If you’re thinking about getting a new tattoo, there are lots of styles to choose from. One trend that’s become increasingly popular is the watercolor tattoo. The painterly style and delicate colors make the ink look super artsy, so you can give your nose ring a rest once in a while.
In a watercolor tattoo, the colors bleed and blend together to make it look like…you guessed it, watercolors on a canvas. Typically, tattoo artists use bright, primary colors like blues, reds, and greens. The lines aren’t precise, and have a bit of a sketch-like effect to them.
From animal ink featuring lions and dogs to abstract art to nature scenes, this style is a great choice for your next tat. Check out some of our favorite designs and then book your appointment before you think too hard about the whole needle thing.
19 Watercolor Tattoo Ideas
1. Dog Watercolor Tattoo
Pay tribute to your best friend with a tattoo of them right over your heart. It’s a not-so-subtle way to let your Tinder dates know that your heart is already taken by a guy with four paws. Or maybe three! Just not two, with a mouth that keeps blabbing about Tesla stock.
2. Dragon with Flowers Tattoo
You’ve read the book: “The Girl with the Watercolor Dragon Tattoo.” Right? Now it’s time to get a permanent ode to it etched into your body.
3. Watercolor Outer Space Tattoo
If the number one feedback you get on monthly performance reviews at work is, “get your head out of the clouds,” this might just be the watercolor tattoo for you. And probably a job that’s more interesting to you.
4. Dragonfly Tattoo
Dragonflies symbolize growth and change, so this blue and pink watercolor tattoo might have a deeper meaning for you than just looking pretty. For us, it represents our growth from just one Taco Bell visit weekly to three. #Blessed
5. Disney Watercolor Tattoo
This tattoo looks like it came straight out of a Disney animator’s sketchbook. You know, before they cut the part in the movie where the chef turns into a mermaid.
6. Mermaid Constellation Tattoo
This ink is a Pisces‘ dream. Between the mermaid tail, Zodiac symbol, and the constellation, you just need to add water to make this ink perfect for anyone with that astrology sign. And by “water,” we mean “tears.”
7. Watercolor Turtles Tattoo
The effects of global warming have officially gone too far. But also, can you point us to the island with pretty pink water?
8. Lion Watercolor Tattoo
His eyes say, “take one more step and I’ll kill you.” But his fur says “pet me.” If not friend, why friend-shaped?
9. Cherry Blossom Back Tattoo
A full back piece is a stunning, but bold move. It says, “I don’t care if you stare at the nape of my neck during a meeting trying to figure out if I’m bleeding, or if that’s a hickey.” We respect anyone with a non-conformist streak.
10. Video Game Watercolor Tattoos
All we know is that we’re coming over to your place later, and we’re bringing pizza bagels.
11. Sailboat Watercolor Tattoo
Riding off into the sunset isn’t nearly as romantic as riding off into some dude’s armpit. Especially if he’s wearing Axe body spray.
12. Watercolor Compass Tattoo
So what if a compass tattoo is only accurate 25 percent of the time? It’s better than our mental compass, which is currently operating at a 10 percent rate. We walked into a lake yesterday on our way home from work.
13. Cello Tattoo
An artsy music tattoo is a huge flex. It shows that you’re not only artistically inclined, but you’re musically gifted as well. Consider us officially feuding with our parents for letting us quit everything when we were ten.
14. Dainty Blue Butterfly Tattoo
Butterfly, fly away. And then come back with snacks.
15. Ode to Reading
Be warned that if you get this tattoo, you’ll have to constantly be prepared with an answer to, “what are you reading right now?” We recommend saying, “Moby Dick.” Chances of a follow-up question are slim. Back to Stranger Things!
16. Watercolor Flamingo Tattoo
This is either a cool watercolor tattoo, or a clever ad for Tommy Bahama’s. We’re not above the pull of marketing. Who’s coming?
17. Hot Air Balloon Tattoo
Never been on a hot air balloon? Who cares! This guy probably hasn’t either. We’re all just blowing hot air.
18. Koi Fish Tattoo
In Japan, koi fish symbolize luck and prosperity. By getting this tattoo, you can manifest both things.
Oh look, a penny! It’s…working…
19. Artistic Sunrise Tattoo
The cool thing about watercolor tattoos is that they’re intentionally designed to include paint splatters that look like mistakes or spills. And these elements add to the overall beauty of the tattoo.
There’s probably a life lesson in there somewhere, but we’re really hungry so that’s all we can think about right now.
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