• Botanical

    Top 10 Hydrangea Tattoos

    Hydrangeas are a type of flowering shrub of which approximately 75 species exist.  Hydrangeas are special in that they’re basically two flowers in one. The flower heads consist of small flowers in the center, surrounded by larger more colourful flowers. There are some exceptions to this as cultivated hydrangeas contain fewer of the central flowers, while wild populations have fewer of the larger “showy” flowers. This provides you with several options and a real opportunity to create a unique hydrangea tattoo. Most hydrangea species produce white flowers;  however, due to white ink’s unsuitability for large-scale skin coverage, it’s best to opt for blue, red, pink, light purple or dark purple flowers.…

  • Botanical

    Top 25 Daffodil Tattoos

    Along with tulips, daffodils became a commercial flower crop in the Netherlands during the 19th century. Normally found with either white or yellow flowers, there are also orange and pink varieties. You may choose to stick with one colour, or get one of each, depending on your tattoo design concept. It’s interesting how daffodils can represent vastly different things around the world. The flowers symbolise the new year in Iranian culture, in addition to beautiful eyes in literature. They’re a symbol of wealth and good fortune in the East, but a symbol of vanity in the West. Daffodils are the national flower of Wales. Just like a kangaroo (or emu) and wattle…

  • Film

    Top 20 Mean Girls Tattoos

    Want to feel incredibly old? Mean Girls was released 14 years ago. Kids who were born in 2004 are now teenagers themselves. That’s a scary thought. If you have a child, a niece, or a younger sister, sit down and watch Mean Girls with them. Any excuse to watch the film, right? Better yet, have them read the book Queen Bees and Wannabes (by Rosalind Wiseman) which inspired Tina Fey’s screenplay. We could go on for days about how much we love Mean Girls, but we would likely just be telling you what you already know. Let’s move onto the tattoo talk. Despite there being only a couple hundred tattoos…

  • Botanical

    Top 10 Lilac Tattoos

    Lilacs, like tulips, are considered an ornamental flower. Naturalised in Europe and North America, they are a shrub with beautiful flowers that range in shades of purple, from lilac to mauve, and sometimes white. Lilacs have a sweet scent and bloom in the Summer before roses and other seasonal flowers. They’re the designated state flower of New Hampshire – a fact that is represented in one of the tattoos below. Said to symbolise the first emotions of love, if you’re considering lilacs as your first tattoo, they could be very well be the reason for your new-found love for the art of tattoos and tattoo collecting. Traditional style rough-cut ruby and lilac tattoo…

  • Botanical

    Top 15 Tulip Tattoos

    Tulips are a symbol of spring, and when they bloom each year it is celebrated with festivals in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Tulips are often associated with the Netherlands despite originating in an area of Southern Europe to Central Asia. Now naturalised around the world, we all get to appreciate the floral beauty. Tulips have a rich history in poetry, and the shape of the symbol of Iran is designed to resemble a tulip. Tulips are considered an ornamental garden plant, so why not decorate your body with them? Traditional style hand holding lavender and tulips. Tattoo by @pamela_ink Black and grey traditional tulip tattoo by @danielkenji Traditional…

  • Artists,  Tattoo Inspo

    Top 10 Provocative Tattoos by Onnie O’Leary

    NSFW tattoos are one trend that appears to be going nowhere. No matter your feelings about them, there are some artists who specialise in some kinky and downright sexy tattoos. This form of self-expression echoes what we wrote recently – that no matter the imagery,  you should be able to appreciate the vision and the application of a tattoo. If you’ve ever delved into the world of NSFW tattoos on Instagram you’ll find that many of the tattooers are located in Europe or North America. If you live in Australia, do we have a surprise for you today. No longer do you have to lust over the tattoos of others, because…

  • Botanical

    Calla Lily Tattoo Inspiration

    Calla lily is the common name for several genus of flowering plants native to the Northern Hemisphere and some areas of Africa. Over time, however, only the Calla palustris species is technically considered a calla lily. Discussed earlier in Botanical Month, lilies are the 30th anniversary flower.  Calla is the Greek word for beautiful, but the flowers are also a symbol of innocence and are often selected as a funeral flower for those taken too soon. You’ll generally see white calla lilies, although they do come in a range of bright colours and even a deep purple shade, as represented in the images below. A calla lily tattoo can represent a…

  • Botanical

    Bonsai Tree Tattoo Inspiration

    The Japanese art of bonsai has been practiced for over 1000 years and involves carefully growing and pruning trees to produce miniature versions. A bonsai can be produced from a variety of tree and shrub species. Bonsai is about aesthetics much like the art of tattooing and decorating our bodies. Don’t be fooled by the limited selection of tattoos in this post – there are a combined 1691 bonsai tree tattoos on Instagram, but we’re in the business of sharing just the very best with you. Interestingly, there are more bonsai tree tattoos than there are some pop culture characters. As you can see below, a bonsai tree tattoo isn’t just…

  • Botanical

    Marigold Tattoo Inspiration

    Marigold plants are native to Europe, but like so many botanical varieties, they can be found elsewhere around the world. Marigolds love sunny locations and the flowers themselves come in sunny shades of yellow, orange and red. It’s just by pure coincidence that most of these tattoos are in the traditional style, and a majority by the same artist. Some may view traditional tattoos as simplistic, but the minimalist style is where their beauty lies. As the old adage goes: if it is bold, it will hold. However, if traditional isn’t your favourite style, don’t be afraid to approach your chosen artist – one who tattoos in your preferred style and…

  • Botanical

    Top 20 Thistle Tattoos

    The thistle is a group of flowering plants which are covered in sharp prickles. Much like the golden wattle is a popular tattoo choice for Australians, thistles have a strong connection with three countries: Scotland, France and Canada. In France, the thistle is a symbol of Lorraine; it is one of the four floral emblems on the Montreal flag; and it has been the floral emblem of Scotland since the 13th century, which may explain the inclusion of whiskey in some of the pieces featured here. The 20 tattoos we’ve selected show you just how well the thistle translates to a range of tattoo styles, and even how much their appearance…