Truly and unconditionally loving and accepting yourself is one of the most difficult tasks for many of us to complete. Self-love and empowerment are as important now as ever before with constant feedback loops on social media that can get you down and make you feel terrible about yourself or give you serious fear of missing out. That’s where self-love tattoos come into play.
Self-love tattoos are positive and inspiring designs that encourage folks to take care of and center their emotions. You really can be your own worst enemy and these tattoos remind people that it is okay to make mistakes, to love your body, and to be happy in the skin that you are in. Let’s face it, we all could use positivity these days and these tattoos really deliver. Take a look for some great self-love tattoo ideas!
Head of Flowers
By far, the most popular type of self-love tattoo is a character hugging itself and instead of a head, you find flowers blooming. While researching self-love tattoos for this piece we stumbled across hundreds like this. It’s a great idea but know if you get something similar you will be in extremely good company.
How cute is this figure that says “it’s okay?” We think it is the perfect self-love tattoo that spreads warmth and the reassuring message that no matter how hectic things may seem, it will all be okay in the end.
Heart on Heart
We find a bandaid with a heart tattooed over this person’s heart. It’s an understated self-love tattoo that includes botanicals for good measure. A common theme for self-love tattoos is growth so you will find a lot of floral and plant motifs among them.
You’re getting 100% “Self-Love Juice” in this playful tattoo of a juice box. Again, some flowers help bring balance, and some added sweetness to this design. Are you sipping on this or what?
The Big Hug
We find the self-love sentiment expressed here with a large face tattoo that looks both beautiful and mysterious. Nothing says self-care like a nice hug that you can give yourself right now if you want. It feels great!
We find the theme of growth once more in this self-love tattoo of a skeleton that has sprung flowers and attracted some wildlife friends. Take a look at all of those intricate details! This tattoo is a masterpiece.
First Things First
“Love yourself first,” this self-love tattoo reminds us. The chain heart is a cute touch here. This is a great example because it is a message that the person with the tattoo can heed while also spreading it to others who view it.
Look in the Mirror
Sometimes you just have to look yourself in the face and reassure yourself that all is well and that you worthy. This tattoo depicts that in such beautiful and sweet way.
You’re In Bloom
“Everyone blooms,” the message inside the envelope says for this self-love tattoo that is all about personal growth. No matter how long it takes, you can find self-acceptance and “bloom” your own self-love.
Get the Message
“Oh sweetie, you’re not ugly. Society is,” this tattoo says in a bold font. It’s a statement that criticizes how toxic society’s beauty standards are for folks. Each and every one of us is gorgeous in our way. Don’t forget that!
These self-love tattoos look like Valentine’s Day candies and we think they are just adorable. The artist has used thousands of tiny dots to bring texture to the shapes which is so exciting and playful.
Healing and Growth
“Heal to grow. Grow to heal,” this enchanting lily tattoo says. Healing is a part of the growing process and the only way we can evolve is to heal old wounds and move forward. What a great message!
Self-love potion tattoos are mildly popular and we saw a couple of dozen that were cute but this old-school design appealed to us. If you like the idea of a potion work with your artist to get creative with your design’s shape and style.
Here is another self-love tattoo that celebrates traditional tattooing while also featuring newer elements that make it look fresh and lively. Some nice, purple flowers look so great next to that hot pink and the green of the leaves.
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The heart shapes worked into this handsome tattoo hint that this tattoo is all about self-love. We find a sort of Yin and Yang theme here with different elements in contrasting neutral and black. This design finds harmony and acceptance between the two characters.
Join the Self-Love Club
Are you a member of the Self-Love Club? As made evident by this tattoo, you are invited! This is such a childlike and light design that we are sure will appeal to many folks out there.
Read the Vase
“Let yourself grow,” this vase’s message advises. This is such a great idea if you are also looking for a self-love tattoo that concerns itself with growth. This is a very big tattoo but something scaled-down could also be a winning look.
It’s All You Can Do
“Trying my best,” this cheerful flower tattoo says. What more can you ask for? We have seen a lot of intricate designs on this list but simplicity can be bliss for the right person. If you want something simple that is not a huge commitment something like this could be the perfect option for you.
We find a self-love tattoo with a double meaning. It simultaneously says “believe in yourself” and “be you.” We’ll take both, please. Red and black ink always look dynamite together be sure to consider the color combination for your tattoo.
The Self-Love Mandala
We find an amazing Mandala-inspired design that features so many different heart shapes to create a truly unique geometric pattern. How about that mellow orange ink? We think it’s so so good.
Another wildly (and we do mean wildly) popular self-love tattoo is of a torso that creates a heart shape. We find that common hug but it is used to create the overall shape of the design. In the above example, we find some extremely delicate lines but you could go bolder if that’s more your style.
“Imperfection is beauty,” this sunflower meets lightbulb self-love tattoo says. It’s a great sentiment to always keep in mind. Perfection is overrated! We like real folks who are living in the real world! This tattoo perfectly captures this.
Sent With Care
“With love,” the letter inside the envelope says. It’s similar to the blooming love letter we showed you earlier but it expressly deals with love which is the name of the game for this list. We find letter tattoos to be so romantic and evocative.
Have you ever seen anything quite like this? We find a whimsical character tucked into a heart shape. The use of contrasting warm and cool colors make the design really pop. The artist who created this deserves a standing ovation. Stunning!
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Rain Makes the Flowers Grow
This almost abstract design mixes figurative and decorative elements to build its narrative. We find a pair of eyes with tears flowing down onto ornamental flower shapes. At least, that’s how we read it! It’s up to interpretation. What a great symbol of growth and healing.
If you liked these amazing self-love tattoos, keep reading for even more tattoos that spread positivity and foster self-acceptance.
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“When Ayanna requested that she wanted her custom piece to represent her as a full-figured woman, I was so excited to bring her vision to life,” the tattoo artist who shared this image wrote. “I’m loving the fact that more industries are [slowly but surely] pushing to represent all sizes and I would really love to see more of it in the tattoo industry.”
Celebrating the Curves
Take a look at this lovely body-positive tattoo that finds a beautiful body tattooed with clouds and stars. Yes, your body is a thing of magical wonder. Yes, your tattoo should reflect that.
Be Your Own Cheerleader
“Choose yourself,” this stylish, body-positive tattoo says. We think this is excellent advice and a great reminder for those of us who need reassurance that it is okay to do you exactly how you want.
Isn’t this floral goddess tattoo just breathtaking? In this body-positive tattoo, we find a charming figure with gorgeous little flowers growing all around it. If you have an inner green goddess, you should consider something similar!
The Venus of Willendorf is an 11.1-centimeter-tall Venus figurine estimated to have been made around 25,000-30,000 years ago. Most art historians consider it the human world’s oldest piece of art. It’s fitting that the first artwork we know happens to be a curvy woman. Folks knew what was up 25,000+ years ago!
By far, the most popular body-positive tattoo out there is of a female form that has some sort of botanical element sprouting where the head should be. It’s a great motif but just know that if you go in this direction you will be in extremely good company. If you want something unique, try something else but if you want a tattoo that builds community, you should request something similar from your artist.
“The Empress,” this gorgeous tarot-inspired tattoo says. We find a pregnant body at the center here with the popular flower instead of face thing happening. We love how this body-positive design also looks like stained glass. It’s checking a lot of boxes, folks.
Blossoms in the Rolls
Have you heard of roll tattoos yet? Tattoo artists are using the creases of the body as inspiration for floral designs that seem to spring from them. In the above example we find some delicate rose designs which are so romantic.
You Are a Masterpiece
“I’ve been on the journey of learning to accept and love my body for a while now with the help of my coach @apfittraining I still have a long way to go but with the art I make and the people I surround myself with I’m getting there,” the person who shared this image writes.
“May diverse bodies always be celebrated and made visible,” the artist who shared this image captioned it. “Art on the skin expresses, liberates, and resignifies our insecurities.”
“Watch me grow,” this body-positive tattoo says. We find those words surrounded and framed by tiny flowers and leaves. This tattoo is all about personal growth and it is a theme you encounter often when it comes to body-positive tattoos.
We love any sort of tattoo that depicts movement and action as they read as lively and energetic. For this body-positive tattoo, we find a tattooed lady swinging in the night sky. What an absolute dream!
Here we find a figurative body-positive tattoo that verges on the abstract. Simple lines form the shape of a body that echo this person’s torso’s shape. It’s a meditative and simple piece that packs a real punch.
Join the Club
“Self-love club,” is a common sentiment found among body-positive tattoos. Here, we find those words over a body. A touch of read brings this baby to life in a really beautiful way.
Curvy Cat Lady
Where are the cat ladies at? In this body-positive tattoo, we find a costume-clad figure in a sort of one-piece with thigh-high boots and a mask. Those red lips offer a pop of color to this enchanting tattool.
Here is one of our all-time favorite body-positive tattoos. We find the very popular body with a head of botanicals again here, but it is so singular in its style that it really stands out from the rest. Oranges and cool greens offer contrast that plays well together. A truly winning design with this one!
“I belong deeply to myself,” this heart-shaped body-positive tattoo says. It’s an excellent reminder that you are only, actually accountable to yourself. Love that skin that you are in and proclaim it with something similar.
Here’s another amorous heart-shaped tattoo with a great message inside. “Radical self-love,” the tattoo proclaims. We would all be wise to follow in this person’s footsteps and make a commitment of love to ourselves.
“Thunder thighs,” this amazing body-positive tattoo says. The words are found in a tangle between a storm cloud and an umbrella. Your thighs are sexy and worth bragging about it. A body-positive tattoo like this could be a great way to do so.
“Live fat, die yum,” this body-positive tattoo says borrowing its structure from the popular saying “live fast, die young.” It’s an extremely playful and rewarding play on words that encourages the person to go with their gut.
In this body-positive tattoo, we find two branches framing the words “My body, my rules.” Amen! No one else gets to dictate their beauty standards and ideals to you. You are the boss!
As promised, here is a body-positive tattoo that features the greatest slogan, “Riots, not diets.” This is a brilliant protest tattoo that encourages civil unrest over toxic diet culture. America, a change would do you good.
If you like body-positive tattoos that get right to the point, you likely will appreciate this stunner that puts it plainly with the word, “masterpiece.” You are a shining light that deserves praise. Something similar would do the trick!
“My body. My choice. My power. My voice,” this stunning body-positive tattoo says. We love this slogan which is all about autonomy and agency. You own all of these things and you get to use them as you see fit.
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In this simple yet elegant black ink tattoo, we find a frame containing a torso shape. For something understated, you can celebrate curvy bodies with something equally as evocative that is radically simple in its approach.
There you go! What did you think of these body-positive tattoos? We hope you found them to be as uplifting and encouraging as we did. Now, go find yourself a tattoo artist who can help you realize your unique vision!
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.
- 0.1 Head of Flowers
- 0.2 Just Fine
- 0.3 Heart on Heart
- 0.4 The Juice
- 0.5 The Big Hug
- 0.6 Self-Love Skeleton
- 0.7 First Things First
- 0.8 Look in the Mirror
- 0.9 You’re In Bloom
- 0.10 Get the Message
- 0.11 Candies
- 0.12 Healing and Growth
- 0.13 Self-Love Potion
- 0.14 Neo-Traditional
- 0.15 Finding Harmony
- 0.16 Join the Self-Love Club
- 0.17 Read the Vase
- 0.18 It’s All You Can Do
- 0.19 Be You
- 0.20 The Self-Love Mandala
- 0.21 Hug Heart
- 0.22 Perfectly Imperfect
- 0.23 Sent With Care
- 0.24 Singular
- 0.25 Rain Makes the Flowers Grow
- 1 Discover the Best Body-Positive Tattoo for Your Beautiful Body Below:
- 1.1 Fully Figured
- 1.2 Celebrating the Curves
- 1.3 Be Your Own Cheerleader
- 1.4 Floral Goddess
- 1.5 Venus
- 1.6 Keep Growing
- 1.7 Her Majesty
- 1.8 Blossoms in the Rolls
- 1.9 You Are a Masterpiece
- 1.10 Striving
- 1.11 Just Watch
- 1.12 Swinging
- 1.13 Almost Abstract
- 1.14 Join the Club
- 1.15 Curvy Cat Lady
- 1.16 Simply Stunning
- 1.17 You Belong
- 1.18 So Rad
- 1.19 Thunderous
- 1.20 That Lifestyle
- 1.21 In Control
- 1.22 Protest Art
- 1.23 Perfection
- 1.24 The Power
- 1.25 Partial Portrait
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