Whether it's a portrait of your mother, a tiny heart, or a partner's name; all kinds of people have tattoos. We thought it would be fun to poll ten local shops to see which exactly are the most popular here in the Northwest.
The vast majority of people are getting words, names, scripture, quotes, their family crests etc. but there is an emerging trend here in the Emerald City - check out number 3 for the most PNW tat ever.
- Geometric/Dot-work. Very intricate, typically black and white.
- Portraits. This includes Jesus, lost loved ones and dear old Mom.
- Trees. Mainly silhouettes of trees, fir trees in particular as they resonate with the folks of the PNW.
- Animals. Most notably tigers, birds, wolfs and whales.
- Feathers. Usually just one lone feather.
- Floral designs. Roses and dandelions are still a thing, but in Seattle there's been in increase in mandalas. Although the common design is geometric, there's a surge of a floral element included in them.
- Pinups. Classic silhouettes of the iconic 1940s era female models.
- Skulls. This was much farther down in the list than I had thought!
- Finger Tattoos. Think little hearts, arrows and Roman Numerals on the inside of your finger.
- Watercolor. Just like it sounds. Super bright colors (I'd assume touch-ups are necessary?)
We talked to Two Birds Tattoo, Artful Dodger, Slave to the Needle, Lucky Devil, Hidden Hand Tattoo, Seattle Tattoo Emporium, Fist Full of Metal, Liberty Tattoo, Pierced Hearts Tattoo Parlor, and Under The Needle.