Tattoo Bible for Girls: What to Get and Where to Place it

By Tephanie Stephenson / June 15, 2019
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In this day and age, you can see tattoos on almost everyone – both girls and boys alike. Tattoos used to be a little bit more exclusive to men, as those that are seen with tattoos on their face and body tend to look a little bit more manly. Well, this is not the case today, as more and more women are getting their own tattoos, especially since there are a lot of cute designs that you can choose from.

Today, we are going to talk about the different tattoo designs that girls or women usually go for. We will also discuss where these tattoos should be placed on the body, so you will have an idea if you are planning to get a tattoo done soon.

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What are the Different Tattoo Designs for Girls?

There are thousands of designs that you can choose from, which is what we will be talking about below. Make sure to read on so you’d know what design to get!

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Lotus Tattoo

The lotus flower symbolizes purity and divine purity, which is why it is popular among girls. The unfolding leaves represent the soul growing, as well as the awakening of one’s spirituality.

Dreamcatcher Tattoo

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The dreamcatcher is among the most popular tattoo designs for women. The meaning and origin of the dreamcatcher dates back to the American Indian tribes, as the women and mothers used to make these amazing accessories to prevent their children from having bad dreams or nightmares. This can also be tweaked to match your own unique style, so go ahead and create one that would match your personality!

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Queen of Clubs Tattoo

The queen of clubs represents a strong-willed and positive person. This is very popular among women, and if you have a significant other and you want to get matching tattoos, then getting the queen of clubs for yourself and the king of hearts for your S.O. is an amazing idea.

Geometric Tattoo Designs

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Geometric tattoos look super creative and cool. Just take a look at the image above!

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Little Birds Tattoo

One of the most common tattoo designs for women is these little birds. These are usually small in size and are often done on the ankle. Birds are very versatile tattoo designs and can mean different things to different people. Some women even get bigger bird designs such as eagles and seagulls, and most of these are very detailed, colourful, and beautiful. The birds might represent spreading your wings and overcoming different challenges in life.

White Ink Tattoos

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White ink is popular among girls, especially the ones that are quite scared to show their tattoos off. White ink tattoos are very subtle and pretty to look at, which is why more and more women are being drawn to it.

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Moon Tattoos

The moon symbolizes peace, clarity, and basically being in love with the universe and the cosmos. The moon means different things to many people, so if you really want to get the moon tattoo, make sure it has some type of significance to you.

Unicorn Tattoo

The unicorn has been widely popular for a couple of years now, simply because it is extremely cute and colourful. Women are especially drawn to unicorn compared to men, which is why a lot more women have unicorn tattoos.

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Compass Tattoos

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Compass tattoos are for those people who constantly have to deal with the travel bug and wanderlust. The compass stands for what it literally is, which is to help you find the way whenever you are lost during your travels.

Flower Tattoos

Flower tattoos can come in coloured or black and grey, depending on what the person wants. However, coloured flower tattoos are more fun and beautiful to look at, especially on girls. The most common flower tattoos that people get are roses and lotus, so go check those ones out and see if it is your vibe.

 Heart or Love

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The heart tattoo is one of the most popular tattoo designs for girls simply because it stands for love. We all know that love is a hugely powerful thing, and most women swoon over love – whether it’s love for their family, friends, or significant other. The heart is a symbolic and simple tattoo that can mean so much.

Cross Tattoo

This one is common for both men and women, and the design will depend on your preferences. This mainly points to one’s faith and religious beliefs, but it can also mean other things for other people. You can choose to get the basic cross done or have it designed with flowers and such.

Mermaid Tattoo

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The mermaid tattoo signifies beauty and grace, just like what these beautiful creatures stand for. Nobody really knows what mermaids look like (and if they even exist), but there are hundreds of illustrations that you can see for your tattoo inspiration.

Script or Text Designs

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A lot of women get script or text tattoos due to their uniqueness. You can come up with any text that’s special or memorable to you and have it tattooed on one area of your body. This one’s really special, as it can serve as a reminder and/or memory of what’s important to you and what you stand for in life.

Safety Pin Tattoo

safety pin tattoo

If you are into clothing or sewing, then the safety pin tattoo is for you!

Guitar Tattoo

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If you love music or you play the guitar or any type of instrument, then you might want to get the guitar tattoo. You can also get the piano, drums, violin, etc. tattooed on your body if you want to!

Paw Print or Animal Tattoo

If you are into animals or you own a pet, then you might want to consider having their portrait or even a couple of paws tattooed on your body. It’s really cute and memorable!

Planet Tattoo

Planet tattoos are one of the most popular among girls since they are so cute and creative. You can get just one planet tattooed or get the whole solar system inked on one area of your body!

Diamond Tattoos

diamond tattoo

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Diamonds are really a girl’s best friend, which is why you would want to consider getting one tattooed on your body today!

Arrow Tattoo

The arrow tattoo can be mixed and matched with a few more details. For example, the one above is mixed with a semicolon tattoo, which stands for mental health.

Which Part of my Body Should I Get the Tattoo Done?

It all depends on your preference. If you want to get it on your neck or your nape, then go for it! However, below are a few examples of where girls usually place their tattoos.

The Inner Wrist

inner wrist tattoo

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Women get tattoos on their inner wrists as they can easily the tattoo if they need to or if they want a reminder of it. Smaller tattoos are usually done on this area, so if you have a bigger design, then consider getting it done on another body part.

On the Ankle

ankle tattoo

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The ankle is one of those body parts that doesn’t hurt much when getting a tattoo done, which is why it is a popular tattoo location for women.

Behind the Ear

behind the ear tattoo

Ear tattoos look very dainty and cute, plus, getting one behind the ear is subtle enough, especially if you want to hide your tattoo.

Inner Arm

inner arm tattoo

This looks pretty feminine and chic, plus it looks extra cool! If you want to hide your tattoo though, then you might not want to get it in this area.

On the Finger

finger tattoo

Finger tattoos look dainty and cute. However, since they are located on the bone, finger tattoos can hurt a little. Nothing major though, especially if you are just getting a small design tattooed on it.

Back of the Shoulder

back shoulder tattoo

If you want to hide your tattoo most of the time, then getting it at the back of your shoulder is ideal. You can show it off when you are outside of work by wearing a tank top!

On the Feet

Feet tattoos are very popular among women as they look sexy and chic. However, if you want to hide your tattoo most of the time, then consider getting it done on other parts of your body since you would have to wear closed-toe shoes at all times if you get it done on your foot!

On the Nape

If you want to get a small tattoo, then go ahead and get it done on your nape for that chic yet edgy look!

On the Spine

spine tattoo

Spine tattoos can be pretty painful, especially since you’ll be placing a couple of needles on a very sensitive part of your back, which also has tons of bones! However, the spine is an amazing place to get your tattoo done on!

On the Ribcage

rib cage tattoo

The rib cage is one of those placements that hurt the most when getting a tattoo done. The area is very sensitive since the skin there is quite thin, plus, the area is composed of a number of bones! However, most girls still prefer to have their tattoos done here, as it looks really beautiful. Make sure that you have enough pain tolerance if you decide to get your tattoo done on your rib cage!

On the Upper Thigh

The upper thigh is one of the sexiest places to get your tattoo done. If you love wearing shorts and you want to show your tattoo off, then get it done on the upper thigh!

On the Cleavage

cleavage tattoo

If you are a girl, then probably the sexiest place to get a tattoo done is on the cleavage. You will be making a lot of heads turn though, so make sure to be prepared for the attention that you will be getting!

On the Collarbone

If you want to flaunt your sweet and whimsical tattoo, then go ahead and have it done on your collarbone! The placement is really chic and elegant, which is perfect for dainty girls.

How Should I Clean my Tattoo?

If you are curious about how to clean your brand new tattoo, then go ahead and read on to make sure you clean it properly.

Always Wash your Hands

The first thing that you should do is to wash your hands before cleaning your tattoo. You would not want to get any bacteria into your new ink, which is why it is important to keep your hands free from dirt and germs.

Wet your hands, put some soap in there, lather and rub them together, rinse well, towel or air dry your wet hands, and then clean your tattoo with it.

Use an antibacterial soap to make sure you get the germs and the bacteria off of your hands.

Thoroughly Clean the Tattoo

Wet the area and put some soap on it. Do not put the tattoo directly under the running water and rub it way too hard. Instead, you would want to just wet it with your own hands and then lather it with mild soap.

Soap it Up

Make sure to use an antibacterial yet mild soap that is free from any harsh ingredients such as fragrances and alcohol. Using soap that contains these ingredients can irritate your new tattoo and may even start a rash.

Rinse it Well

Rinse your tattoo by using lukewarm water to keep it clean. Do not use hot water, as this can hurt you and irritate your new tattoo. You also should not rub it way too hard while rinsing, as this will irritate your new ink.

Let it Dry

You can use a clean piece of paper towel to dry your new tattoo. Make sure to just pat it over the tattoo and do not rub, as this can irritate the wound.

If you want, you can also just leave it to air dry naturally.

Apply Lotion or Ointment on it

Take a small dollop of ointment or lotion and put it on your tattoo. Now, make sure not to overdo it, as using too much of the cream can suffocate your tattoo and irritate it.

Ask your tattoo artist what the best type of cream or ointment you can use to keep your tattoo properly taken care of.

What Should I Remember During the Healing Process?

Avoid doing the things that we will be discussing below to make sure that your tattoo heals perfectly fine.

Do Not Pick on your Scabs

Just like what we have said earlier, you should never pick on your peeling tattoo and scabs during its healing period. Doing so will most likely reopen your wounds and make your tattoo bleed once again. This can lead to an infection and your tattoo getting destroyed, which is why you should avoid doing this at all costs.

Do Not Scratch it at All Costs

New tattoos will definitely itch during the healing period, but you should avoid scratching it at all costs. Giving in to the itch can make your tattoo peel and make it all scabby, which can destroy its look right away.

You can pull off the scabs and even your tender skin when you scratch your new tattoo, making your tattoo look all patchy and ugly.

Heavier scratching can also make your tattoo bleed, making the healing period last longer than usual.

Also, your fingernails harbour a number of different bacteria, and this can easily be deposited to your tattoo if you do give in to scratching it.

Avoid Swimming for a While

Just like your fingernails, different bodies of water such as lakes, oceans, rivers, and others harbour different types of bacteria. This can easily infect your open wound, and you definitely do not want this to happen.

Avoid swimming in any body of water during the healing period to avoid any infection and whatnot.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

The sun’s UV rays can be harmful and harsh to your new tattoo, which is why you should avoid exposing it to the sun directly. Always wear protective clothing when going out to make sure your tattoo will not get exposed to the harmful rays of the sun.

Additionally, too much sun can also make your tattoo swell and make it all raw and tender, which can be very painful.

Rebandaging the Tattoo is Not a Good Idea

Your new tattoo needs to breathe to completely heal, which is why rewrapping it is not a good idea. Once the bandage or wrap has been removed, do not replace it with a new one. Let the tattoo breathe and just clean it twice to thrice a day with mild soap and lukewarm water.

Re-bandaging your tattoo will make it moist, making it susceptible to different types of bacteria. This is the last thing that you would want to get when you have a new tattoo, as this can make you sick and destroy your new ink.

Avoid Putting too Much Ointment

Putting too much ointment, lotion, or cream to your new tattoo can suffocate it and prevent it from getting the oxygen that it needs. Do not smother it with the ointment – instead, just put a thin amount and make sure to spread it evenly.

Do Not Use Petroleum-Based Products

Petroleum-based products are normally very thick in consistency. This can suffocate your tattoo and even infect it in the long run. Make sure to use a tattoo-specific lotion or ointment to make sure that your tattoo will heal properly and not get suffocated in the process.

Do Not Use Fragrance-Based Products

Products that have a lot of fragrance as an ingredient can easily irritate your new tattoo. This is especially true for people who have sensitive skin, which is why you have to be completely careful when putting stuff on your new tattoo.

If you are sensitive to the stuff and you decide to put it on your tattoo, chances are you will get a rash, an extreme itch or even an infection upon using the product. Make sure to choose a product that does not contain fragrance to steer clear of this type of problem.

Products with a lot of alcohol in them can also be harmful to most tattoos. This is because alcohol is too harsh and can dry up your tattoo way too much.

Use Clean Towels and Tissue

You definitely would want to stay away from infection, which is why it is important to clean your tattoo with a clean cloth or towel. Use a new one every time you clean your tattoo so you would not get any type of infection in the process.

Avoid Wearing Clothing that’s Way too Tight

While the tattoo is healing, you should avoid wearing clothing that’s way too tight. Just like what we have said earlier, new tattoos need to breathe and get the proper amount of oxygen that it needs. Wearing tight-fitting clothing wouldn’t help, which is why it would be a lot wiser to wear loose and comfortable clothing during your tattoo’s healing period.

Also, tight clothing can rub on your new tattoo, which can irritate it and make it susceptible to infections.

Skip the Gym for a Couple of Days

Sweat can irritate your new tattoo and open wound, making it susceptible to infections. Sure, it’s okay to sweat a little, but too much of it can make your tattoo irritated.

Another thing is that you should never strain your body way too much after getting a new tattoo. This is because getting a new tattoo is similar to acquiring a new wound, which means that you should definitely rest upon getting it, as it can easily affect your immune system.

Also, gyms and gym equipment can be pretty dirty, which means that you should avoid getting this equipment in contact with your brand new tattoo. Dust and other people’s sweat can be present in the area, and this can be hazardous to your new wound and tattoo. Steer clear of exercising and gyms for the meantime to make sure that your tattoo heals properly.

You can go back to exercising after about two to three weeks, as your tattoo is a little bit healed during this time period.

Don’t Bathe in Hot Water

Hot water can be too harsh on your new tattoo, especially since your new ink is very, very sensitive. Instead of using hot water, try using just lukewarm water when cleaning your tattoo. This can kill the bacteria and clean your tattoo properly all at the same time.

Steer Clear of Saunas and Steam Baths

Saunas and steam rooms can be too hot for your new tattoo and open your pores up too much.

Avoid using saunas and steam rooms until your tattoo is completely healed to avoid getting an infection and whatnot.

Don’t Touch the Area

Yes, it might be really tempting to touch your tattoo over and over again, but you should definitely avoid doing that. Your hands are full of bacteria and most of the time, you are not a hundred percent aware of where it has been.

If you really need to touch your tattoo, such as when you are cleaning it, then make sure to wash your hands before doing so. This will minimize your risk of getting an infection or making your tattoo susceptible to one.

No Shaving as of the Moment

Avoid shaving the area with a razor and a cream while it is still healing. This can irritate your tattoo and make it susceptible to infections, which you definitely would want to avoid.

You should also avoid waxing it or getting it lasered, as this can also irritate your new tattoo. You can ask your tattoo artist when you can go back to waxing and shaving, but it will probably take a while before you can.

Steer Clear of Alcohol

Alcohol is a blood thinner, which means that your new tattoo has a high possibility of bleeding if you drink too much alcohol.

You can still drink alcohol during the healing process, but make sure that it is not too much. Too much alcohol can also affect your immune system and make it weaker than usual.

Also, you should avoid drinking alcohol before getting your tattoo, because chances are you will bleed way too much when you are intoxicated.

Taking a Bath with your New Tattoo

Most tattoo artists will advise you to wait a few hours before showering with a new tattoo. You should be able to do so after 4 hours and after taking your bandage or wrap off. There are a few rules that you must follow when showering with a new tattoo, so make sure to continue reading below.

Use Lukewarm Water

If you love showering with hot water, then this is the time to stop doing that for a while. Hot water can open your pores up, which means that bacteria can easily enter the wound and give you an infection.

Instead, shower with lukewarm water to properly kill any bacteria off and keep your tattoo moisturized.

Avoid Using Harsh Soap

Now, we might have mentioned this earlier, but it is definitely important, which is why we would like to repeat ourselves. Make sure to use a fragrance-free and mild soap to clean your tattoo. Do not use anything with harsh ingredients and full-on fragrance, as this can irritate your tattoo.

Be Gentle

Do not rub or scratch on the tattoo during bath time, as this can ruin the pigments and ink on your new tattoo. Just casually wash it with water and mild soap, you also do not want to use a loofah or scrubber on the area, as this can disrupt the ink.

Rinse, Rinse, Rinse!

Do not stay inside the shower for too long. Instead, make sure that you get out of it as fast as you can. You do not want to expose your tattoo to the steam and water too much, which can be harmful to your new tattoo.

Additional Tattoo for Girls Photos

Here are a few more tattoo inspiration for girls. Enjoy!

A lotus flower tattoo

A rose tattoo on the hip

“Breathe” tattoo on the hand

text tattoo

Butterfly tattoo on the ribcage

Palm tree tattoo on ankle

palm tree tattoo on ankle

A creative heart tattoo on the inner arm

heart tattoo on arm

Compass tattoo on the wrist

Tattooed trees and birds below the shoulder

Tattooed trees and birds below the shoulder

Tattoos of books on the arm

Tattoos of books on the arm

Rose tattoo behind the ear

Colourful books on the arm

Colourful books on the arm

Geometric turtle tattoo

Geometric turtle tattoo

Painting-like tattoo on arm

Painting like tattoo on arm

Text tattoo on the leg

Text tattoo on the leg

Cute elephant tattoo on the ankle

Cute elephant tattoo on the ankle

“Free” tattoo on the hand

"Free" tattoo on the hand

Feather tattoo on the side of the wrist

Feather tattoo on the side of the wrist

Rosary tattoo on the finger

Rosary tattoo on the finger

Text tattoo on the ribcage

Text tattoo on the ribcage

A huge flower tattoo on the thigh

A huge flower tattoo on the thigh

Birds tattoo on the side of the wrist

Birds tattoo on the side of the wrist

Sun and wave tattoo on the wrist

Sun and wave tattoo on the wrist

Phoenix tattoo on the leg

Phoenix tattoo on the leg

Rose tattoo with roman numerals on the wrist

Rose tattoo with roman numerals on the wrist

A lot of different tattoos on the arms

A lot of different tattoos on the arms

Creative tattoos on the thighs

Creative tattoos on the thighs

Feminism tattoo on the wrist

Feminism tattoo on the wrist

Zodiac tattoo on the side of the wrist

Zodiac tattoo on the side of the wrist

Mental health awareness tattoo on the nape

Mental health awareness tattoo on the nape

Rose tattoo on the arm

Rose tattoo on the arm

Wolf Tattoo on the Upper Thigh

Wolf Tattoo on the Upper Thigh

Rose tattoo on the shoulder

Rose tattoo on the shoulder

Cute paw tattoo below the collarbone

Cute paw tattoo below the collarbone

Jellyfish tattoo on the ankle

Jellyfish tattoo on the ankle

A couple of tattoos on different body parts

A couple of tattoos on different body parts

Mandala tattoo on the wrist

Mandala tattoo on the wrist

Dreamcatcher tattoo on the leg

Dreamcatcher tattoo on the leg

Cute sun tattoo on the arm

Cute sun tattoo on the arm

Coordinates tattoo on the arm

Coordinates tattoo on the arm

Wave tattoo on the ribcage

Wave tattoo on the ribcage

A couple of tattoos on the stomach and arms

A couple of tattoos on the stomach and arms

A small lifeline tattoo on the finger

A small lifeline tattoo on the finger

Cute dog tattoo on the wrist

Cute dog tattoo on the wrist

Wolf and girl tattoo on the side of the thigh

Wolf and girl tattoo on the side of the thigh

Cute dog and lady tattoo on the arm

Cute dog and lady tattoo on the arm

A beautiful tattoo of a beautiful image on the arm

A beautiful tattoo of a beautiful image on the arm

A beautiful reminder

A beautiful reminder

Sunflower tattoo on the arm

Sunflower tattoo on the arm

Powerpuff girls tattoo on the ankle

Powerpuff girls tattoo on the ankle

A memorable tattoo on the back of the shoulder

A memmorable tattoo on the back of the shoulder

A tattoo of a quote on the collarbone

A tattoo of a quote on the collarbone

Cute avocado tattoo for friends

Cute avocado tattoo for friends


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Tephanie Stephenson

Tephanie has extensive knowledge when it comes to body and facial piercings. She has seen it all – from nostril piercings all the way to nipple piercings. She has over 10 piercings including a nostril, medusa, eyebrow, tragus, earlobe, and industrial. She is an expert when it comes to cleaning piercings and keeping it infection-free. If you have got any questions for Tephanie about any type of piercing, comment it down below and she will get back to you in a jiffy!

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