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Thigh Tattoos: The Pros And Cons

Simple Flow Fineline Thigh Tattoo @sesu.tatu

The thigh is one of the most ideal canvases when it comes to body art. Why?

This space has a lot of surface area to work with, the natural movement of this leg area takes the coolness factor up a bit, plus when it comes to pain, the thigh is way lower on the scale compared to the bottom of the leg.

A thigh tattoo is a perfect choice for those who want a visible tattoo that doesn’t hurt too much while the thigh’s larger surface area allows for detailed tattoo designs to be created with ease. 

So, what are all the areas of the thighs to consider for a thigh tattoo, and what are the differences?

Dragon With Peonies Thigh Tattoo @yulright_tattoo

Thigh Tattoo Placement 

For a thigh tattoo, you’ll have to choose between a front of thigh tattoo, side thigh tattoo, inner thigh tattoo, and back of thigh tattoo. 

The front of the thigh is the most common spot for a thigh tattoo as it’s considered not to be painful and the process is pretty easy – you just need to lie flat on your back while your artist works their magic. 

Another spot of the thigh that is less sensitive is the side of the thigh.

“…you’ll often see huge ornate flower thigh tattoos (especially intricate lotus flowers), giant mandala tattoos, and elaborate skull tattoos as popular side thigh tattoo designs,”

Hush Aesthetics
Lotus Thigh Tattoo @nikkitattoox

The back of the thigh is considered to be more sensitive compared to the front and side of the thigh. The closer you get to the back of the knee, the more painful the experience will be due to the thinner skin in this area.

“You might get away with getting a leg tattoo smack dab in the middle of your thigh-back without excess tenderness, but the lower and upper parts are going to be just as sensitive, or even más sensitive than the inner thigh.”

Hush Aesthetics

Then you’ve got the most sensitive of the thigh tattoo placement: The inner thigh. This area is softer and more delicate compared to the other areas of the leg. Plus, this area does experience more friction, so aftercare and tattoo longevity can be tricky.

Matching Back Of Thigh Tattoos @staytruetat2

Are Thigh Tattoos Painful? 

As we said above, the pain level of a thigh tattoo depends on the area of the leg getting tattooed. However, generally speaking, the thigh is lower on the pain scale compared to other areas of the body. Healthline explains,

“This part of the body is well padded with fat and has few nerve endings. The upper outer thigh is one of the least painful places to get a tattoo, with pain low to low-moderate in most people.”

Highly Detailed Thigh Tattoo

The place with the most muscle and cushioning for a leg tattoo is the upper thigh. Fat is stored here so the nerves and bones are protected.

“The lower the placement of the tattoo is on the thigh the more pain you can expect. The lower thigh connects to the knee (muscles and nerves), where the nerves are less protected and the bone proximity is higher,”

Saved Tattoo

To make the tattoo process more comfortable, you can use numbing cream. But, it’s important to chat with your chosen tattoo artist about this. Some artists do not use numbing products, so you’ll need to bring your own to your appointment.

Jellyfish Thigh Tattoo @artistickerri

Are Thigh Tattoos Hard To Heal?

This depends greatly on your tattoo artist and how well you look after your tattoo during the healing process. 

What makes a thigh tattoo hard to heal is clothing.

“A fresh tattoo will scab while it heals. Anything that brushes on the scab can cause it to fall off, causing damage to both your skin and the design while also prolonging the healing process,”

Authority Tattoo

During the healing process, it’s essential to allow your tattoo to breathe so you shouldn’t wear constricting pants.

This may mean you need to plan ahead of time for your thigh tattoo by taking some time off of work so that you can walk around your home in shorts, your underwear, or loose sweatpants while your tattoo heals. 

Quote Thigh Tattoo @dalli_tattoo

How Long Does A Thigh Tattoo Take To Heal?

A tattoo can take up to a month to heal, but improper aftercare can slow down the process. After your thigh tattoo is complete, your tattoo artist will give you a list of aftercare instructions to follow.

This will include washing your tattoo regularly (with clean hands), patting it dry gently, and moisturizing it with a gentle lotion. 

Sun And Moon Thigh Tattoo @jackharttattooing

It’s also important to keep your tattoo out of the sun while it’s healing because you cannot put SPF on fresh ink.

“A new tattoo is like an open wound, and applying sunscreen to it can cause the chemicals to enter the skin and cause irritation, itchiness, and infection. Please wait for the healing process to complete before applying sunscreen on a fresh tattoo,”

Brush On Block

You know your tattoo is completely healed when you can run your fingertips over the design and you can’t feel a difference between tattooed skin and non-tattooed skin.

Traditional Thigh Tattoo @riorileytattoo

What Not To Do After A Thigh Tattoo

Try not to put any pressure on your tattoo. Any rubbing against the tattoo can displace the ink and cause a prolonged healing period. 

Sorry Mom Shop advises being careful about how you sleep with a fresh tattoo,

“Avoid sleeping directly on your new tattoo, at least the first four days. A healing tattoo needs lots of fresh air and oxygen, so try not to smother it while sleeping.”

You can prop your inked leg up on a few pillows to reduce swelling. 

Also, cancel any pool parties or beach days during your healing period. Don’t submerge your fresh tattoo in water – hot tubs, rivers, the ocean, and pools can have a ton of bacteria that can cause an infection. 

Minimalist Jellyfish Thigh Tattoo @hazehandpokes

If you’ve got a particularly detailed tattoo design in mind but you’re weary of the pain that comes with getting inked, choosing the thigh for your tattoo placement could be the perfect choice for you.

Think Before You Ink: Head Tattoos

Skull & Cup Head Tattoo @billybernert

Scalp tattoos (or head tattoos) are normally done for one of two reasons: Either it’s micropigmentation to give the appearance of hair, or it’s body art and the tattoo is a particular design.

Micropigmentation isn’t meant to be recognizable as a tattoo unless you really inspect the scalp, whereas the latter is immediately recognized as a decorative tattoo.

This placement for body art should not be chosen lightly – it’s not the easiest place to tattoo and it’s a big commitment as it’s not easily hidden. 

Let’s dive into scalp tattoos to answer the most frequently asked questions surrounding this tattoo choice, so you have the facts you need before booking your tattoo appointment. 

Lucifer Head Tattoo

Is It Safe To Tattoo Your Scalp? 

Getting any type of tattoo is a risk. The process of tattooing involves needles opening your skin multiple times to place ink in the dermis layer. Essentially, you’re getting a rather pretty wound. 

That being said, the skull is a rather tricky place compared to others. This is because the skin in this area is thin and tends to bleed a lot during the tattoo process.

So, it’s important to go to a professional tattoo artist for your head tattoo. A tattooist who is experienced with head tattoos will be able to handle the blood and tattoo the area with more success compared to an amateur.  

Full Head & Neck Tattoo @mayajewelry

How Painful Are Scalp Tattoos?

Yes, a head tattoo is considered to be on the painful end of the spectrum. Tattify explains,

“​​Though pain thresholds vary from person to person, the skin on your head is generally thinner, is packed full of sensitive receptors, and features prominent bones, making for an uncomfortable tattooing experience, overall.”

Generally speaking, the more fat and muscle there is in the area, the more cushion there is for the tattoo needle, and the less pain is experienced. 

There are ways to make the tattoo appointment less painful by taking a few preparation steps.

Moth Head Tattoo @hollie_tatt222

How To Prepare For A Head Tattoo

Before your head tattoo appointment, you’ve got to shave your head. But, it’s better to go to a professional hairdresser or barber than shave your head yourself.

When shaving your head yourself, it’s more likely you won’t be able to get as close a shave as a professional would, plus you’re more likely to nick your skin. A scalp with small cuts will be a lot harder to tattoo, and some tattoo artists won’t want to tattoo over newly damaged skin at all. 

Preparing for a tattoo happens from the inside out, too. Hydrated skin is a way better canvas for tattoo artists, so make sure to up your water intake leading up to your appointment. Then, Tattoo artist,  Lainey Bee, advised Female Tattooers that people should take extra vitamin C,

“Vitamin C has an antioxidant function in the body and is necessary for the formation of connective tissue, the absorption of iron, and the maintenance of resistance.”

Side Of Head Tattoo @amygdala_tattoo.temple

Next, clear your schedule the night before your tattoo appointment. It’s important to get plenty of sleep to prepare your body. When you’re well-rested you’re more able to handle the pain of the tattoo process.

Something else that will help you handle the tattoo process is enough calories. Before your appointment eat a full meal.

“It is important to eat a good meal the night before your session and a slow energy releasing breakfast – this way, once your body works through all its reserves it can feast on the additional calories from your previous meal(s). Without these additional calories you could become dizzy and worse case, pass out,”

Stories & Ink

Download your favorite songs or calming music, or have a podcast episode on standby. A head tattoo can be a jarring experience because of the vibrating of the tattoo needle being so close to the bone and to the ears.

Distracting yourself from the pain and the sound will be key. (Plus, use earbuds instead of headphones to not get in the way of the tattoo artist).

Wheat Head Tattoo @_doc_tattoo

How Long Do Scalp Tattoos Last? 

There are many factors that contribute to the longevity of a tattoo, one being the quality of ink that was used for your tattoo.

“Cheaper brands tend to use cheaper pigments in their inks and less of them. Whereas high-quality brands will use purer and more concentrated pigments, resulting in brighter and more vivid tattoos that last longer,”

Stories & Ink

So, make your tattoo appointment at a professional studio and actually go and check it out to make sure the tattoo artist has the correct licenses and that the place is clean and well lit. 

Floral Head Tattoo @milatatuer

Then, areas that are exposed to the sun a lot tend to fade fast. This is because UVA and UVB rays can damage the ink. Most likely your head tattoo will be exposed, so, after your head tattoo has healed, make sure to always protect it with SPF.

When it comes to shampoo, opt for brands with fewer chemicals and hydrating formulas to help moisturize your scalp without stripping the skin. 

Symbolic Head Tattoo @fernanda_machin

Does Hair Grow Over A Scalp Tattoo?

Yes, tattoo ink doesn’t inhibit hair growth, so your hair will still grow over your tattoo. So, if you want to keep your scalp tattoo on display, you’ll need to shave your head regularly.

“Unfortunately, if you go for it too soon, shaving will be about as rough on your tattoo as a weed whacker. This is because the wound is still fresh, and if you have any scabbing or raised areas, you run the risk of damaging the art by running a razor across it,”

Fine Line Head Tattoo @laemergentecol

How Long Does A Scalp Tattoo Take To Heal? 

A tattoo usually takes around two to four weeks to heal. During this time it’s essential to follow your tattooist’s aftercare instructions. Wash your tattoo with fragrance-free soap (with clean hands), pat dry with a paper towel (rubbing the area with a towel can damage the tattoo), and moisturize the area. 

Try this simple test to make sure your head tattoo has healed completely: Close your eyes and run your fingertips around your tattoo.

If the tattoo does not feel the same as your untattooed skin around the area, then your tattoo isn’t 100% healed. Any bumps, raised areas, or hard scabs mean that your tattoo hasn’t finished healing.

Wolf Head Tattoo @p.migot_tattoo

A head tattoo requires careful consideration and preparation. Tattooing the scalp can be more painful than other areas of the body, and the healing process can be more difficult due to the sensitivity of the skin.

However, with the help of a skilled and experienced tattoo artist and proper aftercare, a head tattoo can be a safe and unique way to create a lasting and meaningful work of art. If you’re considering a head tattoo, do your research and don’t hesitate to ask your tattoo artist questions. 

Inner Arm Tattoos: What You Should Know Before Getting Inked

Heart And Flowers Inner Arm Tattoo

Are you thinking about getting an inner arm tattoo? This versatile placement is an ideal choice for people who want to easily hide their tattoo when needed, but also show it off when the time is right.

As with all tattoo placements, inner arm tattoos have both pros and cons. Before booking your appointment, it’s essential to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. 

Forget Me Not Flower Inner Arm Tattoo @tattoosbyina

Advantages Of Inner Arm Tattoos

One of the main advantages of an inner arm tattoo is that they are easy to hide. All you have to do is wear a long sleeve shirt and no one will know that you are tatted.

This is a big plus for people wanting to get a tattoo while still maintaining a conservative, super-professional appearance. While tattoos are becoming more acceptable in working environments, there are still some corporations that want employees to cover up their body art. 

Another great thing about an inner arm tattoo is that because they are easily covered up or turned away from the elements, they have longevity,

“The inner forearm tends to have the best quality skin for tattoos as it is protected from sun exposure and wear from aging. The arms also tend to be the most tolerable to have tattooed as far as pain,”

Majestic Tattoo NYC

Also, forearms tend to be on the lower end of the pain scale, so if you’re highly sensitive or scared of the pain that comes with tattooing, an inner forearm tattoo could be the perfect placement choice for you. 

However, this advantage doesn’t always stretch to the inner bicep…

Butterfly Inner Arm Tattoo @tessemilytattoos

Disadvantages Of Inner Arm Tattoos

While the inner forearm doesn’t hurt a lot for many people, the inner bicep tends to be a different story due to the nerves present in this area,

“If the nerve feels pinched, it will cause pain through the complete arm. As this is the area where the biceps are, having a tattoo in this area could be uncomfortable and high on the pain scale,”

Authority Tattoo

There are ways to lessen the pain of getting a tattoo, namely:

  • Breathing exercises – Deep breathing during your appointment can help you relax.
  • A Good Night’s Rest – When you have a solid night of sleep, your body is way more prepared for the pain and you can handle the discomfort with more ease. 
  • High-Calorie Meal – Eating a nutritious, filling meal will keep your energy up during your appointment. Also, bring snacks to your appointment just in case. 
Full Moon Inner Arm Tattoo @tattooist_yutae

Another con when it comes to inner bicep tattoos is that there is a chance they can fade quickly due to friction from clothing,

“Any area of the body that commonly rubs against other body parts, [such as] in between fingers, thighs, armpits, and [the] inner biceps will generally be likely to fade quicker,”


Luckily you don’t have to stick with a faded tattoo – you can always visit your tattoo artist for touch-ups to keep your ink crisp.

Self Love Inner Arm Tattoo @femininestudio.byzevanya

Popular Designs For Inner Arm Tattoos

There are so many options when it comes to inner arm tattoos designs, however, there are a few popular choices to take inspiration from:

Quote Inner Bicep Tattoo @aaw_tattoos

Word Or Quote Inner Arm Tattoo

Due to the space of the inner arm, this placement is a great option for word or quote tattoos. Whether you want a minimalist, single-word tattoo or a long quote from your favorite song or book, the inner bicep works well.

Camellias Inner Bicep Tattoo @nessaaa_

Flower Inner Arm Tattoo

Floral tattoos are always popular, no matter the placement. This is because flowers are very versatile – you could go colorful or black and gray, highly detailed and hyper-realistic, or small and minimalistic.

Moon Phase And Butterfly Inner Arm Tattoo @odd_ptc

Moon Phase Inner Arm Tattoo

The phases of the moon not only look incredible tattooed along the inner bicep or inner forearm due to the horizontal space, but a moon phase tattoo is also deeply meaningful. A moon phase tattoo can represent magic, the feminine, and transformation.

Mountain Range Lord Of The Rings Inner Arm Tattoo @mildotattoo_fineline

Nature Inner Arm Tattoo

A range of mountains tattoo or a tattoo of a forest are great options for the inner arm for people who love nature and want their body art to be a reflection of that. A mountain tattoo represents courage and a love for adventure, while a forest tattoo symbolizes mystery, rejuvenation, and serenity.

Mandala Inner Bicep Tattoo @jaykushtattoos

Geometric Inner Arm Tattoo

If you find order and symmetry beautiful, geometric tattoos could be the right choice for you. This style of tattoo features a variety of shapes; clean lines and sharp angles create a bold, eye-catching aesthetic.

Geometric tattoos can be as minimalist or detailed as you want, and can include mandalas and sacred geometry patterns.

Geometric And Nature Inner Arm Tattoo @noma_tattooer

Choosing The Right Inner Arm Tattoo Design

To choose an inner arm tattoo design you’ll love for years to come, there are a few things to consider:

Personal Significance

If you want a meaningful tattoo, then you should dive into your past by listening to your favorite songs, browsing the books that narrated your childhood, and looking through old photo albums. The things that have deep significance to you will jump out. 

Fine Line Inner Bicep Tattoo @_taylors__world_

Tattoo Size

Size is one of the most important considerations when choosing a tattoo. The size will have an impact on how detailed your tattoo can be, how long your tattoo appointment will be, and how your tattoo will age. 

Color Or Black And Gray 

Color can be an amazing way to emphasize the meaning of your tattoo and bring out more of your personality.

However, color ink is very different from black ink in a number of ways. Certain color tattoo inks fade quicker than others – black ink tends to have the longest lifespan. Color ink tattoos can also take longer to heal.

Medusa Inner Arm Tattoo @sketchhtattoostudio

Tattoo Style

There are a ton of different tattoo styles out there, from maximalist designs with lots of details to minimalist fine-line designs. Every style has its own pros and cons, so it’s important to do your research to find the style that both matches your personality and the meaning of the tattoo.

Inner Arm Tattoo Placement And Size Considerations

The inner arm is considered to run from the wrist to the elbow ditch to the inner bicep underneath the armpit. 

Consider the orientation of your inner arm tattoo and whether you want it to be visible to others when your arm is down, or only when you raise your arm – this will affect the placement. 

Koi Fish Inner Bicep Tattoo @lunainkstudio

The size of your chosen tattoo will depend on the design and placement you choose. The more details you have in your tattoo design, the larger you may want to consider making your tattoo.

This is to have enough space for the fine lines and the details so that they don’t blend together. It’s important to note that the inner arm isn’t the largest placement option, so your tattoo may need to be smaller than you may have originally wanted.

‘Expecto Patronum’ Harry Potter Inner Forearm Tattoo @novelist_ink

Caring For And Healing Inner Arm Tattoos

One of the best things you can do to make sure you love your tattoo is to support the healing process. The inner arm is a sensitive area with thin skin, which may require more attention and care during the healing process.

Here are a few things you can do to avoid infections and end up with a tattoo that you love:

Follow General Aftercare Instructions

Before you leave the tattoo studio, your tattooist will give you a list of aftercare steps to take when you get home. This will involve washing your fresh tattoo two to three times a day with gentle soap and moisturizing the area with fragrance-free lotion.

“Moisturizers can help lubricate the skin and make it less likely that any scraping, picking, or rubbing makes your skin peel and your tattoo heal improperly. They can also make your skin itch less than with dry healing,”

Dinosaurs Inner Arm Tattoo @logansquaretattoo

Avoid Strenuous Activity

Don’t work out when you have a fresh tattoo. Sweat can have a negative impact on the healing process, plus there is bacteria on workout equipment and in the gym, which can get into your open skin and cause an infection. 

Don’t Soak In Water

This means hot tubs, pools, rivers, the ocean, and baths are off-limits while your tattoo is healing. Bodies of water contain bacteria that can cause an infection.

Harry Potter Inner Arm Tattoo @vanspittaeljean

Change Your Sleeping Position

If you are used to sleeping on the side of your tattooed arm, you’ll want to change your sleeping position. This is to avoid irritation and the ink being shifted. 

Never Pick Or Rub Your Tattoo

The healing process can be itchy! But, it is important to resist the itch. Scratching your fresh tattoo can prolong the healing process, cause infection, and even distort the tattoo.

“On the third or fourth day, the art will begin to peel, which may be uncomfortable or itchy—but refrain from picking and scratching the design. The area will still be hypersensitive even after the peeling stage, so it’s recommended to keep up with your moisturizing routine. Continue to use unscented soap and lotion without scent, dye, and perfume. No shaving,”

Key Inner Arm Tattoo @nothin.tooit

Avoid Tight Clothing On Your Tattoo

The friction caused by your skin rubbing on the clothes can distort your tattoo design. So, avoid covering the tattoo when you’re home or wear very loose clothes. 

Stay Out Of The Sun

You can’t put sunscreen on a healing tattoo, so it’s best to just avoid the sun altogether. Once your tattoo has healed (this usually takes around six weeks) always layer on the SPF to protect your tattoo from fading. 

While looking after your tattoo is essential, a great tattoo starts with going to a reputable tattoo artist.

Music Note Sword Inner Arm Tattoo @shubham.wakk

Tips For Choosing A Reputable Inner Arm Tattoo Artist

Getting a tattoo is not the time to look for money-saving opportunities. It’s best to go to an experienced, professional tattoo artist. This isn’t cheap, but it’s so worth it because:

  • Professional tattoo artists know how to handle the equipment. 
  • They’re able to give you the right advice because they’re experienced. 
  • Professionally done tattoos look better and last longer. 
  • Tattoos done by a professional tattooist are less likely to blow out. 

Choose the right artist by:

Doing Your Research 

Look for tattoo artists who have experience with inner arm tattoos. Look through portfolios to get a sense of their skill and style. 

Visiting The Tattoo Studio

Pop in at the tattoo studio you’re considering to get a sense of the cleanliness and professionalism of the space. You want the studio to be well-lit, organized, and have a welcoming atmosphere.

Scheduling A Consultation 

Discuss your design with your chosen artist and take this time to ask questions about their experience and process. A professional tattooist will be able to answer all your questions and make you feel comfortable.

Checking Licenses And Certifications

Make sure that the tattoo artist is licensed, has all necessary certifications, and follows health and safety protocols.

Tree And Moon Inner Forearm Tattoo @playinktattoostudio

Inner arm tattoos are a popular choice for people seeking a discreet yet versatile tattoo placement. Before making your appointment, consider the potential pain level and healing process associated with inner arm tattoos to make sure it’s the right choice for you.

With the right design and artist, an inner arm tattoo can be a beautiful and meaningful addition to your body art collection.

Industrial Ink: Your Guide To Steampunk Tattoos

Steampunk Forearm Tattoo @koittattoo

What do steam-powered technology, science fiction, and Victorian top hats have in common? These things are all present in Steampunk, a subculture that has influenced many spheres of society, including body art.

If you’re intrigued by stories of history meeting sci-fi, keep reading to learn more about what Steampunk is and Steampunk tattoos to be inspired by. 

What Is Steampunk?

What if the evolution of society was based on steam instead of electricity? This is the question that the Steampunk subculture attempts to answer.

Inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery, Steampunk sets up an alternative history that often incorporates elements of the Victorian era or the Wild West days of America. 

Steampunk Fish Tattoo

Canadian poet, Douglas Fetherling, explains,

“Steampunk is a genre that imagines how different the past might have been had the future come earlier.”

So, think lots of copper pipes, goggles, Victorian-era corsets and top hats, and airships. 

Books such as Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, and earlier books such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells have heavy Steampunk themes. 

Steampunk Tattoo Of Face

Popular Steampunk Tattoo Motifs 

There are a number of recurring design themes you can find in Steampunk-inspired tattoos:

Gears and Machinery

Gears, cogs, and other mechanical elements are used to create intricate and detailed designs that hark back to the industrial revolution.

Clocks and Timepieces

The Steampunk subculture is associated with time travel and alternate realities; what better way to reference this than with clocks and timepieces? Think highly detailed clocks with visible gears.

“…a clock tattoo might symbolize a range of meanings from simply time to life and death, mortality, existence, infinity, endless love, stability, and structure, or referencing a specific special moment in one’s life,”

Custom Tattoo Design
Steampunk Airship Tattoo @marieroura.epureatelier


Air travel – usually taking inspiration from blimps and hot air balloons – is a key element of Steampunk.

This is because the Golden Age of airship aviation coincides with the Late Victorian Era, one of the inspirations for this subculture. Getting an airship Steampunk tattoo can represent your wanderlust and need for adventure.

Scientific Instruments

Telescopes, microscopes, and chemistry equipment represent scientific discovery and experimentation, key themes in Steampunk. 

Steampunk Moon Tattoo @ltlivia

Mixing Of Natural And Machine Elements 

Even though this genre is in large part about machinery and industry, natural elements are still a popular design element. Butterflies, dogs, octopuses, and even human hearts have a mixture of their natural forms and mechanical gears and Victorian fashion in Steampunk tattoos.

Steampunk Heart Tattoo @liza_vettaa

Steampunk Tattoo Placements

Steampunk tattoos usually include many details. This is due to the intricate gears and machinery that are so entrenched in this genre. Many tattoo artists will advise you to go bigger with your tattoo the more details there are in the design. 

This is because highly realistic tiny tattoos use fine lines.

“…fine line tattoos do tend to fade quicker due to the fact that the ink isn’t as densely packed under the skin as with other thicker tattoos. This then makes it easier for your body’s immune system to attack and break the ink down before flushing it out of your system,”

Steampunk Hand Tattoo

Obviously, the size of your tattoo will have a big impact on where it can be placed on your body. Daniel Meyer Tattoo explains,

“The body part determines the size of a tattoo, to maintain a visual flow and aesthetic. Every tattoo just has its right fit. It’s almost how you would place a picture within a frame. For example, a small photograph in the right bottom corner of a huge frame can look visually unbalanced.”

If you opt for a large design and want it placed on your forearm, there will be elements of your tattoo that will wrap around, distorting the overall look.

Steampunk tattoos are generally intricate and complex designs, so it’s important to think carefully about the design you want and where you want it placed on your body. Consider how the design will look in different sizes and locations, and whether it will complement your personal style and lifestyle.

Steampunk Dial Tattoo @taigutattoo

Choose a professional tattoo artist for your Steampunk tattoo. Someone who is experienced will be able to advise you on the best route to take based on your chosen design.

What You Need To Know Before Getting A Steampunk Tattoo

There are a few things to consider before getting any type of tattoo, namely pain and aftercare. Getting a tattoo is getting a wound, so you’ve got to prepare yourself accordingly. This means not drinking alcohol before your appointment, staying hydrated, eating a nutritious meal, and getting a good night’s rest.

Doing this will help you handle the pain and discomfort better. Then there is the aftercare process. When you leave the tattoo parlor, you’re in charge of how your tattoo heals. Washing and moisturizing your fresh ink and keeping it out of the sun are all important steps to follow.

Steampunk Plague Doctor Tattoo @imbrosetattoo

Steampunk tattoos are not the easiest of designs due to the many details involved. So, make sure you go to a tattooist who is well-versed in creating intricate tattoos. Look at portfolios to ensure the person you’re choosing has a high level of skill and pays attention to details. 

Then, like all permanent body art, Steampunk tattoos are a long-term commitment. Carefully consider the elements you’re choosing and the symbolism behind them to make sure this choice of tattoo isn’t just a phase, but something you’ll be happy with in the long run. 

Steampunk Key Tattoo @eatdiamonddust

Steampunk tattoos are a creative way to express your personal style and love for this imaginative subculture. Not only do Steampunk tattoos ‘wow’ with their intricate designs and attention to detail, but this tattoo theme can also incorporate meaningful symbolism.

Before rushing off to book your tattoo appointment, make sure to carefully consider factors such as design, placement, meaning, and artist so that you make an informed decision that you will be happy with for years to come.

Horror And Darkness Or Luck And Wealth? The Meaning Behind Bat Tattoos

Mini Realistic Bat Tattoo

Winged nocturnal creatures that seem equal parts bird and mammal and like the taste of blood – it’s little wonder bats often fall into the category of the macabre.

But, these creatures may surprise you with their symbolism (hint: it’s not all vampires and death). Bats are fascinating animals with deep symbolism, which makes bat tattoos an interesting choice for body art. 

Let’s explore what these creatures of the night represent, why they are so entrenched in the world of horror, and bat tattoo ideas for those who are intrigued by this amazing animal. 

Cute Bat Tattoo @pinkprincezzz

What Makes Bats So Special?

Bats have their own special group which only they’re a part of: Chiroptera. They are their own type of mammal as they’re the only ones who are able to fly. 

As bats are nocturnal, they fly around and forage for their food at night. So, they’ve developed incredible night vision and are able to see in pitch black – but, not in the way you might think,

“They do it through echolocation – they emit sounds as they fly (which are out of our range of hearing) and use the echoes to map their surroundings,”

Black Bat Tattoo @aga.konkel

Bats are also an essential part of the food chain for many of the fruits that humans love. While some species of bats eat insects when they go out on their night time hunts, others eat pollen, nectar, or fruit. The latter types of bats help the pollination process for things like bananas, avos, and mangos. 

There are so many unique and amazing things about bats, you may wonder why exactly such a cult of fear surrounds them…

Who Made Bats ‘Scary’?

When October rolls around, many people get out the Halloween decorations. Among the skeletons, witches’ hats, and jack-o’-lanterns you’ll find little cutouts and figurines of bats.

These winged critters have been a staple in horror stories since Dracula shapeshifted into a bat in Bram Stoker’s original book, published in 1897. But, why are bats considered creepy enough for this genre?

Gothic Architecture With Bats Tattoo @bogwitchz_

One reason could be that creatures who wander around at night tend to be associated with darkness and death. Stanford University classics scholar, Adrienne Mayor, explained to National Geographic,

“They engage in mysterious activities in the dark and so they have been cloaked in superstition since ancient times. The combination of dark gray, brown, or black shades with cryptic nighttime habits evoked a sense of awe and fear back in the time when the only lights at night were oil lamps and wax candles.”

Then, there is the rumor that bats enjoy the taste of blood – super scary. But, is there any truth to this? Of the over 1,400 species of bats around the world, only three of them consume blood. These vampire bats mostly feed on cattle and horses, but they have been known to also snack on humans

These cases are rare, though, and the most likely side effect is the rabies shot afterward. Vampire bats don’t drink enough blood to kill (or turn their meal into a vampire). 

Ghosts And Bats Tattoo @daniturkeysammie

What Does A Bat Tattoo Symbolize? 

While getting a bat tattoo can be a way to celebrate your love of all things dark and mysterious, this isn’t where bat symbolism ends. 

A bat tattoo can represent rebirth because these animals rise when the sun sets representing a new life that begins at night. 

In Chinese culture, bats are seen as something positive.

“…bats are seen as harbingers of good luck and prosperity. Lucky bat symbols have been a part of Chinese history for centuries. They believe that if five bats are seen together, they bring five blessings or ‘Wu Fu’: Love of virtue, dying naturally at a ripe old age, longevity, wealth, and health,”

Symbol Sage
Upside Down Red Ink Bat Tattoo @blvir_

Bat Tattoo Ideas 

Interested in getting a bat tattoo? Here are a few options to get your creative juices flowing:

Upside Down Bat Tattoo

If you stumble upon a bat cave, you’ll most likely find the bats sleeping upside down with their wings wrapped around them like a dark and mysterious cloak. They take this position for rest because their claws can lock them in place without using a lot of energy.

This can be a great design choice if you don’t want your bat tattoo to take up too much space or don’t want their wings wrapping around. Some placements, such as the forearm, can distort a large horizontal tattoo design as some features will wrap around the arm.

Mini Halloween Bats Tattoo @evejaynegracetattoos

Small Bat Tattoo

Tiny bat tattoos can go the minimalist route with just an outline or silhouette of a bat, or you can take a realistic tattoo of a bat and scale it down.

If you want to go for the latter, it’s important to realize that hyper realistic small tattoos can fade faster; as time goes by, the lines can fuse together as there is so little space between them.

So, it’s essential to go to a tattooist who is experienced in mini realistic tattoos; this will help the design age better.

Vampire Bat Tattoo @lunarlane

Vampire Bat Tattoo

If you want your bat tattoo to be a representation of your love for darkness and mystery, you can’t go wrong choosing a vampire bat. While a vampire bat tattoo can symbolize horror, this tattoo choice can also represent family as these animals form strong bonds with each other. 

Bat And Moon Tattoo @tattooist_giho_

Vampire And Moon Tattoo

If you want to add another element to your bat tattoo, you could opt for a moon. A bat and moon work well together as a tattoo design as bats are nocturnal so will often be active when the moon is out. Plus, the moon has its own deep meaning,

“[The moon] is the middle ground between the light of the sun and the darkness of night, and thus often represents the realm between the conscious and the unconscious. Universally, the moon is the symbol of growth and change,”

Tattoo Stylist
Bat Wings Tattoo @blvir_

Bats are one of the most misunderstood creatures in the world. While they are associated with darkness and blood, they also have other incredible connotations which make them a versatile tattoo idea.

From the Gothic and supernatural associations of vampire bats to the luck these animals bring in Chinese culture, a bat tattoo can be a meaningful tattoo choice for many people.

Gothic Inspired: Dark And Mysterious Tattoo Ideas

Skull And Raven Arm Tattoo @the.xx.ttt

Do you find beauty in things that are considered dark and mysterious?

From dark fairy tales and Victorian motifs to gargoyles and ravens, the Gothic subculture draws inspiration from various elements, such as horror, romanticism, and medieval architecture. Modern Goth tattoos often take the macabre and bring the charm out of the darkness.  

Get bewitched by these Gothic tattoo ideas for your next piece of body art:

Skull And Flowers Shoulder Tattoo @mourningglorytattoos

​​Skull Tattoos

One of the classic symbols of the Goth subculture is the skull. Skulls can be tattooed in a number of different ways to bring a variety of themes, such as with thorns and roses for a dark romance aesthetic.

“A rose can symbolize falling in love and youth, and a rose with thorns can mean there is another side to love and [to] be careful. Roses and thorns can also mean [that] with love comes sacrifice, and there may be pain, or the pain one has experienced through love. Roses can honor our loved ones, and bring peace in turbulent times,”

Iron Brush

A tattoo of a skull with a rose can represent duality – life and death, health versus decay.

Mini Realistic Bat Tattoo

Bat Tattoo

While bats are often associated with the Gothic style and can be depicted flying, resting, or wrapped around objects, these creatures of the night have a positive connotation, too.

“In China, the bat is a symbol of happiness, longevity, and good luck. An image of five bats represents long life, wealth, good luck, happiness, and prosperity,”

After Inked
Black Cat, Moon, And Bats Tattoo @nategtattoo

One of the characteristics that make bats amazing creatures is their ability to fly in huge hoards while never hitting each other. This is due to echo location (reflected sound). This ability is linked with clairaudience, making a bat tattoo representative of intuition and dreams.

Crow In The Mountains Tattoo @inktotalart

Raven Tattoo 

Ravens are often seen as a symbol of death and a bird connected to the spiritual world.

“It can also be associated as a source of power, straddling as it does the worlds of the living and the dead therefore often depicted as a messenger between the two,”

Tattoo Stylist

You could opt for a minimalist raven tattoo just inking a black silhouette of the bird or a more detailed piece. One of the best placement options for a large, detailed raven tattoo is the chest. The body of the bird can be placed on the sternum, while the wings can be tattooed spread across the chest or underneath the breasts.

Gargoyle Tattoo @mike__end

Gargoyle Tattoo

Gargoyles (stone statues of demonic creatures) are a common feature of Gothic architecture and can make for a striking design choice for tattoos. These carvings weren’t only placed on buildings for aesthetic purposes, they were also used to divert water away from the buildings. 

These carvings of demons were common in the architecture of Catholic churches. This was in an effort to illustrate a realistic image of what a damned afterlife would entail, and it was common to “fight fire with fire” when it came to spirituality.

“In many cultures, using evil imagery was a way to feel protected against the evil itself. It’s sort of a deterrent for demonic creatures when they see one of their own,”

Tatt Mag

A gargoyle tattoo can represent overcoming evil and keeping evil forces at arm’s length. It can also represent being a protector and can be the perfect addition to a Goth-themed tattoo sleeve.

Mermaid Tattoo @tattoo_grain

Fairytale Tattoo

Some of the first fairytales were extremely dark. For example, in the original story of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, the prince does not fall in love with Ariel and she has to choose between never becoming a mermaid again and murdering the prince.

Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and The Beast, and Little Red Riding Hood are more examples of disturbing fairytales. 

If you are a fan of a certain fairytale, you may choose one of the story’s symbols for your Gothic tattoo. For The Little Mermaid, a mermaid tail tattoo could serve as a reminder to stay true to yourself.

Black Rose Tattoo @chulosa656tattoo

Black Rose Tattoo

If you love the idea of a floral tattoo, but want to make it Goth, a black rose tattoo could be the perfect choice for you.

“The black rose is often a symbolic tattoo idea linked with death, grief, and mourning, or is incorporated into themes of duality that balance life and death, or good and evil,”

Authority Tattoo

Of course, tattoo meanings are often so dependent on the person getting it – you can have your own personal meaning for a black rose tattoo. 

When it comes to the placement of your rose tattoo, it is important to consider the size of your tattoo, aftercare, pain, and how easily you want to hide your ink.

Vampire Teeth Tattoo @szeszu

Horror Icon Tattoo

If you are attracted to the Goth subculture, you probably have a favorite horror movie. From Dracula to Frankenstein, there are many dark movies to gain tattoo inspiration from.

You can create a large tattoo design with many elements of the movie, or you can choose just one symbol from your horror movie tattoo, such as vampire teeth.

Vampire And Castle Tattoo @sharon.bmash

The Gothic subculture offers a rich source of inspiration for those looking for tattoo designs on the dark side. From classic Gothic symbols such as skulls and ravens to disturbing fairytales and horror icons, there are so many different styles and motifs to be inspired by.

Whether you’re drawn to dark romanticism, medieval architecture, the mystique of the undead, or general macabre imagery, there’s a Gothic tattoo idea for you. Getting a Gothic tattoo is a way to celebrate the darker side of life, and to express your love of all things mysterious.