While a relatively new trend in the tattoo industry, cross-stitching on fabric has been around for hundreds of years, making it the oldest form of embroidery known. Recently, a few creative tattoo artists brought the age old tradition into the world of body art. Here are a few cross-stitch tattoo designs guaranteed to impress grandma.
This shoulder piece.
Flower? Or strategically placed keys? Either way this piece comes together nicely to form a soft and symmetrical design. (Photo: Mariette)
This cross-stitch tea cup.
Cross-stitch from a far looks a lot like mosaic tile. This cup turned out great, too bad Johnny Depp didn’t get the same treatment ;). (Photo: Eva)
And just when you thought stormtrooper tattoos couldn’t get any cooler, this happens. (Photo: Eva)
These delicious looking raspberries.
The softness of these colors gives this piece a fabric-like appearance. Bravo. (Photo: Amber Kate Kelly)
This floral forearm piece.
Because flowers are so cross-stitch. (Photo: Eva)
This VW bug.
This might just very well be the cleanest cross-stitch tattoo on the list. A VW bug with a purple cross-stitch paint job and a flower power license plate to match. (Photo: Eva)
This adorable owl.
This little owl has a heart on it’s chest. (Photo: Mariette)
This grizzly bear.
As you may have noticed from this list, there are currently only a handful of artists consistently creating cross-stitch tattoos. Both Eva and Mariette seem to have a fondness for creating these trendy designs while each keeping their own unique styles. (Photo: Eva)
This floral bracelet.
As far as floral bracelets go, it doesn’t get much cooler than this multicolored wrist band. (Photo: Eva)
This friendly fox.
A minimalistic cross-stitch tattoo if there ever was one. (Photo: Mariette)
This watercolor anvil.
Here we have a blacksmith’s anvil with a note attached to it that’s just a tad bit too small to make out. (Photo: Eva)
This precious panda.
More pandas! (Photo: Eva)