For many years, thigh tattoos were considered taboo and hypersexual. Today, opinions have largely changed around tattoos and this unique placement. Thigh tattoos are popular among both men and women but women account for more of the share these days. Beautiful and dramatic designs can be found on many thighs these days with most folks choosing larger projects over dainty ones. That being said, there’s no right or wrong way to go about your thigh tattoo. It’s totally your call!
We wanted to get a better idea of the trends, possibilities, and limitations around thigh tattoos so we took to social media to discover the most buzz-worthy designs. We rounded up over two dozen tattoos for you to look at for ink inspiration. If you know you want a thigh tattoo, it’s worth looking at others to get a feel for the shape and overall composition you might want for your design. Discover some excellent ideas among the below examples.
Get Inspired by the Awesome Thigh Tattoos Below:
Floral Portrait with Butterflies
Here’s a whimsical portrait with no shortage of flowers to bring it to life. Designs like this one are very popular as thigh tattoos and most tattoo artists refer to them as “lady face” tattoos.
Sun and Moon
You can’t go more classic than a balanced sun and moon design. In the above example, we find a large design that cascades down the thigh in a dramatic fashion.
Florals are the name of the game for thigh tattoos for women. In this design we find a handsome wolf flanked by them. Blue eyes dazzle and arrest the eye.
Wow! How beautiful is this stork design that features two birds with celestial elements and even waves? It’s such an understated celebration of nature.
If you’d like a touch of mystery, get traditional subject matter tattooed in black and grey. This stylish design is a good example of how this can really pay off.
Colorful Peony Tiger
In this neo-traditional design, we find a fierce tiger surrounded by the burning red of a peony flower. If you like aspects of traditional tattooing, consider something similar for your thigh tattoos.
Peacock Lady Face
While black ink thigh tattoos are most popular, you should absolutely go with color if that’s your style. This gorgeous peacock meets lady face tattoo is such a dreamy design. A red background contrasts beautifully with the blue and green of the plumage.
We told you thigh tattoos with lady faces are popular! Here’s yet another example, a unique one, that finds a sort of bee queen figure complete with honeycomb skin. Work with an artist to realize your unique vision and you won’t be disappointed.
A Thigh Band
Band tattoos are extremely popular wrapped around the arms, wrists, and even ankles. We see them less on the thigh, but it’s totally doable. The thorns around this person’s leg are quite evocative.
Why yes, you too can have an 80s-inspired toucan design. We don’t know what moved this person to go in this direction but it’s a total blast.
Copperhead and Dagger
What a beautifully composed tattoo that’s one of our favorite thigh tattoos on this list. We find a copperhead loosely wrapped around a dagger with plenty of soft florals to help provide movement. Strive for balance in your design for a winning design.
The person who shared this image described the concept as being inspired by Medusa. It’s one of the most intriguing medusa tattoos we’ve seen.
Cherry Blossoms and Cage
Here’s one of the most narrative thigh tattoos on this list that shows a bird that’s broken free from a cage. It’s a beautiful image that’s sweetened further by the inclusion of pink cherry blossoms.
Most of the thigh tattoos thus far have included some sort of floral or botanical element. You can skip the rest if all you’re after are luscious blooms.
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Be a Unicorn
Think outside of the box for thigh tattoos that read as unique and singular. We did not expect to see a unicorn girl when we set out researching thigh tattoos but we’re glad we did.
Here’s one of the most delicate thigh tattoos on this list. The artist has largely abandoned black outlines and chosen the colors of the subject matter instead.
Art Deco Realness
We love tattoo designs inspired by architecture and graphic elements. This sort of Egyptian-meets- Art Deco design is a real stunner.
Don’t shy away from unconventional subject matter for your thigh tattoos. The more unique your design, the more it shares your own point of view.
Thick lines make a bold statement in this chrysanthemum tattoo. Tidy work and bold shapes help tell the story here without any color and very minimal shading.
Here’s a weird one and we mean that as a compliment. We find eyes inside this edgy vase design that has some remarkable design elements going inside and around it.
We love a good fruit tattoo. Orange slices look so fresh especially when they are paired with blossoms and butterflies. it’s so sweet!
Black and Abstract
If figurative is not your style, go abstract and work with your tattoo artist to come up with the right sort of scheme for your thigh tattoos. This one is vaguely plant-like and something similar might appeal to you.
Cathedral tattoos are a mildly popular trend today. People love these architecture-inspired designs, especially when they appear haunted or, at least, quite mysterious.
Goblet of Fire
This one is for the Harry Potter fans. We find a blue goblet of fire which looks very handsome sitting on the thigh. The blue has been applied in such a fantastic way, going from pale to dark blue in certain spots.
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We leave you with this watercolor tattoo of a flamingo that looks rather cheerful. If you want to go big with your design, you can stretch it all the way down to the knee like this.
There you go! We hope you feel inspired by these stunning thigh tattoos and that you’ve got some ideas for your very own. The thigh placement means you can really go big and make a statement. Although that’s the trend, smaller thigh tattoos are also very nice too! Now, go get some ink!
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 the Awesome Thigh Tattoos Below:
- 1.1 Floral Portrait with Butterflies
- 1.2 Sun and Moon
- 1.3 Wolf
- 1.4 Stork Story
- 1.5 Black Butterfly
- 1.6 Colorful Peony Tiger
- 1.7 Peacock Lady Face
- 1.8 Queen Bee
- 1.9 A Thigh Band
- 1.10 Retro Toucan
- 1.11 Copperhead and Dagger
- 1.12 Broken Medusa
- 1.13 Cherry Blossoms and Cage
- 1.14 Just Flowers
- 1.15 Be a Unicorn
- 1.16 Oh, Deer
- 1.17 Art Deco Realness
- 1.18 Heart Cake
- 1.19 Bold Chrysanthemum
- 1.20 Magic Vase
- 1.21 Fruity
- 1.22 Black and Abstract
- 1.23 Spooky Cathedral
- 1.24 Goblet of Fire
- 1.25 Go Flamingo!
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