Summertime, for many people, means showing off a little more skin, and all that blank canvas may have you itching for some ink. If you’re considering a new tattoo (or your first), then you may also be curious about summer 2022’s tattoo trends.
The options for tattoo designs are near endless, but Brooklyn-based tattoo artist Jaz Paulino of High Hopes Tattoo says expect to start seeing a few “tacky” ’90s trends be reimagined. Meanwhile, artist Pobi of Ink & Water Tattoo in Brooklyn expects realism to give way to more playful creations, and traveling tattoo artist More Madeleine thinks you’ll notice more tattoos that are all about self-reflection.
No matter what you decide to get, each artist stresses the importance of doing your research, choosing an artist whose vibe aligns with your own, and trusting your instincts. “Make sure the only opinion you’re relying on is your own,” Pobi says. “People tend to overthink when they get a lot of different opinions — go with your intuition.” And remember to follow your artist’s instructions closely when it comes to tattoo aftercare. Specifics could vary by artist, design, or even climate but they often include avoiding baths, swimming, and direct sunlight, plus keeping the area properly moisturized.
Ready to know what made the hot list? Scroll on for 10 summer tattoo trends that are sure to inspire your next work of body art.