10 Tattoo Trends That Are Dominating in 2024

While everything from seasons changing to celebrating a birthday can have you feeling reflective about the past, chances are you're also probably looking forward to the fresh new energy that comes with ringing in a new personal milestone. One of our favorite ways to undergo a little personal refresh? Finding trendy tattoos to add to our collection.

Last year, popular tattoos included abstract styles and '90s-inspired designs, including "tramp stamps," but in 2024, the tattoo trends to watch include realistic styles, finger tattoos, and more. You may have a certain celebrity to thank for one of these.

"People are switching up the types of tattoos they get because of influence from others, for example, Hailey Bieber," Syd Smith, owner of Syzygy Precision Tattooing, micro tattoo expert, and a member of the Mad Rabbit pro team, tells PS. "Her hand tattoos are some of the most common photos I receive for inspiration, and it has definitely been influencing other people."

That said, there are plenty of new tattoo designs that are predicted to be huge. Ahead, PS spoke with a handful of artists to discuss the tattoo trends you need to look out for. Keep reading to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the best tattoo ideas to consider when adding more ink to your collection.

Patchwork Tattoos

Patchwork tattoos consist of designs that almost look like a collage of stickers on the skin. They're great way to get tattoos that you may like the look of, but may not necessarily have one cohesive theme. They're also a cool alternative to full-sleeve tattoos.

Patchwork Tattoos

On the other hand, if you do have a theme in mind for patchwork tattoos, the best part about them is that they look great on any location, like the chest, back, or leg.

Western Tattoos

"The Western designs are popping off; every artist is doing their own version right now," Wesley Austin, a tattoo artist at Night School Tattoo, previously told POPSUGAR. "You can completely customize the design to be intricate and detailed or a simple outline. I've been getting a lot of requests for detailed cowboys and horses, as well as tiny cowboy boots and hats."

Western Tattoos

Into more of a realistic cowboy? This western tattoo features a black-and-white shaded portrait of a gun-slinging cowboy. It's like something straight out of a Howard Hawks film.

Micro Hearts

One of Smith's biggest predictions for trending tattoos in 2024? Micro heart designs. "I've personally been doing so many of them lately, and I have seen so many other artists beginning to do the same," she says.

If you're a fan of tiny tattoos but would rather keep your design private, micro hearts are one of the best tattoo ideas for you. Get your tattoo in an inconspicuous place like the back of your neck on somewhere on your shoulder. Should you want it to draw some attention, opt for some place forward facing like your hands or forearms.

Micro Hearts

Micro hearts look great placed anywhere on the body, but especially in delicate areas like the collarbone. This placement is also great if you prefer more minimal, easy-to-hide designs that aren't easy to spot.

Tiger Designs

Another popular request that Smith has been getting for new tattoo designs is tigers. "They've already started to trend," Smith says. "However, instead of extremely fine and detailed realism pieces, there's been a resurgence of more simplified versions of a tiger face."

Tiger designs are notorious for being one of the more popular tattoos that embody the statement "go big or go home." They often can take up quite a bit of real estate on the body as a result. If you're a fan of the simplified, more abstract pieces like the ones Smith mentions, opt for designs that are more focused on line work, as those tend to not only take up less space in order for the tattoo to look more cohesive and coherent but you can also have a bit more fun with ink colors like the red design seen here.

Tiger Designs

Tiger tattoos can be completely customized depending on the look you're going for. Yes, you can go the realistic design route (those look especially stunning on a larger scale) but if you prefer something a bit more dainty, opt for a design like this that almost looks like it utilizes negative space to give the illusion of a tiger.

Finger Tattoos

While we can't all be Hailey Bieber, we can get trendy tattoos like hers — which is exactly what Smith predicts will be happening in the new year. "Finger tattoos are definitely going to dominate," she says. "I personally have done more of them in these past two months than I have ever before. It seems that people aren't as apprehensive about tattooing their hands, fingers, or neck as they used to be, especially if the tattoos are on the more dainty side."

If you want to join in on the fun but don't know where to start, keep your first design small and dainty, like the micro heart seen here. Then, after you have a feel for the trend, add as many designs as you please.

Finger Tattoos

While any finger works, finger tattoos can also symbolize a partnership or relationship if done on the ring finger. They're a perfect way to commemorate a special date like an anniversary and can also be a pretty sweet surprise for your partner.

Bird Tattoos

Like one of the tattoo trends seen over the summer (fruit designs), the next tattoo design idea can be done in so many ways you might have more trouble narrowing down what not to get than the opposite. Enter: bird tattoos.

"Bird tattoos are getting bigger and I receive inquiries for them constantly," Smith says. Many of the inquiries that Smith has been receiving have been for more detailed portraits of the animal, but bird tattoos are one of the best tattoo ideas that you can get because you can go simple and abstract like the design seen here or big and detailed like the crane design seen ahead — you simply can't go wrong with this one.

Bird Tattoos

The best part about bird tattoos is that since the animal is so small, you can get a realistic-looking piece while keeping the scale of your tattoo down. This one shows every detail of the animal but barely takes up any space on the area.

Lower-Back Tattoos

The Y2K resurgence isn't slowing down any time soon. If you need proof: lower-back designs are one of the popular tattoos making a big comeback. "Because it [used to be] frowned upon to have visible tattoos, especially for women, [lower-back designs] became a great way to have a tattoo that you could still show off in a fun, sexy way or easily hide it," Hawaro Juul Petersen, founder and owner of Iron & Ink, previously told POPSUGAR. While younger generations are increasingly embracing the trend again, the versions that Petersen gets the most requests for are smaller and more dainty than their predecessors.

Lower-Back Tattoos

Lower-back tattoos are traditionally seen in the center of the back, but you can take your own spin on the trend and position it a little farther left or right for some visual intrigue.

Script Tattoos

Quote tattoos or script tattoos are some of the most popular tattoos for a reason: people often love the meaning behind them. "As words can carry significant weight, script tattoos allow the client something simple and sweet but also very meaningful," Austin says. "They can range from a name of a loved one to a daily reminder, in a variety of fonts to add a touch of personality to the design."

Script Tattoos

Script tattoos can be placed anywhere, and we love this "love me tender" tattoo placed on the arm. Play with different fonts to give your script tattoo different energies.

Wrist Tattoos

This tattoo trend is more about the location than the design — and that's what makes it one of the prime locations for the best tattoos. Wrist ink is perfect for anyone as it is a prime space for both delicate pieces or larger portraits. Whether you want to use the space as an extension of a finger tattoo design or you want it to stand alone, getting a wrist tattoo will ensure that not only can you easily see your design, but others can, too. Talk about an easy conversation starter.

Wrist Tattoos

While wrist tattoos can be any size, we love this example, which showcases a delicate, tiny design. It's perfect for minimalists or anyone who's getting a tattoo for the first time.

Butterfly Tattoos

A popular '90s tattoo trend making a resurgence is butterfly designs. This insect tattoo briefly fell out of style because people thought it was too "basic," but that's changing. "People are starting to re-recognized them for what they are — a classic," Jazmin Paulino, tattoo artist at Fleur Noire Tattoo in Brooklyn, NY, previously told POPSUGAR.

Butterfly Tattoos

Get as bold or as simplistic with your butterfly tattoo as you'd like. This example is an outline of a butterfly in red ink.


Ariel Baker is the assistant editor for POPSUGAR Beauty. Her areas of expertise include celebrity news, beauty trends, and product reviews. She has additional bylines with Essence and Forbes Vetted.



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