40 Gorgeous Ways to Get Inked This Summer

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Every summer countless women get their first tattoo.

The decision to get your first tattoo is usually a spontaneous one—which doesn’t always produce the best results. That’s kind of how the process works, but today I’m going to show you what’s possible when you dedicate a little more time to the design process. Each of these designs were beautifully executed and obviously a lot of time was spent getting the design just right. Take a look, and don’t forget to save and share your favorites

This floral heart.

by Cara

(Photo: Cara)

If you’re in the market for something girly and beautiful with a modern and creative twist, then something along the lines of this gorgeous floral design may be in order. Heart-shaped floral designs are far from unique online, but the chances of you running into someone with the same design on the street are slim to none.

This sun.

by EQ

(Photo: EQ)

There’s always one design on the list that stands out above the rest. And this delicious-looking sunshine is definitely that one. Dynamic dimension in terms of both color and structure lend this deign an almost three dimensional appearance.

This bracelet.

by Bicem

(Photo: Bicem)

Few designs will compliment your summer attire better than this stylish little charm bracelet. Designed to appear as if it’s hanging loosely on the subject’s hand, this is one of those designs that looks so good you’ll have to tell people it’s a tattoo.

These peonies.

by Bryan Gutierrez

(Photo: Bryan Gutierrez)

Peonies are one of the most beautiful flowers in existence. And that’s a pretty bold statement considering there are thought to be some 400,000 different varieties of flowering plants on earth. The way the petals are visibly layered in the peony make it a popular choice for artists.

These leaves.

by Doy

(Photo: Doy)

If you’re getting sick of all the flower-less foliage tattoos we’ve been posting as of late, than I’d recommend getting your head checked. Because most of the “leaf-only” designs featured on this site are more fascinating than ninety percent of the floral designs we feature.

This Little Prince.

by Banul

(Photo: Banul)

Paying homage to the film The Little Prince, this design captures the very essence of the film in stunning color and splendid detail.

This kitty.

by Kozo

(Photo: Kozo)

For those of you who’ve never seen a cat smoking a pipe, now you have. When I come across a tattoo as quirky and well-designed as the one above, I feel legally obligated to feature it on the site. Notice the texture of the wood and curtains.

This sleeping beauty.

by Kozo

(Photo: Kozo)

This tattoo is of a scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Who would have ever thought that someday we’d be seeing screen grabs from films as tattoo designs? Kozo is a relatively new artist to us. But expect to see a lot more of his work featured in the future.

These diamonds.


(Photo: EQ)

Hidden inside these diamonds are what appears to be fabric samples of different colors and textures. Sometimes the best tattoo designs are the ones that make the least amount of sense.

This anchor.

by Giang47

(Photo: Giang47)

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an anchor tattoo that better represents the ocean and all things in it better than this beautiful cosmic design. The cosmic theme of this piece illustrates the seemingly endless nature of the ocean.

These black ink peonies.


(Photo: Grain)

Here we have another beautiful peony design featured prominently on the center of this woman’s back. The dangling chains hanging from the bottom of this design are an elegant addition. I’m willing to bet this isn’t the only low-backed top she owns.


by Saegeem

(Photo: Saegeem)

If you remember watching the original animated Pocahontas movie, then you definitely remember this scene as the most iconic from the film. I can almost hear that song she sings at the moment of this pose. Almost. 

This Pink Panther patch.

by Duda Lozano

(Photo: Duda Lozano)

This design got all sorts of love on Reddit, so I thought it only fitting to feature it in a list. Even though it’s not something most of you would seriously consider as a top choice for a “summer” tattoo, it may just help inspire something that is.

This heart.

by Eunyu

(Photo: Eunyu)

Tiny, yet jam-packed full of detail, this little heart tattoo is one of my favorites on the list. Small tattoos are just so much more appealing to me—especially when their main draw is a timeless blend of color that will age with grace and beauty.

This childhood scene.

by Zlata Kolomoyskaya

(Photo: Zlata Kolomoyskaya)

As far as artists that completely take your breath away go, Zlata Kolomoyskaya may just possibly lead the pack. The way she recreates black and white photos with such realism and substance is unparalleled in the business.

This single line.

by Lonewolf

(Photo: Lonewolf)

Thinking out of the box and traveling the road least traveled can be rewarding. This seemingly simple vertical line is a lot more difficult to work than you would assume. What do you think? Is this something you would get?

This painting.

by Banul

(Photo: Banul)

When it comes to famous impressionists influencing tattoo designs, Monet reigns supreme. His water lily designs are the most commonly reworked in ink. But I’ve seen just about every aspect of his work in the form of a tattoo at one time or another.

These hearts.

by Banul

(Photo: Banul)

Tattooist Banul always has a lot of lens flare action going in her photos and I have to say it definitely accentuates her particular style of design. Aren’t symmetrical designs just oh-so-satisfying?

This brushstroke.

Tattoo a Piece

(Photo: Tattoo a Piece)

Brushstrokes are the tattoo industry’s claim to abstract art. Is it just me or does anyone else see an immense amount of dimension and color in this single brushstroke?

This cosmic bath.

by Sigak

(Photo: Sigak)

Okay, if I already said I had a favorite tattoo on this list then I take that back. If I could instantly transfer any tattoo on this list to my own body, this stunning cosmic creation would be my first choice. Art in the form of ink—at its very best.

These sea creatures.

by Matteo Nangeroni

(Photo: Matteo Nangeroni)

This collection of sea creatures is one of the most mesmerizing examples of ink you will ever see. It’s at times like this that I’m glad I don’t have any ink on my legs as of yet.

Another floral heart.

by Zihee

(Photo: Zihee)

It’s official. This summer is all about the floral heart. And what makes this design stand out above all of the other heart-shaped floral designs I’ve seen this summer is the palm frond. That frond singlehandedly lends this design that tropical vibe that’s so representative of summer.

We might be dead tomorrow.

by Handpoke Hippi

(Photo: Handpoke Hippi)

When people get text tattoos they’re usually either inspirational in nature or influenced by love. This design is obviously the former. If you look closely, it looks almost as if the words are floating above the subject’s skin.

This intricate design.

by Caco Menegaz

(Photo: Caco Menegaz)

This is one of those designs that you can get stuck in for hours on end. Which would have probably came in handy before the days of smartphones screens in every room.

This pink tulip.

by Yeon

(Photo: Yeon)

I said pink tulip because I have no idea what to call its little sidekick friend there. These flowers are no doubt elegant and beautiful but the location is really what stands out to me. The back of shoulder is such a perfect location to place a design like this.

This wine glass.

by Duda Lozano

(Photo: Duda Lozano)

Besides making me thirsty and loathe that it’s only 9am here, this sloshing glass of winds instantly reminds me of my parents white-carpeted living room and the horror heartache that would immediately follow a situation like list.

This sunset.

by Jefree

(Photo: Jefree)

Sunsets on the beach are about as summer as it gets. But designs like the one above aren’t usually something that you can just drop on your local tattooist and have them turn out like this. When it comes to deciding on a particular tattoo design, knowing the strengths as well as the limitations of your artist are of the utmost importance.

This beach scene.

by Ina Mar

(Photo: Ina Mar)

Ina Mar is another newly discovered artist of ours that has talent for days. Hyperrealism is usually how we gauge the skill of an artist and Ina Mar definitely gets a pass.

This pink rose.

by Pony Wave

(Photo: Pony Wave)

Having a tattoo like this can really put you an awkward position because you’re literally making everyone with a rose tattoo (which is everybody) feel embarrassed of their lackluster design. Okay maybe I exaggerate, but I sure as hell wouldn’t want to stand next to you with my little rose tattoo.


by Chaehwa

(Photo: Chaehwa)

I always get hydrangeas and lilacs confused with one another, which is odd because they don’t look anything alike. Hydrangeas are one of the most beautiful flowers in existence—which is why I’m always surprised we don’t see more of them represented in ink.

These dancers.

by Kozo

(Photo: Kozo)

If this tattoo makes any sense to you then you should probably lie down and let your boss know you won’t be coming into work tomorrow. But maybe it’s that quirkiness that makes it so fun to view?

This beautiful botanical design.

by Ch Ahn

(Photo: Ch Ahn)

Great tattoos compliment their surroundings. Ch Ahn, if that’s here name, specializes in watercolor designs. This circular floral design would be an elegant addition to any woman’s shoulder.

This face.

by Fillipe Pacheco

(Photo: Fillipe Pacheco)

Fillipe Pacheco has a unique style of design that can be identified by his dotwork technique that lends his work extraordinarily unique texture. The vintage texture reminds you of metal that’s been pitted over time.

This white ink flower.

by Tattoo a Piece

(Photo: Tattoo a Piece)

Photography plays a large role in tattooing these days. We live in a visual world, and if you can’t accurately display your work in the best light then people won’t be able to fully appreciate it. This image was captured under unique lighting circumstances which really add to the spring/summer vibe of the flower.

This map.

by Arar

(Photo: Arar)

Travel tattoos aren’t showing any signs of slowing down in the popularity department. And this design is one of the better ones you’ll see. The details in the different segments of the compass are totally cute.

This negative space band.

by Jayce Wallingford

(Photo: Jayce Wallingford)

Sometimes I feel like all of Jayce Wallignford’s segmented sleeve designs look the same. But then I stare at it for a moment and realize that it’s something completely new and exciting and that I have to showcase it on the site.

This wolf.

by Georgia Grey

(Photo: Georgia Grey)

Here we have an oldie but a goodie. It was lying around and it’s been so long since I originally posted it that I figured a little double post wouldn’t hurt anyone. I don’t know if it’s the quality and creativity of the design or just the amazing clarity of the photo but this watercolor wolf has always been one of my favorites.

This floral piece.

by Flower

(Photo: Flower)

Poppies on the shoulder—ya I know. But I’m a sucker for elegant floral piece no matter how many times it’s been done before. Tattooist flower is truly the queen of floral tattoos. Example above.

This cat.

by Youyeon

(Photo: Youyeon)

I don’t know what it is about cat tattoos but some of the best examples of photorealism in the tattoo industry always seem to be cats. Youyeon has the unique ability to be able to illustrate white fur on pale skin which isn’t something you see on a daily basis.

This old guitarist.

by Kozo

(Photo: Kozo)

Personally I’ve never really seen the genius behind Picasso’s abstract work. However, I do respect him as an innovator and for the groundbreaking nature of the work he did.


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