70+ Tattoos for Girls – From Hand to Back Tattoos, We’ve Got Them All!

Tattoos for Girls

Have you heard the news? Tattoos for girls are IN!

Tattoos are often thought of as being a traditionally a male-dominated form of body art, but history tells a different story.

Women have been inking for just as long as men have. In ancient societies, women inked for a much wider range of reasons and usually with tattoos that held deep meaning for them. It was therefore not uncommon to find a tattoo on a girl in these early times, and in some cases, it was thought to enhance their beauty.

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And it didn’t stop there! The trend of girls getting tattooed is one that has stood the test of time. A study in 2012 revealed that over half of the inked population in America were women, most of whom got inked with very meaningful designs, a fact that rings true for tattooed girls across the globe.

Now enough chatter, let’s get right to what you want to see! Check out our list of over 70 awesome tattoos for girls.

Time to find your perfect tattoo and get yourself inked!


70+ Tattoos for Girls – with Meanings!

Neck tattoos for girls

Neck tattoos are some of the most visible tattoos a girl could get.

Perhaps that’s why so many neck tattoos tend to be either quite minimalistic, so they’re not as obvious, or extremely ornamental – which make quite a statement! Which style you choose to get will depend entirely on your personal preference – some girls like tattoos that are understated while others like full body suits and sleeve tattoos.

If you’re looking to be on trend, however, ornamental neck tattoos for girls are extremely popular right now.


As the name suggests, ornamental tattoos feature detailed designs that look similar to intricate jewellery or similar accessories. Such designs are popular as neck tattoos for girls, as they can look both regal and delicate all at once.

Mehndi Tattoos

Of ornamental designs, mehndi designs are becoming a popular trend. Drawing inspiration from the henna designs used by women and girls in temporary hand tattoos across south Asia, mehndi tattoos use similar patterns to create some truly intricate tattoo designs.

What’s more – these designs can be placed anywhere, but have come to be most popular as neck tattoos for girls.

Henna tattoo
Each mehndi pattern is unique, which makes each mehndi tattoo special to its wearer

Ornamental designs also prominently feature mandalas, floral patterns, and designs mimicking jewelry. These can be combined with mehndi tattoo designs for an even more dramatic yet still delicate-looking tattoo.

Henna tattoo back
Mandalas represent unity and harmony and teach us that we are a tiny speck in the vastness of the universe
henna tattoo on back
Filigree is a delicate jewellery pattern originating in Asia and popular across the world. They also make for stunning tattoos!

Looking to get a minimalist or ornamental tattoo? Check out Jessie of Verve Tattoo Studio (Bannerghatta, Bengaluru). This studio is popular for its ornamental and minimal tattoos, as well as its use of colour.


The minimalistic style of tattooing is an excellent choice for girls looking to get their first tattoo, but it is also popular across the whole inking community.

And why wouldn’t it be! This style allows room for some stunning art. Sometimes, less is more!

Fishes symbolize clarity, rebirth, and serenity, among other things
minimal tattoo
Paper cranes, a symbol of hope and healing
small neck tattoo
“Be Brave”

Animal tattoos are also a popular choice among girls, and minimalism brings such a delicate element to these very meaningful tattoos.

koi fish tattoo
The koi fish represent overcoming adversity
elephant tattoo
Elephants represent strength in moderation, dignity, and memories

If you’re a lover of stories, then draw inspiration from the characters you love! They make for a perfect first tattoo for any girl looking to take that leap.

cheshire cat tattoo
If you love Alice in Wonderland, you’ll love this Cheshire Cat tattoo! Cats also represent magic, night, and curiosity
tattoo behind ear
When you find Wally and realize he was here all along!

Too many characters to choose from? Get a tattoo that represents them all!

tattoo for girl on neck
One tattoo to rule them all!

Tattoos and Tales (Bannerghatta, Bengaluru), run by couple artists Srinath and Malathy, specialize in – as their name implies! – telling tales through ink. Their pieces often feature comic and pop-culture themes. Check them out if you’re looking for something a little quirky!

Tribal, Blackwork, and Illusion

Tattoos for girls often tend to be more minimalistic and delicate, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only kind of tattoo a girl can get. If you’re looking to go all out with your tattoo, then you’ll love these tattoos!

Tribal, blackwork, and 3D (or illusion) tattoos all feature extensive and detailed designs with large sections of black ink. Because of this, these tattoos are almost always quite large – and just as bold!

tribal tattoo for girls
This 3D tattoo features blackwork, realism, and portrait work all in one!
blackout tattoo for girls
Blackouts are gaining popularity these days, both as standalone pieces and as part of larger designs.

If you’re looking for simpler blackwork, abstract, geometric, and 3D or illusion work, check out Anurag of InkOverMatter (Indiranagar, Bengaluru).

For heavier work with lots of detailing and colour, check out Tom of Atinga Arts & Tattoos (Koramangala, Bengaluru).

Back tattoos for girls

If you’re looking at getting a larger piece inked, the back is the perfect canvas for it! While it isn’t the most common placement for girls looking to get a tattoo, it does lend itself to a stunningly feminine look – if you choose to get it.

back tattoo for girls
The phoenix represents rebirth as it born from the ashes of its predecessor
buddha tattoo for girls
Buddha tattoos have many meanings – rebirth, strength, enlightenment, or a sign of devotion
water colour tattoo for girls
Watercolour tattoos are all the rage right now!

Looking for larger pieces, including customized designs and detail work? Check out Karthik of Sculp Tattoo Studio (Koramangala, Bengaluru) .

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Spine tattoos

An even less popular spot for girls to get a tattoo due to it being a more painful spot to get inked on, tattoos on the lower neck and down the spine can actually be quite interesting because you get to work in some rather unique designs – like these ones!

spine tattoo for girls
All book-lovers can relate!
minimalist colour spine tattoo
Minimalist colour tattoo along the spine

More of a tribal tattoo kind of girl? Try this one on for size!

tribal tattoo on spine for girls
Tribal tattoo along the spine

Loving tribal tattoos? Find more at Tribal Tattoos: Traditional and modern inks to inspire you!

Love the idea of a spine tattoo but don’t want to go all the way? Try something smaller! Minimalist ink is always a class act and simpler back tattoos for girls make for some gorgeous designs!

harry potter tattoo
Harry Potter fans come through!
art tattoo for girls
For the art-lover – a paintbrush is all you need!
dragonfly tattoo
Dragonflies represent change and self-realization
small panda tattoo for girls
Pandas symbolize peace, gentle strength, and luck

Inspired to get some stunning colour pieces of your own? Check out Deep of Kraayonz Tattoo Studio (Koramangala, Bengaluru).

For more minimal styles, try Verve.

Shoulder tattoos

Shoulders can make any design look dainty – it’s just in the nature of this placement for tattoos!

stardust tattoo for girls
We’re all made of stardust, just like the galaxy

In fact, we’re such a fan of this placement that we made a whole blog about it! It is easily a fan-favourite placement for tattoos for both girls and boys.

dragon tattoo
Dragons symbolize ancient wisdom and power over the elements

Love dragons? Find some more inspiration at Dragon Tattoos and their Meanings

angel tattoo for girls back
Angels are ‘messengers of god’ who have the duty of carrying out the will of the heavens

If you’ve got a design in mind that requires customization, try Raul of Birthmark Tattoo n’ Customs (Koramangala, Bengaluru). He specializes in Irezumi-style tattoos.

Want to know more about tattoo styles? Visit The Many Styles of Tattooing

Arm tattoos for girls

As one of the most popular spots for getting a tattoo, there is no shortage of design ideas for arm tattoos. Arm tattoos can range from extra small minimalistic ones to large pieces with heavy detailing, such as full sleeves.

Despite their popularity, sleeves and half-sleeve tattoos are not the only kind of tattoo you can get on your arm.

Ranging from minimalism and line work to larger pieces full of detail and colour, you can get as creative as you’d like if you get inked on your arms – after all, these tattoos are one of the best ways to express yourself! This makes arm tattoos perfect for girls who have a bit of creative flair to them.

white rabbit tattoo on hand
A tattoo of the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland
seahorse tattoo on hand for girls
Seahorses represent fortune, making the perfect good luck charm!
whales tattoo n hand for girls
Whales are thought to have knowledge of life and death

Fallen in love with animal tattoos? We’re not surprised – animal designs are some of the most popular tattoos for girls! They can tell your story like no other design can! Find more designs at Animal Tattoos and their Meanings

Check out Verve, Atinga, Birthmark, Dark Arts The Tattoo Studio, and Sculp for animal tattoo inspiration and to make a booking.

Bicep and forearm tattoos

If you’re the kind of girl that likes to be loud about her ink, then a sleeve is definitely right up your alley.

tribal blackwork sleeve tattoo for girls
Tribal blackwork sleeve

But if you’re a girl who prefers minimalism in her ink, try one of these gorgeous yet simple designs.

religion tattoo for girls
Minimalist religious tattoo featuring Buddhist symbols
rectangle tattoo for girls
Rectangles represent trust and stability, a perfect frame for a meaningful memory
wolf tattoo for girls
Wolves represent guardianship, loyalty, and spirit

Want some more minimalist tattoo inspiration? Check out Aliens Tattoo Studio: The Essence of Minimalism

Hand tattoos

Look up hand tattoos and you’ll probably find a massive collection of henna designs. Don’t worry, you’re in the right place!

Designs for hand tattoos are often heavily inspired by more ancient forms of body art, such as henna, which usually feature patterns inspired by nature and traditional embroidery.

These forms of temporary body art for girls have now found a place as permanent tattoos for girls.

Henna tattoos are a popular trend
A simple henna tattoo design

That doesn’t, however, mean you have to restrict yourself to these designs. You can experiment with a whole range of designs and tattoo styles on your hands.

serpent tattoo for girls hand
Serpents represent rebirth. Two-headed ones represent life and death.
live free tattoo for girls
Live free, live proud
wreaths tattoo
Wreaths represent eternity, growth, and an everlasting life

Not sure what style to choose? We’ve got you covered! Check out Tattoo Specializations: The Many Styles of Tattooing

Wrist tattoos

Known to be one of the more painful spots to get tattooed on, most girls might shy away from getting a wrist tattoo.

But it’s hard not to want one when they look this good!

minimalist line tattoo for girls hand
Minimalist line tattoos usually represent mourning and the fragility of life
honeycomb tattoo for girls hand
Honeycombs represent life’s sweetness, the heart chakra, warmth, light – even the cells of the matrix!
ornamental tattoo for girls hand
Ornamental tattoos mimic jewellery
boat tattoo for girls hand
Boats represent a journey to where we want to be

Wrists are also the perfect spot to get matching tattoos, whether it be with a lover, sibling, or friend!

Go on, get your girls together for some squad tattoos! #squadgoals

together tattoo for girls
Together, even when we’re far apart

Midriff tattoos for girls

The ‘midriff’ refers to the part of your body between your chest and hips.

This is often the most hidden part of your body, which makes it a popular choice for girls who might not want to show off their tattoos – whether this is for professional or personal reasons or simply because it’s an intimate tattoo that you don’t necessarily want to share with the world.

head or heart tattoo
Life can often be a balancing act – do you follow your head or your heart?

If you like the dotwork style in the above image, check out Sagar of Funky Fuze.

cat tattoo for girls
Cats are curious creatures – the world is their adventure!
koi fish tattoo for girls back
The lower back is where we hold the emotion of pain. Koi fish teach us to rise above what hurts us.

Rib tattoos

Despite being one of the more painful spots to get inked on, ribs are an extremely popular choice for girls.

And it’s easy to see why!

flaming sword tattoo for girls
The flaming sword of Sumerian mythology is a symbol of protection
unicorn tattoo for girls
Unicorns symbolize innocence, femininity, and divinity
fish tattoo for girls
Keep your strength close to your heart

Stomach tattoos

Unlike the arm tattoos, which are more openly visible, the stomach is an area that you’ll see more of than anyone else.

This makes it a perfect spot for tattoos that have very deep and personal meaning to you.

stomach tattoo for girls
Whales represent compassion, solitude, and creative energy
ferns tattoo for girls
Ferns stand for eternal youth, new beginnings, and family

If you have several ideas for your design, you can work with an artist to create a tattoo that uniquely represents you! Getting a design customized is an excellent way to bring all your ideas together.

Check out this design which is described as a “cosmic black bear cub dancing in front of the fire wearing a fox masquerade mask and wings made of leaves, amethyst bursting from its chest as it tosses the galaxy in the air. Flanked by sweetgrass and lavender bundles” – try saying that in one breath!

abstract art tattoo for girls
Abstract art featuring a multitude of elements

Uncomfortable with the idea of getting inked on the midriff because you’ll have to bare some skin to get it? Consider Jessie of Verve. As one of the top female tattoo artists in Bangalore, you’ll get both quality and service from here!

Hip bone tattoos

Hips are one of the most popular tattoo spots for girls. These tattoos are intimate and feminine, but they can also be fun!

hip tattoo for girls
Terrariums are miniature ecosystems – a symbol of life thriving
pacman tattoo for girls
Minimalist PacMan tattoo
bee tattoo for girls
Bees represent community and personal power

Leg tattoos for girls

Much like arms, legs are often more visible than other parts of the body – both to you and others. And just like arm tattoos, leg tattoos can be as minimal or detailed as you’d like them to be.

Thigh tattoos

Thighs are a popular choice for tattoos because they hurt less than other spots for most people.

They also offer the perfect spot for experimentation making them great for larger pieces with various elements.

wolf tattoo for girls on thigh
Wolves teach us to harness our inner nature and to protect ourselves
history tattoo
A fan of history? Turn your love into a piece of art!
skull and serpent tattoo for girls
Skulls represent death, while serpents represent rebirth

If you’re new to tattoos but have a larger design in mind, thighs will probably be a good placement to get it on.

rabbit tattoo on thigh for girls
Rabbits represent the moon, femininity, and sensuality
lantern tattoo for girls
Lanterns help guide the lost back onto the right path
macabre tattoo for girls
If you have a flair for the macabre, try a darker design!
blink california tattoo for girls
Blink-182 California tattoo
traveller tattoo for girls
For the colourful traveller!

Calf and shin tattoos

Calves are a popular tattoo spot for everyone, regardless of gender.

It’s one of the spots that doesn’t hurt as much to get inked on, which already makes it a winner for most people, but in addition to that, it is easy to show off or hide.

butterfly tattoo for girls
Butterflies symbolize resurrection, hope, and change
pencil tattoo for girls
Pencil tattoos represent endurance and the ability to stand the test of time

They’re also a great place to get matching tattoos with your partner – or perhaps your girl squad!

wanderlust tattoo
Have a case of wanderlust?

Foot tattoos

The feet make for some very painful tattoos, so they’re not as popular as other areas. They also fade quite quickly, which might make one think twice about going through the pain for nothing.

But they can still look absolutely stunning when inked!

feather tattoo for girls
Feathers allude to ascension and spiritual evolution
geometry tattoo for girls
Sacred geometry teaches us that all life is connected
birds tattoo for girls
Birds symbolize both freedom and perspective
yin and yang tattoo for girls
Yin and yang – the symbol of balance
ohana tattoo for girls
Lilo & Stitch taught us that ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind – or forgotten

What can we say – sometimes, it’s totally worth it!

Ankle tattoos

If you’re not big on feet tattoos, you could consider an ankle tattoo instead.

pine tree ankle tattoo
The evergreen pine trees stand for longevity and solitude
toads tattoo
Toads represent adaptability and regeneration
tattoo for girls
Sometimes, we just want to preserve something before it is lost
gundam tattoo for girls
Here’s one for the Gundam fans!
brushstroke tattoo for girls
Abstract brushstroke tattoo

Leg sleeve tattoos

Now ‘leg’ and ‘sleeve’ together might sound a bit odd, but they’re actually a very popular kind of design!

Sleeves are a great way to incorporate many different elements into a single piece, which make them perfect for inking a story you want to tell.

These pieces are naturally quite large, though, so while not extremely popular as a tattoo for girls, they can still be quite stunning – especially if you’re into styles like watercolour and blackwork.

architecture tattoo for girls
If you love architecture, leg tattoos are the perfect way to express that!

If you’re not ready for something quite as extensive, you could go for something that’s a little simpler.

watercolour tattoo on legs
Watercolour tattoos allow for some magical designs!

Ready to get inked? Find your perfect tattoo artist now at jhaiho.com!

Need more design inspiration? Check out Tattoo Designs: How to Choose the Right One for You!

Tattoos We DON’T Recommend!

Even though they look absolutely stunning and are extremely popular as tattoos for girls, we do not recommend getting tattoos on your hands or feet.

That means the finger tattoos you were looking to get might not be the best idea – sorry!

These tattoos fade very quickly on account of them being exposed to much more wear and tear – after all, we use our hands and feet a lot. This means you’re either going to lose the detail in your tattoo over time OR you’re setting yourself up for a lifetime of touch-ups.

These areas are also more likely to be exposed to water and heat, meaning you’ll be looking at a much more detailed aftercare process to make sure they heal right.

If you’re looking to get a tattoo near these areas, try wrist or ankle tattoos instead. But be warned – tattoos in these areas tend to hurt a lot for most people!

If you’re STILL interested in getting hand or feet tattoos, then consider a few things:

  • opt for designs that will look good even while they fade
  • choose smaller, more minimalist designs so you don’t invest a lot into something that may not last
  • choose a design with lesser detail so it won’t look smudged as it fades

You’ll also need to take the best care of these tattoos to ensure they last as long as possible.

Not sure how best to take care of your tattoo? Time for some heavy-reading! Visit The Jhaiho Tattoo Care Guide

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