Tattoos for Girls

Have you heard the news? Tattoos for girls are IN!

Tattoos are often thought of as being a traditionally a male-dominated form of body art, but history tells a different story!

Women have been inking for just as long as men have. In ancient societies, women inked for a much wider range of reasons and usually with tattoos that held deep meaning for them.

Read: A Story of Ink: Polynesia and the tale of tribal tattoos

This is a trend that has stood the test of time! A study in 2012 revealed that over half of the inked population in America were women, most of whom got inked with very meaningful designs, a fact that rings true for women across the globe.

Now enough chatter, let’s get right to what you want to see! Check out our list of over 70 awesome tattoos for girls. Time to find your perfect tattoo and get yourself inked!

70+ Tattoos for Girls – with Meanings!

Neck tattoos for girls

Neck tattoos are some of the most visible tattoos you could get. Perhaps that’s why so many neck tattoos tend to be either quite minimalistic, so they’re not as obvious, or extremely ornamental – which make quite a statement!

Ornamental tattoos for girls are extremely popular right now, so if you’re looking to be on trend – a neck tattoo is probably the best way to go!


The minimalistic style of tattooing is an excellent choice for first-time inkers, but it is also popular across the whole inking community. And why wouldn’t it be! This style allows room for some stunning art. Sometimes, less is more!

Fishes symbolize clarity, rebirth, and serenity, among other things

Paper cranes, a symbol of hope and healing

“Be Brave”

Animal tattoos are a popular choice among girls, and minimalism brings such a delicate element to these very meaningful tattoos!

The koi fish represent overcoming adversity

Elephants represent strength in moderation, dignity, and memories

If you’re a lover of stories, then draw inspiration from the characters you love!

If you love Alice in Wonderland, you’ll love this Cheshire Cat tattoo! Cats also represent magic, night, and curiosity

When you find Wally and realize he was here all along!

And if there are too many stories that have shaped you, you can always get a tattoo that represents them all!

One tattoo to rule them all!

Tattoos and Tales, run by couple artists Srinath and Malathy, specialize in – as their name implies! – telling tales through ink, and their pieces often feature comic and pop-culture themes. Check them out if you’re looking for something a little quirky!


As the name suggests, ornamental tattoos feature detailed designs that look similar to intricate jewellery or similar accessories. Such designs are popular as neck tattoos for girls, as they can look both regal and delicate all at once!

Each henna pattern is unique, which makes each henna tattoo special to its wearer

Mandalas represent unity and harmony and teach us that we are a tiny speck in the vastness of the universe

Filigree is a delicate jewellery pattern originating in Asia and popular across the world. They also make for stunning tattoos!

Looking to get a minimalist or ornamental tattoo? Check out Jessie of Verve Tattoo Studio. This studio specializes in a wide range of designs and are popular for their ornamental and minimal tattoos, as well as their use of colour – and are quite popular for their tattoos for girls as well!

Tribal, Blackwork, and Illusion

Tattoos for girls often tend to be more minimalistic and delicate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go all out! If you’re a little more hardcore, then you’ll love these tattoos! Tribal, blackwork, and 3D (or illusion) tattoos all feature extensive and detailed designs with large sections of black ink. Because of this, these tattoos are almost always quite large – and just as bold!

This 3D tattoo features blackwork, realism, and portrait work all in one!

Blackouts are gaining popularity these days, both as standalone pieces and as part of larger designs.

If you’re looking for simpler blackwork, abstract, geometric, and 3D or illusion work, check out Anurag of InkOverMatter. For heavier work with lots of detailing and colour, check out Tom of Atinga Arts & Tattoos.

Back tattoos for girls

If you’re looking at getting a larger piece inked, the back is the perfect canvas for it!

The phoenix represents rebirth as it born from the ashes of its predecessor

Buddha tattoos have many meanings – rebirth, strength, enlightenment, or a sign of devotion

Watercolour tattoos are all the rage right now!

Most tattoo artists can do back tattoos in multiple styles. If you’re specifically looking for larger pieces, including customized designs and detail work, check out Karthik of Sculp Tattoo Studio.

Spine tattoos

Though a more painful spot to get inked on, tattoos on the lower neck and down the spine can be extremely interesting because you can work in some rather unique designs – like these!

All book-lovers can relate!

Minimalist colour tattoo along the spine

Are you more into tribal designs? Try this one on for size!

Tribal tattoo along the spine

Love the idea of a spine tattoo but don’t want to go all the way? Try something smaller! Minimalist ink is always a class act and simpler back tattoos for girls make for some gorgeous designs!

Harry Potter fans come through!

For the art-lover – a paintbrush is all you need!

Dragonflies represent change and self-realization

Pandas symbolize peace, gentle strength, and luck

Inspired to get some stunning colour pieces of your own? Check out Deep of Kraayonz Tattoo Studio. For more minimal styles, try Verve.

Shoulder tattoos

Shoulders can make any design look dainty – it’s just in the nature of this placement for tattoos!

We’re all made of stardust, just like the galaxy

Dragons symbolize ancient wisdom and power over the elements

Angels are ‘messengers of god’ who have the duty of carrying out the will of the heavens

If you’ve got a design in mind that requires customization, try Raul of Birthmark Tattoo n’ Customs. He specializes in Japanese-style tattooing, which draws on traditional styles like Irezumi that are beautifully delicate even when the designs are extremely detailed.

Arm tattoos for girls

Arm tattoos can range from extra small minimalistic ones to large pieces with heavy detailing, such as full sleeves. As one of the most popular spots for getting a tattoo, there is no shortage of design ideas for arm tattoos.

Sleeves and half-sleeve tattoos are extremely popular among arm tattoos, but that’s not the only kind! Ranging from minimalism and line work to larger pieces full of detail and colour, you can get as creative as you’d like if you get inked on your arms – after all, these tattoos are one of the best ways to express yourself!

A tattoo of the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland

Seahorses represent fortune, making the perfect good luck charm!

Whales are thought to have knowledge of life and death

Fallen in love with animal tattoos? We’re not surprised – animal designs are some of the most popular tattoos for girls! They’re some of the best if you’re telling your story through ink and are super easy to adapt and customize based on what you’re looking for – whether it be small, minimalist pieces or large, detailed ones! Check out Verve, Atinga, Birthmark, Dark Arts The Tattoo Studio, and Sculp for design inspiration and to make a booking.

Bicep and forearm tattoos

If you’re the kind of girl that likes to be loud about her ink, then a sleeve is definitely right up your alley.

Tribal blackwork sleeve

If you prefer minimalism, try one of these gorgeous yet simple designs!

Minimalist religious tattoo featuring Buddhist symbols

Rectangles represent trust and stability, a perfect frame for a meaningful memory

Wolves represent guardianship, loyalty, and spirit

Hand tattoos

Look up hand tattoos and you’ll probably find a massive collection of henna designs. Don’t worry, you didn’t type in the wrong term!

Designs for hand tattoos are often heavily inspired by more ancient forms of body art, such as henna, which usually feature patterns inspired by nature and traditional embroidery. These forms of body art were temporary but the patterns they use have become popular as permanent tattoos for girls.

Henna tattoos are a popular trend

A simple henna tattoo design

That doesn’t, however, mean you have to restrict yourself to these designs! You can experiment with a whole range of designs and tattoo styles on your hands!

Serpents represent rebirth. Two-headed ones represent life and death.

Live free, live proud

Wreaths represent eternity, growth, and an everlasting life

Wrist tattoos

Known to be one of the more painful spots to get tattooed on, most might shy away from getting a wrist tattoo. But it’s hard not to want one when they look this good!

Minimalist line tattoos usually represent mourning and the fragility of life

Honeycombs represent life’s sweetness, the heart chakra, warmth, light – even the cells of the matrix!

Ornamental tattoos mimic jewellery

Boats represent a journey to where we want to be

Wrists are also the perfect spot to get matching tattoos, whether it be with a lover, sibling, or friend! Go on, get your girls together for some matching tattoos!

Together, even when we’re far apart

Midriff tattoos for girls

The ‘midriff’ refers to the part of your body between your chest and hips. This is often the most hidden part of your body, which makes it a popular choice for girls who might not want to show off their tattoos – whether this is for professional or personal reasons or simply because it’s an intimate tattoo that you don’t necessarily want to share with the world!

Life can often be a balancing act – do you follow your head or your heart?

If you like the dotwork style in the above image, check out Sagar of Funky Fuze. He’s also great at abstract and geometric work, as well as 3D, illusion, and blackwork.

Cats are curious creatures – the world is their adventure!

The lower back is where we hold the emotion of pain. Koi fish teach us to rise above what hurts us.

Rib tattoos

One of the more painful spots to get inked, ribs are still an extremely popular choice for girls. And it’s easy to see why!

The flaming sword of Sumerian mythology is a symbol of protection

Unicorns symbolize innocence, femininity, and divinity

Keep your strength close to your heart

Stomach tattoos

Unlike the arm tattoos, which are more openly visible, the stomach is an area that you’ll see more of than anyone else. This makes it a perfect spot for tattoos that have very deep and personal meaning to you.

Whales represent compassion, solitude, and creative energy

Ferns stand for eternal youth, new beginnings, and family

If you have several ideas for your design, you can work with an artist to create a tattoo that uniquely represents you, such as this design which is described as a “cosmic black bear cub dancing in front of the fire wearing a fox masquerade mask and wings made of leaves, amethyst bursting from its chest as it tosses the galaxy in the air. Flanked by sweetgrass and lavender bundles” – try saying that in one breath!

Abstract art featuring a multitude of elements

Uncomfortable with the idea of getting inked on the midriff because you’ll have to bare some skin to get it? Consider Jessie of Verve. As one of the top female tattoo artists in Bangalore, you’ll get both quality and service from here.

Hip bone tattoos

Hips are one of the most popular tattoo spots for girls. These tattoos are intimate and feminine, but they can also be fun!

Terrariums are miniature ecosystems – a symbol of life thriving

Minimalist PacMan tattoo

Bees represent community and personal power

Leg tattoos for girls

Much like arms, legs are often more visible than other parts of the body – both to you and others! And just like arm tattoos, leg tattoos can be as minimal or detailed as you’d like them to be!

Thigh tattoos

Thighs are a popular choice for tattoos because they hurt less than other spots for most people. They also offer the perfect spot for experimentation making them great for larger pieces with various elements!

Wolves teach us to harness our inner nature and to protect ourselves

A fan of history? Turn your love into a piece of art!

Skulls represent death, while serpents represent rebirth

If you’re new to tattoos but have a larger design in mind, thighs will probably be a good placement to get it on.

Rabbits represent the moon, femininity, and sensuality

Lanterns help guide the lost back onto the right path

If you have a flair for the macabre, try a darker design!

Blink-182 California tattoo

For the colourful traveller!

Calf and shin tattoos

Calves are a popular tattoo spot for everyone, regardless of gender! It’s one of the spots that doesn’t hurt as much to get inked on, which already makes it a winner for most people, but in addition to that, it is easy to show off or hide a calf tattoo.

Butterflies symbolize resurrection, hope, and change

Pencil tattoos represent endurance and the ability to stand the test of time

They’re also a great place to get matching tattoos with your partner or perhaps your girl squad!

Have a case of wanderlust?

Foot tattoos

The feet make for some very painful tattoos, so they’re not as popular as other areas. They also fade quite quickly, which might make one think twice about going through the pain for nothing!

But they can still look absolutely stunning when inked!

Feathers allude to ascension and spiritual evolution

Sacred geometry teaches us that all life is connected

Birds symbolize both freedom and perspective

Yin and yang – the symbol of balance

Lilo & Stitch taught us that ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind – or forgotten

What can we say – sometimes, it’s totally worth it!

Ankle tattoos

If you’re not big on feet tattoos, you could consider an ankle tattoo instead!

The evergreen pine trees stand for longevity and solitude

Toads represent adaptability and regeneration

Sometimes, we just want to preserve something before it is lost

Here’s one for the Gundam fans!

Abstract brushstroke tattoo

Leg sleeve tattoos

Now ‘leg’ and ‘sleeve’ together might sound a bit odd, but they’re actually a very popular kind of design! Sleeves are a great way to incorporate many different elements into a single piece, which make them perfect for inking a story you want to tell. These pieces are naturally quite large, though, so while not extremely popular as a tattoo for girls, they can still be quite stunning – especially if you’re into styles like watercolour and blackwork!

If you love architecture, leg tattoos are the perfect way to express that!

If you’re not ready for something quite as extensive, you could go for a little less.

Watercolour tattoos allow for some magical designs!

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Tattoos We DON’T Recommend!

Even though they look absolutely stunning and are extremely popular as tattoos for girls, we do not recommend getting tattoos on your hands or feet. That means the finger tattoos you were looking to get might not be the best idea – sorry!

These tattoos fade very quickly on account of them being exposed to much more wear and tear – after all, we use our hands and feet a lot! This means you’re either going to lose the detail in your tattoo over time OR you’re setting yourself up for a lifetime of touch-ups.

These areas are also more likely to be exposed to water and heat, meaning you’ll be looking at a much more detailed aftercare process to make sure they heal right.

If you’re looking to get a tattoo near these areas, try wrist or ankle tattoos instead. But be warned – tattoos in these areas tend to hurt a lot for most people!

If you’re STILL interested in getting hand or feet tattoos, then consider a few things:

  • opt for designs that will look good even while they fade
  • choose smaller designs so you don’t invest a lot into something that may not last
  • choose a design with lesser detail so it won’t look smudged as it fades

You’ll also need to take the best care of these tattoos to ensure they last as long as possible!

Read: The Jhaiho Tattoo Care Guide

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