Historically tattooing dates back as early as 6000BC and has been practiced all across the globe. Tattooing has come a long way in that time. It has become more hygienic, more advanced, more acceptable socially and most of all more of an art form. Whilst traditionally tattooing was always done with black or blue inks, thanks to scientific advancements we now have access to all kinds of interesting colors. With that in mind we thought it would be a great opportunity to take a look at 40 colorful tattoo ideas for boys and girls.
Thanks to advancements in tattoo equipment and artists really honing their skills we now get works of art like this one above that can be tattooed as if your skin is an art canvas.
Freehand back piece
Many people these days will travel to all corners of the world to find tattoo artists that they admire. In some instances they will simply just lie down on the table and let the tattoo artist freehand whatever comes to mind. Whilst it may sound daunting to some, this is also how you get amazing and interesting tattoo pieces like the above one.
Water color style
Tattooists can even mimic certain styles of art such as water color above. Notice the pastel style colors and even the splatter effect of the brush that has been replicated with tattoo inks.
With so many colored inks now available the possibilities are limitless. Bright and colorful tattoos are particularly popular amongst women.
All the colors of the rainbow
Whilst some colors will show up better on certain skin tones, we don’t think there is a better example of just all the colors available to be tattooed than the above image with (almost) every color imaginable!
Coloring and shading tattoos can really make them pop right off your skin and look all the more appealing. Above you can see a great example of such tattoos.
Another example of a very different style of colorful tattoo. The ink splatter effect and water color style colors in the lightbulb are very different to traditional tattooing and becoming a popular choice of young men these days.
Flower skull tattoo
Here is a popular style of tattoo that originates from the day of the dead skulls in Mexico.
Roses have been a popular choice of tattoo for both men and women for a very long time. Here you can see how adding some color really makes the rose pop and stand out.
Remember when you were young and got told off for coloring in outside of the lines? Well when it comes to art, rules are meant to be broken and here is a great example of how that can lend to making a great looking tattoo.
Tattoos up the sides of peoples ribs are very popular nowadays. They can easily be covered with a shirt for work and they can look very sexy on both men and women alike.
Geometric style of tattooing is also another popular style these days. Here you can see a giraffe that is made up of smaller colorful shapes.
When it comes to womens tattoos, none is more popular and timeless than that of the butterfly. So why not get 3?!
We absolutely love this wolf design. It looks like it’s painted on! The detail and shading was definitely done by a professional and the colorful design behind it really makes the wolf stand out even more.
Lion dripping tattoo
Another cool example of a different tattoo style. The dripping paint or ink effect that forms an animal is a really cool modern style.
Lady with lots of tattoos
The thing about tattoos is, once you get one… it’s pretty hard to stop! Tattoos can be done pretty much anywhere on your body and can look really sexy when women have them all over their bodies.
Have a lot of colorful tattoos? Why not go with colorful hair as well to really stand out! This is becoming a popular style with alternative girls nowadays and we really like it.
To most people skulls are considered morbid. Above you can see a great example of how she has made the skull colorful and vibrant and work in with the rest of her sexy tattoos.
Having full tattoo sleeves that are colorful and full of traditional tattoos are becoming more popular with guys. Diamonds, roses, crowns, wings and waves are all traditional tattoo designs and here you can see them all worked in to a great looking sleeve.
Crazy yacht tattoo
Whilst tattoos like the one above may look crazy and out there to some. A lot of other people will pay huge amounts of money to get famous tattoo artists with unique styles to tattoo them with such works of art.
Colorful skull design
Another great example of how paint splatter effects and dripping paints can make a really cool looking tattoo.
Love key design
A great example of how a smudged/washed out effect can work well if there is a solid black design in the middle such as the key.
Abstract lion tattoo
Do you see a lion or mountains? This looks like one of those ‘what do you see’ online tests. This is the kind of tattoo that you could stare at for hours and not get bored.
Skulls going this way, skulls going that way – here is a beautiful example of how colorful and well shadowed tattoos can look awesome. They even match the shower curtains!
Point of no return is what it reads. Script across the chest with wings and a clock is a common chest tattoo for guys these days and usually the time on the clock will be symbolic to the person.
Is that a mummy bandage wrap you see? Well it’s interesting that mummies were actually the earliest found people to ever be tattooed.
Bright and colorful dove tattoos are very popular with girls. This one has a cool kaleidoscope effect.
Having full sleeve tattoos is often a great way for guys and girls to express their individuality as well as their interests or things they are passionate about which will often be represented by tattoos on them.
Full body tattoo
When deciding on colors many people will look to keep a theme or only a few colors such as the above one with just reds and blues.
Another great geometric tattoo design. It’s crying but still manages to look like a happy tattoo.
Tree of life
This one looks like the tree was painted by someone such as Monet. It’s very colorful and great style.
Another great lion design. Lions are popular with both boys and girls and are often a sign of strength.
This one looks like it’s telling the story of the butterfly freeing itself from the cocoon below and is no doubt symbolic of freedom and beauty.
There is no bird with more beautiful feathers than the peacock and as such they have become popular for girls to get tattooed.
Many people are opting for more ‘out there’ designs these days. This one almost looks like it was influence by Salvador Dali and the result is fantastic and dreamy.
His and hers
It’s always great to share common interests with your partner, so why not get a tattoo together?
What was once generally considered a tattoo for just male sailors to get, is now popular amongst alternative females.
Deer galaxy design
We hope you love these galaxy style animal designs as much as we do. So beautiful!
Here is a second look at one from before so you can see the upside down skull the right way up this time!
Like lightening bolts erupting, this is a great looking and different tattoo.
A great example of combining two very popular tattoos, the anchor and compass in to one colorful design.
Like a traditional Sailor Jerry style tattoo, we love this neck piece of an old ship with a flower border to really make it pop!