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Tattooing is a living and breathing art form so it comes as no surprise that both tattooer and wearer keep pushing the boundaries of what body art should and would be in the future. Case in point: These extremely fascinating yet understated white ink tattoos.
These white ink tattoos go against the grain of traditional tattooing which is to be bold and striking. While some consider it as a step back in the trajectory of tattoo revolution, slowly but surely, more and more people including myself view it as a step in the right direction–albeit in an ingenious and profound way. White ink tattoos
provide a layer of mystery and subtlety to what already is a revolutionary and defiant art of tattooing.
Part of the appeal of getting a tattoo is to challenge the norm and in some respects, white ink tattooing is doing that in its own backyard. It’s a revolution within a revolution–a mind-bogglingly poetic evolution of this beautiful art form.
This is the future whether you’re ready for it or not. Skim through these fascinating white ink tattoos and I’m almost certain that at the end of the list, you’d be on board this subtle and elegant train. Get in the program. Resistance is futile!
20.White Ink Lettering
It’s subtle, unique and completely concealable; that’s white ink tattoo for you in a nutshell and this, right here, is a simple example of this type of tattooing. It’s for anyone who wants to try something different, those free spirits who are pushing the boundaries of body art in a rather subtle manner and for those who want tattoos but can’t have noticeable skin art in their workplaces. For whatever reason it may be, white ink tattoos are great alternatives for their traditional counterparts because they are as appealing and to some extent more fascinating. It’s implied beauty for the discerning eyes–blink and you miss its charm.
Everybody has a cross to bear; some heavier and more punishing than the others. But if your cross is as elegant, light and uplifting as this one, I bet you’ll always look forward to seeing it, much less carrying it with pride wherever and whenever you may be. This white cross tattoo is simple but it is undeniably meaningful and profound; which I think should be the goal and aspiration of having skin art. Everything that’s great about tattooing is encapsulated in this unassuming piece of art. Need I say more?
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What have we learned from reviewing tattoos so far? That placement is everything. You can have the most intricate and stunning piece imaginable but if it’s not placed in a strategic part of your body, it wouldn’t be as effective at evoking reactions from the onlookers as it’s strategically placed, straightforward counterpart. Well, this white dove tattoo happens to be sitting or dare I say flying next to the proverbial ‘sweet spot’ and because of that, and also because it’s amazingly done in and of itself, it’s really eye-catching. In fact, I can’t take my eyes off of it. The piece is also thoughtful as doves are widely considered as the symbol of motherhood because of their ability to produce their own milk. I’m not saying that the lady in the picture is a mother but if she were, she’s one hot mama with an equally ‘white hot’ tattoo!
To keep you from having a mild stiff neck, I would have to type what the message says and it reads: “She believed she could, so she did.” Perfect! A great piece of art with a great message to boot. This is one of white ink tattoos’ strongest suits; delivering uplifting messages in a slightly different and profound manner. Different in a way that is not unsettling but rather, in a style and tone that is refined and polished, just like this piece. It looks as if it were a brand, a cleaner and more detailed one at that. If the message doesn’t get to you, I’m pretty sure its exquisite lettering will. CHECK OUT MORE QUOTE TATTOOS
This wrist white ink tattoo is just charming. It’s pretty much straightforward and conventional as far as its message is concerned but the way the lettering looks–as if it were somewhat raised off of the skin like an embossed print is just magnificent and quite ingenious. Plus the fact that it’s done in perfect cursive (I’m a sucker for cursive) takes it to a whole new level of awesomeness. You can’t go wrong with this white ink tattoo. It’s gorgeous and transcendental–like love at first sight.
This tattoo, for some reason, is incredibly hypnotic. Maybe it’s the shape–the fact these skillfully designed circles are purposely being overlapped with each other–or the way it’s strategically placed just below the chest area. I don’t really know which is which. Either way, it kinda works and once you stare at it, you would have trouble looking away. A circle has no beginning or end so it symbolizes eternity. Just like this white circles tattoo. It is eternally mesmerizing.
14.White Cross 2.0
What do you do if a simple white cross isn’t enough? Go for a bigger, more ornate version. Hence this elegantly designed white cross. This is actually pretty neatly done and instead of looking embossed, this white ink tattoo actually resembles those engraved crosses you find at religious stores and gift shops. Just look at the line work of this masterpiece–it’s clean and precise. You don’t need to be religious to appreciate it. This white ink cross tattoo is heavenly!
This nautical inspired white ink tattoo is a step in the right direction. It doesn’t even matter if it’s not as symmetrically perfect as anyone would hope. It’s bold and unapologetic in its slightly off the mark line work. Who needs perfection? Perfection is boring and what makes a piece of art stand out are the imperfections that accentuate its overall theme. There’s beauty and grace in every flaw and this nautical inspired white tattoo is, in its unique way, an idiosyncratically beautiful piece of art.
This is a ‘you complete me’ piece but unlike the schmaltzy line from the movie ‘Jerry Maguire’, this white tattoo combo isn’t needy as each piece can completely stand on its own aesthetically. That being said, when combined, this floral white tattoo just mesmerizes you to no end. It just makes perfect sense because if you combine two amazing tattoos into one, coherently fascinating piece, it becomes a transcendentally mesmerizing artwork. This floral white tattoo is completely and utterly out of sight.
11.Rosy White Ink Tattoos
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The line work is pronounced and excellently done. The design is well-thought off as it flows spontaneously like water. And the placement? Well, its apropos. OK, scratch that. It is A-OK! As in splendidly befitting. This rosy white tattoo is undeniably gorgeous but incredibly distracting. Once you look further down its tip, you’ll find yourself inadvertently looking at the dark yet marvelous crevasse that is the cleavage. It’s a trap! But a wonderfully magnificent trap. This rosy white tattoo–whether you’re the onlooker or the wearer–will make you smell like roses each and every single time.
Hibiscus flowers signify ‘gentle beauty’. I agree, truer words have never been spoken not only for the design but the tattoo itself. The line work is crisp and precise–every line, curve and dots are purposeful. Even with the skillful rendering of such delicate flower, the general mood of this white hibiscus tattoo, in its entirety, is still subdued and refined. It has maintained the gentle part of its charm and that’s not easy to do. It’s bold yet delicate–truly a thing of beauty.
This back piece tattoo is just exquisitely ingenious. First of all, even if it’s relatively small and ornate, its lining is pronounce enough to be discernible from a few meters away. That takes skill to accomplish. Secondly, it’s crafted in such a way that it would look like a jewelry rather than a tattoo. That’s pretty ingenious as well. And thirdly and most importantly, it’s perfectly centered and symmetrical. Because of the reasons I mentioned above and anything else that’s not visible to the naked eye, this white back piece tattoo is a gem in every sense of the word.
The concept of feather tattoo is not fairly new. In fact, it’s one of the most common tattoo designs out there. But the way this tattoo is rendered is just pure perfection! Words fail really to describe it. This white feather tattoo is as light as air; unburdened by anything or anyone in this world. And rightfully so as it is a spiritually uplifting piece of artwork. It doesn’t even look like a tattoo but a really detailed, expertly made brand. It is, by all accounts, poetry of the skin.
If you like the ‘Squiggly Line’ poem by Stewie Griffin of the ‘Family Guy’ fame, you would definitely fall in love with this tattoo. Not only is this breathtakingly gorgeous, but it is definitely more tasteful than Stewie’s eyesore or perhaps ear sore of a randomly needy poem. This squiggly floral tattoo is more than just a poem, it is a haiku and ikebana combined altogether–with nearly perfect and purposeful dimensions–eliciting the unfathomable beauty of the natural world, subsequently linking it to the humanity inherent in all of us. This piece is just profoundly beautiful and there’s no rhyme or reason that can perfectly describe it.
Who says white ink tattoos can’t be intricate and understated at the same time? Just look at this masterpiece. It’s a very complicated piece to do in and of itself but to do it in such a way that would rival that of a mechanically drawn artwork requires skill and unbelievable vision and instinct. It’s just beautifully and skillfully done without swerving away from the true concept of white ink tattooing–which is being subtle and profound. It’s a delicate balance between being flamboyant and subtle and this white ink tattoo has accomplished that without committing a single misstep.
This piece is not only ornate, it is incredibly convoluted as far as the concept and design is concerned (I bet the meaning is too) but in a good way. In the same amazing way that this white ink tattoo doesn’t resemble a tattoo at all but rather a sophisticated scarification–which is kinda neat actually. I could just imagine the number of hours it took to finish this full frontal white piece. Obviously it’s all worth it as it is uniquely complex and unparalleled–a tattoo that’s worth flashing/showing in public.
4.Beneath the Skin
As far as subtlety goes, this one takes the cake–a subtle yet highly effective optical illusion of a tattoo. The vision of this piece is as astonishing as the execution itself. It’s not for the faint of heart though as it’s like a plot of a Hollywood science-fiction/horror film being tattooed in the skin. Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’, anyone? Anyway, this ‘I’ve-got-an-alien-trapped-under-my-skin’ effect is reminiscent of the iconic ‘chest bursting’ scene from the horror classic. It’s equally effective and in some way, a bit repulsive (for the faint-hearted of course). If this white alien tattoo doesn’t make your skin crawl, then it is on too tight!
3.Lacy White Tattoo
It’s as delicate as a flower and as desirable as a maiden, this white laced inspired floral tattoo is the embodiment of beauty–a splendid confluence of style and substance. Just look at the line work! Beautiful doesn’t even begin to describe it. And the design concept, mindbogglingly delightful! This white ink tattoo is simply ethereal; as pure as a driven snow and as marvelous as white flowers in bloom during spring time. If you, by any reason, don’t like this tattoo, then you sir, are dead inside!
2.Full Sleeve White Ink
This white ink full sleeve tattoo would have made it to the number one spot in any countdown but not in this one. Why? You’ll know if you stick around. The sheer number of tattoos, the intricate design and the level of skill it would’ve taken to bring this to life is mind-boggling to say the least. This tattoo design is so compact, so ornate that one would wonder how a tattooer or skin could collaborate and come up with this magnum opus. There’s excellence and perfection in every turn. With this white ink tattoo, no stone or tattoo technique for that matter, was left unturned.
1.The Great White Hope
And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the best of the best, the cream of the crop if you will, in the countdown of amazing 20 shades of white ink tattoos is this! The breathtakingly mesmerizing tour de force that I can only refer to as ‘the great white hope’ or ink–whichever way you wanna look at it. Just take a gander at that thing and while you’re at it, try to look away. You can’t! Right? It’s that hypnotic. It’s subtle and elegant; like a finely detailed scarification or brand–except that it’s not because it’s so much better. It’s as if an embossing mold was hot pressed on the skin and the entire design just grew out of it. Every curve, every minute detail just hits the mark. Nothing goes to waste or squandered. And for those reasons and some more that I could not possibly put into words, this my friends, is the ultimate white ink tattoo!
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