Tattoo Ideas

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10 Simple Tattoos That Make A Big Statement

Whoever said you have to go all out with your tattoo design? You don’t have to walk out of the tattoo shop with all of your limbs covered in ink. Modest, but bold tattoos are sometimes enough to make whatever statement you’re trying to make. Finding the design for your tattoo can be tough, especially when you’re trying to keep it simple and small.

 

Thankfully, there’s a trend for introverts and others who dare to get a tattoo, but not dare cover their bodies in ink. The following ideas can be used to help you decide on a tattoo that’s simple and sweet.

One-Word Tattoos

Sometimes, one word is all you need to speak volumes. Powerful words like love, life and freedom can speak bounds about a person. Do you have a particular word you use to describe yourself or your hopes and aspirations? You can have this word tatted onto the back of your neck, chest, leg, forearm or even your hand.

Worded Tattoos

Sometimes, one word isn’t enough. You can find a variety of people writing a sentence or even a paragraph of text on their bodies. Text-only tats are still very simple, one-toned ink. Common places you’ll find these tats is on backs, legs and stomachs, where there is sufficient space.

Icons

Do you love a brand so much that you want to tat its logo on your body? Or maybe you have your own business logo that you want to represent. Either way, you can do it discreetly or boldly, depending on your own flavor.

Flowers

Flowers are pretty. There are so many varieties and designs you can use, making yours unique from anyone else’s. Go for roses, tulips, vines or something else that piques your interest.

Stars

We’ve seen stars quite a lot in the tattoo world, and they seem to never get old. They can represent your love for this country or for the heaven’s above. Tat this on your tummy, back, ankle or anywhere else you deem fit.

Religious Icons

Christians, Muslims, Jews and all other religious individuals can represent their beliefs by tattooing a cross, crescent moon or Star of David on their body. You’ll normally find this on arms, backs and legs.

Ear Tattoos

Yes, we are seeing more people take their tattoos to unique places like on the earlobe. Here, you can get away with flowers, words and just about anything else that can be printed small enough.

Toe Tats

Here’s another discreet and unique place to put a tattoo. Since toes are tiny, you would have to pick something very simple, such as a word, flower, icon or something similar.

Cats and Kittens

Felines are seductive beings, so it makes sense that we’d want them tatted on our bodies. You can have a simple cat designed on the back of your neck, arm, leg and anywhere else you’d like to put it.

Bows

Yes, as in the bow you’d tie around your neck on in your hair. These are quite popular and are also very simple, but cute.

Hopefully, these ideas are enough to get your own creative juices flowing!

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10 Pokemon Tattoos That Will Have You Shaking Your Head

With Pokemon taking center stage once again now that the new “Pokemon Go” game has hit millions of smartphones across the land, people are showing their love for the brand in many ways. That, of course, includes a wide variety of Pikachu and other various Pokemon tattoos.

We’re going to take a look at 10 Pokemon tattoos that will have you shaking your head as this craze continues to amaze.

1: Articuno Leg Mural

For those who have an interest in showing their love for the game, they can depict in on their entire leg mural style.

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2: Create a Pokemon Character Montage

Can’t figure out which one of the Pokemon characters to choose from? You can do like this individual did and created a character montage.

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3: Chansey as a Zombie

Have you ever seen Chansey as a zombie? If not, now you have! This individual decided to go “goth” and turn this Pokemon character into a zombie tattoo.

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4: Is it Pikachu or Dead Pool?

This guy decided to turn Pikachu into Dead Pool for his Pokemon themed tattoo.

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5: Badge Display

Do you have an impressive badge collection you’re eager to share with your friends, but no way of displaying them? Then what better way to do it then with a tattoo, right? That’s what this guy thought.

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6: The Starters-Showing the Love

This tattoo is a montage of all the starters, and this design is a great way of showing your love for them.

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7: Collarbone Tattoo of Articuno Pokemon

They say go big or go home, right? Well, when she picked out her Pokemon design, she clearly wasn’t ready to go home.

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8: The Bold and the Beautiful

Some people like to keep their tattoo designs delicate and subtle—while others prefer to go bold and dramatic. That’s how these individuals decided to go with their Pokemon themed tattoos.

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9: It’s Quotable

This woman decided to pair her love for Pokemon characters with quotes and combine them into a tattoo for her shoulder.

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10: Always Room for Ice Cream

Have you ever seen Jiggly Puff as an ice cream? Well, if you haven’t, now you have! Not only is this a unique tattoo design but it’s cute, too.

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8 Optical Illusion Tattoos That Will Blow Your Mind

Tattoo artists are stepping up their game and becoming incredibly skilled regarding the art they’re inking onto their customers. Not only are they experimenting with new colour and shading techniques compared to decades ago, but some of their designs also look like optical illusions. Here are 8 optical illusion tattoos that will blow your mind.

1: Shadowed Butterfly

This tattoo looks cool because it appears the butterfly is perched upon her shoulder given the placement of the shadow.

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2: Behind Closed Doors

For those who like quirky tattoos, this one fits the bill—not only is it a little creepy, but it’s also well-done and unique.

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3: A Wood Carving

Speaking of well-done and unique, this replication of a woodcarving is incredibly life-like. Not only is it a conversation starter, but it’s not something you see every day.

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4: Now You See Me!

While this eye is mournful and full of emotion, that’s exactly what makes it a powerful tattoo. The tears look incredibly real. When looking at the eye, it almost appears wet. The deep shadows in the eye make it appear deep set into the skin.

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5: Who Needs Hats?

Have you ever seen a dented head? Why would you want to, right? In this case, why would want to stop looking at this scalp tattoo? The temptation to touch it is overwhelming.

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6: When Frustration Pours Out

Here is another optical illusion tattoo evoking powerful emotion. The details in this tattoo appear as though the skin is actually wrinkling. The details in the rest of the tattoo pull it together in a way that’s mesmerizing and provoking.

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7: Popeye!

Have you ever wanted an arm as muscular as Popeye’s? When you have this optical illusion tattoo, you can! The tattoo artist made this individual appear as though he’s swinging one of Popeye’s mighty arms after eating a can of spinach.

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8: M.C. Escher-esque

The work of M.C. Escher evokes optical illusion in a myriad of ways and when presented in a tattoo, it’s incredible. For those who have the opportunity to find a tattoo artist skilled enough to replicate his work, it’s an experience that will change your life.

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The work of M.C. Escher evokes optical illusion in a myriad of ways and when presented in a tattoo, it’s incredible. For those who have the opportunity to find a tattoo artist skilled enough to replicate his work, it’s an experience that will change your life.

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Are BFF Tattoos A Good Idea?

Are BFF Tattoos A Good Idea?

Some believe best friend tattoos, or BFF tattoos, are the greatest thing, while others think it’s the worst idea ever. Remember, a tattoo is something you’re going to live with the rest of your life, unless, of course, you decide to cover it up with something else or can afford tattoo removal. Give this some thought, what if you and your best friend have a falling out, or the friendship ends for an unknown reason? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of getting matching tattoos so you can decide if BFF tattoos are a smart idea.

Will the Tattoo Continue to Have Meaning?

While the last thing anyone wants to happen is to have a friendship end, especially with a best friend, it’s worth giving some thought. With that being said, if the two of you get matching tattoos, will the one you get still continue to have meaning if your friendship ends? All tattoos should have meaning when they’re picked out so, if there is a falling out, you should still love your tattoo. Be choosey when selecting tattoos with your BFF to ensure it has special meaning to the both of you so each of you will enjoy it for the rest of your lives.

Will it Still Make Sense?

Are you choosing matching tattoos or ones that continue from the other? For example, some BFF tattoos are those that are a sentence that finishes each other when touching. Others are a picture that becomes complete when touching. If your relationship sours with your BFF, will your tattoo still make sense if you decide to keep it without covering it up? If not, consider choosing another tattoo with your BFF if you have concerns about this “con.”

Will it Become a Sad Reminder?

Sometimes, a BFF tattoo could become a sad reminder if something tragic happens to a BFF. No one likes to think about this eventuality, but it could happen. What would happen if you were faced with this kind of reminder? Would you be able to look at this BFF tattoo and think happy thoughts, or would it become a sad reminder of a friendship that once was? If you’re not comfortable with this “con,” then it’s important to reconsider getting a BFF tattoo. If you look at this as a “pro” because you would memorialize your BFF, then it’s time to move forward and select a tattoo the two of you will love.

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Adrenaline Junky Gets A Tattoo While Skydiving

Adrenaline Junky Gets A Tattoo While Skydiving

Looking for a thrilling new idea for your next tattoo? Try skydiving

As ludicrous as this proposition may sound, it actually took place this week for one Canadian thrill seeker. Nadine Elaine, from Edmonton in Alberta, hopped out of a plane and held still while her friend and tattoo artist (Shannon Claydon) scratched the word ‘AHHH’ into her wrist.

Hurdling towards the earth at over 120/mph Shannon used a battery-powered machine to complete the design the sketched out well in advance of the jump. Nadine Elaine, had volunteered for the stunt after Claydon put out a public posting asking for “guinea pigs” for his latest experiment.

In less than 30 seconds the tattoo was etched onto Elaine, and then the two divers pulled apart to release their parachutes.

Take a look at the dive below. Below you can find a sequence of the stunt itself:

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Adrenaline Junky Gets A Tattoo While Skydiving

Adrenaline Junky Gets A Tattoo While Skydiving

Adrenaline Junky Gets A Tattoo While Skydiving

Adrenaline Junky Gets A Tattoo While Skydiving

Image: Caters News Agency

 

 

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25 Amazing Ideas for Your Next Tattoo Sleeve

Tattoo sleeve ideas and themes for your next design

If you’re looking for ideas for your next tattoo sleeve we have you covered. Instead of posting specific tattoo sleeve ideas and tattoo designs, we’ve decided to give you a listing of 25 amazing tattoo sleeve themes, and the artists behind the masterpieces. Take some elements for inspiration, or even better, get hooked up with one of the following tattooists for your next bit of work.

These themes should give you an excellent starting point to visualize the look of your next tattoo rather than arbitrarily seeking a tattoo sleeve. This article will present you with the a various styles of tattooing as we would love to help you make informed decisions on your next tattoo idea.

Make sure to follow all of the amazing artists in this article to stay up to date with their awesome work.

The Dotwork Tattoo Sleeve

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via: @MelowPerez

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via: @thejamesmuseum

The Contemporary Japanese Tattoo Sleeve

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via: @GogueArt

The Abstract Tattoo Sleeve

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via: @Kapiton85

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via: @ondrashtattoo

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via: @vtimv

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via: @sven_von_krantz

The Traditional Japanese Tattoo Sleeve

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via: @dongdong_mummytattoo

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via: @deathcloak

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via: @chrisreedrl1

The Blackwork Tattoo Sleeve

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via: @hanumantra

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via: @arang_eleven

The Black and Grey Tattoo Sleeve

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via: @frafetto

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via: @kris_sunkee

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via: @juncha

The Contemporary Tattoo Sleeve

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via: @adrianatak

The Bio-Mech Tattoo Sleeve

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via: @mechmastermike

The Realistic Tattoo Sleeve

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@sam_barber_tattoo

The Ornamental Tattoo Sleeve

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via: @mattblacktattoo

The Trash Polka Tattoo Sleeve

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via: @buenavistatattooclub

The Polynesian Tattoo Sleeve

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@bongtatau

The Space Themed Tattoo Sleeve

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via: @romantattoos

The Pop Culture Tattoo Sleeve

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via: @jamestattooart

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via: @benjaminlaukis

The Ornamental Japanese Tattoo Sleeve

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via: @nissaco

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Tattoo Aftercare

Tattoo Aftercare can be as simple as following a few easy to understand instructions. When following these instructions properly, most individuals tend not to have any averse reactions to the healing process. On the other-hand, a few missteps can lead to an awful experience.

What’s most important to remember with tattoo aftercare is that you are caring for an open wound; your new tattoo (all of it) is a beautiful open wound. It’s going to be free to the public and all of the environment’s micro-organisms once you remove your protective bandaging. Healing your new tattoo is therefore a battle against the elements. The best thing you can do is keep it covered and out of sunlight. Wash well, dry properly, and moisturize adequately 2-3 times/day.

Most tattoo artists will have a slightly different preference for tattoo aftercare. This is mostly made up of recommended ointments and moisturizers – and different healing times for different types of tattooing, in different parts of your body. Trust your artist;  You sat in his or her chair for a reason, and they know what they are doing. The artist understands exactly how their style of tattooing heals, and how it may differ from other healing experiences you may have had in the past.

Wash it

Make sure to keep your new tattoo clean without applying streams of water directly to the area. This is the most important step in the tattoo aftercare process.  If your tattoo is consistently barraged with water it will be extremely difficult for the wound to heal as it will not be able to scab properly.

When washing your new tattoo, do so with an unscented bar of soap and a light application of water. In the shower, keep the newly tattooed area out of the direct stream and try to avoid prolonged periods of time (as steam will loosen some of the pores currently trying to heal). Rinse gently, and avoid extended contact with the area.

Always have sterile paper towel on hand to pat-dry the area. Never rub the area as this will harm the wound.

Moisturize it

This is where it gets tricky and where most people tend to have issues. How much is “too much” or “too little”? It’s a legitimate question, but it is really tough to answer. It all depends on your skin type, absorption rates, pigments, the type of tattooing, and more. What’s important is that you keep the area moisturized without leaving it damp, sticky, and receptive to picking up new bacterias.

The art of cleaning, and moisturizing your tattoo is a delicate balance of tattoo aftercare. The goal is to prevent your tattoo from drying out while allowing it to heal – rather than “keeping your tattoo moist”. After cleaning, allow yourself a few minutes to dry prior to moisturizing your tattoo. This will allow for your body to dry the area completely, and prevent you from locking in additional moisture that could be harmful for the process.

When complete, repeat the “pat-dry” process with the paper towel. If you feel like you’re sticking to your clothes, you’ve used too much lotion.

Your artist will give you an accurate time frame for when to start using moisturizer, but normally most individuals will start in the first two days once major scabbing has started to fall off.

Let it heal

Be patient, but give it all the love it needs. In certain cases, none!

Like any wound, a new tattoo just needs to heal. If you can internalize the fact that tattoo aftercare is about “keeping your tattoo from drying out” rather than “keeping it moist” you’ll get the hang of this in no time.

Follow these steps, and your tattoo will come out looking awesome

 

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How To Stop Tattoo Itch

You just got a new tattoo and it’s starting to heal. The healing is causing an uncontrollable itch – a sign of proper healing –  that you know you can’t scratch (without ruining your latest masterpiece).  So what do you do?

Here are three ideas you can try to stop tattoo itch:

Chew bubble gum

This method is an idea for ignoring your tattoo itch. Chewing bubble gum is a proven method for getting your mind off an activity due to it’s physical, passive nature. Other items that may help you get rid of your itch are: playing video games, typing, practicing an instrument, and anything that requires the use of your physical assets in conjunction with your mind.

Pat the area lightly

Patting the area can help to sooth tattoo itch. If you are going to pat the area, it’s recommended that you pat lightly and do so over your clean clothing. Using your barehands to pat your open tattoo wound can be a very bad idea; even when washed throughly, hands carry immense amounts of bacteria. You should avoid making direct contact with your healing tattoo at all possible times.

Use ice

A last resort item for stopping tattoo itch is the use of ice wrapped in a towel. Place ice in a Ziploc bag and wrap it in a towel, pat your tattoo down or hold the compress over your healing skin. This gives the area a new sensation and helps to take your mind off the itch.

It’s extremely important that you wrap the ice in a Ziploc as you do not want ice/excess water making direct contact with your healing tattoo. 

The question of “How to stop tattoo itch” is an age old item that plagues all tattoo enthusiasts. Different skin types, diets, levels of health, tattoo placement, and types of ink can all effect the healing process and how long your itch may last. Generally, tattoo itch should only last for a few days to a week – however instances of healthy healing have been reported as long as four weeks after tattooing – so don’t be surprised should your itch persist.

If you experience a severe itching or any other signs of an allergic reaction, it’s best to visit a doctor.

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10 Polynesian Tattoo Ideas And Their Meanings

Polynesian tattoo ideas and elements for inspiration

Looking for ideas for your next Polynesian tattoo? We’ve got you covered. Instead of posting specific Polynesian tattoo ideas and designs, we’ve decided to give you a listing of 10 popular Polynesian tattoo elements that you can use for inspiration.

These elements should give you an excellent starting point to visualize the look of your next tattoo rather than arbitrarily seeking a Polynesian tattoo design. We’re also presenting you with the meanings and symbolism for each element, as there’s nothing worse than getting a tattoo you don’t understand. Polynesian tattooing has a deep history and meaning, honour the tradition by visiting artists who have proven their craft.

Shark Teeth (Niho Mano)

In Polynesian lore sharks represent the god of Polynesian people, for this reason, shark teeth are highly prevalent in the majority of Polynesian tattooing. Sharks teeth – a symbol for shelter, coverage, guidance, power, ferocity, and adaptability – can be displayed in a variant of combinations (as individual rows, multiple rows, horizontal, vertical, etc).

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Sun

The sun has deep meaning in Polynesian tattooing. Generally – prosperity, brilliance, grandiosity, and leadership – however in conjunction with other elements of polynesian tattooing, the sun can take on different meanings. The suns rays, size, and shape can all express a different associated meanings. A rising sun can be connected with rebirth, while a sunset can be connected with the afterlife.

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Shells

In Polynesian tattooing their are Turtle Shells, and Sea Shells. Turtle Shells share meaning with their turtle counterpart (long life, family, harmony etc.). Sea shells on the other hand represent protection, a shield, and in certain cases intimacy. It’s common to see both types of shells in Polynesian tattooing, below we’ve depicted a set of Turtle Shells.

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Enata

Enata are used in Polynesian tattooing to symbolize both gods and men and rank in society. In common design a reversed Enata can be used for representing an enemy, and a combination of Enata can be used to represent a defensive structure. Enata can also be used to form other traditional Polynesian tattoo elements, such as the Turtle you can read about below.

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Turtle

Common meanings for the Turtle in Polynesian tattooing are wellness, fertility, family, harmony, and a long life (eternity). Turtles also act as a navigational guide. Uniquely a turtle can be formed by combing two Enata in parallel.

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Spearheads

Spearheads are quite commonly used in almost all Polynesian Tattoo Ideas. They’re used to express courage, dominance, and willpower – and are a staple of Polynesian design. Like the sun, spearheads are used in conjunction with specific elements to convey different meanings. For example; a line of spearheads parallel to a line of upside down Enata can represent the defeat of one’s enemies.

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Tiki

The Tiki is a symbol of the Polynesian Semi-Gods. As a Guardian, the Tiki mainly represents protection. Different elements of the Tiki can symbolize different meanings; for instance, when the nose is seen to be “sniffing” it means that it is sensing danger prior to it’s arrival.

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Lizard (Moko)

Lizards and Geckos are regarded as forms of Gods with regards to Polynesian tattoo design. These gods are called “Moko”, co-incidentally Moko is the name for facial tattooing in the Maori culture. Lizards are regarded as the ancestors of the polynesian people with the power to bridge the gap between the spirt world, and the living.

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Marquesan Cross

The Marquesan Cross is widely used in Polynesian Tattooing to symbolize a balance between elements, or a harmony. Often confused with Lizard symbols; a distinguishing factor is the lack of a tail, or head in the Marquesan Cross. The origin of the element is still unknown to this day.

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Ocean

The Polynesian people highly regard the ocean as their final destination when they pass away, therefore the Ocean in Polynesian tattooing can represent death, and an afterlife. The ocean has a dual meaning in that it also represents a food source, fertility, and persistence. The ocean is the complete lifecycle.

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Pointillism Tattoo Ideas And The 28 Artists You Need To Follow

Pointillism tattoo ideas for inspiration

If you’re looking for tattoo ideas for your next bit of pointillism we’ve got you covered. Instead of posting specific elements of pointillism, we’ve decided to give you a listing of 28 popular artists that you can use for inspiration. Or if you’re lucky, book an appointment with.

These artist should give you an excellent starting point to visualize the look of your next tattoo rather than arbitrarily seeking out an abstract design.

@ivan_hack

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@mattblacktattoo

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@maxim.xiii

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@coryferguson

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@karllinger1211

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@zellkern

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@akseliaro

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@rob__hoskins

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@bryndonshepherd

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@nathanmouldtattoo

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@micky_benavides

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@delphinenoiztoy

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@flaviosouzarts

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@freakgarcia

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@brandon_crone

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@tinedefiore

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@gerhardweisbeck

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@ibrahimtattoo

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@pepvicio

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@xnazax

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@coreydivine

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@anna_day

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@toogoodtattoo

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@jondix

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@tomastomas108

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