The stigma behind body art is quickly disappearing and making creative tattoos a norm rather than an anomaly. As tattoo artists gain recognition through channels like Instagram, it’s easy to get inspiration for your own ink. Whether you’re looking to get your first design or add the finishing touch to a full sleeve, there are a ton of great tattoo ideas that will help ensure you’re getting the best body art for you.
Because there are so many great designs out there, it can feel overwhelming to try and decide on what you’ll get. There are a couple of ways to find something that’ll work for you. Begin by figuring out where you’ll put the tattoo; the placement will often dictate what size and the amount of detail possible. A finger tattoo, for instance, will likely be so small that you can only have something simple inked. But if you’re interested in a spine tattoo, that particular area lends itself well to long, slender designs.
Once you’ve decided on where you want your tattoo, you can then figure out the type of imagery you’ll want to have on your skin for the rest of your life. That’s where we come in! We’ve picked a bevy of different designs that are sure to spark an idea (or two) about your next piece of body art.
Thinking of getting a tattoo? Here are tattoo ideas divided into categories: art history; flowers and nature; animals; abstract; and surreal.
For more art history-inspired tattoos, check out 29 Museum-Worthy Tattoos Inspired by Art History.