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★ The Coolest Tattoo Ideas | Best Unusual & Creative Tattoos ★

Updated on January 19, 2015
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My Favourite Tattoos PLUS Lots Of Inspiration

I love the idea of using skin as a personal canvas for permanent art, and so I've created this page to display the best tattoos which I have found whilst browsing online galleries. Art is of course subjective so I'm sure people will disagree with some of my choices :-)

I have also listed a few links which I have found the best for browsing the most artistic tattoos and getting inspiration for your own. I like creative, classy and unique tattoos, and perhaps some with humor too.

I hope you enjoy my picks!

Floral Side Piece

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Tattoo Introduction

Tips & Info

- What tattoo to get? People will always tell you to get a tattoo that means something to you, and I personally agree with that because I think it's a lot easier to become bored with an image that has no meaning. It obviously doesn't have to be a deep meaning; it could be your favorite song lyrics or something you've drawn yourself. When you have something in mind, print it, cut the design out and hold it onto the area where you want it to go to make sure you like the position. You could also draw the design onto yourself with washable pen to try to get used to having a mark on your skin. Give yourself time to consider the design and if you're not bored of the idea after at least a few months and you're absolutely sure, then go for it :)

It's definitely not a good idea to walk into a tattoo parlour when drunk or on a whim and choose a random flash image from the typical selection provided. Names are also tricky unless they are names of your kids - it's best not to choose boyfriend or girlfriend names. Also, if you are planning on getting something in another language, triple check that it means what you think it means!

- What about the pain? Tattoos are made by a needle repeatedly moving up and down against the skin, pushing ink down under the surface by about 1/16". The pain is likened to scratching sunburn or bee stings and although it may be completely bearable to start with you have to take into consideration that this can go on for hours depending on the size of the design. I wouldn't suggest getting a big tattoo first - check your pain barrier with a small one first.

The most painful places to have a tattoo are bony areas like the ribs, spine, collar bone or hip, as well as sensitive areas like the back of the knees or the inner elbow. Least painful should be the upper arm, bum, thigh and other fleshy areas. Different people have different experiences though.

- Getting the tattoo: The most important thing is finding the right artist. Recommendations from trusted friends and family are a good idea, and you should also visit as many as you can to check they are sanitary and friendly. Always check the artist's work very closely to make sure the quality is good. This is your time to become an art critic! You don't want to see bad art, or jagged rather than smooth lines. It's always a good idea to choose an artist who does tattoos in the style you want. For instance, some specialize in text, some in realistic images, some in fantasy or animals etc. Always eat a good meal and hydrate yourself before getting the tat. With regards to price, they usually cost at least $50, with the cost rising as the tattoo size gets bigger, or the artist gets more popular/renowned.

- Where to get the tattoo? Always think about the future when deciding on the position of your tat...and I don't just mean about what it will look like when you're older like most people will warn you about (although it's probably best not to put it anywhere that's going to sag too much!) The most important point to think about will be jobs. Tattoos on show are often disallowed in many jobs, and in job interviews they may prove a hindrance. You really don't want a tattoo to damage your career prospects, so even if right now you think you're going to be an artist forever so it doesn't matter where you have your tattoo, if you later decide to be a doctor/MP/model etc then it may be a problem.

If you are a woman who may want kids in the future, then it would be better to avoid tummy tats as they will stretch during pregnancy and distort the image.

Click here for a beginner's guide to getting a tattoo.

Pixels

Everything looks cooler when you pixellate it!
Everything looks cooler when you pixellate it! | Source

Top-Rated Tattoo Books

The Mammoth Book of Tattoos
The Mammoth Book of Tattoos

A huge collection of high quality photos showcasing fresh and cool tattoos from a variety of different artists.

 
Tattoo Johnny: 3,000 Tattoo Designs
Tattoo Johnny: 3,000 Tattoo Designs

The 1,000 designs in this book cover most, if not all of the popular tat themes that people choose; such as devils, flowers, pin-ups, skulls and stars.

 
Vintage Tattoos: The Book of Old-School Skin Art
Vintage Tattoos: The Book of Old-School Skin Art

For admirers of the art of tattooing, this book displays classic vintage motifs that adorned sailors, rebels and criminals in times gone by.

 
Superior Tattoo Bible: Book Two
Superior Tattoo Bible: Book Two

A book filled with a massive amount of colorful flash art in categories such as tribal, nautical and hearts.

 
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An interesting background on the origin of tattoos, going back to the Ancient Egyptians and finishing in the modern day. There are also many photos of great tattoos included for inspiration.

 

Geeky Hem-B Molecule

HemB is apparently the molecule that creates haemoglobin. Yeah, I knew that.
HemB is apparently the molecule that creates haemoglobin. Yeah, I knew that. | Source

Camera Diagram Tattoo

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Banksy Graffiti Tattoo

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Comic Book Style

I have a soft spot for this one because I LOVE Roy Lichtenstein art.
I have a soft spot for this one because I LOVE Roy Lichtenstein art. | Source

Viola

A nice idea, especially for pear or hourglass shaped ladies :)
A nice idea, especially for pear or hourglass shaped ladies :) | Source

Lace Sleeve

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Get a Backbone

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Circuitry

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HTML Geek Tattoo

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Dandelion Tattoo

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Dreamcatcher

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2 Colour Overlap Tat

I love the layering and mixing up of different animals and colours in this design.
I love the layering and mixing up of different animals and colours in this design. | Source

Dinosaur Fossils

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Tattoo Slideshow

Lighthouse

The color and variety of these tattoos is fantastic!
The color and variety of these tattoos is fantastic! | Source

Craft Inspired

I'm a craft-a-holic myself, so these ones definitely appeal to me :-)
I'm a craft-a-holic myself, so these ones definitely appeal to me :-) | Source

Finger Mustache

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Dot-to-Dot

This one is possibly my favourite - so original!
This one is possibly my favourite - so original! | Source

Bibliophile Definition

Dictionary definitions are a great way of showing your passions and loves.
Dictionary definitions are a great way of showing your passions and loves. | Source

Compass Tattoo

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    • Mohprice profile image

      Mohprice 6 years ago

      Wow, I really wish i had a tattoo like that, they're so expensive though.

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      Frannybooboo 5 years ago

      Love the dot to dot!!

    • Actiongames LM profile image

      Actiongames LM 5 years ago

      I love the dot to dot, and the digital hart vary koool

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      Eddron 5 years ago

      Love your lens! Great job.

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      M_Leigh_Hood 5 years ago

      Creative and gorgeous! Actually makes me want one.

    • Michelle77 LM profile image

      Michelle77 LM 5 years ago

      I Love Art & Tatoos!! paint the world and everyone in it !! Love your lens :)

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      Philipuk1983 5 years ago

      wow some of those are amazing, wish I had more skin :-P

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      ironmonkey 5 years ago

      Great lens, just check you empty modules at the bottom

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      TattooBaron 5 years ago

      Great lens. Love a lot of the pics you have on here.

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image

      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      I love to look at tattoos but I don't think i could ever bear the pain to get one!

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      davies86 5 years ago

      some awesome tattoos

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      wisephoto 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens. You have given me some ideas for my next tat

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      Pinguuu 5 years ago

      nice lens :) really cool tattoos :)

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      The comic book one is so realistic! It's great! Great lens!

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      infiniti99 lm 5 years ago

      Very interesting.I'm 44 and I have been in the tattoo shop so many times I have no idea how I still don't have one.Anyway great lens very informative.

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      angelsigh 5 years ago

      Great lens! Loved it :D

    • pcgamehardware profile image

      pcgamehardware 4 years ago

      Cool tattoo ideas, Thanks for sharing this.

      I think the Dandelion tattoo is really cool.

      Nice job. :)

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      mrkensworld 4 years ago

      Some good stuff,, I really didn't like the pixelated one and would like to see the floral side piece finished. Great lens.. remember Squids be choosy on what you get.. it is painful and or expensive to cover up or remove these..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Pretty Neat Lens, I like the Bibliophile one. Thanks for sharing/

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      KReneeC 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I have never seen tat's like some of these ever before! The dot to dot one was fantastic!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      loved them all!!!!

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      ladyyummy 4 years ago

      Neat lens :) Check out my lens about tattoos too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Looking for a great idea for a tattoo about 9 inches long symbolizing strength

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i also have a tattoo of skull but its not very good so i am gonna pick some of these, thanks for sharing

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      CraftaholicVete 4 years ago

      I have 13 Tats and love them but my problem is I never want a tat where I have to look in a mirror to see it. I want to see it like everybody else, otherwise why get it if everybody else gets to see it but me. I love taking ideas for tats and creating wood-burned designs on boxes or plaques. Cool lens.

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      rooshoo 4 years ago

      These are all really pretty designs. I especially like the dandelion.

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      victoriahaneveer 4 years ago

      Ugh they are hideous! I don't understand why anyone would deface their body like that. The camera diagram is going to look stupid in 40 years too. I think you've made a great job of this lens. And it is nicely put together. But personally I think tattoos are vile.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @victel Then why did you come to a page to look at tattoos? Nobody is asking you to get one. Are your ears pierced? I think purposely made holes in the body are vile.

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      CraftyandClever 4 years ago from everywhere but mostly Cali

      love the ideas! I love looking at tattoos and their meaning plus when I have enough money I want to get one on my back.

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      flowtat 4 years ago

      Dot-to-Dot is really oryginal tattoo. Nice :)

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      tattoosbymike 3 years ago

      Ahhhhh... I just love this lens. The tattoos designs are awesome...

      Tattoos India

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      rudene-watt 3 years ago

      Cool Lens

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      MasterDripper 3 years ago

      when I get my tattoo, I will write about it...incredible forms of art...cheers

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I am looking for a creative, unique, yet classy tattoo.

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      justice_32_shields 3 years ago

      I love this lens! :D

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      gloria 18 months ago

      Would like to see some more awesome tatoos

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