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Planning to get inked? Take a look at the tattoo trends that will rule in 2018

Celebrity tattoo artist Vikas Malani has listed the tattoo styles that are going to dominate this year so you don't have to look elsewhere

Nairita Mukherjee Noir_Memoir 18 January 2018, 11:35 PM
Shahid Kapoor flaunts an arm and chest tattoo in Udta Punjab

Shahid Kapoor flaunts an arm and chest tattoo in Udta Punjab Image: Facebook

So, how long have you been searching for that perfect tattoo? A year? A couple of years? But nothing seems to really say what you want to say, right? Everything has either been done before or isn't cool enough for you. Fret not, for celebrity tattoo artist Vikas Malani has listed the styles that are going to dominate the tattoo trends this year. And they're really cool.

Vikas, of BodyCanvas, co-founded by him and his brother Mickey Malani 16 years ago, has worked on celebs, including Remo D’Souza, John Abraham, Alok Nath, Aamir Khan for Dhoom 3, Anushka Sharma for Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola, Priyanka Chopra for Pyaar Impossible, Fardeen Khan for All the Best, Anil Kapoor for Tashan, MS Dhoni and Shah Rukh Khan. Now that's an impressive list, isn't it?

Let's look at the trends now:


Sun and Moon minimalist tattoo
Minimalist Game Of Thrones-themed tattoo

Less is more — is the word on the street. Too much makeup, too many accessories, loud clothing, etc., will only leave people confused as they simply won’t know where to look first. The same applies to tattoos. Often, it’s the minuscule and subtle tats that have a great effect. They don’t immediately grab your attention when you meet someone, so the surprise is even greater when a small tattoo peeks out from somewhere. Want to send a message across in a subtle way? Then small tattoos are the way to go.

Geometric and Mandala

Gothic Mandala
A gothic mandala design

Along with minimalist tattoos, mandalas and geometric patterns are steadily emerging as a favourite tattoo trend. Geometric tattoos not only include circles and squares, but artists today can transform anything, from a wolf, a feather to your zodiac sign in geometric designs. The buzz is that the geometric tattoo trend is going to see a surge this year. Being so heavily based on form, geometric tattoos should be flawless, which is why you need to find a really skilled tattoo artist who would be able to draw out what you're thinking.

Mandala and geometric tattoo designs are sacred and fall into the category of spiritual tattoos as they have a deeper meaning. Tattoo trends may come and go, but these types of tattoos are here to stay, and that's what makes them so popular.


Jewel tattoo
A 3D jewel tattoo

From diamonds to emeralds, jewel tattoos are all the rage for women these days. These tattoos are associated with wealth, love and royalty. If you are going for a blue gem, it signifies serenity, love and affection. They can be given a 3D or a realistic effect to make them look real and shiny for you. These tattoos can also be juxtaposed with other art forms like mandala for a unique design.


Panda geometric tattoo
Club geometric style with animal tattoos for a cooler design

Jump into the wilderness and bring out the animal in you with animal tats. These tattoos are symbolic, personal and have a strong meaning. Those who opt for animal tattoos commonly select an animal design that represents a quality that the person believes in. For example, a peacock represents beauty, pride and dignity, a cat stands for mystery, power, femininity, and a lion denotes leadership and strength. You can club two styles — like a geometric animal tattoo — that will both stand out and give you what you want. 

Plant stensil tattoos

Flower tattoo
A stensil flower tattoo clubbed with bird pattern

Here, plants and flowers are directly dipped into the stencil ink, instead of using hand drawn stencils to make the design. Then the tattoos are done along the lines of the plant’s stencil by shading, thereby creating a realistic version of the plant. This style of tattoo is fairly new and usually appeals to nature lovers. Though very few artists are doing it, this trend is sure to rise by leaps and bounds this year.

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