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8 Wanderlust Tattoo Ideas For Travel Lovers

Minimalistic Wanderlust Tattoo @peaceawungshi1203

Do you love planning trips? Do you have a plane ticket purchased for the near future? Are you currently outside of your home country and exploring new places and cultures?

There are so many reasons why some people can’t wait to get on a plane. Not only do you create treasured memories and get stories you’ll retell for the rest of your life, but you also learn more about yourself and what really matters to you.

This strong desire to travel is known as ‘wanderlust’, and wanderlust tattoos are a fantastic theme to explore for those inflicted with this longing. 

Passport Stamp Tattoo

What Does The ‘Wanderlust’ Tattoo Mean? 

If you get a wanderlust tattoo, you’re signaling to the world that you’re adventurous. There’s nothing you like more than roaming around a new place and adding new memories to your travel stories. 

However, there are many traveler tattoo ideas, each with specific underlying meanings that could appeal to you and your unique adventures.  

Mini Airplane Tattoo @mrs.tattoo_

What Is The Symbol Of Wanderlust? 

There are different symbols that can represent wanderlust. From a simple wanderlust wrist tattoo for the minimalist ink lover to a more detailed compass tattoo to symbolize navigation, here are eight tattoo ideas for travelers:

‘Wanderlust’ Tattoo @missg_artist

Mini Wanderlust Word Tattoo

One of the most direct ways to go about a tattoo for wanderlust is to simply get the word inked. While you may be aiming for a tiny tattoo, when it comes to lettering, it’s important to not go too small. Tattoo artist, Lisa Doll, explained to Insider,

“Tattoo ink sits in the dermal layer of our skin matrix. So as we age and our skin loses elasticity and collagen, the ink will migrate or spread slightly. Hence, tiny lettering or cramped words and numbers become a blob.” 

Chat with your tattoo artist about the best size for your tiny wanderlust tattoo to ensure longevity. 

Fine Line World Map Tattoo @luanadorea

World Map Tattoo

Out of the travel-themed tattoo ideas out there, a world map inking is probably the most classic choice. The map can be detailed or simplified, with the countries you’ve been to highlighted. 

You could opt for a world map tattoo with just the outline of the countries, or you could add more details such as compass arrows or an airplane. 

Compass Tattoo

Compass Tattoo

A physical compass used to be an absolute necessity when traveling!

“Compass tattoos originated as a common ink choice for fishermen and sailors, as they believed the designs would bring them good fortune during their travels and would always guide them home,”


If you have a particular affinity for old school sailor tattoos, this could be the wanderlust tattoo choice for you!

Coordinates Leg Tattoo

Coordinates Tattoo 

Do you have a favorite trip? Or perhaps an adventure that affected you the most? To keep this trip front of mind, you could get the coordinates of the place as a tattoo. You could also get the coordinates of your hometown as a tribute to where you came from and your upbringing. 

Mini Suitcase And Airplane Wrist Tattoo @luanadorea

Plane Tattoo

It doesn’t have to be a plane – some unique wanderlust tattoo designs include hot air balloons and car tattoos, too. The idea is that it represents movement. If you’re more of a road trip person, you could get a car or van tattoo to symbolize your cross-country adventures. 

A simplistic design that has a childlike aesthetic to it is a paper plane tattoo.

“Some people will get a paper airplane tattoo to show that they have a carefree attitude. There are plenty of people who want to express that they will ‘go where the winds take them,’ and there aren’t too many better ways to do that than with a paper airplane tattoo,”

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Mountain, Wave, And Sun Ankle Tattoo

Nature Tattoos

If your idea of the perfect adventure involves exploring the great outdoors, a nature-themed wanderlust tattoo is an ideal choice for you.

A mountain tattoo also has a deeper meaning beyond travel, namely facing challenges and overcoming them. You could add trees to your design or snow caps to make the tattoo design more unique to you and your adventures. 

Trees are also fantastic inspirations for a nature-themed wanderlust tattoo. There are different meanings attached to this tattoo choice depending on the chosen tree.

The Tree of Life can represent your connection to Mother Nature, a palm tree can symbolize abundance and good luck, and a willow tree can be a tribute to strength. 

Suitcase Tattoo With Airplane And Camera @liditattoo

Vintage Suitcase Tattoo

A suitcase tattoo can symbolize that you’re always on the move. You can customize your tattoo with little images of palm trees or the Eiffel Tower, for example, to represent your adventures. 

Arm Stamp Tattoo @siobhansbeard

Stamp Tattoo

Collecting stamp tattoos is an excellent way of commemorating your travels. They serve as miniature postcards inked onto your skin, encapsulating the essence of your journeys.

If you have an affinity for small, intricately detailed tattoos, this may be the wanderlust design that perfectly suits your style! With each stamp, you have the opportunity to incorporate subtle symbols that depict the destinations you have explored.

For example, a cactus could be added to a stamp to signify a desert road trip, cherry blossoms can represent Japan, a tent beneath a starry night sky can symbolize a memorable camping vacation, and a croissant can be a way to represent a French escape.

If you prefer to collect memories over physical things, instead of souvenirs, you can ink your adventures onto your skin. The above wanderlust tattoo ideas can become a tangible diary of your escapades, a testament to the places you’ve been, the people you’ve met, and the stories you’ve gathered.

Tattoos To Remind You Of Your Inner Strength

‘Strength’ Script Tattoo @nazanin.tntattoo

Life is full of challenges. Tough moments can make you question your ability to keep striving forward. These are the times when you need to be reminded of your inner strength.

This is one of the best things about tattoos – they can be constant reminders of important things. Keep reading for body art inspiration for tattoos that represent inner strength. 

What Tattoos Symbolize Inner Strength?

As we go through life we’re building inner strength. This resilience is what helps us overcome struggles and come out stronger for them. Part of developing this resilience comes from accepting and embracing change and not allowing a setback to derail our lives and goals. 

Lightning Bolt And Cloud Tattoo

One tattoo that represents this strength is a lightning bolt, plus it’s a great option for someone who want a mini tattoo. A lightning bolt is a symbol of power and energy and can symbolize your intensity. 

Most of us know the pain of stepping on a Lego! Hence, a small Lego tattoo could be the perfect tattoo for you if you want your body art to represent strength. A Lego tattoo can mean that even something small and unassuming can pack a punch! 

Another mini tattoo with a big meaning is the humble ant!

“Ants are also associated with virtues like community, cooperation, energy, industry, order, perseverance, stamina, teamwork, [and] unity. Having an ant tattoo inked on the skin is a great way to evoke the power and energy of this little insect…”

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Skull Moth Tattoo @slodek_slodek

What Tattoo Stands For Mental Strength?

Moths are nocturnal creatures that use the light of the moon to guide them. Due to their goal of finding the light in the darkness, a moth tattoo can be an ideal representation of mental resilience and always finding the good even in dark situations.

Butterfly Semicolon Tattoo @deboratatuadora

A simple yet powerful tattoo for mental strength is a semicolon tattoo. For many people, a semicolon tattoo represents their decision to keep going despite the challenges that come up. So, it can be viewed as a symbol of strength.

“It reminds you that there is always something to look forward to…It takes courage to continue on when life gets tough,”

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‘Resilience’ Script Tattoo @jbeeink

Words can serve as a potent reminder of your inner strength. A minimalist, one-word tattoo, like ‘perseverance’, ‘courage’, ‘resilience’, or ‘worthy’, can encapsulate profound meaning and serve as a constant source of inspiration.

These tattoos are not just ink on skin; they are a personal mantra and a declaration of your resilience and the values you hold dear. These single-word tattoos have the power to motivate, empower, and remind you of your unwavering strength in the face of life’s challenges.

Phoenix Back Tattoo @imsumimi

What Tattoos Symbolize Overcoming Struggles?

A mythical bird that has long represented rising from the ashes (quite literally) is the phoenix. 

This fiery bird is said to burst into flames but then come back from the remaining ashes. As such, this bird can be a symbol of rebirth.

“The phoenix, a mythical creature associated with transformation, rebirth, and resilience, holds profound symbolism that resonates with individuals seeking to express their personal journey and triumphs,”

Chronic Ink Tattoo

Transforming yourself and turning over a new leaf takes extreme strength. 

Blue Butterfly Tattoo @denttoo

Another symbol of transformation and rebirth is the butterfly. These beautiful insects have to go through different phases – including egg, caterpillar, and pupa – before emerging with wings.

Due to this metamorphosis, a butterfly tattoo can represent conquering challenges and coming out even better than before. 

Purple Arrow Tattoo @tattooist_giho_

Arrows are one of the oldest weapons in the world – arrowheads have been found that are thought to be over 70,000 years old! Today, the arrow still has deep meaning attached to it.

When you pull an arrow back there’s tension and challenges, but then you let it loose and the momentum can be incredible. An arrow tattoo can represent setbacks and hard times priming you for amazing progress. 

What Tattoos Give Positive Energy? 

To combat negative energy and thoughts, a tattoo can be a powerful reminder to focus on the positive side of life and rely on your strength to overcome pessimistic thoughts. 

Mini Lotus Flower Tattoo @handitrip

The lotus flower radiates positivity. Despite having to grow through mud, the lotus still rises to bloom beautifully. A lotus flower can therefore represent positivity and beauty despite struggles.

“A yellow lotus tattoo means that your brain is powerful and that you have strong control over your thoughts,”

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A powerful symbol of light and positivity is the sun! If you want to shift your mood, one of the best things you can do is go out into the sun. In fact, many people even suffer from seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that could be triggered by lack of sunlight. 

“Many people believe that the sun gives light to guide us through dark times. Anyone that has survived difficulty may consider a sun tattoo to represent that. It is also a sign of the wearer’s troubled past, a dark time that changed after they saw the light,”

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Side Body Hamsa Hand Tattoo

The Hamsa Hand has long been used to ward off negative energy. It’s a universal sign of protection and strength dating back to ancient Mesopotamia.

“The hamsa hand can be depicted in two ways; with the fingers apart, which symbolizes the power to ward off evil; or with the fingers together, which is a symbol of good luck,”

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We all need to be reminded from time to time that we can overcome anything. Life will throw us curve balls, but we can always rise above and exit challenges even better than before! Getting an inner strength tattoo can be a powerful reminder to always believe in yourself. 

5 Tattoo Ideas For People Who Love The Fall

Autumn Ghost Tattoo @madujune_

It’s that time of the year when red, orange, and yellow leaves drop from the trees and crunch under our feet. We don cozy sweaters and coats to enjoy festive flavored lattes and shop for Halloween decor. It’s Fall! 

Fall is a special time of the year as we say goodbye to the sunny weather and hello to shorter days and longer nights as the sun crosses the celestial equator, known as the Autumn Equinox.

If you have a love affair with the season, you’re not alone! There could be a psychological reason behind so many people’s obsession with Fall, as Bustle explains,

“Biologically, cooler temperatures provoke positive reactions. In 2012, researchers discovered that the cold made some people more likely to select films that they associated with ‘psychological warmth,’ like romantic comedies. When the temperature outside is lower, people reach for experiences that make them feel closer to others…”

If you associate Fall with all the good things in life and always look forward to this time of the year, keep reading for Fall inspired tattoo ideas so that you can carry the season with you all the time. 

Geometric Fall Leaf Tattoo @unicornsout

Fall Leaf Tattoo 

Of course, one of the first things that comes to mind with Fall is warm-hued leaves. To fully capture the magic of the season, you can add shades of yellow, orange, and red to your leaf.

If you’re attracted to geometric shapes you can turn your leaf into a geometric tattoo with the different warm shades in symmetrical shapes.

If you want more flow in your Autumn tattoo, opt for a watercolor leaf tattoo where the colors are swirled and look like they’ve been applied with a paintbrush.

Realistic Fall Leaf Tattoo

However, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into with a colorful tattoo, especially red ink. Some people do have an allergic reaction to red tattoo ink, so it’s a good idea to have your tattoo artist do a patch test before the main tattoo event.

“Because of the metals and other potentially toxic components in red pigment, it is one of the more likely colors to trigger allergic reactions. Common symptoms of adverse reactions to red ink include itchy, sensitive skin, redness, tattoos that are painful on contact, and swelling. This irritation on only the red parts of tattoos is commonly called ‘red reaction’,”

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Autumn Forest Theme Tattoo

Autumn Trees Tattoo

If you don’t want a single leaf but a whole forest, you could get a forest tattoo with a canopy of Fall leaves. Trees in various states of Fall, with leaves falling or lying on the ground, can make for a beautiful, large tattoo design.

This type of tattoo – because of the number of details – should be on a large surface area. The larger the area, the more space there will be for details. The smaller a hyper-detailed tattoo is, the worse the design will age as the tiny details can fade into each other.

Fall Graveyard Tattoo @zeexi_ink

With that being said though, many things impact how a tattoo will age, as Alchemists Valley says,

“It is important to find an artist who is a specialist in this style, with lots of practice in the proper application of micro-realistic tattoo ink. The pigment quality of the ink you use should be taken into account as lower quality inks fade faster.”

Pumpkin Spice Tattoo @madujune_

Pumpkin Tattoo

One of the favorite flavors of Fall is pumpkin! You’ll find pumpkin spice in stores and cafes. But, why are pumpkins such a huge part of the season? Pumpkin harvest happens during the Fall, hence their popularity at this time of the year. 

Also, with Fall comes Halloween, a holiday that calls for pumpkin carving and Jack o’ Lanterns. 

A pumpkin tattoo can be a way to celebrate the bounty and flavors of Fall, or you could take a Halloween angle by opting for a Jack o’ Lantern tattoo. 

Halloween Inspired Pumpkin Tattoo @needle.mistress

Either way you go for your pumpkin tattoo, you may want to add orange shades. Lighter colors, like orange, do tend to fade faster than darker tattoo inks. So, be prepared to get touch-ups. 

One of the best ways to ensure your color tattoo lasts is to choose a placement that is hidden from the sun as the sun’s rays break down tattoo ink. 

Mini Realistic Acorn Tattoo

Acorn Tattoo 

An acorn can be a symbol of the bounty of Fall and can make for a cute mini tattoo. 

“​​For hundreds of years the acorn has been seen as a symbol of life, growth and birth. The small nut of the mighty oak tree, acorns have also been seen as a representative of fertility and immortality,”


As the oak tree is often associated with wisdom, an acorn tattoo can be a representation of this as well as strength. 

You could also get an acorn tattoo to symbolise your potential and future success, as even though an acorn is small, it has the potential to grow into a mighty oak tree. 

A few of the best places for a small tattoo include the wrist, the ankle, behind the ear, and the hip. 

Three Ravens Tattoo @doill_blk

Raven Tattoo 

These incredible birds can be a symbol of the season as their migration patterns can coincide with the changing of the leaves. Ravens are also dark and mysterious animals, making them perfectly aligned with the magic of Fall as well as Halloween. 

“Their dark plumage and mysterious nature evoke the idea of shedding the old and embracing new beginnings, making raven tattoos a perfect choice for those seeking personal growth and change,”

Chronic Ink Tattoo
Pumpkin And Flowers Forearm Tattoo @wildcrafttattoo

The Fall – with its rich colors and cozy feelings – can be incredible inspiration for body art. From the vibrant colors of the leaves to the mystery of the raven, look at the above ideas for a meaningful theme for your Autumn tattoo.

Tattoo Etiquette: What You Need To Do To Ensure A Good Tattoo Experience

Anatomical Heart And Flowers Tattoo @clealtattoo

Getting a tattoo is not simply about choosing a design, making an appointment, and showing up. There are certain dos and don’ts when it comes to getting inked that you should adhere to in order to have a great tattoo appointment. Here are tattoo etiquette tips you have got to know: 

What Is The Etiquette For Getting A Tattoo?

Turtle Arm Tattoo

Make An Appointment 

Do not just walk into a tattoo shop and expect to get inked immediately. Most reputable artists work by appointment only, so call ahead and schedule a time.

Making an appointment and getting to chat with your artist ahead of time is also a good way to increase your chances of walking out with a tattoo you love.

Take the time to explore different tattoo artists and their portfolios (Instagram is a great place to do this), chat with your chosen artist, and ask for their professional advice regarding style and tattoo placement.

Color Realistic Peony Wrist Tattoo @nok__ink

Arrive To Your Appointment Early

Being punctual can help get your appointment off to a good start. Arriving 10 minutes before your appointment not only shows your tattoo artist respect, but you also ensure that there is enough time to complete your tattoo.  

Realistic Daisy Bicep Tattoo @maiko.only

Communication Is Key 

Be open with your tattoo artist! If you do not explain exactly what you want for your tattoo, how is your artist supposed to know?

“Clearly express your tattoo ideas, preferences, and expectations to the artist. Effective communication ensures that both you and the artist are on the same page,”

Widow Tattoo
Mini Black Cat With Knife Tattoo @tattooist_meoru

Come Prepared

Getting a tattoo can be a long and painful experience. To make your appointment more comfortable, come prepared. Take these five steps:

1. Wear The Right Clothing

This will depend on the placement of your tattoo. If you are getting an arm tattoo, for example, opt for a lose top with sleeves you can roll up or no sleeves at all. Basically, choose an outfit that makes reaching your desired placement easy and does not disrupt your artist.

If you are getting a hip tattoo or a spine tattoo, you will walk out with clothing covering the fresh ink – make sure your pants or shirt is loose enough so that it will not rub up against your new tattoo. Wear clothes that you are not afraid to get ink on.

Mini Colorful Saturn Tattoo @youngchickentattoo

Tip: If your chosen tattoo placement is in a private area that you do not want to be on display during the process, make your boundaries with your tattoo artist clear before the appointment. They can then ensure there are screens around you while you are getting inked. 

Fine Line Doberman Tattoo

2. Bring Snacks 

Your body goes through a lot when you get inked. Your immune system is triggered and your fight or flight response is on high alert, so it is important to bring food and water to stabilize your blood sugar and give your body the energy it needs to deal with the pain.

“Sealed food and drink is more practical and more hygienic. So if you rock up with your favorite Starbucks in hand, you may be asked to dispose of it before going in,”

KTREW Tattoo

3. Choose Something To Distract You

To distract yourself from the pain and discomfort of getting inked, bring something that will keep your mind occupied. This can be an audiobook or podcast you can listen to or some calming music. Of course, listen via headphones. 

Black And Red Koi Fish Tattoo @misterch_

4. Moisturize 

Well hydrated skin is a way better canvas for a tattoo than dry skin. So, leading up to your tattoo appointment, drink lots of water and moisturize your skin often.

“But, it’s best not to moisturize immediately before a session, as any residue on your skin could interfere with the tattooing process,”

Stories and Ink

5. Come Well Rested

Getting a good night’s rest before your tattoo appointment is part of preparing for the experience. If you are tired, it is going to be more difficult to stay still and deal with the pain.

“Getting a tattoo can cause some anxiety in even those who have a fair share of tattoos, and that anxiety is only heightened when you’re feeling tired after a bad night’s sleep,”

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Butterfly Wrist Tattoo @hktattoo_tina

Tip Your Artist 

It is customary to tip your tattoo artist after your appointment – it is part of showing that you appreciate their work. The amount you tip depends on the price of your tattoo.

“The general consensus in the tattoo community is that 20 percent is the typical amount to tip — just like at a restaurant or a hair salon. However, consider this number a baseline, as some tattoos require more or less work than others.”


The only reason not to tip your artist is if you have an objectively bad experience – this is the fault of the artist.

However, if you have a negative experience because you did not communicate what you want to your tattoo artist, that is on you. If there is something about your tattoo you do not like, ask your artist to correct it.

What Not To Do During A Tattoo 

Mini Flower Earlobe Tattoo @_tan_tattoo

Haggle Over The Price 

When you arrive for your tattoo, do not act surprised and disappointed when it comes to the cost. The price of your tattoo is decided before the day of your appointment, so do not try and haggle after the fact. 

There is a lot that goes into the price of a tattoo:

  • The number of details in your tattoo (the more details, the more expensive your design will be).
  • Its size (the bigger the higher the price).
  • The amount of experience the artist has. Generally speaking, the more experienced your chosen tattooist is, the more expensive getting tattooed by them will be. They have spent years honing their craft, so you are paying for these years of experience and the skills they have developed as well as your specific tattoo.
  • Not only that, but the price of your tattoo will also include the ink being used, the tattoo machine, and other equipment. 
Fine Line Eye Spine Tattoo @pollytatttoo

Bring A Group Of People With You

Having a friend with you can be a great source of support. However, too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing!

Tattoo shops are generally small spaces, and too many people can make it crowded and distracting for your tattoo artist and the other people in the shop. Check with your tattoo artist if they are okay with you bringing a friend to your appointment.

Smell Bad 

You are going to be extremely close to another person – your tattoo artist – for at least a few hours. So, do not forget to shower! It is essential to be clean and hygienic for your appointment. A freshly showered body is way more comfortable to work on and helps maintain a sterile environment.

Flower Hip Tattoo @seltatts

Hold Your Breath

For some people, an automatic response to dealing with discomfort or pain is to hold their breath. Do not do this during a tattoo appointment!

“During the tattoo process, sometimes clients hold their breath in hopes to not move. This is not good! We need our clients to continue breathing as normal. Holding your breath will lead to you passing out,”


What You Shouldn’t Do Before A Tattoo 

Tiger With Flowers Tattoo

Skip A Meal

You have got to eat a nutritious, high-calorie meal before your tattoo. Eating before your appointment can stabilize your blood sugar levels, boost your energy to better endure the process, reduce the chance of nausea, promote relaxation and focus, and support healing. 

Ink Eeze suggests choosing foods high in vitamin C to enhance skin firmness and protein to repair the skin,

“Protein also helps raise the energy levels, making it a bit more beneficial for the trauma that your body system shall be going through. It will also assist your skin in recovering quickly from the stress caused by the tattoo needle.”

Mini Color Sunflower Sternum Tattoo @rinktattooz

Drink Alcohol 

Think that having a few drinks before your appointment will ease your nerves and reduce the pain? Think again!

Alcohol thins the blood which will make your tattoo appointment a lot bloodier than it needs to be. This can lead to your tattoo artist struggling with your design as the blood impacts their vision, making for a lengthier and more painful experience. It also impairs your judgement and behavior,

“You will be asked to approve a tattoo design, the stencil, and where it will be placed. If you make a wrong decision, which you will do when drunk, a surprise will await for you once you sober up,”

Saved Tattoo

Also, if you show up to your tattoo appointment intoxicated, there is a high chance that your tattooist will turn you away. 

Sun And Moon Wolves Chest Tattoo

Overindulge In Caffeine

It may be a good idea to skip your morning cup of coffee on the day of your tattoo appointment. This is because caffeine, like alcohol, can thin the blood,

“…caffeine is known to thin the blood, which can increase bleeding and reduce healing,”

Authority Tattoo

Also, caffeine can make you jittery which will make it a challenge to sit still during your appointment. Remember, certain teas, sodas, and energy drinks contain caffeine, too!

Bandaid With Flower Hand Tattoo @earthalientattoo

Lay In The Sun

Sunburnt skin is not an optimal canvas for tattoo ink. Excessive sun exposure can dry out your skin and cause peeling – this will not lead to a good looking tattoo! Also, damaged skin can cause a lengthier healing process which makes infections more likely.

What Should You Do After A Tattoo

Minimalistic Moon And Stars Tattoo @amylowdontattoo

Relax And Recover

Remember, getting a tattoo is acquiring a wound. Your body has been through a lot! So, give yourself space to just relax so that your skin can heal. 

Stay In The Shade

You can’t put sunscreen on an unhealed tattoo as it disrupts the healing process. If you are outside, keep your fresh ink covered up in loose clothing. Getting sun damage on top of a new tattoo can wreak havoc on your design and cause it to not heal properly.

Sun And Moon Shoulder Tattoo @amin_molart

Follow Aftercare Instructions

Once your appointment is done, your tattoo artist will send you home with a list of aftercare instructions. This will include washing your tattoo with gentle soup and keeping it moisturized. Follow these steps! Taking good aftercare measures will reduce the risk of infection. 

Clam And Pearl Elbow Ditch Tattoo

Skip The Gym 

Your skin is super vulnerable to bacteria and infection after getting inked, so the gym is a no-go!

“Working out can expose the area to bacteria from sweat and gym equipment. You could also overstretch the healing skin and tear scabs with various exercises. Gym and workout clothes could cause rubbing and chaffing to the skin, which could cause more trauma to the area,”

Mad Rabbit Tattoo
Heart Emoji Sideboob Tattoo @rydelreib_tattoo

Tattoo etiquette is an important part of having a positive tattoo experience. When you are punctual, communicate well, know what you are committing to financially, and prepare beforehand, you are way more likely to have a great appointment and leave with a tattoo you love.

Scarab Beetle Tattoos: What They Mean And Tattoo Ideas

Scarab Beetle Sternum Tattoo @tattoosbystrangers

Throughout Egyptian mythology and ritual remnants, you’ll find a small insect making many appearances. These beetles have a rich history and symbolism, making them interesting tattoo inspiration. If you are looking for a meaningful tattoo idea, keep reading to uncover what scarab beetle tattoos represent.

Why Are Scarab Beetles Sacred? 

These oval-shaped insects are unique amongst the beetle family due to their antennae, each of which ends in three flattened plates that come together to form a club.

This diverse section of the beetle world is actually quite common and found all over the world! So, why did the ancient Egyptians have such affection for them? 

Eye Of Horus, Ankh, And Scarab Beetle Tattoo @aliyahshafer

Depictions of dung beetles (a type of scarab beetle) can be found all throughout ancient Egyptian artifacts.

“Scarabs of various materials, glazed steatite being most common, form an important class of Egyptian antiquities. Such objects usually have the bases inscribed or decorated with designs and are simultaneously amulets and seals,”


Using a scarab seal for important documents would symbolize the owner’s power and authority.

The ancient Egyptians were enthralled with the life cycle of the dung beetle. These insects roll balls of dung across the ground to lay their eggs in. The Egyptians saw this as a symbol of the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.

Scarab Beetle Back Tattoo @annadwilliams

Which God Is The Egyptian Scarab Beetle Associated With?

In ancient Egyptian religion, the scarab beetle was associated with the god Khepri (known for his scarab-faced appearance). This god represented the rising or morning sun as well as creation. Hence the scarab beetle symbolizing the circle of life. 

“He was strongly associated with the Netcheru, the divine forces or energies, who were believed to be the spiritual beings who came to Earth and helped humanity, by passing on their knowledge, secrets of magic as well as the control over the universe, agriculture, mathematics, and other things of similar nature,”

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What Is The Meaning Of A Scarab Beetle Tattoo?

Sun And Scarab Beetle Tattoo @tattoofiendclub

The Sun

Due to the association this insect has with the god Khepri, a scarab beetle tattoo can feature similar themes to the sun.

You can incorporate an image of a sun in your scarab tattoo by adding a yellow orb near the beetle’s legs as if it is pushing the sun. The sun can represent getting through dark moments in life as well as positive energy.

Birth, Death, And Rebirth 

Dung beetles go through a complete metamorphosis during their lifetime. A dung beetle begins as an egg in a ball of dung. Once hatched, the larva will eat their way through and transform into an adult.

Scarab adults feed on a wide variety of foods including dead animals, further enhancing the symbolism of the circle of life. The scarab motif was also often used in Ancient Egyptian burial tombs, making them an emblem of resurrection. 

Egyptian Mythology Themed Tattoo @beyondtheillusiontattoo

Ancient Egyptian Mythology 

As the scarab was such an important symbol in ancient Egyptian life, a scarab beetle tattoo can represent your fascination and love for this mythology and time in history. 


These beetles can be found all over the world and in the harshest of environments. They make their homes in deserts and are even resistant to fire! A scarab beetle tattoo can represent inner strength and toughness.


Scarab amulets were worn in ancient Egypt as a way to protect oneself against disease and death.

Colorful Jeweled Scarab Beetle Tattoo @studio_jaw

Is A Scarab Beetle Good Luck? 

The scarab motif was often used in jewelry in Egypt, partly because it was seen as good luck. The Collector explains,

“During the New Kingdom, scarabs were used to provide protection and good luck, and some even believed that they granted spiritual powers to their wearers.”

Therefore, another powerful meaning of a scarab beetle tattoo is good fortune.

Scarab Beetle Tattoo Ideas 

Colorful Scarab Beetle Hand Tattoo @marinamaytattoos

Colorful Scarab Beetle Tattoo

While colorful tattoos can be eye-catching, it is important to note that color ink does fade faster compared with black ink. So, your tattoo’s vibrancy will fade and you’ll need to get touch-ups to keep the crispness of your ink.

Realistic Scarab Beetle Tattoo @jooa_tattoo

Realistic Scarab Tattoo 

The hyper-realism style of tattooing is incredibly intricate and can make for awe-inspiring designs! The level of detail that goes into a realistic scarab beetle tattoo requires a tattoo artist who is well-versed in this style.

Choosing a tattoo artist is not the time to try and save money. Go to a professional tattooist so that you are more likely to walk away with a design you love. 

Due to the time and ink it takes to create a hyper-realistic tattoo like the one above, expect a higher price tag. 

Fine Line Scarab Beetle Thigh Tattoo @akkurat_tattoo

Fine Line Scarab Beetle Tattoo

For a more minimalist scarab beetle tattoo, you could forgo the intense details and instead focus on fine lines. However, because they use less ink, fine-line tattoos do tend to fade quickly. To mitigate this, opt for a tattoo placement that is out of the sun and isn’t a high-movement area. 

Scarab Beetle And Ankh Tattoo @lucasodomtattoos

Egyptian Themed Scarab Beetle Tattoo

If you want extra details in your tattoo design, you can add other ancient Egyptian symbols such as the ankh, a cross image that means “life”.  

Egyptian mythology is full of fascinating symbolism for tattoo inspiration, one being the scarab beetle. The meaning behind this insect makes for a powerful tattoo.

Debunking 7 Common Tattoo Myths

Mini Flower Tattoos

The world of tattoos is fraught with misconceptions. From tattoos causing cancer to lighter ink tattoos hurting more than black ink, let’s debunk some common myths that may be holding people back from getting their dream tattoo. 

Myth #1: Tattoos Cause Cancer

Getting a tattoo is basically getting an open wound. So, yes, there are some risks involved with getting inked. However, cancer is not one of those risks!

“Even though inks may contain concerning ingredients, most scientific literature to date is likely to be reassuring if you have a penchant for expressing yourself through tattoos. There’s no definitive evidence to suggest an increased risk of skin cancer from tattoos,”

Cancer Center

A pressing concern with tattoos is infection. If you don’t take care of your fresh tattoo, bacteria could get in and contaminate your ink. That’s why it’s so important to take all the necessary aftercare steps to support your body’s healing process.

Red Ink Butterfly Tattoo @d.mension_tattoo

Another concern is an allergic reaction, with the most common allergy being to red tattoo ink.

“Allergy symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the reaction. Some are surface and can resolve themselves in a couple of days. Just like any other type of allergic reaction, if you’re vigilant and act quickly, you should be ok. If in doubt, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention,”

Authority Tattoo

One of the best ways to avoid any allergic reactions is to do a patch test before getting tatted. 

Crescent Moon And Bees Tattoo @__upazat_._ic

Myth #2: Tattoos Are Permanent 

This statement can be a bit misleading. When saying that a tattoo is permanent, you may think that your design will always look the same. Not the case. Tattoos fade over time due to your body breaking the ink down and sun exposure.

“Tattoos themselves are actually under two layers of skin, with the top acting as a filter between the pigment and the sun. However, the more sun exposure, the more colors will fade—regardless of how dark they started,”


This is why it’s essential to slather on the SPF whenever your tattoo is exposed to the elements.

Black Cat Tattoo @mustafaalakoc_

You can also get your tattoo removed. Laser tattoo removal is a common and effective way to do this. During the tattoo removal process, lasers heat up the ink, breaking it down into smaller particles so that your immune system can remove it easily.

It’s important to note that it may take several appointments to remove your tattoo, and results may differ. Some tattoos are easier to remove than others. Generally, dark blue and black inks are simpler to remove compared to red, orange, yellow, and white tattoo inks.

White Ink Wave Collarbone Tattoo @heim__tattoo

Myth #3: Getting Tattooed With White Ink Hurts More Than Black Ink

Inkaholic suggests that this myth comes from the fact that white ink is usually applied during the final stages of a tattoo.

“Chances are, the area of skin that’s already been tattooed is probably sensitive. By returning to that same spot to add more ink, the person being tattooed will probably feel extra pain.”

Different color ink is not what causes a tattoo to be painful. What really makes the process sore is the tattoo placement. Typically, areas of the body with fat and muscle have more cushioning and therefore hurt less compared with areas that have thin skin close to the bone. 

Mini Bow Tattoo @ye___ho

Myth #4: The More Ointment, The Better

When you leave the tattoo studio, your artist will give you a list of aftercare steps to support your body’s healing process. This will include washing and moisturizing your fresh ink.

You may have the urge to heap on the lotion to speed up the process, but this doesn’t actually help. Too much ointment can actually suffocate the skin. Letting your tattoo breathe is an essential part of the healing process. 

Fine Line Flower Tattoo @misterch_

Myth #5: Drinking Alcohol Before Getting Tatted With Decrease The Pain

Do not drink alcohol before your tattoo appointment. Alcohol thins the blood, so you’ll bleed a lot during the tattoo process, messing with the visibility of your tattoo artist, and causing problems with their ability to do their job.

Your tattoo artist may then need to redo lines making the appointment last longer and be more painful than needed. 

Being inebriated can also make it difficult for you to sit still during your appointment – not great tattoo etiquette. 

Stories & Ink adds that drinking after your tattoo appointment isn’t a good idea either.

“After getting tattooed, blood and plasma will usually leak from the tattoo to a certain extent, but after necking a few pints you might find yourself dripping a bit too much. It gets messy, and could again push ink out of your tattoo before it has settled properly, resulting in a faded result.”

Blue Ink Dragon Tattoo @novitski_ttt

Myth #6: Tattooed People Cannot Donate Blood 

This is only partly due. The FDA states that you should wait three months after getting tatted to give blood. This is because when you get tattooed, you’re opening your body up to bacteria and you’re more at risk of infection.

“If you’ve contracted a bloodborne illness, detectable antibodies will likely appear during this 3-month period,”


However, you may be able to give blood under three months in some states if you get your tattoo at a state-regulated tattoo shop.

‘Breathe’ Tattoo @stefano__mazza

Myth #7: You Can’t Get An MRI With A Tattoo 

An MRI is a scan that produces images of the structures inside the body using a large magnet and radio waves. This can be a prescribed procedure to diagnose some illnesses.

Tattoo inks used to contain certain metals that can cause a reaction during an MRI. Now that tattoo inks have improved over the years, there is very little risk of this.

However, you should still tell your doctor about your tattoos so that they can make an informed decision on whether an MRI is the best course of action. 

Waves And Sun Tiny Tattoo @farotattoomarbella

There are so many myths in our society regarding tattoos. This is why it’s so important to do your research to make sure about what’s true and what’s false.