38 inspiring examples of tattoo art (2024)

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Discover the top tattoo art from around the world, from typography to abstract shapes to a monkey in a hot air balloon.

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As a creative, it can be difficult to settle on the best tattoo for you – you no doubt want something cool that reflects your personality as well as your taste in design.

For those of you thinking of taking the plunge, we've rounded up some of the best tattoo art from around the world. These are the tattoo artists really pushing the artform to its limits, and may just inspire your own design. For more amazing tattos, see our list of watercolour tattoo art. Want to create something with text? Don't miss our roundup of the best free tattoo fonts.

01. Rit Kit

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Hailing from Ukraine and now based in Berlin, Rit Kit creates vivid floral and plant-based tattoos that are a joy to look at, and the way she executes them is utterly delightful. She uses real flowers and plants, which she tapes onto her subjects and then uses as templates, which makes the process almost as fun to look at as the finished work.

02. Expanded Eye

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Describing themselves as visual storytellers, Expanded Eye - Jade Tomlinson and Kevin James - work across illustration, installations and street art as well as tattoos. Working on the principle of one story, one person, one tattoo, they create visual interpretations of each client's ideas and stories, working up a contemporary piece of art that they then transfer from paper to skin. You can read some of the full stories behind the artwork at Expanded Eye's Facebook page.

03. Frank Carrilho

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Frank Carrilho's 'chaotic blackwork' might sound messy, but it's anything but. Every single line works with the image to create a unique sense of movement, and build up a sense of three dimensionality. The Canadian artist doesn't need even a hint of colour to produce realistic artwork that's full of impact.

04. Mr K

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Sanghyuk Ko – or Mr K as he is more often known – is a Korean-born tattoo artist currently based in NYC. His intricate line work is nothing short of bewitching, as he manages to create the same depth and shade as with a soft B pencil. His hypnotic art retains a sketchy, delicate quality without sacrificing detail. It's no wonder they cost a pretty penny!

05. Liz Clements

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Brighton-based illustrator Liz Clements creates the most impressive, unique pastel-pretty illustrations of women – and she's as handy with a tattoo gun as she is with a pencil and ink. If you're not so sure about going under the gun, you can pick up a print version of one of her gorgeous portraits on her online shop.

06. Johnny Gloom

Paris-based inker Johnny Gloom is a female tattoo artist who was quick to carve her niche in the traditionally male-dominated industry. Her powerful, dark, film-noir styled fetish line drawings prove simplicity is by no means substandard – in fact less can be more. Love, hate, violence and passion are the things that make Gloom tick, as is clear in her dramatic tattoo art.

07. Michael Taguet

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French tattooist Michael Taguet is a master in photorealism and it's easy to see he's so sought after. His detailed colour portraits could be mistaken for photography, but it's come after a long road of hard work and trial and error. Taguet has been tattooing for over eight years, trying out all sorts of different techniques before finding his niche – but it was clearly well worth the wait.

08. Matt Hunt

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The co-owner of Modern Body Art in Birmingham since 1999, Matt Hunt has been tattooing full-time for the last 10 years. He enjoys tattooing in a graphic style, creating striking imagery that mixes up elements from nature with abstract geometry and soft watercolour backgrounds.

09. G.NO

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Floral designs are something of a speciality of G.NO's. This picture-perfect rose tattoo art is a good example of her signature style – although she also dabbles in expressive watercolour tattoos. G.NO is at Tattoo People in Toronto, and her work is so popular you'll be lucky to bag an appointment.

10. Lewisink

Lewisink fell in love with geometric art whilst studying graphic design. However, even after seven years of study, he never pictured himself as a graphic designer. Learning through computers gave him the opportunity to create more complex patterns and geometric shapes than he could attempt by hand, leading him to transfer this style into tattooing.

The Paris-based artist says his preference is dot work as he is interested in the texture and believes they age best on skin (we'll take his word for it!).

11. Jun Cha

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Based in Los Angeles and in such demand he's booked up years in advance, Jun Cha specialises in fine-line black and grey tattoos inspired by classical sculpture and Renaissance art, with the most amazing sense of depth and solidity to them.

He won't take on any old client; and instead operates a members system. Only those who share the values of his studio, understand his process and are committed for the long term will be accepted.

12. John 'Yogi' Barrett

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A versatile tattoo artists comfortable with most styles, John Barrett is at his best when he's mixing up photorealism – at which he's an absolute dab hand – with more traditional graphic elements. He's currently a travelling tattoo artist based in Georgia.

13. Aleksandras Kuznecovas

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Aleksandras Kuznecovas has a particular talent for horror tattoo art. His Facebook page showcases everything from bleeding eyeballs to zombie nuns. He mostly favours black and white designs, although blood red also makes an appearance, for obvious reasons.

14. Kim Rense

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Kim Rense aka Papanatos is a tattoo artist based in The Hague, Netherlands. His designs look almost like traditional book illustrations, but have been given a modern edge thanks to the interesting subject matter. Rense's black and white efforts are often inspired by fairy tales and folklore, and her attention to detail is a delight.

15. Sam Ricketts

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Steadily gaining Instagram followers, Sam Ricketts is a Swindon-based artist whose colourful creations have earned him plenty of fans. From full body pieces to smaller, palm-sized executions, his unique style shines through. Ricketts also has an online print store, for those who aren't ready to get inked just yet.

16. Charlie's Ink

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Charlie studied art and design at university, but struggled to settle on one medium or style. A family friend mentioned there was an apprenticeship going at a local tattoo studio, and the rest is history. She's currently based at Ten Tonne Purley in south east London, and exploring dotwork tattoos.

"I find that some clients struggle getting the idea in their head put to paper, so I work with them closely to get the best possible result," she says on her website.

17. JonBoy

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When it comes to simplicity, JonBoy is king. Based in New York City, he's tattooed the likes of the Kardashians. Whilst his work mostly consists of blink-and-you'll-miss-them quotes and simple line work, it's easy to see why celebs are flocking to his studio. Take a look at his Instagram page for a whole host of tiny but beautifully rendered tattoos, from constellations to lightning bolts, ghosts and letters (plus some far-from-tacky Chinese symbols).

18. Kenji Alucky

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Tattoo artist Kenji Alucky specialises in large-scale geometric designs. He runs his own tattoo studio in Amsterdam called Black Ink Power. Alucky doesn't do things by halves – his intricate, symmetrical designs often covers entire limbs.

19. Hannah Keuls

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Hannah Keuls works at Good Times Tattoo in Shoreditch, London. She has a unique, sketchy style that features swooping curves and feathery linework, and much of her tattoo art looks more like it has been painted onto her clients' skin with a brush and ink than with a tattoo gun.

20. Dmitriy Samohin

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Hailing from Odessa, Ukraine, Dmitriy Samohin is a master of bold, realistic pieces with incredibly intricate detail and vibrant colour. A self-taught artist, he's been in the business for more than 10 years and his workshops are much sought-after at tattoo conventions.

21. Jean Le Roux

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Jean Le Roux has an original illustration style that's generally focused on stylised animals and portraits. He graduated as a graphic designer and followed his passion into illustration, which led to an apprenticeship at a tattoo parlour. As well as tattooing at Black Garden Tattoo in London, he also runs The Tallon – a shop that sells clothing and bags adorned with tattoo-style designs.

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What is the most popular tattoo image? ›

Here is a list of some of the most popular tattoo designs.
  • Butterfly. ...
  • Celtic Symbols. ...
  • Wings. ...
  • Stars. ...
  • Hearts. ...
  • Skulls. ...
  • Flowers. Flower tattoos are the most popular tattoos among women. ...
  • Tribal Designs. Tribal tattoos were some of the very first tattoos every designed.
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What is the latest tattoo trend? ›

Dotwork tattoos.

Dotwork tattoos are a unique and artistic tattoo trend that is becoming increasingly popular. These tattoos use a series of small, precise dots to create detailed and intricate designs, often with a highly stylised or abstract aesthetic.

What is the most common tattoo for a woman? ›

Coloured gems, flowers, lacework, chandeliers, these 100% feminine patterns still have many happy days ahead of them. They can be seen everywhere, on arms, hips and chests. Some women also choose to have small subtle Polynesian pieces, to highlight their curves.

What tattoos have meaning? ›

Some of the most common symbols and motifs for tattoos include:
  • Hearts: represent love, passion, and affection.
  • Anchors: represent stability, security, and a strong foundation.
  • Crosses: represent faith, religion, and spirituality.
  • Wings: represent freedom, liberation, and the ability to soar.
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What is the most regretted tattoo? ›

The types of tattoos people regret most are lettering/script (19%), symbols (16%), names (12%), animal designs (10%) and tribal tattoos (9%).

What is the least popular tattoo? ›

Much more loved than minimalist tattoos, Americans prefer their tattoos with clean black outlines, bright colors, and virtually no shading. At the other end of the scale, star sign tattoos are the least popular in the US, with just 140 searches a month, followed by musical notes, Disney characters, and pet tattoos.

What tattoos look better as they age? ›

Larger tattoos are more likely to age well compared to smaller tattoos. Certain tattoo styles that feature bolder linework stay looking vibrant for longer. Highly-detailed pieces retain the original style's design integrity more easily over the years compared to minimalist style tattooing.

What is the new tattoo style in 2024? ›

Popular choices include minimalist floral designs, geometric patterns, and meaningful symbols that hold personal significance. 2. Fine Line Tattoos: Fine line tattoos, characterized by thin, delicate lines and intricate detailing, have gained popularity in recent years and remain a prominent trend in 2024.

What is the style of tattoo in 2024? ›

Delicate lines and minimalist motifs will continue to be all the rage in 2024. Stars such as Rita Ora and Kendall Jenner are already big fans of subtle fine-line tattoos. The technique makes it easy to achieve abstract motifs as well as exact depictions of animals or flowers.

Where not to get a tattoo as a woman? ›

Head, face, and ears. Like the neck, your head, face, and ears contain many nerve endings that can be irritated during a tattoo and may cause severe pain. There's not a lot of fat on your head, face, and ears, so you don't have much of a cushion for the tattoo needle here.

Where is the most feminine place to get a tattoo? ›

Some placements, like along the thigh as seen here, seem to be more popular with women getting tattooed, which gives them a “feminine” reputation. “I suppose the most common areas I get requested by women are on the wrist, ribcage, sternum, spine, tricep, hip, and top of the forearm,” says Ruiz.

What does a tattoo 777 mean? ›

It is known as the three sevens or the three-bladed swastika and is used as a symbol or tattoo to identify general white supremacist groups world wide. It is used by Christians who believe that 777 stands for Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It's a sign of good luck and comes from 777 being a big payout on a slot machine.

What does the 1% tattoo mean? ›

HELLS ANGELS. Hells Angels Death's Head symbol super- imposed over a “1%” tattoo. The “1%” signifies that the individual is a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang (OMG).

What is a 333 tattoo? ›

Though the meaning of a 333 tattoo can differ from person to person, this numerical tattoo is often associated with growth or change. The number three is considered to be a lucky number in many cultures, and it's often seen as a symbol of good fortune. For some people, a 333 tattoo is a reminder.

What is the most popular logo tattoo? ›

1: Disney (474,458 posts)

What is the most tattooed logo in the world? ›

Disney was the most tattooed brand in the world as of December 2021, with a total of 474,458 tattoo posts on Instagram mentioning the entertainment colossus. Nintendo followed with 43,648 Instagram tattoo posts, while Harley-Davidson rounded out the top three with 11,804 posts.

Why is 13 a popular tattoo? ›

The tattoo of the number 13 is considered a “lucky” symbol, and is often accompanied by other “lucky” symbols this goes back to the days of traditional tattooing but today is still one of the most popular numbers to have tattooed.

What is the most common tattoo text? ›

The most common fonts used in tattoos are cursive, sans serif, and Gothic styles.

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