The crown is a powerful symbol of victory, strength, and leadership. For this reason, it should come as no surprise that crown tattoos are exceedingly popular today and have been for many decades. You might be the queen or king of your family, a real boss, or a person who excels in leadership roles. Whatever the motivation for your royal ink, there are many ways you can take the design to make it feel completely your own.
We wanted to get a better idea of the crown tattoos people are getting inked today to get a good understanding of the trends of the moment and find some truly inspired designs to help you come up with your own that feels singularly “you.” So, we turned to social media to inform us. We will share some standards as well as standouts with you so that you can decide how whimsical or straightforward you want your tattoo to be. Let’s look at some dignified crown tattoos to kickstart your tattoo journey!
Long May You Reign! Get Inspired by These Crown Tattoo Ideas!
Queen Crown Tattoo
Let’s kick things off with a modestly sized crown tattoo done in black and grey. There’s a good amount of detail in this design but not overly so. Go for something similar if you want something pretty and sophisticated.
Micro Crown Tattoo
Skull & Crown
This is our first crown tattoo that incorporates skull imagery but it will not be our last! Take a look at how detailed the shading is on the skull itself. There are so many minute details here that make this ink really stand out.
Queen & King Crown Tattoo
Couple tattoos are becoming more and more popular each year. Here, in place of wedding bands, we find crown tattoos in a sort of his and hers style.
It’s completely fine to get a little weird with your tattoos. The more unique they are, the more personal and singular they will appear. We find a balloon animal reminiscent of the artist, Jeff Koonz, signature pieces. The crown hovers above like a specter.
How sweet is this charming pet tattoo of a dog wearing a very ornate crown? We find some true artistry on display in this winning design that marries man’s best friend with man’s highest ambition.
Ornamental Crown Tattoo
By adding flourishes, you can make your crown tattoo appear more ornamental and decorative. Simple shapes form a cross around this elegant crown, which we think looks so smart!
Be a King
Add the word “king” or “queen” to your crown tattoos and you will erase any doubts about what your intention was. In the above tattoo, we find the inclusion of white ink which has become a go-to for tattoo artists in recent years.
The Lion King
More than any other animal, we found lions are a favorite among folks with crown tattoos. Here’s an interesting one that seems to have claw marks through it which is rather evocative and inspired.
Sketch tattoos and watercolor tattoos are similar trends that you will see everywhere today. They look they’ve been applied by pencil or paintbrush rather than tattoo ink. The style adds tons of movement.
A Dainty Detail
Instead of going overly detailed with your crown tattoo which can appear baroque and busy, go with a minimalist design for a fresh take. Here’s a good example of how understated and sophisticated designs like it appear.
Do It with Pride
Here’s another simple design but this one expresses Pride through rainbow colors. If you’d like a Pride tattoo that is not just another rainbow, consider something similar.
We have no idea why that crown tattoo is floating above a spaceship but we’re not mad about it. The galaxy contained in the heart is just so stunning. Take a look at the shading and highlight on the crown. This is truly a masterpiece!
Crown & Letter
Another trend we noticed about these crown tattoos is the crown paired with a simple letter for added meaning. Here, a Q is made to look like one you’d find on a playing card.
Basquiat Crown Tattoo
Pioneering pop artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat incorporates his signature crown into many of his pieces. This crown tattoo is inspired by it and it’s in good company! We stumbled across many Basquiat crowns as we researched these designs. What a loving tribute and cool-looking tattoo idea!
Dot Work & Delicate
Dot work tattoos are so named because they are applied using thousands of little dots instead of hard lines to create a remarkable look. Most of the tattoos in this genre are tattooed without a gun and, instead, are poked into the skin by hand.
Turn to art for inspiration! We find a crown design here that is minimal yet clever and it’s made to look as if it’s been painted on with a brush. For a cool look, ask your tattoo artist to design something similar!
Had a Good Run
As promised, here’s another skull crown tattoo. This is one is even more dramatic and mysterious than the last. That snake is pretty gnarly but it still looks very cool.
We return to another delicate tattoo that has likely been applied without the aid of a tattoo gun. See how fine the “little hairs” are all over the bee? That’s not easy! Great work!
Line drawing tattoos are one of the biggest trends right now. We find a couple here in this minimalist tattoo of a flower topped with an understated crown tattoo.
Keep the Faith
For people of faith, we found a couple of different crown tattoo options. The crown of thorns was relatively popular but we were moved by this wonder that includes a crown and cross surrounded by a frame of tiny little lines.
Goth Crown Tattoo
Go dark and enjoy the benefits. This crown tattoo is a celebration of black ink. We find a bit of the watercolor effect here that helps bring the whole design to life.
Black & White
As we mentioned, white ink is being used today more than ever before. It’s been used as an outline for this stylish black crown and we think it makes for a cool effect.
How gorgeous is this tiger tattoo with roses and a crown? We think it’s a stunner! Help express the idea you’re trying to get across with wildlife and other elements from nature.
The Finery of It All
This crown tattoo shows a great deal of restraint on the part of the artist as they have given the design plenty of detail but not overly so. It’s a mighty fine sight to behold!
By far, the most popular choice for crown tattoos is black ink. However, colorful ink really makes a design pop well. This silver and blue crown is warmed up by orange flowers and topped with a red heart.
Spray Paint Crown Tattoo
Similar to the brushstroke crown tattoo we saw a few steps back, we find this one tattooed to look like spray paint. It’s such a fresh and contemporary design that we imagine many lovers of public art and graffiti will be drawn to.
Here’s one of our favorite crown tattoos on this list! We find a dazzling crown atop a gorgeous butterfly design that’s been tattooed in black, blue, and pink. The colors perfectly contrast with the gold of the crown.
If you’re after a classic look, you could do no better than including laurel as they have symbolized a crown since antiquity. Any natural element will help liven up your crown tattoo.
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Molten Gold Crown
We leave you with this golden crown tattoo that is melting onto a classic bust. It’s a fresh take that looks both contemporary yet timeless with the inclusion of ancient Greek statuary.
There you go! What did you think of these crown tattoo ideas? We hope you feel inspired by these examples of royal ink and will consider something similar for yourself. After all, you’re pure royalty and the world deserves to know that you reign supreme! A crown tattoo will let others know that you mean business.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Long May You Reign! Get Inspired by These Crown Tattoo Ideas!
- 1.1 Queen Crown Tattoo
- 1.2 Micro Crown Tattoo
- 1.3 Skull & Crown
- 1.4 Queen & King Crown Tattoo
- 1.5 Get Whimsical
- 1.6 Puppy Prince
- 1.7 Ornamental Crown Tattoo
- 1.8 Be a King
- 1.9 The Lion King
- 1.10 Sketch Crown
- 1.11 A Dainty Detail
- 1.12 Do It with Pride
- 1.13 Hyperrealism
- 1.14 Crown & Letter
- 1.15 Basquiat Crown Tattoo
- 1.16 Dot Work & Delicate
- 1.17 Brushstrokes
- 1.18 Had a Good Run
- 1.19 Queen Bee
- 1.20 Go Minimal
- 1.21 Keep the Faith
- 1.22 Goth Crown Tattoo
- 1.23 Black & White
- 1.24 Tiger King
- 1.25 The Finery of It All
- 1.26 Consider Color
- 1.27 Spray Paint Crown Tattoo
- 1.28 The Jewels
- 1.29 Laureled
- 1.30 Molten Gold Crown
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