Summer’s in full swing. You just got back from a long day at the beach but you can’t stop thinking about that girl in the white one piece with the gorgeous tattoo on her back. It was beautiful. Magical even. The colors were so vivid, the lines so clean. In fact, you now realize that you need some ink in your life. Your skin has now become too plain for your liking. You wish you got a photo of that girl’s tattoo but you were too embarrassed to secret a snap. So what do you do now? Me to the rescue! You’re here now so everything is going to be okay. You’ll scroll this article. Then another. And another. Until you’re so inspired that one tattoo is no longer the game plan. You’re now planning a full upper body mural. You’re welcome. Enjoy!
Brushstroke tattoos equate to abstract impressionism that’s only recently started to gain traction in the tattoo industry. From colored strokes to heavy blackwork smears, a brushstroke design is a great choice for anyone looking for something modern and different.
A hypnotic pattern
Lately we just can’t get enough of Eric’s epic geometric designs. This swirling spiral goes a little further than most of the geometric designs we are use to seeing, incorporating textures and shadows that give this piece a multidimensional vibe.
A cosmic swirl
Space-themed tattoos have been popular for years. But things have come a long ways since the days of simple black stars and crude constellations. Twisting into oblivion, blue, pink, and purple collide to provide a spectacular display of color which stands out against the pale white skin.
A landscape armband
This is the second time we’ve featured this design but it’s coming back for an encore. The artist’s delicate and soft style has an almost vintage feel to it. Negative space sun…genius.
Black and grey ink peonies
If you’re new to tattoos, it may surprise you to know that peonies are just about as popular as roses—or so it would seem. The many layers that are visible on the peony give artists more to play with and an opportunity to show off their skills in detail.
An abstract geometric leaf
Hey, that’s not a maple leaf! But if a funnier leaf is something you’re interested in, this is how to do it. Geometric segments, feathers, and an overall naturalistic vibe make this thigh piece a pleasure to view.
A floral skeleton
This is one of those designs that your friends, as well as your grandmother, approves of. Classic vintage beauty that represents the perfect evolution of a tattoo design as old as time.
A set of spectacles
Micro or macro tattoos are very cool. Especially when they’re as well done as these glasses are. In fact, these are identical to the pair I’m currently wearing. Maybe I should get this tattoo? At least then I’ll never lose my glasses.
Well, not quite a kiss, but there is definitely quite a bit of passion involved here. Victoria knows how to shade, and the above example proves just that. While this tattoo isn’t exactly explicit, it’s definitely PG-13.
A cluster of cherries
Sometimes simple little tattoos like the one above can be just as impressive as larger more detailed works of art. I’m all for small tattoos, and commitment wise, nothing beats them. While designs of this size are usually black and white, these colorful cherries are just what the doctor ordered.
A pair of geometric swirls
Top-of-the-foot tattoos aren’t very popular. But after this photo gets out, their stock will definitely be on the up and up. Just the right spaces were left to give these swirls a mesmerizing geometric pattern and a valid reason to never wear shoes again.
An X-ray magnolia
When the first X-ray flowers were tatted, people lost their sh**. The ohh’s and ahh’s were completely understandable as these particular designs blew the socks off everyone and anyone who laid eyes upon them. They. Are. Beautiful. And rare, which is due to the extraordinary amount of skill it takes to actually pull one off.
Whether you fall asleep dreaming of conveyor belts full of sushi, or simply like to be quirky and cute, this sushi-lovers tattoo is just what you need. I mean seriously, who doesn’t love sushi? Even fish love sushi—but in a completely non-narcissistic way
A cherry blossom band
These blackwork style of floral patterns always reminds me of floral wallpaper for some reason. Having flowers set to a deep black band makes for a strong visual statement.
A honey pot
I guess when you’re as good as Bang Bang’s Victoria Do, you can literally make anything look good. Which includes this honey pot with a few circling bees overhead. So for all of you beekeepers out there who can’t decide what tattoo you should get, all you need to do is look up.
A floral forearm piece
Everyone loves flowers. Which means there aren’t many ways to do flowers that haven’t already been done before. That’s why every time I see a new and creative design I get a little excited inside.
Who said unicorn tattoos aren’t cool?!? Okay. No one said that but I have seen more than a few artists execute an eye roll or two when the topic of unicorns came up. But when you’re exposed to designs like the one above, it’s tough to say anything negative about the rarest four-legged creature in the world.
An ornamental sleeve
I know what you’re thinking: Is that even a tattoo? Ya, it’s that good. Aside from originally thinking it was part of this woman’s shirt, this sleeve stands out as one of those pieces I feel every woman should see.
A cluster of cherry blossoms
Maybe you’ve been dying to cover your ankle with flowers this summer. Maybe you think color is the only way to go. Maybe you should take a page from this lovely woman’s book and get a beautiful cluster of cherry blossoms on your ankle that you will no doubt cherish for the rest of your life.
A hand poked cross
Handpoked, hand poked, there’s no official spelling yet so you may see us wander back in from depending on our mood. In the spirit of the oldest tattoo technique known to man, this cross was meticulously poked to create a truly beautiful cross.
A little goldfish
Sometimes the right combination of color is all that’s needed to create a eye-catching design. Simple designs like the one above are perfect for those looking for something cute and modern.
A painted blossom
Floral tattoos are a dime a dozen. So it’s style that usually separates the good from the bad, and the memorable from the unmemorable. Anastasia’s floral designs are, well, memorable.
A little butterfly
When was the last time you saw a butterfly tattoo that actually made you cry ’cause it was so good? Every girl who quietly dreams of butterflies aspires to get what this lucky individual has tattooed on her lower bicep.
A bluish purple branch
There are a few Korean tattoo artists that have been inking these specific style of leaves/branches. Usually they are green, but purple and blue looks even better.
A sea turtle
Sea turtles are a popular design choice, but rarely do I come across examples this good. Victoria did an amazing job as always and the flowers on the shell are a nice touch which gives the piece a little more to look at.
Here’s to people that look like they were born with their tattoos. Vivid colors and bold lines are eye-catching and make for great photos. But subtle designs with soft colors that compliment their environment (skin tone) are just as beautiful.
An anatomical heart
The longer you stare at this design, the more impressive it becomes. It should come as no surprise that one of Bang Bang’s resident artists is responsible for this symbol of love and beauty. Everyone knows how skilled Korean tattoo artists are, and Dragon is definitely one of the reasons why.
A floral heart
Whoever thought such small flowers could be packed with so much detail? These flowers arrange to form a beautiful heart that I’ve decided I desperately need. Zihee? Help?
If you’re not familiar with Nastya’s work, she does these amazing koi fish, all in different colors, all beautiful, and all in her signature style that looks amazingly crisp and clean.
A pair of palms
These palm tress definitely couldn’t have been done any better. Their lightly-drawn nature makes them almost sway in the wind if you stare at them long enough. At first glance you would think this came from Balazs Bercsenyi’s portfolio. But nope. Brazilian inksmith Tiago Oliveira did the honors and man is it good.