When it comes to tattoos, trends don’t really apply. You want something that is meaningful and evergreen — a design that will never lose its magic long after your skin gets saggy and wrinkled. If you’re thinking of getting new ink, check out these eye-catching tattoos for women, as seen on our favorite tatted celebs. 

Go Bigger and Bolder

Nadine’s most recent tattoo is a lotus flower on her arm. (Credit: instagram/nadine)

Nadine Lustre is an iconic tatted queen. Currently, she has 11 tattoos, and the latest one is a lotus flower tattoo she got in 2020. It’s a lot bigger than the rest of her tattoos and makes quite a bold statement. The designer at Vinmana Tattoo posted the rationale behind it on their Instagram: “The secret to happiness is to acknowledge and transform suffering, not to run away from it.” The quote comes from No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering, by Vietnamese author Thich Nhat Hanh.

Make it a Family Affair

Ariana Grande gives a peek on her tattoo designed by Mira Mariah. (Credit: instagram/ girlknewyork)

Ariana Grande has 55 known tattoos. Her latest tat is an outline of a crescent moon and stars placed on the back of her hand. The design is by Grande’s go-to tattoo artist Mira Mariah, who specializes in designs for a modern generation of women. Ariana got the tattoo the same time her grandmother got her first tattoo, which was the word “Ciccio.”

Try Tiny and Adorable

Lucy Hale commemorates her trip to Cambodia with a tiny elephant tattoo.

Lucy Hale’s cartoon elephant tattoo is the most adorable little thing. The tattoo is meant to commemorate Hale’s trip to Cambodia. She posted it on her Instagram with the caption, “Tattoos everywhere I go.” If you want a more subtle design that still makes a great impact, not to mention constant “OMG SO CUTE!” comments, this is the tat for you.

Explore New Tattoo Placements

Line art tattoos like Sophie Turner’s can be really pretty.

Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner’s super feminine tattoo is by artist Curt Montgomery, who also does the ink for her husband, Joe Jonas. The design is a woman looking over her left shoulder. Fans of the show speculated that it is a tribute to her character, Sansa, although the real meaning of the tattoo hasn’t been revealed. The design and placement of this tattoo feels really powerful, don’t you think?

Tattoo for a Cause

Emma Watson tattoos an advocacy close to her heart.

Emma Watson, who is famously outspoken when it comes to challenging stereotypes and advocating for causes close to her heart, got this “Time’s Up” tattoo in 2018, when the Me Too Movement first shook the entertainment industry in the U.S. There’s the tiny issue of the missing apostrophe — thankfully, the tattoo was temporary! Hey, if you care about something, go ahead, make yours permanent.

When in Doubt, Go Minimalist

Anne Curtis got this tattoo during a trip to South Korea with husband, Erwan Heussaff. (Credit: instagram/playground_tat2)

The minimalist style of tattoos that have gotten so popular over the past couple of years is here to stay. If you want to go minimalist, take this “Dream” tattoo in the shape of a cross on Anne Curtis as inspiration. The actress got it during a trip to Seoul, South Korea with husband Erwan Heussaff, who got a palm tree on his wrist. It’s the perfect first tattoo! 

Pro-tip for first timers: care for your new tattoo with Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. Once the bandage is safe to take off, clean your tattoo with soap and water and gently pat dry before applying the product. Do this twice a day to protect the area and keep it moisturized, which aids in the healing process.

Tattoos for women don’t have to follow trends. If you find inspiration in any of the above designs, go ahead and make it your own. Share these ideas with your friends, too!