2016 is almost over, which means the countdown to finding the best tattoo for next year is under way. A new year means new year’s resolutions and of course, new ink. It can be hard to settle on a single tattoo design that you’ll be content with for the rest of your life. With all the designs out there, it seems as if every tattoo you see is the one, that is, until the next one comes along. This article is filled with the girly tattoos galore.
Finding the perfect tattoo should be fun. Over the years, technologies have evolved, methods improved, and new styles have emerged making the process of getting inked more exciting than ever.
For your convenience, we’ve searched high and low to put together a list of the best tattoos out there. Whether you’re in search of a tattoo for yourself or just appreciate the beauty of a well designed work of art, you won’t be disappointed with any of the tattoos on this list.
These birds on a branch.
Earlier we posted a similar tattoo design that quickly went viral. This design is is the same basic concept yet different in many ways, if that makes sense. A perfect tattoo for any woman looking for something small, elegant, and classy. (Photo: Lindsay April)
This floral neck wrap.
While the we were not able to find any alternate views of this piece, we instantly fell in love with this design for its originality. Blackwork floral branches form a necklace that doesn’t quite connect. (Photo: Vlada Shevchenko)
This stunning longhorn skull.
I know. This looks like a professional oil painting. But that’s just how good Amanda Wachob is at her job. A gorgeous piece with a country vibe to it. (Photo: Amanda Wachob)
This orchid piece on rib cage.
Filling triangular shapes with flowers is a recent trend that has exploded in popularity over the last few years. This large rib cage piece (ouch) was done with black and grey ink and boasts a wonderful composition that suits the location perfectly. (Photo: Lianna Sabrina)
This gorgeous rose.
Done in Flower’s signature vintage watercolor style, this piece almost looks as if it has x-ray aspects to it, especially visible in the stem. (Photo: Flower)
This little snake.
This particular piece was done on model Cara Delevingne (pictured above). She now has 21 tiny tattoos and counting. However, this little snake is by far the coolest. (Photo: Doctor Woo)
This floral heart.
Various species of flowers are strategically placed to form a heart-shaped design. Pink roses and purple lilacs are among the many flowers featured in this design. (Photo: Bryan Gutierrez)
This supercool back piece.
Everything about this tattoo just oozes awesomeness. From the faint blue hue of the water to the paper airplane contrails, this piece is as impressive as it is unique. If you’re looking for a travel themed tattoo, this is it. (Photo: Anton)
This delicate floral wreath.
Framing the base of the tibia bone, this colorful floral wreath is a perfect tattoo choice for any woman looking for something fun and pretty. An instant conversation piece if there ever was one. (Photo: Zihee)
This black and grey ink rose.
Regardless of what you call them, behind-the-ear or neck tattoos, these highly-visible tattoos are starting to enjoy a rise in popularity among women. It’s nice to see this location, which was once dominated by men, getting more ink time with the female gender. (Photo: Kane Navasard)
This glass case.
Inspired by the Disney film Beauty and the Beast, this rose floating inside a glass case has been reproduced on a few different occasions. A chance to tattoo glass lets the artist put their reflection skills on full display. (Photo: Carin Silver)
This spectacular flower-filled crescent moon.
This is the first of many floral crescent moon tattoos on the list. While we don’t usually like to include multiple examples of the same design on our lists, there were just too many amazing examples in this particular style floating around right now to pass up. This design is unique in the fact that it features jewelry work hanging from the moon. (Photo: Grain)
This wonderful painted forearm piece.
As you probably noticed, realistic florals are a huge thing right now. Roses, lilacs, and other common flowers have always been popular tattoo choices but now we are starting to see a wide range of different flora being inked. (Photo: Magdalena Bujak)
These paper airplanes.
These phases of the moon.
We have featured a few different “phases of the moon” tattoos over the past year. This design by Brian Woo adds a naturalistic twist to things by incorporating botanical designs on each individual moon. (Photo: Doctor Woo)
This slender watercolor flower.
Gorgeous watercolor poppy tattoo, check. Now on to purchasing all of those new backless tops. (Photo: Anton)
Well, this is cool, and a definite conversation piece. (Photo: Violeta Arus)
Earring tattoos are not as popular as you would think. But this little spider design shows you just how fun they can be. (Photo: Zihee)
This olive branch.
Did you know that green olives are just unripe black olives? This tattoo design is not your typical olive branch. It’s so much better. (Photo: Doy)
This watercolor jay.
Koray is one of our favorite watercolor tattoo artists. Working strictly in the watercolor style, Koray’s designs are always full of color and over-the-top awe-inspiring. (Photo: Koray Karagozler)
These black eyes.
Here we have a perfect blackwork goldfish with a pair of deep black eyes. (Photo: OOZY)
This dancer with a floral tutu.
This creative sketch style ballerina is fitted with a white and pink ink floral tutu. Any dancer’s dream. (Photo: Giulia Carnio)
This fascinating watercolor back piece.
If you were looking for an elegant watercolor back mural, could you hope for something better than this? No, and that’s why we love Alberto’s work so much. (Photo: Alberto Cuerva)
This elegant Aquarius design.
A dotwork goldfish and bird decorate this bicep with an Aquarius constellation thrown into the mix. Hints of color perfectly compliment the soft shading. (Photo: Olga Koroleva)
New and interesting species are all around us. This caticorn tat is pure magic. (Photo: Cynthia Sobraty)
These matching stags.
Even though they’re both male, one seems to have a feminine theme, complete with pink ink and a floral crown. (Photo: Justice Ink)
This watercolor crescent moon.
Pinks, purples, blues, and greens make up this wonderful watercolor crescent moon. Tiny white ink stars give the piece a cosmic feel to it. (Photo: Sku)
This pink flower.
While we’re not exactly sure what type of flower this is, one thing is for sure. This thing is friggin clean. The bold black outlines give the flower a crisp and clean look. Possibly a peony?(Photo: David Mushaney)
This detailed circular landscape.
Another masterful circular landscape by Eva Krbdk. If you enjoy this piece, be sure to check out Eva’s Instagram page for many more like this. (Photo: Eva Krbdk)
This blackwork botanical piece.
Here we have various blackwork florals winding their way from the back shoulder up to the side of the neck. (Photo: Nando)
This lavender ear tat.
This ear tattoo is done to perfection. What a unique location. (Photo: Nando)
This watercolor fox with butterflies.
Possibly inspired by a scene from The Fox and the Hound? (Photo: Stupenka)
This tasteful globe.
This abstract dotwork globe is accented with geometric lines and shapes as well as a few leaves. (Photo: Tattooist Flower)
This watercolor bird on a branch.
OK, what came first, the tattoo or the shirt? (Photo: Jemka)
This rose on forearm.
Here we have a dotwork rose surrounded by a triangle. (Photo: Diego Monteiro)
This fancy rose.
A pretty pink rose is always a popular tattoo design for women. Especially if you have the chance to get one from the talented South Korean tattooist Banul. (Photo: Banul)
This cooky cat.
Created using a series of lines, this cat is cute, if a little bit scary. (Photo: Panakota)
These spray paint roses.
Uncl Paul is known for his unique spray paint/graffiti style. Not to be confused with the watercolor technique, the graffiti style has been adopted by several artists but we have to say, no one quite does it like Uncl Paul. (Photo: Uncl Paul)
This crazy cool back piece.
What is this craziness?!? Awesome. (Photo: Gergo Augusztiny)
In the past two years x-ray tattoos have become a thing. The first examples to show up were flowers, followed by virtually everything else including these blackwork butterflies. (Photo: Marshall Smith)
This floral ankle piece.
What’s more fascinating, the shoes or the tattoo? (Photo: Fatih Odabas)
This floral bracelet.
Here we have a floral armband executed with only the most delicate of lines. Sometimes less truly is more. (Photo: Frauke Katze)
This dot and linework peony.
Peonies are perhaps even more popular than roses these days. Well, for the time being that is. (Photo: Tritoan Ly)
This Mexican painter.
By far the most commonly tattooed painter, or artist for that matter, Frida Kahlo seems to manifest herself into a new tattoo design on an hourly basis. She’s pictured here with her signature bold eyebrows and ever-present floral crown. (Photo: Felipe Mello)
This watercolor ribbon around thigh.
Here’s something new and unique you don’t see every day. Still puffy-fresh, this watercolor ribbon appears as if it wraps around the entire thigh, tied with a bow. (Photo: There Tattoo)
This cherry blossom.
This cherry blossom tattoo was created using only pink ink. The way the artist incorporates negative space into the design makes this girly foral tattoo one of our favorites. (Photo: Effervescent)
These three cats.
Even non-cat people can appreciate these tiny kitties. (Photo: Hongdam)
This watercolor owl.
This cosmic creation features everything you might see during a night under the stars. (Photo: Junior Lopes)
This koi with subtle floral accents.
Delicate barely-there flora frame this beautiful koi fish. (Photo: Nando)
This cosmic constellation.
If there is a cuter or more endearing constellation tattoo we have yet to see it. Banul is definitely one the most talented tattoo artists out there that caters almost exclusively to women. (Photo: Banul)
Love how they follow the lines of her collarbone. (Photo: Banul)
This jeweled dreamcatcher.
So much beauty here. The faded feathers hanging from the hoop. The gold framed turquoise stone. And the pear-shaped ruby all vie for your attention. (Photo: Seyoon Gim)
This hamsa piece with rose.
Spectacular color combination. (Photo: Chris Rigoni)
This geo mandala sleeve.
We featured this tattoo once before on one of our other lists but it was just too beautiful so we decided to bring it to you again. The depth accomplished in this sleeve is almost unbelievable. (Photo: Black Geometry)
This sketch style nature piece.
Another design with great depth that creates a 3D feel. Sketch style tattoos are definitely one of last years biggest treads and there’s no doubt it will continue its run well into the future. (Photo: Kamil Mokot)
These linear finger tats.
So simple yet so beautiful. Want. (Photo: Shpadyreva Julia)
This purple flower.
Mariya has a unique way of drawing leaves, with small expertly placed dots and lines which are instantly recognizable. (Photo: Mariya Summer)
This bunny in space.
We have all seen the photos of colorful galaxies but did you ever wonder where they get their color from? Red sections represent old stars while the blue sections signify clusters of new stars. (Photo: La Machine Infernale)
Notice the shading on the white wings. (Photo: Doy)
This blackwork floral piece on back.
Here we have dark leaves framing negative space flowers. (Photo: Zihee)
This triangular wave tattoo.
Another popular triangle glyph with a killer black and white barrel. Surf’s up. (Photo: Shpadyreva Julia)
This long-stemmed rose.
Here we have a beautiful negative space feather flanked by turquoise and green watercolor accents. (Photo: Baris Yesilbas)
This tiny heart.
A simple heart outline decorates the wrist. We could do that. Naw, probably not. (Photo: Jon Boy)
We don’t come across that many otter tattoos but this one is really something special. (Photo: Klaudia Hołda)
These beautiful wildflowers.
These itty-bitty birds.
These brilliant dotwork flowers.
These elegant roses.
Beautiful blackwork roses placed mid way up the back. (Photo: Hongam)
This tiny globe.
This watercolor shell.
These floral crescent moons.
This pink peony.
This Russian nesting doll.
This soft pink peony.
This cosmic triangle.
This segmented armband.
This lotus flower with koi fish.
This dandelion life cycle.
This circular floral design.
These birds behind ear.
This perfect lavender bouquet.
This adorable eye.
This lotus compass.
Another bird on a branch.
This amazing double exposure stag.
This blackwork Alphonse Mucha piece.
“Alphonse Mucha was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs.” Some of his most well known pieces are advertisements featuring women drawn in his signature style as seen above. (Photo: Otavio Borges)
Stunning back shoulder hydrangeas.
With Korea hosting the largest variety of different color hydrangeas, it’s no wonder Banul likes to use them so much in her work. Well designed and well executed. (Photo: Banul)
This pink rose.
Rigoni’s abstract watercolor works are always attention grabbers. Flooded with bright colors and geometric shapes, each of his designs feature bold lines that offer a subtle level of contrast which really brings the piece together as a whole without appearing cluttered. (Photo: Chris Rigoni)
This lower leg piece.
So much mesmerizing ink here. The dotwork pattern in the center of the heart couldn’t have been done better. (Photo: Flo Nuttall)
These matching floral designs.
These matching tattoos remind you of the ink experiment you did in grade school where you fold the paper in half and see what the corresponding image looks like. The dark purple and green leaves give each piece a warm and soothing feeling. (Photo: Mariya Summer)
This soft floral rib cage piece.
What can we say about this. Another absolute triumph of ink art. But then again, we wouldn’t expect anything less from Sol Art. (Photo: Sol Art)
This sketch style flower.
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