Pretend your girlfriend just gave you the OK to get whatever tattoo wherever you want. You’re excited and it’s finally time to really put some thought into what design will follow you to the grave. But as the moment sets in, you realize that narrowing it down to a single design is a lot harder than expected. That is, unless you have permission to cover your entire body in beautiful ink. And if that is the case, hold her tight and never let go.
Anyways, whatever your situation may be, more design ideas never hurt. Here are 25 tattoo ideas that represent everything modern tattooing has to offer.
This classical sleeve.
If you’re considering a sleeve, why not come up with something creative that bucks the traditional e pluribus unum theme. Here, Oscar was able to create a unique design that incorporated classical style with timeless elegance. (Photo: Oscar Akermo)
There are few things that ooze cohesive coolness like a well thought out black ink sleeve that flows from start to finish. Reminiscent to that of Jun Cha’s style, Stephan Milovanov’s work gives us a look into ancient Rome, Greek mythology, and whatever black ink masterpiece his mind think ups. (Photo: Stephan Milovanov)
These matching sleeves.
Heavy blackwork contrasts with leopard-like patterns to give us this bold and impressive statement. It’s noted that this is a work in progress but if the artist were to stop at this point, I don’t think anyone would notice. (Photo: Ervand)
Here we have an example of one of those times where a tattoo is so complex looking, that the more you look at it, the more mesmerizing it gets. Spirals, circles, segmented patterns, it’s artful designs like these that make even those anti-ink individuals do a double take. (Photo: Ervand)
Survival of the fittest.
Jun calls this piece “Survival of the fittest.” A sinuous muscle-bound assailant does battle with a lowly serpent with arched ceilings and Corinthian columns in the background. We always look forward to the latest installment of Jun’s classical murals. (Photo: Jun Cha)
Sketch style tattoos have been growing in popularity over the past few years, and Kamil is one of the best in the business. Working strictly in this particular style, Kamil always manages to inspire with his creative designs and eye for detail. (Photo: Kamil Mokot)
This dotwork cuff.
Dotwork designs are a dime a dozen these days. But when combined with slick geometric patterning stands out above the rest. (Photo: Jayce Wallingford)
Our favorite Bang Banger Oscar Akermo never disappoints when it comes to creativity. And execution. And, well, basically every ink related. Oscar’s abstract style blends distorted segments into his designs which makes everything more interesting.
This laurel leaf headpiece.
This may just be our favorite tattoo as of late. Now it’s not everyone who can pull off a design of this caliber off, but if you happen to be of Greek descent, or just a big fan of the classics then laurel leaves would be the perfect reminder to the world that you’re a winner. (Photo: Oscar Akermo)
Unbelievable back piece.
Large scale geometric pieces, like this hypnotic back mural, are the epitome of modern tattoo design. (Photo: Eric Stricker)
This geometric forearm piece.
This back mural.
These blurred faces.
This wavy cuff.
This Japanese ink.
This double exposure design.
These Four Horsemen.
This geometric sleeve.
This hypnotic calf piece.
This intricate sleeve.
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