Trail-Inspired Ink: Appalachian Trail Tattoos, Portfolio I

Our recent call for thru- hike-inspired tattoos garnered an overwhelming response. So many that we’ll be publishing two posts on AT tattoos and one for PCT tattoos, along with other trail-inspired ink. In sorting out the 60+ pictures, we started seeing trends for the most popular trail ink.

You’ve got your trail logos, iconic mountain ranges, blazes, trail lines, mileage, and wildlife. And like all tattoos, these are unique and individualized to the person’s wants and aesthetics. The creativity and artistry is to be admired. Enjoy!

Warning: the following pictures will trigger ink envy.

Trail name: Mr. Shoes
Instagram: @the_coddiwomple_compass
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2017

Appalachian Trail Tattoo

Trail name: Tigger
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2017

Appalachian Trail Tattoo

Trail name: Wankles
Instagram: @ibeyprofin

Appalachian Trail Tattoo backpack

Trail name: OneFoot
Instagram: @onefootontheat
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2018

Appalachian Trail Tattoo sign

Trail name: Lint
Instagram: @lint_hikes
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2004, 2010, 2014

Appalachian Trail Tattoo Lint

Trail name: Dr. Jeckyll
Instagram: @readtripaws
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2017

Trail name: Sweet
Instagram: @mr.evan507
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2018

Appalachian Trail Tattoo

Trail name: Fly Away
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2015

Trail name: Goose
Instagram: @benjaminwmitchell
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2016

Appalachian Trail Tattoo

Trail name: Silky
Instagram: @jengtookontheat2017
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2017

Trail name: Atlas
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2017

Trail name: Candid
Instagram: @stowawaysteve
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2018


Name: Chad Stevens

Trail name: O’Well
Instagram: @nctinyhiker
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2017

Trail name: Goldilocks
Instagram: @jodeedreads
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail Section Hiker 2018

Trail name: Lone Wanderer
Instagram: @awg8rhikes
Trail hiked: Springer-HF 2016, HF-Katahdin 2017

Trail name: Crank
Instagram: @hikesbikesandbascules
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2016

Trail name: Sunsets
Instagram: @chicaandsunsets
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2017

Trail name: Chica
Instagram: @chicaandsunsets
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2017

Trail name: Gator
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2017

Trail name: Jupiter the Giant
Instagram: @tobin_halfgiant
Trail hiked: Appalachian Trail 2017

Trail name: Shutterbug
Instagram: @shutterbug.hikes

The tattoo is of Katahdin, Franconia Ridge, and a sunrise I saw in the Presidential Range between Washington and Adams. It’s based off photographs that I took from my thru-hike, but the tattoo artist combined the mountains.

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Comments 3

  • Chad Stephens : Apr 23rd

    Chad Stephens trail name is “Giving Tree”

    Reply
  • Alan Kamman : May 9th

    How do I add mine for round three? Some cool ink!

    Reply

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