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25 Pretty Island-Inspired Tattoos To Try If You *Love* The Beach

Yes to all of these.
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Whether you live on the coast, or you're super into tropical vacations, or just love to daydream about drinking mai tais under a palm tree, beach tattoos are the way to go. With an island-inspired tattoo, you get all the things you love about the beach (the ocean waves, the pretty seashells, and the cool marine life) without that stuff you don't (hot, sticky sand and, uh, sunburns). And the best part? Unlike a beach vacay, these tattoo designs will last forever. So if you're thinking about getting a tattoo for the first time or if you're looking to add to your growing collection, consider getting one of the below tattoo ideas or forever be ~salty~ that you didn't.

  1. This Conch Shell Tattoo

    What's better than a shell necklace? A seashell tattoo that you won't lose, that's what. Make a bigger tattoo feel delicate by placing it on the inside or side of your wrist.

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  2. These Matching Beach Sunset Tattoos

    If you and your boo or BFF want to get matching tats, these coordinating couples tattoos of an island setting are such a cool way to do it.

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  3. This Seahorse Tattoo

    Nothing is cuter than a little seahorse swimming around in the ocean—except for, of course, a seahorse tattoo like this one.

  4. This Little Wave Hip Tattoo

    If you prefer tattoos that are simple, small, and slightly hidden, get baby waves like this tattooed on your hip—or, you know, wherever you want.

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  5. These Marine Life Tattoos

    This starfish or sea star (whatever you want to call it) and this scallop shell (y'all are really testing my knowledge of shell names), are even cuter when paired together like this.

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  6. This Palm Tree Ankle Tattoo

    If your idea of a good day at the beach consists of sitting underneath a palm tree, then you're gonna love this ankle tattoo idea.

  7. This Palm Tree Finger Tattoo

    If a palm tree on the palm of your hand is a little too on the nose, get it tattooed on your finger instead. Word to the wise, though: Finger tattoos do fade faster than on other parts of your body, so be prepared for touchups.

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  8. This Mermaid Tattoo

    If you're a mermaid at heart, get a tattoo of the mythical creature to let everyone know (if they didn't already). 

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  9. These Stick-and-Poke Palm Trees

    Why get one palm tree when you can get a whole row of 'em? This stick-and-poke is proof of just how cool they can look all lined up.

  10. This Tattoo of Palm Leaves

    For a different take on the classic palm tree tattoo, consider getting a design featuring just the palm fronds.

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  11. This Colorful Fish Tattoo

    It'd be hard not to fish for compliments when you've got a colorful tattoo that looks as good as this little guy.

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  12. This Beach Sunset Tattoo

    Beach sunsets > every other sunset. This minimal chest tattoo captures everything you love about watching the sun set over the ocean.

  13. This Island Tattoo

    No need to stare at your beach screensaver all day when you can stare at this island tattoo, complete with palm trees, waves, and a sunset, instead.

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  14. This Whale's Tail Tattoo

    Did you know a whale's tail is a symbol of good luck? If you could use some of that in your life, get a tattoo of one so you always have it with you.

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  15. This Mermaid Tail Tattoo

    Some people get whale or dolphin tails tattooed, but if you consider yourself a mermaid, this tail would suit you best.

  16. This Pink Flamingo Tattoo

    If a flamingo is your favorite tropical bird, you already know what the best beach tattoo for you would be. 

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  17. This Island Tattoo

    If you want more of a lighthearted take on a beach tattoo, this island setting with a smiling sun captures all the fun of going to the beach.

  18. This Tiny Tree Tattoo

    Just because it's a tiny tattoo doesn't mean it can't be detailed. The little leaves take this palm tree to the next level.

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  19. These Line Art Waves

    This cool wave tattoo is totally worth the pain of getting it done on your rib area.

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  20. This Coconut Tattoo

    Piña coladas, coconut oil, coconut water—if you love all things coconut, add this tattoo to the list of your favorite things.

  21. This Tattoo of Monstera Leaves

    If you prefer a botanical beach tattoo, get the outline of a tropical leaf or two.

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  22. This Watercolor Wave Tattoo

    Nothing goes better together than an ocean wave design paired with the watercolor tattoo technique. Tell me I'm wrong.

  23. This Tiny Palm Tree and Wave Tattoo

    Can't decide between a palm tree and a wave? Get them both! You can have multiple design elements and still have a small tattoo, and this photo (coin for size reference) is proof.

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  24. This Watercolor Mermaid Tattoo

    This mermaid looks like a straight-up painting, which sounds about right since this is an actual work of art. Just remember to always wear sunscreen to protect and preserve the color.

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  25. This Colorful Conch Shell Tattoo

    Simple tattoos are great, but if your favorite part about the beach is all the pretty shades, incorporate some color into your design, like this wrist tattoo. 


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