11 Beautiful Vine Tattoos That are Perfect for the Shoulders

Vine tattoo meaning
Vine tattoos have their own unique charm as they make you feel closer to nature and its multifaceted aspects. These tattoos look gorgeous when done on shoulders.
"I always remember my childhood house with happy memories. There was a beautiful garden, and outside my bedroom window was a jasmine vine which would open in the evenings, giving off a divine scent."
Carolina Herrera
The thing that makes vines all the more special in our lives is the fact that most of us have some or the other childhood memory associated with them. Be it through the story of Jack and the Beanstalk or the grapevines that we saw when dad took us to the vineyard on some weekends, the image of these lush green vines always take us back to the happy days of our lives, when our idea of fun was to just explore the greenery around.

Vines have become a popular tattoo theme not only because of the old-school memories associated with them, but also because of their deep symbolic meanings. All we need is one good look at a vine's life and we will come to realize a zillion things that it teaches us all, while silently making its way up, growing towards the light. It indicates the willingness to make a path even through the most mighty hurdles; it clings to its surface so tightly, only with the intention to move upward and not fall down .... All in all, this artistic work of nature inspires us to lead the ideal way of life. The following section gives you a glimpse of some amazing vine tattoos done on shoulders, and explains their meanings as well.
11 Beautifully Done Vine Tattoos on Shoulders
While you can choose to ink this tattoo absolutely anywhere in the body, placing it on the shoulder(s)―on the front, back, or both sides―accentuates its implication and meaning all the more. You see, carrying something on our shoulder means to carry a responsibility, something that we treasure, value, or hold quite close to us, something that we are entrusted with. In addition to that, the shoulder location itself gives the tattoo artist a chance to use his/her creativity to a great extent. Yes, we are talking about the space and that natural curve alongside the edges of the shoulder and neck. Just go through the designs given below and see how the artist has used this spacious location to its maximum potential.
Grapevine Tattoo
Grapevine Tattoo
Grapevine comes along with a great deal of historical and religious significance. In Christianity, it represents Christ and His sacrifice for the world. It also symbolizes the abundance of His love and mercy. However, in reference to the Old Testament, grapevine represents Israel.
This tattoo is associated with the Greek/Roman god Dionysus/Bacchus, who is considered to be the god of wine, intoxication, fertility, and grape harvest. In many cultures, it is a symbol of abundance, luck, and prosperity.
Ivy Tattoo
Ivy Tattoo
The beautiful lush green ivy tattoo is a popular choice in this theme, especially among women. The reason being that it symbolizes vibrancy, femininity, fertility, and auspiciousness.
It is believed that the Romans and Greeks used this vine to make wreaths and crowns for special occasions. These elements were used to adorn weddings. Why so? You might ask. Well, the ivy stems interweave among themselves and grow together even in the most difficult environment. This symbolizes the strength and willingness to stick to a dear one irrespective of all odds, such as in case of friendship or love.
Skull and Vine Tattoo
Skull and Vine Tattoo
Using the skull element doesn't always symbolize something negative or sad, such as death. In fact, when combined with flowers and a vine design, it can also symbolize rebirth, renewal, beginning of a new life after a phase that almost ended you.
This symbolism is derived from the will of the vines to survive. They cling to even dead trees and stems, and with their unbeatable determination and perseverance, they survive, live, and grow even where life seems to not exist. This tattoo is for a survivor.
Butterfly-shaped Flowers and Vine Tattoo
Butterfly-shaped Flowers and Vine Tattoo
Another symbolism of vine is freedom. You see, there isn't a possible way through which you can define its limits, for it will continue to grow and expand, breaking through any nook and cranny it finds. Therefore, a vine is a perfect addition to any tattoo that depicts freedom.
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This tattoo does a brilliant job at depicting this meaning. Not only is it shaped like a butterfly, but it also includes flowers to accentuate the beauty of freedom. A perfect design for women who hold their freedom as high as their existence, isn't it?
Flowers, Vines, and Doves Tattoo
Flowers, Vines, and Doves Tattoo
This tattoo design is a melange of various elements, and there couldn't be any other more suitable location for this design other than the shoulders.

Vines represent friendship, unity, and everlasting love. So do roses and a pair of doves. Therefore, this design showcases the tattoo bearer's responsibility and orientation towards love and unity.
Christian Cross and Vine Tattoo
Christian Cross and Vine Tattoo
We have already discussed how the grapevine is considered to be a symbol of Christ Himself. However, the vines inked in this tattoo aren't grapevines. Here, the tattoo bearer has adorned her cross tattoo with pretty little flowers and delicate vines. This just represents and emphasizes on the fact that faith in one's beliefs is as delicate as it is strong.
It emphasizes that till the time we are holding on to Christ, we are bound to grow beautifully and thrive under His everlasting mercy and care. Just like the vine never loses its grip, clinging to its support for growth, similarly, a true believer should never let go of his/her support, which in this case, is none other than Christ Jesus.
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Giant Beanstalk Tattoo
Giant Beanstalk Tattoo
Didn't we say right at the beginning of this article that many associate vines with their childhood memories? This tattoo is most definitely inspired by the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. However, that doesn't negate its possibility to have an alternate meaning.
The thing about tattoos is that they are one design with many interpretations. In this case, this tattoo can also be interpreted as one's dreams, dreams to grow, reach the pinnacle of success, and build a castle for oneself.
Dragons and Vines Tattoo
Dragons and Vines Tattoo
Dragons are considered to be highly auspicious in Asian culture. They symbolize leadership, luck, protection, and prosperity. When teamed with this theme, their meaning accentuates all the more.

In this tattoo, the dragons seem to be protecting the main source from where the vine grows and bears flowers. Symbolically, it could either represent your mind, heart, soul, or all three. Quite an interesting unification of the two elements we must say.
Hearts and Vine Tattoo
Hearts and Vine Tattoo
You must have heard wearing one's heart on one's sleeve, but here we see the tattoo bearer wearing three hearts that are hanging from the vine branches.

There needn't always be just one heart, and it needn't always be for some other person, your lover perhaps? Hearts are also symbolic of passion, and in this tattoo design, the three hearts stand for the three most passionate things in the tattoo bearer's life.
It is only when we live with a fiery passion in our heart, that we grow, expand, and thrive. This is the very essence of this tattoo design. Just like the vines hold on to their passion to grow and expand so as to reach the light, these hearts too will reach their desire and purpose.
Creative Feminine Vine Tattoo
Creative Feminine Vine Tattoo
As we had mentioned earlier, vines symbolize fertility and femininity. This meaning is perfectly depicted through this tattoo design.

Did you notice how the vines are emerging from a female mind? They are delicate, beautiful, blossoming, creative, artistic, and fruitful, like a woman. That being said, it wouldn't be wrong to say that there isn't a better shoulder that can hold the responsibility of this tattoo than a female shoulder. You agree, don't you?
Celtic Vine Tattoo with a Quote
Celtic Vine Tattoo with a Quote
What we love about this tattoo is not only the fact that it is studded with a meaningful quote, but also that it has a Celtic touch to it.

When it comes to the Celtic culture, vine is symbolic of expansion of one's goals, moving forward in new directions, and tapping new opportunities. In reference to this tattoo design, vines emerging from Celtic knots indicate one's need to grow beyond the conventional norms. To not let any obstacle hinder the beauty of one's dreams, or reality.
As you can see, vine tattoos can look great by themselves, or even when they are infused with other themes. Vines are sun-seekers, meaning, they thrive till their last breath to seep through the cracks and bends to finally meet the light. If this is the spirit you live with, your body art is incomplete without a vine tattoo. A vine tattoo is for those who seek life and find it.