5 Hottest Tattoo Trends and How to Create Them

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Are you looking for ways to build up your customer base as a tattoo artist? Are you a beginner that wants to create desirable tattoos to generate a substantial salary? If so, then you need to learn all about the hottest tattoo trends.

Doing so will put you ahead of the curve. Rather than creating generic tattoos that no one will buy, why not create those that people find appealing. It’s all about generating a base of tattoo designs for the masses.

See below for some of the hottest tattoo trends that customers are looking for and how you can capitalize on them for your business.

1. Minimalist Design

No matter what industry a business is in, there is one trend that’s resonating with customers for all products and services: simplicity. 

A large reason for this is the Millennial market, which now reigns the tattoo market. Millennials were raised in a time where their families were battling through the recession in the early 2000s. As a result, they’re very minimal with their approach to life.

This is true for everything that they do: the items that they purchase, the way they live, the clothes they wear, and even the design of the tattoos that they get. They love tattoos with a simplistic design with the power to send a higher, louder message.

For example, many Millennials are getting semicolon tattoos in various fonts, styles, and sizes. However, the semicolon is almost always marked with black ink. While it might just be a punctuation symbol to some, the semicolon actually symbolizes their fight (and victory) with depression, thoughts of suicide, and other stress-related mental health issues.

Make sure that your portfolio has a few minimalist designs to show off. The simplistic design of the tattoo also helps most customers justify getting one. It’s subtle, but still gives them the thrill of getting a tattoo with friends, getting a tattoo on a whim, etc.

2. Visible Tattoos

Most of us want to overlook the pandemic and never give it a second thought. However, there’s no denying the shift that the year 2020 gave most people. 

One of the biggest shifts come from Corporate America, which had no choice but to loosen the control they had over their workforce. People were forced to work from home and the results were amazing

In fact, the link above shows that 77-percent of remote workers report higher levels of productivity than when they were confined to the walls of a cubicle/office. That increase has challenged the thinking of modern-day business owners and what should now count as “acceptable”.

One of the biggest topics of conversation is visible tattoos, which were a huge no-no for most companies before 2020. These days, visible tattoos seem like a minuscule problem to employers considering their struggle to find employees.

What does all of this mean for your tattoos? Visible tattoos are all the rage these days, baby! People can get them without worrying about whether it will damage their career. Fill your portfolio with examples of visible, colorful tattoos on hands, forearms, calves, necks, and anywhere else you can think of.

3. Thin Frame Tattoos

This is one of the hottest trends in the tattoo world, right now. People all over the country are exploring the awesome capabilities that a thin frame tattoo can offer.

As the name would imply, these tattoos feature a thin frame with a picture that fills the inside of it. The picture is typically very detailed and colorful, making it appear as if the rest of the photo is hiding under your skin.

Even with the thin parameters, there is a ton of room for creativity and symbolism. For example, if your client considers themselves to challenge the status quo and borders that society lays out for them, they can get a thin line tattoo that runs over the frame in parts.

This is growing especially popular with those that are running out of room to add more tattoos on their body, for obvious reasons.

4. Tribal Style Tattoos

Just for the record, this is more of a tattoo staple, not just another trend. Tribal-style tattoos have been a hot commodity for a long time, and they aren’t going away anytime soon.

One reason for this could be the impression that lovable celebrities like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Momoa have had showing off their tribal tats on the big screen. Who knows?

Point is, you’ll want to show off your ability and understanding of creating awesome tribal-style tattoos in your portfolio. Be sure to study the meaning of those tattoos before you start putting them on clients’ bodies, however.

5. Single Line Tattoos

This is an opportunity for you to flex your skills not just as a tattooist, but as an abstract artist. You’ll get the chance to take one line and turn it into something beautiful and meaningful

The single-line tattoo is generally used to express mourning for a loved one or to symbolize the fragility of this one life we all get to live. It goes back to that minimalist trend we mentioned earlier.

Fill those portfolios with single-line tattoo concepts. They can be used as inspiration for the eventual tattoo one of your customers wish to get.

Create the Hottest Tattoo Trends for Your Portfolio Today

Now that you have seen an in-depth guide on the hottest tattoo trends and how you can use them to your advantage, be sure to use this to your advantage.

Be sure to visit this page for more information on how you can become a tattoo artist and start growing your craft into a full-time profession. For more information, please reach out to us via phone at 727-940-7200.