A recent study in the US surprising revealed that whilst 85% of people think that males are more likely to have tattoos, on the contrary, 59% of the tattooed population is made up of females. We now live in an age where tattoos are common place and it’s not longer considered a faux pas for a female to have tattoos showing. Tattoos are a great way of expressing yourself through body art and we have compiled 25 of our favourite tattoo ideas for girls.
- Ghost Design
We’ll start with this ghost design. In recent years there has been more of a movement towards smaller, minimalist style tattoos, rather than the traditional ink heavy ones. It also shows that girls are not limited to only getting ‘girly tattoos’. The cartoon ghost is a fun, whilst not been too spooky. Smaller tattoos are also becoming more popular nowadays as they are more affordable and often people can get a few smaller tattoos for the same cost as a bigger one. Not to mention they are also a lot easier to hide/conceal should you need to for work.
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2. More to come.
One of the most popular places for girls to get tattoos is around the feet and ankles. It seems less of a commitment to a life long piece of art on you because it’s less noticeable and easily concealable. The feet are also not generally considered the most beautiful part of the body, so it can be a great way of making them look prettier and adding some art to them.
Another common smaller tattoo for people to get is a simple letter. The letter P may symbolise the persons first name, someone’s name that’s important to them or even the periodic symbol for Phosphorus. There are thousands of fonts to choose from and luckily with letters it’s easy to test them out on your computer before you pick which one will look best.
4. Lotus design.
Besides been a beautiful tattoo aesthetically, the lotus is also a very popular design because it has a lot of meaning behind it. Traditionally the lotus symbolises divine beauty and purity and the unfolding of the leaves represents the growing of the soul as well as spiritual awakening.
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The dreamcatcher has a lot of historical and cultural meaning, and it’s origins are with American Indian tribes where the women would make it for their children to prevent them from having nightmares. They are very popular and can be placed in a lot of different places on the body. They also are great ones to adapt in to your own unique style.
6. Bow and arrow.
The bow and arrow is a popular tattoo for both men and women to get as is just the arrow on it’s own. The bow has many different meanings, including references to Cupids bow as well as shooting for the stars. Bows are also very adaptable to your own taste.
7. Queen of clubs.
Card symbols have long been popular symbols to get inked. The ace of spades is usually the most popular one to get but not far behind are the Queens. The queen of clubs symbolises a strong willed and positive person. Tattoos in between the fingers usually need to get redone every few years as they do fade due to the amount of rubbing that occurs there.
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The lion is another design that has been popular a very long time and remains so today. It represents someone who is loyal, strong willed and courageous. It is also the symbol of many sporting clubs and family emblems so these are some other reasons that people might get it.
Geometric tattoos are probably one of the most trending designs from the last couple of years. They look great, are timeless and not too expensive. Above is an example of a silver and black one on the forearm, which is a very popular spot for people to get tattoos now that they’re more socially acceptable and not necessarily restricted to areas that you need to cover up anymore.
10. Universal truth.
Above is a quote from famous rapper and musician Immortal Technique. The meaning of the quote is that even if a lot of people believe in something, it is not necessarily true.
11. Sleeve design
Above is a great example of more alternative or hipster style sleeve tattoos. Usually this will involve picking a broad overall theme such as nature in the above one and is a great opportunity to keep adding to over a few tattoo sessions.
Tattoo art has come a long way in the last decade or so and along with advancements in technology and style, there is a big movement towards alternative styles such as the above modern form with ink splatter effect and dripping paint.
13. Ankle birds.
Birds are a very versatile design. From very detailed eagles that cover peoples whole back to really simple seagulls like the ones above they all look great and can also hold a lot of meaning such as flight, spreading your wings and overcoming challenges in your life.
14. White ink.
Traditionally tattoos were always done in black or sometimes blue ink. Nowadays there are hundreds of different colours of ink and one of the surprisingly popular ones is white ink. Whilst usually reserved for shading, it also can work well on it’s own as a more subtle design such as the above quote.
Similar to the previous geometric tattoo, the above design depicts the full cycle of the moon from crescent to full and back to crescent again.
16. Bunny moon.
Cute cartoon characters are a popular choice, particularly amongst girls who are looking for something pretty and nostalgic.
17. Crescent moon.
Here is another example of a very simple but elegant tattoo design of a crescent moon. Half crescent moons are particularly popular amongst females as they are a symbol of feminine power.
18. Rabbit tattoo.
If you’re a rabbit lover and are interested in a life like design then this is definitely the tattoo for you. The artist has managed to do a great job of creating a life like rabbit using just black ink. Black ink is always a safe option as it holds its colour the best of all the inks.
Above you can see a number of different tattoos including an epic unicorn tattoo coming up from the thigh and on to the belly as well as a leopard print style design going over her shoulder.
20. Birds in a tree.
Birds are one of the most popular tattoos for girls to get. Above is a great silhouette style design of love birds in a tree branch. This is a great way of symbolising your love for one another and could even be one to get if you have recently got married or fallen in love and want a reminder of that.
Compasses were traditionally tattooed on sailors and boating enthusiasts. They symbolise not only been at sea but also finding direction in your life or a particular journey you embarked on. Nowadays they are popular for aesthetic value as well as for people such as backpackers who have done a lot of traveling and want a compass design. Some will even have the compass face the direction of their home from where they have moved to so as to have a reminder of where they came from.
Cambodia has a rich history and very ancient temples, it also has beautiful looking characters and words. As such it has become quite popular for people to get tattooed when they travel to Cambodia. It became even more in the last decade since Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie went under the gun with a Khmer style tattoo on her back and since then many have copied this style.
23. Finger tattoos.
Historically finger tattoos get a bit of a bad wrap. Typically they use to be reserved for bikers and gang members, they also were considered a bit of a faux pas if you wanted to get a respectable job. Nowadays however they are more common place and socially acceptable. The traditional finger tattoos were to get “LOVE” on one hand and then “HATE” across the other knuckles, this was a design that was popularized by movie characters. Generally people will get either two four letter words across their knuckles or one eight or ten letter word across both of their hands.
24. Ear bunny.
Here is another example of the popular rabbit design, this time with more of a cartoon style to it. Behind the ear is a very popular spot for females to get tattoos, they are usually a little bit smaller than this one but is still easy enough to cover up if you have longer hair.
Flowers are one of the most popular designs to get for both males and females. In particular roses and lotus flowers. Getting a flower design like the one above can work in both just black ink or you can even get it colored in later if you’re wanting to change it up.
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