31 Awesome Abstract Tattoo Ideas for Men & Women in 2023
There’s something about Abstract tattoos that has increased their popularity in the past couple of years. One thing about the style is the fact that anything goes; you want a lion, a portrait of your pet hamster, or a skyscraper? You name it, and it can be done; the style doesn’t discriminate and that’s what makes it so cool.
But before you go and get your own Abstract tattoo, let us help guide you in choosing the perfect piece of ink. Below we’ll show you the loveliest, most amazing, and most breathtaking abstract tattoo ideas for 2023. You’ll surely be inspired with the perfect idea of which tattoo style to get, as well as where to get tattooed on your body.
With that said, let’s begin.
Amazing Realistic Abstract Forearm Tattoo
Welcome to another list of awesome tattoos to inspire you. Our focus for today is Abstract and boy do we have some cool pieces in store for you.
First off, we have this gorgeous Abstract realism tattoo on the forearm. What I like the most about this piece is how there are so many styles and elements brought together and none of it looks random. Very cool.
Blackwork Abstract Smoke Tattoo On Man’s Ribs
The placement of this abstract piece is awesome; it flows perfectly from his ribs onto his pec. It’s quite a unique tattoo because of how random it is. When you think of a design your first thought isn’t random squiggles, but somehow this one works really well. Great blackwork, there are no inconsistencies and the solid black is packed beautifully.
Gorgeous Dotwork Abstract Tattoo Over Biceps
There’s something very soft about this biceps tattoo, I think it might be the gentle dotwork shading. Another thing worth the mention is how clean the lines and dots are, also, it might be something many overlook, but that circle is top-notch. I mean look at how perfect it is. I give all the credit to the artist for pulling this tattoo off so well.
Impressive Blackwork Abstract Tattoo On Guy’s Mid-Back
I love how this tattoo looks like a black canvas with white brush strokes. It’s a very unusual shape; it almost reminds me of a kite. The placement is fantastic, especially since it fits between his shoulder blades and runs down his spine perfectly. Simply gorgeous.
Colorful Abstract Paint Splash Tattoo
Isn’t this such a beautiful abstract piece? The colors are so vibrant and eye-catching. I feel like the placement is a bit strange, especially because it’s going to be difficult to add anything into the oddly shaped gap that’s left open.
Unique Abstract Marble Statue and Script Tattoo On Forearm
This is such a cool tattoo, the way the words come out of the head is so expressive. I like the placement on the forearm; I think it was the best place for this piece for both its shape and size. Another worthy mention is how smooth the pepper shading and solid blackwork are. Credit to the artist for doing such a good job.
Gorgeous Blackwork Abstract Cherry Blossom Outer Forearm Tattoo
At first glance, this tattoo almost resembles a dragon but then as you keep looking at it you notice the little cherry blossoms. This is such an awesome design, it definitely reminds one of a painting, especially because of all the brush strokes, amazing.
Amazing Geometric Abstract Feet Tattoos
Aren’t these the coolest matching tattoos? Their placement is so unique; you could classify them as both feet and ankle tattoos. The linework is nice and crisp but the most impressive part is how consistent the dotwork is. It can be tricky getting such tiny dots lined up so perfectly. Filip Sečka is the mastermind behind these fantastic feet tattoos. Give his IG a like if you want more inspiration like this.
Abstract Dotwork Eclipse Tattoo On Outer Forearm
There’s something almost Egyptian about this tattoo. I like that the outer circle looks like a piano. The light pepper shading against the solid black adds a nice contrast to this really well-placed piece. Another tattoo on this list with dotwork that’s lined up to perfection.
Stunning Feminine Abstract Tiger Lily Tattoo On Woman’s Chest
The mix of styles in this tattoo is out of this world; there’s a hint of realism or black and gray, mixed with the abstract brush strokes, and this makes for one beautiful feminine tattoo. The placement is similarly feminine. I like how the artist angled it; it flows with her collarbone beautifully.
Surrealism Dripping Eyes Tattoo On Forearm
This is probably one of the coolest tattoos I’ve seen, from the design to the execution. The sheer skill shown by the technique used to create this masterpiece is obvious. I love that the artist went with a surrealist art style, it works so well with the pepper shading. Great placement, the forearm is perfect for tattoos with an odd shape.
Feminine Abstract Dragonfly Tattoo On the Mid-Upper Back
I love that this dragonfly looks like a ballerina doing a dance recital. The wispy lines give this tattoo movement but also a very feminine touch, which works well with the style and theme. If it looks slightly off-center, that’s because one side of the tattoo is slightly more weighted, in simple terms, the right side has more lines than the left.
Beautiful Bright Watercolor Abstract Tattoo
Wow! Look at how bright those colors are! This forearm tattoo is absolutely breathtaking, if this doesn’t catch your eye, then I have no idea what could. One thing to keep in mind if you’re going with something similar is that the colors will fade slightly. The tattoo is this bright because it’s fresh. What I really like about this piece is how saturated the black is, the contrast it creates is phenomenal.
Feminine Abstract Flowing Flower Forearm Tattoo
If you’re not sure how this is a flower tattoo, keep in mind this is an abstract piece after all. I love how it flows, but also how uniquely it’s been placed. You look at it and immediately wonder what it is, making it a special tattoo that could easily be used as an icebreaker. I sure would ask her what it is.
Traditional Japanese-Style Abstract Wave Hand Tattoo
Okay, I love this piece because it’s so stylized, but the placement isn’t the best, mostly because of the shape of the design. Perhaps adding a rounded background would make this piece more suitable for the hand. What’s cool though is how the script on his fingers matches the style of the tattoo on his hand.
Cool Abstract Lines On Man’s Chest
What an oddly beautiful tattoo, it almost seems like it serves no purpose but then you notice how it frames the pec and flows over the shoulder in such an elegant way. I’m sure this must have some kind of meaning behind it, either way, it’s really pretty for something so simple. Of course anything would look good on this guy.
Abstract Linework Tattoo On Outer Forearm
What a trippy tattoo, I like that the variations of line weights give this piece texture. Criteria for any good tattoo are how clean the lines are and how solidly the black is packed; here we have both criteria met. Perfect placement for something as “messy” as this piece.
Unusual Abstract Paint Stroke Tattoo On the Thigh
I love how striking abstract tattoos are, this one takes the cake, especially because of how randomly it’s placed. As random as it is, it looks awesome, especially how it flows with the shape of the legs. Of course the artist had a pretty great canvas to work with. Give tetimalik.tattoo Instagram a like if this inspired you, there’s plenty more where this came from.
Gentle Abstract Paint Brush Strokes On the Arm
Like the previous tattoo, this one is also quite random, but for some reason, it looks so good. The simplicity of this tattoo is what makes it so interesting. It’s only a brush stroke but it truly accentuates the arm. It’s kind of sexy if you ask me.
Soft Abstract Smoke Tattoo On Woman’s Back
The softness of this abstract smoke is lovely, but how it flows with her upper back is what really gets your attention. It’s another random piece, but it’s the randomness that makes it great. I love the soft shading; it definitely adds a touch of femininity to this unusual tattoo.
Lovely Floral Abstract Forearm Tattoo
Here we have an abstract flower engulfed in soft shaded smoke. Again, this is one of those pieces that make you look twice to make sure of what it is, which, in this style, is a good thing. It simply means the artist hit the nail on the head.
Liquid Abstract Tattoo On Outer Forearm
This tattoo has such a free and flowing motion to it, almost like running water. I like that the artist uses various shading techniques. There’s a little bit of dotwork, solid black and whip shading, all brought together to create this simple yet artistic tattoo.
Impressive Blackwork Abstract Paint Brush Stroke Tattoo
I cannot express how amazing these sleeves are. The best part is how different they are from each other in regard to the type of brush strokes used. One is more controlled while the other looks like paint splashes. These are extremely unique and look amazing on this woman’s body.
Uniquely Placed Abstract Brush Strokes Tattoo
Another very unique tattoo in all regards. The gradients of black are a nice addition as they give this piece a watercolor effect. Credit to the artist for packing the black so solidly, there’s not a single inconsistency. This is definitely going to heal up nicely.
Cool Blackwork Paint Brush Strokes Tattoo On Shoulder
Here we have some more brushstrokes. These are more apparent and less wispy than the others on this list. The placement is definitely a winner, for some reason the design suits this area so well, I could definitely see this being turned into a full sleeve.
Beautiful Blue Abstract Dandelion Tattoo On the Forearm
Okay, this is another one of those pieces that I really like, but do have a hangup about. The design is lovely, the linework is superb, and the color is gorgeous. However, I feel it takes up too much space on the forearm. This won’t be a problem if the client doesn’t want anymore on that arm, although, we all know how addictive tattoos are.
Lovely Colorful Abstract Tattoo On Woman’s Calf
I don’t know what it is, but this tattoo resembles lava. Obviously, there’s no such thing as green lava, but the flow and mixture of reds, yellow and orange give it a molten rock appearance, while the motion of the design looks like it’s flowing down a volcano. Maybe I’m seeing things, whatever this tattoo is meant to be, it’s lovely!
Blackwork Floral Abstract Full-Sleeve Tattoo
I adore the floral mash-up with the abstract brush strokes; the two look like a match made in tattoo heaven! The way this piece flows on this client’s arm, expanding onto his chest, is magnificent. I love everything about this piece, but what I like the most is how saturated the black is. It’s out of this world!
Awesome Abstract Powerline Tattoo
Alright, this isn’t exactly what people consider a powerline but the first thing that came to mind when looking at it was, “wow, that’s a power move of a tattoo”. The way it wraps around the elbow is also really cool, I wonder where it ends?
Dainty Fineline Abstract Face Tattoo On Forearm
Are those lines not the finest thing you’ve seen today? This is a very distinctive tattoo, especially because it’s both a fineline piece and not. I’ll admit, I don’t feel that these two designs look like they belong together, but I’m assuming it’s meant to look like the face is smelling the flowers? Unfortunately, this design doesn’t work as a whole, individually maybe, but not together.
Strangely Unique Abstract Lizard Stomach Tattoo
We’ve reached the end of the list and the last tattoo is this very strange but awesome lizard tattoo. The aspect that stands out the most to me is the placement. It’s a very particular spot and the overall design and flow of the lizard fit the abdomen beautifully. I’ve never seen a tattoo closely resembling something like this before, which makes it uniquely the client’s.
We hope you found what you were looking for and had as much fun looking at these tattoos as we had writing about them. Until next time, happy inking!