Known as a country that produces superior wine, incredible art and mouth-watering food; when it comes to French-themed tattoo inspiration, you‘ll never be short of ideas!
25 Tattoos that make you think of France
When you think of France, what comes to mind?
Whatever images your mind conjures up when you think of France, they can easily be captured in a French-inspired tattoo- and why not? France has been the most popular tourist destination in the world for over 25 years.
So whether you’re a Francophile in search of immortalizing your love of France or simply like the look of an
French Map tattoos
1. Map of France Tattoo
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A cartographer’s dream tattoo if (s)he loved France. A tattoo of a map of France is not only a fun way to show your love for the country but also your wanderlust heart. It’s not overly obvious like the
French Flag Tattoo
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As one of the most recognizable flags on earth, no one will have to guess which country this blue, white and red striped
French-inspired bird tattoos
3. Swallow tattoo
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Swallow tattoos were originally made popular by British sailors of the past. French fashion designer Coco
Chanel N5 tattoo
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Chanel No 5, Guerlain Shalimar, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne- are just some of the classical French Perfumes that have long been synonymous with wealth, class and, of course, elegance! A tattoo of your favourite French
French plant and flower tattoos
5. French Lavender Sprig Tattoo
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Provence France is known for many things, but the most recognizable might be the colour, the texture and the scent of its world-famous lavender fields.
6. Lily Of The Valley Flower Tattoo: “Muguet.”
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Lily of the Valley flowers, known as “Muguet” in France, has a very special place in French culture. You’ll find it in everything from perfumes to teas. It has long been customary to offer a sprig or bouquet of Lily of the Valley to friends and loved ones on the 1st of May to celebrate the arrival of spring and the excellent weather that goes with it.
7. French Fleur De Lis Tattoo
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Fleur de Lis means”flower of the lily” and is a lily composed of three petals bound together near their bases. French monarchs first used this classical French emblem on their shields. English kings later used the symbol on their coats of arms to emphasize their claims to France’s throne.
French animal tattoos
8. French coq tattoo aka Gallic Rooster tattoo
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“Le Coq Gaulois” or the “Gallic rooster” is one of France’s most widely recognized and identifiable symbols. It has been used intermittently since medieval times on French engravings and coins and has become the hallmark of French country design. French brands that incorporate the coq in their logo include sports brand giant “
9. French Poodle tattoo
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10. French Bull Dog tattoo
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What could be more French than a super cute or scary French bulldog tattoo “Bouledogue.”
French art tattoos
11. French painting tattoo
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If you’re into art from Famous French painters like Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall and countless others, there are thousands upon thousands of tattoo ideas out there waiting to be discovered. Just crack open an art book for inspiration.
12. Tattoos of famous cartoons and comics in France
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If you’re into comics and cartoons, you have quite a few to choose from. There’s Astérix et Obelix, Les Aventures de Tintin, Lucky Luke and Les Daltons, to name a few. Although many of the classic French cartoons are from Belgium cartoonist, they are extremely popular in France and recognizable by all French people. Bet you didn’t know that the Smurfs was also a Belgium creation by the Belgian cartoonist Peyou. They’re called “Les Schtroumpfs” in French.
French Landmarks and Tourist Attractions
France is filled with famous buildings and beautiful structures – all good artists should be able to draw any of these magnificent monuments onto your body in any style and size of your choosing.
13. Paris city skyline tattoo
Home is where your ink is. If your love for Paris goes beyond any one thing or you can’t get enough of Paris, then a Paris skyline tattoo is a straightforward way to say it.
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Eiffel Tower tattoo
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15. Notre Dame church tattoo
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Tattoos for budding French chefs
Forget the stuffy clean-cut image you have of French chefs. Yes, they exist, but these days, there’s a new breed of tattoo wearing chefs. Tattoos have become a sort of status symbol, almost standard attire in professional kitchens. Just take a look at the famous French chef Ludo Lefebre who is covered in meaningful tattoos- like little badges of memory.
16. Butchers cut tattoo: beef, chicken or pork
A quaint way to express your inner chef is to dawn an antique-looking butchers cut tattoo. Take your pick, beef, chicken or pork.
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17. Chef Knife
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A chef knife is the perfect tattoo for home chefs and professional chefs with mad chopping skills. Take it a step further with a cooking term such as “Mise en place”- which means “putting in place” or “everything in its place.” It’s the preparation of dishes and ingredients before the beginning of service.
French food and wine tattoos
France is the founding country of dozens of famous foods and is known globally for its production of the perfect wines, brilliant cheeses and scrumptious breakfast pastries. If you’re a foodie, then the possibilities are endless when it comes to French cuisine-inspired ink.
18. French macarons
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19. Red Wine or Champagne tattoo
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No explanation is needed here. The French consume more wine per capita than any other nation of people- possible designs are endless. Just take a look at a wine magazine for inspiration. If you have a favourite bottle of wine or champagne, why not get a tattoo of that?
20. Croissant Tattoos
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21. French baguette tattoo
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22. French Cheese
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The French produce over 450 different types of cheeses. Pick one- anyone for your next tattoo.
23. Escargot tattoo (snails) YUMMY!
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A pervasive cliché is that the French eat snails called escargot in French. Who doesn’t love escargot floating in butter and garlic?
See also: Weird French foods
A little-known fact about the French is that they’re responsible for many important inventions and technological advances, including (but not limited to): The hot air balloon, the bicycle and the submarine!
24. French HotAir Balloon & Submarine Tattoo:
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Two French brothers were the first to attempt a manned hot-air balloon ascent in 1783 successfully.
Although the French didn’t invent the submarine, the French Navy did create the first non-human powered sub in 1863 called le Plongeur, meaning “the diver.”
25. Bicycle tattoo:
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And Much More
The more you delve into French culture, the greater the chance of exposing even more fabulous tattoo ideas. If you’re still short of ideas after looking through the article above, then other French tattoo inspiration is never far away, with books, magazines and French-themed websites available in the thousands just waiting to light your imagination. Remember, though – tattoos are for life. Make sure you’re certain that you want something inked onto your body forever, and make sure you take care of your new tattoo as best as possible to ensure it looks beautiful for as long as you live.
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