50 Best Tattoo Ideas For Women Looking For Big Or Small Meaningful Designs

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Tattoo Ideas For Women

Tattoos are an amazing way to express yourself. Through different designs and quotes, you are able to wear your heart on your sleeve (sometimes very literally). This form of self-expression is beautiful and completely personal. It is your body, your canvas — and you choose what you put on it.

Of course, sometimes, we could all use some inspiration.

That's why we gathered the best big, small, and meaningful tattoo design ideas for women in the collection below to help you out.

Choosing the right tattoo design — big, small or somewhere in between — can showcase your interests. If you love music there is a way to show that. If you're passionate about animals, there are designs for that as well. Or you could always come up with your own creation whether as big as a full sleeve or as small as a tiny heart hidden somewhere most people will never see.

You can get a tattoo to help motivate or remind yourself of something or someone. If a dear loved one has passed getting a tattoo in remembrance of them can be therapeutic. If you have been having a rough couple of months and need some courage, a quote tattoo can serve as a reminder to be strong for you.

Maybe you just want a gorgeous design to look at every day — something that makes you smile and feel happy when you see it. Your tattoo can be shown for the world to see. Or maybe you would rather it be more hidden because it's solely for you and that makes it more special in your heart. Wherever you want your tattoo is your choice, and no one can tell you differently.

So if you need some inspiration for tattoos for women, look no further.

Listed below are 50 of the most beautiful and meaningful tattoo designs for women like yourself to choose from or feel inspired by.

Nature Tattoo Ideas

1. Flower Pattern Shoulder Tattoo

Photo by Katelyn Montagna on Unsplash

This design is intricate and makes a statement all while being beautiful and girly.

2. Dandelion Tattoo

Photo by Daniel Apodaca on Unsplash

Make a wish and fly with this design. The dandelion flawlessly turns into the wind and soars into the air. Gorgeous and different.

3. Dripping Rose Tattoo

Photo by Grace Madeline on Unsplash

This rose is different and simple but still so eye-catching. Pale skin with the dark black lines are the perfect offset to make this tattoo special.

4. Outline Of A Rose Tattoo

Photo by Andrea Vivas on Unsplash

This tat doesn't need a lot of color to make it intricate. It is perfect for a wrist placement or right on the bicep on the arm, and the detail is absolutely stunning.

5. Mountain Ankle Tattoo

Photo by Kreated Media on Unsplash

This is sweet and girly but also fun. The mountain design is simple and beautiful, fits an ankle like it was meant to be there.

6. Tree And Mountain Landscape Tattoo

Photo by Jacob Argyle on Unsplash

Now this tattoo is just so cool to look at. Seriously everyone will be asking to check it out once you get it.

7. Flower Outline Tattoo

Photo by Valerie Elash on Unsplash

This tat screams girl power. The flowers are feminine yet the shoulder and arm tattoo itself is badass. It all comes together to create the perfect design.

8. Sunflower Tattoo

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

This makes a splash with its large and sweet design. Bold and beautiful all in one, this sunflower shoulder tattoo design will light up anyones day.

9. Black Bird Tattoo

Photo by Bruce Dixon on Unsplash

This design is stunning and crisp. The bird is surrounded by what looks like dotwork and is standing on a branch.

10. Scenic Outside Tattoo

Photo by Riccardo Mion on Unsplash

This is a beautiful tattoo of a branch with leaves that looks like it should belong in a storybook. The intricate design will make everyone stop and admire it.

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11. Minimalist Bird Tattoo

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

It's simple but beautiful. This design proves you don't have to have a lot going on for a tattoo to be interesting.

12. Lion Tattoo

Photo by João Silas on Unsplash

Nothing shows that you have a special connection with your fierce nature more than a tattoo with a gorgeous lion design. Mix it with some geometric shapes to make it look new, feminine and modern.

13. Wrap Around Vine Tattoo

Photo by @plqml // felipe pelaquim on Unsplash

This wrist tattoo design is so simple yet so eye-catching. The vine of flowers fits perfectly around an arm or a leg and is pretty yet not flashy.

14. Flying Birds Tattoo

Photo by Luismi Sánchez on Unsplash

Now, this is interesting, especially with the placement. People will be wondering what the design is and when they see it up close they will love it as much as you.

15. Branch Of Leaves Tattoo

Photo by Toms Rīts on Unsplash

This is a design that doesn't have a lot of detail because it doesn't need it. The simplicity of it is what makes it special.

16. Minimalist Leaf Tattoo

Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash

Straightforward and fun but still beautiful and simple all rolled into one. This is a great design to get for your ribs or back, now you will always be looking at a work of art in the mirror.

Quote Tattoo Ideas

17. Inspirational Quote Tattoo

Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

Get your favorite inspirational quote tattoo on your shoulder or back.

18. Minimalist Quote Tattoo

Photo by Agathè Yosefina on Unsplash

A simple and minimalist quote tattoo that says, "Do all things with love."

19. Quote And Design Tattoo

Photo by Linh Pham on Unsplash

A simple cursive word tattoo that flows into a flower.

20. Meaningful Quote Tattoo

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

"The strength to make it becomes greater than the fear of missing it."

RELATED: 50 Best Tattoo Quotes & Short Inspirational Sayings For Your Next Ink

21. Self Love Quote Tattoo

Photo by Hunter Newton on Unsplash

A simple self-love spine tattoo that's edgy, sexy and minimalist all in one.

22. Inspirational Quote Tattoo

Photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash

"It is the rain that will strengthen your soul it will make you whole."

23. Advice Giving Quote Tattoo

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

"Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost."

24. One Word Quote Tattoo

Photo by Chase Clark on Unsplash


25. Empowering Quote Tattoo

Photo by Allef Vinicius on Unsplash

"Fortune and glory."

26. Informative Quote Tattoo

Photo by Angello Lopez on Unsplash

A simple script tattoo that symbolizes something meaningful to you.

27. Inspiring Quote Tattoo

Photo by James Coleman on Unsplash

"Fear not" — Isaiah 41:10

28. Strength Quote Tattoo

Photo by Steve Bruce on Unsplash

"Low gravity" rock climbing tattoo.

29. Courageous Quote Tattoo

Photo by Kelli McClintock on Unsplash

"Here I am, send me."

30. Supportive Quote Tattoo

Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash

"Guts over fear."

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31. Shoulder Quote Tattoo

Photo by Pietra Schwarzler on Unsplash

A simple quote written in a script tattoo is both tasteful and elegant.

Symbolic Tattoo Ideas

32. Geometric Heart Tattoo

Photo by Lucas Mendes on Unsplash

This symbolic tattoo could have meaning for you in a few different ways — maybe in reference to your health, or to your romantic heart as well.

33. Star Constellation Tattoo

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

Show the world the cosmic queen you really are (they should have known anyway). This is a beautiful design that symbolizes your zodiac sign.

34. Octopus Tattoo

Photo by Bruce Dixon on Unsplash

This design is so intricate and detailed it is hard to say it is anything less than impressive. Such a creative and interesting tattoo that symbolizes your love for the ocean and marine life.

35. Cross Tattoo

Photo by Jeison Higuita on Unsplash

Let your faith be the design with this simple yet stunning design for a tattoo. It is small enough in size but big enough in message.

36. Anchor Tattoo

Photo by Satya Gujjar on Unsplash

Set sail and get ready to receive some compliments on this gorgeous tattoo. If your heart is truly at sea then this is perfect for you.

37. Matching sun and moon tattoos

Photo by Tiffany Combs on Unsplash

If your soul and passions are invested into your friends then there is no better way to showcase that with this cute and trendy matching tattoo.

38. Intricate Animal Design Tattoo

Photo by Renata Schaitza on Unsplash

This one is interesting and magical, and it fits on your arm perfectly without being too big. There is no shortage of uniqueness with this tattoo.

39. Detailed Sunflower Tattoo

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

This design is not one that you can compartmentalize. It is so intricate and elegant all in one that is a show-stopper.

40. Hamsa Tattoo

Photo by Silvana Carlos on Unsplash

Simple yet statement worthy. This hamsa tattoo that symbolizes "the hand of God" is pointing in exactly what you need to bring you good luck and prosperity.

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41. Detailed Mandala Tattoo

Photo by Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash

The design with this tattoo is very mesmerizing. Its simple but also so detailed all at the same time. You will love the look of this tattoo.

42. Portrait Tattoo

Photo by Alexxx Alexxx on Unsplash

Animal lovers this one is for you. If furry friends have captured your heart this is the perfect design to showcase that.

43. Heart Flower Tattoo

Photo by Pietra Schwarzler on Unsplash

If you are a free spirit and you know it then it is time to show it. Simple but anything but delicate, this design is perfect for the wild at heart.

44. Diamond Tattoo

Photo by Izadora Andrade on Unsplash

If diamonds are your best friend then this is the tattoo that you will want to get. You are as precious as a diamond so why not.

45. Unique Flower Tattoo Sleeve

Photo by Brian Wangenheim on Unsplash

This is one that is perfect and unique for the outspoken and different souls who love being in touch with nature. It is beautiful and big being a half-sleeve tattoo, and fun with lots of bold lines.

46. Fairy Tattoo

Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash

If you have magic in your heart then this is the design that you will want to have for a tattoo. Tinkerbell herself would be proud.

47. Wings Tattoo

Photo by Gabriel Nunes on Unsplash

Now you finally have the wings you know that you were always meant to have. Such a bold design, now you can go and take flight.

48. Mandala Lotus Spine Tattoo

Photo by Mariano Nocetti on Unsplash

Lotus tattoos have a special meaning as being a "flower that grows in mud" — which for some can symbolize making it through hardships in life. Beautiful and heartfelt.

49. Rock Star Hand Tattoo

Photo by Brittie Bendabout on Unsplash

You are a rock star so you deserve a tattoo that emulates that. This design is simple and classy but packs a whole lot of star power.

50. Feminist Tattoo

Photo by John Tuesday on Unsplash

Whether you like the simplicity of sketch art or want a more modern portrait of a woman, use this feminist tattoo to symbolize your passions.

No matter which tattoo design you choose, it's sure to be a meaningful symbol of who you are that you'll love seeing on your body for all of the years to come. If you loved these designs but still feel like you need some more design ideas to kick around, check these out:

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Molly Given is a writer who focuses on pop culture, religion and relationship topics.