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The Majesty Of Crown Tattoos: Meanings And Tattoo Ideas

Tiara Thigh Tattoo @jooa_tattoo

When you think of a crown or a tiara, most likely images of royalty and fantastic jewels will come to mind. However, while crowns used to be reserved for kings, queens, princes, and princesses, nowadays you can bring a touch of royalty to your body art with a crown tattoo.

A tattoo of a crown doesn’t just represent monarchies and the nobility, this choice of design can also mean power, strength, and victory. 

If you want to remind yourself that you’re the king or queen of your own story, a crown tattoo could be the perfect choice for you. 

Upper Arm Crown Tattoo @its_banzo

The Different Meanings Of Crown Tattoos

Power And Dignity 

For royalty and nobility, crowns are more about their office and station in life than the people who wear them. Crowns are often a symbol of dignity and the wearer’s ability to rule. Due to this, a crown tattoo can mean power and authority, and represent the power in the tattooee’s own life. 


Something that royalty did a lot back in the day when there were many kingdoms all over the world was invade others.

“Since the Antiquity period, crowns are also associated with a victory because they were worn by kings who often defeated other leaders and expanded their kingdoms,”

Alien’s Tattoo

So, a tattoo of a crown can represent overcoming challenges to become better and stronger. 

Crown And Lioness Tattoo @anni_b_tattoo


“Heavy is the head that wears the crown.”

This statement is from William Shakespeare’s Henry IV and refers to the burden and difficulties of being a leader. Being a leader isn’t all glitz and glamor! There are many challenges that come with this role. A crown tattoo can also, therefore, represent responsibility and bearing the burden of life with dignity. 

Leo Zodiac Sign

The lion is known as the ‘King of the Jungle’, and so a crown tattoo can be associated with Leo, the star sign known for its confidence and vitality.

“These traits resonate perfectly with the things the crown represents. Leos may favor a tattoo that reminds them to use these characteristics in a positive way,”

Authority Tattoo
Simple Crown Tattoo @dante_bside

Crown Tattoo Ideas 

There are a ton of different ways to design a crown tattoo, from a minimalistic crown with simple lines to a more detailed tattoo featuring different elements. However, with each design choice comes a different set of pros and cons to be aware of. 

Minimalist Crown Tattoo @timi_inlayerink

Simple Crown Tattoo

If you’re a fan of minimalist body art, you may want to opt for a small, simple crown tattoo with limited details. This can either be done as an outline with fine lines, or the silhouette of a crown done in one color of ink.

The simpler the tattoo, the more obvious mistakes are – the slightest bump can mess up the whole tattoo, whereas a bigger design and more details can offset any mistakes. Also, tiny tattoos can age badly,

“Tiny tattoos may look awesome in pictures when they are fresh, but the smaller the tattoo the greater your chances of it spreading over time and mushing together,”


One of the best ways to mitigate the chance of your tattoo blowing out or fading is to go to a professional tattoo artist. Employing the skills of a tattooist who is experienced in the type of design you’re looking for goes a long way toward an amazing end result.

Couple’s Tattoo Of Crowns @studiosixty7

Couple Crown Tattoos

A couple’s tattoo is a way to celebrate your love and cement your commitment to one another. There are many matching couple tattoos to consider, one being matching crown tattoos.

“The crown couple tattoo is perfect for a power couple. Inking king or queen symbols onto yourselves is a striking way to share and declare your love, and show the world the position your significant other occupies in your life. They can be customized to suit the couple, from adding extra elements, to choosing specific colors or adding words,”

Authority Tattoo

Of course, a couple’s tattoo comes with a big con – what happens if you two split up? Your tattoo doesn’t just have to be about the other person; a crown tattoo can stand by itself as a symbol of your own resilience if your relationship doesn’t make it.

Crown With Roses Tattoo @chloesmithtattoo

Crown With Roses Tattoo

A rose is a great addition to a crown tattoo for a number of reasons. One, it can incorporate a natural, flowing element into your crown tattoo design. Two, a rose has its own powerful meaning which can add to the symbolism of your crown tattoo.

“[A] red roses tattoo symbolizes deep, unquenchable love and passion… and are often seen as the most traditional, universal symbol of love. When it comes to tattoo designs, two red roses can symbolize the unity and love between two people, as well as the beauty of unity, togetherness, and passion,”

Saved Tattoo

If you want to add red ink to your rose tattoo, be aware that red ink can be perpetually itchy (even after your tattoo has healed) and cause allergic reactions.

Skull And Crown Tattoo @adam.tattoos

Crown With Skull Tattoo

To add a gothic or morbid element to your crown tattoo, adding a skull is a perfect choice. A skull and crown tattoo can represent death and the transience of power, as well as the idea of rebirth or transformation.

“The human skull tattoo generally represents death, the person wearing this tattoo usually uses it symbolize the fact that death does not scare them. It also reminds people that death is inevitable, therefore we should live always live life to the absolute fullest,”

Chronic Ink Tattoo
Jeweled Gold Crown Tattoo @studio_jaw

Jeweled Crown Tattoo

If you want to go a bit more detailed with your crown tattoo, you could add more meaning to your design by incorporating gemstones. Each gemstone has its own meaning. For example, rubies represent passion, protection, and wealth.

“Ancient warriors in Burma and China adorned their armor with the gem to provide protection in battle,”


Whereas white diamonds can symbolize mental clarity and strength. If you need some inspiration as to what gemstone to include in your crown tattoo design, explore your zodiac sign – each one has a dedicated precious stone. 

Crown And Lion Tattoo

Power, authority, and self-empowerment – these are all strong virtues that can be the best inspiration for tattoos. Crown tattoos incorporate these values and so much more.

Plus, a crown tattoo is versatile; add flowers, a skull, jewels, or a name to further personalize your tattoo to make it a more meaningful design.

10 Of The Biggest Tattoo Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Snake And Moon Tattoo @thxtlea

Tattoos are way more accepted in society now than a few decades ago. Many workplaces are fine with employees sporting ink. However, because of the rise in the popularity of tattoos and how easy it is to get inked, people can rush the process and make some pretty bad mistakes. 

If you are excited about getting a tattoo, here are the most common tattoo mistakes to avoid:

Tribal Hand Tattoo @yulytattoo

Not Doing Proper Research

You may see a design on Pinterest you love – this should not be the end of your tattoo research. Always do a deep dive into your chosen design! Symbols have deep meaning and you should know what an image or design represents before getting it permanently inked.

This is especially true with religious symbols and tribal tattoo designs.

“Most tribal tattoos come from cultural practices and rituals. Tattoo application and tattoo designs would be part of those ancient rituals. In many tribal situations, a person has to earn a tattoo in some way,”

Tatt Mag
Flower And Mandala Neck And Chest Tattoo @noomitattoo

If you want a meaningful tattoo, sometimes the best thing to do is create your own design. From ink colors and sizes to symbols that have significance to you, there is plenty to consider when designing a tattoo you’ll love.

Tip: Get a temporary version of your tattoo to see if you really want to get it permanently.

Colorful Fish Hip Tattoo @oneultattoo

Not Choosing A Professional Tattooist 

No matter what design or style you choose – even if you are getting a single-line minimalist tattoo – pick a professional tattoo artist who has experience in the type of tattoo you want.

Yes, professional tattoo artists with experience do charge more than someone who offers to tattoo you in their basement, but it is worth it.

Colorful Crescent Moon Tattoo @tendenzetattoo

Getting inked by a professional tattooist mitigates so many issues that could potentially come with tattoos, including tattoo blowout and infection.

Things to look for when choosing a tattoo artist:

  • Portfolios
  • A clean, well-maintained tattoo shop
  • The right equipment 
  • Good reviews

“Many people interview artists before a tattoo, so artists are accustomed to and comfortable with these discussions. Tattoo artists are also salespeople. They may say, ‘Great! Let’s set up an appointment!’ However, it is always okay to say that you are shopping around as long as you are respectful of the artist’s time,”

Tatt Ring
Mini Monstera Deliciosa Tattoo @pedromoyaj

Basing Your Tattoo On Trends

Trends come and go. A certain theme, design, or placement may be all over Pinterest and Instagram right now, but what looks cool today may not be the same in the future.

It is important to choose a design that has a significant meaning to you and that you’ll still love years down the road. Chasing trends in the tattoo world is not usually a fulfilling way to go. 

If you love the look of a certain design or trend, use it as a jumping off point. Ask yourself what you like about the design and research what it represents. From there you can adjust the design to make it more ‘you’.

Swords And Heart Forearm Tattoo @bimskaizoku

Not Thinking About Tattoo Placement

It is not all about design and style – placement is essential when getting a tattoo. It is important to consider how the design will look in different areas of your body. One way to do this is to draw your chosen tattoo on a piece of paper and move it around your body to see where it looks the best.

For example, if you want a large design, choosing areas like the forearm or shin will make the tattoo wrap around which can slightly distort the design. Whereas a small tattoo on a large area will result in a lot of negative space and may impact any future tattoos you may want to get in that area.

Mini Butterfly Shoulder Tattoo @fiszu_tattoo

“You have to choose a size which is not odd or inapt for the body part you want the tattoo on. So, a tiny tattoo on your back can be silly while a huge tattoo on your neck will just not have enough space for clear representation. So, think carefully about that because the size and placement matter a lot when it comes to the aesthetics of the tattoo design,”

The Tattoopedia

Have a conversation with your tattoo artist and be open to their suggestions – they will be able to advise where your design will look the best.

Then, you need to ask yourself how much you’ll want to hide your ink. Certain areas are on display all of the time – such as the hands and front of the neck. If you want to hide your tattoo often, narrow down placement options to areas that are easily covered by clothes. 

You are also going to want to take your pain threshold into account. Some areas are way more painful to get tattooed than others. Typically, the closer the skin is to the bone, and the less muscle and fat in an area, the more painful getting a tattoo there will be.

Tiger Arm Tattoo @rollinktattoostudio

Not Considering Long-Term Effects 

A tattoo is a permanent addition to your body, so you have got to think about how it will look as you age and go through body changes, and if it may negatively affect future job prospects.

“Your tattoo might move around a bit during weight loss. If your skin gets a bit loose during your weight loss, your tattoo might shift. If you are losing weight while also toning or building muscle, then your tattoo might find itself sculpted to your body in a different way,”

Hush Aesthetics
Death Moth Stomach Tattoo @exile_tattoo_club

Then, gaining weight can also be an issue. For example, if you get a hip tattoo or stomach tattoo, it may be distorted during pregnancy.

Falcon Forearm Tattoo @matt_hewittt

Ignoring Aftercare Instructions 

Getting a tattoo you’ll love for years has a lot to do with design, placement, and your chosen tattoo artist’s skills. But, a key factor for a great-looking tattoo that lasts is proper aftercare. It is essential that your tattoo heals correctly to avoid infection or damage to the design.

“Any time you open the skin, you leave yourself vulnerable to scarring and infections. Caring for your tattoo can prevent those complications and ensure that the tattoo heals properly. Both you and your tattoo artist play equal roles in this process,”

Faces Line Tattoo @dimitri_izi

A professional tattoo artist will ensure the equipment is properly sanitized and ready for use. When you get home, you have to wash your tattoo with sensitive skin soap three times a day, and moisturize afterward with fragrance-free and alcohol-free lotion.

Also, it is essential to stay out of lakes, hot tubs, and the ocean (they have a ton of bacteria) while your tattoo is healing, and to keep your fresh ink out of the sun. The UVA and UVB rays are damaging and can negatively impact the healing process.

Depending on the intricacy and size of your tattoo, the healing process takes anywhere from two to three weeks to a month. You know when your tattoo is healed when all the rough skin and scabs have disappeared, the area no longer feels itchy, and the skin is smooth.

Matching Minimalist Tattoos @prampramtattoo

Not Going To The Doctor When Your Tattoo Is Not Healing Properly

Fever, puss, and rashes are not part of the healing process. If you experience any of these symptoms, visit a doctor immediately; don’t stall and try any at-home remedies.

Also, if the swelling and redness don’t go down after a couple of days, these are also signs that your fresh tattoo needs to be looked at by a medical professional. 

Mermaid Tail Inner Arm Tattoo @beyondtatts

“To treat a tattoo infection, a healthcare provider must first know what type of pathogen is causing it. In the event that bacteria is causing the infection, antibiotics will be prescribed. The duration and strength of the antibiotic will highly depend on how far along the infection is and where it is infecting the body,”

Very Well Health

Prevention is better than cure! Follow your tattoo artist’s aftercare instructions and always wash your hands before touching your healing tattoo. Also, don’t rub your tattoo with towels or washcloths or scratch it – this can open it up to bacteria. 

Mini Star Tattoos @gracedoestattoos

Rushing To Get Your Tattoo Done 

Spontaneity may be something you love, but it does not have a place in the body art world. Remember, a tattoo is basically for life. Yes, you can get laser tattoo removal, but it is an expensive procedure and results aren’t always guaranteed.

It is essential to take your time when choosing a design – even a flash design. Rushing the process can lead to poor decision-making and regrettable results.

Pet Portrait Tattoo @lujuriatattoo

After your first tattoo, many people are eager to go under the needle again – tattoos can be addictive. However, it is important to give your body a chance to recover before getting inked again.

“After a tattoo, your body is fighting hard to heal and fight any infection from your open (tattoo) wound. So while your body art may look awesome on the outside, your inner body is probably craving a little time to rest and recoup in order to repair your damaged skin,”


So, you want to give yourself enough space to settle on a design you really love, give your body a chance to heal (if you have recently gotten a tattoo), and wait for your chosen tattoo artist to have availability (never settle for an artist who you are not 100% happy with). 

‘ART’ Chest Tattoo @georgemakestattoos

Getting A Tattoo While Under The Influence 

Never drink and get inked. You may be nervous and think you need a few drinks to calm your nerves, but this is not a good idea.

“A drunk person will always be a kind of a nuisance during the tattoo process – fidgeting, distracting, nodding off then jerking awake, aloof, changing their mind back and forth, too impulsive – those things are all non-ideal tattoo situations,”


Plus, alcohol thins your blood which leads to increased bleeding during your appointment. A lot of blood can decrease the visibility of your tattoo artist, meaning a longer and more painful tattoo experience. 

Detailed Fine Line Forearm Tattoo @inkxtreme_tattoo

Not Preparing Yourself Before Your Appointment 

Preparing for your tattoo begins long before you actually walk into a tattoo studio. 

“To best prep the skin, start by moisturizing the area for a couple of weeks prior to your appointment. Also be mindful to drink plenty of water and avoid anything that might irritate your skin,”

Mini Angel Wing Ankle Tattoo @mrs.tattoo_

Other than moisturizing your skin and drinking a lot of water, prepare for your appointment by eating a calorie-rich meal. Getting inked takes a lot out of you – it can increase your stress levels and bring on fatigue, plus it burns up calories. Eating a nutrient-dense meal can help keep your stamina high. 

Also, make sure you have a good night’s sleep before your tattoo appointment. The more tired you are, the more painful and uncomfortable your experience will be. 

Single Rose Collarbone Tattoo @tattooist_sodam

Getting a tattoo is a significant decision that requires proper research, consideration, and care.

By avoiding common tattoo mistakes – like not doing your research, focusing on trends, and not considering the long-term implications of getting inked –  you can ensure that your tattoo will be a beautiful, meaningful addition to your body that you’ll love for years to come.

Remember, a tattoo is permanent! So, take the time to make an informed decision, and choose a professional tattoo artist who can bring your design to life safely.

How To Capture Your Memories In Ink: Nostalgic Tattoo Ideas

Pacman Tattoo @youthless_

Nostalgia…The pleasant, yet slightly sad, feeling that comes over you when you think about the past. The neighborhood you grew up in, the cartoons that were the soundtrack to your Saturday mornings, the bike on which you used to ride up and down your street.

Sometimes even the smell of a particular scent can cause the memories to come streaming in. If you’re looking for a meaningful tattoo idea, you may want to dive a little deeper into those nostalgic feelings. 

Spongebob And Patrick Tattoo @briotattooink

But first, is nostalgia a positive emotion? 

According to a 2020 Journal of Personality and Social Psychology review, thinking back on positive memories is actually good for you.

“…nostalgia, practicing nostalgia, or the act of feeling nostalgic was more commonly linked to positive markers of health (like meaning in life, self-esteem, and optimism) than negative ones,”

Everyday Health
Childhood Toy Tattoo @akitt_vibe

As long as these nostalgic feelings don’t spiral into depression, they can boost your mood, be a reminder of how much you’ve grown as a person, and strengthen your bonds with family and friends. 

Here are some ideas on the route you can take with a nostalgia-inspired tattoo:

Lego Tattoo @mister_dot_tattoo

Your Favorite Childhood Toy

Did you have a teddy bear or action figure that accompanied you everywhere? Getting a tattoo of a childhood toy can evoke fond memories of your formative years and of simpler times.

From Lego figures to animal figurines and Slinkies, there really is no limit to this theme. Plus, depending on your chosen toy, you could opt for a big or small tattoo design.

However, before you set your heart on a particular design, placement, or size, chat with your chosen tattoo artist – they’ll be able to advise what will work best. 

Marie Cat Tattoo

Your Favorite Cartoon Character 

Remember when you were excited to wake up early on the weekend so that you could watch your favorite cartoon?

Thinking back to this can evoke powerful feelings, and can be a well of special memories to take body art inspiration from. From Snoopy to Stitch, you can choose between a singular tattoo of one character, or instead opt for a certain scene.

This will depend greatly on tattoo placement and how much detail you want to incorporate. Remember, the more detail in a tattoo design the more it will cost and the longer your tattoo appointment will be. 

Pokemon Tattoo @matsy__

Vintage Video Game Tattoo

A tattoo of a vintage video game like Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., or Tetris can be a reminder of afternoons in childhood whiling away the day trying to beat the high score. Tattoos with a video game theme can go many different ways:

From a full sleeve to a tiny wrist tattoo of your favorite video game’s logo. However, what a lot of video game tattoos have in common is color. Color tattoo ink is different from back tattoo ink, so getting a colorful tattoo needs to be treated a certain way.

“Colors tend to fade faster which can lead to your tattoo looking blurred…Black ink tends to fade more slowly, so it’s not as much of an issue,”

Excessive Art Tattooing

Don’t give up on your color tattoo just yet – getting tattooed with colorful ink just means your design may need more maintenance in the form of touch-ups as they fade.

For both black ink tattoos and colorful tattoos, it’s important to protect your ink from the sun with SPF to prevent your tattoo from fading fast. 

Script Hip Tattoo @justjaytattoo

Quote From A Book 

Did you read a book in your childhood that wasn’t just a book? Did you get so engulfed in the story that it continued to be at the top of your list of favorite books as you’ve grown up?

Words can have a profound impact on us, and this impact doesn’t necessarily lessen as we get older. When it comes to lettering tattoos, there is a lot to consider, even with a minimalist design.

From spelling and grammar to font style and size, take your time to make sure you get the best quote tattoo possible. Delicate, wispy tattoos are popular when it comes to quote tattoos, however, Tatt Mag points out,

“Delicate lines with longevity can be accomplished in tattooing, but you’ll have to consult with an artist on how your words flow together. If they’re too tight, they’ll be illegible one day.”

Pet Portrait Tattoo @mustafaalakoc_

Pet Memorial Tattoo

A tattoo of your childhood dog or cat can be a way to honor a beloved companion. If you’re thinking about getting a pet portrait tattoo, choose an image of your furry friend that is super clear. The clearer and more detailed the photo you have, the more your chosen tattoo artist has to work with.

Then, choose a tattooist who is well-versed in this tattoo style. A portrait tattoo requires attention to detail and other specific tattoo skills, so find a tattoo artist with enough professional experience in this style.

House Tattoo

Childhood Home Tattoo

The place you grew up might have a special place in your heart. If this is the case, you may consider a tattoo of your childhood home. If you want a detailed design, like with a pet portrait tattoo, find a clear and recognizable image for your tattoo artist.

However, you can also opt for an outline tattoo if you’re a fan of the minimalist aesthetic. Whether you want a detailed tattoo or an outline tattoo, placement is an important aspect to consider.

When it comes to placement, it’s essential to think about pain level, what area will actually work with your design, and how easily you want to be able to cover your ink.

Dog Portrait Tattoo @tattooist_siia

Nostalgic tattoos can be a beautiful way to honor your roots and memories. Whether it’s a tattoo of the place you grew up, a favorite video game, or a beloved pet, these tattoos allow you to carry a piece of your history with you. 

It’s important to take the time to carefully consider the image and placement of your nostalgic tattoo and find a skilled tattoo artist who can capture the spirit of what you want to remember. With the right approach, nostalgic tattoos can be a touching and meaningful tribute to your childhood.

Knee Tattoos 101: What You Need to Know Before You Get Inked

Spiderweb Knee Tattoo @melmagicworld

Knee tattoos are on the more uncommon side of tattoo placement choices for a number of reasons. Namely, they’re painful, the aftercare process can be a challenge, and they tend to fade faster than other placements.

That being said, people opt for knee tattoos precisely because it’s a unique placement, and it’s often the final piece of a full-leg tattoo.

If you’re thinking about getting a knee tattoo, there are a few things you should know in order to reduce the pain and look after your ink properly so that you end up with a tattoo you’ll love for years. 

Chrysanthemum Knee Tattoo

What Are Knee Tattoos?

Knee tattoos are tattoos that are placed on or around the knee area. This includes the kneecap, the back of the knee or knee ditch, and the sides of the knee. 

“The rounded shape suits a certain type of design, which can be a standalone or incorporated into a large leg piece. The knee is also a workable and adaptable location to be tattooed. Large or small designs will work well on this area,”

Saved Tattoo
Patchwork Leg Sleeve Tattoo @kellyannshuman

Are Knee Tattoos Painful?

Yes! The knee is one of the most painful spots to get inked. This is because the skin around the knee is super thin and contains a lot of nerve endings. The thinner the skin, the less fat and muscle in the area, and the more nerve endings, the more getting inked here will hurt.

When the tattoo machine goes on the knee cap, due to the lack of cushioning, tattooees can experience uncomfortable vibrations and sharp, intense pain sensations. 

Getting a knee ditch tattoo isn’t any less painful,

“The area behind your knees has loose, stretchy skin with many nerve endings. These characteristics make this area very sensitive to tattoo needles,”


Plus, the knee itself is a complex structure! The network of bones, ligaments, and tendons can be a challenge to tattoo evenly. This can add even more discomfort to the tattoo experience. 

Moth Side Of The Knee Tattoo @raitattoos

Can You Make Knee Tattoos Less Painful? 

Getting a tattoo is painful – you’re essentially getting wounded. However, there are a few things you can do to make getting a tattoo more comfortable. 

Firstly, go to an experienced tattoo artist, preferably one who is well-versed in doing knee tattoos. For a knee tattoo, your artist will need to work around the curves of the placement.

Also, as the skin around the knee is thin, there’s a higher chance of tattoo blowout (where the ink travels away from where it’s supposed to be). Going to a professional tattooist reduces this risk significantly.

Below The Knee Tattoo @l0l0tate.ttt

You may think that having a drink to dull the senses and calm your nerves is the way to go, but it’s really not.

“Alcohol is a blood thinner, which means you will bleed more and the ink won’t take as easily. This, along with constant drunken movements, will most likely cause the tattoo process to take longer as well as agitate the skin and may even cause the piece to not come out as cleanly or well-saturated as it could,”

Inked Mag

Leading up to your tattoo appointment, drink lots of water. Hydrated skin equals a better tattoo experience as your skin will take the ink better. 

Lastly, bring on the calories! Getting tattooed is actually a tiring experience that causes a lot of energy to get burned up. Eat a large, calorie-rich meal before your tattoo appointment to increase your stamina.  

Plant Side Of The Knee Tattoo @lucidtattoos_canada

Is Knee Tattoo Aftercare Difficult?

Yes, the knee tattoo healing process is tough because it’s a flexible spot that bends a lot. The bending and the folding of the skin makes the aftercare process a challenge as every knee movement stretches the scabbing skin and ink.

For the first few days, you’re going to want to avoid moving your knee, so get your tattoo when you’re able to take some time off of work. 

Other than that, you’ll want to:

Clean The Tattoo Regularly 

Your tattoo artist will likely wrap your fresh ink in a bandage or plastic wrap to protect the tattoo from bacteria and prevent it from rubbing against your clothes. When you take it off, use mild soap to wash off the plasma, then wash your tattoo around three times a day until fully healed.

Always wash your hands before dealing with your tattoo and never use a washcloth – a washcloth is too rough and can displace the ink.

Wolf Knee Tattoo @natelauerman

Moisturize The Tattoo

After washing your knee tattoo, moisturize with a fragrance-free lotion to prevent drying out and to help your tattoo heal. 

Don’t Irritate Your Fresh Tattoo

There are a few things that can irritate your tattoo and prolong the healing process. Avoid swimming, hot tubs, sunlight, and tight pants that can rub against the tattoo. 

Above The Knee Butterfly Tattoo

Avoid The Gym

The back of the knee is a high sweat area. Intense sweating can prolong the healing process and cause infections.

“…when your body starts sweating excessively, the ability to trap the ink is hampered, potentially leading to blurry or discolored tattoos…it’s best to avoid excessive workouts after getting a fresh tat. And you may want to steer clear of gyms until your tattoo has healed as equipment can harbor bacteria,”

Stories & Ink

Be patient and follow your tattoo artist’s instructions. When you do, the healing process is quicker, you avoid infections, and the finished product looks amazing. 

Skeleton Hands Knee Tattoo @ruthredtattoo

Do Knee Tattoos Fade Fast? 

High-motion areas are prone to rapid fading, so knee tattoos do tend to fade faster than other areas. The constant bending and stretching of the skin around the knee can not only impact the healing process but also how your tattoo ages.

“…knees are constantly in motion and tattoos on this body part need thick lines and fully saturated color to stand the tests of time,”

Inked Mag

Besides opting for a bold tattoo design to avoid your knee tattoo from fading fast, there are a few other things you can do to keep your knee tattoo crisp:

  1. Follow aftercare instructions.
  2. Always put SPF on your healed tattoo to avoid the sun’s rays from aging your ink. 
  3. Make hydration and moisturizing part of your routine. Hydrated, moisturized skin holds tattoo ink better. 
Knee Ditch Tattoo @captainkattats

Despite their location on a joint that is constantly in motion, knee tattoos can be a unique and eye-catching body art choice.

Make sure you choose a skilled, professional tattooist – they’ll be able to help you design a tattoo that not only looks great on paper but can work well with this unconventional placement. 

Think Before You Ink: What You Need To Know About Elbow Tattoos

Mandala Elbow Tattoo @tommbirchtattoo

When it comes to the most to least painful spots to get tattooed, elbows are pretty high up there on the pain scale. However, just because a placement hurts, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your dream tattoo.

If you’re thinking about getting an elbow tattoo – whether it be an elbow joint tattoo or an elbow ditch tattoo – there are a few things you need to know to have the best tattoo experience possible and end up with an inking you’ll love for years to come. 

Blackwork Sun Elbow Tattoo @ritacorceiro

Why Do Elbow Tattoos Hurt? 

Tattoos placed on or around the elbow joint of the arm are considered to be elbow tattoos. This includes tattoo designs that wrap around the elbow, cover the entire joint, or are placed on the inner elbow (also known as a ditch tattoo).

If you’re considering getting a sleeve tattoo, an elbow tattoo will be part of the overall design.

So, why is this placement so painful for many people? It’s because of the lack of fat and muscle in the elbow area, which means that the skin is very thin and close to the bone.

“Vibrations caused by tattooing over bone can cause high to severe pain,”


In areas like this, there is less cushioning to absorb the impact of the tattoo needle. This can make the tattooing process more uncomfortable than other areas of the body with more fat and muscle, such as the forearm or thigh.

Elbow Flower Tattoo @whimsical.walnut

Do Elbow Tattoos Last? 

Tattoos are permanent. However, over the years tattoo ink does fade and your design looks less crisp, and some tattoo placements fade faster than others. 

There are many factors that contribute to a tattoo fading: The sun, the quality of the tattoo ink used, the experience of your chosen tattoo artist, and friction. 

Before you get your tattoo, do your research and choose an artist who is well-versed in creating elbow tattoos and someone who is an experienced professional. People often consider getting tattooed by an amateur at their home in order to save money, but it’s often not worth it.

“With high-quality ink, the tattoo artist can create a design that lasts for decades or more. The professional tattoo artists follow strict standards when it comes to how the skin is prepared for your new ink. Through an apprenticeship under a licensed artist, they learn how to properly apply this ink into your skin. These standards reduce the risk of infection or other complications occurring during the process,”

The Mad Tatter

Next, friction. Tattoos on the skin that are always rubbing against other areas or clothes will fade fast. You’re constantly bending your elbows and leaning against things which will impact how long your elbow tattoo will last and can make the aftercare process tricky. 

Jaws Elbow Tattoo @wiz_tattoo

Elbow Tattoo Aftercare 

The healing process for elbow tattoos can be more difficult than for other areas of the body because of the constant bending and movement of the joint. 

“Elbow tattoos take longer than most tattoos to heal because of the location. Expect some pretty serious swelling and lack of mobility for a few days. These tattoos seem to hurt more as they heal simply because they are on a part of your body that inevitably has to move, which keeps irritating it,”

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In order to help your elbow tattoo heal as well and as quickly as possible, you’ve got to limit your arm movements. So, you may need to take some time off work – at least for the first week – so that you can stay still and let your new tattoo breathe. 

Butterfly Side Elbow Tattoo @jonesthepilot

Then, you may need to change the way you sleep. Ink Art By Kate advises,

“It is recommended that you do not rest on the side of the tattooed arm. It is also recommended that you do not sleep with your inner elbow touching any material, as this could also cause irritation and cause your tattoo to take longer to heal.”

Besides this, it’s important to wash your fresh ink three times a day with sensitive skin, antibacterial soap, moisturize your tattoo with fragrance-free lotion, uncover your tattoo to let it breathe, and not pick the scabs that form. 

It’s essential to follow the proper aftercare instructions your tattoo artist gives you to avoid infection and ensure the best possible outcome for your tattoo.

4 Elbow Tattoo Ideas 

Popular designs for elbow tattoos include mandalas, roses, jaws, and tribal designs as they can move well with the elbow joint without completely distorting the image.

Elbow Mandala Tattoo @edgarwildtattoo

1. Mandala Elbow Tattoo

A mandala is a beautifully balanced symbol created by different shapes that piece together to create a circular image. This geometric tattoo choice has roots in religions, as Byrdie explains,

“In Hinduism, for example, it’s often embedded in prayer and meditation rooms, as it’s connected to focus. In Buddhism, mandalas symbolize the balance of body and mind. Even in Christianity, mandalas are often incorporated into artwork within churches.”

Color Rose Elbow Tattoo @john_lyon_tattoos

2. Rose Elbow Tattoo

The shape of a rose can be easily adapted to fit the unique contours of the elbow. For example, the stem can curve around the joint, while the flower can be placed on either the ditch or the outer side of the elbow.

A rose tattoo can also be combined with other design elements like thorns, leaves, or other flowers to create a personalized tattoo that relates to your life and experiences. Plus, a rose tattoo is deeply meaningful.

“While a bouquet of roses can represent multiple people, a single red rose usually depicts an individual person, relationship, or sacrifice,”

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Shark Jaws Elbow Tattoo

3. Jaws Elbow Tattoo

To avoid the tattoo needle on the actual elbow joint, you could get inked above and below the elbow with the ball joint in the center. One of the best designs for this tattoo style is a shark jaw.

“Sharks’ sharp teeth and an open jaw can represent aggression and pain,”

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A shark tattoo, in general, symbolizes determination and an unwillingness to be a victim. An elbow tattoo of a shark’s jaw can mean overcoming fear and pain.

Tribal Sleeve Tattoo @tattoogian_studio

4. Tribal Elbow Tattoo

Tribal tattoo designs are versatile and a beautiful way to celebrate your culture and ancestry.

Commonly, tribal designs feature strong lines and little to no shading. The black ink contrasting with negative space creates an interesting design that’s full of meaning.

The elbow’s unique contours can take a tribal tattoo to the next level, as the pattern can be adapted to follow the curves of the joint and create a wrap elbow tattoo.

Red Ink Eye Tattoo @fannydxtattoo

Yes, elbow tattoos can be a challenge! However, because of this area’s unique contours, it can be an interesting and unique way to express yourself.

Choose an experienced tattooist and customize your design to work with the elbow joint for a tattoo that can be a long-lasting expression of your style.

The Ink Of Sailors: Exploring Nautical Tattoo Designs

Stone Compass Tattoo @mrjayphoenix

The art of tattooing has made a mark on cultures and societies across the world for centuries. One sub-culture and profession that developed its own style of tattooing – that is still popular design inspiration in this day and age – is maritime life and sailors.

Nautical tattoos were created in response to life at sea in the 17th century and typically include images of sea creatures, boats, anchors, compasses, and other nautical elements. Nautical tattoos have a rich history, and many of the designs are steeped in mysticism and meaning.

Old School Sailor Tattoo @pablosinalma

When Did Nautical Tattoos Develop? 

Before planes, the only way to travel to far-distant continents was by boat. When Captain James Cook and his fellow sailors traversed the oceans, they met Polynesian tribes and were introduced to the art of tattooing. 

“These sailors wanted to bring back a record of this style of tattooing, and there’s no way to take a tattoo home except in your skin…Aboard a ship, you don’t have much room to carry fancy souvenirs, so you end up getting tattoos as travel marks,”

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By the time the late 18th century rolled around, navy records showed that around one-third of British and a fifth of American sailors had at least one tattoo.

Popular Nautical Tattoos And Their Meanings

As the decades went on, sailors developed their own specific style of tattooing that represented their trials and triumphs. Not only that, but tattoos fed into many superstitious beliefs about life onboard a ship, so some tattoos were also seen as a way of protecting oneself from the dangers of the ocean. 

A pioneer of sailor tattoos – which is also known as the traditional American style – was a man named Sailor Jerry.

He was an American who traveled around the country developing his tattoo style. He went on to the navy, and, after World War Two, opened his own tattoo shop in Hawaii where he focused on sailor tattoos. 

In the 19th century, these tattoos developed bold, simple designs with thick black outlines and saturated color palettes. Sailor tattoos are perfect for those looking for eye-catching, masculine tattoo designs. 

Anchor Tattoo @metz.tattooer

Anchor Tattoo

An anchor is a symbol of stability and security, as this is what was used to secure ships.

“In the navy, sailors get an anchor tattoo after successfully crossing and returning across the Atlantic Ocean,”

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Something that often accompanies an anchor tattoo is a banner with a loved one’s name, such as a partner’s name or “Mom” or “Dad”. This can be done as a reminder of the person who is keeping you grounded among the treacherous waters of life.

Shark And Anchor Tattoo @danoitattoos

Shark Tattoo

There are scary things in the ocean, one being sharks. These kings of the deep seem to have a calm yet deadly demeanor.

“Sharks have no natural predators (much like the lion as being ‘king’ of the jungle) and tattoos of them can represent an unwillingness to be victimized or intimidated by others. As an animal they are quite emotionless and steely yet always seemingly maintain their sense of calm and determination,”

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Pinup Mermaid Tattoo @paola.fdz

Mermaid Tattoo

The mythical mermaid is a popular theme in the sailor body art world. A sailor mermaid tattoo is often done in a pinup style with exaggerated feminine features.

“Pin-up girls represent the ideal and extremes of femininity – from maidenly perfection to vixen-ish temptation. The woman inked on a sailor’s arm would be the only feminine form he would see for months,”

Sailor Jerry

Mermaids were believed to be beautiful half-women who could lure sailors to their death. So, a mermaid tattoo can be a symbol of both the beauty and danger of the sea.

Swallow Tattoo @z9_ttt

Swallow Tattoo

A swallow tattoo is what’s known as a ‘milestone tattoo’ in the sailor world. Each swallow represents 5,000 nautical miles traveled.

“…sailors would get the swallow inked to commemorate the distance they had traveled across the seas and as a talisman for safe travels. The sailors would get tattoos of swallows with the belief that it would help them return home safe, just as the swallows do every year,”

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Nautical Star Tattoos @_karin_tattoo

Nautical Stars

Also known as a compass star or compass rose, a nautical star is one of the most popular traditional sailor tattoos. This star is five-pointed with alternating light and dark shading.

The nautical star was commonly used by sailors as a navigational tool to help them chart a course through the sea. It is also considered a symbol of good luck and safe travels, so it was often placed on the exterior of a ship to guide sailors to safety.

“The folklore says these tattoos would ensure safe passage of the sailors despite angry seas, and rough weather conditions. Following this, nautical stars came to be symbols of hope for those back home, who in their quiet abodes prayed for the safe return of the beloved sailors,”

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Ship’s Wheel Tattoo @noelhodsontattoo

Ship’s Wheel Tattoo 

Of course, one of the most important aspects of a ship is its wheel – it guides the ship and steers it out of dangerous territory. It is a popular and deeply meaningful symbol in maritime life and body art.

“The ship’s wheel can represent someone trying to find their way through the rough seas that we call ‘life’. It reminds the wearer that we all must choose a path, right or wrong, through unseen dangers while at the mercy of mighty forces out of our control,”

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Anchor And Rose Tattoo @saintbilltattoo

Sailor tattoos are no longer exclusively for people whose lives are spent on the water. The meanings behind these tattoos can relate to so many facets and complexities of life. It’s little wonder why so many people relate to nautical tattoos and their symbolism.