When it comes to designs for your first-ever tattoo, there are just some ideas you can never go wrong with. Case in point: Wave tattoos. They're cool, timeless, and will always remind you of the water—perfect for all the beach lovers out there!
Now there are hundreds and thousands of wave tattoo designs—especially on the 'gram—but we've taken the liberty of choosing the cutest wave tattoo designs from small, minimalist ones to intricate watercolors and oil pastels. You know the drill: Get ready to screenshot your favorite and show it to the tattoo artist.
Here are 15 of the Cutest Wave Tattoo Designs to Try in 2021:
1. This Minimalist Blue Wave Tattoo
Let's start things off with something simple: This blue-colored fine line wave tattoo is simple but sweet.
2. This Abstract Fine Line Wave Tattoo
This wave tattoo almost looks like abstract art, right down to the moon on the upper left.
3. This Black and Blue Wave Tattoo
The combination of the black and blue ink in this wave tattoo just looks too good.
4. This Intricate Wave Tattoo
This intricate wave tattoo combines blue, black, and white ink to create something that looks like it came straight out of a postcard.
5. This Calm Blue Sea Tattoo
Not a big fan of big, crashing waves? You'll love this more mellow design that contains calm blue waters and a moon and some stars.
6. This Heart Wave Tattoo
How clever is this heart-shaped wave tattoo, though?
7. This Ribcage Wave Tattoo
The ribcage is a classic place for a wave tattoo. Your torso's movement can cause the design to almost look like it's alive!
8. This Wrist Wave Tattoo
If you want to place your tattoo somewhere you can easily see it, your wrist is your best bet.
9. These Matching Wave Tattoos
Contrary to popular belief, you can actually have couple tattoos that aren't cringe-inducing. Case in point: These super cute wave tattoos. They're not completely the same, but they definitely complement each other.
10. This Oil Pastel Wave Tattoo
If there's one thing I love more than watercolor tattoos, it's ones where they look like they were done with oil pastel crayons.
11. This Subtle but Sweet Wave Tattoo
This simple wave tattoo may be small, but it's hitting all the right spots!
12. This Frame Wave Tattoo
Enclosing your tattoo in a rectangle immediately makes it look extra cool. This design would look perfect on your inner arm!
13. This Pastel AbstractWave Tattoo
We're swooning over this almost abstract-looking wave tattoo!
14. This White Ink Wave Tattoo
If you're not into black or blue ink for your tattoo, choosing a white ink is your best pick. Do take note though that white ink tattoos require extra special TLC!
15. This Wave and Whale Tattoo
Incorporating sea animals into your wave tattoo is a common move. Plus, it's cute!
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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