17 Pinecone Tattoos for People Who Love Nature

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This tattoo collection is for the nature enthusiasts out there. Well, at least the pine coneenthusiasts. We’ve got 17 pine cone tattoos for you to check out, from the cute and simple to some detailed designs that will take your breath away!

Pine cones are a symbol of new beginnings because they represent growth in different phases: the seeds inside are dormant but have the potential to grow into something beautiful.

tattoo with real pinecones
Credit: hennanopanen
three arms with tattoo
Credit: iamcharlottelee

Getting a Pine Cone Tattoo

There are many reasons why someone might get a pine cone tattoo. Some people might get one to represent their love of nature, while others might get one as a symbol of strength or durability.

Whatever the reason, a pine cone tattoo is a unique and beautiful way to show your love for the outdoors.

tattoo with symbol
Credit: islandtattoonashville
sunflower pinecone tattoo
Credit: junelaketattoo

Pine Cone Seeds

The main function of a pine cone is to produce seeds. There are between 200 and 400 pine cones on an average-sized tree.

Pine cones take two years to mature. The scales on a pine cone can be opened to release the seeds, or they can be left closed until the seeds are ready to germinate.

shoulder pinecone and pine needle tattoo
Credit: dot.gain
pinecone tattoo on arm
Credit: lakeside.studio

Pine Cones Can Stay on a Tree for 10 Years

Did you know that pine cones can stay on a tree for more than 10 years before they drop to the ground? During this time seeds for new pine trees grow under the scales of the pine cones.

The scales protect the seeds from bad weather and hungry animals. Eventually, however, the seeds need to be released so that they can grow into new trees.

pinecone tattoo with sunbursts
Credit: lydia_sticks
hawk tattoo on arm
Credit: mollymurrayink

Pine Cones Are the Official State Flower of Maine

Yes, you read that correctly. Pine cones are the official state flower of Maine. You probably don’t think of pine cones when you think of flowers, and that’s because pine cones aren’t flowers.

That didn’t stop the legislature from designating the white pine cone as their official state flower in 1945. Making them the only official state flower that isn’t actually a flower.

pinecone tattoo sleeve
Credit: noonxub
pinecone on branch
Credit: spethszabo

The Pine Cones You See Are More Than Likely Female

The pine cones that you see are probably female cones. That’s because the male pine cones are much smaller, softer, and less distinctive than the female cones.

The male cones don’t produce any seeds ( the female does). Additionally, they sit on the lower branches so that when they release pollen it blows up to the female pine cone.

pinecone leg tattoo
Credit: stellamayvlad
pinecone with finch tattoo
Credit: tattoosbysonja

The Longest Pine Cone in the World

The longest pine cone in the world is the sugar pine. It can grow up to 24 inches long. The sugar pine occurs in the mountains of California, Oregon, and parts of Mexico.

Many different types of animals like sugar pine seeds because they are large and nutritious. Chipmunks, for example, love to gather and store the seeds for future use.

pinecone tattoo on thigh
Credit: tattoosnob
colorful pinecone tattoo
Credit: tiffany.fox.tattoo

Dinosaurs Ate Pine Cones

Back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, pine cones were a popular food for them. They would eat them like we eat nuts today. The pine cones were tough, but their powerful teeth were good at chewing them up.

Today, animals that enjoy eating pine cones are squirrels, woodpeckers, and crossbills birds.

pinecone sleeve
Credit: amie.stephenson
brown pinecone tattoo
Credit: bodyartby_bear
pinecone ankle tattoo
Credit: caitlinlm.art

I hope these pine cone tattoos have given you inspiration for your next nature-themed tattoo. Remember to follow the instructions given by your tattoo artist to ensure that your tattoo looks great for years to come. If you enjoyed these tattoo ideas, you may also like these: