2019 Tattoo Trends

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2019 Tattoo Trends

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With 2019 almost over and the holidays upon us, we are taking a look back at the tattoo trends of 2019 that left an impression on us. We asked 13 tattoo artists and 7 tattoo collectors what the top 5 trends of 2019 were.  We don't have to think that they are a good idea or that the tattoo will last more than a few years to make it a trend, we are just looking at novel ideas that bubbled to the surface of the tattoo world in 2019.

Jake tends to shy away from the trendy tattoos, especially if they are going outside the box like the 2015-2016 trend of all water-colors. These tattoos specifically will fade much faster with time and will not “hold up” like a traditional tattoo will.

That being said, lets dive in to the top trends in tattoos for 2019~!

#1 Fine Line Hand Tattoos

Job, Schmob, 2019 was the year of the hand tattoo!

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this tattoo blog picture is for the blog of iamjakesteele.comRhianna ushered in the trends of finger tattoos with her “shhh” tat in 2015 and 2016 saw the emergence of fine line tattoos. It wasn't until this year though that people started to really look at the hands and fingers as acceptable canvases for mainstream tattoos. Although the perception on hand tattoos is shifting towards them being more acceptable, they are still going to cause issues in more conservative professions. If you are a person who deals directly with the public or are elected into office, hand tattoos, however awesome may not be the best for you.

Will the trend fade?

Probably not, fine line tattoos when done correctly are beautiful and will hold up just like any other traditional tattoo. The placement on the hands and fingers is slowly moving the needle of public acceptance, so expect to see more men and women with decorative hand tattoos soon.

Are they easy to get?

Yeah, most places have no issue with hand or finger tattoos, although some artists shy away from that being your first one. If you are adamant about getting your hands blasted though, you shouldn't have a problem finding an artist to help you out.

#2 Mandala Tattoos

The quest for enlightenment leads to the tattoo shop!

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The word mandala means “circle” in Sanskrit. They are geometric designs with a  great deal of symbolism in Hindu and Buddhist cultures. They are supposed to represent the outward and the inward search for one's self. A “guide” to the universe and everything spiritual, and they look really cool as tattoos. These repeating patterns are very popular in Henna ink for wedding days and they have crossed over in 2019 as one of the most on-trend tattoos in a long time. The styles of a mandala are as varied as the artists doing them, as long as they are representative of the search for oneness with the universe and are a repeating geometric pattern, they can be considered a mandala.

Will the trend fade?

Mandalas will never fade out of style as they are such a significant symbol in Asian religions. The western world has grabbed onto them this year, but we predict that they will fade back into religious and spiritual meanings within a year or so.

Are they easy to get?

They can be incredibly detailed and an artist must take their time to make sure their symmetry is correct, but for the most part they will be a straight forward tattoo that you can get at most shops without a problem. You may run into artist fatigue though as these are very much on trend right now and the artist may be sick of doing them. Call around and find someone as excited to do it as you are to get one.

#3 Micro Portraits

Don't let their size fool you!

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@NikkoHurtado™ Bill Murray Portrait

Portrait tattoos have been a mainstay since the early 2000's with people like Nikko Hurtado creating the most realistic and amazing portraits that the tattoo world has ever seen. Not wanting to let that stand, artists have been pushing the limits to try and bring those same level of portraits down to a teeny tiny scale. The realism and black and gray work are simply stunning when they are fresh and depending on placement and artist skill, they can hold up for a few years, but anything that small and that detailed is going to need serious work over time as you heal.

Will the trend fade?

Without doubt as people begin to see these tattoos heal over the next 3-4 years the trend will fade away. These tattoos look great when they are first created, but they will never hold up like a masterpiece that is this Bill Murray portrait.  Another factor is that these micro portraits will take as much or more time than a fully rendered piece, so the price tag will eventually wear people's wallets and trendy thoughts thin.

Are they easy to get?

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A micro portrait of edgar allen poe. Note the quarter for scale

No, they are not. Most shops are not going to take on a project like a micro portrait as their artists understand their limitations and the level of dispersion of ink over time. You are going to have to find someone that specializes in these tattoos and any time you are going to a specialist it is not going to be quick or cheap. Both of these images are of portraits, both done exceptionally well and both probably took the same amount of time and money.

#4 “Ignorant” Tattoos

There is nothing uninformed about these guys!

Usually the word ignorant is used as a label for someone or something that is uninformed. These tattoos and the artists that do them are in no way uninformed, but they do want you to talk about their tattoos. This style was started by a French graffiti artist named FUZI UVTPK in the early 2000s as an answer to the commercialization of graffiti, tattoos and art in general. Wanting to encapsulate a raw beginning of something, his style was underground for a long time until it exploded this year. It seems like everyone wants a tongue-in-cheek DIY looking tattoo these days and that's great! Just make sure you are getting an ignorant style tattoo from a reputable and safe artist and not a literal ignorant tattoo!

Will the trend fade?

This one really is up in the air, since tattooing has always been a bit punk rock and counterculture, so once these things went mainstream their entire reason for existing went with it. The trend will continue until it doesn't on this one and that is anyone's guess when it stops being cool and starts being old news. Probably when you start seeing moms and dads with Ignorant tats will this trend die off.

Are they easy to get?

Yup, any tattoo artist in the world can make an tattoo in the ignorant style, just make sure they are safe and not in someone's kitchen.

#5 Red Only Tattoos

Red outlines no black? Hey, why not!

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Fine line and outline tattoos have been a big hit since the mid 90's in California and the western states. In 2019 they threw that on its head and did fine lines in red ink only. Take the same concepts of fine line tattoos, with minimal shading and maximum outlines and just use red instead of black. We personally love these tattoos and they are fun to do and to get, but there are some things to worry about. Red ink is the most likely to cause skin irritation behind black, so if you have never had a tattoo before you should get a small one in a spot that no one can see to test it. Let it heal for a week and then go back for that rib jammer you always wanted.

Will the trend fade?

No, fine line tattoos are some of the most feminine and beautiful tattoos out there and adding red just softens them up even more. If you are looking to take the hard edge off of a tattoo, doing a rose in red only is a great way to do it.

Are they easy to get?

Any artist that can do fine line tattoos can do red ink, its just changing the outline color. You may want to find a specialist in fine line tattoos, but the outline color shouldn't matter at all.

 

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