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Olive Branch on Lower Arm

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Olive Branch in Barb Wire Style

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Olives and Leaves on Leg

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Olive Branch Bracelet

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Black Olives Green Leaves

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Olive Branch with Green Leaves

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Olive Branch Bracelet Tattoo

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Realistic Olive Branch Tattoo Concepts

While it is certainly cool to play around with artistic expression with your olive branch tattoo, staying true to the original design can be quite rewarding as well.

What you should know about realistic olive branch tattoos is that they look amazing. The right use of color shading, and more can make this an incredible vibrant piece of art work.

Realistic Colorful Olives

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Colorful Olive Branch

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If you like the green leaves alone, here is the olive branch tattoo that may appeal to you. The different shades of yellow and green are what make this olive branch tattoo truly stand out.

Green Olive Branch

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This is a truly remarkable olive branch tattoo. The image leaps right out at you! What makes this olive branch tattoo so realistic is the appropriate choice of colors as well as how the leaves and olives look, as if sunlight were shining on it. Of course, the incredible attention to detail certainly doesn't hurt here either!

Green Olive Branch with Black Olives

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Despite what you may think, you don't always have to use green leaves or green or purple for the olives to make them look realistic. You can get this effect with black, grey, and a hint of white. The trick here is to create the right amount of contrast between the stem, leaves, and the olives.

Lower Arm Olive Branch

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Grey and Black Olive Branch

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Olive Branch Shaded

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This realistic olive branch tattoo goes in a slightly different direction. Here, the olives have been drawn to look quite realistic, however, the stem and leaves have been drawn in an abstract way.

This is an absolutely exquisite idea for an olive branch tattoo if you're looking for something unusual and different.

Green Olives with Brown Leaves

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Crossed Olive Branches Tattoo Concepts

As far as olive branch tattoo designs go, this is a pretty popular design. There are also a few options for this kind olive branch tattoo.

You can opt for simple leaves or go the whole nine yards, with olives and for this olive branch tattoo.

Olive Branch Necklace

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Olive Branch Necklace on Fire

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Olives and Birds

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Olive Branches around Knee

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Grey Necklace from Olive Branches

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Olive Branches with Flowers

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Olive Branches on Calf Muscle

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Big Olive Branches Necklace

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Olive Branches Tattoo on Neck

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Grey Olive Branches

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Crossed Olive Branches around Neck

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Crossed Olive Branches on Knee

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Olive Branches with Name

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Crossed Olive Branches on Arm

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Connecting Olive Branches

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Symmetrical Olive Branch Tattoo Concepts

A lot of people enjoy symmetry with their ink and this is even more likely with their olive branch tattoo. The design of the olive branch tattoo makes it perfectly suited to this concept.

Of course, first, you need to figure out the right placement for the tattoo. This type of olive branch tattoo works quite well near the neck - either below or above the collarbones. This tattoo is a great way to feel confident.

Some people also like to get this kind of olive branch tattoo above their hip bones. The great thing about this olive branch tattoo concept is that the tattoo works equally well for men and women.

Small Olive Branches Below Neck

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Olive Branches on Belly

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Olive Branches in Black & White

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Symmetrical Olive Branches with Olives

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Symmetrical Olive Branches on Chest

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Symmetrical Olive Branches with Olives on Chest

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Double Olive Branch on Belly

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Shaded Olive Branches on Belly

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Symmetrical Shaded Olive Branches

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Matching Olive Branch Tattoo Concepts

Matching olive branch tattoos is a symbol for deep love. After all, you need to trust and love someone if you get an olive branch tattoo along with them.

Also, because the meaning of the olive branch is linked heavily to major religions, the matching tattoos and their branch tattoo designs can be a sign of an even greater bond.

Here are the matching tattoos for your olive branch tattoo that you can take a look at:

Small Matching Olive Branches

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Matching Olive Branches with Olives

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What Does the Olive Branch Tattoo Mean?

Have you ever wondered, what is the meaning behind an olive branch?

Well, it is important to understand olive branch tattoo meanings before you go ahead and get your body inked.

Contrary to popular belief, there are different interpretations of olive branches and the tattoo that it is based on.

The most enduring story is that the olive branch symbolize peace. Holding out an olive branch to someone is seen as brokering peace or calling a ceasefire. It could also be a sign to mend old friendships.

Of course, in the tattoo world, an olive branch isn't necessarily about making peace. Rather, this tattoo is about inner peace - coming to terms with certain elements about yourself or your life.

Believe it or not, all the major religions mention olive branches. Thus, there is religious significance to this tattoo as well.

In Christianity, a white dove brought an olive branch in its beak to Noah after the floods ceased. This was the first sign of life after the destruction. Due, to this, the olive branch design can be seen as a new beginning or life renewal.

In the Hebrew bible, the olive tree is considered a symbol of Israel - a thriving and healthy land. As a result, olive branches symbolize strength and nourishment.

Why is the Olive Branch a Symbol of Peace?

It is clear that the olive branch is a symbol of peace. You may be wondering just why this is.

Well, the use of the olive branch being associated with bringing peace dates all the way back to 5th century Greece.

According to Greek mythology, the god of the sea, Poseidon claimed ownership of the region of Attica in Ancient Greece. He did so by driving his trident into the ground and bringing forth a saltwater spring.

The Greek goddess Athena, on the other hand, countered this ownership by planting the first olive tree in the region. This gave people food, olive oil, and wood.

The other Greek gods formed a council and determined that Athena's gift was better as it gave more to the people. Due to this, she inherited the land.

This part of Greece was also renamed Athens in her honor.

There is an alternate explanation to the use of the olive branch - and olive branch tattoo meanings. Olive trees take a long time to grow and bear fruit.

This meant that only people who were expecting long periods of peace were likely to plant these trees. A land with a lot of olive trees was seen as a peaceful place to live.

The first Olympic Games also gave people crowns of olive branches to wear and wars were often suspended while the games were in session.

What Do Crossed Olive Branches Mean?

Crossed olive branches don't have the same meaning as regular branches. That being said, there is no denying that two olive branches crossed have become a popular branch tattoo design.

These olive branches symbolize letting go of an old problem. It could be a grudge, hate, hurt or something else that was holding you back. However, by letting it go, you're giving yourself the opportunity to move forward with your life.

Some people also get these tattoos as a promise to take life easy and not worry about everything. In this case, the tattoo could be a sign to start enjoying life more.

If you want to get an olive branch tattoo, you now know the tattoo options available. From simple to complex, the tattoo designs are endless. All you have to do is to choose from the tattoo design ideas provided here for your next ink.

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