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Tattoo Ideas: Popular Tattoo Ideas for Men and Women


How about exploring some fresh tattoo ideas? Before we dive in, let’s clarify: tattoos are not gender-specific. Whether you’re a 6-foot-8, 350-pound hairy dude who desires a butterfly lower back tattoo, go for it. There’s no rule saying you can’t embrace such tattoo ideas. In fact, many would be intrigued to see such bold tattoo ideas in action. While it’s true that certain tattoo ideas are more commonly seen on either men or women, this shouldn’t limit your choices.

If you’re fresh out of tattoo ideas, or just need a list for inspiration, we’ve got some exciting tattoo ideas below. Let’s kick things off with some suggestions for the ladies.


  • FLORAL PIECES: Whether you get a colorful floral piece, or a mournful black & grey rose, you can’t go wrong with a well done floral tattoo.
  • WATERCOLOR: When done by a skilled artist, watercolor tattoos are both eye-catching and a good conversation starter.
  • BUTTERFLIES: Realistic, artistic, illustrative, watercolor, 3-D and so on, a butterfly tattoo is a great choice.
  • FINE-LINE: A delicate fine line tattoo is a great idea for a first-timer who is still feeling out the world of tattoos. However, they’re also great for someone who’s been getting tattooed for years.
  • MINIMALIST: Like a fine line tattoo, minimalist tattoos are also great for people new to tattoos, or people that want a tattoo but don’t want anything that’s too bold.
  • ANIME: Anime tattoos are a fun way to express your love of Japanese animation, the style and the characters.
  • FUN: A small friendly ladybug, Pooh bear, a simple emoji, what have you, can be a great way to express yourself.
  • MATCHING/FRIENDSHIP: You and your closest friend(s) can decide on a design idea and have your artist give you the same thing. You can also get a variation of the same thing, or put them in a different location, so that you aren’t exactly the same.
  • DELICATE/SMALL: A small and delicate tattoo is great for someone that wants something done, but subtle.
  • MANDALA: Mandala’s are beautiful and intricate, much like you ladies.
  • LOCATIONS: A good spot could be on the forearm, wrist, upper arm, upper back and ankle.


  • NORSE: Whether you want a Nordic style band, or the portrait of Odin, a good Norse tattoo can look great.
  • ARM BAND: Arm bands can be of practically anything. Go old school 90’s and “tribal” or barbed wire. Or go something more unique, something nobody has seen before.

  • FULL SLEEVE: If you plan out a good concept to share with your artist, with time and a little pain, a great sleeve can be striking.
  • BIO-MECH: A good bio-mechanical tattoo can be many possibilities. HR Geiger inspired, or something completely different, bio-mech pieces look awesome when done by the right artist.

  • TRASH POLKA: The seeming chaos behind these clever tattoos actually have intricate meaning behind each little image, tying the whole thing together.
  • DARK ART: Dark art tattoos are often impressive and unique, since an artist can create something completely new for you.
  • AMERICAN TRADITIONAL/NEO-TRADITIONAL: A classic American Traditional tattoo, or the updated version of the style, Neo-Traditional, are always a great choice for someone that wants old school.
  • NATURE SCENE: A mountain or forest scene, animals like wolves, bears, deer look great, especially in a larger scale like a full upper arm piece or a sleeve.
  • LOCATIONS: A good spot for a new tattoo, if you have the space available, would be shoulder/upper arm, forearm, chest/pectoral.

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If you’re looking for a new tattoo, go with an award winning tattoo shop with some of Utah’s best tattoo artists. And if you still aren’t sure what tattoo you want, we can help guide you through the process, helping you think of tattoo ideas and designing them for you. Schedule a consultation today!

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