If you love tattoos you probably have been faced with a question of “what tattoo to get first” and then swiftly followed by “which one should I get next?”, because once you start it’s hard to stop at just one tattoo. The process of picking a tattoo style is difficult enough as it is, and picking a specific design can feel like an impossible task. There is so much variety out there and literally endless possibilities, but which one is perfect specifically for you? Some people choose their tattoos based on trends, others go for the special meaning that makes the tattoos very personal, and some just go for the tattoos that they find beautiful and aesthetically pleasing and don’t really worry about the meaning or trends too much. But just in case you do care about the trends, or perhaps need some sort of inspiration and guidance here are tattoo trends for 2020.
1. Thoughtful Tattoo Planning
One of the biggest emerging trends for 2020 is planning out big tattoo projects that will take up a large porting of one’s body. People are moving away from the idea of starting out with just a few small tattoos and collecting them one at a time and are instead thinking of the big picture and carefully planning out sleeves or full-body suits of tattoos.
2. Peekaboo Tattoos
Tattoos are becoming very popular and people aren’t that worried about having them be visible, so they choose placements that are not always hidden but also not always on show. We call these peekaboo tattoos, which are often off center and generally flattering to the body part they’re on. This could be the back of the arm above the elbow or on the collarbone or shoulder. They’re easy enough to show off but can also be covered up if you want to.
3. Neck and Face Tattoos
Since tattoos are now part of our daily life and are no longer viewed as something that only criminals have, people are more likely to get them on very visible areas. It used to be that only people who went to prison sported face and neck tattoos, and you’d hear horror stories from your parents about how you’ll never get a job if you have a neck or face tattoo, but it’s becoming more common now, to the point where musicians and even models get neck and face tattoos. Also, permanent makeup is a kind of face tattoo, isn’t it? And that’s at the height of popularity at the moment, with people getting their eyebrows microbladed, getting blush tattoos on their lips and tattooing freckles on their faces.
4. Hand and Ear Tattoos
Similar to face and neck tattoos, hand and ear tattoos are becoming popular in 2020 too. It seems like people are into the idea of tattoos as accessories. Instead of rings and piercings, they choose to have small tattoos on their fingers that might as well be rings, many celebs have done this by tattooing their wedding date on the ring finger instead of wearing a ring. And people like the idea of small and delicate ear tattoos instead of piercings too. It might seem painful, but they probably hear faster than an actual piercing.
5. Blending Styles
2020 is all about experimentation and а unique combination of styles. You no longer have to pick one style of tattoos and stick to it. You can have greyscale tattoos and neo-traditional ones. But what’s even cooler you can merge styles. Graffiti and portrait in one tattoo? You got it. A fine line floral with elements of ornamental tattoos. Yup, that’s a thing now. Realism and surrealism merged in one tattoo – yeah, why not.
6. Art Tattoos
Another trend that’s emerging in 2020 is having art tattooed on you. It can be a modern art piece or a replica of a classical painting. Nothing is off-limits, but you definitely want to get a tattoo artist that specializes in art tattoos if you want the result to be as stunning as the original art piece.
7. Illustrative Realism
This style of tattoos is exceptionally popular right now. It’s a great way to recreate a photo, a painting or a scene from the movie but give it a fun little twist. Instead of realistic realism which just recreates the picture, this one makes it look more real but as if drawn with colored pencils or paint. It’s the new and improved technique that might’ve gotten its roots from watercolor tattoos, but chose to also take on the classic black lines as borders to hold the color in place.
8. Anime Tattoos
Anime tattoos are gaining popularity like never before as people are choosing t get tattoos of their favorite anime and manga characters. Most of us grew up on Sailor Moon and Pokemon so it’s not that surprising but it’s still nice to see this art form being transformed and merged with the art of tattooing.