The chest is a great location if you’re looking to showcase your tattoo, whether it’s big or small. Yes, we usually imagine the whole chest covered in ink when we hear the words ‘chest tattoo,’ but your design can be however you want it to be. Under the chest and sternum tattoos have become an exceedingly popular area for women to get tattooed in recent times, so we’re just waiting for the chest to catch on as well. Whether you’re looking to accentuate your cleavage or simply just want a small but stunning design, join us as we explore the best chest tattoo ideas for women.
- 1 Chest Tattoos for Women
- 1.1 Flower Chest Tattoo
- 1.2 Small Chest Tattoo
- 1.3 Under Chest Tattoo
- 1.4 Rose Chest Tattoo
- 1.5 Chest Quote Tattoo
- 1.6 Cute Chest Tattoo
- 1.7 Full Chest Tattoo
- 1.8 Tribal Chest Tattoo
- 1.9 Star Chest Tattoo
- 1.10 Butterfly Chest Tattoo
- 1.11 Heart Chest Tattoo
- 1.12 Henna Chest Tattoo
- 1.13 Bird Chest Tattoo
- 1.14 Dragon Chest Tattoo
- 1.15 Colourful Chest Tattoo
- 1.16 Unique Chest Tattoo
- 1.17 Arty Chest Tattoo
- 1.18 Moon Chest Tattoo
- 1.19 Delicate Chest Tattoo
- 1.20 Geometric Chest Tattoo
- 1.21 Gypsy Style Chest Tattoo
- 1.22 Vine Chest Tattoo
- 1.23 Theatre Chest Tattoo
- 1.24 Shoulder to Chest Tattoo
- 1.25 Chest to Stomach Tattoo
- 1.26 Detailed Under Chest Tattoo
- 1.27 Chest to Sternum Tattoo
- 1.28 Simple Chest Tattoo
- 1.29 Script Chest Tattoo
- 1.30 Memorial Chest Tattoo
- 1.31 Snake Chest Tattoo
- 1.32 Dandelion Chest Tattoo
- 1.33 Feather Chest Tattoo
- 1.34 Rose Outline Chest Tattoo
- 1.35 Angel Wings Chest Tattoo
- 1.36 Cross Under Chest Tattoo
- 1.37 Arrow Chest Tattoo
- 1.38 Skull Chest Tattoo
- 1.39 Hands Chest Tattoo
- 1.40 Collar Bone Tattoo on Chest
- 1.41 Animal Skull Chest Tattoo
- 1.42 Lightning Bolt Chest Tattoo
- 1.43 Moon Cycle Chest Tattoo
- 1.44 Animal Chest Tattoo
- 1.45 Scorpion Chest Tattoo
- 1.46 Semicolon Chest Tattoo
- 1.47 Compass Chest Tattoo
- 1.48 Insect Under Chest Tattoo
- 1.49 Chakra Chest Tattoo
- 1.50 Science Chest Tattoo
Chest Tattoos for Women
Flower Chest Tattoo
Flowers, for the most part, are an elegant design. We know that chest/sternum tattoos have a bit of a rep as ‘rough’ or ‘cheap’, but if you put enough thought and effort into your design, you can put those rumours to sleep. If you choose a sweet and simple design, your tatt will look nothing other than amazing, and flower designs are usually a good way to achieve that.
Small Chest Tattoo
Who said chest tattoos have to be big? Small and simple is the way to go, especially if you’re a woman who doesn’t have much ink. Anything between the size of a ten cent coin and the size of your palm is considered to be small. Therefore you have some room to decide exactly how you want it.
Under Chest Tattoo
The oh, so popular under chest tattoo is a great alternative to the chest, especially if you don’t want your design to be on show all the time. It’s a great space to work with, no matter the size of your tattoo, though it looks especially fantastic if your design follows the curve of your chest with its focal point sitting right in the centre.
Rose Chest Tattoo
A rose is every girls ‘go to’ tattoo, especially in the sternum region. It’s a good design to choose as there are many different options that you can create with it. You can simply get the outline of a rose in black ink, or you can get it so detailed that it looks similar to an actual rose. Another option is to completely colour the rose in black ink so it’s just an outline, like a shadow, or to give it a small amount of detail like the image below.
Chest Quote Tattoo
Chest quotes can look cute if you choose the right positioning. Usually, you’ll find that the best location is across the collar bone, heading towards the shoulder, especially if you’re using small lettering. If you’re using big lettering and plan to cover over most of the chest, then the centre will look best.
Cute Chest Tattoo
There are so many cute designs that’ll look fantastic in this area; you just have to be creative. When deciding on your tattoo, sink into a girly mindset, after all, that’s usually the best way to come up with cute designs. Anything from a small heart, to a delicate flower, will work fantastically in this spot.
Full Chest Tattoo
So you’ve got some ink already, you’re a little bit more out there with your design choices, and you want to cover over the full chest, well great! Whether it’s a piece of script you’re looking to get or a collage of flowers, it’s bound to look amazing. Full chest pieces aren’t just for men, and it’s wonderful to see women breaking those boundaries.
Tribal Chest Tattoo
If you’re planning on getting a tribal tattoo, they generally definitely look better when they cover over the whole chest and even creep up the neck or over the shoulders. Tribal prints are usually larger and should be kept as close to their original heritage as possible, so before getting it done, think about how it’ll sit best in this area.
Star Chest Tattoo
Stars are such a diverse design; you can get throwing stars, twinkle stars, even a whole night sky tattooed on your chest, the choice is yours. You can create an entire collage of them or simply get a small, singular star or create a dot to dot out of them for a fun idea. Whichever you decide on, you can’t go wrong.
Butterfly Chest Tattoo
When getting a butterfly tattoo, the best thing you can do is add as much detail as possible to your design. Whether you’re opting for a large butterfly tattoo that takes up most of your chest, or whether you want a smaller design that maybe sits just below your collar bone and is no bigger than the palm of your hand, just remember the detail. If it’s smaller, you’ll want to focus on the wings, whereas if it’s large, you can add detail into both the wings and the body.
Heart Chest Tattoo
A small heart tattoo is a perfect design if you don’t want anything too extravagant. Usually, the placement for this design is under the collar bone, towards the shoulder. Think of the placement where your clothing straps will sit and then decide whether you want it to be hidden under them or slightly to the side.
Henna Chest Tattoo
Henna has been used by the Indians throughout the ages to create intricate designs and patterns. We all know how cool henna looks, so why not get it in the form of a tattoo so that it can last forever. While we usually find henna tattoos on the hands and finger, the chest is an awesome alternative.
Bird Chest Tattoo
Bird tattoos are a popular chest design; you’ll usually find that many people get two swallows, one sitting under each collar bone. This design is believed to have originated from sailors who believed that if they drowned at sea, the swallows would carry their soul to heaven. Of course, other birds and designs also look amazing on the chest, like this geometric bird for instance.
Dragon Chest Tattoo
There are many different dragon designs that you can opt for, such as a mythical, Chinese or tribal dragon. As much or as little detail can be put into it, depending on the design that you opt for, while sizing is another thing to take into consideration. While dragon tattoos don’t exactly make the cut for ‘feminine designs,’ they can still look super cool on the right kind of chic, it’s all about what suits your personality.
Colourful Chest Tattoo
Chest tattoos don’t need to be black, why not add some colour, this will make your tattoo stand out even more. No matter the design, where it’s a flower or dragon, some colour will make it pop, in some circumstances, it can even make your tatt look more three dimensional and lively.
Unique Chest Tattoo
If you can draw or you have a good imagination that you can explain well to your artist, why not try and come up with your own design that is unique to you. You can try and personalise it in some way as well if you want it to have some sentimental value. Try coming up with a design that can be tied to your heritage or background while remaining unique.
Arty Chest Tattoo
We all get tattoos because we believe that they are a form of art, so why not get an arty tattoo. You can either re-create a famous painting on your skin or come up with your own masterpiece. When choosing an arty tattoo, remember, colour is essential to the design.
Moon Chest Tattoo
Moon tattoos can be as simple or as intricate as you like, whether you want to get a stand-alone, outline of it or bury it in the middle of a pattern or design like below. Be as creative as you can; you could even try to add some sentimental meaning into your tattoo if you like. Usually, you’re either a sun or moon kind of girl, never both.
Delicate Chest Tattoo
Think small and dainty when creating your design if you’re looking to get a delicate and somewhat ‘classy’ tattoo. A delicate tattoo can take many forms; you could opt for a flower or your own unique ‘gipsy style’ design like the one below if you want a few ideas to play around with to get you started.
Geometric Chest Tattoo
Geometric tattoos have become an overwhelmingly popular design in the past few years, and for a good reason, they look seriously cool. Not to mention there are so many different designs that you can create using shapes, lines and dots, with a unique featured image in the midst of it all. Yes, some people are really against going for whats considered, ‘popular’ or ‘the norm,’ but don’t think about it like that because no two geometric designs are the same unless you choose for them to be.
Gypsy Style Chest Tattoo
Gipsy style designs are popular among women, and why wouldn’t they be, they’re girly, they usually involve flowers and hanging gems, and they look awesome. The chest/sternum is also a popular location to get these designs; they just fit nicely here as you can see for yourself.
Vine Chest Tattoo
If you want a tattoo that is simple and beautiful, a vine is a great choice. You can create the design to suit you and make it stretch as far as you want. With something as delicate as this, we would recommend going to a fine lines artist. The way that a design turns out is so reliant on the type of artist you choose. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to match your tattoo to the artist’s tools.
Theatre Chest Tattoo
If you’re an actor or theatre junkie, this is an obvious choice for you. It’s even a great design to get done upon graduation, to remind you of what you’ve accomplished so far, but also to instil faith in where you’re going. The masks are an obvious design choice when representing the theatre, though don’t be afraid to play around with your own version of the design with your artist.
Shoulder to Chest Tattoo
It can look artistic getting two symmetrical tattoos on both sides of your body that start at the shoulders and creep down onto the chest. It can be done with any design as well, from something as simple as flowers to two snakes wrapped around your shoulders with their tongues meeting in the centre of your chest.
Chest to Stomach Tattoo
If you want a design that isn’t as visible, why not get a tattoo that starts at the chest and creeps down the stomach. The bulk of the tattoo can sit on the stomach while the chest is simply a sneak peek, to show you’ve got a tattoo there. When creating your design, think henna patterns, or upside down roses, these will generally work best for this kind of design.
Detailed Under Chest Tattoo
Detailed tattoos look amazing in this area, but you have to be strong-willed to be able to handle it. The sternum area feels ‘spicy’ while getting inked, but the outcome is usually well worth it. Don’t worry though, once you reach under the chest; you’ll be fine. You have to find the right artist for a design with a lot of detail, so do your research before booking in your appointment.
27. Chest to Sternum Tattoo
Tattoos that start on the chest and work their way down your sternum are generally quite long. It’s a great spot if you’re looking to get a design like an arrow, a native Indian spear, or a gipsy design like below. Alternatively, you can have these sorts of designs begin at the sternum and end under your chest; the placement is entirely up to you.
Simple Chest Tattoo
Simple chest tattoos can come in many forms such as a small piece of script sitting under the collar bone, a small love heart or star in a similar area, or a simple gipsy design that sits on the sternum/under the chest. Whatever your design of choice is, you don’t have to get anything too elaborate if you don’t want your tattoo to be too ‘showy’.
Script Chest Tattoo
A piece of script that’s in a delicate font can look amazing on the chest, especially if it’s sitting under the collar bone. Just one singular word that has a lot of sentimental meaning to you will look simple and sweet. So put some thought into the design, look through many different fonts and think about a word that resonates with you. After all, it’s going to be on your chest forever. When you look at it in 30 years, you want to remember what it meant to you.
Memorial Chest Tattoo
You want the same qualities in a memorial tattoo as you do in a script tattoo. Whether you’re getting a name or date, put thought into the font and size of the piece. Of course, a memorial tattoo is something that is very sentimental to you, so make sure you pick a design that honours that person the way you want to.
Snake Chest Tattoo
Snake tattoos can be as simple as a black, filled in outline, though it’s more common for them to be detailed. Be creative when coming up with your design, you could get two snakes tangled together, one snake with two heads, or a snake that’s wrapping itself around something, such as a hand. Whatever your choice, let it show your artistic style.
Dandelion Chest Tattoo
Dandelion tattoos are a very sweet design that can be made as dainty or as bold as you like. The most popular placement for dandelion tattoos is under or along the collar bone or towards the shoulder, working its way across the chest. Keep in mind that for this design, you’ll need a fine lines artist to tattoo all those tiny lines and dots.
Feather Chest Tattoo
The most popular feather design will always remain the image below, a simple black feather that transforms into many small birds flying away. However, we can get more creative than that when picking a design, why not opt for a peacock feather or a quill feather tattoo for something a little bit different.
Rose Outline Chest Tattoo
Usually, for a rose outline, there are two designs, either a collage of rose heads collated on your chest or a small rose outline, including the stem. These designs are quite different are usually suited to different areas of the chest and different personality types. If you opt for the small rose and stem, the sternum or along the collar bone is the best placement, while a bunch of rose heads will look best on the upper chest.
Angel Wings Chest Tattoo
There are so many different designs when it comes to angel wings, so really do your research and make sure you pick the perfect pair for yourself. Also think about whether you want large, detailed angel wings that will cover the whole chest, or whether you want smaller, dainty ones. Placement, as seen below, is usually best, meeting in the centre of your cleavage.
Cross Under Chest Tattoo
If you’re religious and you’re thinking of getting a cross tattoo, why not get it under your chest. It’s a great placement choice as it’s close to your heart, making the meaning of the tattoo extra symbolic. There are many different cross designs to consider before getting inked; some may be better suited to your religion than others, so be sure to choose the right design for you.
Arrow Chest Tattoo
Arrow chest tattoos can be small and simple or long and detailed. If you opt for long and detailed, the sternum is the best placement, while something small should sit under or along your collar bone, though don’t be afraid to switch it up if you want to. Be artistic when creating your design, an arrow, believe it or not, can be very versatile.
Skull Chest Tattoo
With a skull, you’ve got the option of covering your chest with a big, scary looking design. Otherwise, you could also opt for a sugar skull or a realistic looking one. Depending on the size you choose to get it, you could place it to the side of your upper chest or even under your chest, the choice is yours.
Hands Chest Tattoo
Hands are one of the more unique designs that you can opt for on your chest. Who knows why they aren’t more popular because they look cool and there are so many different options to chose from. There are designs like below, praying hands, demonic impact hands such as the devil’s hand reaching for a human hand, or the karma hand symbol.
Collar Bone Tattoo on Chest
Getting two mirrored tattoos placed along each collar bone can look sweet. When doing this, you can opt for literally any design. This could include flowers, vines, arrows, feathers, or even a quote that begins along one collar bone and ends across the other. However, you should opt for a design that sits lengthwise so that it fits nicely in this placement.
41. Animal Skull Chest Tattoo
For those of you who consider yourselves a tad gothic or who have a unique sense of style, you could play around with the idea of getting an animal skull tattooed along your chest. You could get a bull, a ram, an elephant, a deer, or anything else, be as creative as you like when coming up with your design.
Lightning Bolt Chest Tattoo
If you’re looking for a small and dainty tattoo, but you have a little bit more of an edgy personality, something like a lightning bolt is a great tattoo idea. Other tattoo ideas that fit this style are safety pins, the sun and moon, a knife outline or your star sign. Dainty doesn’t have to mean ‘girly’.
Moon Cycle Chest Tattoo
If you’re a spiritual type or simply just like the design, why not get the moon cycle tattooed from your chest, down your sternum. You can design this tattoo as detailed or as simple as you like, showing the different variations of a crescent moon, forming into a full moon.
Animal Chest Tattoo
If you feel like you have a strong connection to a certain spirit animal, or even have a pet that you love dearly, why not get them inked on you. These tattoos can look anywhere between cute to cool, depending on what you get. Your design can be as simple as an outline of the animal, otherwise you could make it completely detailed, adding each hair or feather.
Scorpion Chest Tattoo
A scorpion is a fierce design to get tattooed on your chest. When it comes to placement, you could put it in the centre of your chest or beneath the collar bone. There are so many different scorpion designs and even patterns such as tribal to choose from, so make sure you take a look at your options before getting inked.
Semicolon Chest Tattoo
A semicolon is a very sentimental tattoo used amongst the prevention suicide community. We all know that a semicolon is what an author uses when they choose to continue a sentence, rather than end it, which has become a metaphor associated with suicide because an individual has chosen to continue their life, rather than end it. To wear this tattoo on your chest means to wear it proudly, showing the world that you or someone you love is a fighter.
Compass Chest Tattoo
Compasses are all about direction, so this could have a lot of sentimental meaning to you, depending on your circumstances. Though there are many different types of compasses such as a map compass, a nautical compass, a Celtic compass and more, each of which has their own individual meaning. So before getting a compass tattooed on your chest, look into their meanings and see which one resonates with you.
Insect Under Chest Tattoo
Insect tattoos can look amazing when they’re detailed, so whether you’re getting a bee, a dragonfly, a spider or anything else, keep in mind, detail is key. They’re usually always done using only black ink unless you get something like a butterfly or ladybug. So before booking an appointment, find an artist that is confident with detailing.
Chakra Chest Tattoo
Your Chakra is made up of 7 circular vortexes, each with a different meaning that create life and energy throughout the human body. It’s a term that is generally used amongst the Spiritual community and resonates deeply with people who believe in it. If this is you, then why not wear your Spirituality in the form of a tattoo. Due to the number of symbols, the best placement is running from the chest to under your stomach.
Science Chest Tattoo
For all you smarty pants that are thinking about inking your skin, why not get something ironic like an actual heart tattooed over your internal heart. Well actually, it doesn’t have to be ironic, it can be sentimental too, or something that you’re simply interested in. Whatever the case, its a cool and unique idea.
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