Tattoos that are completed with a single, continuous line are called single line tattoos and they are a huge trend at the moment. These understated tattoos appear sophisticated and elegant thanks to the nature of their construction. Some appear abstract while others clearly define their subject matter. No matter what the single line tattoos are expressing, all of them look unique.
We wanted to get a better idea of the tattoos that fall into this category so we hit up social media to discover the latest and greatest. We were pleased to find a plethora of remarkable single line tattoos that truly amaze. Below, you will find 30 examples that show off the possibilities and limitations of this trend. Each has its own story to tell in a form that’s made from just one line of ink. Check them out below!
Get Inspired by These Sensational Single Line Tattoos!
All In Your Head
We kick things off with this human figure that transforms into a plant. There is a great level of detail here despite it being a single line tattoo.
Faces are, by far, the most popular single line tattoos you will find. We find a pair here engaged in a kiss that is utterly romantic and beautiful.
One Beautiful Bison
How fun is this single line tattoo of a bison? It’s one of the many animals we found as subject matter in this genre of tattoo.
Flowers are another popular subject matter for single line tattoos. We find four, handsome ones here all connected by a line.
Express your love for adventure with single line tattoos that share your passions. We find a sailboat in this example and it’s not the only vessel of transport that we’ll share with you on this list.
Big cats are so majestic and beautiful. We find one stretching in this single line tattoo that’s placed on this person’s back. Notice how the artist has provided more visual interest by placing shapes inside the “body” of this cat.
Here’s a tricky single line tattoo that does not look like the rest on this list. It has been expertly applied here with a very crisp, fine line.
Fine & Floral
If you go searching for single line tattoos you will encounter many floral designs. Here’s a rather cute flower that appears almost abstract.
We find a pair of single line tattoos in the form of faces on this person’s legs. These designs appear to be inspired by Picasso but the artist who shared the image did not mention it.
We find a face with eyes closed in this single line tattoo. Notice how some of the line appears finer in places and thicker in others. That adds such dimension to the overall design.
Here’s a fun example of a single line tattoo that’s employed color to tell the story. We find the colors transitioning from light to dark to light again.
How handsome is this otter single line tattoo! We love all of the “doodle” shapes inside the “body” of the critter. Let nature be your inspiration and you won’t live to regret it.
Pet portraits are popular among single line tattoos. We find a fancy feline in this design that has been applied with the finest of fine lines.
Red ink is always a winning choice for tattoos. If you’re not set on black ink, go with red to really make a bold statement. We think it’s flying very high!
Here’s a beautiful portrait of a person with their head in hand. It’s contemplative and meditative all while appearing understated and sophisticated.
Eyes, Eyes, Eyes
Here’s a weird one that turned out nicely. We find a face with five eyes that are all connected by a single line. It’s one of our favorite tattoos on this list.
Wear That Heart on Your Sleeve
Here’s a single line tattoo of a heart that has all of its bits and bobs connected by that line. If you want to wear your heart on your sleeve, consider something similar.
Let’s hear it for the cake, folks! We find a darling cupcake tattoo in this design which is undeniably sweet. If you have an affinity for sweet treats, express that passion with a tattoo!
One Lucky Number
This tattoo of the number seven could have been a boring one but, with the single line tattoo effect, it has much more visual interest. Lucky numbers are perfect ideas for tattoos!
A Red, Red Rose
We find more red ink. This time, in the form of a rose. This would have looked great in black but red brings so much more to the party. Find yourself a tattoo artist that’s good with a fine line and go to town with designs that are equally as crisp.
Butterfly tattoos are wildly popular. Here’s one that’s on another level thanks to the single line effect. Nature is endlessly inspiring so feel free to turn to it for inspiration for your very own tattoo.
We find a lion in this tattoo. The elegant beasts are gorgeous so it should come as no surprise that they inspire many single line tattoos.
Head of Roses
One of the most popular single line tattoo schemes comes in the form of a person transforming into plants. In this example, we find a human/rose hybrid that’s evocative and romantic.
Do It Like Frida
In these single line tattoos, we find a bull and a portrait of Frida Kahlo. The Mexican surrealist painter is a true inspiration as her singular style is immediately recognizable. What a winner!
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We find a mysterious single line tattoo in this example that marries two faces together. It’s an excellent shape and size for this placement on the shoulder.
Marvel at the tidy line that constructs this tattoo of a gymnast mid-move. It’s a beautiful example that urges you to pay a little bit more for superior work by a seasoned tattoo artist. What a dream!
Puppers Part I
We’ve shown you plenty of single line tattoos of cats and we felt that the hounds needed a little love too. Pet portraits are very popular tattoos as you might imagine that man’s best friend gets plenty of attention.
Puppers Part II
Here’s another dog tattoo that celebrates this person’s fur baby. Consider getting your beloved pet tattooed for a lasting celebration of the companionship you shared.
Plenty of Heart
Here’s a different type of heart tattoo that is made more interesting by the curling line that spreads from it. Tattoos are all about self-expression and if you want to show love, you’re in luck, as there are many ways to do so.
We find one of the thickest, bold black lines in this single line tattoo that’s a blast to look at. If you’re into more abstract subject matter, something similar could be perfect for you.
There you go! We hope you feel inspired by these single line tattoos to get your very own ink. This growing trend shows no sign of stopping anytime soon as people are attracted to the interesting designs that a single line can yield. We shared with you some inspired tattoos that stand out for all the right reasons. Work with a trusted tattoo artist and you could walk away with something equally as cool!
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.
- 1 Get Inspired by These Sensational Single Line Tattoos!
- 1.1 All In Your Head
- 1.2 The Kiss
- 1.3 One Beautiful Bison
- 1.4 Florals
- 1.5 Set Sail
- 1.6 Meow
- 1.7 Tricky
- 1.8 Fine & Floral
- 1.9 Faces
- 1.10 Face It
- 1.11 Rainbow Line
- 1.12 Utterly Otter
- 1.13 Cat Lady
- 1.14 Fly High
- 1.15 Thoughtful
- 1.16 Eyes, Eyes, Eyes
- 1.17 Wear That Heart on Your Sleeve
- 1.18 Yummy
- 1.19 One Lucky Number
- 1.20 A Red, Red Rose
- 1.21 A Beauty
- 1.22 Fun Feline
- 1.23 Head of Roses
- 1.24 Do It Like Frida
- 1.25 Two-Faced
- 1.26 The Gymnast
- 1.27 Puppers Part I
- 1.28 Puppers Part II
- 1.29 Plenty of Heart
- 1.30 Labyrinth
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