Just like everything else, tattoo trends come and go over the years.
While many people pick designs and words that mean something to them, others stick to the most stylish on offer.
Dolphins, tribal symbols, and stars on your feet have all had their moment in the spotlight – but what are the new emerging trends?
The experts at Tattoodo, the world’s largest tattoo community, have put together a list of the 10 most popular styles of 2019 so far based on their 6.6m members.
Co-founder Ami James, who also stars on Miami Ink, said: “The main styles – American traditional, Japanese style, black & grey, Polynesian style, and so on – those are timeless.
“They’ve been around forever and they will continue to be around forever. But there are also styles that will keep evolving every year, just like art on the wall does.”
“These days, the viral effect of social media can launch a crazy looking tattoo to the mainstream, but this might not take into account the quality of the art or whether this tattoo will even last more than a couple years.”
Minimalist tattoos are perfect for powerful, but sophisticated, statements.
Using fine line details, geometric shapes, or illustrative icons, Minimalist tattoos may be simple, but they are often marvelous.
Justine Morrow, social producer at Tattoodo, says “As tattoos become more popular, and more accepted in mainstream culture, things like geometric or minimal/small tattoos will always be something people can appreciate.
“As for minimal tattoo or small tattoos, these pieces are something that are easily hidden for people that really appreciate the art form, but aren’t as noticeable as a full sleeve.”
This particular use of geometry focuses on patterns and shapes found in the natural world, with ties to the fascinating symbolism of sacred geometry.
The geometric style is a broad term, covering a range of interpretations by tattoo artists around the world.
Justine adds: “Geometric tattoos are beautiful, they’re based in sacred geometry which has symbolic meaning that we can trace back hundreds of years.”
Tā moko is the permanent marking of the face and body as traditionally practiced by Māori, our friends across The Ditch.
Many artists across the globe continue this incredible tradition through Neo-Tribal tattooing.
Japanese tattooing, Irezumi, has a history that reaches thousands of years into human history.
Dragons, cherry blossoms, and giant koi are only scratching the imaginative surface of this awe-inspiring aesthetic.
Iconic and full of meaning, flower tattoos are perfect for all occasions.
Whether embracing the love of beauty or memorializing a loved one, flower tattoos also vary greatly in meaning depending on the color or type of bloom.
Although they may have gotten a bad wrap in the past due to societal standards, hand tattoos are now becoming more acceptable in the mainstream.
A stand out spot, artists are taking hand tattoos to new levels of unique creativity.
More than a trend, but rather a time-honored practice like Japanese or Maori, Traditional tattoos are a mainstay within tattoo culture.
Beginning, mainly, with sailors and soldiers of the American military, Traditional tattooing is bright, bold, and iconic.
Mandala tattoos are sacred symbols in a number of spiritual practices including Hinduism and Buddhism.
Pieces that use the Mandala as a design element can often be found in the styles of sacred geometry, floral, illustrative, and much more.
Black and Grey
Black and grey tattoos may include aesthetics like Realism, or Illustrative, but the essence lies within the shades.
This tonal value create a special depth to every tattoo using black and grey ink.