A tattoo is sexy. No matter what kind of woman you are, whether you’re the feminine, girly on-trend kind of woman, or the boss lady who takes no prisoners (or any other kind) there’s a tattoo ready to match. Celebrating and honoring your body with sexy tattoo art is a brilliant idea.
In this guide, we’ve found 100 of our favorite tattoo ideas for women. Scroll through the full list or navigate down through the table of contents!
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10 Tattoo Ideas for Women’s Shoulder Area
The shoulder area is a lovely place to get a tattoo! Show off your feminine shoulders in a strapless top and put your body art on display. Women’s shoulder tattoos can be at the front by the collar bone, on the shoulder corner, or on the shoulder blade.
Shoulder to Collar Bone Tattoo
This summery, delicate tattoo looks lovely gracing over a shoulder. The curves of the feminine tattoo will curl around your collarbone beautifully.
Minimalist Dream Catcher
No colors but a lot of charm. This simple fine line tattoo over the shoulder looks like a kind of minimalist dream catcher to us. What do you think?
Fluttering butterflies! The size of these butterfly tattoos is absolutely perfect for the shoulder area. Large enough to be seen, but small enough to flutter. Tattoo size is an important factor.
Fine Line Shoulder Tattoo
Cool and quirky. Get your favorite cocktail tattooed on your shoulder – or any item or icon you like, really. Small hearts, initials and stars look particularly good in this style.
Traditional Tiger Shoulder Tattoo
Using the back of the shoulder allows you more space to work in detail. This black and grey tiger tattoo is artfully created with just the right level of shading.
Science Line Tattoo
We’re loving the science theme, but you aren’t limited to it. This womens tattoo idea shows how the top of the shoulder is a brilliant placement for sentence-length tatts.
Floral Shoulder Cap Tattoos
This tattoo artist uses blackwork, but a colorful floral tattoo looks good here too. It’s also a good womens shoulder cover-up tattoo, as it’s bold and uses thick lines.
Quote Tattoo on The Shoulder
Running from the back of your neck to the tip of your shoulder, you have a neat and straight line to follow… so it’s no surprise that this is a popular placement for quote tatts.
Symbolic Womens Shoulder Tattoo
How cute is this little heart symbol? The shoulder area provides a medium-small space that’s great for circular type icons and symbols. Naval stars look cool here too.
Minimalist Astrology Tatt
A single small tattoo would look a little lost but creating a miniature galaxy with many tiny tattoos works really well. We love how delicate this modern tattoo is.
10 Tattoo Ideas for Women’s Back
These 10 women’s back tattoo ideas will decorate your spine, shoulders, and mid-back with beautiful designs. Your back is a brilliant canvas for a tattoo artist to get creative. For lower back designs, keep scrolling down through our women’s tattoo ideas guide.
Henna Style Spine Tattoo
The beautiful yet simple black lines almost appear like a henna design, but this is a permanent tattoo. It follows your spine to highlight length and elegance.
Women’s Mid-Back Scene Tattoo
From vertical to horizontal, this tattoo creates a moon and sun scene using your mid back as a canvas. The large size of tattoo you can fit here allows minute detail.
Matching Friendship Tattoos
Matching sun and moon tattoos for friends or lovers. These are beautifully designed – but you could opt for a smaller yet equally beautiful matching tattoo on your shoulder instead.
Women’s Snake Tattoo
This tattoo is a great example of a back and shoulder tattoo that flows well over the space. The simple black lines and traditional style are truly eye-catching.
Traditional Full Back Tatt
Another snake tattoo! This one is a work in progress (part-way through shading) but you can see how well the entire back space is filled with the design.
Bouquet Between Shoulder Blades
Between the shoulder blades is a very popular and feminine spot for a tattoo. You can also cover this tattoo with a racer-back style top easily, if need be.
Contemporary Hand Poke Line Art
This line art is incredibly contemporary and looks beautiful on the woman’s back. With the tattoo placement on an arm or leg, you wouldn’t achieve the same fluidity and grace.
Pick your favorite font or calligraphy for this quote – the wide expanse of your back allows you to use elaborate fonts that are large enough to be readable from a distance.
Upper Back Spread Tattoo
The shape of this tattoo makes use of the broad shoulder area. Angel wings, birds, and even bats fit here nicely. Lovely for showing off your shoulders and upper back!
This wolf tattoo with floral detail shows how a small portrait could look good on your back when the sizing and placement is right. The shading on this is stunning.
10 Tattoo Ideas for Women’s Lower Back
The lower back is a popular spot for a tattoo. Easily covered up by high-waisted jeans or shown off with crop tops. Too often, these tatts are labeled as “tramp stamps” but we think an artfully selected tattoo can look really beautiful in this placement. It’s worth considering!
Tiara Style Lower Back Tatt
A simple yet very classic lower back tattoo. It’s understated and basic, yet that’s what gives it charm and elegance. Line tattoos look great practically everywhere!
Thigh to Back Tattoo
With the center of the tattoo design on your lower back, you have plenty of space to expand down to your thighs and up to your shoulder, if you want to be ambitious.
Minimalist Heart Tatt
A mix of contemporary and tribal styles, used in a minimalistic lower back tattoo, creates a really nice design. Can you see the heart hidden at the center?
Boss Lady Quote
This tattoo is badass! The all-caps font, the black ink, the ultra-low placement… everything about it is sexy and commanding. If you’re a boss lady, get your fave quote inked here.
Play with, and enhance, your natural curves with a lower back tattoo that wraps around your waist and dips down. This purely decorative tatt complements the feminine form.
Minimalist Placement Tatts
The sporadic placements of these simple line tattoos are lovely, but you could create a more organized look by lining them up by your lower back. Use symbols that matter.
Symmetrical Lower Back Tattoo
From your mid to lower back, your spine acts as a divider between the two halves of your back – this tattoo design plays with that, creating symmetrical artwork.
Thai Inspired Womens Tattoo
Another symmetrical tiger tattoo but in a very different style. This shows you how versatile tattoos are – you can opt for something common like a tiger but make it unique in style.
The lower back might not seem like the obvious choice for a portrait tatt – even an animal portrait. But with the floral detail and wide-spread shape, this really works!
10 Most Feminine Tattoo Ideas For Women
Most of our list organizes tattoos by their placement, but there are some truly beautiful and feminine tattoos that don’t fit into a particular box.
These 10 tattoos are effortlessly feminine, whether they flow to your natural curves or play up your femininity. Whatever being a woman means to you, these tattoos can help you express that.
Wrist Heart Tattoo
The heart on the wrist is a classic tattoo and very feminine without being girly. The choice of font and line thickness is the difference between masculine and feminine here.
Hip Side Bird Tatt
We think this bird may be a type of peacock, but we like the idea of any bird here. It’s a symbol of freedom! Consider a phoenix tattoo – fire, passion and rebirth.
Behind The Ear Tattoo Design
A small branch around your ear – either behind it or balanced carefully along the shell – is effortlessly feminine. Consider switching the simple branch for flowers to add color.
Fine Line Dot Tattoo
These tiny dots are intriguing and allow you to say that you got a tattoo… with minimal pain! Decorating your fingers, especially if you have great nails, is very feminine.
Rib Quote Tattoo
The side of your body, along your ribs, is a popular spot for feminine designs and quotes. The area is quite bony so it may push your pain tolerance, however.
Floral Torso Tattoo
Daisies, roses, peonies… these are all very cliché flowers to have tattooed on your body. We love that this feminine tattoo chooses a different flower, possibly with a hidden meaning.
Small Hip Tattoo
There are a lot of large hip tattoos, but we like the small ones too. This floral design sits on the outer curve, but you could place it inside the hip bone.
Delicate Torso Tattoo
This tattoo shows how a full torso tattoo doesn’t need to be bold, bright and made with thick lines. Delicate feminine shapes create this mesmerizing body art.
A Word to Live By
This tattoo sits beneath the hip, by the thigh crease and groin. It says a lot… with just one word. If you could get just one word inked, what would it be?
From delicate blossoms on each toe, to artfully created floral bunches along the side of your foot. Your feet are a canvas for ink that you shouldn’t rule out.
Also Read: 25 Amazing Foot Tattoo Designs With Meanings
10 Tattoo Ideas for Womens Sleeve
Tattoo sleeves aren’t just for men. Womens sleeves (both on the arms and legs) can be amazing when done right by a professional tattoo artist. Here you can find our 10 favorite womens tattoo sleeve ideas. Don’t forget that the larger the tattoo, the more sessions and the higher the cost is.
Full Leg Sleeve
Let’s dive right in! This full leg sleeve is gorgeous, showing plenty of floral and leaf detail along with a stunning doe. It’s artfully inked and we love it.
Woodland Scene Sleeve Tattoo
Another scenery sleeve. We love the detail and shading in this one. You don’t always need thick lines outlining everything. This tatt goes from shoulder to wrist.
American Traditional Tattoo Sleeve
We love this tattoo style. American traditional tattoos have a select color palette and use bold lines to create designs like this. Group them together to create a sleeve.
Vine Arm Tattoo Sleeve
Rather than just having flowers or leaves along your arm, why not make them grow up your arm? The way this vine loops around the arm creates a stunning sleeve.
Polynesian Contemporary Sleeve
Bold but beautiful. This contemporary take on traditional Polynesian designs is stunning. We think it would work just as well as a leg sleeve as it does here, on the forearm.
Linked Blackwork Sleeve
Creating several (or many) separate tattoos all in the same color or style is a great way to build up a sleeve over time. It’s a good idea if you’re on a tight budget!
Colorful Roses and Skulls
We can’t see much of this sleeve, but we imagine it’s beautiful. Roses and skulls, we hope! The bold design and bright colors look amazing and really catch your eye.
The mandala tattoo trend always gets us excited. Build up mandala loops and patterns over your arm to create a full sleeve. They look great in color or black and white.
Black and Grey Realistic Tattoo
This hyper-realistic tattoo looks amazing and it’s so detailed! Combining a portrait on the upper arm (perfect place for it) with symbols (e.g. flowers) beneath it creates an awesome sleeve.
Black and White Womens Sleeve Tattoo Idea
Absolutely stunning! The simple design that’s blown up large to cover the full arm looks amazing. There’s not much detail, but it doesn’t need it.
10 Women’s Forearm Tattoo Ideas
The forearm and wrist area is an extremely popular location for a tattoo. Excluding sleeves, forearm tattoos for women are very varied. They can be small and easily hidden by a bracelet or watch… or they can be bright and eye-catching. Some may even flow down to your fingers or match up with other tatts on your body.
Pet Line Art
Find the right tattoo artist, and you can have your beloved pet forever immortalized on your body. The forearm is a nice spot to place a small and tasteful pet tattoo.
Floral Wrist Band
Bright colors and floral patterns are just so pretty! What we really love about this tattoo is that it’s small enough to hide under a thick watch strap, and the level of detail.
Large Branch Tattoo
This could be an olive branch or perhaps a species of eucalyptus. Either way, it’s gorgeous and looks so great on the forearm. It’s a naturally long, vertical canvas for designs like this.
Detailed Pet Portrait
Rather than go for minimalist and line art styles, why not go realistic? The way this cute cat pops out of the diamond shape is really cool and great on your forearm.
Botanical Flower Tattoo
What makes these marigolds so different to other floral tattoos is the level of detail. It’s inked with botanical accuracy! This is a great style for flora and fauna.
Wrist Bows Tatt
This is a really sweet and feminine tattoo. A bow, whether it’s realistic or not, looks lovely by your wrist. In this tattoo, the bows represent a mother and two daughters.
Intricate Inner Arm Tattoo
Extending from the tip of one finger up to your forearm, this tattoo includes a lot of detail and is quite mesmerizing to behold. We think this will look amazing once colored!
Personal Line Tattoo
This shows how a simple line tattoo can hold so much personal meaning, from the choice of the colors to the woman and the cat. It clearly represents something to the wearer.
Beneath the Elbow Crease
That spot beneath your inner elbow crease is perfect for tattoos like this. Small but detailed! Any design or color scheme will work here but we really like the bee in this one.
Simple Tree Forearm Tattoo for Women
The tree of life? Or just a lovely tattoo design? You decide. We really like this style. It’s quite cartoon-like rather than delicate, and it looks great on women.
10 Tattoo Ideas for Women’s Upper Arm
If you’re looking for women’s tattoo ideas that work on your upper arm only, these 10 designs will be perfect for you. Generally, tattoos on the upper arm are placed on the outside of the arm, often above the elbow. You can get a tattoo on the inside of your arm, but this can be quite painful!
Choose a small tattoo design if you need to hide the tatt with short sleeves for work.
We love this tattoo! It has a sense of whimsy without being too much. The dancing skeletons are joyful, and the placement is perfect. It uses the upper arm space beautifully.
American Traditional Portrait
This is a really chic upper arm tattoo idea and it doesn’t need to be too big to look good. It works well up high, by the shoulder, but could also fit on your forearm.
Skulls and Roses
You might normally associate skull tattoos with tattoo ideas for men, but there’s nothing stopping you from getting this tattoo as well. The roses are a nice touch.
Hero Character Tattoo
Yes, it’s Mulan from the Disney film. The upper arm is a great spot for portraits, so consider getting your hero, muse, or favorite childhood princess tattooed here permanently.
Illustrated Quote Tattoo
A meaningful quote (we really love this one) alongside a symbol or simple illustration is a really nice tattoo for your upper arm. Just remember, anyone can read it!
Mini Butterflies Tattoo
Using the upper arm as a horizontal canvas rather than a vertical one allows you to place tattoos like this. The butterflies are adorable and so simple. Love it.
Symbolic Bird Arm Tattoo
This bird is a peregrine falcon, but eagles are usually the most popular choice for bird tattoos. They symbolize freedom, adventure, nobility and sometimes patriotism as well.
Many floral arm tattoos are focused on the forearm, but not this one. The water lily is a beautiful flower to have inked on your body. They symbolize the circle of life.
Artistic Style Tattoo
A strip of stars and the moon is a popular tattoo on your arm, but this design makes it unique by mimicking the style of a famous artist – Vincent Van Gogh.
Watercolor Floral Tattoo
Watercolor tattoos are hugely popular and a massive trend this year. We love how this one uses simple black lines on top of the color to add some definition.
10 Tattoo Ideas for Women’s Legs
We have a whole section on thigh tattoos below, but there are plenty of other leg tattoos to give you inspiration. If your arms are usually exposed for work but you still want a reasonably sized tattoo somewhere you can easily show it off on the weekends, then your lower legs and ankles are a good choice.
Who said skulls were all about death and gore? This lower leg skull tattoo has a hint of Mexico’s Day of the Dead about it, with a hint of Rio Carnival.
Dragonfly Leg Tattoo
Hovering just below the knee, this simple black line dragonfly tattoo looks amazing. It’s quite subtle but also very detailed. We love the webbing on the wings.
Ankle Angel Wing Tatt
This is a really sweet tattoo that’s easy to hide with socks, if need be. Wings can symbolize many things, but by the feet it can mean flying away and freedom.
Butterfly Behind the Knee
Getting inked behind your knee certainly hurts a lot but the effects are amazing. We love how bright and colorful this butterfly is, and how it will catch attention as you walk.
Mandala Leg Sleeve
By tattooing a mandala sleeve on your leg rather than your arm, you can get in much more detail and achieve a grander scale. We think it looks epic.
Rose and Scorpion
The beauty of the rose with the sting of the scorpion. Amazing symbolism here! We love the traditional American style too. Great for black and white or color tatts.
Elephant Leg Tattoo Idea
This cute elephant sits above the ankle on the lower leg of this woman. Elephants are really popular animals to have tattooed near your ankles, especially baby elephants.
This tatt shows how you can wrap around your knee from your lower leg easily with the right design. You could even create a really long plant vine from ankle to knee.
Simple Butterfly Ankle Tattoo
The two-tone colors in these butterflies is absolutely exquisite. The design is great as well, as you can scale it up or down to suit different body placements.
There’s something feminine yet dangerous about this dragon! You can’t help but love the clever use of color in the flowers and detail in the dragon scales.
10 Tattoo Ideas for Women’s Thigh Area
Thighs are a wonderful place to get a tattoo. The flesh here is usually quite thick and there’s plenty of padding, which means that the pain will be at a minimum. Furthermore, your things offer quite a large space, so you have more freedom with the size and placement of your tatt. Many thigh tattoo ideas for women flow down from the hip and groin area.
Full Thigh to Hip Tatt
This thigh tattoo is stunning. The floral motif that swirls and flows from hip to thigh is alluring and really accentuates your natural curves. We like the black and white design too.
Back of Thigh Text
If you want to be bold and really “out there” then consider getting words tattooed on the backs of your thighs. Finish with a short skirt to show your ink off.
Evening Primrose Outline
As mentioned, the large canvas that a thigh provides makes it an amazing placement for larger and more detailed floral designs, like this gorgeous yet simple evening primrose tattoo.
Font Tattoo Thigh Idea
Elegant script over the front of your thigh is lovely. Although, there is enough space here for a full paragraph if you want! Consider horizontal text direction too.
American Traditional Style Serpent
How stunning do these colors look? American traditional tattoos look great on thighs. You can make them quite small, thanks to their simplicity and limited color options.
Nope, it’s not a snake. This simple ribbon tattoo is a nice idea. You could even make it a pink ribbon, for the symbol of breast cancer survivors. There’s lots of scope here.
Girl and Flowers Tatt
This thigh tattoo has amazing summer vibes. The fine black line tattoo style works well but a little color in the flowers wouldn’t be amiss. What do you think? Would you get this tattoo?
Detailed Octopus Tattoo Design
Don’t forget the side of the thigh! The outer edge of your thigh is quite fatty, so it’s a low pain area that allows you to get in plenty of detail.
Floral Back of Thigh Idea
Let’s take thigh tattoos in another direction. This simple floral tattoo design wraps around the back of the thigh, just under the ass. It’s unusual but we like it.
Watercolor Tiger Thigh Tattoo
Adding watercolor flowers to a semi-detailed tiger portrait requires a large canvas to work on. The thigh is a good option, but we suspect this would be a great back piece too.
10 Tattoo Ideas for Women’s Breast Area
Breasts are a popular area to get tattoos. Well, to be specific, the space to the sides and underneath the breasts are most popular. Remember, tattoos on your breasts or ribs will be quite painful, as the skin here is sensitive and the ribs are close to the skin with not a lot of padding.
Queen Bee Breast Tatt
Are you the queen bee of your group? This tattoo looks great in that central placement, in the valley between your breasts. Looks great in color or black and white!
Sakura Breast Tattoo Design
Sakura, also known as cherry blossom, is a beautiful floral design for a breast tattoo. It’s delicate and uses soft shades of pink, which naturally compliment your skin tone.
Line Art Rose
Rose on the breast is a classic romantic tattoo… but this design shakes it up. A single line art rose placed to the side of the breast is classy and modern.
Floral Sternum Tattoo Idea
The rib area, also known as the sternum, between your belly button and breasts is a nice canvas for a design like this. But you’d best have a high pain tolerance!
Abstract Poppy Design
This tattoo placement is more on the side body than by the breast, but due to the simplicity of the design, it could be easily scaled down and moved around.
Floral Vine Underwire Tattoo
The shape and location of this tattoo is like the underwire in your bra. It’s a great place for a tattoo as it’s rarely seen… unless you want to show it off. Wink wink.
Minimalist Moon Symbol
There are two tattoos here, one slightly above the breasts and the other slightly below. But both fit nicely in that valley between them. It looks great when tattoos are lined up!
You don’t need an abundance of leaves and flowers to make a nice tattoo here. We love the simplicity of this one but are curious about how it would look in color.
Butterfly Clavicle Tattoo Idea
Your chest area above your breasts can also be a nice place for a tattoo. That gap between your neck and breasts is quite delicate and feminine, so choose a design like this butterfly.
Beach Themed Breast Tattoo
You don’t need to go floral to create a simple design beneath one breast! This seaside themed tattoo looks great and is so simple. What scene would you get tattooed here?
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