20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

A tattoo is for life, so the branding on your skin should represent genuine passions. And for those of us who long for the lazy days of summer, we’ve found some fantastic ideas for tattoos that will forever eclipse those dreary winter Sundays.

Celebrate the sun and the seaside and the bountiful harvests of the balmy warm season with these striking summer tattoo ideas that you’ll definitely want to hold close and true. And when winter comes along and chills you to the bone, your momentos of summer will pull you through.

20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

This tropical sleeve bestows the serenity of a desert island sunset – a reminder of the calm of an ocean, gently snuffing out the setting sun, readying us for the promise of night-time. There’s some skillful shading in this colourful design.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

This totally unique latitude/longitude tattoo is a sure way to immortalise a holiday that changed your life. (FYI, this is Newport Beach, Rhode Island, New York state)

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

This cute palm tree tattoo acts as a subtle reminder of happy days spent on deserted beaches in beautiful destinations. Inconspicuous and stylish.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

This funky, monochrome sun and mountain tattoo is an understated memoir of life’s adventures. Relive that life-changing hiking holiday forever.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

This stunning poppy still-life is a celebration of summer’s most beautiful bounty. Wear this colourful motif with pride in memorandum of life’s fragile creativity.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

Glow with confidence and energy with this Aztec/Celtic celebration of the life-giving sun gods. A tattoo that immortalises the journey as well as the source. Stunning.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

Yin and yang represent balance and the unity of opposites. And this salute to the ever-changing landscape of day and night is a tropical reminder that good things come to those who wait.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

Not everyone is ready for the commitment of a tattoo, so these sun tattoos are a great way to temporarily live with a new skin. Go for high-factor SPF for the best results. Ready in one sitting!

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

The rose is the quintessential symbol of summer, and this beautiful monochrome freeze honours the elegance of this most English of flowers.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

This single-line killer-whale abstract is stylish and unique, immortalising oceanic life through striking subtlety and artistic excellence.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

This fantastic mandala pays reverence to the heady powers of the summer moon and its ethereal influence over Mother Earth in this superb, decorative mural of our eternal lunar brethren.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

This gorgeous wrist ink represents the freedom of nature and the circularity of existence. Delicately ingenious and a sure-fire winner for nature lovers.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

This monochrome shoulder design suggests distant summertime adventures yet to be and destinations conquered. A story in an emblem of the great unknown.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

Left your heart in San Francisco? This tiny emblem will remind you of better places when the humdrum of everyday life threatens to get you down. Less is more with this beautiful symbol of freedom and adventure.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

The stamp in your passport makes for fond memories, but this visa sleeve will never expire; providing an eternal reminder of summer travels in far-flung places.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

This cool suntan tattoo will fade with the memory but remain for long enough to remind you of lazy days by the pool. For less permanent branding of fun times in exotic climes.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

This stunning bamboo/dragonfly design resembles the palette knife paintings of the far east. Unique and attractive, and complemented by virtuoso shading, this classy freeze is sure to be a real talking point.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

This super-stylish rose is both delicate and winsome, reinforced by the most subtle affirmation of bravery through a stem which can surely be customised to represent your individual battle-cry.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

This beautiful, rainbow coy is anything but shy and retiring: a kaleidoscope of tropical hue. Freedom and nature in a crest of striking confidence.

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20 Striking Summer Tattoo Ideas

This Hawaiian freeze is skilfully reproduced in photo-realistic tones of tropical serenity; literally transporting you to sunshine climes and luxury locations.

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