Choosing a tattoo is more than just thinking about what phrase or image you want. There are tons of artistic styles to consider, from biomechanical to photorealist to fine line, just to name a few. Browse the gallery below to see some examples.

Our Guide to Tattoo Styles

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Japanese

All tattoos by Darren Rosa of Rising Dragon Tattoos. Special thanks to our model, Russ Romano.

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Watercolor

Tattoo by Xavier Alvarez of Sins & Needles Tattoo. Special thanks to our model, Eloise Garcia.

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New American Traditional

Tattoo of ladies with snakes by Chuck Daly of Brooklyn Ink Tattoo. Other tattoos by Will Sheldon and Ryan Cooper Thompson. Special thanks to our model, Russ Barnett.

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Black and Gray

Eagle tattoo by Amanda Blodøks. Special thanks to our model, Tommi Forsström.

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Lettering

Special thanks to our model, Noah Blough.

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Surrealist

Special thanks to our model, Eloise Garcia.

Instagram Artists to Follow for Inspiration

Even if you’re already set on something, it never hurts to look around. We’ve rounded up some of the top tattoo artists on Instagram in no particular order—celebrity clients not required.

Dr. Woo – Shamrock Social Club, L.A.

Kristi Walls – Bang Bang, NYC

Imani K. Brown – Little Ink Play Shop, Washington, D.C.

Regino Gonzales- Invisible, NYC

Minka Sicklinger – Three Kings, Brooklyn, NY

Alice Carrier – Wonderland Tattoo, Portland, OR

Ben Merrell – Tribal Rites, Fort Collins, CO

Jess Yen – My Tattoo, Alhambra, CA

Carlos Torres – Timeline Gallery, San Pedro, CA

Nikko Hurtado – Black Anchor Collective, Hesperia, CA

Miya Bailey – City of Ink, Atlanta, GA

Scott Campbell – Saved Tattoo, Brooklyn

Anka Lavriv – Black Iris Tattoo, Brooklyn, NY

Georgia Grey – Bang Bang, NYC

Mike Adams – Homestead Tattoo, Frederick, MD

Josh Barnes – Ceremony Tattoo Society, Philadelphia, PA