A sternum tattoo sits in the middle of the chest. For women, these tattoos can go above, in between, and below the bust. It’s an extremely popular spot for tattoos for both men and women but it is especially popular among women today. Sternum tattoos come in all shapes and sizes from dainty and ornamental to large and photorealistic. There are just so many possibilities with tattoos in this area.
We wanted to get a better idea of the trends and cool designs people are getting as sternum tattoos these days so we turned to social media to find the latest and greatest. We discovered a ton of really cool tattoos. Some trends worth pointing out: underbust tattoos are very hot right now, black ink is preferred over color, and ornamental designs are very well-represented. Take a look at these designs to get ideas for your very own sternum tattoo.
Ornamental and Pretty
As we mentioned, underbust tattoos are a real hit at the moment with most people choosing black ink and going with abstract, ornamental designs. Here’s a beautiful example or some nice, fine details in a balanced and symmetrical pattern.
Another extremely popular sternum tattoo trend is floral love. This is the first flower sternum tattoo we will share with you but it’s not the last. There are so many gorgeous botanical possibilities for this area. If you’ve got a favorite flower, you know what to do.
Abstract designs like mandalas are hugely popular for sternum tattoos. Designs with shapes that compliment the body’s natural curves look fantastic here.
Moths and butterflies are really popular in this area because they take advantage of your shape which comes inward from the bust to the waist. Any sort of upside-down triangle object is going to look spectacular here.
A Sternum Stabber
Daggers in the center of the chest read as tough yet elegant. If you’re looking to get a modest sternum tattoo, consider something similar that sits perfectly in the middle of your chest. It will look great!
This sternum tattoo sits a little higher than others on this list and we are very fond of this placement. Botanical elements meet ornamental ones in this beautifully balanced design.
A Big Deal
If your motto is “go big or go home,” a large sternum tattoo like this could be the right direction for you to go in. Dragonfly tattoos are very popular these days and this one takes advantage of the torso’s shape to make it really pop.
A Neo-Traditional Rose
Here’s an old-meets-new design that takes hallmarks of traditional tattooing: bold lines, primary colors, and simple shapes, but injects some contemporary sensibilities with the way color is blended and applied here.
Singular and Bold
Wow! What a thrilling design that is both mysterious and familiar. An eye shape finds either an eye rolling forward or the rising and setting of the sun. It’s one of our favorite sternum tattoos on this list.
Here’s a traditional scorpion tattoo done in bold, black ink. Clean lines and perfect symmetry make this design a real standout.
Work with an artist that shares your vision and you could walk away with a sternum tattoo that totally stuns. This design is almost too much but we love the impact it makes.
For a Pisces
Pisces sure do love their fish tattoos. We must admit they look excellent as sternum tattoos.
We find a flaming rose with barbed wire for a thorn and the number 111 below. This simple design looks so fresh and contemporary while still utilizing popular tattoo elements.
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Here’s yet another mandala-inspired design. It utilizes dot work to create a gorgeous texture. How many dots would you guess are in this sternum tattoo?
A Little Bit of Thistle
Here’s another flower sternum tattoo that we just had to share with you. Thistle has been tattooed with such care here with beautiful shading and very deliberate and clean lines. What a dream!
A Rose on Clean Lines
We find a very pretty rose resting on top of some ornamental elements here, creating a handsome and evocative contrast. It’s such a great idea that will work for all sorts of flowers.
In this abstract sternum tattoo, we find something akin to an inkblot from a Rorschach test. It’s mesmerizing and ultimately very beautiful. Again, symmetrical designs are going to look fantastic centered on the sternum
Heart Over Heart
We expected to encounter a ton of heart sternum tattoos but they were rarer than we anticipated. But, here is one example that finds an anatomical heart sprouting flowers.
A Gentle Reminder
“Balance,” this tattoo reminds its viewers. What a beautiful sentiment to go over your heart.
This is just phenomenally beautiful. Each line is perfectly placed in this ornamental design that evokes images of blooming flowers.
Adding a geometric shape to your flower sternum tattoo is an excellent idea. The organic shapes really contrast next to the straight lines of a rectangle. This tattoo is magic.
Stare into the abyss with this black star tattoo. Take a look at all of those tiny dots that draw your eye in. This is a very cool one.
Turn to architecture for ink inspiration. Design elements make for beautiful tattoos. We find this very thin-lined chandelier dipping down toward the belly button. It’s simple yet playful and fun.
Here’s a sternum tattoo that’s all about love. It’s done in a traditional style utilizing bold shapes and lines and a limited number of colors. How sweet!
Here’s yet another ornamental sternum tattoo that hits the nail right on the head. It’s shaped in a triangular shape which looks beautiful in this placement. As you can see, going abstract is very popular for a reason.
Fit for a Queen
In this one-of-a-kind sternum tattoo, we find a Queen chess piece as well as a crowned female figure. Both are tattooed beautifully with just enough detail to make things interesting.
We’ve got a little bit of everything in this sternum tattoo. A classic sacred heart image is pierced by barbed wire and the tattoo is flanked by tiny butterflies. It’s offbeat and totally original.
Medusa In the Middle
Medusa tattoos are very popular today. The artist has given this design so much movement due to the way the hair has been tattooed with snakes emerging from it in every direction.
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Simplicity Is Bliss
We leave you with a simple design of Ginkgo Biloba leaves that are very simple yet sophisticated and somehow perfect. If you take a less is more approach to things, go with something similar.
There you go! Did you find the perfect sternum tattoo idea? We certainly hope you found these sternum tattoos inspiring and that you will consider getting something similar for yourself. Be sure to use these tattoos as launching pads and come up with your own unique design by working with a tattoo artist with a creative point of view. Happy tattooing!
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 Ornamental and Pretty
- 2 Feeling Floral
- 3 Mandala-Inspired
- 4 Marvelous Moth
- 5 A Sternum Stabber
- 6 Delicate Details
- 7 A Big Deal
- 8 A Neo-Traditional Rose
- 9 Singular and Bold
- 10 A Stinger
- 11 Drama, Mama
- 12 For a Pisces
- 13 Phases
- 14 111
- 15 Texture
- 16 A Little Bit of Thistle
- 17 A Rose on Clean Lines
- 18 Inkblot
- 19 Heart Over Heart
- 20 A Gentle Reminder
- 21 Perfectly Positioned
- 22 Sophistication
- 23 Dark Star
- 24 Chandelier
- 25 Angel Love
- 26 A Blast
- 27 Fit for a Queen
- 28 Sacred Heart
- 29 Medusa In the Middle
- 30 Simplicity Is Bliss
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