36 Beautiful Examples of Tattoo Photography

by Matthew Heidenreich

July 21, 2010 in Inspiration

I recently read a statistic that intrigued me:  Nearly 40% of young people have tattoos.  Tattoos have come a long way as far as complexity in the recent years, and have become beautiful ways to showcase your body as a canvas.  In this post I will share with you 36 beautiful examples of tattoo’s in photography.

Afonso, do Real Sucos

Backstage 3

Bodies of Work : Series 2

Bodies of Work – Series 4

Bodies of Work – Series 5

Bodies of Work – Series 1

Cody Dresser


Fab 5 Photography

Fresh 3/4 Sleeve

Girls, Girls, Girls

I See You See (Part II)

Inked Beauty

James Debenham

Mon Petit Poney

Out on a limb

Vilo Krizan

Wait Till I Get My Money Right

Beguiling Images

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  • Eduardo Malheiros

    Jul 21st

    pic2: – My preeeciousss… ;)

  • John G.

    Jul 21st

    Well, I would definitely say “Interesting”, or “Striking” examples, but “Beautiful”?

    NO. :)

    Beautiful is not a word that would come to mind here, lol…

  • Matthew Heidenreich

    Jul 21st


    you know I was thinking the same thing after seeing this article posted. Not sure what i was thinking when i created that title :-)

  • Vectorbunker

    Jul 22nd

    Wow Nice, thanks for sharing

  • Arshad Cini

    Jul 22nd

    Small tattoos are okey but some tattoos like above ones make them like creatures:)

  • Jookie

    Jul 22nd

    Small tatoos are not tatoos ;)

    Some are really beautifull !
    But a lot of them are chaotics without any logic : colored left arm with B&W right arm for example.
    When you decide to use your body like a canvas, you have to foresee the whole design. Otherwise you should at least remain faithful to the beginnings.

  • Avril Jones

    Jul 22nd

    For tattoo photography, check out http://www.doralba.com.

    Also for fetish photography.

    Enjoy. :-)

  • Jogos Gratis

    Jul 22nd

    By far of the best collections of Tattoo photography I’ve seen on the internet. I love tattoos, I tried to get a tattoo twice and both times it didn’t work.
    One time the artist got arrested the time before and the second time I had to travel. :(

  • Katja Nina

    Jul 22nd

    Some I would have not included in this list.. but few fantastic shots there!

  • Benjamin

    Jul 22nd

    “i see you see” caught my imagination. God, people are crazy!

  • Jack

    Jul 22nd

    Some of them are just covered in too much stuff, and like someone said chaotic as well. It’s just seems like random images pasted onto their bodies. The best ones are simple, minimal, and composed (negative space and flow) well.

  • VectorBoy

    Jul 23rd

    Wow! Really impressive tattoos, I like Vanessa Lake (the last ones) ;)

  • Uma

    Jul 23rd

    superb…each one is a work of art!!

  • Ben Daly Mohamed

    Jul 27th

    Some of those tatoo are awsome !!!, thanks for the post

  • jared thompson

    Jul 28th

    I must admit Im becoming more and more a fan of the art of tattoo work, and this only goes to strengthen how beautiful it is..
    now just to make enough only for my sleaves to get done!

  • HDR Textures

    Sep 2nd

    Very nice detail in the photography

  • Ares

    Nov 3rd

    @ To John G
    - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, some people might not agree in what you think is beautiful! beautiful people with beautiful tattoos and beautiful photography, I think its the perfect title!

    @ Those of you who criticize the tattoo work
    - A, You can’t look at tattoos like photography, (chaotic, composition) obviously you don’t know to much about the art or history of tattoos.

  • Matthew S. Cruz

    Nov 4th

    WOW. I’m simply amazed. This is such a great place for alike individuals to show their love, for their passion. I agree! Ha. Guud stuff, all around. Hitt upp the EMPIRE.


  • smile tattoo

    Nov 7th

    Clean Safety and Standardized equipment by professional Tattoo artist, From Phuket, Thailand.
    Mr.Paul can make variety of Tattoo style but the two most popular styles are Balck and Gray or Japanese style.
    He can make your order outstanding, or Free Hand design to make your own unique Tattoo.
    He works for every Tattoo lovers on quality rather than quantity.

  • A.Johnson

    Jan 4th

    Looking through all of these images, i was just wondering who the photographers are because all of them aren’t named.
    i’m intending to do a project on tattoos and it would be awesome to be able to contact these people.

  • Lisa, cc101

    Mar 7th

    So enjoyed this. I have an essay of nudes I’ll be releasing soon and the bodies with the tats are exceptionally interesting and moving. Dig this.

  • tamarcus

    Mar 28th

    ink is the best

  • KevFaction

    Apr 30th

    If you like stylish photography of inked celebs check out the work of Sam Scott-Hunter.

  • Alex.S

    Jun 15th

    Its certainly eye-catching XD!!Beauty in variety, right :P? You find some amazing designs online, i found some great ideas at http://www.mybantu.com.

  • Underground88

    Jul 5th

    Nice work

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