Feeling adventurous but don’t want the traditional black or colored tattoo? We all have our reasons for getting tatted, but some of us don’t want to added negative side-effects such as getting fired from our job or creating chaos with our parents that disapprove. White ink tattoos are perfect for those of us that want to add a subtle touch of beauty or rebellious nature to our physique. They’re more easily hidden than the traditional tattoo, but if properly placed, can cause your audience to do a double-take! They also look fabulous on darker skin, adding a touch of intrigue to anyone lucky enough to notice your body art.
If you’re artistic in nature and prefer using white instead of black ink, take a look at these intriguing tattoos that will inspire you to create your own design!
1. Hidden Arrow
Placing a small tattoo behind the ear is both subtle and meaningful. It’s close to the ear, eyes, mouth and mind, making it a great location for any piece of art that holds a metaphorical meaning to any one of them. An arrow can be seen here, pointing up towards divine nature, targeting one’s goals, knowledge, or enlightenment.
2. Elaborate Tribal
A detailed white-ink tattoo is a beautiful piece of body art that is perfect for covering up mild scars on your skin. It holds a more elegant and majestic look that black ink tends to hinder. A tattoo such as this looks almost natural, as if you had been born with it!
3. Sun & Moon
If you value the sun and moon either religiously, spiritually, or are simply fascinated by outer space or their beauty, tattooing them on your skin can prove your love of them. Here they’re placed on the ribcage, safely where their location won’t hinder any social commitments such as work.
4. I Must Not Tell Lies
Need a constant reminder of a moral that you value? Placing a white ink tattoo on your hand is just visible enough for you to see, and once the swelling from the new tat goes down, other’s won’t notice it unless they’re really looking for it.
5. Mini Symbolic Totem
Like the moral inspiration above this example, a totem or row of meaningful symbols can be a great addition to your already inspiring collection of tats. Combining white ink with black ink tattoos is a rare look that’s sure to impress, even yourself.
6. Permanent Ear Décor
Similar to an earring, this design adds a graceful twist to your style. Paired with matching earrings, placing a white tattoo on the side of your face is subtly mesmerizing and acceptable in front of any audience.
7. Flowering Lower Chest Piece
If done in black, a design similar to this would look far less elegant. A beautiful design such as the one seen here is indirect and sophisticated. It’s placed where only a lover might see, or perhaps when you’re grabbing some sun on the beach in your bikini.
8. Gridded Butterfly
Some of us prefer not to fill in our tattoos, but want there to be a differentiation between certain aspects of our design. Instead of filling in spaces and details fully, you can choose to either grid in the detail or dot it in.
9. Dorsal Surface Piece
Some of us want to completely cover the top of our hand(s) with a beautiful design, and choose white ink for its subtly or glowing effect. Be sure it’s a design you love, since filling in the entirety of the hand’s surface is sure to grab more attention than intended!
15. A Wrist’s Promise
Placing any word on our wrist immediately tells us that we want to constantly be reminded of something or someone. Doing it in white ink keeps the word or name subtle enough for us to forego placing a Band-Aid on it at work!
16. Flowering Earpiece
Again we see a subtle design located behind the ear, this time its a flowering design that can correlate with many differing styles of earrings. A piece like this is easy to hide with your hair, or you can flaunt it by putting your hair up.
17. Shoulder Rose
The rose can symbolize many things, and placing it on the shoulder allows you to have the option of showing it off or wearing a shirt that hides it. The choice is yours with a white ink tat placed in such a location.
18. Love Will Tear Us Apart
Place a phrase just under the breast close to the heart reminding you of something either romantic or anti-love – whatever your personality or experiences have you leaning towards.
19. Mandala Love
Mandalas are Asian schematized representations of the cosmos, and look beautiful done in white ink wherever you decide to place it. They can easily wrap around an arm or a leg and be designed to look more like flowers than the cosmos, depending on the style you prefer.
20. Moon Goddess
A trail of the moon’s phases decorates this woman’s spine. White is ideal for moon tattoos, since the moon appears white in the night sky. If you’re Wiccan, a tattoo like this is perfect for attributing to the Goddess and her phases.
21. Mystique Dragonfly
Moons and birds aren’t the only things that look elegant done in white ink. A dragonfly can be done simplistically like the one seen here, adding a touch of love for nature to your physique.
22. Handed Mural
Why settle for a single tattoo when you can have several, each with their own distinguished meaning? The ones above are done in penned ink – it’s good to draw them on with washable ink before committing to the permanent!
23. Tiny Contribution
Another tattoo of the sun and moon. This time, they’re much smaller and placed specifically where no one will be able to see them when clothed. Perfect for someone who is only slightly rebellious.
This tat is done in the wearer’s own handwriting – reminding him (or her!?) not to tell lies! You can fabricate any quote you wish, just remember you might have to answer questions onlookers might have for you!
These days, you can choose to have white ink tatted into your skin that’s also capable of glowing in the dark. Why not? Just make sure you want to be seen in the dark!
27. Facial Flare
Even though this piece was done in white ink, a facial tattoo is only for the bold and the brave! Though white ink tats are a lot more subtle than black or colored ones, a white facial tat is still noticeable – place a piece like this with caution!
28. Rose-Gripped Shoulder
Another rose done on the shoulder, this one spreads itself around the shoulder like protective armor. If you like to wear shirts that hang or droop down to one side, a tattoo like this is perfect to show off.
29. Sternum Décor
Barely visible when looked at from afar, this tattoo placed on the sternum is both elegant and mysterious. It’s perfect for those of us that want a more sensual tattoo that isn’t as bold as black.
33. I’ll Be Yours Forever
Are you married and confident in your partnership? Why not get a tattoo instead of a wedding ring? You can either have their name tatted on, “His” or “Hers” tatted, or simply a design of an actual ring done in white ink. It’s much more elegant than black ink and admittedly, cheaper than a diamond!
34. Wearing a Wrap
White ink tattoos look great when wrapped around the shoulder, from the chest onto the back. Before committing to such a large tattoo, have it done in henna first to make sure you truly like it.
36. Flying Feathered Friend
This bird has rounded and elegant lines, displaying a bird in flight with a long tail. Many birds look vibrant when done in white ink, and placing it on the wrist can remind you of whatever metaphor you’ve attributed to the image.
37. Dancing Details
Create a large, fun, and detailed white ink tat for yourself to place on your back. The outcome is gorgeous and it can be personalized however you like. Intricate details done like the one seen here keep the eyes of your audience in awe.
38. Tribute to a Loved One
Tattoos are supposed to be meaningful, and sometimes we get them to remind us of the tough times but also that we can get through them. Having a singular meaningful word such as “Strength” and even the date a love one has passed can subconsciously help us get through tough times.
39. Elevated Petals
To accomplish a white ink tattoo such as this one that is elevated higher than the norm, get your tattoo done and wait for it to heal completely. Go back to the tattoo parlor and have it re-done, right over the original design, so that the scar tissue of your tat raises even more so.
40. Winged and Ready for Flight
Sometimes we want wings, but we don’t want them on our back like traditionalists. It’s already untraditional to get a white ink tat, but why not take it a step further? Wings can coincide on the legs or the ankles, too.
44. Guardian Angel or Demon?
Creating a personalized piece of art for the back can be fun and tantalizing. A design such as this adds mystique – is it an angel floating upon your physique or a demon? The wings give no clue!
46. Cosmic Rift
Circles can be so much more when placed beside one another. A design representing a galaxy can easily be done in simple circles and dots, and looks more like a galaxy than if it were to be done in black ink.
47. Moon Phases Galore
Yet another piece done of the moon phases. This time, placed going down the side instead of the spine. Placement here is perfect for anyone afraid to have a needle sticking them in the spine!
49. Dia De Los Muertos
If you’re familiar with the Central American holiday of Dia De Los Muertos, then you’re familiar with the skull design seen here that is often placed on the holiday’s art pieces. Holiday tattoos are great if you have a favorite that you love celebrating.
50. Pale Beauty
If you’ve pale skin and know that black tattoos just won’t look good – making your skin look pasty – then a white tattoo can actually help make your skin appear ever so slightly darker.
53. Ice Princess
Snowflakes are especially beautiful when done in white ink. Add a drifting snowflake to your wrist and throw on some clear or white gemmed bracelets to give yourself a glittering snow princess look.
60. Butterfly Necklace
You won’t have to deal with untying knots in your necklaces if you decide to get a tat where necklaces would fall. Here we see a permanent, immense butterfly that peeks just over the top of a shirt, adding a taste of mystique to your everyday style.
62. Shadowed Feathers
We’ve seen previous tats of birds, but have you seen one combined with black shadows? Shadowing a white tattoo with black can create an added dimension that makes your tattoo truly stand out beautifully.
64. Ringed Doubles
White can also enhance a black tattoo, such as the one seen here.