40 Gorgeous Ways to Get Inked This Summer

Stunning. Sultry. Sizzling. Wut.

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.