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Tattoo Ideas: My Future Designs

Growing up, I never thought that I would ever be a tattoo person. For a long time, I let the cultural values associated with heavy ink and noticeable piercings seep into my own identity, until I was able to see how silly those negative connotations are.

I’m glad I did.

Tattoos, like any kind of art, are a form of self-expression. The medium is just on skin rather than canvas, with ink instead of acrylic. Whether tattoos are filled with meaning and sentiment or are simply an aesthetically pleasing design, I love how they decorate the body and give a peek into who someone is.

Right now, I’ve got two tattoos: a collection of arrows, and a mountain range. My mom drew my eclectic group of arrows, and the mountains are a constant reminder of where my heart is.

I’ve got several more ideas loaded and ready to go. They are pricey (for good reason!), and a little low on my list of purchase priorities. However, when the time comes, these are the tattoo ideas I’m looking at.

Sunshine, of Course

My next tattoo is going to be a sun. It’s pretty on-brand, and something that I have wanted for quite some time. I am inspired by this minimalist design, and would love it on the underside of my forearm.

Sunshine Tattoo Idea

A Little Latin

I have always enjoyed the three-word Latin phrase, “veni vidi vici,” which translates to “I came, I saw, I conquered.” However, I wanted to tailor the phrase more to me.

Veni. Vidi. Amavi. (I came. I saw. I loved.)

I’m not sure on the placement yet, but I’m expecting this to be a very small tattoo to tuck away somewhere.

Lyrical Quote

Here’s a tattoo idea that’s actually on the meaningful side. Honoring my parents is important to me. To do so, I’ve decided to take a line from their wedding song—”Heaven” by Bryan Adams. “Love is all that I need.”

Bryan Adams – “Heaven”

Wild Flowers

I love the look of a bundle of wildflowers. For our wedding, we used wildflowers native to Colorado to designate the seating chart, and my mom drew beautiful place cards for each. I’d love to use some of these designs for a tattoo, located on the side of my rib cage.

My Favorite Painting

I’m a little nervous about this, but I’ve decided that I would like to do a larger design, maybe a quarter sleeve, with a loose interpretation of my favorite painting. I want to have Gustav Klimpt’s “The Kiss” translated on my left upper arm. I don’t know when I’ll gain the courage, but I would love to have this art transcend mediums and be a permanent part of me.

Matching Tats

I’m always open to matching tattoos with people I love, as long as they aren’t as outright as their name with a heart outline running through. If my mom or best friend wanted in on a shared design, I would do it in an instant.

I would also love to someday honor Chad and our relationship through a tattoo, but I’m not sure yet on how that would look. The odds are low on a matching piece (Chad doesn’t have any tattoos and maybe never will, which is perfectly okay).

It’d be cool if it was star-related, or some kind of abstract design that we both appreciate. One idea is the phrase “I count you twice,” which alludes to “when I count my blessings, I count you twice.” The possibilities are open on this one, and I’m always looking for inspiration and feedback.

Floral Designs

I’d like to somehow incorporate a sweeping floral design somewhere, but I’m not yet sure how to work it out. This might just be an idea that stays on my Pinterest board but never comes to life on my own body.

Some Day!

On my list of financial priorities, first comes a house, then a doggo, then a chunk of my student loans. Tattoos lie somewhere off in the distance, maybe as a birthday treat or a reward for meeting other goals. They are something to look forward to, and a definite exercise of creativity.

Do you have any tattoo ideas stashed away for the future?

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33 thoughts on “Tattoo Ideas: My Future Designs

  1. It’s true when they say once you get your first tattoo, you always come back for more! I absolutely loooove the mountains you have, and the placement of it. I think the minimalist design of a sunshine is so adorable and if you ever do get one of the quotes/lyrics tattooed, I can picture it as an inner bicep tattoo. And that painting is soooo beautiful! If you ever get it done, I hope you share the artist’s work.

    I would love a matching tattoo with my partner as well but I don’t think he’s down for that, even though he is tatted up as well. If we were to get one, I’d have to figure out something that represents us without stating the obvious that it’s a couples’ tattoo lol.

    1. So true! As soon as my first session was done, I was already planning out what to get next. And again last time, lol. It’s just such a cool way to add to yourself! Also, thank you so much for your compliments, and I agree with your placement ideas!

      My husband and I always said that we thought matching tattoos would be a bad idea, but then once I started getting them and we got married, it seems like there are so many possibilities. So, not sure yet on how to navigate that area, lol.

      Thank you for reading and for leaving such a great comment, Claire!

  2. I love these ideas! Especially the sun and the wild flower designs. I’ve been wanting a new tattoo for ages but I can decide on one. I do like the idea of having my favourite painting too! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I love this!! I’ve been editing a tattoo post for next week, so this was super cool! I have 7 tattoos. I love your ideas! My husband is a welder who can’t wear a ring, so we have letters on our ring fingers too. Great post!

    1. Crazy timing! I can’t wait to keep building my collection—there’s something really empowering about adding art to your body. Love the ring idea, what a cool way to honor each other! And I can’t wait to read your post!

  4. I have one tattoo that I got a couple years ago and it’s a massive piece on my thigh. I always knew I wanted a tattoo, but it took me ages to finally get one because I was struggling with placing meaning behind my tattoo. Once I got over that mindset, I decided on my artwork and went for it. I actually made a post about it if you’d like to check it out: https://bexoxoblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/22/adulting-done-right/

    I’m juggling 2 ideas for possible future tattoos. The first is the word meaningful. Since my first tattoo doesn’t really have any meaning behind it, this one would be my “meaningful” tattoo. But to take it a step further, I want it in my mom’s handwriting. I’m very close with my mom and think it would be a great way to cherish our relationship while also adding a bit of humor.

    The other one I’m mulling over is a geometric-style bunny towards the back of my foot. My first adult pet was a rabbit and I adored him so much. My heart still aches for him to this day. Not only would it be a nice reminder of my bun man, but then I would always have a lucky rabbit’s foot. 🙂

    1. I love that you’ve shared all of your ideas!! Also, I’m glad that you decided to take the plunge with your first tattoo and get it because you like it, though I’m sure having a meaningful (even if just in humor) message behind your next few will also be wonderful reminders of your loved ones.

      It’s funny, because I used to think that “meaningful” was so important, even though something automatically has meaning/worth if you like it, from poetry to paintings to body art. I didn’t get my nose pierced because of some storied symbolism and past memory, lol.

      Thank you so much for reading and sharing your wonderful ideas. I hope to see the finished products with them! 🙂

  5. I looooove that painting one! I absolutely adore small, simple tattoos. I’ve been wanting one for ages but I always get too nervous to commit. You have so many beautiful ideas here though!

    1. Thank you! Even though it’d definitely be out of my comfort zone to get such a large piece, I think it’d be such a cool work of art. I hope you pull the trigger and do it for yourself! Thank you for reading and commenting. 🙂

  6. I love love love the mountains you have!! I don’t have any tattoos yet, though I think maybe this year for my birthday I may. I’ve wanted one for ages though. I have a ton of thoughts on what id like as well. I really like the more minimal designs as well. Great post!

  7. I love the sun one especially! I’ve always liked the ideas of tattoos but I’ve never found something that I can say I’m sure I’d want on me forever so my body is still plain for now. I love looking at the designs others choose and the meanings behind them though x

    Sophie

  8. Love all the tattoo ideas you have!! I have wanted to get one related to travel for a while now but can’t seem to decide what. Also, me and my sister want to get matching ones but again cannot agree on something.

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