If you’re wanting a forearm tattoo, you’re not alone! Forearm tattoos for women are some of the most requested designs. The forearm is a perennial favorite spot for tattooing because it’s highly visible yet easy to hide if necessary. Further, there are not a ton of nerve endings in your forearm so getting a tattoo in the area is less painful than other spots. For this spot, the two most painful points are at the bend of your arm and near the bones in your wrist.
We wanted to get a better idea of the freshest forearm tattoos for women so we looked to recent posts on social media to discover the latest tattoos with the greatest designs. We stumbled across a variety of styles, subject matter, and sizes and we will share them with you so that you get an understanding of the possibilities and limitations of forearm tattoos. Let’s get inspired!
Check Out These Forearm Tattoos for Women That Shine!
Set the Scene
The person who shared this tattoo said that the design was inspired by the “PNW” AKA the Pacific Northwest. We find a fox, dogwood flowers, lavender, and a fern leaf in this inspired design. You’ll also notice a blue wash here that’s been made to look like a watercolor painting.
Black & White Florals
Black ink is a classic choice for tattoos and it is an option that most forearm tattoos for women happen to be. In this magical design, we find black and white ink creating a stunning floral scene.
Florals are the number one choice for forearm tattoos for women but another huge trend right now are these Mandala-inspired designs that look perfectly intricate and ornamental.
The Real Dill
Here we find some blooming dill. It’s an undersung herb especially when it comes to tattoos. But, we think it works out perfectly.
Minimal Yet Evocative
Go minimalist with your tattoo design for an understated design. This sleeping cat is just too precious! Pet tattoos are really popular among forearm tattoos for women. We’ll see more as this list goes on.
Well, you did not have to wait too long! Here’s another pet tattoo of a dog named Cleo. It’s not huge but it still makes a big impact thanks to the level of detail contained in the design.
Here we find the phases of the moon as told by botanicals. Forearm tattoos for women with the phases of the moon are pretty popular but you don’t see many with this level of creativity.
For the Plant Lover
Where are the houseplant lovers at? We find a tattoo of the humble snake plant in this design. If you are a plant parent to one of these, you know they are worthy of some ink!
Floral designs are really dominating the forearm tattoos for women field. What’s interesting here is the triangle that’s been worked into the design with bold, black lines. In a smaller detail, we find thin lines radiating from behind the bloom to create even more visual interest.
A Haunting Snake
Snakes are popular forearm tattoos for women. We are not the biggest fans of the slithering creatures so we don’t exactly get it. But, we can’t deny the haunting beauty of this tattoo.
A Remarkable Branch of a Rowan Tree
Rowan trees were thought to have supernatural powers to ward off witches in old Scottish lore. We’re pretty sure this tattoo of a rowan branch and berries is casting its own spell.
All Hail the Space-Shark
Tattoos are all about self-expression. In this mesmerizing design, we find a shark floating through the cosmos. The bold black lines and geometric patterns help to balance the overall design. This might be too “loud” for some but we think it’s a winning tattoo.
Make It Pop
The tattoo artist who completed the above tattoo really understood the importance of highlighting when tattooing deep reds, purples, and blacks. We find a balanced tattoo with butterflies that look like they could take flight at any moment.
One Beautiful Bird
Wow! Here’s a handsome feathered friend. So much detail has gone into this design from the intricate bark on the branch to the texture that’s been applied to give the feathers their signature lightness.
Ready for This Jelly
One of our favorite and big forearm tattoos for women on this list comes in the form of jellyfish. The color choices here feel truly inspired and pair extremely well together.
In this forearm tattoo, we find a pair of scissors that are very ornamental in their style. The dramatic black ink really aids heft to this small design.
A Great Western Hemlock
Here’s a gorgeous tattoo of a Hemlock tree that’s got something special going on in the root system. If you’re in need of inspiration for forearm tattoos for women, turn to nature as it is endlessly inspiring.
A Fine Line
The lines of this tattoo are so fine. If you’d like something dainty and decorative, consider something similar for your forearm tattoo.
Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” has inspired this forearm tattoo. In addition to nature, look to art for inspiration. You could walk away with something that’s equally offbeat and interesting.
A Half Sleeve
Half sleeve tattoos are great because you can construct an entire narrative to complete it. There’s a lot to unpack in this design but it’s safe to say that the meaning is in the eye of the beholder.
Forearm tattoos for women can be absolutely anything. We stumbled across these creepy eyes and felt the need to share as they are unlike any other designs on this list.
Run Like the Wind
This tattoo has been applied with the stick and poke method which means a tattoo gun was not used. Instead, the artist has used a single needle to create a super crisp, light, and airy tattoo that seems to dance on air.
“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness,” the person who shared this image captioned it. Motherhood tattoos are a great fit for the forearm and this one feels intimate and tender.
In the Garden
A red bloom with a garden snake wrapped around it certainly looks like something found in a Gothic Romance. This neo-traditional ink can inspire other floral designs that have a story to tell.
If there’s one thing we know, it’s that cicadas are not *it.* But, by all means, march to the beat of your own drum. The image is softened and helped along by the inclusions of floral bits that flank either side of the bug.
One of the most popular ideas conveyed in forearm tattoos for women is self-care. In this beautiful yet understated tattoo, we find a woman hugging herself which feels like a great idea.
The face depicted in this forearm tattoo looks like a still from the silent movie era. The stippling-style shading is remarkable here and we’re a little bit jealous.
Swallows are very popular forearm tattoos, especially in traditional tattooing. Swallow tattoos were a favorite among English sailors for hundreds of years. Today, we find this swallow improved in a more realistic style.
Did this tattoo take your breath away? The softest lines paired with soft color bring this dreamy tattoo to life. The baby blue square that acts as a frame was a brilliant design choice that proves that thinking outside of the box is always a great idea.
Koi fish are popular among forearm tattoos for women. It’s easy to see why! The warm colors really bring a lot to the arm and to the eye.
Speaking of the eye, we find a forearm tattoo that’s centered around one with lines that radiate out toward the elbow and wrist. What a bold and brilliant design that delivers a mood.
For the Disney Lovers
Disney characters are popular forearm tattoos for women. We stumbled across several and one of our favorites was this Mickey Mouse tattoo that’s been done in the style of Beauty and the Beast.
Eucalyptus Meets FLW
“Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana House library window,” is the inspiration for the decorative element of this exceptional tattoo. It’s paired with some eucalyptus leaves for good measure.
The Cheshire Cat
We told you Disney characters show up on these forearm tattoos for women often. Here’s the Cheshire Cat from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. Meow!
Vase Meets Chrysanthemum
A mini-trend that’s been quietly showing up on Instagram in recent years can be found in vase tattoos. For whatever reason, adding a vase to floral designs helps anchor the overall tattoo and allows for even more decorative elements. What a winner!
There you go! What did you think of these forearm tattoos for women? We hope you feel inspired by these incredible designs and will work with a tattoo artist to create your own original piece. The forearm is such a popular tattoo location because it is one of the least painful parts of your skin to get tattooed and it looks great. So, what are you waiting for? Time to get some ink!
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 Check Out These Forearm Tattoos for Women That Shine!
- 1.1 Set the Scene
- 1.2 Black & White Florals
- 1.3 Mandala-Inspired
- 1.4 The Real Dill
- 1.5 Minimal Yet Evocative
- 1.6 For Cleo
- 1.7 Phases
- 1.8 For the Plant Lover
- 1.9 Radiate
- 1.10 A Haunting Snake
- 1.11 A Remarkable Branch of a Rowan Tree
- 1.12 All Hail the Space-Shark
- 1.13 Make It Pop
- 1.14 One Beautiful Bird
- 1.15 Ready for This Jelly
- 1.16 Snip Snip
- 1.17 A Great Western Hemlock
- 1.18 A Fine Line
- 1.19 Strawberry Man
- 1.20 A Half Sleeve
- 1.21 Creepy Peepers
- 1.22 Run Like the Wind
- 1.23 Motherhood
- 1.24 In the Garden
- 1.25 A Cicada
- 1.26 Love Yourself
- 1.27 Silent Movie
- 1.28 A Swallow
- 1.29 Delicate
- 1.30 Be Koi
- 1.31 Third Eye
- 1.32 For the Disney Lovers
- 1.33 Eucalyptus Meets FLW
- 1.34 The Cheshire Cat
- 1.35 Vase Meets Chrysanthemum
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