Choosing the right tattoo is a lifetime decision. The subject and style go hand-in-hand and needs to suit your personality and be something you’ll like to look at, a decade after you do it, at least. Floral tattoos are no different, going from feminine and petite, to bold and oversized. Since it can be a huge task to decide which type of floral tattoo design is best for you, we’ve narrowed it down to 20 tattoo designs that are in style now, but classic enough to be worn for decades.
If it’s your first time getting inked, start with something small on your wrist, ankle or collarbone. Soft, feminine flower tattoo designs with thin lines will be your best bet since they aren’t too in your face. Mini Lau of Instagram account @hktattoo_mini is known for her dainty tattoo designs. Try a small one on the inner forearm, if you’re looking for something peek-a-boo.
If you are aiming for something more graphic, try the willowy tulip, centred underneath in the collarbone, in daring, jewel-toned colours of ultraviolet, royal blue and emerald green. Watercolour florals are on-trend right now; try a violet delphinium flower or a stemless rainbow rose. An even more unique option that is sure to stand out is a yellow and grass green goldenrod sleeve up your forearm. Not bold enough? Try a large, realistic looking flower design, like the hot pink tattoo design by Antonina Troshina which takes up half of the arm and won’t go unnoticed.
If colour isn’t on your agenda, opt for a black and white tattoo design, inspired by Sasha Masiuk of @sashatattooing, known for her complicated black and white designs. Keep your skin colour showing by just tracing a flower design, starting on the back of the shoulder and ending on the neck.
Get creative with placement by choosing a tattoo design that’s on a unique location. Try a tiny flower tattoo design on the ear lobe for a simple look that will enhance earrings but not draw too much attention like a hand tattoo. If you want something large but want to be able to hide it at times, try a tattoo design on your stomach, which covers a large space, but can easily be hidden.
Attach your favourite flower tattoo design to your favourite quote for a double win. Keep it big or small, you can play around with the design to make it fit your needs. Find inspiration in this tattoo design by @horu_tattoo, which has a quote in calligraphy attached to a thin stem of a rose, for a balance of strong and soft lines.
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