11 Amazing Black White Tattoos That Prove The Simple Things Are Best

If you’re someone who wants to express themselves aesthetically, but you’re looking for something a little simpler, traditional black and white tattoos with a contemporary twist might be your perfect match. Everywhere you look these days, there seems to be someone rocking an innovative new tattoo style or intriguing body modification.

Like the fashion industry, one cool trend in the ink world is to add some nostalgia to your art. Picking playful and fun tattoos that ’90s kids will love — these images often repping many Millennials’ favorite cartoon and video game characters — is definitely in vogue. In the same vein, your inner child will likely squeal in delight at colorful Lisa Frank-inspired tattoos that’ll make you feel like you just slid down a rainbow. Folks who fancy a literal splash of color may want to join in with the watercolor tattoo trend; and if you’re a nature aficionado, you might decide on flaunting a bright and beautiful flower tattoo.

There’s a spectrum of colorful tattoos to choose from, but what if you want a good, old-fashioned monochrome one? There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, especially considering that white ink tattoos seem to be increasing in popularity. So cater to the minimalist in you and take a peek at these wonderful black and white tattoos.

1. The Black & White Butterflies

Thanks kelly x

A photo posted by Ink n art by Paula Stirland (@hatefueled_tattoos) on May 16, 2016 at 10:14pm PDT

Not all butterflies have to be brightly-colored to be beautiful, as shown here by this gorgeous design.

2. The Minimal Hand

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A photo posted by Perla Tattoo (@perla_tattoo) on May 10, 2016 at 1:04pm PDT

This small Hand Of Fatima-inspired design is subtly stunning. Just be cautious of avoiding cultural appropriation in favor of appreciation.

3. The Quirky Car Part

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A photo posted by Mpecherle (@michaelleopoldt) on Apr 21, 2016 at 10:13am PDT

Witty mechanics will love this rather regal yet comedic spark plug tattoo.

4. The Map

You go to Thailand. You travel around with your bestest friend. You get tattoos. You live. You live. You live. So allons-y friends. Let’s Go.

A photo posted by Lyza (@lovely_lyza) on Mar 27, 2016 at 4:10am PDT

Go halves with your friend and pick a BFF tattoo that symbolizes a place you both love. You could choose the same black and white tattoo, or opt for a single color each.

5. The Lovely Lotus

Super cute first tattoo for Jodie #firsttattoo #tattoo #lotustattoo #lotus #whiteinktattoo

A photo posted by @abbiewayte on Jan 15, 2016 at 11:54am PST

Lotus tattoos are proving popular, particularly among yoga lovers and spiritual folks. So set yourself apart from the crowd with a black and white ink design.

6. The Dotty Design

Little white ink experimentation… #dotwork #dots #dotworktattoo #mandalatattoo #manda #geometrictattoo #lineartattoo #linear #whiteink #whiteinktattoo #tattoos #tattoos #tattooart #tattooartist

A photo posted by MichaeLa Flame (@the_inner_flame) on Jan 11, 2016 at 9:58am PST

Tattoos needn’t always be realistic. This dot-work one is a great choice for creative people.

7. The Wonderful Wings

Added a touch of shading to a pair of wings by @stonecolddown. Thanks, Yoko! Fun start to a Monday. #collaborationtattoo #wingtattoo #birdtattoo #angeltattoo #feathertattoo #girlwithtattoos #japanesegirl #cableknit #fashionista #blackandgreytattoo #whiteinktattoo #smalltattoo #tattoosforgirls #torontotattoo #top10tattoos #the6ix #yorkville

A photo posted by Alixandra Bamford (@alixandraw) on Nov 9, 2015 at 10:24am PST

Add a touch of whimsy to your life with some ethereal wings. This tattoo was created by Alixandra Bamford and Natasha Smith.

8. The Minimal Mountain Range

Mountain garter belt (c) #MafisFischerova Brno & Prague Czech Republic — more at tattrx.com

A photo posted by tattrx (tá•triks) (@tattrx) on May 27, 2015 at 7:14am PDT

This monochrome mountain range, designed by Mafis Fischerová, is sure to take lovers of the great outdoors’ breath away.

9. The Pretty Cuff

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A photo posted by Zee Z?? (@zeezeezee24) on Mar 14, 2016 at 10:52pm PDT

If you love jewelry and ink, why not merge your two passions together by getting an ornate black and white cuff-style tattoo? You’d be dressed up and ready to rock 24/7.

10. The Harry Potter-Inspired Ink

#harrypotter #harrypottertattoo #goldensnitch #goldensnitchtattoo by @ben_whiteraven at @berserk_tattoos in #Heidelberg #inkjunkie #melbournetattoo #tattoomelbourne #berserktattoos #inkstagram #instaart #instagood #intenze #silverbackink #kurosumi #inkjectaflitev2 #stingrayx2 #quidditch #quidditchtattoo #deathlyhallows #iopenattheclose #whiteinktattoo on @kathleen_lund

A photo posted by Ben Whiteraven (@ben_whiteraven) on Feb 11, 2016 at 11:26pm PST

Harry Potter fans will love this golden snitch-inspired tattoo. It’s so simple yet super effective.

11. The Subtle Flamingo

I need a #flamingo emoji. #tattoo #whiteinktattoo

A photo posted by Michelle (@cheekymichy) on Nov 8, 2015 at 6:04pm PST

Flamingos are renowned for their pink plumage, so this black and white tattoo really makes a statement. This is a great choice for folks who fancy something a little different.

No matter what design you choose, you’re sure to look marvelous while sporting your monochrome ink.

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