Whether you’re looking for a cool temporary tattoo or want to express yourself with permanent body art, take a look at some of the coolest tattoo trends of 2014, some of them already approved by trendy celebrities.
From Flash Tattoos, the metallic temporary tattoos, to white ink tattoos and 3D designs, check out some of the most impressive trends in body art, that could help you find inspiration to express your personal style with either a temporary or a permanent tattoo.
Metallic Temporary Tattoos
After making a splash at Coachella, Flash Tattoos are already becoming one of the biggest tattoo trends in 2014. Model Alessandra Ambrosio and Vanessa Hudgens have already tried the trend, which is all about temporary body art that doubles as jewelry.
Transferred onto the skin in around 10 minutes with just a little water, Flash Tattoos fade between 4 and 6 days, so they’re a great way to rock this cool trend for a special occasion without any long term commitments.
The key to sporting the temporary tattoos, which range from rings to necklaces, is pairing with jewelry in the same style, whether it’s gold or silver.
If you’re looking for a biggest statement that also lasts for longer, watercolor inspired tattoos certainly bridge the gap between body art and painting. Unlike regular ink tattoos, the color applied when recreating brush strokes on your skin doesn’t stick around permanently. It’s one of the coolest tattoo trends of 2014, but don’t expect to see these designs in 20 years time.
Using less pigment, they definitely don’t age as well as more traditional tattoos, so if you’re thinking of getting this type of body art, expect to spend extra on reapplying the ink in a few years or on removing it completely.
White Ink Tattoos
One of the newest tattoo trends of 2014, white ink tattoos are growing increasingly popular after model and trendsetter Cara Delevingne posted her new piece of body art on Instagram, the words “breathe deep” written in white ink on her bicep.
If you’re looking to stand out, white ink is definitely the way to go for small tattoos, since it gives body art a completely different vibe than more traditional tattoos. If Cara’s thick natural eyebrows became a worldwide trend, expect white ink tattoos to go the same route.
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After making it big in the ‘80s, thanks to the work of H.R. Giger, 3D tattoos are making a comeback. The first time around, this type of tattoo was inspired by sci-fi or industrial imagery, but the same process of shading can be used for any 2D design, even a butterfly that appears to be taking off from your skin.
Fans of this type of tattoo praise it for looking more organic than traditional body art. However, if you’re looking to try 3D body art as one of the most interesting tattoo trends of 2014, be prepared for more pain than for a regular tattoo, since there’s a lot of detailing involved.
Whether you like them big or small, simple or personalized, infinity tattoos have already become popular in 2013 and they’re still going strong. A bit part of the attraction for infinity symbol tattoos is their apparently endless versatility: you can include any other symbols or words in the loops to make it your own.
Definitely among the big tattoo trends of 2014, both temporary and permanent, arrows have a pretty straightforward meaning: if you get dragged back, you’ll be launched into a better place.
Smaller arrows are very popular, but large and detailed ones, including feathers, are also big this season.
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The new tribal armband, snake tattoos are also making a splash in many body art salons. Whether you want them wrapped around your toned arms or around your toes, snakes come with a very strong biblical symbolism, but they might be the right fit for your style.
Also among the biggest tattoo trends of 2014 are fingertip tattoos, specifically finger scripts.
Words tattooed on your fingertips were made cool by Rihanna, and if you’re looking for a trendy temporary tattoo, you can’t go wrong with a word that really speaks to you.