So, you've decided that you want to get inked. Step one, complete. But the next step is arguably the hardest part of the process; finding a design you love enough to make permanent. Whether it's your first time, or you're looking for a little something to add to your growing collection, deciding on the perfect inking can be a lengthy and emotional process. The permanency alone is a daunting prospect (top tip: a tattoo is a bad medium for declarations of love), and then there's the difficulty of choosing something that will remain timeless and immune to ever-evolving trends.
Luckily, we've got everything you need to guide you through the best spot to place it – from finger tatts, to shoulder bones, draping down the nape of the neck or nestled in the crook of your arm. We've considered colours, line thickness and artistic styles ranging from the fun and playful, to the moving and intricate. We've got sister tattoo ideas, naruto tattoo ideas, half-sleeve tattoo ideas, plus, we've gathered some of the meaningful reasons behind our favourite designs for some extra inspiration.
And of course, we've rounded up the best designs from dainty designs and uplifting quotes, to bold illustrations and graphic symbols. Sometimes, even a single dot will do (anyone remember Phoebe's tattoo of the Earth "from a great, great distance", in Friends?)
If it's your first time getting inked, make sure to do your research in order to find a reputable parlour as well as find out everything you need to know about tattoo aftercare. With lockdown in full force, however, you've got plenty of time to do your research, save up for the best tattoo artist for you and, of course, decide on your design.
Another important yet often overlooked part of the process is the aftercare. To get the most of your tattoo and to ensure a smooth healing process, you should invest in a simple product routine to keep the area clean and nourished. New brand Stories & Ink provides expertly formulated products created specifically with people with tattooed skin, including an aftercare cream for immediately after, and also has an exfoliating wash, vibrancy serum, highlighting body oil and daily moisturiser all created to protect and highlight your tattoos forever.
If you looking for some inspiration for your next tattoo, keep scrolling to see our round up of the best tattoos, or check out tattoo designs for couples or watercolour tattoo ideas.
Sister tattoo ideas
We love this sibling tattoo idea, which circles whether you're the eldest, middle, or baby of your fam.
Under boob tattoo ideas
Female form art has seen a huge surge in popularity lately, inspiring everything from graphic prints to naked body vases and interiors. Why not enjoy the trend forever with these delicate line drawings celebrating women's bodies?
Arm tattoo ideas
This pretty portrait incorporating the Jacaranda flower and Korean Hangul script is beautiful.
Shoulder blade tattoo ideas
A fierce design placed just below the shoulder blade.
Leg tattoo ideas
This sun flower is a total mood booster.
Neck tattoo ideas