The shoulder is an ideal spot for a tattoo because of it’s structure and connection to other parts of the body, namely the arm, chest and back. The shoulder can be easily covered if you have a career where tattoos are not widely accepted, but can become a showpiece with a tanktop or during summer at the beach. It is quite a large piece of tattoo real estate, so many tattoo ideas will work for the shoulder.
Are you thinking about getting a shoulder tattoo? Check out these 20 most beautiful shoulder tattoo ideas for ideas and inspiration:
A complete floral half sleeve starting at the shoulder complete with multitudes of flowers, a hummingbird, and a butterfly make this a mesmerizing shoulder/half sleeve tattoo combination.
A mix of floral and tatting (a technique similar to embroidery) create an elegant design. The feathers add to the mix as do the symbols of the anchor and triangle.
Look at these rainbow wings! Amazing work, and they look like they are moving anytime the wearer raises her arms. Symbolic, meaningful, beautiful.
Skulls adorned with flowers and dripping with jewels are always a good idea, especially for a shoulder tattoo.
This is not a new idea, but it is certainly an elegant one.
Large beautiful old school butterflies, portrait and flowers on an already stunning canvas makes this a beauty.
Sometimes the best choice for a shoulder tattoo is a blue octopus. The tentacle composition is elegant and unique. Among the wearer’s red hair, it truly pops.
This illustrative floral tattoo is simple and elegant and needs no further explanation.
Butterflies, especially 3D butterflies are perfect for the shoulder. It creates the illustion that the butterfly is sitting on the wearer’s shoulder.
Black and gray florals when done right are probably some of the best shoulder tattoos.
A sparrow in flight makes this tattoo wearer very happy about her lovely shoulder tattoo.
Here’s another old school tattoo depicting a mandala flower. The colors are wonderful.
Flowers, stars, skulls, butterflies. What else does a girl need on her shoulder?
A black crow in flight makes up this wearer’s shoulder tattoo. It’s a very animated looking crow, well executed by her tattoo artist.
The colors really pop on this Spring time scene with birds, butterflies, and cherry blossoms.
More old school mandala style flowers, this time in a pair on the shoulder and into the chest.
Lovely, dainty leaves blow across this wearer’s neck, upper back, shoulder and into the arm.
This is ia botanical masterpiece. Can you find the dragon?
An impressive and mysterious owl lin flight is one of the most epically beautiful shoulder tattoo ideas on this list!
A watercolor style botanical floral tattoo closes this amazing list of 20 most beautiful shoulder tattoo ideas.