Trends in Tattoos

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Body art has never been more popular. Tattoos in particular are no longer the taboo body modification procedure they were even 20 years ago. But to make sure you won’t need the services of Disappear Ink Tattoo Removal Clinic because you get a tattoo you’re going to regret a few years down the road, check out these trends in tattoos. You’re bound to find a design that matches your personal style.

Red Ink Tattoos

The traditional ink color for tattoo outlines is black, but recently red ink tattoos have made a splash in the industry. Celebrities such as actress Sophie Turner, musicians Machine Gun Kelly and Cardi B, and socialite Kylie Jenner have all been spotted with recent red ink tattoos. These designs are typically outlines or fine-line drawings and are popular on people with fair skin, as the color red really stands out against light backgrounds.

Retro Tattoos

The 1990s are back in style in many areas of culture, and tattoos are no exception. And it’s not just the design that’s retro, either. The placement of tattoos on the lower back has once again risen in popularity, something that has surprised many tattoo experts. These so-called “tramp stamp” tattoos are now viewed as a sign of independence rather than something to be ashamed of. Butterflies, 1990s television characters, barbed wire, dolphins, butterflies, and suns are all popular requests right now in tattoo studios everywhere.

Freckle Tattoos

It always seems like people want what they don’t have. People with freckles want them removed, and now it appears, people without freckles are willing to have them tattooed on their skin. The makeup industry is touting freckle tattoos as semi-permanent, which could be the reason more people are choosing to get them, but the truth is, freckle tattoos are just as permanent as any other tattoo. They will fade over time, but if you want them removed permanently, laser treatment is the best option.

Tribal Tattoos

Another 1990s tattoo type that’s returning is the tribal tattoo. While this style has been around for hundreds of years in Polynesian culture, it only became mainstream at the end of the last century. Tribal tattoos went out of fashion for about a decade, but they have come back in fashion with a vengeance. The tribal designs that tattoo artists are seeing today are more sophisticated than those from the 1990s, with thorny stems and lightning strikes dominating the themes. Traditionally heavy on thick black lines, modern tribal art tattoos are sometimes even incorporating other colors, making them truly stand out from the classic style.

Fine Line Tattoos

Tattoo designs are getting more intricate all the time and tattoo artists are up for the challenge. Fine line tattoos that incorporate minute details are extremely popular right now. Tiny script tattoos, detailed symbols, and elaborate backgrounds are all in vogue, but micro fine line tattoos are probably the hottest style going. Not only do these tattoos hurt less than larger pieces, but they’re also easier to cover up if you decide you don’t like the tattoo later.

Micro Realism Tattoos

Tattoos that display the micro realism trend are those that are photorealistic but cover only a small section of skin. This trend is an extension of the fine line tattoos that are also trending, but are different in that they depict photographs of family members, pets, celebrities, or other real-life models. So, in many cases, they are more complicated to execute than fine line tattoos, but are just as easy to cover up or remove if you choose to. Be aware that it can be very difficult to get the same amount of detail in a micro realism tattoo that you’ll get with a larger one. This can lead to the features in your photo not looking exactly as you expect. You’ll definitely want to choose an artist that specializes in this style.

Abstract Tattoos

Most tattoos you see are recognizable as actual objects or patterns, but abstract tattoos are also taking the industry by storm. Whether it’s a color design or a black and white one, abstract tattoos are truly a work of art on the skin. No two of these designs will be the same because they’re executed without a stencil. In other words, the tattoo artist is given free rein to put what’s in their mind on your skin. Of course, this means you also need to have a huge amount of trust in your artist because you won’t see the end result until it’s done and on your skin.

Colorful Tattoos

Black and white tattoos have really been in favor over the past decade or so, but colorful tattoos are making a comeback in a big way. People have been shunning this style because colors are known to fade over time, but new care techniques have emerged in recent years that can keep these colorful tattoos bright and bold for a longer amount of time. As such, they are becoming more popular, particularly with people who want to make their tattoos really stand out.

Spiritual Tattoos

Spiritual tattoos almost never go out of style, as people have been marking their skin with spiritual symbols for hundreds of years. But, instead of traditional cross and star symbols, people are opting for mandala, lotus, and hamsa designs that go beyond religion. The idea of a symbol representing balance, mindfulness, growth, rebirth, and positive energy resonates with the younger generation, which is just now getting to the age where they can choose to get tattooed without their parents’ permission. Spiritual symbols are timeless and can give you something to focus on when you need to bring peace into your life.

Lightning Tattoos

The lightning bolt has long been a staple of tattoo stencils, but this year, black lightning strikes are taking the tattoo world by storm. Whether they’re tattooed on the neck or down the arm and along the fingers, this tattoo design is very striking, particularly on light skin. Expect this trend to take the place of elbow spider webs and other trends that catch fire and spread quickly. 


If you’re thinking about getting a new tattoo, you’re definitely not the only one. Tattoos are more popular today than they’ve ever been and these new trends prove they aren’t going out of style any time soon.