Belly tattoos are no walk in the park. Our tummies are extremely sensitive with tons of nerve endings in the area that we have evolved to keep our midsections safe from injury. That means that belly tattoos rank pretty highly on the tattoo pain chart. Once you get past the pain of it all, stomachs are such a personal part of our bodies. It is often one of the parts that we are most insecure about. But, plenty of people are reclaiming the area and celebrating their bodies just the way they are.
Body positivity has come a long way in recent years, encouraging all folks to be proud of the skin that they are in. You don’t need to have rock-hard abs to pull off a belly tattoo. In fact, your body’s natural shape is worth celebrating with your tattoo design. We wanted to find all sorts of belly tattoos on all sorts of bodies to share with you just how beautiful and positive they can be. Take a look and get inspiration for your own unique design!
Body-Positive Belly Tattoos Inspire and Excite
Floating On Air
Let’s kick this belly tattoo list off with a bang! On this stomach, we find a smoke-like design that rises from above the belly button to the chest. If you want something more conceptual and abstract, you can absolutely achieve it with the right artist.
Cherry Blossom Fan
We find a Japanese-inspired fan design that contains the mythical cherry blossoms that are cherished there and beyond. Pops of clue color really make the red of the blossoms stand out and sing.
One Fine Fox
This fox belly tattoo is so handsome. The fine lines are so deliberately tattooed to give the animal’s coat texture and to provide visual interest. There is a branch added to the design that offers balance and a bit of botanical beauty.
A Bit Crabby
Okay! This belly tattoo is for the Cancers out there! We find a very provocatively colored crab design that just radiates peach and red tones. As with the Japanese-style fan tattoo, we find ink colors that contrast to help bring the design to life.
Let’s kick things off with a bang! This gorgeous butterfly lady face belly tattoo is splendid in every sense of the word. There is so much sumptuous color and details within that make it hard to look away from. What a beauty!
We’re all about body positivity and this belly tattoo with the message “self love” is just the thing we came to see. Your tattoo can be a reminder to be kind to yourself and embrace yourself and your body as your temple.
The Power of the Flower
We find plenty of ornamental details here along with some floral ones for a truly balanced and harmonious design that looks like it was created expressly for this fabulous stomach. Work with a tattoo artist you trust and they can help you realize your unique vision.
You might not be able to read the expressive font in this belly tattoo that is in the shape of a heart. That’s okay, we’ve got the details for you. The red ink of this design spells “evermore.” Playing with fonts and design in this way is such a blast and you should definitely consider it.
By far the most popular style of belly tattoo is a moth or butterfly design. We saw more moths than anything else while researching stomach tattoos for this list. It is a great idea as the shape of the creature perfectly mirrors that of your torso. However, this is so popular that you would be in extremely good company with something similar.
We are big fans of color when it comes to tattoos but black ink certainly has its virtues. We find a moody and dramatic design here that is painted in all black. Again, florals and ornamental elements are going to be your friend when it comes to tattoos with organic shapes.
Well, we did not expect to stumble across an angelic cow while researching belly tattoos but here we are! We find the cute character set in a bucolic country scene complete with sparkles and tiny mushrooms.
A Thing of Beauty
Here’s another one of the belly tattoos that plays with font in a really innovative and interesting way. In case it is not immediately apparent to you, this tattoo spells the word “beautiful.” We must agree!
This is one of our favorite belly tattoos on this list. It features a goddess-like figure surrounded by absolutely singular and stunning floral designs. Turn to decorative arts and nature for your tattoo inspiration and you will not be disappointed.
A classic masterpiece painted by Botticelli has inspired this breathtaking belly tattoo that finds characters seemingly from antiquity dancing together in natural splendor. Your favorite works of art are ripe for inspiring your next tattoo. So, don’t shy from asking your tattoo artist about adapting something for you.
We love the gentle U shape that these abstract stars belly tattoos make. Think outside the box for truly inspired tattoos that no one else can claim. Tattoos are all about self-expression so just be sure to stay true to your idea and you will walk away with something really special.
This central placement for your belly tattoo is an excellent spot to go big and bold. We find a very 2D peony flower with plenty of moody black leaves that help it pop. Clean lines are the name of the game here!
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As we have already mentioned, any winged sort of thing is going to find itself the subject of many belly tattoos. The butterfly is no exception. We’re not sure why moths are more highly favored but butterflies do come in a close second.
The Heart? It’s Sacred
Did your eyes almost pop out when they saw this stunner of a belly tattoo? This is one of the most beautiful stomach tattoos on this list that finds a sacred heart tattoo surrounded by a small snake and some pretty, pink flowers. What a dream!
The person who shared this image explained that the theme is “duality.” We got it! Yes, this is yet another butterfly belly tattoo but it is unique thanks to the two faces that are contained in the wings. It’s a neotraditional design that marries classic tattoo motifs with new possibilities.
Eyes, Eyes, Eyes
Yikes! We find a woman and spider hybrid in this tidy belly tattoo. If you love creepy, lean into it. We think these sorts of designs are really expressive and far more interesting than just a moth or butterfly.
Such an Angel
Okay, time for a palate cleanser after that creepy spider tattoo! We find a cute tattooed cherub for this charming belly tattoo. It’s okay to go with sweetness if that’s what moves you.
We find a ram skull here that has been expertly shaded for a dramatic and moody result. Again, anything that forms this sort of upside-down triangle shape is going to work splendidly for this placement.
Be a (Violent) Unicorn
Why yes, that is a unicorn goring a raven. You know, sometimes you just have to go where the fantasy takes you. Get weird with your belly tattoo ideas and you could have a real conversation starter.
Make It Art
Take a look at that gold ink next to the black. Can you say gorgeous? Gold and black always look fantastic together but the artist has gone the extra mile by adding tons of little dots inside to give the illusion of sparkle. Does this give anyone else ink envy?
We really love the way the botanical elements start from the lower chest and then fall down toward the pelvis in this belly tattoo. It’s perfectly mirrored and balanced which offers a peaceful sense of calm.
Are you someone who is not afraid to play with color? Go wild with it! We find a creepy-cool bug here with a jewel-encrusted inside. Colorful florals help bring the whole belly tattoo to life.
“For about 5 years I’ve struggled with an eating disorder and absolutely hated how my stomach looked, I could be severely underweight but feel like I look pregnant ???? since having this tattoo done that has completely changed, I’m finally happy with what I see in the mirror and it’s amazing,” the person with this belly tattoo candidly shared.
We bring you yet another moth belly tattoo but this one offers something extra. We find truly inventive use of color here that makes this entire design read electric and lively. A couple of skulls have been added for good measure and the end result is a real winner.
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Sun, Moon, and Stars
For these belly tattoos, the artist and recipient have chosen to cover a good deal of the stomach with twinkling star shapes. The stars are bookended by a sun and a moon tattoo. If you are feeling celestial, this could be the way to go!
Botanical Meets Ornamental
How amazing is this belly tattoo? We think it is one of the finest on the list. We are treated to a decorative type of design that reads as bold and beautiful. Work with your artist to help you create the right sort of tone and feel for your belly tattoo and you will not live to regret it!
Now you have some excellent ideas for your next belly tattoo. Tattoos are the supreme form of self-expression and by celebrating your body with one, you reaffirm your commitment to love yourself exactly as you are. If you enjoyed these belly tattoos but want even more ink inspiration, keep reading as we have some awesome goddess-inspired tattoos to share with you.
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Selene is the goddess of the moon in Greek mythology. We find her hear with some beautiful attributes that include a crescent moon crown, a torch, and plenty of drama.
The person who shared this image referred to this sleeve as a “forest goddess.” It’s one of the goddess tattoos that did not reference a particular deity but instead is more centered on a concept. It did bring to mind the Celtic goddess Danu who is considered the spiritual essence of nature.
In the Greek myth of Persephone’s capture by Hades, god of the underworld, the pomegranate symbolizes life, regeneration, and marriage. By eating a few pomegranate seeds, Persephone tied herself to Hades. The pomegranate in the story represents the totality of marriage. You will often find Persephone goddess tattoos with pomegranate imagery.
Persephone Part II
Here’s another take on Persephone that is very stylish with a balance of black and maroon inks. Notice how some of the lines are thicker than others? It helps bring this goddess tattoo tons of visual interest.
We find a goddess tattoo in the form of a bust in this design. The likeness of Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt and wild animals, looks beautiful in this elegant tattoo.
The daughter of Re, the sun god, Bastet was an ancient deity whose ferocious nature was ameliorated after the domestication of the cat around 1500 BCE. The cat goddess lives on in the hearts and imaginations of many who understand just how special our cat friends are.
Athena is the Olympian goddess of wisdom and war and the beloved patron of the city of Athens. We find her tattooed here with such care and detail. The cloth that encircles her is absolutely stunning.
Athena Part II
Here’s another goddess tattoo of Athena. This time she’s found with her mythical shield with the image of a Gorgon on it. The fading effect here looks extremely fresh. You might like something similar for your own tattoo.
Hecate is the goddess of witchcraft, the household, and crossroads. In later depictions, Hecate can be found as a trio, a reference to her as the “three ways” or crossroads. That’s what we find in the above tattoo.
Known as the goddess of mirth, Baubo is depicted as risqué and sexually liberated and is said to have taunted Demeter when that deity was mourning the loss of her daughter, Persephone. Little statuettes have been unearthed and many look like the above goddess tattoo.
Kali is a Hindu goddess, who is thought to be the Master of death, change, and time. She is also believed to be the Parvati, that is the supreme of all powers or the ultimate reality. As with this tattoo, Kali is often depicted with a lolling tongue.
Great mother Isis, the goddess of magic and healing, was crucial to ancient Egyptian religious beliefs. She was worshipped throughout the ancient Greco-Roman world. She plays a pivotal part in the Osiris myth as a character who resurrects Osiris, who is both her brother and husband.
Medusa & Artemis
We find two separate goddess tattoos here. One is of Medusa and the other is of Artemis. Both have been completed in the same style and look fantastic next to one another.
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Gaia is the earth mother goddess worshipped by the Ancient Greeks. Here, we find her in a contemporary depiction, holding the planet earth.
Sekhmet is an Egyptian goddess of war and the destroyer of the sun god Re’s enemies. We find her beautifully tattooed here with a gorgeous, golden background element that really makes her pop.
This is another one of the goddess tattoos that is less about a single mythological figure and is, instead, about a concept. We find a beautiful portrait of a woman with the horns of a ram. This would make a perfect tattoo for an Aries.
“Nehelennia, goddess of the sea and safe return of sailors, goddess of fertility,” the person who shared this image wrote of the Germanic goddess. “There is little known about her, however, her statues can be found in Zeeland, the Netherlands and there are a handful of Roman reliëfs.”
Adi Shakti or also known as Adi Parashakti is the supreme goddess in Sanatan Dharma. The phrase “Adi Parashakti” means the “first supreme energy.” Here, she is tattooed with such care with impeccably fine details.
Lady Justice was called Justitia or Iustitia by the Ancient Romans. Back in the day, Justitia became the personification of the virtue of justice. We find her tattooed here with excellent, ornamental elements that make this goddess tattoo a real standout.
Justitia Part II
Here she is again, this time in an elegant black and grey design. This tattoo is remarkable for several reasons but the thing that stands out the most is the restraint from the artist. The entire design is so delicate and light.
A pagan goddess of pre-Christian Ireland, Brigid is associated with wisdom, poetry, healing, protection, blacksmithing, and domesticated animals. This stunning tattoo brings to mind paintings of the Pre–Raphaelites.
Greco-Roman mythologies were full of stories of nymphs. They are often regarded as personifications of nature and in this tattoo, you find natural elements being the main draw. It’s a unique perspective and a very cool design.
Sappho was an Archaic Greek poet from Eresos on the island of Lesbos. Sappho is known for her lyric poetry, written to be sung while accompanied by music. She is widely considered one of, if not the, most celebrated poets in Ancient Greece. In contemporary times, Sappho has been celebrated as a feminist icon and a gay hero.
A preeminent deity in Norse mythology, Freya is considered the goddess of love, beauty, fertility, sex, war, gold, and magic. This absolutely breathtaking half-sleeve portrait is one of the best goddess tattoos on this list.
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Eris is the goddess and personification of strife and discord. She is associated with the Greek concept of the “Golden Apple of Discord” which she tossed during a feast that is described as The Judgement of Paris.
There you have it! We hope you feel inspired by these excellent goddess tattoo ideas and that you have plenty of ideas for your own unique ink. There’s no right way or wrong way to celebrate your goddess. Just make sure she harnesses the power of your self-expression.
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
- 1 Body-Positive Belly Tattoos Inspire and Excite
- 1.1 Floating On Air
- 1.2 Cherry Blossom Fan
- 1.3 One Fine Fox
- 1.4 A Bit Crabby
- 1.5 Take Flight
- 1.6 Love Yourself
- 1.7 The Power of the Flower
- 1.8 Evermore
- 1.9 Marvelous Moth
- 1.10 Thrive
- 1.11 Holy Cow
- 1.12 A Thing of Beauty
- 1.13 Dazzling
- 1.14 ‘Primavera’
- 1.15 Let’s Gaze
- 1.16 Prettiest Peony
- 1.17 Sharp Butterfly
- 1.18 The Heart? It’s Sacred
- 1.19 Dual
- 1.20 Eyes, Eyes, Eyes
- 1.21 Such an Angel
- 1.22 Horns
- 1.23 Be a (Violent) Unicorn
- 1.24 Make It Art
- 1.25 Statement Piece
- 1.26 Bugging Out
- 1.27 The Jackalope
- 1.28 It’s Electric
- 1.29 Sun, Moon, and Stars
- 1.30 Botanical Meets Ornamental
- 2 Check Out These Beautiful Goddess Tattoos That Celebrate All Things Woman!
- 2.1 Selene
- 2.2 Forest Goddess
- 2.3 Persephone
- 2.4 Persephone Part II
- 2.5 Diana
- 2.6 Baset
- 2.7 Athena
- 2.8 Athena Part II
- 2.9 Hécate
- 2.10 Baubo
- 2.11 Kali
- 2.12 Isis
- 2.13 Medusa & Artemis
- 2.14 Gaia
- 2.15 Sekhmet
- 2.16 Ram Goddess
- 2.17 Nehelennia
- 2.18 Adi Shakti
- 2.19 Justitia
- 2.20 Justitia Part II
- 2.21 Brigid
- 2.22 A Nymph
- 2.23 Sappho
- 2.24 Freya
- 2.25 Eris
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