A tattoo is akin to a miniature work of art – the biggest difference being that instead of hung on a lonely gallery wall, it can be kept close to you at all times. And when searching for a subject suitably pleasing to the eye, what could be more beautiful to capture on your skin than the most golden time of year?
If autumn is your favourite season, you’ll have even more reason to want to remember it all year round. And one way to do it, and do it in style, is with some ink.
We've searched high and low for the most beautiful autumnal-inspired tattoo designs that truly capture the magic of the months of September to November. Falling leaves, fading colours, woodland animals, nature-based designs and even some nods to Halloween: if there's not something here that seems utterly perfect, we'll bet you’ll at least be able to find some inspiration.
Beware of the autumn people tattoo
This quote comes from author Ray Bradbury’s haunting tale, Something Wicked Comes This Way Comes, about a touring carnival and the dark folk that travel with it.
What could be more autumnal than a fox balancing fruit on his head?
This is by far the chicest fungi we’ve ever seen.
Autumn tree tattoo
This tree tattoo perfectly illustrates the changing colours of autumn.
Pine cone tattoo
We adore the depth in this illustration-style pine cone tattoo.
Pusheen pumpkin tattoo
Pusheen fans brace yourselves, this pumpkin version is perfect for October.
With a drawing as delicate as this, you don’t need colour.
Fox in branches tattoo
Foxes are the perfect colour to blend in with the reddening autumn leaves.
These cooler tones seem to whisper a hint of winter.
Autumn bat tattoo
Not only does this little bat remind us of Halloween, those blackberries are a classically autumnal fruit.
Fox in flowers tattoo
The vivid colours of these wildflowers make this foxy tattoo.
Steaming pumpkin tattoo
Forget a pumpkin spice latte, there’s no drink more autumnal than a steaming cup of actual pumpkin, as shown in this tattoo.
Autumnal leaf tattoo
This intricate leaf tattoo tells the story of the changing seasons.
Bare tree tattoo
The faded edges of this naked tree are particularly special.
Warm drink tattoo
Warm drinks make us think of snuggly November nights.
Woodland creatures always seem so at home in autumn, but this flowery, furry friend is extra special.
These flower covered toadstools would look so at home in an enchanted woodland.
Squirrel two-part tattoo
We love how this adorable pairing fit together so well.
Colours of autumn triangle tattoo
Love autumnal colours but loathe the classic symbols of your favourite season? This artsy approach could be for you.
Halloween inspired cauldron tattoo
October is home to one of the funnest holidays in the year – Halloween!
Orange leaf tattoo
The skillful ombre design on this leaf tattoo gives it a whole new depth.
Pheasant and brambles tattoo
This beautiful tattoo shows blackberries at their ripest in the beginning of autumn.
Throughout the summer acorns slowly turn from green to brown before falling on the ground as the trees lose their leaves.
The scattered leaves in this tattoo make this pumpkin even more fitting for the golden season.
Autumn leaves and sunflowers tattoo
We love how the sunflowers leaning into the reddening leaves looks like summer going into autumn.
Fanged ghost tattoo
Leafy pumpkin tattoo
Not ready for a full-on Halloween-style pumpkin? How about this cute, little fruit instead.
This bat may remind us of the spookiest time of year, but we think he’s pretty cute.
Falling leaves tattoo
These leaves actually look like they’re falling.