A Top Tattoo Artist in NYC Reveals the Ink Worth Pinning This Year
Navigating the plight that is choosing your next tattoo can feel like a solo journey in mapless territory. There is no GPS to meaningful body art; no Complete Encyclopedia to Dainty Ink You Won't Regret, like the one Hailey Baldwin has seemingly forgotten to release to the public.
What you can do, of course, is look to the pros to tell you which designs to keep on your radar in the coming months, plus which ones to ditch, and let that be your tattoo guide. After all, you'll have some time to plan. That's where we come in.
"Watercolor tattoos are slowly disappearing, as well as the hype of the stick-and-poke tattoos," said Trudy Lines, a top tattooist at the celebrity-favorite Bang Bang Tattoo in New York City. "But minimalistic tattoos will continue in the coming months. The illustrative black line-work style will stay."
She added that this year, more and more people will be going back to "thoughtful and strategic tattoo planning" than they have in the past. "The design process and the pre-tattoo phase will become more important as opposed to just getting a bunch of smaller tattoos to start with."
Ready for some inspiration? Ahead, Lines breaks down the raddest designs, placements, and color trends to inspire your next tattoo when shops open up.