Curious about the latest tattoo design trends? Whether you want to keep things traditional or if you want to mix it up a little by jumping on the hottest bandwagon, it’s still important to do research on what kind of tattoo you want to get.
In this article, we give you a rundown of the recent tattoo trends that are less likely to age. Here, we also suggest styles that have been around for many years and have never fallen from favour.
Before you continue, we want to share a word of advice, especially if it’s your first time: Just because society approves of something today, does not mean you will in two or three decades. Choose wisely, but as with everything, enjoy the process!
1. Minimalist Tattoos
Less is more. In a world where too many things crowd a large part of our mind and physical environment, more and more people opt to cut the excess and go back to basics. This is the guiding principle that drove the minimalism movement. A movement that has now penetrated the tattoo world.
Minimalist tattoos have designs that are generally clean and simple – utilising crisp black lines, negative space, and sparse colour palettes to achieve an overall elegant look. If you are the kind who wants to keep things simple and sleek, this style may be for you.
This style has received slack since some people believe you can only achieve a minimal look with “boring” shapes. They couldn’t be more wrong! There are hundreds, if not thousands, of design options to choose from – whether it be skulls, flowers, or even animals. There are a lot of artists who can do minimalist tattoos in Melbourne, including the resident artists we have here at Vivid Ink Tattoos.
2. Geometric Tattoos
Geometric tattoos, like the Mandala, are greatly inspired from its cultural and sacred origins. They tend to draw from shapes and patterns in the natural world. As such, a lot of people are into it because they can pretty much select any design they want from nature. Artists usually use black ink for this style.
This traditional tattoo has never gone out of style ever since its inception. Rest assured, we’ll still be seeing a lot of people sporting this style in 2021.
Getting these tattoos can be quite tricky due to our body’s shapes and curves. Choosing a highly skilled artist to create your geometric tattoo is therefore crucial, if you do plan to get one.
3. Linework Tattoos
Linework-style tattoos follow a minimalist principle – clean and elegant. In fact, linework tattoos represent minimalism by stripping down what could’ve been an elaborate design to its basic guiding lines.
They make a great entry into body art. With this style, you get to see how a design would look before coloring it in. Its simplistic design is great for those who want a tattoo, but may not want to commit to a larger piece.
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity though. A simple outline can make just as bold statement as a full color image. With its streamlined nature, the reign of linework tattoos is sure to continue in 2021.
4. Lettering Tattoos
For people who want to get inspired, tattoos of words or quotes that hold a meaning could be the perfect option. Trends come and go, but this one has always maintained its spot as a go-to style for a lot of enthusiasts. Maybe because it is easy, but mostly because of how straightforward it can be.
These tattoos are heavily stylised and feature names, words, phrases, or numbers. For this tattoo, the style of the script also plays a vital role in conveying its meaning. As such, we encourage you to decide on a design that emphasises what the message is all about.
5. Tribal Tattoos
Tribal tattoos are derived from ancient tribal art. Cultures of origin include Borneo, Aztec, India, Hawaii, and the Maori people of New Zealand, Samoa, and Polynesia.They use their art to depict certain aspects of their culture. For instance, in some parts of the world, getting tattooed was, and still is considered a rite of passage.
In today’s modern world, many people choose this style for many reasons – rite of passage, social status, family identification, and oftentimes, simply because of its amazing aesthetics. It uses exclusively solid black elements in the design, and is perfect for people who want a bold and striking first impression.
You’ll find many tattoo artists in Melbourne who have mastered this style, many of them even incorporate their own twists to this classic tattoo.
This style has been extremely popular for men, but 2021 is the year we’re going to see more women strut this grungy look.
Blackwork tattoo is a style of tattooing where large sections of the work are filled entirely with thick black ink, resulting in a strong contrast that’s sure to capture any onlooker’s attention. Artists are continually upgrading this genre to new heights, even incorporating patterns and imagery derived from all sorts of sources into mesmerising pieces.
If you want to go bold and extreme, go for blackwork. From minimal to extremely intricate, blackwork tattoos will definitely hold its mark for many years to come.
7. Realism Tattoos
It is mind-blowing how artists could create 3D works of art on something two-dimensional like a canvas, a piece of paper, or in this case, human skin.
Classic realism dates as far back as the Renaissance, yet it only found its way to the world of tattoos recently at the latter half of the 20th century. The style quickly gained momentum among different types of people. Here in Melbourne, you can easily spot people with jaw-dropping portraits of faces, animals, scenery, and other objects in their bodies.
As one can imagine, it takes a lot of patience and years of practise to perfect this style. Artists who specialise in realism tattoos in Melbourne are highly skilled, and possess a knack for details. As a matter of fact, you can find some of the city’s finest here at Vivid Ink.
Tattoo is a fine art. It gives us another avenue to express ourselves through visual imagery. What makes it even more fascinating is that you get to bear this art on your skin.
However, keep in mind that you still have to take precautionary steps before getting yourself inked. Choose registered tattoo artists whom you can trust in translating your vision into a tattoo that’s truly yours. Here at Vivid Ink Tattoos we don’t just follow trends. We are the trend.
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