5 Tattoo Trends to Look Out For RN

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Getting a tattoo is a major commitment. Even if you know you want one, and even if you know what you want it to be of, there are so many styles to choose from. And choosing a style can be a minefield in itself, because it can say a lot about who you are, and it will be saying it FOREVER. So no pressure then!

COSMO helps you decode the top tattoo style trends RN so that you can decide which type is right for you.

5 tattoo trends to look out for and where to get them

1 Minimalistic Linear Tattoos

Expect to see loads of solid lines and negative spaces this year. If an actual image is too much of a commitment for you, then why not opt for something that will never go out of style? Minimalist tattoos are as classic as a little black dress – but edgier.

Get it with: Rudolf ‘Spaceman’ Maartens of Bont & Blauw Tattoo

2 Watercolour Tattoos

If you prefer something softer and more whimsical, then a watercolour tattoo might be right up your alley. They come in different varieties, some with solid line work filled in with colour and others where the colour has a splashed effect, but they’re all equally beautiful.

Get it with: Agnieszka Trojanowska aka Yadou Tattoo

I should start counting how many cats I portrayed 🙊#cattattoo #watercolortattoo

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3 Hand-poked Tattoos

This style has more to do with HOW the ink is applied to the skin than the actual finished product. However the aesthetic is noticeably different, and perf for smaller tats (but not limited to). This is a machine-free method where the artist uses a needle to insert the ink into the skin manually. This style can actually allow the artist even more control and can have a slick or rustic, but always cool, finish.

Get it with: Alex Muller of The Body Architects or Jenna Bouma aka Slowerblack

Full Black and Grey Tattoos

Colour is great, but black and grey tattoos take us back to basics, and we all know classic is classic for a reason! These tats can look just as rich and bold without bright shades (better yet, they won’t clash with your outfit).

Get it with: Katie Gray aka Blu Collar Art

5 Mandala Tattoos

More and more people are getting in tune with their spiritual side, and what better way to take it to the next level than by getting a mandala tattoo? These geometric shapes are generally bespoke designs that are created for the individual, so it’s as one-of-a-kind as you are.

Get it with: Jon James Case of Good Things Tattoo Company


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Catch these artists at the annual South African International Tattoo Convention in Cape Town this weekend (23–25 March).

Win Tickets and a Weekend Stay at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice

COSMO is offering you and a friend free passes for the whole weekend, as well as to the Fokofpolisiekar show on Friday. Not only that, but you and your bae or bestie will also score a weekend stay at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Cape Town too!

Enter here

Prize includes

  • 2 Weekend passes, inclusive of the Friday night Fokofpolisiekar show
  • A Weekend stay for two at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice in Cape Town with breakfast included

Entries close on Thursday (22 March) at 12pm so get going ASAP. Terms and conditions apply. Entrants must be in Cape Town during dates. Flights are not included. Weekend stay dates depending on availability, not guaranteed to be the weekend of the event.

Find out more about the event on Facebook and Instagram.

Feature image via @blu.collar.art

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