1001 Inspired Travel Tattoo Ideas & What to Expect If You Get a Tattoo While Traveling

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Last Updated on: 22nd January 2024, 04:11 pm

Whether you have zero or twenty tattoos, if you love traveling then you’ve probably considered getting a travel tattoo at some point. 

Consider this the complete guide to getting a travel tattoo. First, I share my own experience of getting a travel tattoo in Jerusalem and questions for you to consider about getting one of your own.

Next, I have a giant – and I do mean freaking giant – list of travel tattoo ideas. I have general ideas at the top, then ideas for every country, sixty major cities, and every state in the US.

There are great ideas for travel tattoos for guys and travel tattoos for girls. I hope there’s a little something for everyone!

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Travel Tattoo Ideas and a List of Travel Tattoos plus How to Get a Tattoo While Traveling

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How to Get a Tattoo while Traveling

A tattoo is a common travel souvenir, but is it the perfect souvenir for you?

While I absolutely love my own travel tattoo and think they’re a great idea, there are still things you need to consider ahead of time. 

My Experience Getting a Travel Tattoo in Jerusalem

Jerusalem - Razzouk Tattoo - Getting a Travel Tattoo while Traveling

Before I visited Jerusalem in 2017, I had read about Razzouk Tattoo, which claims to have been in business since 1300!

As a history fan, I obviously wanted to check out the shop, but I wasn’t sold yet on whether I should get a tattoo here or not.

They do typical modern tattoos, but they also still do Coptic tattoos based on a set of blocks that have been in use for hundreds of years.

The original patrons of the shop were Coptic Christians and Crusaders, so a lot of these blocks feature Jerusalem crosses and other symbols that Crusaders wanted to commemorate what they saw as their time in a holy war.

Jerusalem - Razzouk Tattoo - Getting a Travel Tattoo while Traveling

I wanted to get a tattoo from one of these antique blocks, but I wanted to avoid getting anything with overt religious symbolism.

I found this flower detail that was a broken piece from a larger block.

I absolutely adored it, and it fit what I wanted: small, simple, and highlighting the different techniques used.

I even had them ink in the places where the edges of the stamp got ink on my skin since what I loved was the connection to history and the process as much as the tattoo itself.

Jerusalem - Razzouk Tattoo - Getting a Travel Tattoo while Traveling

My own travel tattoo was such a mix of research and impulse that I didn’t know I would actually get it ahead of time, but I knew if I ran into the tattoo shop that I would find out more (which I did by happenstance during a walking tour of Jerusalem).

I hadn’t even mentioned the possibility to anyone ahead of time!

Three years later, and I still love it!

Travel tattoos are really personal, and they’re as much about the experience and what it means to you as what it looks like.

So when you pick out what tattoo you want, your own opinion is the most important one.

Jerusalem - Razzouk Tattoo - Getting a Travel Tattoo while Traveling

There were a few things I had to give up in order to get it.

Besides having to spend the next week of my trip adding aftercare to my vacation itinerary, I had to skip a day trip to the Dead Sea since you can’t swim for two weeks after getting a tattoo. 

Things to Know Before You Get a Travel Tattoo on the Road

Getting a World Map Tattoo

Before I got one, I didn’t really think about a lot of these issues, but after going through it myself I now know these are things you need to consider before getting a travel tattoo:

First, if you’re excited to go to a particular tattoo parlor, find out if you need to make an appointment or if they typically are able to take walk-ins.

Next, consider when you plan on getting it during your trip. Since you can’t swim and you need to keep it bandaged at night for a few days, you might not want to get it early in your trip.

Make sure you will be able to follow hygienic tattoo aftercare on your trip before you commit to a tattoo.

Next, remember that you will need to travel home with it. If you get a large tattoo or a tattoo in a sensitive place, it may hurt for days afterward.

If you’ve ever traveled with a bad sunburn and been crammed into a plane, bus, car, or train, you know this can get very unpleasant. Make sure you can tolerate traveling with the soreness.

Finally, make sure a travel tattoo fits into your budget. Even small, simple tattoos at reputable places can cost a pretty penny. A tattoo might last forever, but they also are an investment.

Should You Wait to Get Your Travel Tattoo at Home?

Italy - Rome - Woman with Tattoo - Travel Tattoo Ideas

I would suggest getting your tattoo on the road if the specific tattoo parlor is part of the experience, if you’re getting something a design that is special to the local culture and local artists will be the best to execute it, or if you want to get a tattoo in a local method like Bamboo tattooing in Japan.

If you are getting a common or easy design, like a word or phrase, you might want to wait to get it until you’re back home.

You should also wait if you know that good tattoo aftercare won’t be possible on your trip, or if you don’t have time in your itinerary (like you’ll be on a guided tour with little free time).

Alternatively, if you want something very complicated or large, you might want to get it at home if it will require multiple sessions. 

Tips for Picking the Right Travel Tattoo for You

Woman Traveling with Tattoos

Make sure you will like the placement, style, and content of your tattoo for years to come. This might be the only permanent travel souvenir you can get!

Style: there are lots of different styles of tattoos. You can get something watercolor, realistic, geometric, traditional, tribal, neotraditional, new school, etc.

Any motif you choose can be done in different styles. While an Eifel Tower tattoo might seem cliche, you can put a twist on it by doing it as a watercolor or as a small geometric tattoo.

Size: you need to make sure you like the size of the tattoo AND that the tattoo makes sense for the size. Some pictures don’t look good small, while others look awkward when blown up too big.

Color: if you will be getting something that has color, make sure it’s a color you can live with, especially if it will show. 

Visibility: if you want something private that most people won’t see, get a tattoo on your ankle, behind your ear, or underneath your clothing. If you want something that will be easy to see, get something on your arm, leg, shoulder, or wrist. 

Best Travel Tattoo Ideas

Okay, here are approximately one billion travel tattoo ideas. Just kidding, it’s only a little over one thousand. For each of these, I’m providing the motif or subject. You can take these ideas and do them in hundreds of different ways. The sky is the limit!  

Train Tattoos

UK - Scotland - Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct in Scotland with the Jacobite steam train passing over

There’s nothing as romantic as train travel, and there are lots of ways to commemorate your love of trains and travel with a train tattoo. Consider getting:

A vintage train tattoo

A subway car tattoo

A cable car or tram tattoo (think San Francisco style)

A train window (think curtains and perhaps a beautiful view)

A train bridge tattoo

Train tracks tattoo (perhaps with a beautiful scene around them)

The Harry Potter Train tattoo

A train engine or mechanics tattoo (would be especially cool if it’s a bit steampunk)

A train conductor tattoo

A tattoo of train passengers

Air Travel & Airplane Tattoos

Travel Tattoo Ideas

Airplane tattoos instantly make me think of adventure and making a getaway. There are a lot of different kinds of tattoos you can get to celebrate air travel and flying the open skies. Some airplane tattoo ideas:

A cute little black airplane tattoo (They’re a staple for a reason. You can get them filled in or as a silhouette. They also are often accompanied with lines or other decorations like dots or dashes).

The view through a plane window. (Think clouds, sunrise, stars, etc).

The view through the cockpit. (This is a great tattoo for pilots).

An airport code tattoo (Think LAX for Los Angeles, CDG for Paris, etc.)

A tattoo of a plane over a map or globe.

A paper airplane tattoo.

A vintage plane tattoo. (This is another great steampunk tattoo idea).

A helicopter tattoo.

An actual airplane tattoo. (Not a silhouette or an old plane, but an actual representation of current airplanes).

A tattoo of Pilot Wings. (This is especially cool if you get one for an old airline that’s no longer in business).

Passport & Passport Stamp Tattoos

There’s no item an international traveler holds more dear than his or her passport, which makes it a great travel tattoo motif. Here are different ways to incorporate this theme into a travel tattoo:

A passport stamp tattoo. (you can pick an actual design from your passport or one that’s a bit more artistic. Either way, you can use your real travel date as the date, which is extra cool).

A passport stamp tattoo collage. (If you’re looking to get a tattoo from every country you visit, this is a good theme to go with. You can do this in all black or pick different colors for different stamps).

A visa tattoo. (If you have a cool visa in your passport, like my old Turkey visa, these are a cool alternative to passport stamps).

A passport cover tattoo.

A passport page tattoo. (You can fill the stamps in over time. Just remember you will eventually run out of room…just like a real passport).

Road Trip Tattoos

Compass Tattoo

Road tripping on the beautiful roads of America, Europe, and Asia are some of my favorite travel memories of all time. Here are some tattoos you can get to commemorate epic road trips!

A highway sign tattoo. (Especially if the sign is of a famous road like Route 66 or the Pacific Coast Highway).

A vintage car tattoo. (Bonus points if you’ve actually road tripped in that car).

A road map tattoo. (Yes, we used to road trip using maps. Even if you only use Google maps for your road trips, I would opt for a more vintage or watercolor feel than an app).

A steering wheel tattoo. (You can expand it to the whole dashboard).

A tattoo of the view from the dashboard. (Ah, the open road ahead).

A tattoo of the view from the passenger seat. (Think views of mountains, lakes, or monuments).

An open highway tattoo.

A small dirt road tattoo. 

A tattoo of a roadside stop. (Think neon signs and gigantic balls of yarn).

Beautiful nature tattoos. (Get a mountain tattoo, lake tattoo, waterfall tattoos, wheatfields, prairies, etc. if you saw something you want to remember on your trip).

Postcard Tattoos

United States - New York - Souvenir Postcard

Postcards have the romance of mail and travel and bring tidings from far away lands. They are the perfect encapsulation of everything we love about travel. Here are some ideas if you’re leaning towards a postcard tattoo:

The front of a postcard tattoo. (The style here matters almost as much as what scene you choose to depict. You can bring in a real tattoo to help with inspiration).

A tattoo of the back fo the postcard. (You can even include a message in a script, like “I wish you were here!” or find your own).

A postage stamp tattoo. (You can use a real postage stamp from where you are for inspiration or work with your tattoo artists to create one using a mix of landmarks and symbols).

A canceled stamp mark tattoo. (These are the marks of the post system so they are great for travel tattoos since they mention the city and country the postcard is being sent from. You can send yourself a postcard if you want to have an example to work with, though you’ll probably want to put more of a flourish on it).

An entire postcard tattoo, front and back. (Basically include every element listed above. These tattoos are big and great for an arm or calf).

Travel Tattoo Quote Ideas

Travel Inspirational and motivational quotes - Your wings already exist, all you have to do is fly. Retro styled blurry background.

I have a giant list of 250 travel quotes, but a lot of these are way too long for an easy-to-read tattoo. Here are a few short travel quotes that will work beautifully:

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. -Helen Keller

To live will be an awfully big adventure. -Peter Pan

Travel far enough, you meet yourself -David Mitchell

So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry. -Jack Kerouac

Paris is always a good idea. -Audrey Hepburn

You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut. -Dr. Seuss

Life is short and the world is wide. -Simon Raven

Not all those who wander are lost. -J.R.R. Tolkien

Every exit is an entry somewhere else. -Tom Stoppard

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. -Henry David Thoreau

Nautical Tattoos

Sailboat Tattoo

Not every journey starts in a plane, train, or automobile. Sailing enthusiasts, cruise lovers, and the like can get journey tattoos that fit their favorite kind of travel. Here are some maritime and nautical tattoos to choose from:

A sailboat tattoo. (Or another kind of boat. Think a kayak tattoo, canoe tattoo, cruise ship tattoo, tugboat, etc).

A nautical map tattoo.

An artisanal knot tattoo. (Think Portlandia but more fun).

A wave tattoo. (I especially like these when they are beautiful watercolor or fun geometric).

An oar tattoo. (Alone or as part of a larger rowboat tattoo).

A compass tattoo.

An astrolabe tattoo. (Or other vintage nautical equipment).

A tattoo of a boat in a glass bottle. (This is a great way to showcase a really gorgeous vintage ship).

An anchor tattoo.

A wooden helm tattoo.

Adventure Tattoo Ideas

USA - Arizona - Travel in Grand Canyon, man Hiker with backpack enjoying view, USA

If you love going on adventures like backwoods camping, multi-day hiking, rock climbing, etc, these are some ideas for adventure tattoos:

A mountain tattoo from a mountain you climbed. (Or a similar geographic landmark you’ve traversed etc).

A tattoo of a pair of running shoes. (Hiking shoes, climbing shoes, etc).

A tattoo of the coordinates of an important point on your adventure.

A number tattoo that’s important to your adventure. (Think 26.2 for a marathon tattoo, the height of a mountain, or the distance of a multi-day trek).

A tattoo of something that’s important to your kind of trip. (Think a carabiner tatoo, an oar tattoo, a runner’s bib tattoo, a hot air balloon tattoo, etc).

Study Abroad Tattoos

Trinity college, Dublin, Ireland

Studying abroad can be a really magical and formative experience, and it makes sense that an adventure this big would make you consider getting a commemorative tattoo. Here are a few ideas for getting a study abroad tattoo:

A beautiful campus building tattoo. (Especially if the campus has a famous landmark building or an especially beautiful one).

A tattoo of a beautiful word in the local language. (This is great if the place where you’re studying abroad speaks a different language than your native tongue. If the country uses a different alphabet than your own, make sure you know what the word means and exactly how it should be written).

A quote tattoo from a local author. (This is perfect for anyone studying literature abroad).

A number that is meaningful to you. (Maybe your apartment number, the room number of your favorite class, or even your flight number from your incoming flight).

A tattoo that represents the city. (Think landmarks, symbols, plants, airport code, etc. There are endless possibilities here).

Funny Travel Tattoos

Italy - Rome

If you want to have your travels inked with a little bit of levity, consider getting a funny travel tattoo.

A funny travel pun tattoo. (I have a giant list of travel puns here, plus articles on puns for many cities and countries that you can use for inspiration).

A tattoo of your favorite travel food. (Even better if it’s had a bite taken out of it. Think a gelato from Italy or a slice of apple pie from the USA).

A cartoon character from the country you’ve visited.

A tattoo of a funny word or joke in the local language.

A tattoo that commemorates a hilarious adventure you had. (If something especially funny happened on your trip, get a tattoo to remember it by. Then you can tell the story whenever someone asks you about the tattoo).

Camping Tattoos

USA - Colorado - The Camping Tent near mountain lake in the summer

If you love camping, get a camping tattoo to celebrate your hobby. Here are some ideas for camping tattoos:

A tent tattoo. (It doesn’t have to be the kind of tend you actually own. You can get a tent that’s a little more vintage or Wes Anderson-inspired).

A campfire tattoo.

A camping scene tattoo. (Think the tent, the campfire, a mountain or lake, etc).

A water canteen tattoo.

A compass tattoo.

A bow and arrow tattoo. 

A trail map tattoo.

An RV tattoo. (Or a camper van tattoo. You can get a tattoo of your real motorhome or a vintage one. Alternatively, if your RV has a name, then you can get the name tattooed instead.).

A boy scout or girl scout tattoo. (If you were one, obviously).

A sleeping bag tattoo.

Pilgrimage Tattoos

Signal indicating the pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela

Whether you go on a religious, spiritual, or personal pilgrimage, these kinds of trips can result in a lot of soul-searching.

It’s common to come out on the other side changed, and a tattoo to solidify that progress or celebrate the experience is a great idea.

Of course, not every religion allows tattoos. If you do want to get a pilgrimage tattoo, here are a few ideas:

A religious tattoo. (Like the Jerusalem cross I mentioned above, there are sometimes special religious symbols for specific pilgrimages. These make great tattoos as long as they are done with respect).

A journey tattoo. (If you’re going on a walking pilgrimage like the Camino de Santiago, there are lots of special symbols about the journey, from the seashell that marks pilgrims on the road to the waymarkers on the path).

A landmark tattoo. (If your pilgrimage is about the destination and not the journey, why not get a tattoo of an important landmark in your destination city or village?)

A significant number tattoo. (It could be the date of your trip or the distance you walked).

A short prayer tattoo. (If your pilgrimage has a specific prayer associated with it, you can get this as a tattoo if it’s short enough, or get a quote from it if it’s longer).

Latin Travel Tattoos

Italy - Rome

People love tattoos in Ancient Latin and Roman Numerals. An unlike significant tribal tattoos and symbols in foreign languages that you don’t speak, a tattoo in Latin is neutral since it’s a dead language. Here are a few ancient Latin tattoos ideas:

A tattoo in Roman Numerals. (It could be the date of your trip or another significant number from your trip).

A tattoo of a famous Latin phrase. (Think Carpe Diem or Vini Vidi Vici).

An ancient Latin pun or joke tattoo. (Just make sure you are 100% sure of the meaning or you’ll have Latin nerds making fun of you the rest of your life).

A tattoo of an inscription. (If you love a particular ancient Roman building or statue, get the Latin inscription tattooed).

The Latin name for your favorite pace. (For example, I could get a Serdika tattoo to celebrate Sofia since that’s what the city was called during the Roman Empire).

Travel Tattoo Sleeves

Travel Tattoo Sleeve

If you love to travel and you do it often, you can get an entire sleeve. Great themes for sleeves include passport stamps, state flowers, landmarks, etc. Just think about what you want to do ahead of time so there’s some sort of cohesive plan.

A great tattoo artist can make it work, but it’s nice to go in with a plan. You can get the tattoos as you travel or get them done all at once after you’re back home.

Some cool travel tattoo sleeves that I’ve seen are a Route 66 themed sleeve, an Oklahoma tattoo sleeve, and a sleeve of postcard tattoos.

Should You Get a Tattoo in Every Country You Visit?

This can be really fun, but it can end up being quite a large area if you do a lot of traveling!

If you want a small area then pick a minimalist travel tattoo for each country. Make sure it’s something that looks good as you’re getting it done and will also look good as you add more countries.

World Country Tattoos

Here are a few suggestions for travel tattoos from every country and major territory.

Afghanistan Tattoo Ideas

An Afghan Hound tattoo.

A pomegranate tattoo.

A Rubab tattoo.

Albania Tattoo Ideas

A Berat house tattoo.

An Albanian Bunker tattoo.

A tattoo of your favorite piece of Tirana street art.

Algeria Tattoo Ideas

A Ghardaia skyline tattoo.

A Fennic Fox tattoo.

An Oran architecture tattoo.

Andorra Tattoo Ideas

A tattoo of the Andorra Coat of Arms.

A skiing-inspired tattoo.

A Coma Pedrosa tattoo.

Angola Tattoo Ideas

An Ilha do Cabo tattoo.

An Angola Flag tattoo.

A tattoo of Kalandula Falls.

Anguilla Tattoo Ideas

An Anguilla Crayfish tattoo.

An Anguilla Catholic Church tattoo.

A Sandy Island tattoo.

Antigua & Barbuda Tattoo Ideas

A Rum Punch tattoo.

A Wadadli Beer tattoo.

A tattoo of the view from Shirley Heights.

Argentina Tattoo Ideas

A Ceibo Flower tattoo.

An El Sol de Mayo tattoo.

An Aconacqua tattoo.

Armenia Tattoo Ideas

An Armenian monastery tattoo.

An Armenian alphabet tattoo.

A Mount Ararat tattoo.

Australia Tattoo Ideas

An Australian animal tattoo. (For example a kangaroo tattoo or a koala tattoo).

An Acacia flower tattoo.

A 12 Apostles tattoo.

Austria Tattoo Ideas

A Prater tattoo.

A Klimt tattoo inspired by his colors and style.

An Edelweiss tattoo. 

Azerbaijan Tattoo Ideas

A fire tattoo. (This could be literal or something like the Flame towers).

A tattoo inspired by the tilework at the Palace of the Sheki Khans.

A petroglyph tattoo from Gobustan.

Bahamas Tattoo Ideas

A flamingo tattoo.

An Exuma pig tattoo.

A Blackbeard or pirate tattoo.

Bahrain Tattoo Ideas

A pearl tattoo.

A Bahrain Coat of Arms tattoo.

A Bahrain-style tattoo. (Think the beautiful Bahrain-style henna tattoos, but tattooed in permanent ink).

Bangladesh Tattoo Ideas

A Bangladesh flag tattoo.

A Bengal tiger tattoo.

A Bangladesh Coat of Arms tattoo.

Barbados Tattoo Ideas

A Rhianna song tattoo. (Perhaps an…umbrealla tattoo?)

A trident tattoo.

A flying fish tattoo. 

Belarus Tattoo Ideas

A colorful wooden house tattoo.

A Polesie moor tattoo.

A tattoo of the National Library of the Republic of Belarus.

Belgium Tattoo Ideas

A Magritte tattoo based on your favorite work.

A Chimay beer tattoo (or another great Belgian beer).

An Atomium tattoo.

Belize Tattoo Ideas

A Black Orchid tattoo.

A Laughingbird Caye tattoo.

A Rio Frio Caves tattoo.

Benin Tattoo Ideas

A leopard tattoo.

A Benin flag tattoo.

A tattoo based on your favorite bronze or wood carving.

Bermuda Tattoo Ideas

A Bermuda skink tattoo.

A Bermuda cedar tattoo.

A Gibbs Hill Lighthouse tattoo.

Bhutan Tattoo Ideas

A Bhutan Dragon tattoo.

A Jakar Dzong tattoo.

A Himalayan Blue Poppy tattoo.

Bolivia Tattoo Ideas

A Llama tattoo.

A Salar de Uyuni tattoo.

A traffic control zebra tattoo.

Bosnia & Herzegovina Tattoo Ideas

A Stari Most tattoo.

A Visegrad bridge tattoo.

A Sarajevo rose tattoo.

Botswana Tattoo Ideas

A Seven Sisters tattoo.

A Lilac-breasted Roller bird tattoo.

A Matsieng Footprints tattoo.

Brazil Tattoo Ideas

An Oscar Niemeyer tattoo based on your favorite of his buildings. 

A Brazil flag tattoo.

An Escadaria Selarón tattoo.

Brunei Tattoo Ideas

A Kota Batu tattoo.

A Simpor flower tattoo.

A National Emblem of Brunei tattoo.

Bulgaria Tattoo Ideas

A Buzludzha tattoo.

A Kopitoto tattoo.

A tattoo based on the colors and patterns of Rila Monastery.

Burkina Faso Tattoo Ideas

A White Stallion tattoo.

A Burkina Faso flag tattoo.

A mask tattoo.

Burundi Tattoo Ideas

A Karera Falls tattoo.

A Burundi Flag tattoo based on the 1962 flag.

A Tanganyika fishing boat tattoo.

Cambodia Tattoo Ideas

A tattoo of a tree taking over a temple. (Though if you aren’t Hindu or Buddhist then I would make the temple non-descript as I do not advocate coopting a religion that’s not your own).

An Angkor monkey tattoo.

A Romduol flower tattoo.

Cameroon Tattoo Ideas

A Cameroon flag tattoo.

A Mount Oupay tattoo.

A tattoo of the silhouette of the Monument de la Reunification. 

Canada Tattoo Ideas

A Maple Leaf tattoo.

A Canada Goose tattoo.

A Nova Scotia lighthouse tattoo.

Cape Verde Tattoo Ideas

A Cape Verde star flag tattoo.

A Cabo Verde map tattoo.

A tattoo of the view from Calhau beach.

Cayman Islands Tattoo Ideas

A Grand Cayman Parrot tattoo.

A stingray tattoo.

A tattoo of one of the dive sites. (Great for scuba diving enthusiasts)

Central African Republic Tattoo Ideas

An elephant tattoo.

A Bouar megaliths tattoo.

A Boali Falls tattoo.

Chad Tattoo Ideas

A Gala Beer tattoo.

A Nile Crocodile tattoo.

An Emnedi desert tattoo.

Chile Tattoo Ideas

A Copihue flower tattoo.

An Easter Island tattoo.

A Hand of the Desert tattoo.

China Tattoo Ideas

A panda tattoo.

A peony flower tattoo.

A Ginko tree tattoo.

Colombia Tattoo Ideas

A Fernando Botero tattoo.

A Wax Palm tree tattoo.

An emerald tattoo.

Comoros Tattoo Ideas

A Comoros map tattoo.

A Humpback whale tattoo.

A Mount Ntingui tattoo.

Congo Tattoo Ideas

A mango tattoo.

A Nabemba Tower tattoo.

A Republic of Congo flag tattoo.

Costa Rica Tattoo Ideas

A Parque Francisco Alvardoa tatto.

A Pura Vida tattoo. (But try to come up with a unique angle since this is the most common Costa Rica tattoo).

A La Guaria Morada orchid tattoo.

Croatia Tattoo Ideas

A lavender tattoo.

A Podgaric monument tattoo.

A maraschino cherry tattoo.

Cuba Tattoo Ideas

A Cuban flag tattoo.

A White Mariposa flower tattoo.

A vintage Cuban car tattoo.

Cyprus Tattoo Ideas

A tattoo based on your favorite piece of Cyprus street art.

A Cyclamen flower tattoo.

A halloumi tattoo. 

Czech Republic Tattoo Ideas

A Czech beer tattoo.

A Lime tree tattoo.

A Bohemian Paradise tattoo.

Democratic Republic of the Congo Tattoo Ideas. 

A DRC flag tattoo.

An Okapi forest giraffe tattoo.

A Mount Nyiragongo tattoo.

Denmark Tattoo Ideas

A Little Mermaid tattoo.

A Carlsberg tattoo.

A Danish Modern furniture tattoo.

Djibouti Tattoo Ideas

A Lac Assal tattoo.

A Djibouti flag tattoo.

A Lake Abbe tattoo.


A Sisserou parrot tattoo.

A sea turtle tattoo.

A scuba diving tattoo.

Dominican Republic Tattoo Ideas

A mahogany tattoo.

A baseball tattoo

A mangrove tattoo.

Ecuador Tattoo Ideas

A Cotopaxi tattoo.

An empanada tattoo.

A Galapagos turtle tattoo.

Egypt Tattoo Ideas

A Hatshepsut tattoo.

A lotus tattoo.

An ankh tattoo.

El Salvador Tattoo Ideas

A camel tattoo.

A Dahlak Islands tattoo.

A tattoo based on the Gama cave petroglyphs.

Equatorial Guinea Tattoo Ideas

A Silk Cotton tree tattoo.

A Malabo skyline tattoo.

A Colobus monkey tattoo.

Eritrea Tattoo Ideas

A camel tattoo.

An Eritrean flag tattoo.

A Fiat Tagliero service station tattoo. 

Estonia Tattoo Ideas

A cornflower tattoo.

A Walls of Tallinn tattoo.

A barn swallows tattoo.

Eswatini Tattoo Ideas

A lion and an elephant tattoo.

A Coddia flower tattoo.

A rhinoceros tattoo.

Ethiopia Tattoo Ideas

A Calla Lily tattoo.

An Ethiopia coat of arms tattoo.

An Erta Ale volcano tattoo.

Fiji Tattoo Ideas

A Tagimaucia flower tattoo.

A Fijian Druras boat tattoo.

A Fiji map tattoo.

Finland Tattoo Ideas

A whooper swan tattoo.

A Crusell Bridge tattoo.

A ladybug tattoo.

France Tattoo Ideas

A fleur-de-lis tattoo.

A Gallic Rooster tattoo.

A Pont du Gard tattoo.

French Guiana Tattoo Ideas

A Lily tattoo.

An Ariane 5 Rocket tattoo.

Les Roches Gravées Petroglyphs tattoo.

Gabon Tattoo Ideas

A tattoo based on Gabon’s green, yellow, and blue national colors.

A tattoo based on the poetry of Maurice Okoumba-Nkoghe.

A Pathers football tattoo.

Georgia Tattoo Ideas

A Khinkali tattoo.

A tattoo of your favorite piece of kitsch at the Dry Bridge Market.

A Borjgali tattoo.

Germany Tattoo Ideas

A funny Germany tattoo. (You can use one of these Germany puns).

A German castle tattoo. (One fo the palaces in Potsdam would work nicely).

A poem based on the works of Herman Hesse.

Ghana Tatoo Ideas

A Ghana flag tattoo.

A Golden Eagle tattoo.

Kintampo Waterfall tattoo.

Great Britain Tattoo Ideas

A Union Jack tattoo.

A tattoo based on Great Britain’s great children’s literature.

A British Isles map tattoo.

Greece Tattoo Ideas

A Greek Island house tattoo.

An olive tree tattoo.

A Temple of Delphi tattoo.

Grenada Tattoo Ideas 

A Grenada Dove tattoo.

A Bougainvillea tattoo.

A Cricket tattoo.

Guadeloupe Tattoo Ideas

A Gallic rooster tattoo.

A Guadeloupe flag tattoo.

A La Grande Soufrière volcano tattoo.

Guatemala Tattoo Ideas

A Quetzal tattoo.

A coffee tattoo.

A marimba tattoo.

Guinea Tattoo Ideas 

A Mount Nimba tattoo.

A Tinkisso Falls tattoo.

A turtle tattoo.

Guinea-Bissau Tattoo Ideas

Guinea-Bissau flag tattoo.

A Bissagos Islands tattoo.

An Orango National Park tattoo.

Guyana Tattoo Ideas

A Jaguar tattoo.

A water lily tattoo.

A Kaieteur Falls tattoo.

Haiti Tattoo Ideas

A Hibiscus tattoo.

A Hispaniolan Trogon bird tattoo.

A Port-au-Prince Houses tattoo.

Honduras Tattoo Ideas

A Scarlet Macaw tattoo.

A Roatan tattoo.

A Honduras coat of arms tattoo.

Hong Kong Tattoo Ideas

A Giant Panda tattoo.

A Hong Kong orchid tree tattoo.

A Hong Kong skyline tattoo.

Hungary Tattoo Ideas

A Turul tattoo.

A Hungarian wine tattoo.

A paprika tattoo.

Iceland Tattoo Ideas

An Icelandic horse tattoo.

A Gyrfalcon tattoo.

A Northern Lights tattoo.

India Tattoo Ideas 

An India train tattoo.

A tattoo inspired by the colors of the Meenakshi Amman Temple.

A Vallam boat tatoo.

Indonesia Tattoo Ideas

A Komodo Dragon tattoo.

An Ubud monkey tattoo.

A Bali swing tattoo.

Iran Tattoo Ideas

A Mount Damavand tattoo.

An Azadi Tower tattoo.

A tattoo based on the colors or tilework of the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque (the Pink Mosque).

Iraq Tattoo Ideas

An Ishtar Gate tattoo.

An Eagle of Saladin tattoo.

A Lion of Babylon tattoo.

Israel Tattoo Ideas

A tattoo based on the architecture of Tel Aviv

A Hoopoe bird tattoo.

An olive tree tattoo.

Italy Tattoo Ideas

  • An Italian coffee or drink tattoo.
  • An Italian wolf tattoo.
  • A Vespa tattoo.

Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) Tattoo Ideas

  • An African elephant tattoo.
  • A Baobab Flower tattoo.
  •  A Cascade in Man tattoo.

Jamaica Tattoo Ideas

  • A Red Stripe tattoo.
  • A Jamaican boat tattoo.
  • A Dunns River Falls tattoo.

Japan Tattoo Ideas

  • A tattoo based on the artwork of Hokusai. 
  • A traditional Bamboo tattoo.
  • A Chery Blossom tattoo.

Jordan Tattoo Ideas

  • An Amman Citadel tattoo.
  • A tattoo based on the artwork in Petra.
  • A Wadi Rum tattoo.

Kazakhstan Tattoo Ideas

Kenya Tattoo Ideas

  • A Mount Kilimanjaro tattoo.
  • A Maasai Market tattoo.
  • A lion tattoo.

Korea Tattoo Ideas 

  • A Korean magpie tattoo.
  • A Siberian tiger tatoo.
  • A Kimchi tattoo.

Kosovo Tattoo Ideas 

  • A Newborn monument tattoo.
  • A Stone Bridge tattoo.
  • A Balkan lynx tattoo.

Kuwait Tattoo Ideas

  • A camel tattoo.
  • An Arfaj dessert flower tattoo.
  • A Kuwait Towers tattoo.

Kyrgyzstan Tattoo Ideas

  • An Epic of Manas tattoo.
  • A Komuz tattoo.
  • A Peregrine falcon tattoo.

Laos Tattoo Ideas

  • A Plumeria flower tattoo.
  • An Asian elephant tattoo.
  • A Kuang Si waterfall tattoo.

Latvia Tattoo Ideas 

  • A White Wagtail bird tattoo.
  • A Freedom Monument of Riga tattoo.
  • An amber jewel tattoo.

Lebanon Tattoo Ideas

  • A Cedar of Lebanon tattoo.
  • A Cyclamen flower tattoo.
  • A Ruins of Tyre tattoo.

Lesotho Tattoo Ideas

  • A Black Rhinoceros tattoo.
  • A tattoo based on iconic Lesotho textiles.
  • A Lesotho map tattoo.

Liberia Tattoo Ideas

  • A Liberian flag tattoo.
  • A Pepper flower tattoo.
  • A Pygmy Hippopotamus tattoo.

Libya Tattoo Ideas 

  • A Barbary Lion tattoo.
  • An Afzejare Arch tattoo.
  • A tattoo based on the Tadrardt Acacus rock art.

Liechtenstein Tattoo Ideas 

  • A Jägerndorf shield tattoo.
  • A Vaduz Castle tattoo.
  • A Yellow Lily tattoo.

Lithuania Tattoo Ideas

  • A Lithuanian flag tattoo.
  • An iron wolf tattoo.
  • A White Stork tattoo.

Luxembourg Tattoo Ideas

  • A Goldcrest bird tattoo.
  • A Vianden Castle tattoo.
  • A Bofferding beer tattoo.

Macau Tattoo Ideas 

  1. A lotus tattoo.
  2. A Macau flag tattoo.
  3. A Morpheus tattoo.

Madagascar Tattoo Ideas

  • A Ring Tailed Lemur tattoo.
  • A Baobab tree tattoo.
  • A Tsingy de Bemaraha tattoo.

Malawi Tattoo Ideas 

  • A Thomson’s Gazelle tattoo.
  • A Lake Malawi rocks tattoo.
  • A Chongoni Rock Art tattoo.

Malaysia Tattoo Ideas 

  • A Petronas Towers tattoo.
  • A Malayan tiger tattoo.
  • A Gunung Mulu tattoo.

Maldives Tattoo Ideas

  • A Yellowfin tuna tattoo.
  • A Maldives map tattoo.
  • A Pink rose tattoo.

Mali Tattoo Ideas

  • A Tomb of Askia tattoo.
  • A Firefinch tattoo.
  • An ancient Timbuktu skyline tattoo.

Malta Tattoo Ideas 

  • A Maltese balcony tattoo.
  • A Maltese fishing boat tattoo.
  • A Pharoah Hound tattoo.

Martinique Tattoo Ideas

  • A large Madnina flower tattoo of the different flowers on the island.
  • A manicou opossum tattoo.
  • A Trois Rivieres rum tattoo.

Mauritania Tattoo Ideas

  • A White Antelope tattoo.
  • An Atar Stone Circles tattoo.
  • An Oulata architectural detail work tattoo.

Mauritius Tattoo Ideas

  • A Mauritius flag tattoo.
  • A Dodo bird tattoo.
  • A Star and Key tattoo.

Mayotte Tattoo Ideas

  • A seahorse tattoo.
  • A Mayotte map tattoo.
  • A ylang-ylang flower tattoo.

Mexico Tattoo Ideas

  • An eagle holding a snake tattoo.
  • A Nopal cactus tattoo.
  • A dahlia flower tattoo.

Moldova Tattoo Ideas

Monaco Tattoo Ideas

  • A Hedgehog tattoo.
  • A Barbagiuan tattoo.
  • A Monaco skyline tattoo.

Mongolia Tattoo Ideas

  • A Przewalski horse tattoo.
  • A seabuckthorn berry tattoo.
  • A falcon tattoo.

Montenegro Tattoo Ideas

  • An Our Lady of the Rocks tattoo.
  • A Sveti Stefan tattoo.
  • A mimoza tattoo.

Montserrat Tattoo Ideas

  • A Montserrat Oriole tattoo.
  • A Heliconia tattoo.
  • A pribby tattoo.

Morocco Tattoo Ideas

  • A Barbary lion tattoo.
  • A Chefchauouen tattoo.
  • An Ait Benhaddou skyline tattoo.

Mozambique Tattoo Ideas

  • An African elephant tattoo.
  • A Mount Panda tattoo.
  • A Maputo railway station tattoo.

Myanmar/Burma Tattoo Ideas

  • An Inle Lake boat tattoo.
  • A Chinthe tattoo.
  • An Indo-Chinese tiger tattoo.

Namibia Tattoo Ideas

  • An oryx tattoo.
  • An Ecola tattoo.
  • A red sand dunes tattoo.

Nepal Tattoo Ideas

  • A Madal tattoo.
  • A Peepal tree tattoo.
  • A Khukuri tattoo.

New Zealand Tattoo Ideas

  • A kiwi tattoo.
  • A silver fern tattoo.
  • A Wanaka tree tattoo.

Nicaragua Tattoo Ideas

  • A Sacuanjoche flower tattoo.
  • A motmot tattoo.
  • A five volcanoes tattoo.

Niger Tattoo Ideas

  • A Dama Gazelle tattoo.
  • A Maraadi architecture tattoo.
  • A Dabous giraffe petroglyph tattoo.

Nigeria Tattoo Ideas 

  • A Red Eagle tattoo.
  • A Nigerian flag tattoo.
  • A Y tattoo.

North Macedonia Tattoo Ideas

  • A Skopje statues tattoo.
  • A Macedonian pine tattoo.
  • A Lake Ohrid boat tattoo.

Norway Tattoo Ideas

  • A moose tattoo.
  • A purple heather tattoo.
  • A cod tattoo.

Oman Tattoo Ideas

  • A Khanjar dagger tattoo.
  • The Giant Incense Burner tattoo.
  • An Oman roundabout tattoo.

Pakistan Tattoo Ideas

  • A jasmine tattoo.
  • A markhor tattoo.
  • A Himalayan Cedar tattoo.

Palestine Tattoo Ideas

  • A West Bank Separation Wall tattoo. (If you want to make a political statement).
  • A Banksy hotel or street art inspired tattoo. (Another good political tattoo idea).
  • A Palestine sunbird tattoo.

Panama Tattoo Ideas 

  • A Holy Ghost Orchid tattoo.
  • A Panama beer tattoo.
  • A Panamanian Golden Frog tattoo.

Papua New Guinea Tattoo Ideas

  • A Dugong tattoo.
  • A Sepik Blue Orchid tattoo.
  • A Tree Kangaroo tattoo.

Paraguay Tattoo Ideas

  • A Pink Lapacho tattoo.
  • A Pampas fox tattoo.
  • A Paraguayan harp tattoo.

Peru Tattoo Ideas

  • A vicuña tattoo.
  • A Cantuta flower tattoo.
  • A Peruvian panflute tattoo.

Philippines Tattoo Ideas

  • A Jeepney tattoo.
  • A Sampaguita jasmine tattoo.
  • A Phillippine pearl tattoo.

Poland Tattoo Ideas 

  • A Warsaw dragon tattoo.
  • A Red Corn Poppy tattoo.
  • A Pierogi tattoo.

Portugal Tattoo Ideas

  • A Portuguese tilework tattoo.
  • A Barcelos Rooster tattoo.
  • A Portuguese University Robes tattoo.

Puerto Rico Tattoo Ideas

  • A Coqui frog tattoo.
  • A Puerto Rican flag tattoo.
  • A Cuatro tattoo.

Qatar Tattoo Ideas

  • A Limonium tattoo.
  • A falcon tattoo.
  • A Museum of Islamic Art tattoo.

Reunion Tattoo Ideas

  • A Reunion map tattoo.
  • An Ile Bourbon tattoo.
  • A Piton de la Fournaise volcano tattoo.

Romania Tattoo Ideas

  • A Bran Castle tattoo.
  • A Romanian egg tattoo.
  • A Great White Pelican tattoo.

Russian Federation Tattoo Ideas

  • A Russian bear tattoo.
  • A Cosmonaut tattoo.
  • A Cheburashka tattoo.

Rwanda Tattoo Ideas

  • A Sprinbok tattoo.
  • An Inanga tattoo.
  • A Rwanda flag tattoo.

Saint Kitts and Nevis Tattoo Ideas

  • A map tattoo of the islands.
  • A poinciana flower tattoo.
  • A Saint Kitts and Nevis flag tattoo.

Saint Lucia Tattoo Ideas

  • A Saint Lucia flag tattoo.
  • A Saint Lucian parrot tattoo.
  • A Gros Piton tattoo.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Tattoo Ideas

  • A map tattoo.
  • A St. Vincent Parrot tattoo.
  • A Soufriere Tree tattoo.

Samoa Tattoo Ideas 

  • A manumea bird tattoo.
  • An Alofaaga Blowholes tattoo.
  • A Fuipisia Falls tattoo.

Sao Tome and Principe Tattoo Ideas

  • Sao Tome and Principe flag tattoo.
  • A Sao Tome shrew tattoo.
  • A Cao Grande Peak tattoo.

Saudi Arabia Tattoo Ideas

  • An Arabian horse tattoo.
  • A Mada’in Salih tattoo.
  • A Royal Jasmine tattoo.

Senegal Tattoo Ideas

  • An African Spoonbill tattoo.
  • A Green star tattoo.
  • A Kora tattoo.

Serbia Tattoo Ideas

  • A Lily of the Valley tattoo.
  • An Ada Bridge tattoo.
  • A Golubac Fortress tattoo.

Seychelles Tattoo Ideas

  • A Striped Dolphin tattoo.
  • A Seychelles flag tattoo.
  • A Triangle instrument tattoo.

Sierra Leone Tattoo Ideas

  • A Lion tattoo.
  • A Charlotte Falls tattoo.
  • A Hoddu tattoo.

Singapore Tattoo Ideas

  • A Merlion tattoo.
  • A Singapore skyline tattoo.
  • A Supertree Grove tattoo.

Slovakia Tattoo Ideas

  • Čumil, Man at Work tattoo.
  • A Linden tree tattoo.
  • A Most SNP tattoo.

Slovenia Tattoo Ideas

  • A Lippizaner horse tattoo.
  • A Špičnik 1 heart road tattoo.
  • A Ljubljana Dragon tattoo.

Solomon Islands Tattoo Ideas

  • A Hibiscus tattoo.
  • A Conch shell tattoo.
  • A Five Stars tattoo.

Somalia Tattoo Ideas

  • A Leopard tattoo.
  • A durbaan drum tattoo.
  • A King Protea tattoo.

South Africa Tattoo Ideas

  • A Capetown skyline tattoo.
  • A King Protea flower tattoo.
  • A Blue Crane tattoo.

South Sudan Tattoo Ideas

  • An African fish eagle tattoo.
  • A Suddia grass tattoo.
  • A tattoo of Juba from above.

Spain Tattoo Ideas

  • A Camino de Santiago tattoo.
  • A Bull tattoo.
  • A Spanish guitar tattoo.

Sri Lanka Tattoo Ideas

  • A blue water lily tattoo.
  • A Sri Lankan birdwing butterfly tattoo.
  • A Columbo Lotus Tower tattoo.

Sudan Tattoo Ideas

  • A Sudan Cheetah tattoo.
  • A Rose Mallow flower tattoo.
  • A Nubian pyramid tattoo.

Suriname Tattoo Ideas

  • A Faja Lobi flower tattoo.
  • A Paramaribo architecture tattoo.
  • A Sipaliwini Savannah Petroglyph tattoo.

Sweden Tattoo Ideas

  • A Swedish horse tattoo.
  • A  Swedish cabin tattoo.
  • A Stockholm skyline tattoo.

Switzerland Tattoo Ideas

Syria Tattoo Idea

  • An Olive Tree tattoo.
  • A Palmyra tattoo.
  • A Syrian Bear tattoo.

Tajikistan Tattoo Ideas 

  • A Rising Sun tattoo.
  • An Iskanderkul tattoo.
  • A Tajikistan flag tattoo.

Tanzania Tattoo Ideas

  • A Giraffe tattoo.
  • An African Blackwood tree tattoo.
  • A Mount Kilimanjaro tattoo.

Thailand Tattoo Ideas

  • A Siamese Fireback Pheasant tattoo.
  • A Thai elephant tattoo.
  • A Long-tail boat tattoo.

The Gambia Tattoo Ideas

  • A lion tattoo.
  • A Gambia River & Canoe tattoo.
  • A Jul Brew tattoo.

The Netherlands Tattoo Ideas

  • A windmill tattoo.
  • A wooden shoe tattoo.
  • A funny Amsterdam tattoo. (You can use one of these Amsterdam puns if you want).

Timor Leste Tattoo Ideas

  • A Hibiscus flower tattoo.
  • A Mount Ramelau tattoo.
  • A Sia Maubara tattoo.

Togo Tattoo Ideas

  • A Hippopotamus tattoo.
  • A Togo flag tattoo.
  • A plantain tattoo.

Trinidad & Tobago Tattoo Ideas

  • A Chaconia tattoo.
  • A steelpan tattoo.
  • A Scarlet Ibis tattoo.

Tunisia Tattoo Ideas

  • A Tunisian door tattoo.
  • A tagine tattoo. 
  • A Cape Angela lighthouse tattoo.

Turkey Tattoo Ideas

Turkmenistan Tattoo Ideas

  • An Akhal-Teke horse tattoo.
  • A Darvaza Gas Crater tattoo.
  • A Turkmenistan TV Tower tattoo.

Turks & Caicos Tattoo Ideas

  • A Turk’s Head Cactus tattoo.
  • A flamingo tattoo.
  • A conch shell tattoo.

Uganda Tattoo Ideas

  • A Crested Crane tattoo.
  • A Lake Bunyonyi tattoo.
  • A tattoo based on the poetry of Okot p’Bitek. 

Ukraine Tattoo Ideas

(Please do not get a Chernobyl tattoo unless you have more of a connection to it than just a tourist).

  • A Kyiv tattoo.
  • A Nightingale tattoo.
  • A Batkivshchyna Maty tattoo.

United Arab Emirates Tattoo Ideas

  • A Burj Khalifa tattoo.
  • A falcon tattoo.
  • A Tribulus Omanense tattoo.

United States of America Tattoo Ideas (USA)

Uruguay Tattoo Ideas

Uzbekistan Tattoo Ideas

  • A Plov tattoo.
  • A tattoo inspired by the colors of Uzbekistan tilework.
  • An Amir Timur Museum tattoo.

Venezuela Tattoo Ideas

  • An Orinoco river tattoo.
  • A Flor de Mayo tattoo.
  • A Venezuelan troupial bird tattoo.


  • A Ha Long Bay tattoo.
  • An egg coffee tattoo.
  • A bamboo sling tattoo.

Virgin Islands Tattoo Ideas

  • An oleander tattoo.
  • A Mourning Dove tattoo.
  • A Bananaquit bird tattoo.

Yemen Tattoo Ideas

  • A tattoo inspired by the poetry of Waddah al-Yemen.
  • A Yemen National Library tattoo.
  • A Socotra Dragon tree tattoo.

Zambia Tattoo Ideas

  • A Victoria Falls tattoo.
  • A Zambia Flag tatoo.
  • Lukusuzi National Park tattoo.

Zimbabwe Tattoo Ideas

  • A Victoria Falls tattoo.
  • A Flame Lily tattoo.
  • A Sable Antelope tattoo.

World City Tattoos

If you want to rep your favorite city to travel to (or even your home city), these are tattoo ideas for some of the world’s major cities.

Tokyo Tattoo Ideas (Japan)

  • A Tokyo Skytree or Tokyo Tower tattoo.
  • A tattoo of your favorite plane or scene at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
  • A geometric tattoo based on Shibuya Crossing.

Jakarta Tattoo Ideas (Indonesia)

  • A Thousand Islands tattoo. (The islands outside of Jakarta, not the salad dressing).
  • A Monas Tower tattoo.
  • A tattoo of a dragon with pearls in its mouth. (Based on the ones at Jin De Yuan).

Delhi Tattoo Ideas (India)

  • An India Gate tattoo.
  • A lotus tattoo.
  • A tattoo of your favorite scene, plant, or tomb in the Lodi Gardens.

Seoul Tattoo Ideas (South Korea)

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace tattoo. (You can pick something based on the colors, patterns or architecture).
  • A Dongdaemun Design Plaza tattoo. (This would be especially cool as a minimalist tattoo of just the shape).
  • A tattoo of a scene from Bukhansan National Park.

Manila Tattoo Ideas (Philippines)

  • A seal of Manila tattoo.
  • A Manila skyline tattoo.
  • A Coconut Palace tattoo.

Mumbai Tattoo Ideas (India)

  • A Gateway of India Mumbai tattoo.
  • An Elephanta Island tattoo.
  • A tattoo based on the Bandra–Worli Sea Link Bridge.

Shanghai Tattoo Ideas (China)

  • A tattoo of the Oriental Pearl tv tower.
  • A tattoo of your favorite plant or scene from the Yu Garden.
  • A Shanghai Disneyland tattoo.

New York City Tattoo Ideas (United States)

Beijing Tattoo Ideas (China)

  • A Forbidden City tattoo. (Take inspiration from the colors, designs, and architecture).
  • A Drum Tower or Bell Tower tattoo.
  • A tattoo of a boat on Kunming Lake.

Mexico City Tattoo Ideas (Mexico)

  • A Frida Kahlo-inspired tattoo.
  • A tattoo of the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
  • A Chapultepec Castle tattoo. (It is one of the most beautiful castles in the world after all).

Moscow Tattoo Ideas (Russia)

  • A St. Basil’s Cathedral tattoo. (You can go literal or pick some of the colors and patterns for a more abstract interpretation).
  • A Bolshoy Theater tattoo. (You can pick the building or something from the inside of the opera house or something inspired by a performance you saw there).
  • A Shukhov Radio Tower tattoo.

Cairo Tattoo Ideas (Egypt)

  • A Pyramids of Giza tattoo.
  • A Nile River tattoo.
  • A tattoo of a scene or plant from the Orman Botanical Garden.

Bangkok Tattoo Ideas (Thailand)

  • A Skytrain tattoo.
  • A tattoo of a boat on the Chai Phraya River.
  • A scene or symbol from the Chatuchak Market.

Los Angeles Tattoo Ideas (United States)

  • A tattoo of the Hollywood sign. (Bonus points if you make it say ‘Hollywoo’ instead).
  • A Santa Monica pier tattoo.
  • A Disneyland tattoo.

Buenos Aires Tattoo Ideas (Argentina)

  • A Caminito Tattoo. (Great if you want a really colorful tattoo from Buenos Aires).
  • Centro Cultural Borges tattoo.
  • A Kavanagh Building tattoo.

Istanbul Tattoo Ideas (Turkey)

  • A Galata Tower tattoo.
  • An Istanbul cat tattoo.
  • A Bosphorus Bridge Tattoo.

Lagos Tattoo Ideas (Nigeria)

  • A Lagos Bridge tattoo. (The city has a few great ones to pick from).
  • A National Arts Theatre tattoo.
  • A DANFO tattoo.

Rio de Janeiro Tattoo Ideas (Brazil)

  • A Sugarloaf Mountain tattoo.
  • A tattoo of the Escadaria Selarón.
  • A Cable Car tattoo.

Lima Tattoo Ideas (Peru)

  • A Park of Love tattoo.
  • A Lima coat of arms tattoo.
  • A tattoo based on the work of Mario Testino.

Paris Tattoo Ideas (France)

  • An Eiffel Tower tattoo. (Yes, it’s cheesy, but you can find ways to make it original).
  • A funny Paris tattoo. (Feel free to borrow a Paris pun).
  • A tattoo of a detail from the artwork or architecture of one of Paris’s churches.

London Tattoo Ideas (United Kingdom)

  • A Big Ben tattoo. 
  • A funny London tattoo. (Feel free to borrow a London pun).
  • A tattoo of a sign or symbol from your favorite London tube station.

Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon Tattoo Ideas (Vietnam)

  • A tattoo of your favorite flower or scene from the Saigon Zoo And Botanical Garden
  • A Mong Bridge tattoo.
  • An abstract tattoo based on the colors and designs of the Temple Goddess Mariamma.

Bogota Tattoo Ideas (Colombia)

  • A tattoo based on your favorite piece in the Gold Museum.
  • A Monserratte tattoo.
  • A Guadua Bridge tattoo.

Chicago Tattoo Ideas (United States)

  • A Chicago Dog tattoo. (If you want a funny Chicago tattoo but don’t want food, you can use a Chicago pun).
  • A Chicago Bean tattoo.
  • A tattoo based on your favorite piece or art at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Johannesburg Tattoo Ideas (South Africa)

  • A Johannesburg skyline tattoo.
  • A Nelson Mandela Bridge tattoo.
  • A tattoo based on the amazing Johannesburg street art.

Taipei Tattoo Ideas (Taiwan)

  • A tattoo based on the colorful village of Jiufen
  • A Xiaolongbao tattoo. 
  • A Bubble Tea tattoo. (It was invented in Taipei).

Hanoi Tattoo Ideas (Vietnam)

  • Pont Thê Húc Bridge Tattoo. 
  • A tattoo based on the beautiful architecture of the Hanoi Old Quarter.
  • A Train Street tattoo.

Kuala Lumpur Tattoo Ideas (Malaysia)

  • A Petronas Twin Towers tattoo.
  • A tattoo based on your favorite piece in the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery.
  • A Batu Caves inspired tattoo.

Santiago Tattoo Ideas (Chile)

  • A street art tattoo based on your favorite piece in the Museo Cielo Abierto.
  • A tattoo based on a sculpture at the Sculpture Park Museum
  • A Calicanto bridge tattoo.

Madrid Tattoo Ideas (Spain)

  • A Real Madrid tattoo. (I would only get this if Real Madrid is your favorite team).
  • A Madrid landmarks tattoo.
  • A tattoo based on the Chrystal Palace.

Toronto Tattoo Ideas (Canada)

  • A CN Tower tattoo.
  • A tattoo inspired by Nathan Phillips Square.
  • A Lake Ontario inspired tattoo. 

Miami Tattoo Ideas (United States)

  • A Miami lifeguard station tattoo.
  • A Cape Florida Lighthouse tattoo.
  • A street art tattoo from your favorite piece of Miami street art.

Dallas Tattoo Ideas (United States)

  • A Dallas Cowboys tattoo. (If they’re your favorite team).
  • A Reunion Tower tattoo.
  • A kitschy Dallas tattoo based on your favorite item in the International Bowling Museum.

Houston Tattoo Ideas (United States)

  • A NASA tattoo. 
  • A Kemah Boardwalk tattoo.
  • A tattoo of the Beer Can House.

Philadelphia Tattoo Ideas (United States)

  • A South Street tattoo based on the works of Isaiah Zagar.
  • A Ben Franklin or Walt Whitman Bridge tattoo.
  • A Love Park tattoo.

Barcelona Tattoo Ideas (Spain)

Atlanta Tattoo Ideas (United States)

  • An ATL tattoo. 
  • A tattoo of your favorite piece from the High Museum of Art (one of America’s best art museums).
  • A vintage Coca Cola tattoo.

St. Petersburg Tattoo Ideas (Russia)

  • Your tattoo inspired by the Hermitage museum.
  • An Aurora Cruiser tattoo.
  • A Neva River or Dvortsovyy Most tattoo.

Washington DC Tattoo Ideas (United States)

  • A tattoo of your favorite piece or art of historical artifact in the Smithsonian.
  • A tattoo based on the portraits of Michelle Obama or Barack Obama. (I’d go with colors and symbols over something literal).
  • An American Beauty Rose tattoo.

Sydney Tattoo Ideas (Australia)

  • A Sydney Opera House tattoo (though I personally would do something geometric or based on the shape as opposed to realistic here).
  • A Sydney Harbour Bridge tattoo.
  • A Vintage Sydney Olympics tattoo.

Boston Tattoo Ideas (United States)

  • A Boston Tea Party tattoo.
  • A Boston Terrier tattoo.
  • A Beacon Hill tattoo.

Melbourne (Australia)

  • A Flinders Street Railway Station tattoo.
  • A Melbourne Skyline tattoo.
  • A Luna Park tattoo.

Phoenix Tattoo Ideas (United States)

  • A Camelback Mountain Tattoo
  • An actual Harry Potter-style Phoenix tattoo.
  • A tattoo of your favorite plant from the Desert Botanical Garden.

Montreal Tattoo Ideas (Canada)

  • Pont Jacques-Cartier tattoo.
  • A Habitat 67 tattoo.
  • A La Plateau house tattoo.

Vancouver Tattoo Ideas (Canada)

  • A Vancouver Skyline tattoo.
  • A tattoo inspired by your favorite hike near Vancouver.
  • A Van City tattoo.

Prague Tattoo Ideas (Czech Republic)

  • An Astronomical Clock tattoo.
  • A Charles Bridge tattoo.
  • A tattoo based on the works of Kafka.

Budapest Tattoo Ideas (Hungary)

  • A funny Budapest tattoo. (Feel free to use one of these Budapest puns).
  • A Danube River Bridge tattoo.
  • A tattoo inspired by the artwork in the Gellert Spa and Bath.

Berlin Tattoo Ideas (Germany)

  • A Brandenberg Gate tattoo.
  • A tattoo of a piece of Berlin street art.
  • An Ampelmann tattoo. (I have an explanation of these here).

Venice Tattoo Ideas (Italy)

  • A Gondola tattoo.
  • A tattoo of the Giant Hands of Venice.
  • A tattoo based on the maze of canals and houses in the city.

Athens Tattoo Ideas (Greece)

Nashville Tattoo Ideas (Tennessee)

  • A Grand Ole Opry tattoo.
  • A tattoo of your favorite piece of Nashville street art.
  • A Nashville Hot Chicken tattoo.

Rome Tattoo Ideas (Italy)

  • An SPQR tattoo.
  • A Bernini-inspired tattoo.
  • A Spanish steps tattoo.

Edinburgh Tattoo Ideas (Scotland)

  • A tattoo of your favorite flower or plant in the Royal Botanic Garden.
  • Greyfriars Bobby tattoo.
  • A tattoo based on your favorite piece in the Scottish National Gallery.

Dublin Tattoo Ideas (Ireland)

  • A Ha’Penny Bridget tattoo.
  • A tattoo of your favorite artifact in the Little Dublin Museum. (I vote for the James Joyce death mask myself).
  • A colorful Georgian door tattoo.

Las Vegas Tattoo Ideas (United States)

  • A tattoo of the iconic Las Vegas sign.
  • A casino-themed tattoo.
  • A Las Vegas skyline tattoo.

Lisbon Tattoo Ideas (Portugal)

  • A tattoo of a Pasteis de Nata from Belem.
  • A Lisbon tram tattoo.
  • A Pont 25 de Abril tattoo.

Amsterdam Tattoo Ideas (The Netherlands)

  • An Amsterdam Canals tattoo.
  • An Amsterdam houses tattoo.
  • A bicycle tattoo with Amsterdam tulips.

US State Tattoo Ideas

Here are a few ideas for tattoos of American states.

Alabama Tattoo Ideas

  • A University of Alabama tattoo. (Think cute elephants, the Roll Tide motto, etc).
  • A camellia tattoo.
  • A Sweet Home Alabama tattoo.

Alaska Tattoo Ideas

  • A tattoo of Alaska from the water. (Think mountains and whales and beautiful waves).
  • An Alaskan animal tattoo. (Think bears, moose, seal, puffins, etc).
  • A tattoo of the Alaskan state motto “North to the Future.”

Arizona Tattoo Ideas

  • A Grand Canyon tattoo.
  • A saguaro cactus tattoo.
  • An Arizona flag tattoo. (Love the stars and colors on the Arizona flag).

Arkansas Tattoo Ideas

  • An apple blossom tattoo.
  • A Thorncrown Chapel tattoo. (This would be a great opportunity for a cute geometric tattoo).
  • A tattoo of a scene of Hot Springs.

California Tattoo Ideas

  • A tattoo of the word Eureka!
  • A cable car in San Francisco tattoo.
  • A funny California tattoo. (Feel free to borrow one of these California puns).

Colorado Tattoo Ideas

  • A Colorado flag tattoo.
  • A Rocky Mountain tattoo.
  • A Pikes Peak sign tattoo.

Connecticut Tattoo Ideas

  • A Mystic Lighthouse tattoo.
  • An American robin tattoo.
  • A Stars Hollow tattoo. (Yes it’s a fictional town, but it lives in our hearts forever.

Delaware Tattoo Ideas

  • A peach blossom tattoo.
  • A Kalmar Nyckel tattoo.
  • A tattoo of Delaware state motto “Liberty and Independence”

Florida Tattoo Ideas

  • A Disney World tattoo.
  • An orange blossom tattoo.
  • A pelican tattoo.

Georgia Tattoo Ideas

  • A Georgia peach tattoo.
  • An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail tattoo.
  • A tattoo of the Fountain at Forsyth Park in Savannah. (If you’re a fan of the book or movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, note that the statue is actually in Illinois).

Hawaii Tattoo Ideas

Idaho Tattoo Ideas

  • A tattoo of a scene from Idaho’s magnificent landscapes. 
  • A potato tattoo. (Especially if you’re looking for funny Idaho tattoos).
  • A mountain bluebird tattoo.

Illinois Tattoo Ideas

  • A Frank Llyod Wright tattoo. (You could go minimalist with a geometric pattern from his work or something bigger inspired by the houses in Oak Park).
  • A cardinal tattoo.
  • A monarch butterfly tatoo.

Indiana Tattoo Ideas

  • A Hoosier pun tattoo.
  • A peony tattoo. 
  • A tattoo of Indiana’s flag.

Iowa Tattoo Ideas

  • A geode tattoo.
  • An acorn tattoo.
  • A goldfinch tattoo.

Kansas Tattoo Ideas

  • The tattoo of the state motto “Ad Aspera Per Aspera.”
  • A Jayhawk tattoo.
  • A sunflower tattoo.

Kentucky Tattoo Ideas

  • A honeybee tattoo.
  • A banjo tattoo. (Or another Bluegrass-inspired motif like an Appalachian Dulcimer).
  • A Viceroy butterfly tattoo.

Louisiana Tattoo Ideas

  • A green treefrog tattoo.
  • A Pirogue boat tattoo.
  • A magnolia tattoo.

Maine Tattoo Ideas

  • A lobster tattoo.
  • A Portland Head Lighthouse Tattoo.
  • The tattoo of the state motto “Dirigo.”

Maryland Tattoo Ideas

  • A Baltimore Oriole tattoo. (The bird or the baseball team).
  • A crab tattoo.
  • A Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly tattoo.

Massachusetts Tattoo Ideas

  • A cranberry tattoo.
  • A Dr. Seuss tattoo.
  • A Norman Rockwell tattoo. 

Michigan Tattoo Ideas

  • A Lake Michigan tattoo.
  • A Pictured Rocks tattoo.
  • A Model-T tattoo.

Minnesota Tattoo Ideas

  • A blueberry muffin tattoo.
  • A tattoo of the state motto “L’Etoile du Nord.”
  • A North Star tattoo.

Mississippi Tattoo Ideas

  • A magnolia tattoo.
  • A Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly tattoo.
  • A Gulf of Mexico-inspired tattoo.

Missouri Tattoo Ideas

  • A St. Louis Arch tattoo.
  • A silver dollar tattoo.
  • A flowering dogwood branch tattoo.

Montana Tattoo Ideas

  • A Going-to-the-Sun Road Tattoo (or another scenic road or beautiful Montana landscape).
  • A Montana seal tattoo.
  • A bitterroot tattoo.

Nebraska Tattoo Ideas

  • An ear of corn tattoo. (Or another corn theme).
  • A goldenrod tattoo.
  • A Kool-aid Man tattoo.

Nevada Tattoo Ideas

  • A Hoover Dam tattoo.
  • A Desert Tortoise tattoo.
  • A Seven Magic Mountains tattoo.

New Hampshire Tattoo Ideas

  • A Red-Spotted Newt tattoo.
  • A Ladybug tattoo.
  • A Purple Lilac tattoo.

New Jersey Tattoo Ideas

  • A Boardwalk tattoo.
  • A Cape May Lighthouse tattoo.
  • A Dogwood tattoo.

New Mexico Tattoo Ideas

  • A hot air balloon tattoo.
  • A Dusty Roadrunner tattoo.
  • A New Mexico state flag tattoo.

New York Tattoo Ideas

North Carolina Tattoo Ideas

  • A Whirligigs tattoo.
  • An Outer Banks lighthouse tattoo.
  • A wild Spanish Mustang tattoo.

North Dakota Tattoo Ideas

  • A Wild Prarie Rose tattoo.
  • A Western Meadowlark tattoo.
  • A Flickertail March tattoo.

Ohio Tattoo Ideas

  • A bullfrog tattoo.
  • An Ohio Buckeye tattoo. (The tree or the university).
  • A Hocking Hills waterfall tattoo.

Oklahoma Tattoo Ideas

  • A Redbud Tree tattoo.
  • A bison tattoo.
  • A scissortail flycather tattoo.

For more, check out my guide to Oklahoma tattoo inspiration.

Oregon Tattoo Ideas

  • A Mount Hood tattoo.
  • A tattoo of the Oregon state motto “She Flies with Her Own Wings.”
  • A Crater Lake tattoo.

Pennsylvania Tattoo Ideas

  • A Hershey Kiss tattoo.
  • A Fallingwater tattoo.
  • A firefly tattoo.

Rhode Island Tattoo Ideas

  • A Castle Hill Lighthouse tattoo.
  • A Rhode Island Red tattoo.
  • A Harbor Seal tattoo.

South Carolina Tattoo Ideas

  • A South Carolina Flag tattoo.
  • A Yellow Jessamine tattoo.
  • A Loggerhead Sea Turtle tattoo.

South Dakota Tattoo Ideas

  • A Sylvan Lake tattoo.
  • An American Pasque tattoo.
  • A Triceratops tattoo.

Tennessee Tattoo Ideas

  • A Smoky Mountains tattoo.
  • A Dollywood or Dolly Parton tattoo.
  • A Raccoon tattoo.

Texas Tattoo Ideas

  • A San Antonio Missions or Alamo tattoo.
  • A Bluebonnet tattoo.
  • A Texas Longhorn tattoo. (The animal or the university.

Utah Tattoo Ideas

  • A Rocky Mountain Elk tattoo.
  • A tattoo based on one of Utah’s National Parks.
  • A cherry tattoo.

Vermont Tattoo Ideas

  • A Red Clover tattoo.
  • A Sugar Maple tattoo.
  • A Vermont Flag tattoo.

Virginia Tattoo Ideas

  • A Shenandoah tattoo. (Especially views or trees on Skyline Drive).
  • A tattoo of the state motto “Sic Semper Tyranus.”
  • An Oyster tattoo.

Washington Tattoo Ideas

  • A Seattle Space Needle tattoo.
  • A Public Market Sign tattoo. (Or another landmark in Seattle tattoo).
  • A Mount Rainer tattoo.

West Virginia Tattoo Ideas

  • A West Virginia state tartan tattoo.
  • A New River Gorge Bridge tattoo.
  • A Golden Delicious apple tattoo.

Wisconsin Tattoo Ideas

  • A Milwaukee Art Museum tattoo. (Think geometric tattoo or something inspired by it rather than a literal version).
  • A Wisconsin Badger tattoo. (The animal or the university).
  • A cheese tattoo. (If you want a funny Wisconsin tattoo, I have a giant list of cheese puns you can use).

Wyoming Tattoo Ideas

  • A Bucking Horse and Rider tattoo.
  • A Horned Toad tattoo.
  • An Old Faithful tattoo.

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The Lonely Planet guidebook. It can be kind of a pain to find the major guidebooks once you land, or you’ll find them overpriced. I always like to pick mine up ahead of time.

An Unlocked Cell Phone so that you can use a local sim card while here to help navigate public transportation and when you’re on the road. (For people without local cell phone plans).

Backup Charging Bank for your cell phone since you’ll be using it as a camera, GPS, and general travel genie.

A Camera since you’ll want to take a million pictures on your trip. I use a mix of my Nikon D810 and my Samsung8 smartphone these days.

A Great Day Bag so you can carry what you need with you (like your camera, snacks, water, sunscreen, cash, etc). My current favorite is the Pacsafe Citysafe, which is especially great for travel because it has many anti-theft features designed to deter pickpockets. It also transitions to a night bag more easily and won’t embarrass you if you go to dinner directly after sightseeing all day or cities with pickpockets. 

Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!

Before you leave for your trip make sure you have a valid Travel Insurance Policy because accidents happen on the road. I pay for World Nomads, and I happily recommend them. It’s especially important to get travel insurance if you’ll be hanging enjoying time in the beautiful (but occasionally slippery) outdoors.

I have been a paying customer of World Nomads for travel insurance for three years, and I happily recommend them.  If you get sick, injured, or have your stuff stolen, you’ll be happy to have the ability to pay for your medical bills or replace what’s stolen or broken.

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