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    53 Tattoo Ideas That Actually Look Good, I Promise

    In case you need some tattoo inspiration.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to show us pictures of their favorite tattoos. Here are the ones that'll probably make you want to get inked.

    1.

    A tattoo of a woman reading a book
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    "After a breakup from a toxic relationship, I needed to have something to remind myself who I am."

    damedu_lac

    2.

    A colorful tattoo of the view from an airplane window on someone's arm
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    "My tattoo artist replicated a picture I had taken out of an airplane window while flying over the Andes Mountains. That trip was so special to me, and this was the perfect way to memorialize it!"

    fayebethh

    3.

    A simple outline of a space ship from "Star Wars"
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    "I’ve been obsessed with Star Wars my whole life, and I love the idea of space ship schematics in general, so this was perfect."

    nataliepipahl

    4.

    An arm tattoo of a penguin holding balloons
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    "This is Pablo the Penguin. He’s my most recent tattoo from 2018! He’s my absolute fave of my seven tattoos."

    pengispoon81

    5.

    A tiny outlined tattoo of a face on someone's shoulder
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    "My two-faced tattoo. Some random guy chose it for me, and I absolutely love it."

    mnewlin

    6.

    A back tattoo of a woman's head and a colorful bookshelf over her hair
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    "I'm a book lover at heart!"

    mcfeec3

    7.

    A thigh tattoo of a bear with flowers
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    "My homage to California. The artist is from there, too, so it made it that much more special."

    twilliamson01

    8.

    An arm tattoo of a T-Rex's bones
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    "My T-Rex tattoo is a reminder to always be fearfully great."

    carlystephen0709

    9.

    A 3-D tattoo of a pink design
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    "Mandala, my amazing artist, wanted to do this one. He’s done almost my entire sleeve of tattoos that all have significant meaning, so letting him do something he wanted was a no-brainer!"

    kayleighknell

    10.

    A tattoo of three women with their backs to the camera
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    "My muses. Credit to @girlknewyork."

    slydogandleo

    11.

    A butterfly breaking out of an ice shell
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    "I got this butterfly in honor of my grandma after she passed away. She loved butterflies and wanted me to get one for her. I added my own flair to it. It's also a cover-up because I had some pretty intense scarring from a previous tattoo because the artist put red ink in, and I'm highly allergic to red tattoo ink."

    lyndsayanne90

    12.

    A cartoon tattoo panel from "Battle Angel Alita"
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    "This is my most recent one, done on my upper arm. The drawing is a cartoon panel from Gunnm (Battle Angel Alita). The main character is one of the only fictional heroes I admire and identify with. To me, she symbolizes how women can be strong and empathic and kind, all at the same time. I feel like her determined gaze in the image says it all."

    annih43

    13.

    A behind-the-neck tattoo of a costumer's old mannequin
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    "It's an homage to my career as a costume designer and my collection of dress forms."

    courtneysuterg

    14.

    The mask and RV from "Breaking Bad" as an arm tattoo
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    "My Breaking Bad piece."

    emilyv482cb7030

    15.

    An outline of the woman in the painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring"
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    "My whole life I have felt a connection to the Vermeer painting 'Girl with a Pearl Earring.' Now I have her with me forever. ❤️"

    allyc491

    16.

    Two people holding hands and showing off the tiny matching wishbone tattoos on their fingers
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    "One night in Chicago, my friend and I randomly decided to get matching tattoos."

    meaganw4b

    17.

    An arm tattoo of a black-and-white tiger
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    "My beautiful lil' tiger! I’ve always loved them, and to me they symbolize feminine strength and power."

    golddustniamh

    18.

    A tiny wrist tattoo of two hearts next to each other, one in parenthesis
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    "I got this tattoo after my dad died. I read the poem I Carry Your Heart With Me (I Carry It In) by E.E. Cummings at his funeral."

    aliciam4fa6

    19.

    An arm tattoo of an outline of Young Simba from "The Lion King"
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    "My The Lion King tattoo. I love this movie so much, and it's practically my life philosophy: Mistakes hurt a lot, but learning from them is even better."

    viqui543

    20.

    A tattoo of a woman's head with a house coming out of her hair
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    "Done by Cody Moore at Alchemy Tattoo Collective in St. Louis."

    kmyshu

    21.

    A tiny finger tattoo of the tip of a fountain pen
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    "I don’t have any heartfelt stories to go with this. I really love fountain pens and writing things by hand, so I got a wee fountain pen nib. Out of 40+ tattoos, this one takes the cake for me."

    lisad25

    22.

    A tattoo of a scene from "Princess Mononoke"
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    "Inspired by Princess Mononoke."

    kaityhutch

    23.

    A tattoo of a tiny pink flamingo
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    "My mom passed away from pancreatic cancer. Flamingos were her favorite. My sister, aunt, cousin, and I all got flamingos in honor of her. Each of us has our own flamingo to represent her."

    melia4

    24.

    A yellow sunflower tattoo on someone's thigh
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    "Wearing the color yellow around my grandpa was an inside joke between him and the grandkids. Whenever one of us would wear yellow, he would tickle us until we laughed so hard that we could barely breathe. I got this tattoo of one of the yellow sunflowers from his funeral to always be reminded of him."

    marybe2nicole2

    25.

    A 3-D tattoo of a human heart
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    "My tattoo reminds me of my little brother who was born too early and didn't make it. It also means that we need to be more kind to each other and use our hearts more often."

    makkinoemi

    26.

    A tiny tattoo of a spaceship
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    "Always shooting for higher! I loved the whimsical and subtle colors this artist incorporated into my tiny tattoo."

    eternallysnowy

    27.

    A thigh tattoo of the quote "What's past is prologue"
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    "My favorite Shakespearean quote, from The Tempest. Even though in the play it has a slightly different context, I’ve always loved the idea that everything you’ve done makes up who you are, but it’s only the start...what’s yet to come is the real story."

    ellyi

    28.

    An arm tattoo of the old man from "The Giving Tree"
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    "From The Giving Tree, which was my favorite book as a child."

    sierramorrow72

    29.

    A finger tattoo of an Unalome symbol
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    "My Unalome tattoo."

    joannar13

    30.

    A flower tattoo on someone's collar bone
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    "I designed this flower myself in honor of my grandma who had the most beautiful garden, which she loved and tended to until the day she died."

    elenabrightstar

    31.

    A concept art tattoo of Mulan
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    "My Mulan concept art tattoo."

    bookishlee

    32.

    A rainbow tattoo of dots
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    "I got these little rainbow dots to show that I'm proud of who I am, and it makes me happy whenever I look at it."

    hannahcbsat

    33.

    A shoulder tattoo of someone's dog
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    "His imprint is always with me."

    rjmandi

    34.

    An arm tattoo of two women kissing
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    "My tattoo represents feminism and also the importance of not giving a sh*t. It reminds me that it's my body, and I can do what I want and love who I want."

    myak4097

    35.

    A back tattoo of outer space
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    "I got this gorgeous galaxy tattoo last January. It's pretty much impossible to tell, but it's actually a cover-up tattoo. I had a cross there for years from when I was young, religious, and hadn't yet figured out I was gay. I'm getting married this year and decided it was finally time to cover it because I didn't want a cross in my wedding photos, and I didn't want to have to pick a dress based on what would hide my back. Now I have a super-cool space tattoo, and I made sure to include Pluto because I will die on the hill that it's still a planet!"

    toritc198

    36.

    A finger tattoo of the words "not you" inside a heart
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    "My little tattoo doesn’t have a specific meaning, but I always get questioned about it."

    kirstyw4725

    37.

    A tattoo of half of a yin-yang symbol
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    "My twin sister has the other half."

    tandray

    38.

    A simple tattoo outline of a scene from "Edward Scissorhands"
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    "My silhouette of Edward Scissorhands and Kim. I adored the movie growing up. The song Kim dances to in the snow while Edward sculpts the ice was my son's lullaby when he was a newborn."

    gaugetherage11

    39.

    A symbolic tattoo for "A Clockwork Orange" of an orange slice with eyelashes
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    "My A Clockwork Orange tattoo."

    annamarief4

    40.

    An arm tattoo of Smaug
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    "J.R.R. Tolkien's drawing of Smaug from the original manuscript of The Hobbit."

    meganmichaels

    41.

    An arm tattoo of a full moon and new moon meeting
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    "My full moon and new moon, for all the goddesses and badass women out there."

    emmaj453

    42.

    A shoulder tattoo of David Bowie's face
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    "I have loved David Bowie since my teens, and I really wanted to get a tattoo commemorating my love for his music. I had a vague idea of what I wanted, but when an artist I followed on Instagram posted a flash sale, I knew I had to get it. This is the result, and I'm absolutely in love!"

    saraho41

    43.

    An arm tattoo of the inviisble child from "Tales from Moominvalley"
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    "I have the invisible child from Tove Jansson's short story with the same name. Having grown up with Tales From Moominvalley, it was just a matter of time before I chose to immortalize my childhood memories."

    cefroberg

    44.

    A thigh tattoo of R2-D2
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    "This one is my Star Wars–inspired tattoo. I'm a huge fan, and R2-D2 is my favorite character."

    siestaz

    45.

    A tiny tattoo of a music note on someone's wrist
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    "My tiny musical note is a simple way to show my love of music. It was also my first tattoo."

    shannonwarn

    46.

    A tiny tattoo of a red heart on someone's wrist
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    "My mother, godmother, three godsisters, and I all have this tattoo on our left wrists. I absolutely love it! I feel that it bonds us all together."

    jacentaa

    47.

    A tiny tattoo of a cactus on someone's arm
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    "A souvenir from the desert."

    nicolel44

    48.

    A tiny wrist tattoo of a shooting star
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    "A shooting star, symbolizing new beginnings."

    wildhoneybee06

    49.

    A collar bone tattoo with three dots
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    "I never really wanted a tattoo, but then I did...this one."

    himalayall

    50.

    A tiny tattoo behind someone's ear of a music symbol with an 'X'
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    "I went deaf in my right ear when I was a freshman in high school. I've made jokes about it ever since then, and it's one of the funniest, if not one of the worst, things to ever happen to me. I got my tattoo to immortalize my twisted sense of humor, but also so my family actually knows which ear I can hear out of."

    nicks4979

    51.

    A singer tattoo of a submarine
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    "I got this little guy because I'm a seaman, and I wanted something ~deep~."

    DevanTheSeaMan

    52.

    An arm tattoo with Darth Vader's helmet surrounded by flowers
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    "Because sometimes you go through the dark side to get to the light. You grow. Also...VADER. ❤️"

    and8

    53.

    "Love, man" written in someone's mom's signature
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    "My mom's signature."

    woonderwooman

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