Tattoos can mean many things to many people. For some, getting something permanently inked on your body can be incredibly empowering. For others, it can be a way to bond with another person by sharing a unique piece of art on your skin. Tattoos can be images, words, dates, or anything your mind can imagine. That's why it's not too surprising that there are new trends emerging all the time in the ink industry. If you're looking for something a little different, and maybe even subtle, you might consider white tattoo ideas.

Though white ink has been around for ages, it has only recently gained popularity as a stand-alone look. Since all skin types are different, it's also interesting to see how no two white tattoos really look the same. Getting a white tat could also be a great idea if you're in the market for something low-key since work places can still be a tad uptight when it comes to body art.

Living in the Golden Age of social media has never been so beneficial as when you're trying to scope out some incredible ink ideas. Thank the internet gods for Instagram, right? So if you're looking for a little (or a lot) of inspiration on what your next piece should be, then check out these unique and intricate white ink tattoos.

1. Repeat A Simple Mantra

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Sometimes, when life feels chaotic and overwhelming, it can be calming to look down at your wrist and see the relaxing reminder to just breathe.

2. Initial It

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A tat sure to get some questions, you can keep the identity or meaning of the solo initial to yourself or shout it from the roof tops. It's up to you.

3. Love Thyself

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They say you can't fully love others until you truly love yourself. So what better way to show that you've got your own back than with this "Me, Myself, and I" tattoo?

4. Attain Enlightenment

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Another growing trend in tattoos is the "unalome" symbol. Intended to represent the spiritual path one takes throughout life (beginning in a coil, then a wandering zigzag, and finally a straight line towards enlightenment), the design is very much open to interpretation and can vary widely in style.

5. Mix Geometry With Nature

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Either by itself or as a complement to an existing piece, giving a geometric twist to your favorite forest animal gives a stunning result.

6. Never Give Up

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A message which resonates with many survivors and their friends and family, "never give up," could be just the piece of hopeful body art you were looking for.

7. Feel Floral

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If you're interested in doing a larger piece but still want something on the delicate side, then this intricate, lace-like floral tattoo is perfect for you.

8. Make It Micro

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Sometimes less is more. These micro white tattoos may be tiny, but they still pack a stylistic punch.

9. Breathe Fire

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Whether you're a fan of Khaleesi or loved playing Mortal Kombat growing up, there's a definite degree of bad-ass-ness with this dragon tattoo.

10. Extend An Olive Branch

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Do you loathe confrontation and wish we could all be as peaceful as Don Draper in his series finale moment? Then these sweet doves should be right up your alley.

11. Rep Your Profession

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This tiny chef's knife on the inner finger can serve as a simple nod to the culinary industry. Perhaps an icon representing your profession (pen, sewing needle, salon scissors, etc.) would suit you.

12. Fully Bloom

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Go big or go home, right? This amazing cherry blossom sleeve is nothing short of jaw-dropping. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

13. Live The Charmed Life

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Seen in various cultures, from Celtic to Japanese, the triquetra can symbolize strength. But if you're like me, those intertwined triangles mean you're Charmed.

14. Remember Family Is Forever

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For most people, through thick and thin, their family has always been there for them. Combining the infinity symbol with the word "family" is a lovely way to remember your lasting bonds.

15. Say "Ohm"

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Need a little zen in your life? A classic yet sophisticated lotus can instantly center you on even the most hectic days.

16. Reach For It

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A more subtle interpretation of the unalome, this white ink tattoo still makes a symbolic statement. Plus, ways to reach enlightenment is always a good conversation starter.

17. Play With Shapes

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In some circles (pun intended), this design is known as the "flower of life." A piece of sacred art in the New Age movement, these overlapping circles form ever-expanding flowers.

18. Express Gratitude

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If you're feeling #blessed, why not tell the world? The side of the hand may be an understated location for ink, but it can be a pleasant surprise when someone catches a glimpse of your happy message.

19. Stay Classic

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There is perhaps no other tattoo as timeless as the classic rose. If you want to stick to traditional styles, then a sweet mini-bloom is ideal.