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Summer Tattoo Inspiration

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 Summer. From ice-cold lemonade and sandy beaches to arts festivals and world travel, it’s simply the best.  As temperatures rise and spring jackets come off in favor of spaghetti straps and swimming trunks, it’s also the season of skin.  Which means your body has more canvas to work with when it comes to showing off a tattoo. With our semi-permanent tattoos, you can switch out your tats for whatever occasion the summer brings, from a music festival or beach vacation to a family barbecue or your first triathlon.  So crank up “Summertime” by Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff and get inspired by these summer tattoo ideas:

 

1. Palm Tree

Few things scream ‘summer’ like a palm tree.  Native to tropical and warm climates, palm trees signal warm weather and peaceful vibes. Whether you want to celebrate a trip you took this summer to a tropical island or want a piece of paradise with you in a landlocked state, a palm tree tatted on your arm, neck, or rib cage will give you a sense of summer all day long.

 

Product Name: Elma

Dimensions: 1.6 x 3.5 inches

Price: $23

 

2. Love Birds

Was summer lovin’ in the cards for you this year?  Celebrate that warm weather hookup with these adorable love birds.  Measuring 2.6 by 1.25 inches, these small birds will fly away after two weeks, the perfect way to commemorate a summer fling.

Product Name: Halcyon

Dimensions: 2.6 x 1.25 inches

Price: $21

  

3. Explore

Summer is for the great outdoors.  It’s the perfect time to hit the road in search of someplace new, to explore faraway lands or to try something different in your own backyard.  Whether you’re climbing literal mountains or metaphorical ones, our “Explore” tattoo has you covered.  And who wouldn’t benefit from a physical reminder to explore this wide, wonderful world?

Product Name: Muir

Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.4 inches

Price: $21

  

4. Music Notes

Going to a music festival this summer?  Dress for the occasion with our trio of music notes.  Measuring a small 1.5 by 1 inches, this tattoo is the perfect way to subtly tell the public that you’ve got the music in you.  Other options include bursting out in song and dancing like nobody’s watching. 

Product Name: Lull

Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.0 inches

Price: $19

 

5. Dopamine

Dopamine is…dope.  Allow us to nerd out for a minute: this neurotransmitter is responsible for regulating the brain’s reward and pleasure centers, which means that when you feel good, you’ve got dopamine to thank.  That fuzzy feeling you get from toasting marshmallows with friends on a breezy summer’s eve?  Dopamine.  That giddy sensation you felt after you asked out that cute girl who’s here for the summer?  Dopamine.  This neurotransmitter can make summer pretty memorable, so celebrate it in all its chemical glory with our 2-week tattoo.  That happy feeling you’ll get when looking down at your new ink?  Dopamine!

Product Name: Dopamine

Dimensions: 2.75 x 1.4 inches

Price: $21

 

6. Airplane

Leaving on a jet plane?  If summer means travel to you and yours, celebrate your adventures with our airplane tattoo.  Whether you jetted to China or Zimbabwe, the other side of the country or the other side of the world, this tattoo will remind you how amazing it is that you hurled through the sky in a metal box and lived to tell about it!  We know flying has become common place now, but how cool it is that we’re alive in a time when you can wake up in one part of the world and go to bed in another?  And summer’s the best time to do just that.

Product Name: Sortova

Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.75 inches

Price: $19

 

Keen on trying our freehand ink bottles and creating your own semi-permanent tattoo that screams summer?

 

Check out these cool tats for inspiration:

Does summertime mean hot dogs and hamburgers to you?  Give your fingers a dose of barbecue by inking a tiny hot dog, like this one.  Side effects include a hankering for sausage.

 

This palm tree sunset surfboard tattoo is perfect for surfers new and seasoned.  Keep the cowabunga lifestyle close to you at all times with a tat like this. 

This “Good Vibes” tat spells it out: you’re down for chill times with chill people.  And what better season to exude positive energy than summer?  Tell people what you’re about with a sexy accent to your swimsuit like this one, or tat a similar phrase on your bicep or neck.  It makes a peaceful addition to any outfit.

Celebrate summer with a flip flop tattoo like this one. Big or small, this tat will make you think of warm weather, sunshine, and awkward tan lines whenever you see it. 

Wear shades every time of day with a pineapple tattoo like this one. Pineapples traditionally symbolize hospitality, and they get a cool upgrade with a pair of sunglasses.  If you’re a cool, hospitable guy or gal, take note and ink up. 

Few things are as pleasurable as licking an ice cream cone on a hot summer day.  Throw in some rainbow sprinkles and forget about it.  Celebrate the steamy weather treat that makes summer so sweet with a tiny ice cream tat like this one.

Are you a triathlete?  Training for your first tri?  Attempt a triathlon tattoo like this one on your (hopefully) strong calves or biceps.  Artistic and graceful, this tat is perfect for anybody crazy enough to swim, bike, and run in a row.

- Kaitlyn Uy