Do you remember those gluey glitter tattoos from when you were a child? Those were so much fun and also a very big mess! We’re happy to report that adults these days are also getting glitter tattoos, however, there’s no actual glitter involved. You’ve probably encountered this popular design style before but might have been unaware of the name.
Glitter tattoos are just tattoos that are colored with hundreds, even thousands of tiny little dots of color as well as white ink dots. It gives a tattoo a sparkly effect and adds depth and interest to any design. These tattoos look so, so sweet as they dazzle with every dot. The technique is similar to stippling but the overall effect is much different. Get ready for some razzle-dazzle! Here are 25 glitter tattoos that we think you’ll take a shine to.
To kick things off, let’s take a look at this floating eye. The cloud around it and the tears falling from it are speckled with hundreds of tiny little pastel and white dots. Don’t you love the shimmer?
Who doesn’t love a balloon animal tattoo? We find one here that’s covered in a rainbow of color and spotted with those signature dots. This is a deceptively simple tattoo, but if you look closely, you’ll se there’s a lot going on.
“Oh boy, 3 AM!” the person who shared this image wrote. Patrick is one of the finest characters from SpongeBob and we love this scene of him eating a Krabby Patty in bed.
“Stay gold,” are words to live by! If you’re going to go for glitter, you might as well do it up in gold. We find golden nuggets and crystals here and every bit of this appears to gleam.
Often, you’ll find the glitter effect tattooed with colorful inks, but on this rare occasion, the “glitter” is formed by grey and white dots. It creates a haunting background for this beautiful moth to rest on.
Frosty and Friends
If you want a Christmas tattoo, add a touch of magic with the glitter effect as we find around this Frosty the Snowman snow globe. This design is filled to the brim with Christmas cheer.
Krusty with Sparkle
“Who else loves the glitter effect on this Krusty the Clown tattoo?” the person who shared this very original tattoo asked. We love the effect that can be found in his hair and on a couple of golden teeth.
People love their Harry Potter tattoos and we encountered a few of the sorting hat with the glitter effect. Here’s one of our favorites that simultaneously looks like a fish. It’s weird and we’re into it.
Don’t Lose Your Head
The person who shared the picture of this tattoo described the design as a “decapitated unicorn.” We don’t know how this fantastic creature came to meet its fate, but we do know we love the rainbow sparkle of this very inventive design.
Many of us are revisiting the iconic singer thanks to a new Netflix show called “Selena: The Series.” Here we find her in a glittery outfit that is instantly associated with the star.
A Pretty Potion
For those not familiar with Dungeons and Dragons (we’re not!), this is apparently a health potion from that universe. We find subtle glitter in the curvy line that snakes behind the bottle.
That pearl is sitting inside the prettiest oyster we’ve ever seen. The shell is speckled with so many brilliant dots. The pearl has the cutest face with even a little sparkle in those small, dark eyes.
Without fail, if you come across a lacy heart tattoo like this one, it will have a glitter effect on some portion of it. We don’t know why this is a rule, but it feels like one! We love these multi-colored dots that encourage “self-love.”
Shaun the Sheep
Shaun the Sheep is such a treasure and we find a jumper from his world in this tattoo. It’s a subtle nod to the character without being overly apparent. What a fun one!
TLC’s 1992 hit, “Creep” seems to have inspired these candy heart tattoos. The design includes bats so you know they’re serious about the creepy part.
This is one of our favorite glitter tattoos on this list. This lava lamp is feeling groovy and we love the way its “lava” glitters with pastel dots.
Right in the Heart
If you haven’t gotten a tattoo or didn’t get a good look at the tattoo gun when you did, you might not know what a tattoo needle looks like. Here, we find one through a candy colored heart.
This marvel captures the shiny nature of a bird’s feathers. The white ink dots on the bird’s neck were done with white ink with a slight pigment added to give it the illusion of being transparent.
Who wouldn’t want to call Pizza Planet home? We’d get on a spaceship for this one! Take a look at the ring around the pizza that’s full of purple and blue dots. A dream!
This handsome boot features the rare glitter effect without much color at all. Black, grey, and white give this shoe its shine. We enjoy the way the dots are carried through the floral ascents.
Angelica Charlotte Pickles is a character you can’t help but love even though she’s very naughty. A glitter heart acts as the background for this cartoon character who has been rightly labeled a “spoilt brat.”
We would like to be at whatever party this Alpaca is currently enjoying. Pink, blue, and yellow dots give this animal warmth and a touch of magic.
Here, the color’s been drained from the fruit and collected in a neat circle filled with teeny-tiny dots. We find this design very fresh and haven’t seen a glitter tattoo like it before.
This is one high, high heel. What do you think of all that pink glitter inside? We think it elevates this heel to the likes of other magical shoes like the glass slipper in Disney’s Cinderella.
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Magic for Minnie
We end the list with a cake pop for Minnie Mouse that’s been dipped in a glittery pink sauce. One thing became very clear as we were researching these types of tattoos, people who love Disney love glitter. It’s no surprise as the effect is so magical and cute!
There you go! Are you craving a glitter tattoo now? We hope you are and that these designs inspired you to create something personal and expressive for yourself.
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 Eyedrops
- 2 Balloon Dog
- 3 Patrick
- 4 Glamorous Gold
- 5 Moth Magic
- 6 Frosty and Friends
- 7 Krusty with Sparkle
- 8 Sorting Hat
- 9 Don’t Lose Your Head
- 10 Selena
- 11 A Pretty Potion
- 12 A Pearl
- 13 Love Yourself
- 14 Shaun the Sheep
- 15 Cute Creep
- 16 Lovely Lava
- 17 Right in the Heart
- 18 Dazzle
- 19 Planet Pizza
- 20 Boots On
- 21 Rugrat
- 22 Alpaca Power
- 23 Fruity
- 24 On Pointe
- 25 Magic for Minnie
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