30 Wonderful Water Tattoo Ideas for Men & Women in 2023
If you’re a fan of action movies, you’ve probably heard of Bruce Lee’s famous saying: “You must be shapeless, formless, like water.” Indeed, Water is such a fascinating subject for art, because it can be anything! In the ink world, tattoo designs of Water are diverse, and can carry all sorts of meaning for the same reason. Water is also such a delicate subject that it always makes elegant, compelling designs!
But before you go and get your own Water tattoo, let us help guide you in choosing the perfect piece of ink. Below we’ll show you the most fantastic, stunning, and delicate water 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.
Black and Gray Ankle Tattoo of Turtle in Water
This delightful piece is first one on our list; its delicate and eye-catching composition just couldn’t be overlooked. I really like how the stream of Water almost wraps around the client’s ankle. It’s also amazing how a few thin black lines, along with beautiful gray shading, create the water, bubbles and all.
Black and Gray Arm Tattoo of Water
Simple but absolutely attention-grabbing, this design is probably one of the most unique ones in the collection. I love how natural the Water stream looks, with the white highlights which add a gleaming touch! Loving the bubbles, too. Wonderful job done by the artist IG: @ko_ink
Watercolor Tattoo of Boat Sailing on the Sea
This piece is so charming with its pastel color palette, which makes the boat look so magical. The Watercolors used for the boat are applied in a very precise manner, while the water comes to life with splashes of blue, highlighted with white ink. It seems appropriate that the water is not contained within a neat outline, suggestive of the awesome power of the ocean.
Custom Heart-Shaped Water Flows on Side of Leg
This one is a sentimental piece for anyone who loves a little “heart” tattooed on their skin. I really like the subtle shading, done with blues and purples. A delightful design by artist IG: @guseul_tattoo
Custom Blue-Inked Tattoo of Rain Dripping Into Pond
This tattoo captures such a delicate, beautiful moment. I love how realistic and dreamy the Water looks, as if it’s straight out of an anime footage. It’s very nice that the artist went with the blue ink too, making the design an immediate standout.
Micro Realistic Tattoo of Waves Within a Picture Frame
I absolutely adore how Realistic style is used here to create such a surreal design. At first, this looks like a regular picture of the sea with a classic golden frame. But the fact that the waves flow out from the frame, is the perfect metaphor for the power of the ocean.
Watercolor Arm Tattoo of Ocean Dragon
This gorgeous design steals my attention immediately! I adore how the dragon looks just as graceful as the stream of Water. A very interesting fact is that the artist actually does a matching tattoo of an ocean snake that looks really good next to this one. If you’re curious, check it out right at IG: @studiobysol
3B Black and Gray Arm Tattoo of Butterfly Within a Water Drop
I love the idea behind this design. The Water drops make this butterfly look so precious, as if it’s within an exquisite crystal ball. The Linework of the butterfly is beautiful against the subtle shading surrounding it. It’s this shading that imparts a 3D quality to the tattoo.
Custom Abstract Design of Water on Lower Arm and Hand
The curving black lines in this tattoo are beautiful, suggestive of the swirling nature of Water. Watercolors are then used to create the actual Water. I adore how these lines extend onto the index finger, and Water drops onto the pinky. If you like this design, check out the artist at IG: @gagama. She has an amazing collection of abstract, charming tattoos.
Watercolor Wrist Tattoo of Heart Made of Water and Fire
Another heart tattoo from the same artist, but this one is made from two opposite elements, water and fire. I really like how well the blue and red work together in this piece. You know what they say, opposites attract.
Color Arm Tattoo of Water Stream With a Tree
Now, this is a fantastic piece for anyone who loves greens and blue together. I really like the abstract idea of having the Water seem to be following the movement of the wind. The white highlights are absolutely immaculate, no easy feat. Be sure your artist has the skill and experience to similarly use white ink before committing to it in your tattoo.
Micro Realistic Tattoo of Marcus Statue and Water Stream
Fans of Roman mythology, perhaps you’ll be able to recognize the Marcus statue? I really like the classic vibe it creates in this design. The Water stream is also executed and positioned very well, naturally putting the statue in the spotlight. Btw, isn’t the shading seen in the face to die for!
Custom Micro Arm Tattoo of Water Stream
This is such a delicate, tender piece of artwork. I love the subtle pastel color palette of light purple, blue and orange. It’s also very visually pleasing how the Water creates a crescent shape, almost embracing the pearl in the middle. Awesome work by the artist at IG: @handitrip
Black and Gray Tattoo of Whale and Water with Touches of Color
This piece makes an immediate impression thanks to the golden highlights accenting the waves. With the curves of the whale mirroring those of the Water, this truly a beautiful tattoo, both for its subtlety and skillful inking.
Color Tattoo of Jewels over Biceps
What if the whole ocean could be packaged within a piece of jewelry? It would probably look just as stunning as the gemstone in this design. Everything about this tattoo is so elegant and feminine. It’s amazing how the artist is able to create sources of light which actually make the jewels sparkle. Big props to the artist at IG: siia.ink
Color Tattoo of the Beach with Brush-Created Canvas
I absolutely adore the idea of creating a canvas for the design with a few brush strokes. I think it looks so simple but so attention-grabbing at the same time. In fact, the artist has a lot of amazing ink pieces that are just as unique as this one. Check them out at IG: @tattooist_mul
Custom Arm Tattoo of Ocean Dragon Extending onto Forearm
This must be among the most impressive tattoos on the list. I love how the entirety of the dragon’s body is a see-through Water stream, which makes it look so graceful and magical! The splashes of Water are so natural, as if the stream actually flows along the entire length of the client’s arm
Black and Gray Water Tattoo with Child
There’s something very melancholic but appealing about this design, perhaps because it depicts a child who might be drowning. The splashes, the bubbles, the unsettling Water surface – everything is absolutely on point. Credit goes to the artist at IG: @ik_tatz for such a beguiling design!
Watercolor Arm Tattoo of Waves, Mountain and Sun
This unique tattoo is very reminiscent of Asian art, the beautiful black Linework suggestive of calligraphy. Splashes of Watercolor are then used to create a Water landscape. Put it all within a frame, with a vivid red sun at the top, and you just can’t look away.
Color Wrist Tattoo of Butterfly and Water Stream
Do you recognize the familiar golden highlights on the Water? You guessed it, this one is another piece from artist IG: @tattooist_toma! I really like the delightful patterns and colors on the butterfly, which mesh so nicely with the Water.
Classical Japanese-Inspired Watercolor Tattoo of Whale in the Water
Another Japanese-inspired design for those of you who fell in love with this unique, dramatic style. One of the reasons for the dark color palette is probably because it’s a cover-up. If you’re curious about what the old tattoo looks like, don’t hesitate to check out the artist’s page at IG: @ati.ful
Color Tattoo of Golden Trident With Water Streams
This pretty design looks to me like it’s straight out of an anime. The subtle color palette is simply delightful, and the composition of the piece works really well on this customer’s arm. Its linear dimension provides the perfect canvas for this tattoo.
Upper Arm Color Polaroid Tattoo of the Ocean
Tattooist IG: @tattooist_mul has a very unique style of putting beautiful designs on stamp frames, also known as a Polaroid. I love how realistically the waves crash into each other, as if this is the meeting point of two oceans. If you’d like to admire more appealing Polaroid designs, definitely check out the artist’s profile!
Color Tattoo of Water Stream on Upper Arm
What a simple but appealing design. I absolutely love the natural movement of the water stream, and how well the white highlighting works here. This one also comes from the studio of Korean artist IG: @handitrip. Visit his page for more Minimalistic designs that prove… Less Is More!
Custom Wave Tattoo Over Triceps
Tattoo artist IG: @krisontwerpt does absolutely wonderful Blackwork pieces which also showcase insane Linework. This multi-layered, mesmerizing design is proof that you don’t always need color to make an impression, nor to depict Water. If you like simplicity and elegance at their best, definitely don’t miss out on her page!
Black and Gray Water Tattoo Incorporating Brush Strokes
The most interesting detail about this design is probably the brush strokes, which depict the movement of Water in their most natural way. I also like the Dotwork that creates the shape of the sun, which hangs above this calming, beautiful painting. Overall, this makes a very interesting ink piece, don’t you agree?
Black and Gray Tattoo of Whale Jumping Out of Water
I really enjoy the fact that there’s so much movement in this design. The splashes of Water look so natural, as do the fluffy clouds in the sky. Even the patterns on the whale’s body create a sense of motion that definitely breathes life into the tattoo.
Custom Blackwork Tattoo of Waves and Sun Over Ribs
I love the Minimalistic design of this one, depicting the waves with just a few lines and the sun with a single pitch-black sphere. There’s something so elegant about this design as it gracefully flows across the ribs. I highly recommend checking out the artist at IG: @soniawang’s page, where many wonderful and unique designs are featured.
Color Tattoo of Waves and Whale on Side of Hand and Finger
This is going to be the last featured work from artist IG: @tattooist_toma which showcases the signature golden highlights along the waves.. I love the placement of this piece, which runs all the way from the client’s wrist down to the pinky finger. Look closely and you’ll see the tiny whale which is such a great detail, too, adding so much life to the piece!
Custom Black and Gray Tattoo of Woman Reaching Out From Water
They say “save the best for last”, and this one doesn’t disappoint. I love that there’s a strong storytelling element here that I find so fascinating and thought-provoking. The woman seems to be reaching out for something, only to be held back by the tremendous force of the Water. How would you interpret this gorgeous piece?
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!