45 inspirational examples of tattoo art

Inspired by our collection of free tattoo fonts? Thinking of getting ink like these top designers? It can be a tough decision on what to get tattooed on your body parts. Especially as a creative - you want something cool that reflects your personality and (perhaps) taste in digital design and artwork.

So, whether you're after tattoos design in the style of your favourite artist, or want to peruse the latest styles and trends, check out these examples of fantastic tattoo art design - and discover the creatives who are pushing the artform ever further...

01. Matt Hunt 

Matt Hunt likes to mix up nature, geometry and watercolour touches

The co-owner of Modern Body Art in Birmingham since 1999, Matt Hunt has been tattooing full-time for the last 10 years. He enjoys tattooing in a graphic style, creating striking imagery that mixes up elements from nature with abstract geometry and soft watercolour backgrounds.

02. G.NO

G.NO specialises in watercolour tattoos as well as on-trend miniatures

This sprawling floral work is a good example of G.NO's signature style - she also specialises in delicate, miniature tattoos and work that looks botanically accurate. G.NO is at Tattoo People in Toronto and is fully booked for the foreseeable future. 

03. Jun Cha

Jun Cha's classically-inspired ink has an incredible depth to it

Based in Los Angeles and booked solid until the end of 2018, Jun Cha specialises in fine-line black and grey tattoos inspired by classical sculpture and Renaissance art, with the most amazing sense of depth and solidity to them. 

He won't take on any old client; each inquiry is carefully considered, and only those who share the values of his studio, understand his process and are committed for the long term will be accepted.

04. John 'Yogi' Barrett

Mixing photorealism with punchy graphics, Yogi Barrett's tattoos are a joy to behold

A versatile tattoo artists comfortable with most styles, John Barrett is at his best when he's mixing up photorealism - at which he's an absolute dab hand - with more traditional graphic elements. He's based at Cornerstone Tattoo Gallery in Senoia, Georgia; email him for booking details.

05. Houston Patton

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With over a decade's worth of experience, tattoo artist Houston Patton produces incredible body art designs

Tattoo artist Houston Patton's designs take concept body art to a whole new level. Patton and creative director Dagny Fox are co-founders of tattoo company Thieves of Tower, which has a breathtaking portfolio of body art. Using landscape and infrastructure for inspiration on the majority of their designs, the pair produce intricate inkings, often using body parts as part of their unique artwork.

06. Sasha Unisex

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Sasha Unisex creates gorgeous geometric animal portraits and more

Combining precise shapes and bold, in-your-face colours, these tattoos are quite simply a thing of beauty. The geometric aspect makes them triumph over the usual tattoo offerings, with Sasha Unisex's creations proving a hit across the world.

Operating out of her studio in St. Petersburg, it seems Sasha is booked up for months in advance with just about every tattoo lover wanting a piece of her art on their body – who can blame them?

07. Kim Rense

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Rense's tattoos are often inspired by folklore

Kim Rense is a tattoo artist based in The Hague, Holland. With a traditional style, Rense manages to put a modern spin on this incredibly detailed, black and white efforts. Inspired by fairy tales and folklore, the designs are magnificent; attention to detail is a real winner here.

08. Sam Ricketts

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Ricketts' style flourishes over a range of designs

Steadily gaining Instagram followers, Sam Ricketts is a Swindon based artist who's colourful creations have earned him plenty of fans. From full body pieces to smaller, palm-sized executions, his unqiue style is flawless throughout any and all. Opening a new studio in January, we have no doubt his appointment slots will be sought after.

09. Harriet Tattoo

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This apprentice shows off her talents

Although Harriet is working as an apprentice for Shorditch London based studio Good Times Tattoo, her illustrative, nature-inspired style is already showing tonnes of promise. From her Wind and the Willows tributes to her adorable bunny rabbits, they're an absolute delight to look at.

10. Jon Boy

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Jon Boy has tattooed a whole bunch of celebrities

When it comes to simplicity, Jon Boy is king. Based in New York City, he's tattooed the likes of the Kardashians as well as a whole host of other celebrities. Whilst his work mostly consists of quotes and simple line work, it's easy to see why celebs are flocking to his studio.

11. Esme Loasby

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Esme enjoys working on big, colourful pieces

Based in Northampton, England, Esme Loasby is a resident artist at Alternative Art. She enjoys working on big exciting, colourful projects, with lots of her pieces featuring animals, clocks, fairy-tale characters and floral patterns. Big, bold and beautiful, you'll adore her stuff.

12. Kenji Alucky

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There's no denying that stippling tattoo art is absolutely breath-taking

Tattoo artist Kenji Alucky specialises in the stippling method. This is where the tattoo design is made by inscribing countless tiny black dots onto the skin to produce something truly remarkable. Combining an array of influences, his work is spectacularly intricate – producing awe-inspiring patterns and imagery.

13. Facu Ontivero

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Facu Ontivero works both as a graphic designer and a tattoo artist

Working as both a graphic designer and tattoo artist, Argentinian creative Facu Ontivero creates gorgeous designs that feature animals, geometric shapes and beautiful pattern work. We love his homage to the stippling technique as well as the attention to detail.

14. Paul Booth

American artist Paul Booth began his own sign making shop at the age of 15 and subsequently learned airbrushing and Repo work. He's since become one of the most sought-after tattoo artists on the metal scene, working for bands such as Slipknot, Mudvayne, Slayer, Pantera, Soulfly, Lamb of God, and Sepultura.

15. Dmitriy Samohin

Hailing from Odessa, Ukraine, Dmitriy Samohin is a master of bold, realistic pieces with incredibly intracate detail. A self-taught artist, he's been in the business for more than 10 years and his workshops are much sought-after at tattoo conventions.

16. Bill Baker

Bill Baker is renowned for his large-scale tattoos

Bill Baker has been tattooing for over 30 years and is the co-owner of Pearl Harbor Gift Shop in Toronto. Over his career Baker has produced beautiful large-scale tattoos, making them work in his own innovative manner. Above is a truly stunning piece, influenced by Japanese tattoo art, of a koi surrounded by waves and flowers. For Baker, tattooing is a craft rooted in tradition.

17. Matt Houston

Matt Houston brings his own unique style to traditional tattoo art

Matt Houston is a tattoo artist originating from London currently working at Gastown Tattoo Parlor in Vancouver, Canada. His work reflects the traditional style whilst integrating his own influences. One of our favourite pieces is shown above – a wolf wearing a feathered headdress whilst spitting blood. Matt Houston is constantly pumping out decent work and uploads it on to his blog.

18. Jean Le Roux

Jean Le Roux takes an original approach to animal and portrait-based tattoo art

Jean Le Roux has an original illustration style that's generally focussed on animals and portraits, exaggerating the expressions of his subjects in a captivating manner. Jean Le Roux graduated as a graphic designer and followed his passion into illustration, which led to an apprenticeship at Black Garden Tattoo. Jean is constantly posting illustrations on his blog so give it a gander.

19. Gakkin

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Gakkin's work mashes up traditional styles with manga, graffiti and graphic design

Gakkin, who works at Harizanmai tattoo studio in Kyoto, takes a new approach to traditional Japanese themes, strongly influenced by manga, graffiti and graphic design. But although his tattoos are defiantly 21st-century, Gakkins still follows many of the traditional rules of Japanese tattoo design, such as: "Never put momiji [message dolls] and sakura [cherry blossom] in the same drawing", and "Tigers should always go with bamboo".

While the background of this design is reminiscent of traditional Japanese prints, the colourful maple and the steaks of bright red on the koi makes it stand out as strikingly modern.

20. Ollie Munden

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Sugar Skull by Ollie Munden, commissioned by Luke Olney and inked by Into You Tattoo

Ollie Munden, or MEGAMUNDEN as he's known to many, is a prolific illustrator and artist and his tattoo art designs have graced the body parts of such designers as Aardman's (and CreativeBloq regular) Gavin Strange. Check out this cool skull design, entitled Sugar Skull, commissioned by Luke Olney and inked by Into You Tattoo.

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