Tattoo Ideas For Different Personality Types

Small Tattoo @unth_ink_able

Are you struggling with the question: “What tattoo should I get?” It’s a decision that can cause some overwhelm, because there are so many different themes and tattoo styles out there to choose from. 

Do you go for a minimalistic black design that fits on your ankle and can be easily covered up? Or, a big bold portrait that captures attention? What about color? Should you forgo the black ink completely and get a red ink tattoo or a completely white tattoo?

No matter what you choose, there will probably be pros and cons. So, why not base your decision on your personality type?

This way, you’re choosing a tattoo that represents exactly what makes you, you. 

Are You Type A? 

Type A people are high achievers that are outgoing, ambitious, and organized. They love ticking things off of a list. However, on the other side of this coin, they can also be anxious, competitive, and impatient. 

If this sounds like you, a super logical tattoo that pays tribute to your love of order could be the perfect choice. Think of a Roman numerals tattoo – it’s a classic design that has stood the test of time. Plus, it can remind you of a particularly important date in your life. 

Roman Numerals Tattoo @_swimmingtiger_

If you feel shackled by your Type A personality and are looking for an inked reminder to let your hair down and skip the rigid schedule every once in a while, an empowering or well-being focused design could be for you. 

A tattoo of the word “Breathe”, for example, can be a reminder to step back from being constantly busy to simply be. 

If your competitive attitude makes you feel like your worth is linked to your successes and your failures, a semi colon tattoo can be a reminder that life goes on. A failure isn’t the end. 

Breathe Tattoo @backtobasicstattoo

Are You A Creative? 

You love forging your own path and letting your creativity lead the way. You love thinking outside of the box, so you don’t want your tattoo to be restrained and colored within the lines. 

If this sounds like you, consider a watercolor tattoo design

Watercolor is a style of tattooing that involves color that brings the design to life. This can make flowers look more realistic, or take an abstract tattoo to another level. 

Watercolor Rose Tattoo @tattooist_byulha

However, the colors aren’t too saturated like in traditional tattoos; instead, it’s all about subtlety. 

The colors are placed in such a way as to create subtle color gradients and gradual fades. This technique makes the tattoo take on characteristics of watercolor paintings. 

There are tons of options when it comes to this style. You could have splashes of color on a black outline to add more structure to your tattoo. Or, your whole tattoo can be gradients of watercolors. 

Anchor Watercolor Tattoo @lacristi_tattooist

Would You Describe Yourself As A Minimalist?

During around 2016, minimalism as a lifestyle started trending. 

Before the term “minimalism” referred to Marie Kondo-ing your house to the max and reducing your possessions to the bare minimum, Minimalism was an artistic movement in the 1960s. 

From art, to homes, to tattoos. 

Minimalist tattoos are a trend that doesn’t seem to be going out of vogue any time soon. 

Just like minimalism aims to reduce the clutter in homes, a minimalist tattoo sticks to the bare minimum of design. 

Minimalist Tattoo @sara.commodi

“Minimalist tattoos use crisp black or colored lines, negative space, and sparse color palettes, conveying a design that is both clean and simple. These tattoos can range from expensive to small but the point being made from these rather elegant tattoos determines its impact and overall design.”

Chosen Art Tattoo

So, just because a tattoo is simplistic in design, it doesn’t mean it won’t make an impact.

For more on minimalist tattoos, click here.

Do You Prefer To Not Be The Center Of Attention?

For introverts who’d rather not have their tattoo on display for people to gawk at and ask questions about, the subtler the better. 

Tiny tattoos are great, but you can go even more under the radar with white ink tattoos. This tattoo style leaves black ink out of the equation completely. The result is almost a ghost of a tattoo. 

White Snake Tattoo @bedtattoos

“White ink will appear differently on different skin types – brighter on darker skin and much more subtle on pale skin – and white ink is actually thicker than traditional black or colored ink, so make sure the artist you choose is also familiar with how to properly apply the ink in general and on your specific skin color,”


For more on white ink tattoos and to get inspired by white ink tattoo designs, click here.

Do You Have Green Fingers?

Were you already watering your plants religiously and keeping herbs alive in your kitchen long before the whole trend of getting a ton of house plants started? 

If you love nature, a botanical tattoo could be your ideal body art choice. 

Monstera Plant Tattoo @tavi_tattoo

From outlines of ferns, to brightly colored wildflowers, there are many routes to go with this tattoo theme. Plus, you could go big with a full sleeve, or dial things down with a mini floral tattoo

Different flowers have different meanings attached to them. Carnations are the birth flower of January (Capricorn or Aquarius, anyone?), while dandelions represent faithfulness and happiness. 

Carnation Tattoo @ainoholopainen

One of the most popular flowers to get tattooed is the rose.

“Common for good reason, roses symbolize love, desire, and secrecy or confidentiality. When choosing colors, while the red rose is most common for love and lust, white roses mean purity and innocence, as well as new beginnings,”

Inked Mag

Is Your Pet Part Of Your Personality? 

Pets get a special place in our hearts. Having a furry companion (or even scaly for those of you who prefer fish and reptiles) can bring so much joy and love into our lives. 

If this rings true for you and you’re thinking about your pet as you’re reading this, paying tribute to them with ink could result in a tattoo you’ll never get tired of. 

From paw prints and the outline of your dog’s ears to a full realistic portrait, there are many ways to approach a pet tattoo.

Dog Portrait Tattoo @tattooist_nanci

Getting a tattoo is a big decision to make. Think about what makes you and your life unique for a design that will have special significance to you for years to come.

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