As you might've realized from our publications on the Facebook group 'What in the $20 wish tattoo machine is this?' or the 'That's It, I'm Inkshaming' group, sadly, subpar tattoos are pretty common. Which makes the good ones even more admirable.

So we at Bored Panda decided to switch things up and balance out all the terrible designs we've covered with a fresh batch of beautiful and clever ones instead. For that, we turn to the aptly titled subreddit 'Best Tattoos.'

This online community was created all the way back in December 2014 and since then, its members have shared so many pictures, they turned the sub into one of the most impressive body art archives on the internet. Continue scrolling to check out some of our favorites!

#1

Biomechanical Tattoo

Biomechanical Tattoo

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Stefan Mayer
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can't imagine a better matching tattoo! Great!

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#2

Awesome Realistic Tattoo Artwork By Artist © Roberto Carlos

Awesome Realistic Tattoo Artwork By Artist © Roberto Carlos

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To understand why a particular design ends up on this subreddit, we contacted tattoo artist Adam Grant of Gypsystables Tattoo.

"In the 7 years of tattooing, I've learned that it doesn't matter what the tattoo is as long as it's executed well," Grant told Bored Panda.

"Whether it's a full sleeve or just one small letter; if a questionable design is tattooed well then I consider it a good tattoo. Even if I personally dislike the design itself."

#3

Tattoo Art By © Laura Koski From Pori, Finland.

Tattoo Art By © Laura Koski From Pori, Finland.

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Jihana
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Whoah! That is something I have not seen before. I LOVE it!

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#4

Charlie Chaplin, Tattoo By Inal Bersekov

Charlie Chaplin, Tattoo By Inal Bersekov

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Daria
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like an actual photo! This artist is top-class.

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#5

Tattoo Work By © Jean Pierre Mottin

Tattoo Work By © Jean Pierre Mottin

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Aboredpanda
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is great. Accentuates the body instead of masking it completely.

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It's common for people looking for a new tattoo to research options and images online (like this Bored Panda post), and some end up getting overly trendy designs.

"I'd say there's been a huge demand for 'fine line' tattoos," Grant said. "I have no issue with the style at all but most of the time these customers don't know or get informed about the risks involved with thin-line tattoos."

#6

3D Tattoo By Janis Tattoo

3D Tattoo By Janis Tattoo

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DetriMentaL
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Slight trypophobia discomfort, but fun. Who's that Pokémon!

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#7

Tattoo Artwork By © Edit Paints Tattoo

Tattoo Artwork By © Edit Paints Tattoo

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Ritchat
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The original artist of the cat is Laura H. Rubin (la___aura on Instagram) however. https://www.instagram.com/p/CM7lWTfB4dW/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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#9

Tattoo Works By Kozotattoo

Tattoo Works By Kozotattoo

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The tattoos Grant is talking about (especially single needles) have the potential to heal more on the dark gray side and tend to fade quicker due to the fact that the ink isn't as densely packed under the skin as with other thicker tattoos.

"Always check the artist's portfolio of work before going through with an idea and look at examples of healed tattoos as you will get a more honest idea of what you will get," Grant advised.

#10

Tattoo Artwork By © Kozo Tattoo

Tattoo Artwork By © Kozo Tattoo

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JoJoB
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love this! Van Gogh and Monet. Stunning!

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#11

Tattoo Artworks By © Sandry Riffard

Tattoo Artworks By © Sandry Riffard

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AxleMunshine001
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Crisp colours and amazing detail. It worries me how it will look in a few years time

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#12

Knight Tattoos, By Tattooist Hwi

Knight Tattoos, By Tattooist Hwi

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#13

Realistic Samurai By © Ivankacollado In Annecy | France

Realistic Samurai By © Ivankacollado In Annecy | France

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Mimi La Souris
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

beautiful, the shoulder looks like a leather armor

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However, there are the classics that seem to never die out. "I love tattoos with clean bold linework and strong vibrant color," Adam Grant said.

"Those last longer and stronger than most modern styles if done correctly. For me, nothing is more timeless than skulls."

#14

Tattoo Work By Vasilii Suvorov

Tattoo Work By Vasilii Suvorov

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#15

Disney Tattoo By © Terioshi Otto

Disney Tattoo By © Terioshi Otto

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#16

Tattoo Work By Kir Tattoo

Tattoo Work By Kir Tattoo

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Huck Finn
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like a cover to a slot machine. Absolutely beautiful nonetheless

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#17

Tattoo Art By © Pilgrim_ttt

Tattoo Art By © Pilgrim_ttt

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If you are thinking about getting inked yourself, Grant says it's always best to listen to the artist and the advice they give you about your ideas.

"They are professionals with many years of experience [and know] what works and [what doesn't] aesthetically for you."

Of course "at the end of the day, you're the consenting adult so if you want a tattoo in mind that's advised against then it's your call, but please at least hear the artist out. They only want what’s best for you and your tattoo."

#18

Unconditional Love, Tattoo By © Rean Sampaio

Unconditional Love, Tattoo By © Rean Sampaio

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waddles
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

oh my god that’s the COOLEST THING IN THE WORLD also the tattoo is fun

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#19

This Is My Beautiful Wife 🙂 All Tattoos On Her Done By Me

This Is My Beautiful Wife 🙂 All Tattoos On Her Done By Me

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#20

Tattoo Work By © Roberto Carlos

Tattoo Work By © Roberto Carlos

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Jihana
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Extremely well done, but somehow deeply unsettling.

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#21

Batman Tattoo By Tattoist Yeono

Batman Tattoo By Tattoist Yeono

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#22

Audrey Hepburn, Tattoo Work By © Inal Bersekov

Audrey Hepburn, Tattoo Work By © Inal Bersekov

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#23

Back Tattoo By © Nikko Hurtado

Back Tattoo By © Nikko Hurtado

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#24

Tattoo Art By Fekete Dorina

Tattoo Art By Fekete Dorina

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Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was going to say that this tattoo would get dated quickly, but then I remembered that I have an X-Files tattoo on my back, so ... yeah ...

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#25

Tattoo Artworks By © Amanda Piejak

Tattoo Artworks By © Amanda Piejak

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#26

I Wouldn't Want To Get It Myself, But Definitely Looks Cool

I Wouldn't Want To Get It Myself, But Definitely Looks Cool

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#27

Tiger Tattoo By Ricardo G. Ciechorski

Tiger Tattoo By Ricardo G. Ciechorski

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#28

Tattoo By Javier Antunez

Tattoo By Javier Antunez

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#29

Tattoo Art By Piotr Bemben

Tattoo Art By Piotr Bemben

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#30

Tattoo Work By Fabio Guerreiro

Tattoo Work By Fabio Guerreiro

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Huck Finn
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A lot to unpack here but each part is so beautiful!

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#31

Tattoo Work By © 𝐈𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐚 𝐋𝐨𝐤𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐚

Tattoo Work By © 𝐈𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐚 𝐋𝐨𝐤𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐚

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#32

Tattoo Art By © Pony Reinhardt Tattoo

Tattoo Art By © Pony Reinhardt Tattoo

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#33

Back Tattoo Art By © Mattxcannon

Back Tattoo Art By © Mattxcannon

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#34

Made This Calcifer The Other Day, He Is One Of My Favorite Characters . Im Happy How It Turned Out

Made This Calcifer The Other Day, He Is One Of My Favorite Characters . Im Happy How It Turned Out

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waddles
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

CALCIFERRRRR I DON’T KNOW WHO HE IS BUT I LOVE HIM

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#35

Tattoo Work By Sandry Riffard

Tattoo Work By Sandry Riffard

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Huck Finn
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder if there's a statement being made here or just a cool design

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#36

Tattoo Artwork By © Avihoo Ben Gida From Tel Aviv, Israel

Tattoo Artwork By © Avihoo Ben Gida From Tel Aviv, Israel

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#37

Tattoo Artwork By Hannah Flowers

Tattoo Artwork By Hannah Flowers

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#38

Tattoo Art By Checho23tattoo

Tattoo Art By Checho23tattoo

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#39

Tattoo Art By Parvick

Tattoo Art By Parvick

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#40

Back Tattoo By Stefan Muller

Back Tattoo By Stefan Muller

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Note: this post originally had 145 images. It’s been shortened to the top 40 images based on user votes.