People get tattoos for any number of reasons, from a drunken dare to honoring a special moment. So the next time an occasion or tequila strikes, consider using one of these cool tattoos for inspiration.
Of course, “cool” is a subjective term. Or, at least, that’s what we tell ourselves when we wear denim overalls. So, we collected a ton of different kinds of ink to get the creative juices flowing.
Whether it’s playing with perspective, choosing a strategic location, or just a flawless piece of masterful art, these tattoos will convince you that getting stabbed with a tiny needle over and over is totally worth it. In the end, anyway.
50 Cool Tattoos That Will Make You Say “Whoa”
1. Snake Tattoo
Way to make a double entendre out of “sidewinder.”
2. Porcelain Beetle Tattoo
This beautiful porcelain pattern can’t be beet(le).
3. Throwback Tattoo Edit
Nothing says “cool” like owning up to your mistakes.
4. Red Hot Chili Pepper Tattoo
We don’t know what’s hotter: the pepper or this spectacularly executed perspective.
5. Realistic Bat Tat
Don’t think bats are that cool? Fine. But you gotta give it up for the artist who did this entirely with dots. And their patience.
6. Snaggletooth Motorcycle Ink
This is how you immortalize Mad Max style transportation methods without the box office budget.
7. Triangle Eye
What if we just misunderstood pirates all along, and this is what they meant by eyepatch? We’re pretty sure we’re on to something here.
8. Snowy Polar Bear Tattoo
Nothing like a bit of meditation in swirling snow to de-stress from being the backbone of Coca-Cola’s marketing scheme. And, realizing that people are willfully ignorant of the environment that is threatening your species.
9. Depeche Mode Rose
Use this as inspiration to get the symbol of your favorite band, no matter who it is! Except maybe Nickelback…
10. Funny Crane Tattoo
Whoever designed this tattoo was using their crane(ium).
11. Frankenstein Tattoo
Life hack: Look at your arm and justify buying that giant bag of candy! Every day is Halloween if you try hard enough…and have this tattoo.
12. Baba Yaga House Tattoo
The realtor may have buried the lead when they told you about the partially finished basement.
13. Eyes on the Stairs
They say “eyes are the window to the soul,” but nobody mentioned all these stairs.
14. Frog Mushroom Tattoo
Frog or mushroom? You need not decide. Just try to look at this and not think of the word “spongy.”
15. Large Octopus Tattoo
“I’m kind of scared of octopi.”
“No worries, I’ve got one on my side.”
16. Spider Gem Tattoo
You’ve heard of “junk in the trunk.” Now get ready for “lavish riches as the trunk.”
17. Skateboarder Tattoo
18. Piece of My Heart Tattoo
That piece of our heart we gave you? Yeah, we’re gonna need that back.
19. Hole to Another Universe Tattoo
You can promise him all the treats in the world, but we all know the cat is going to jump through that hole just to be dramatic.
20. Full Leg Tattoo
If we had this on our leg, we’d never wear pants again. Or at least we’d wear them less than the one day a week that we wear them now.
21. Ink Splatter
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It…uh…alright, we can’t tell what it is. But we do know it’s unbelievably cool.
22. Reverse Reverse Cowgirl
What do you mean our pony ride company has been asked never to return to the state fair?
23. Universe in Your Hands Tattoo
Tell us you have big hands without telling us you have big hands.
24. Finger Eye Tattoos
The only thing that could make this finger tattoo more impressive is if the eyes followed you. Hey, it works for the Mona Lisa?
25. Cat Riding Horse Tattoo
We’re not totally sure what’s going on here, but we think any tattoo depicting your dream from the other night is a cool tattoo. Just don’t choose the one where you forgot to study for the test.
26. Dynamic Dragon
Beautiful artwork is no exception: everything revolves around nipples.
27. Movie-Inspired Tattoo
We appreciate this so much, and we haven’t even seen the movie it’s from.
28. Skull Cherry Tat
You’re really not kidding about that cherry allergy, huh?
29. Zombie Back Tattoo
This kind of elaborate tattoo is worth every kid you send crying to their mothers when you go to the community pool.
30. Rainbow Shrimp Heart Tattoo
It makes more sense than the rainbow bagel trend, but we still don’t want it in our stir fry.
31. Bad Decisions Skull Tattoo
Don’t let anybody ever tell you that you can’t hold a conversation just because you’re A) decomposed, and B) immortalized in ink and supposedly not sentient.
32. Phoenix Cool Tattoo
Gryffindor? With that bling, it’s more like Gryffin Dior! We’re available for Harry Potter fanfic ideas through the end of the week.
33. Cat Food Tattoo
Admit it, a part of you always knew that Swimmy never went to go “live on a farm.”
34. Matching Hand Tattoos
Who needs a bracelet when you can have beautiful artwork on your hands all the time?
35. Cool Rat Tattoo
We always knew that rats liked to shred. But we thought it was shredding cheese, no concrete.
36. Detailed Clock Tattoo
We don’t care if it’s only right twice a day, we’d choose this clock tattoo time and time again.
37. Cool Arm Tattoo
With a detailed tattoo like this, you’re like a walking “I Spy” puzzle. Your road trip buddies will never be bored again!
38. Dark Tattoo
We’d actually be okay if this person turned their back on us, because it’s just that impressive.
39. Cubone Tattoo
Don’t you dare go telling us that Pokemon isn’t badass.
40. Candle Tattoo
You’ll get to skip arm day and still feel the burn with this candle tattoo.
41. Rad Raven Tattoo
We think this pop of color really heats up the tattoo. The Raven might not be so fond of it, though.
42. Panther Tattoo
We swear he’s nice – he just gets social anxiety about meeting new people.
43. Dinosaur Colorful Tattoo
Pizza box! Cheese moon! Oh, yeah, cute dinosaurs, too. We might be a little hungry.
44. Detailed Deer Tattoo
You probably haven’t felt this emotionally tethered to a deer since Bambi.
45. Bonsai Tree Tattoo
Doesn’t this make you want to buy a bonsai tree? You know, before you accidentally kill it and are forced to confront fragility and mortality?
46. Feminine Skull Tattoo
We don’t recognize this phase of the moon from our Astro 101 class, but we did usually fall asleep in it.
47. Neon Dream Tattoo
Kudos to the artist that managed to capture all of the brightness and beauty of a neon night, without the energy bill.
48. Matching Tiger Tats
We have no doubts that this double tattoo would put on the best puppet show. “I thought you said pie and lattes, not Pilates!”
49. Orange Rose Tattoo
A rose, by any other name, wouldn’t give two hoots about what it was called so long as it looked this good.
50. Cool Back Tattoo
Oh you have eyes on the back of your head? That’s cute. We have three heads on our back with eyes.
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