And just like that, another year has come and gone. 2021 was a wild one and brought us thousands of amazing tattoos. 2022 will undoubtedly be the same and we're excited to see all the new trends pop off. We've been tuned into the up and coming tattoo trends, which gives us a pretty good idea about what will be popular in 2022.
Take a look at our top 10 tattoo trends for 2022, then let us know your favorite trend from this list in the comments section on social media.
This is a tattoo trend we definitely didn't see coming. Nevertheless, it's here and we expect that it will only continue to flourish in 2022. Be prepared to see more black lightning tattoos that put a modern spin on the traditional lightning bolt we've become accustomed to seeing.
Tribal is back, but in a brand new way. Instead of the thick black sleeves we're used to seeing, tribal has undergone a modern makeover. Expect to see tribal tattoos that are cuter, more delicate and more abstract in 2022.
Another tattoo trend that's back with a vengeance is tramp stamps. That's right, they've come full circle! Expect to see some of the same tramp stamp imagery that you're used to, i.e. butterflies and tribal, but 2022's tramp stamps will definitely lean toward fine lines and soft shading.
Over the last several years, tattooers have been mastering some of the most difficult textures known to man. One of those textures is holographic. Nailing holographic tattoos is no easy feat, but expect to see much more of it in 2022.
Fine Art and Pop Culture Mashups
Micro tattooing is an entity onto itself and it can appear as if it's best artists are constantly one-upping each other with more and more inventive ideas. One of the most exciting trends we've seen emerge is the mashup of fine art with popular culture icons. From Van Gogh to Picasso to Frida Kahlo, expect to see the best painters in history mixed with Disney, Marvel and other famous cartoon characters.
Color Handpoked Tattoos
Handpoke tattoos have become wildly popular in recent years. In that time, we've seen new techniques and styles emerge, including fully saturated color. Bring on the brights baby!
While minimalism will still be popular in 2022, we're excited to maximalist have it's time to shine. Neon colors, bold imagery and psychedelic vibes will be very much present all year long.
Whether it's gold, silver or bronze, metallics will be all the rage in 2022. Metallics are an extremely tough texture to master, therefore, an artist who's able to do so is very impressive.
Blackwork has been a growing trend for a while now, but expect to see it evolve in 2022. You're definitely going to see some abstract work and some seriously original pieces.
Delicate Ornamental Tattoos
Ornamental is one of the largest styles in the world right now. For 2022, expect to see even more ornamental, but a softer, more dainty application.