Spotlight: Snake Tattoos

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Snakes as a motif in tattooing have been around for a long long time.
While some trends may die, the majority of them get re-imagined, upgraded and become very trendy again. This may be the case of the snake tattoo.


An advantage of these designs is that it can be placed anywhere and can be drawn to accentuate your features and look as it was in motion.

Whether you are going for a traditional design, Asian influences or a more modern or minimalist design,
these beautiful beings seem to be around more often lately in the tattooing world.

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The meaning of the snake varies between cultures and religions and it can mean a number of things from The Divine, to  Temptation and Seduction or even Vindictiveness. Or maybe it can be just a tribute to these absolutely beautiful beings and maybe even a tribute to your pet snake.
Below you have some very cool snake tattoos to get you inspired.

 

 

A snake and peony flowers. Done at @the_ravens_ink #yuuztattoo

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#freehand #freehandtattoo #bangbangtattoos • Done @bangbangnyc

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Thank u kiki! . #oozytattoo #tattoo

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poked snake for will. @eastrivertattoo

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Botanical Tattoos

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Nature has been a huge inspiration for art since always..  Botanical art and illustration is the tradition of portraying plants and flowers for scientific purposes, recording disappearing species for historical record, and capturing the beauty and inspiration we experience in the flora of our world. So why not for tattoos too? Botanical tattoos have gained a lot of territory recently in terms of trends, and some artists even use real flowers and plants to create the perfect stencils.

Artist: @mary_tereshchenko Collection of best tattoo artists manually-picked, daily.

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Flowers, herbs or any plant actually, have an organic shape so they fit the body perfectly – they would never clash with our anatomy thus are perfect for decorating any inch of your body.

Originally, botanical art was used as decoration, religious symbolism and for the identification of medicinal plants, but nowadays any artist can express the beauty of any plant or flower. Thanks to modern advancements we now can search for any plant or flower on the internet, and why not, tattoo it on our bodies.

Artist: @joicewang.nyc Follow and support artist.

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Most flowers and plants even have certain symbolism, thus can be used in art not only for their amazing looks, but for expressing mystical ideas, emotions, and states of mind.

The fern leaf symbolizes sincerity towards others and can also be a symbol of magic, fascination, confidence, shelter, discretion, reverie and a secret bond of love.

Artist: @dogma_noir Collection of best tattoo artists manually-picked, daily.

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The peony, which is a common motif in tattoo art is known as the flower of riches and honor. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.

And maybe the most common one, the rose, in tarot, is considered a symbol of balance. The beauty of this flower expresses promise, hope, and new beginnings. If it’s contrasted by thorns it symbolizes defense, loss, and thoughtlessness. A yellow rose symbolizes joy, protection against envious lovers, and a mature love.

Artist: @tattoist_banul Follow and support the artist.

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In conclusion, our beautiful flora is not just beautiful, but also meaningful. So whether you want to feel more connected to nature, just love how they look, or certain flowers and herbs bring back memories to you.. botanical tattoos are amazing and look great on every body. And it can be anything: from herbs to exotic flowers, fruits or interesting rare plants.

Artist: @cassiomagne Follow and support artist.

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Here are some of our favorite ones:

Artist: @graffittoo Follow and support artist.

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Artist: @rit.kit.tattoo Follow and support artist.

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Artist: @laramaju Collection of best tattoo artists manually-picked, daily.

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Artist: @marla_moon Collection of best tattoo artists manually-picked, daily.

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Artist: @_mfox Collection of best tattoo artists manually-picked, daily.

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Artist: @newtattoo Follow and support the artist.

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Artist: @bombayfoor Collection of best tattoo artists manually-picked, daily.

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2016 Recap

2016

2016 was a year filled with beautiful tattoos, a lot of new and amazing artists and the ones we already knew remained just as cool as we knew them. We thought we’d share with you a recap of the most liked tattoo posts from all of our pages – from black & white, to minimalist, geometric, beautifully colored tattoos  and everything in between.

1.Inkstinct

Artist: @dogma_noir Collection of best tattoo artists manually-picked, daily.

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Artist: @stellatxttoo Collection of best tattoo artists manually-picked, daily.

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Artist: @j_a_s_a_n_d Collection of best tattoo artists manually-picked, daily.

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Artist: @coenmitchell Collection of best tattoo artists manually-picked, daily.

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Artist: @kanextattoo Collection of best tattoo artists manually-picked, daily.

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Artist: @loiseautattoo Collection of best tattoo artists manually-picked, daily.

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Artist: @_fillipepacheco_ Collection of best tattoo artists manually-picked, daily.

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Artist: @pokeeeeeeeoh Collection of best tattoo artists manually-picked, daily.

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Artist: @cooleytattooer Collection of best tattoo artists manually-picked, daily.

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2.  InkstinctColors – Featuring the best colored and abstract tattoos

3. Tattoo Armada – Featuring groovy tattoos

4. Tattoo Random – Featuring the most amazing Tattoos on IG

5. Inkstinct Video – The best tattoo videos

So here they were – the most liked tattoo posts of 2016! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and tell us what were your favorite tattoos of 2016.