Love Life Feather Infinity Sign
An infinity sign has one of its straight lines replaced with a feather and the words love and life are spelled out in the black outline. The piece is done in black, gray, and white ink and is located on the wearer’s left forearm.
Origami Swan Wrist Tattoo
This tattoo, located on the wearer’s left wrist, creates the image of an origami swan by using bold, black outlines.
Winged Ankles: an Ode to Hermes
This black and gray tattoo depicts a wing above the wearer’s right ankle bone. The piece is textured with black dots and is an ode to the mythological Greek messenger god Hermes.
Black Unicorn Silhouette
This piece, located above the wearer’s left thumb knuckles, depicts a blacked out silhouette of a unicorn.
Tribal Sun Back Tattoo
A tribal sun is depicted in black ink on the wearer’s left shoulder blade. Unlike a traditional tribal sun the sun-rays of the piece are not filled in but are instead created using only outlines.
Foot Mandala and Feather
These tattoos, illustrated on the wearer’s feet, depict a black mandala and a feather attached to an anklet on the wearer’s right and left foot, respectively.
Booty Question Mark
I don’t know why this woman’s butt is so inquisitive. But this tattoo depicts a blacked-out question mark on the wearer’s right butt cheek. For those of you with puzzled posteriors, take notes.
King and Queen Chess Pieces
This couples tattoo, depicting a king and queen chess piece on the wearer’s forearms, is created using black and gray ink. The artist utilized shading to give the chess pieces the effect of reflecting light.
“May the Force be with You” Back Tattoo
At this point we are almost all familiar with the Science-Fiction blockbuster franchise, Star Wars. Here we see what is arguably the franchise’s most memorable tagline, “May the Force be with You,” tattooed at the base of the wearer’s neck. The quote tapers towards the top and has three white lines cutting through the word, “You,” in homage to the franchise’s famous introductory scene that scrolls an explanatory back-story.
Equality Arm Tattoos
Here we see a trio of equal signs tattooed on two wearer’s wrists and one wearer’s forearm. The forearm tattoo is embellished with a heart while one of the wrist tattoos pink instead of black. The equal sign represents ultimate equality among all people.
Ash and Pikachu Ankle Tattoo
The two most memorable characters of the Pokemon franchise are inked just above the wearer’s inside left ankle bone. The characters are rendered in their 8-bit portrayals made famous by the franchises slew of Game Boy Color games.
Sitting Baby Elephant Ankle Tattoo
An adorable elephant is depicted sitting down with its head pointed upward in this tattoo. The piece is created using black outlines near the heel of the wearer’s left foot.
Burning Candle Hand Tattoo
This traditionally styled and colored tattoo, depicted on the wearer’s hand, shows a candle melting as it burns inside of a gold candle holder.
Mandala Back Tattoo
A black mandala is depicted in the center of the wearer’s back between the wearer’s shoulder blades.
Black Dot Ribbon Wrist Tattoo
A ribbon comprised of black dots is inked onto the wearer’s left wrist in this tattoo.
Sitting Elephant in Color
This very familiar image, depicts the sitting elephant we saw earlier with shading throughout the elephant and a blue and purple smear of watercolor in the background. I think the piece looks better in color because it better defines the image and adds depth to the tattoo.
Jason’s Heartbeat Couples Tattoo
Here we have a set of couples tattoos. The tattoo on the wearer’s chest reads, “Jason, and shows the heartbeat line commonly seen on EKG machines. The tattoo on the other wearer’s wrist is nearly identical except for the addition of a birthday of May 31st 2015.
King and Queen of Hearts Finger Tattoos
These tattoos, inked on the wearer’s ring fingers, display the king and queen of hearts symbols seen on common playing cards.
Patterned Fox Tricep Tattoo
A fox with its head tilted upward is depicted on the back of the wearer’s right arm in this tattoo. The fox is colored using an orange and yellow color palette and is covered in an elaborate overlapping swirl pattern.
“You Snooze You Lose,” Bear Tattoo
This black and gray tattoo shows a bear sleeping with the quote, “YOU SNOOZE YOU LOSE,” reading above and below it. Small lines were used to create the effect of bear fur and black dots add texture to the piece in lieu of shading.
Palm Tree Ankle Tattoo
In this tattoo we see a palm tree with a black line in lieu of a trunk. The line leads to a hyper-detailed group of leaves and the piece is pictured just in front of the wearer’s Achilles Heel.
Mugger Finger Tattoos
I’ve seen this tattoo before and I really appreciate the concept and execution of the piece. It takes a special kind of person to have something so comically goofy tattooed onto a part of the body as visible as the fingers. However, if the joke is as well executed as the tattoo above, you’ll most likely get a laugh out every new person that sees it.
Humpback Whale Forearm Tattoo
A black and gray depiction of a humpback whale is rendered on the wearer’s left forearm in this tattoo.
Looping Design Chest Tattoo
This tattoo, pictured between the wearer’s breasts, shows a black line that loops from side to side down the wearer’s chest until it loops upward and creates a symbol reminiscent of a musical staff.
World Map Ankle Tattoo
A map of the world is created using black outlines in this tattoo that is positioned beneath the wearer’s outside right ankle bone.
Dachshund (Wiener Dog) with a Heart Wrist Tattoo
A cartoon style illustration of a wiener dog depicts the animal with an absurdly long body and a heart underneath its chin. While the simple, sketch style outline of the dog is created using black ink the heart on its chest is created using pink ink.
Three Arrows Thumb Tattoo
Three black arrows run between the first and second knuckles of the wearer’s left thumb in this tattoo.
Gray Fox Hip Tattoo
A stylized gray fox with pronounced whiskers wraps its tail around its body with closed eyes. The piece is created using black and gray ink and is located on the wearer’s right hip.
Black Anchor Heel Tattoo
A black boat anchor is inked onto the wearer’s heel in this undersized tattoo.
Simplified Sailboat on Water Wrist Tattoo
An almost childlike rendition of a sailboat floating on choppy water is imagined in black and gray ink on the wearer’s right wrist in this tattoo.
Crescent Moon Finger Tattoo
A black outline of a crescent moon is tattooed between second and third knuckles of the wearer’s right index finger in this simple tattoo.
Buck Silhouette Back Tattoo
Rendered in solid black ink in the center of the wearer’s back is the silhouette of a buck with large antlers.
Closing Camera Lens Wrist Tattoo
A rendition of an analog camera’s lens closing mechanism is inked onto the wearer’s left wrist in black ink in this tattoo.
Interwoven Triangles Hand Tattoo
Three interweaving triangles are pictured in black ink on the wearer’s right hand in this tattoo.
Cup of Coffee Wrist Tattoo
A simplified depiction of a cup of coffee with steam rising from the top is inked onto the wearer’s left wrist in this tattoo.
Stylized Arrow Forearm Tattoo
An arrow, embellished with geometric shapes, utilizes black and gray ink to create the image on the wearer’s right forearm in this tattoo.
Grumpy Seated Elephant Breast Tattoo
This tattoo, depicted in black ink, shows a seated elephant with a grouchy expression on the wearer’s left breast.
“One Life, One Love” King and Queen Crowns Wrist Tattoos
This adorable couples tattoo, depicted on the wearers’ wrists, one piece shows a crown with a closed top and the quote, “One Life,” reading underneath while the other piece shows a crown with an open top and the quote, “One Love,” underneath.
Elephant Holding onto a Balloon Wrist Tattoo
An elephant is created using a black outline and colored in with gray ink while the cheeks of the animal are accented with pink. The tattoo’s line-work seems intentionally shaky as the odd embellishments are consistent throughout the piece, including the slightly lopsided heart-shaped balloon.
Palm Tree Silhouette Finger Tattoo
An all black silhouette of a palm tree is pictured on the middle finger of the wearer’s left hand in this tattoo. It’s often easier to do silhouettes when an image is shrunk to a point where detail becomes nearly impossible.
Sea Urchin Chest Tattoo
An imperfectly circular black blob has a a few lines protruding from its outer line while two eyes are pictured in the middle. I have no idea what the tattoo is supposed to be and the only animal I can liken it to is a cartoon style sea urchin. The piece is pictured on the left side of the wearer’s chest.
Hearts and Initials Wrist Tattoos
Black heart outlines are pictured next to initials in this couples tattoo set. One wearer has a heart positioned next to the initial B on his left wrist while the other wearer has a heart next to the initial M on her left wrist.
Cat Portrait Wrist Tattoo
A portrait of the wearer’s cat is depicted on the wearer’s left wrist in this tattoo that does a good job of capturing the subtleties of the cat’s facial features.
Stylized Heart Hand Tattoo
A stylized, black heart tattoo is pictured on the wearer’s right hand with an intricate pattern contained within the outlines of the heart.
Stylized Peacock Feather Chest Tattoo
A stylized peacock feather uses a diverse color palette in this tattoo. A heart shape is seen in the center of the feather and the quill of the feather curves toward the bottom. The piece is incredibly vibrant and is pictured on the wearer’s right shoulder.
Geometric Fox Wrist Tattoo
The shape of a fox is comprised of geometric shapes created using bold, black outlines in this tattoo pictured on the wearer’s right wrist.
Full Sail Ship Bicep Tattoo
A black and gray ship is depicted on the wearer’s bicep while a black and gray portrait of a face is surrounded by flowers on her forearm. Both pieces are very well done and show a concise use of shading to create depth and texture in the pieces.
Twigs in a Bottle Heel Tattoo
Two twigs, one of which supports two berries, are pictured sitting inside of a glass bottle in this tattoo inked behind the wearer’s ankle bone on her right foot.
Simplified Cat Cartoon Forearm Tattoo
A simplified, cartoon-style sketch of a cat is pictured in black on the wearer’s forearm in this tattoo.
Varying Black Finger Tattoos
A series of black tattoos are pictured on the fingers of the wearer’s left hand in this tattoo set. The wearer’s middle finger shows an eye embellished with lines and dots while the index finger shows a waning/waxing moon and the pinkie finger shows a pair of arrows accented with a pair of dots.
Seated Cat with Pink Bow Calf Tattoo
The backside of a seated cat with a pink bow around its neck and another in its hair is pictured on the back of the wearer’s left calf in this tattoo.
Paper Plane Flight Paths Forearm Tattoos
This tattoo, created using black outlines, shows the flight paths of a pair of paper planes on wearers’ forearms. The flight paths, indicated by the broken lines trailing the planes, loop into the shape of a heart and create a unique image for this imaginative tattoo set.
Black Stars Ring Finger Tattoo
A series of black stars, some more precisely shaped than others, is pictured running the length of the ring finger of the wearer’s left hand in this tattoo.
I…I Have No Idea What This Is
I know that my readers depend on me to identify work, explain the concept, and explain the work contributed to the piece. I have no idea what this besides a series of intersecting black lines leading to black symbols and a series of coordinates that run along a broken line. Judge me as you will, I apologize for nothing!…Or you can tell me what I’m looking at in the comments, your choice.
Big Toe Embellishment Tattoo
This tattoo, created using black ink, embellishes the big toe on the wearer’s left foot with a series of overlapping petals to create the effect of a flower or plant. Despite the small size and simplicity of this tattoo I genuinely appreciate the concept and execution, never before have I said, “That’s a good looking big toe.”
Optical Illusion Arm Tattoo
An explosion is pictured on the back of the wearer’s left shoulder, from the explosion a series of a rectangular shapes spread out over the rest of the piece. The majority of the piece is comprised of mandala-like circular designs filled with ornate patterns that cover the wearer’s bicep down the back of the wearer’s arm.
Cat Whiskers Heel Tattoo
A simplified rendition of a cat’s mouth, nose, and whiskers is pictured just below the inside ankle bone of the wearer’s right foot.
Black Seashell Heel Tattoo
A black seashell is pictured on the in front of the heel on the inside of the wearer’s right foot in this tattoo.
“Promise” Index Finger Tattoo
This simple tattoo writes the word, “Promise,” in black ink across the wearer’s left index finger using a simple font.
Four Eyed Cat Thigh Tattoo
This surreal tattoo depicts a cat with four eyes on the wearer’s left thigh. The line-work is somewhat shaky but only adds to the abstract feel of the tattoo. The piece is created exclusively using black outlines and is entirely devoid of shading.
Lotus Flower Back Tattoo
A lotus flower with ornate patterns covering the petals is rendered in black and gray ink in the center of the wearer’s back in this tattoo.
Weathered Daffodil Ankle Tattoo
A weathered daffodil is rendered in black and gray ink running along the wearer’s right calf in this tattoo. The stem of the weed is delicate and precise while the petals of the daffodil are frayed and worn from the wind.
Quotation Marks Wrist Tattoo
Quotation marks are created using black ink and are pictured on the wearer’s left wrist in this tattoo.
Giraffe Silhouette Ring Finger Tattoo
Once again we see a silhouette pictured on a finger. This tattoo uses black ink to create the silhouette of a giraffe on the ring finger of the wearer’s right hand.
Baby Fox Tricep Tattoo
A life-like, although stylized, picture of a baby fox is inked onto the back of the wearer’s right arm in this tattoo.
Cat Outline with Watercolors Tattoo
The outline of a cat stretching its front legs out is embellished with watercolors while a heart shaped balloon drifts away in the background of this tattoo.
Simple Sun Back Tattoo
A simplified rendering of a sun is created using black ink and is located on the wearer’s right shoulder blade in this tattoo.
“Inspiration” Wrist Tattoo
The word, “Inspiration,” is tattooed across the wearer’s wrist in black script in this tattoo.
Dragonfly Behind the Ear Tattoo
A small, simplified dragonfly with blue wings is inked behind the wearer’s right ear in this tattoo.
Elephant with Mandala Patterns Tattoo
This tattoo, showing an elephant covered in mandala-like patterns, is created using black and gray ink and the tight patterns exhibit the artist’s steady hands.
Tribal Sea Turtle Hand Tattoo
A simplified depiction of a sea turtle is filled with tribal patterns in this tattoo. The tattoo is comprised entirely of black ink and is pictured on the wearer’s right hand.
Mickey Mouse Gloves Making a Heart Hand Tattoo
A pair of Mickey Mouse gloves with the fingers bent into the shape of a heart are pictured on the wearer’s left hand in black ink.
Full Circle Neck Tattoo
A black circle with an arrow meeting the beginning of the circle at the base of the piece is inked on the back of the wearer’s neck in this tattoo.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse Tattoo Set
This tattoo, appropriate for Disney lovers that are in love, shows a the outlines of Mickey and Minnie mouse on the wearer’s forearms.
Skyline Forearm Tattoo
A skyline rife with colorful buildings is inked onto the wearer’s left forearm in this tattoo.
Rocket Ship and Planet Finger Tattoos
These tattoos, both pictured on the wearer’s fingers, depict a rocket ship flying toward a ringed planet in black and gray ink.
Budding Plants Hip Tattoo
A pair of stems, one of which has blooming flowers, are pictured in black ink as they ascend up the wearer’s side behind the wearer’s right hip bone.
Mandala Thigh Tattoo
A mandala is created using black ink on the wearer’s right thigh in this tattoo.
Anchor with a Heart Wrist Tattoo
An anchor with a heart shaped ring at the top is created using black ink and is pictured on the wearer’s left wrist in this tattoo.
“I forgive you,” Band-Aid Tattoo
The quote, “i forgive you,” is placed over the image of a bandage in this simple, black tattoo.
Birthday in Roman Numerals Shoulder Tattoo
This black tattoo represents a birthday in Roman Numerals with the Roman Numerals I IV XCIII converting to: 1/4/1993.
White Mandala Forearm Tattoo
A white mandala is pictured on the wearer’s forearm in this tattoo. I would like to point out that white ink is the most expensive and least durable of tattoo inks and that fact should be considered whenever planning a piece.
Infinity Sign Finger Tattoo
A black infinity sign is pictured on the ring finger of the wearer’s left hand in this tattoo.
Owl Neck Tattoo
A stout owl is pictured in black and gray ink at the base of the wearer’s neck in this tattoo.
“I Love you to the moon and back,” Wrist Tattoo
The quote, “I love you to the moon and back,” and a black crescent moon are inked onto the wearer’s right wrist in this tattoo.
Partial Heart Neck Tattoo
This tattoo, depicted in black ink, shows a heart with one side missing and is located on the back of the wearer’s neck.
Cross Stitch Heart Wrist Tattoo
Red ink is used to create the image of cross stitching forming the shape of a heart while the needle pierces through the wearer’s skin. This is a welcome deviation from the traditional use of heart imagery in tattoos and is located on the wearer’s right wrist.
Diamond Wrist Tattoo
A blue, multi-faceted diamond is inked onto the wearer’s wrist in this tattoo.
Cartoon Kitten Forearm Tattoo
A cartoon kitten, done in a style reminiscent of anime, is illustrated on the wearer’s forearm in this tattoo. The tattoo uses gray ink for the body of the kitten, purple ink to accent the inside of the kitten’s ears and red ink to emphasize the nose and mouth.
Flower Covered Anchor Tattoo
This beautiful tattoo shows a black and gray boat anchor covered in pink and blue flowers done in a minimalist, watercolor style.
Hummingbird Neck Tattoo
A black hummingbird is pictured on the back of the wearer’s neck in this tattoo.
Kite Floating Away Forearm Tattoo
This black and gray tattoo depicts a girl, with scissors in her hand, watching her kite float off into the sky.
Winged Unicorn Rib Tattoo
This black tattoo, devoid of shading, depicts a winged unicorn on the right side of the wearer’s rib cage.
Hand Puppets Rib Tattoo
This black and gray tattoo, depicted on the wearer’s rib cage, shows a pair of hands creating the shape of a rabbit with their shadow.
Big Bear and Little Bear Forearm Tattoo
This black and gray tattoo shows a big bear holding hands with a little bear on the wearer’s forearm.
“Always” Wrist Tattoo
This tattoo replaces the first A in the word, “Always,” with a symbol consisting of a triangle surrounding a circle and a line. The symbol is supposed to represent the supreme spirit of one’s self.
Yin-Yang Foot Tattoos
This complimentary set of tattoos shows a Yin symbol on the wearer’s left foot surrounded by sun rays and a Yang symbol on the wearer’s right foot surrounded by stars.
Mandala Back Tattoo
Another example of a black and gray mandala is pictured in the center of the wearer’s back in this tattoo.
Chandelier with Heart Centerpiece Back Tattoo
A chandelier, complete with hanging crystals and heart centerpiece, is pictured in the center of the wearer’s back in black and gray ink.
Cactus and Bull Skull Arm Tattoo
A cartoon style pair of cacti with a bull skull resting at their bases are pictured on the wearer’s arm in black ink in this tattoo.
Koi Fish Silhouettes Wrist Tattoo
The black silhouettes of a pair of koi fish are pictured on the wearer’s wrist in this tattoo.
Varying Planets Finger Tattoos
Planets are depicted in black ink on the wearer’s fingers between first and second knuckles in this tattoo set.
Sparrow Shoulder Tattoo
A black and gray sparrow is pictured on the wearer’s right shoulder blade in this tattoo.
Kissing Birds Silhouette Back Tattoo
The silhouettes of two birds kissing while perched upon a branch is pictured on the wearer’s right shoulder blade in this tattoo.
Peter Pan and The Lost Boys Silhouette
The silhouette of Peter Pan ascending into the sky with The Lost Boys behind him is pictured in black and gray ink on the wearer’s calf in this tattoo.