These cherry blossoms.
Cherry blossoms with transparent petals is a trend that has been gaining a lot of traction lately. My guess is that it was influenced by all of the X-ray flower tattoos but it’s a nice touch that can add an extra layer of dimension to any floral design. Look for this trend to continue well into 2019 and beyond. (Photo: Banul)
This beautiful back piece.
Often larger tattoos are intimidating in nature due to their cost and commitment. But when it comes to overall satisfaction, I find that most of the people I meet with these large-scale designs have immense pride in their tattoos and are always quick and eager to show them off. While my observations are far from scientific, if you find yourself desiring a larger piece, I say go for it. (Photo: Jessica Svartvit)
This floral hot air balloon.
As tattoo technology has evolved, so has design. In addition to the whole micro movement, we’re seeing designs achieve a level of creativity and illustration that was virtually unheard of a few decades ago. This gorgeous design has had some time to age so it looks a little softer around the edges but you can still appreciate the detail that went into the design. (Photo: Eva Krbdk)
Due to the recent travel boom across social media, this out-of-the-window airplane view has become an almost daily sight on Instagram. Even as Polaroids become a thing of the past, they will always play an important role in the illustration of photos when it comes to tattoo designs. The Polaroid photo is an excellent option for anyone looking to capture a memory in a truly nostalgic fashion. (Photo: Doy)
These gingko leaves.
Gingko Biloba leaves have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. The are said to help maintain memory function as you age. Each leaf has a unique shape which makes for a pleasant appearance when tattooed. Above, you can see another example of the slightly transparent trend which really adds a lot of style to this particular design. (Photo: Doy)
The warm months have officially come to an end for most of us, but that doesn’t mean that floral tattoos aren’t being inked at a feverish pace regardless of what type of precipitation might be falling outside the window. Lilacs have always been a favorite of mine. Aside from being one of the best smelling flowers on the planet, lilacs make for great imagery as well. (Photo: IDA)
This blossoming flower.
About two years ago we started to see these amazing designs out of Korea that illustrated a flower during its various stages of bloom. It proved to be a popular trend which quickly spread across the globe. If you’re seriously considering getting one of these designs, make sure to check out as many examples as possible because almost every design we’ve seen has a slight variation in style. (Photo: Banul)
This pufferfish balloon.
When it comes to women getting inked, we usually fall into one of two categories. Those looking for something pretty, and those looking for something cute. This design just happens to check both of those boxes at the same time. We’ve just recently discovered Aki’s work and can say with confidence that she has a new follower for life. Her clean and polished style makes each and every one of her designs an absolute pleasure to view. (Photo: Aki Wong)
This colorful palm.
Palm fonds just look so cool, ya know? And when you add a gorgeous color gradient to the mix things just go into visual overload. If you’re looking for something beautiful and trendy, adding color gradients to practically any object will help you achieve the desired end result. I’m a sucker for color gradients if you haven’t already noticed. (Photo: Jules Boho)
A polka dot bow.
Bows and ribbons use to be popular design choices for women in the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s. While times and tastes have evolved, it doesn’t mean bows still can’t be utterly breathtaking. (Photo: Aki Wong)