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15 Tattoos That Show Just How Creative You Can Get With Ink
Whether or not you like tattoos, you have to admit - these are amazing.
Catherine Marucci
12.26.18

Don’t let the bad tattoos you see from time to time discourage you from getting one.

You just need to find the right tattoo artist and be prepared to shell out some serious bucks. Hey, if the design really means something to you, you can easily justify saving up some cash to get it done right.

For inspiration, here are some creative and unique tattoo designs that give a new spin to the art of inked skin.

#1 Expecto Patronum!

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While you probably will never receive your Hogwarts acceptance letter in the mail, you can still have some ‘magic’ by having a tattoo done with fluorescent ink. The unique ink would make the tattoo only visible when it glows under a blacklight.

Talk about magic and mystery!

#2 He only appears in the dark

Cheshire cat

GeneReddit123 via Reddit
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GeneReddit123 via Reddit

Here’s another example of fluorescent ink tattoo. This time it’s a creative mix between special and regular ink to create this Alice in Wonderland-inspired disappearing Cheshire cat design.

We really like the concept.

#3 Rainbow line

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mini_tattoer via Instagram
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mini_tattoer via Instagram

Sometimes a simple and straight to the point design is enough. Show your support for the LGBTQ+ community whether as a member or ally with a minimalist rainbow tattoo.

#4 A self-aware tattoo

entropy

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Itsjustcavan via Reddit

In physics, entropy is a thermodynamic property that represents the lack of thermal energy for conversion to mechanical work. But the word has also entered common usage to pertain to a ‘lack of order or predictability.’

Although scientists have trouble visualizing the concept in their work, this tattoo perfectly captures the word’s common usage meaning.

#5 Cats and dogs in the sky

constellations

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Mancabbage via Reddit

Give a twist to generic tattoos of animals by adding unexpected design elements such as the space theme this tattoo artist incorporated in this adorable design of a dog chasing a cat.

It’s really stellar.

#6 Shadow of a dream

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Christianhbk via Reddit

Because of their permanence, tattoos are a great way to have motivational reminders during times of distress or hopelessness. Take cues from this clever shadow design that perfectly captures hope for what you may someday become.

#7 Around the world

mountains

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mdleast1986 via Reddit

Got the travel bug? Document your adventures permanently onto yourself, so you can take the memories with you wherever you go, even if it’s raining.

Is there anywhere you’ve been that’s worthy of a tat?

#8 The human and the divine

art

BreathesFreely via Reddit
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BreathesFreely via Reddit

You can always borrow design ideas from your favorite paintings to personalize your tattoo. Sometimes, there’s already the perfect piece out there just waiting for you.

#9 ‘Tis but a scratch

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Here’s proof that getting a skilled tattoo artist pays off in the end. Just look at how realistic that scratch looks! Remember to check the portfolio and prior works of a tattoo artist before choosing them to do your skin art.

#10 Not exactly what you think it is

freckles

Rosehips89 via Reddit
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Rosehips89 via Reddit

If you’re looking something quaint, subtle, and easy to conceal, take cues from this Orion constellation tattoo. You can take your star sign or favorite constellation, and have it dotted onto your skin.

Are those freckles or the Big Dipper? We won’t tell your secret!

#11 Floral Moon

How much do we really thing about the impact the moon’s gravitational pull has on nature? Sure, it affects the tides, but what about the flowers?

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annagrose via Reddit

#12 A unique Simpsons family portrait

Simpsons

amazing_cucumber via Reddit
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amazing_cucumber via Reddit

Were you able to guess what this was before reading the title? We can’t blame you.

This is the kind of well-thought-out and creative tattoo that a lot of planning and thinking gets you, so don’t rush your design process. It’s also rather minimalist.

#13 Movie Fan Forever

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kookimonstr via Reddit
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kookimonstr via Reddit

Here’s another simple yet creative tattoo design you can take inspiration from. Or you can just show your complete and total dedication to your favorite movie. In this case, the movie is Arrival.

#14 A Surrealist’s dream tattoo

surreal

ThisKittysGotClaws via Reddit
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ThisKittysGotClaws via Reddit

Don’t be afraid to go for strange or unusual designs. Browse the works of surrealist or abstract artists to get your creative juices flowing.

#15 Simple Yet Sweet

parents

tenaciousliam via Reddit
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tenaciousliam via Reddit

People often have tattoos done of their babies, spouses, girlfriends, or boyfriends; but how often do we really get one of mom and dad? They’re definitely a part of our lives enough to qualify for some ink.

#16 Reclining chair

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Now, this is just clever thinking right here.

Did any of these amazing tattoos inspire you to finally get some ink of your own?

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By Catherine Marucci
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Catherine Marucci is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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