4 Hottest New Tattoo Trends


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When you want a new tattoo, you may already know exactly what you want. For many of us, though, it’s a big question. We find ourselves asking, “what are the hot tattoos right now?”

If you’d like to know the hottest new tattoo trends to fuel your tattoo ideas, don’t worry. Tattooing 101 has got you covered!


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When you think back to the first tattoos you ever saw, chances are that they were big and colorful.

However, recent tattoo trends show that this may have become a thing of the past.

One of the hottest trends is recent years has actually been minimalism. This includes scripted lettering tattoos and other “fine line” style tattoos.

This appeals to customers for many reasons. These small and intimate tattoos are easy to cover for work while still packing an emotional punch (such as the rise in Sound Wave tattoos). And as far as tattoos go, these are relatively painless to get!

Black and Gray

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Those fine line tattoos tend to have a particular color palette. In fact, these hot tattoos are almost always in the black and gray color family.

Part of this is because of the nature of the tattoo. If you’re having a quote inked onto yourself, for instance, these darker colors will help the words to more easily stand out.

Plus, the darker colors are likely to still be visible when your skin changes. From sun tans to wrinkled skin, the black and gray colors will ensure that everyone can still enjoy your tattoo.


istanbul tat

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Of course, tattoos with more vibrant colors didn’t go away. They did, however, take a new and interesting form: watercolor tattoos!

The name pretty much says it all. This style of tattoo is made to look free-flowing and

like…well…water! A tattoo artist is typically happy to do this kind of tattoo as it allows them to break out and really be creative.

Plus, these tattoos can be a great representation of your personality. If you are very dynamic and fluid, then you should get some ink that really represents this aspect of your personality!

Finger Tattoos


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The oldest rule of business is also the simplest: “give the people what they want.” And that’s why finger tattoos have become more and more popular.

Historically, these tattoos haven’t been very popular with artists because the tattoos tend to fade over time. However, when customers come up with their latest tattoo ideas, “finger tattoos” never stop coming to mind.

Some customers like that these tattoos are small—it minimizes the pain and the tat is easy to hide.

Others simply like to add more expression to their digits, making this a great choice for people who talk with their hands!

Final Thoughts

Now you have some great inspiration for your own tattoo ideas. But do you know how you will stay on top of what the hot tattoos of tomorrow are?

To get the latest on art and artists from all around the world, stay tuned to Tattooing 101 for all that we think about all of the ink!

Nathan Molenaar

Nathan is a licensed professional tattoo artist with over 8 years’ experience working at studios across the globe, including Celebrity Ink, the world's largest tattoo studio chain.

When he's not tattooing, he spends his free time sharing his experience and knowledge with aspiring artists who dream of pursuing a career in the tattooing industry.

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