Tattoo Trend Predictions For 2016

Trends in tattoos can be predicted by looking at pop culture phenomena in movies, books, and music, themes in jewelry, and by eras that are popular in clothing trends at the moment. Using this criteria as a trend predictor for 2016, there are several trends that are likely to emerge this year to appear on the skin of fashion forward ink devotees. The following is a list of the most likely tattoos to sweep the nation in 2016.

Star Wars 

The new movie in the saga has just been declared the highest grossing movie of all time in the United States. Based on the popularity of this film, it is likely that many new Star Wars inspired tattoos will be appearing on the horizon. 

There also seems to be a renewed interest in images of outer space due to the release of the new movie. Clothing featuring pictures of galaxies, planets, and star nebulas have been showing up on runways and on racks in clothing stores. Tattoos of constellations, space ships, rockets, stars, and planets started to appear in ink more at the end of 2015, and this trend will strengthen this year.

Rock Icons

With the passing of rock legends David Bowie and Lemmy Kilmister in the first month of 2016, tattoos honoring or inspired by their music are likely to surge in popularity in the next year. Each musician had a career spanning decades. This multi-generational appeal led to many Millennials growing up with the music of Bowie and Kilmister’s band, Motorhead. This coupled with the fact that both musicians produced albums with iconic logos and artwork, which lend themselves to beautiful tattoos, make rock icon inspired ink a likely trend for 2016.


Monochromatic clothing in simple shapes made a huge comeback in 2015. Harkening back to the minimalist movement of the 1990’s, the minimalist trend of today is also inspiring tattoos to appear in single colors, with simple lines, and in small, unobtrusive sizes. 

Strong, linear graphics in plain black or blue ink look great with the black, grey, and white clothes that are being worn by the cool crowd. Smaller tattoos are more professional looking but still set a person apart from the herd. This is appealing to Millennials who are eager to get their foot in the door of the job market but also want to retain their individualism. 

These are just a few of the major tattoo trends for 2016. These are the most promising themes that are likely to emerge as the year continues on. For more information, contact companies like Jimi’s Tattoo & Body Piercing.