Tattoos for Women: Top 10 Tattoo Designs

A tattoo is an art form that involves applying pigment or ink into the dermis skin layer to signify something meaningful or simply for decorative purposes. Tattoos have been around for ages and were implemented by many cultures around the world. They are the symbols that represent many things that people conceived though life and are inked into designs that are tattooed as an expression of their personality, individuality, a remembrance, as well as other personal meanings. From the stone ages to today, tattoos have decorated many in a variety of ways revealing it as a true form of art. A design should be given some thought before deciding to get it tattooed, so you should be sure it is something that you want for the rest of your life. Don't get a design just because it looks good, tattoos should have meaning or a symbolic representation of something special. And to each individual a unique design should be preferred.


Star Tattoo
Star Tattoo

Tattoo Placements

Some of the most popular areas for tattoos are upper back, lower back, and shoulder. When it comes to tattoo placement, one of the most important considerations is whether or not you want the tattoo to be readily seen. While it may seem obvious that you want to show off your tattoo (why get a tattoo if no one will see it?), this is actually something to think about. If you are in a profession that expects or demands a conservative appearance, it's important to select a location for your tattoo that can be covered by clothing.

If you are a rocker or rebel type, you might prefer the bolder, in-your-face elements of chest pieces or sleeves. Feeling exceedingly bold? Go for a neck or facial design.

If you are going for the sex appeal factor, there is something inherently sensual about a tattoo that is only seen by your intimate partner. The breasts, hip and inner thighs are all excellent locations for this.


Angel Wings Tattoo
Angel Wings Tattoo
Bat Wings Tattoo
Bat Wings Tattoo

Upper Back Tattoos:

Upper back tattoos are seen in a variety of sizes and styles. This area of the body is often used for larger pieces of body art. The upper back offers a larger flat area of skin canvas that allows space for one big tattoo or several smaller ones.

The shoulder blade area of the upper back is a popular place to have some wings inked. There are several types of wings that you may wish to consider for a wing tattoo.

Popular Designs

  • Angel Wings
  • Bat Wings
  • Gargoyle Wings
  • Fairy Wings

Butterfly Tattoo
Butterfly Tattoo

Lower Back Tattoos:

Lower back tattoos are arguably some of the most fun tattoos to get and show off. The area lends itself to a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs and is one that can be easily shown off or hidden.

In the case of a lower back tattoo, there is plenty of space for a large design. The lower back, while not the widest point on the back, is fairly consistent and vast enough that most horizontal tattoo designs are able to be worked easily. There's no worry of how to cover it up for job interviews. Finally, it is a spot that is generally considered to be rather sexy.

Popular Designs

  • Horizontal or "V" designs, such as tribal, butterflies, hearts, and fairies with wings spread are some of the most popular, probably because the canvas of the lower back lends itself so well to them.
  • But other smaller designs that can be centered such as suns, stars, crosses, hearts, and roses have also had a run of popularity.

Tribal Sun Tattoo
Tribal Sun Tattoo

Shoulder Tattoos:

The shoulder is actually the spot on the human body where the arm attaches to the torso. The area that most people are talking about when they are describing shoulder tattoos is the flat area on the upper back just over the scapula - commonly known as the "shoulder blade". Tattoos that are placed in this area can range from very small in size to quite large, and back pieces may even extend onto the area.

Popular Designs

  • Nautical themes, such as nautical stars, anchors and swallows, are all popular choices for shoulder tattoos.
  • The shoulder is also seen as a good spot for memorial tattoos. This place is wide and flat enough to hold an image of a person's face, or something related to the deceased, as well as memorial dates.
  • Women tend to use this spot for images like flowers, kanji, celestial themes and more exotic pictures.

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Tribal Flower TattooStar TattooFlower TattooZodiac TattooAngel TattooHeart Love TattooFairy TattooCeltic Phoenix TattooTribal Sun TattooButterfly Tattoo
Tribal Flower Tattoo
Tribal Flower Tattoo
Star Tattoo
Star Tattoo
Flower Tattoo
Flower Tattoo
Zodiac Tattoo
Zodiac Tattoo
Angel Tattoo
Angel Tattoo
Heart Love Tattoo
Heart Love Tattoo
Fairy Tattoo
Fairy Tattoo
Celtic Phoenix Tattoo
Celtic Phoenix Tattoo
Tribal Sun Tattoo
Tribal Sun Tattoo
Butterfly Tattoo
Butterfly Tattoo

Top 10 Popular Tattoo Design Ideas for Women

  1. Tribal tattoos: Women have come to recognize this design as being exotic and alluring. For more information read Top 10 Tribal Tattoo Designs for Women.
  2. Star tattoos: One of the most recognized symbol of many cultures, stars bear a long history in tattoos.
  3. Flower tattoos: Flowers are really precious to women as they accentuate beauty all by themselves.
  4. Zodiac tattoos: The star signs of the zodiac are very popular among both men and woman.
  5. Angel tattoos: The protection and comfortable feeling you get when thinking of angels is why so many adopt this spiritual being to tattoos.
  6. Heart tattoos: The symbol of life and love, a heart tattoo has always been a popular tattoo design.
  7. Fairy tattoos: An innocent and mischievous tattoo design is the fairy tattoos.
  8. Celtic tattoos: Much like the tribal, Celtic tattoos have become very popular amongst women due to the interweaving or interlocking patterns that make up this sophisticated design.
  9. Sun tattoos: One of nature’s important elements in the sustenance of life is the sun. It is a popular choice among women.
  10. Butterfly tattoos: A simple tattoo and a favorite among women.

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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

I am growing to appreciate tattoos more as time goes on. One of my sons is into tattoos. The tribal flower tattoo in your hub is impressive and looks really nice.


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Thank you tebo for your comment! The tribal flower tattoo is one of my favorites too apart from other tribal tattoos. I'm glad to know that one of your sons is into tattoos. Wish him good luck! - Andy


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Tamila Roberts 5 years ago from Canada

Very nice tatoos! Really nicely exposed, continue with the great work.


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Thank you Tamila Roberts for stopping by! I appreciate your comment.


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hameidinger 5 years ago

This article is really good, I like the Tribal Flower Tattoo.


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Obscure_Treasures 5 years ago from USA

Really great designs! I have voted up and marked your hub as beautiful!


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

@ hameidinger -- Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comment!

@ Obscure_Treasures -- I'm really grateful to you! Thanks for your compliment.


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jamiesweeney 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Angel Wings Tattoo- this Is nice for me. nice hub.


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Thank you jamiesweeney for your nice comment! Angel Wings tats are really happening these days, especially for women.


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MarilynMorrison 5 years ago

Hi

I am so lonely this day, I open my computer and signing in my hub profile. I am searching what is the best to do to make me happy. But I found this hub, Now I wanted to tatoo my body, but I like this one "Tribal Flower Tattoo"

Thanks,

Marilyn Morrison

Great hub.


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Thank you so much Marilyn Morrison for stopping by! A big "Tribal Flower Tattoo" is too beautiful if you place it on your entire back or as shown in the photograph, so don't hesitate to go for it. Cheers! - Andy


tattoo supplies 5 years ago

Good Tattoists will combine the best of different styles, incorporate the clean, solid blocks of color that characterize Traditional tattooing with the complex design of Fine Line.


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Thanks "tattoo supplies" for stopping by and leaving a comment! - Andy


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angie ashbourne 5 years ago

Hi! I love the Angel tattoo. Good Hub.


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Hi angie ashbourne, I'm glad you liked the hub. Thanks! - Andy


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

Excellent.

I was commenting to kittythedreamer about wanting a tatoo. Both she and you are being quite helpful. I appreciate it very much.

Although, I also appreciate the notes of caution about what and where we choose, it's cool the timelessness of it all, where much of our lives seem so transitory, a tatoo is forever...

I'm interested in your opinion as to what you like in guy's tattoos.

Anyway, a very nice hub - thanks so much, my friend...

bb..


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Thanks bbnix for your valuable comment as always! Certainly, I'm coming out with an article on men's tattoos shortly.


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Hey carsonsmith, thanks for stopping by, and leaving a very nice comment! - Andy


tattoo supplies 5 years ago

Many people make impulse decisions when choosing their design and end up regretting it in the end.


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

You're right tattoo supplies, people need to pay a lot of attention before choosing their tattoo designs. Thank you!


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia

I love the star tattoos! Great article!


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

Thanks Ebower for stopping by! - Andy

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