Where do you find inspiration for your next tattoo (or your first one)? This is one of the top questions posed to our team at Celebrity Ink. The truth is, inspiration is everywhere!

Tattoos are a reflection of who we are, how we think, feel and communicate, so creating your tattoo concept needs careful consideration and planning. It’s going to be there forever so coming up with the final design can be a daunting task but there’s plenty of inspiration out there to help you craft your own unique tattoo.

Ways to find tattoo inspiration

Cultural

Tattoos have a rich history dating back over 5,000 years. In fact, many cultures can be identified by their tribal ink. The “Ta Moko” tattoo drawn on the face for men and on the lips, nostrils and chin for women of the Maori Tribe in New Zealand reflect some of the most famous tribal designs in the world. Or the Buddhist culture uses the Mandala tattoo of intricately drawn circles representing the universe, eternity and completion. Do you want your tattoo to reflect your cultural heritage? Then dig deep into your history for your next inspiration.

 

Script

Lettering tattoos help you to remember an important event, person, place or goal. Dates on their own or combined with a small embellishment make for an amazing tattoo because they serve as a singular reminder of an important milestone in your life. Consider, changing up the font style, character type, ink colour, use Roman numerals or Zodiac symbols to commemorate a significant event. Whether you choose a quote, name, date or family portrait, a tattoo with meaning will have you reflecting for years.

Design

Balancing sentimentality with aesthetics is equally important. Large or discreet, thick or thin, which font type, colour or black and white are just some of the decisions you will need to make. What interests, hobbies and pop culture icons do you follow? Should it be elaborate or minimalist? You could favour some of the more popular trending designs of animals right now including birds, tigers, lions, elephants and mythical creatures like dragons and phoenixes, or consider a cross, star, feather, arrow or geometric pattern.

Look around you

Sources of inspiration for your next tattoo are everywhere including Pinterest and Instagram, art galleries and art design books, your kid’s early drawings, your family and its history, in nature and the stars or here on these great lists of trending designs for women and men.

There’s no autocorrect when it comes to tattooing your skin, so let online research, time and a chat with our designers at Celebrity Ink be your three best friends!