Nowadays, it seems like there are no limits for what tattoo artists can do. You can get a tattoo that transforms when you move your body, such as a butterfly that spreads and closes its wings or a dinosaur that lifts and lowers its head to eat. (Dinos get hungry too!) You can get a tattoo that appears to be 3D or an optical illusion, and for all of you glitter-enthusiasts out there, you can even get tattoos that appear to sparkle.

Down below, we’ve gathered some of the most gorgeous and whimsical glitter tattoos that you might not have known existed, but you’ll soon feel like you need one of your own. From adorable animals to a glittery Danny Devito, we’re sure this list will defy your expectations of what a tattoo can accomplish. Keep reading to also find an interview with experienced glitter tattoo artist Amanda Graves, who created many of the amazing pieces featured on this list. 

Enjoy channeling your inner unicorn, and be sure to upvote the photos that inspire you to make your next ink appointment. Let us know in the comments what your ideal glitter tattoo would be, and then if you’re interested in checking out even more impressive tattoo inspo from Bored Panda, we recommend reading this article next!

To learn more about these amazing glitter tattoos, we reached out to an expert on the topic, Maryland based tattoo artist Amanda Graves. This entire article was actually inspired by a video Amanda posted on Facebook informing viewers about how awesome glitter tattoos are and showcasing some of her loveliest work. Within this list, you’ll find many of Amanda’s gorgeous pieces, so she was the perfect person to explain what exactly glitter tattooing is.

“‘Glitter tattoos’ have been a style for years, but in the last year, I took a whole new approach to it,” Amanda told Bored Panda. “In my glitter realism style, I try and emulate the look of actual glitter by using a technique similar to stippling. The art term for it is technically pointillism,” she explained. “The difference in how I approach it is when I execute my pointillism, I take my knowledge of contrast & color theory to give it the illusion that it is shimmering. Different colors bring out the best in other colors, and I take advantage of those blends.”

#5

Glitter-Tattoos

amandagravestattoo Report

DEW
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The details in their faces are so good!! Wow!! Great job with the eyes!!

View more comments
#6

Glitter-Tattoos

taynara.tattoo Report

DEW
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this one!! It's gorgeous!!

View more comments

We were also curious how Amanda got into glitter tattooing. “I’ve been tattooing for a long eight years, and I have dabbled in most styles along the way,” she shared. “Studying under different people gave me immense amounts of knowledge and techniques that have kept me growing in my craft.”

The idea for glittery tattoos came from an unexpected place, though. “It seems irrelevant, but my years of being a competitive cheerleader always kept me obsessed with glitter,” Amanda told Bored Panda. “My daughter now competes, and as a coach/cheer mom, I’m still involved. One day when I was doing her makeup, I thought to myself ‘I wonder if I can use this shimmer as a reference for my next project?’. It sort of took off from there!” Amanda also says she definitely prefers creating these sparkly tattoos to the art she used to do. “I love seeing my clients giddy over their shimmering pieces, and I enjoy the actual process every time I do it!” 

Amanda has created countless amazing pieces, as you can find shared on her Instagram and Facebook page, but we were curious if any tattoos stand out as her personal favorites. “Every week I feel I have a new favorite, but I will highlight a few,” she said. “My Lisa Frank inspired Chef cat, my Beetlejuice Sandworms, my grim reaper, my Finding Nemo Squirt, and my Venom have got to be the ones that stick out the most to me.” But Amanda made it clear that she’s proud of every single piece. “Clients are my sole reason I am able to work and do this style, so I put my heart into every project.”

#10

Glitter-Tattoos

lauraanunnaki Report

DEW
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is stunning!! Beautiful tattoo!!

View more comments
#11

Glitter-Tattoos

taynara.tattoo Report

Crease Almighty
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

HP tats are a little weird usually but this is actually quite pretty!

View more comments
#12

Glitter-Tattoos

amandagravestattoo Report

Olliekins1402
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Someone said Lock and Key... idk what that is but I thought it was from Harry Potter 😅 You know the flying keys in the first book?

View More Replies...
View more comments

We also asked Amanda if any particular tattoos work best for this glitter style. “Contrast and bold lines are everything! If a tattoo is executed well, the glitter will have something to contrast off of, and the longevity will be there,” she explained. “Anything with bright colors, and preferably not a cover up!” 

And when it comes to what kind of person should get a glitter tattoo, Amanda says they’re for everyone. “Anyone who wants a tattoo should get a glitter tattoo if they’re into it! Realistic expectations are a must though. Obviously I am not using real glitter, so it won’t actually reflect in the light,” she notes. “Going into the project, a client should remember that sunscreen and avoiding heavy sun will always keep your colors longer.”

#14

Glitter-Tattoos

amandagravestattoo Report

irishgoatgirl
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is my favourite so far! Axolotls are adorable

View more comments

Lucky for all of us out there who are interested in getting a glitter tattoo, Amanda has plans to continue creating these gorgeous pieces for a long time. “Seeing a style I created take off and become a ‘trend’ is surreal,” she shared. “Growth is my priority, and I only hope to make my work better and better!” If you’d like to see more of Amanda’s work or book an appointment for your very own sparkly tattoo, be sure to check out her Instagram right here and her Facebook page right here!

Are you feeling inspired to add a glitter piece to your personal canvas sometime soon? I love my tattoos, but I’ve got to admit, they’re looking pretty boring after seeing this fun list. We hope you’re enjoying these gorgeous photos, and keep upvoting all of the tattoos you wish you had thought of yourself. Let us know in the comments what you think would make an amazing glitter tattoo, and then if you’re looking for more impressive tattoo inspiration from Bored Panda, check out this article next!

#20

Glitter-Tattoos

taynara.tattoo Report

DEW
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've never seen nor heard about these glitter tattoo's. They are really pretty.

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#23

Glitter-Tattoos

amandagravestattoo Report

DEW
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He's not biting anymore butts....

View more comments
#26

Glitter-Tattoos

taynara.tattoo Report

EP
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the best one. Except I can’t stop seeing the feet (shoes) as loaves of bread.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#28

Glitter-Tattoos

amandagravestattoo Report

H G
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He was so cool! Great character

View more comments
#31

Glitter-Tattoos

amandagravestattoo Report

too indesicive to choose name
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cute, but colors look oddly muted and gray, and Squirtle's face seems a tad off somehow

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#32

Glitter-Tattoos

amandagravestattoo Report

DEW
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Really good!! I like the colors they used!!

View more comments
#36

Glitter-Tattoos

amandagravestattoo Report

Phasmainmachina
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That pose isn’t unusual for Spidey when he’s jumping like that; he quite often shown legs drawn up, and toes pointing inwards slightly.

View more comments
#39

Glitter-Tattoos

amandagravestattoo Report

Lakota Wolf
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People are still so obsessed with this show that they get the characters tattooed on their bodies?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#40

Glitter-Tattoos

amandagravestattoo Report

DEW
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I went slow when I was scrolling and I thought this was a whole different photo! LOL!! The top of the dagger!! LOL!!

View more comments

Note: this post originally had 102 images. It’s been shortened to the top 40 images based on user votes.