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The hottest and most popular tattoo styles this summer


Ah, summer. A season of sunshine, beach trips, and new beginnings. As the temperatures soar, so does the desire to flaunt that sun-kissed skin, making it the perfect canvas for some fresh ink. This summer, tattoo enthusiasts and first-timers alike are looking for designs that not only make a statement but also resonate with their unique stories and personalities.

As you immerse yourself in tattoos this season, you'll notice some distinct styles dominating the scene. Whether it's intricate linework, a burst of vivid colours, or the resurgence of old favourites, the tattoos of summer promise to be as hot as the season itself. So dive into our list of hottest and most popular tattoo styles this summer and discover which styles are catching everyone's attention, and perhaps, find the inspiration for your next piece.

Is it advisable to get tattoos in summer?

Absolutely, you can get tattoos in the summer. However, there are a few things you should be mindful of. If you're planning to spend a fun time in the sun, remember that your fresh body art is susceptible to sunburn, damaging the design and affecting the healing process. Always cover it or use a high-SPF sunblock.

Additionally, you might be tempted to dip in the pool or the ocean, but avoiding submerging your new tattoo in water is crucial until it's fully healed. Chlorinated or natural bodies of water can introduce bacteria, potentially leading to infections. As long as you're diligent about aftercare and protecting your new ink, there's no reason why you can't get a tattoo in the summertime.

So, if you're gearing up for a summer tattoo adventure, consider using a product like Dermalize Pro Total Black Sun Block. This innovative solution creates a protective barrier, guarding your skin against potential sun damage.


Dermalize Pro Total Black Sun Block - Protective Tattoo Film


List of summer tattoo ideas

Mermaidcore tattoos

Drawing inspiration from the enchanting depths of the ocean, mermaid-core tattoos encompass the magical aura of mermaids, seashells, and deep-sea treasures. Why is it perfect for summer? As you lounge by the pool or beach, these tattoos resonate deeply with the season's aquatic theme, giving a whimsical touch to your sun-kissed skin.

Fruit and plant tattoos

Nothing screams summer like admiring blooming flowers or biting into a juicy watermelon. Tattoos showcasing fruits and plants are colourful reminders of summer's vitality. They not only highlight the season's bounty but also add a vibrand and fresh touch to your summer look.

Ornamental tattoos

These tattoos are all about intricate designs, details and patterns, often resembling jewellery or lace. Perfect for summer, they can adorn areas like the collarbone, wrist, or ankle, complementing summer outfits and adding a sophisticated touch without the weight of actual jewellery.

Beachwave tattoos

Embodying the very essence of summer, beach wave tattoos depict serene nature shores and rolling waves. A favourite during summer, they serve as a constant reminder of the calming sea and those long sun-soaked beach days.


beachwave tattoo design


Script tattoos

Quotes, phrases, or single words, script tattoos are a way of wearing your philosophy or memories. With summer being a time of reflection and adventure, these tattoos can capture a summer mantra or memory that holds significance.

Tail tattoos

While mermaidcore touches on mythical aquatic beings, tail tattoos specifically focus on intricate tail designs. These designs, especially when shimmering under the sunlight, can make you feel like you've got a piece of mystical oceanic allure with you.

Dotwork tattoos

This intricate technique uses dots to create detailed patterns or images. Their subtle yet sophisticated appearance is ideal for summer, as they can shimmer under the sun, giving a tactile feel to your summer skin.

Linework tattoos

Relying solely on lines, these tattoos boast precision and minimalism. They're a classic choice for any season but can particularly stand out during summer when the clean lines contrast beautifully against bronzed or naturally darker skin.

Watercolour tattoos

Mimicking the fluidity of watercolours on paper, these tattoos are all about softness, flow, and vibrant colours. Their painterly essence breathes life into any summer backdrop, making them a favourite this season.

Blackwork tattoos

Dominated by bold, black areas, blackwork tattoos can be both intricate patterns or solid black and grey designs. Their stark contrast and bold presence make them a summer favourite, especially for those wanting to make a statement.

Tips for a successful summertime tattoo

  • Fresh summer tattoos are highly sensitive to the sun. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to fading and interfere with healing. Avoid direct sunlight on the tattoo for the first few weeks, and if you must be outdoors, cover it with clothing or apply a high-SPF sunblock once it's healed.
  • Chlorinated pools, saltwater, and freshwater bodies can harbour bacteria, leading to infections. We recommend avoiding swimming until your tattoo is fully healed, typically taking about two to four weeks.
  • Good hydration benefits skin health. Drinking plenty of water will not only keep you refreshed in the summer heat but can also assist in the healing process of your tattoo.
  • Opt for loose, breathable clothing over your fresh tattoo to avoid unnecessary friction and let the skin breathe, aiding in healing.
  • Summertime can mean more sweat, especially if you're active. Gently clean your tattoo more frequently if you find yourself sweating profusely.
  • A light, fragrance-free moisturiser can help keep the tattooed skin supple and aid in healing. Avoid heavy creams that can clog pores. One excellent option for this purpose is Tattoo Goo Original Aftercare Salve.


Tattoo Goo Original Aftercare Salve (21g)


  • With the increased risks the summer environment poses to fresh tattoos, consider investing in professional tattoo aftercare products rather than just DIY solutions.
  • If you have a summer event, holiday, or activity planned that might interfere with tattoo healing, consider scheduling your tattoo session after the event or giving yourself plenty of healing time beforehand.

Seal your summer with a tattoo

There you have it, our top picks for this summer's tattoo scene. But remember, trends come and go, but tattoos are forever (or at least quite long-lasting!). So, whether you're adding a new piece to your collection or getting your first, make sure it resonates with you. After all, the best ink is the one that tells your story. Stay sun-safe, and here's to making your summer truly unforgettable!

Craving more Ink-spiration? Hold tight! We've got another wave of ink-worthy trends and designs coming your way next week. Make sure to tune in – because trust us, you won't want to miss what's next on the tattoo horizon. Stay inked and intrigued!


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  • Mark Joshua Luz