Floral sternum/underboob tattoo by Doy underboob floral flower sternum

15 Typical Tattoos With A Cool Twist

Stand out among the rest with some cool tweaks to popular tattoo designs. You'll never look at an infinity tattoo the same way again.

Xavier in Tattoo Ideas

It seems like everybody wants the same tattoos these days. It's just so easy to take a picture off the internet, print it, then bring it to a tattoo artist who would be more than happy to trace it and get you on a chair. That's usually how it works. And it's not really a crime unless you want an exact copy of a custom work—totally not cool. But as mindsets toward tattoos are shifting, people tend to deviate and look into getting custom designs that they can call theirs. Here are some examples of the tattoos your coworker may have but with a twist!

15. Tree

Full-body tree tattoo by Cy Wilson blackandgrey tree fullbody
Full-body tree tattoo by Cy Wilson #blackandgrey #tree #fullbody

It's go big or go home for this guy. That's definitely true for some tattoos, to be honest.

14. Minimalist design

Minimalist contemporary art style tattoo by Rit Kit minimalist contemporaryart
Minimalist contemporary art style tattoo by Rit Kit #minimalist #contemporaryart

Everybody seems to be getting line tattoos and black arm bands these days. Rit Kit took a bold vertical line in and filled that in with gorgeous gradients and defining details.

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13. Animal tattoo

Panda tattoo by Viktor Westberg panda animal
Panda tattoo by Viktor Westberg #panda #animal

12. Microtattoo

Microtattoo by Mentat Gamze microtattoo geometric micro mentatgamze
Microtattoo by Mentat Gamze #microtattoo #geometric #micro #mentatgamze

You'd be surprised at how much you can squeeze in a microtattoo. Get the regular touch-ups at the ready!

11. Wu-Tang

Wutang tattoo by Bac Gleb bacgleb Wutang blackwork tattoo
Wutang tattoo by Bac Gleb #bacgleb #Wutang #blackwork tattoo

10. Disney characters

3D effect Disney Bambi style by Mini Lau Bambi Disney MiniLau 3D
3D effect #Disney #Bambi style by Mini Lau #Bambi #Disney #MiniLau #3D

Hong Kong-based tattoo artist Mini Lau went 3D-cool with this anaglyph style tattoo of Disney sweetheart, Bambi.

9. Heart

Heart tattoo by Violette Chabanon heart blackwork
Heart tattoo by Violette Chabanon #heart #blackwork

8. Anchor

Single line anchor by Mo Ganji singleline style anchor tattoo moganji
Single line anchor by Mo Ganji #singleline style #anchor tattoo #moganji

The popular anchor tattoo is almost unrecognizable in this piece by single line tattoo artist, Mo Ganji.

7. Ear tattoos

Ear microtattoo by Doy microtattoo ear flower doy
Ear microtattoo by Doy #microtattoo #ear #flower #doy

Ear tattoos are easy places that are difficult to nail. Some tattoo artists make the mistake of using lines that are too bold, making the microtattoo designs look too awkward for such a small area. Tattooist Doy does it right with a subtle, long-stemmed flower

6. Underboob

Floral sternum/underboob tattoo by Doy underboob floral flower sternum
Floral sternum/underboob tattoo by Doy #underboob #floral #flower #sternum

Some might claim that the underboob is the new tramp stamp. We beg to differ. But if you'd really like to keep what's under your shirt original, then you gotta get a bit creative and see what works according to your cup size.

5. Pointillism pieces

Pointillism style horse by Resul Odabas pointillism horse
Pointillism style horse by Resul Odabas #pointillism #horse

Step up your dotwork game a bit with hyperrealistic/3D pointillism pieces. Shading is the key.

4. Skull

Skull by Ondrash skull color stippled ondrash
Skull by Ondrash #skull #color #stippled #ondrash

Ondrash played up the good ol' skull tattoo with a stippled effect and a fray of colors.

3. Pin-up

Cujo pin-up style tattoo by Michael J pinup blackwork lady
Cujo pin-up style tattoo by Michael J #pinup #blackwork #lady

If you're not into oversexualized pinup tattoos that's all steam and no heat, get your artist to add more dimension to your pinup lady.

2. Full-on blackwork

Blackwork by Balazs Bercsenyi dotwork blackwork armband
Blackwork by Balazs Bercsenyi #dotwork #blackwork #armband

Skilled blackwork artist Balazs Bercsenyi settled for a fade blackwork half-sleeve with the use of lithe pointillism techniques and a classy straight-line cut through all that negative space.

1. Infinity Tattoo

Infinity tattoo by Hongdam infinity hongdam southkorean korean
Infinity tattoo by Hongdam #infinity #hongdam #southkorean #korean

South Korean tattooer Hongdam did a swell job on the hate-targetted infinity tattoo by incorporating modern art-inspired elements in it, maintaining its simplicity yet upping the impact.

Xavier

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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