50+ White Ink Tattoo Designs That Will Astound You

By Jason Hamilton / February 22, 2019
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Many people are into getting tattoos but the many different available choices and styles confuse them. One of the most popular designs and themes today are white tattoos.  Have you ever heard about them?

You probably have, but do you know what they actually are or how you can get one? Do you know how to properly care for your white tattoos after they are done? These are some of the most important questions you should ask yourself before considering getting white ink tattoo designs.

Learn more about this popular type of body art and get some new tattoo ideas by reading below.


What are White Ink Tattoos?

Most regular tattoos use black ink, which is often combined with multiple other colors. That is what we are all accustomed to, white tattoos are something completely different.

As the very name suggests, they require only white ink. As such, they are usually much more subtle and gentle than ordinary tattoos, and they provide you with a more natural look. They appear as if they were on your skin since the day you were born.


Due to their gentle appearance, white tattoos are much more popular among women than men. Also, your skin tone greatly determines how visible the tattoo will be. There are several different factors which may affect the appearance of the finished tattoo.

The design itself will prove to be more or less visible. For example, an intricate, lace-like pattern will be more visible than a delicate drawing done on pale skin.


White ink tattoos need to be done by skilled masters who know what they’re doing. Only a trained expert will see where the ink goes and where it needs to go next.

Another fact you need to be aware of is that white ink tattoos can’t really live up to regular tattoos when it comes to standing the test of time.


A white ink tattoo of a world map.

An artistic white tattoo.


A tattoo of a swallow in white ink.

A white ink spider tattoo on the hand.


A cute snowflake white tattoo.

Does My Skin Tone Affect The Quality of White Ink Tattoos?

Your skin tone greatly affects the way your white tattoos will look when finished. Of course, no matter how pale your skin is, it can’t really be flat white, so the tattoo will be visible.

If you have really pale skin, you might not even see your tattoo once it’s done. Instead, you might only see the soreness and the redness. But not long after, you should start seeing it.

This is why you need to choose your tattoo design very carefully – to fit your skin tone. Most designs are barely discernible unless you come real close to take a look.

Make sure you check the quality of the ink your local tattoo artist uses because it can also affect the final appearance of your white ink tattoos.

If they use low-quality ink, the tattoo is much more likely to turn offset white or even yellowish over time. Pale skin will be even more affected by this type of discoloration.

As pale skin is much more prone to sunburn than dark skin, it is also associated with a greater risk of white tattoo fading. This occurs because the skin cells die and regenerate at a much faster rate.

The high contrast you get on a darker skin is less likely to fade out over time. Due to a large difference in tone, white tattoos will look much brighter on darker skin.

An intricate snake design of a white tattoo.


A white ink tattoo of a Viking-inspired snake.

A rose tattoo in white ink.

White ink tattoos of a quote.


A cute white tattoo of 5 paper planes.

A translucent tattoo of a palm tree.


A small wrist tattoo of a G-clef using white ink.

A long white ink tattoo of the Moon’s phases.


White ink tattoo with lace-like detailing.


A small tattoo of an infinity cross using white ink.White Tattoo

Where Do You Usually Place White Ink Tattoos?

Depending on the design you choose, you need to choose the best part of your body where you want it done. There are no rules but think of what you want to achieve with your tattoo.

If subtlety is what you’re after, you can always choose a spot that easily gets covered by clothes. If you want to go for a full-blown, intricate, and complex design, then you should probably choose the shoulders, the back, the thighs, or the neck.

These tattoos look even cooler under UV light, so when you go clubbing next time you’ll really stand out from the crowd.

A flower tattoo with lace-inspired detailing using white ink.


An intricate design for a medium-sized white feather tattoo.

A small white tattoo of a nautical compass.

One cute tattoo of a bird in white ink.


A simple arrow-designed white tattoo.

Do White Ink Tattoos Fade Easily?

Yes, everything you heard about white tattoos fading much faster than the regular ones is, unfortunately, true. This occurs because all ink, no matter what color, does fade out over time. White being the lightest color also tends to fade out much easier.

There are many factors which may affect how fast your white tattoo will fade. Getting your tattoo done by a true tattoo master will significantly reduce the process of fading. They will know exactly the amount of ink needed.

Once the tattoo is done, you need to take good care of it to prevent it from fading. Ask your tattoo artist for precise instructions about aftercare. The tattoo first needs to heal properly.

An abstract rendition of a white ink angel tattoo.


A white tattoo of a flock of birds.


A small tattoo of an anchor in white ink.

A beautiful tattoo of a rose in white ink.

What Inspires White Ink Tattoos?

Always go for a personal statement. Some of the most commonly used ideas for white tattoos include flowers, hearts, tribal patterns, spirals, stars, and other symbols. But we believe that this unique body art really calls for the best your imagination can come up with.

In recent times, we’ve seen several high-profile celebrities proudly sporting their white tattoos. Lindsay Lohan has the word “Breathe” on the inside of her wrist. Kate Moss also has one, and it’s a series of hearts which run up the side of her body.

A small tattoo of a mandala on the ankle.

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An intricate white ink tattoo of the all-seeing eye.

A white ink tattoo of a spell from Harry Potter.

A small cross tattoo made of white ink.

A leg tattoo of a bible verse in white ink.

A Rich Gallery of White Ink Tattoos

If you’re planning on having a tattoo done but aren’t sure about what exactly you want it to be, then white tattoos may be the way to go.

Now, how about some white tattoo ideas? Let’s have a look at some photos of the best white tattoos and designs.

White Ink Tattoo Designs For Men

Men do not usually go for this tattoo design but when they do they want something that is unique and basically unheard of in his group of friends. White ink tattoo designs for men usually tend to be more detailed and let us just say, “bombastic” than their female counterparts since they aim for something that is very detailed and intricate. They want that striking visual appeal with the subtleness of white ink tattoo designs.

Here are some of the best examples of what we are talking about:

A very intricate chest tattoo made in white ink.

A white ink tattoo of an Arabic quote at the nape.

A hand tattoo of a rose in white ink.

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A small wrist tattoo of an anchor in white ink.

A white ink tattoo of a valknut on the forearm.

A white ink tattoo of a pixelated heart.

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A small but intricate white ink tattoo of a bird.

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A white ink wrist tattoo of the word courage.

A very intricate white ink cross tattoo on the sleeves.

A spider web tattoo made of white ink.

White Ink Tattoo Designs For Women

Women who desire to have a white ink tattoo tend to go to the simpler route. They want something that is simple but bursting with meaning and symbolism. Most of these women would go as far as to make the tattoo the smallest possible so that they are the only ones who can see it and appreciate its meaning.

Here are some of the best examples of what we are talking about:

A small mandala tattoo on the forearm inked in white ink.

A very intricately done white ink tattoo on the foot.

A very intricate wrist and hand tattoo made of white ink.

A white ink tattoo of a rose.

A white ink tattoo of a dreamcatcher on the upper sleeves.

A fairytale-like tattoo on the back made of white ink.

A hand tattoo of two halves of a mandala made in white ink.

A large Mandala Tattoo made of white ink on the hips.

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About the author

Jason Hamilton

Jason has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon. Jason would be very happy to answer any questions about tattoos that you may have! Leave a comment below and he’ll answer it for you right away!

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