When you think of a tattoo, you'll almost certainly imagine it made up of either black or colored inks. However, there some tattoos that contain nothing but a single white ink, and their delicate and subtle nature is becoming more and more popular.

We here at Bored Panda have put together a list of tattoos that embrace the lighter side of things. Either as standalone, tasteful works that are nearly invisible, or using the contrast of white against darker colors, these tattoos will have you planning your next ink in no time! Scroll down to see them for yourself, as well as find out more about this unique style.

#1

Tattoo Of Black And White Snakes

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Cesi Baca 2 months ago (edited)

It’s a nice design, but surprised people are still getting these. it’s well known now how badly and quickly they fade.

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Getting a white tattoo isn't a decision to be taken 'lightly,' they are harder to do correctly and require an experienced artist to pull off well. Ideally, the artist will already have worked with white ink before, because it takes a well-trained eye to see the ink as it is added. Much depends on the color of the skin of course.

#2

Just A Quick Glance And You Might Miss The Beauty That Lies Within This White Ink Tattoo

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The Girl on Fire 2 months ago

Pretty. Reminds me of henna tattoos, just in white.

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#3

White Ink Tattoo

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Hello it Smee 2 months ago

Look like you can run your finger down her arm and feel the texture. It is a beautiful design.

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Artists that have worked with white ink tattoos before will know that the tattoos can look much more striking and professional if a small splash of color is mixed together with the white ink. The additional color, no matter what it is, will bring the white out more, making it ‘pop’ and be much more noticeable. Because the amount of color added is so miniscule, it will still appear white to the naked eye.  

#4

Black Ink And White Ink Together

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Hello it Smee 2 months ago

This style of tattoo works well for the quote.

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#5

It's Now About Two Years Old, And In A Great Shape. I Am Very Fair And My Chest Seems To Reflect Cooler Tones Of The White Tattoo Very Well

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BrokenFlame 2 months ago

oowww how do people get tattoos on their necks? it just sounds painful. imma wimp lol

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If you choose to go with a pure white ink, the tattoo may fade and end up being nearly invisible, and look instead like a raised scar. Simple designs that are well suited to white ink are always a good idea, which is why choosing to go ahead with white must be thought out properly, and planned carefully.  

#6

Small White Ink Tattoo

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Hope Floats 2 months ago

I like these angel wings.. Perhaps it's in remembrance of someone they've lost...

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#7

Ornamental Tattoo With White Parts

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Hello it Smee 2 months ago

This is the best use of white, it complements the design.

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While white tattoos are subtle and discreet in normal light, it's a completely different story under UV light. The white ink will glow, making your tattoo spring to life in the nightclub. Keep this in mind when planning your white ink tattoo!

#8

Hand Poked White Ink Tattoo. The Purple Touch Will Be Gone After Healing

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varwenea 2 months ago

I like this - subtle and gentle.

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#9

White Whale Tattoo

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Hello it Smee 2 months ago

If the picture wasn't focused on the whale I would have never noticed it

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#10

Minimal Platonic Solids Tattoos With White Ink

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SupriyaG 2 months ago

This really looks beautiful.

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#11

I Want More White Tattoo Project Like This. Full Healed

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Hello it Smee 2 months ago

I hate most white ink tattoos, but I don't hate this. The artist packed the color in thick and it actually stand out nicely.

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#12

Cute White Ink Dinosaur Tattoo

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Hello it Smee 2 months ago

cute, makes me want to color it with markers.

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#13

My Blizzard In White Ink

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Anne 2 months ago

I like this one. It's very pretty.

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#14

Simple White Tattoo

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Luis Milian 2 months ago

who knows the compound?

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#15

This Black And White Ink Tattoo Looks Cool, Doesn't It?

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Hello it Smee 2 months ago

Best use of white in a snake tattoo.

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#16

Added This White Rose To Her Existing (5 Years Healed) White Lettering Tattoo

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Victoria Rey Piuma 2 months ago

Yes. They are.

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#17

Healed White Ink Protection Spell Tattoo

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Lios 2 months ago

This is going to be one scribbly, blurry line soon. Not a good choice for a white tattoo.

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#18

Lost My Mind And Found My Soul With This White Ink Tattoo

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Hello it Smee 2 months ago

looks like a stamp to get back into a club

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#19

Mostly Healed Up. I'm So In Love With My New White Ink Tattoo

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varwenea 2 months ago

This is pretty.

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#20

Polar Bear White Ink Tattoo

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Hello it Smee 2 months ago

That will be a fuzzy bear when his hair grows back.

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#21

White Snake Tattoo On The Neck

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Hello it Smee 2 months ago

That look ready good and even if he had a shirt on the art work that shows is flattering.

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#22

White Rose Tattoo Done With White Ink

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Lotte 2 months ago

makes me want to get a tattoo

#23

8 Months Healed Minimalist White Ink Face Tattoo

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Just a Purpler 2 months ago

AHHH i don't care if you hate my opinion and downvote me but gosh I hate this one!! Why would you tattoo a scar onto yourself?? Gah this frustrates me...

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#24

Delicate White Snowflake Tattoo

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Nini Meow 2 months ago

Perfect snowflake

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#25

Healed White Ear Lines Tattoo On My Gorgeous Friend

White ink tattoos are probably most commonly used in small ornaments or in tattoos on otherwise atypical body places.

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Arietis 2 months ago

That must have hurt.

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#26

In Love With White Ink Tattoos

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Hello it Smee 2 months ago

I bet that look weird from a distance, because the white isn't that visible

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#27

Little Almost Invisible White Tattoo

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Luis Milian 2 months ago

this one is a nice personal tattoo.

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#28

White Spider Tattoo

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varwenea 2 months ago

The skin is so raised. It's incredible.

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#29

White Ink Tattoo Bracelet

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Danielle Rux 2 months ago

i like the skulls im a amature skull collecter

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#30

Beautiful White Ink Snake Tattoo

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Nikki D 2 months ago

Why are so many of the white tattoos snakes?

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