Take a look at social media for the latest tattoos people are getting ink and you will quickly realize that geometric tattoos are a humongous trend at the moment. It’s no mystery as to why because these designs look so intricate and detailed. Due to these qualities, there is so much visual interest for the eye to unpack making these tattoos appear like a puzzle your brain must put together.
We wanted to get a better idea about the possibilities and limitations of geometric tattoos so we took to social media to discover the trends of today. We discovered some truly remarkable tattoos with all sorts of shapes, patterns, and themes. Some are completely abstract while others incorporate familiar objects. There’s no right or wrong way to go about getting a geometric tattoo what’s important is that you express yourself as fully as possible! Another thing that matters for these minutely detailed designs is your tattoo artist. Find a skilled one with plenty of experience before entrusting them with such detailed work. All right, let’s get lost in a kaleidoscope of ink!
Check Out These Intricate & Inspired Geometric Tattoo Ideas!
Here’s a lovely geometric tattoo for us to kick things off with. A simple grouping of shapes can prove a balanced and intriguing work of art for the skin. This design reminds us of ornamentation from the Art Deco movement.
By far, the most popular trend among geometric tattoos are designs inspired by Mandala. In Eastern philosophies and religions, a Mandala acts as a spiritual roadmap. This is one very impressive and big example of just how stunning they can turn out.
Mix & Match
For geometric tattoos, there are no rules! You can add geometric elements to an otherwise normal tattoo or you can incorporate physical objects into your geometric tattoo. With this one, we find the planet and a mountain scene mixed in with an abstract design. This tattoo also contains a watercolor effect which is a very hot trend right now as well!
Line on the Neck
This geometric tattoo is so arrestingly beautiful it takes your breath away. There is masterful precision in the linework and shading that really make it stand out. Notice at the upper neck directly beneath the jaw that there are organic shapes in the form of flowers worked into the design.
The person who shared this image is from Brazil which makes this design especially meaningful. The shape is called a Chakana or The Inka Cross. It holds profound spiritual meaning as a symbol of the universe and of life.
This geometric tattoo forms a tight band around this person’s arm which results in a cool effect. Bold, black ink looks great here but we imagine something similar in a different color would be equally appealing. It’s a great idea that you and your artist can run with!
Here’s an original and inspired geometric tattoo that’s part abstract and part wolf as the shapes form the face of one. You don’t see many like this so it’s definitely one of the most original designs on this list.
Here’s a geometric tattoo with tons of triangles which makes us wonder if it should be called a trigonometry tattoo? We’re not going to sweat it! But, we do really like the varying thickness of the lines which offers depth.
This geometric tattoo sleeve contains some pretty wild optical illusions that look like vortexes on the arm. It’s a really fun one that we imagine this person gets compliments for often.
Cute & Simple
Unlike the last geometric tattoo that was HUGE, here is a smaller design consisting of solid and dotted lines. You can go the more minimal route as this person has done and still walk away with a tattoo you will cherish for life.
Here, we find the phases of the moon and other objects from space swimming in geometric shapes which have been applied with the sharpest of thin lines. If you want to add more visual interest to your tattoo design, consider shapes like these which really spice up any design.
Party with Patterns
Here’s another geometric tattoo that forms a band around the arm. It’s a simple pattern of the same shapes repeated over and over. What makes it stand out, however, is the way in which the shading has been applied to offer even more depth and visual interest.
Here’s another geometric tattoo that contains an optical illusion. As with the previous, this person has a vortex shape that appears 3D. We’d hate to slip into that mysterious spinning darkness.
Here’s an intriguing design from an artist in Poland. We find a 3D shape that seems to sit on top of a flat geometric pattern. It looks so completely balanced and the addition of red ink really does add a lot to the design.
A lot of the larger geometric tattoos on this list contain more than one pattern. For instance, this sleeve has two main ones that look so neat next to one another. Consider the same for your larger tattoos for added interest and depth.
Geometric Wolf Tattoo
Here’s another geometric wolf tattoo but it’s more of the standard among the wolf tattoos done in this style. This one takes inspiration from Cubism which was a movement closely associated with the works of Picasso and Georges Braque.
Let’s lighten up for a moment with this geometric tattoo that features crisp lines and clean shapes. Most of the tattoos in this genre lean into heavy applications with a lot of dark ink. That’s not a rule, however, and you can get a geometric tattoo that appears lighter.
Here’s a tattoo that incorporates geometric elements into its design. The overall effect is a sort of psychedelic motif that looks wholly original and inspired.
The person who shared this image captioned it “geometry chaos.” We think that it’s an appropriate descriptor for this amazing backpiece tattoo. What a stunner!
Flower of Life
Take a look at this handsome Flower of Life Mandala. The lines are so neat and crisp which looks truly beautiful with the perfect placement on the shoulder.
This is like a geometry dream! We find references to the Fibonacci sequence in the little swirl up top and to trigonometry concepts with triangles at right angles nearer to the bottom. What a remarkable design with tons of movement.
The award for thinnest lines goes to this geometric tattoo that showcases a few triangles and a couple of dots. Its beauty lies in its simplicity.
For the Love of Florals
Here’s another one of the geometric tattoos to incorporate floral imagery into an abstract design. We think it offers a cool juxtaposition and we imagine that’s why this sort of scheme appeals to so many today.
Here’s a dainty geometric tattoo that is so minimal and simple you can’t help but love it. Take a look at all the tiny dots (that look like stippling) that form the shaded shapes.
So Many Dots
Here’s another tattoo that really takes advantage of that stippling effect. We especially love it on the ball shape which seems to be held by the geometric elements of the design.
Big, Bold & Black
This concept is extremely simple but it’s the size and shapes that make it remarkable. Take a look at how each shape manages to accentuate the shape of the body it’s on, seeming to come together and connect at the spine.
It’s hard to tell where this geometric starts and ends because it’s a sort of infinity symbol. We love the black and red color choices for this which gives the design so much drama.
Here’s another geometric tattoo that incorporates a watercolor effect. We love how this cat’s head has been formed with cool shapes. Another notable thing about this tattoo is the eye which has a slight ombré effect that’s rather haunting.
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Wow! This geometric tattoo contains an eye and is shaped like a teardrop. What a cool concept that marries abstract and figurative styles to great effect.
Stippling is translated into tattoo speak as dotwork which describes all of the little dots used to make the shapes of the Mandala above. Geometric tattoos benefit from more detail in some cases and that can easily be achieved through dotwork.
A Lovely One
We don’t find too many geometric tattoos with heart shapes worked into their designs but in this sleeve, we find it done seamlessly. What a lovely dream!
Here’s another one of the geometric tattoos that doubles as an optical illusion. You can really get lost in this vortex of squiggly lines.
We find a sort of honeycomb geometric tattoo that’s been altered to turn into the shape of an octopus tentacle. What an awesome idea!
And the award for finest lines ever goes to… This geometric tattoo! These lines are so tidy and crisp you might be tempted not to trust the artist as this feels nearly impossible. Great work!
Here’s another band geometric tattoo with a ton of intricate shapes worked into the design. How do tattoo artists keep their eyes from crossing when they apply these things? Wow!
The artist who shared this image called the design “Into the Unknown.” There’s a lot to unpack here but the main takeaway is that organic and geometric figures really do play nicely together. This design offers plenty of balance between the two modes.
Aside from wolves, the other wildlife that is a constant subject matter for geometric tattoos is a lion. Here’s a really good one that does not feel as cliché as others we stumbled across.
Put Your Back Into It
If you’re in the mood for a giant backpiece… This amazing geometric tattoo speaks for itself. Take a moment to take it all in.
A Fine Flower
Here’s another tattoo that celebrates the Fibonacci sequence. It marries mathematics to nature in such an important way which is visualized splendidly in this geometric tattoo.
Art from Art
Marcel Duchamp, eat your heart out. This amazing geometric tattoo reminds us so much of the artist’s famous painting, Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2. We don’t know if the tattoo artist had that work in their mind or if this was a happy mistake but it rocks either way!
We really did not see many colorful geometric tattoos but they always impress. This design has blues in varying shades blended throughout for a really cool effect.
Here’s a really original geometric tattoo with color and patterning that makes us think of quilts. It’s all neatly contained in a diamond shape for a tattoo that makes a big impression in a relatively small amount of real estate.
While we doubt that many of you are going to get a face tattoo, we wanted to share this one with you to showcase the way color has been incorporated into this handsome Mandala-inspired design. Cool and warm colors combine and separate for a marvelous effect.
Here’s a design that relies on symmetry to make it so utterly satisfying to behold. It’s proof that organic shapes can be grouped in such a way to make them appear geometric.
Here’s a stunning Mandala-inspired design that looks to us like an ornate rose window found in some cathedrals. If you want a modest design that packs a punch, something similar could be perfect for you!
Here’s a lovely face of a giraffe that’s been transformed into a geometric tattoo by being “filled” with a gorgeous geometric pattern. What a statement piece!
Here we find photorealism and abstraction combined in an inspired design that finds a portrait of a tiger that’s disjointed into square shapes cast over a pattern. It’s so fresh!
Here’s a fun rooster portrait that’s realized by the use of colorful shapes. We love the colors employed throughout the design which really make this geometric tattoo shine.
On Going Red
If you are the least bit curious about straying from just black ink, we urge you to consider red ink for your geometric tattoos. In general, red looks so vibrant on the skin and really makes a design pop.
Here each block of a pattern is divided by some blank space to offer a mega pattern for all of the smaller ones to fit inside. It’s a cool concept if you don’t want multiple patterns bleeding into one another.
Here’s a flower pattern that’s been upgraded with the use of many different colors. This is a fresh tattoo that still needs to heal. That yellow portion at the top right should mellow out once it’s fully healed up.
Geometric Rose Tattoo
Here’s a geometric rose tattoo that stuns with its simplicity. We imagine a tattoo this size will appeal to many folks as it’s not too much of a commitment but still looks great.
Geometric Tattoos as Filler
In tattoo parlance, “filler” refers to a simple pattern or design that fills the space between tattoos to help create a fuller sleeve design. Here, we find it in a pattern that ranges from blue to yellow in color. It adds so much to this sleeve, right?
Check out the amazing contrast in this half sleeve tattoo. This Mandala-inspired geometric tattoo is very dark which offers a ton of drama that you might be interested in. Remember, the darker, the more ink, and thus, the longer your tattoo session will last.
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This geometric tattoo looks like a circuit board which is a rather interesting take. It’s also perfectly placed to radiate from the spine out towards the neck and shoulders. What an intricate dream!
There you go! Do you feel inspired by these geometric tattoo designs? We sure hope you saw some stunning ink that you can show to a tattoo artist to inform your own geometric tattoo. These designs range from super complex to blissfully simple which means there’s a little something on this list for every taste. We hope you’ve discovered the right direction you want to take your next tattoo in! Happy tattooing!
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- 1 Check Out These Intricate & Inspired Geometric Tattoo Ideas!
- 1.1 Art Deco
- 1.2 Go Big
- 1.3 Mix & Match
- 1.4 Line on the Neck
- 1.5 Chakana
- 1.6 Band Together
- 1.7 Geo Wolf
- 1.8 Trig?
- 1.9 Mega Swirls
- 1.10 Cute & Simple
- 1.11 Mysterious
- 1.12 Party with Patterns
- 1.13 Spiral
- 1.14 3D Shapes
- 1.15 Contrasting Patterns
- 1.16 Geometric Wolf Tattoo
- 1.17 Lighten Up
- 1.18 A Mix
- 1.19 Chaos
- 1.20 Flower of Life
- 1.21 Feeling Fibonacci
- 1.22 Triangles
- 1.23 For the Love of Florals
- 1.24 Dainty
- 1.25 So Many Dots
- 1.26 Big, Bold & Black
- 1.27 Infinity
- 1.28 Meow
- 1.29 Teardrop
- 1.30 Dotwork Mandala
- 1.31 A Lovely One
- 1.32 Woah!
- 1.33 Tentacle
- 1.34 Shapes!
- 1.35 More Band
- 1.36 The Unknown
- 1.37 Rawr!
- 1.38 Put Your Back Into It
- 1.39 A Fine Flower
- 1.40 Art from Art
- 1.41 Feeling Blue
- 1.42 Quilted
- 1.43 8.
- 1.44 Such Symmetry
- 1.45 Rose Window
- 1.46 Filled Giraffe
- 1.47 Choppy Cat
- 1.48 Rooster
- 1.49 On Going Red
- 1.50 Mega Pattern
- 1.51 Rainbow It
- 1.52 Geometric Rose Tattoo
- 1.53 Geometric Tattoos as Filler
- 1.54 From Darkness
- 1.55 Circuitry
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