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69 Beautiful Shoulder Tattoos For Women with Meaning

From small to big, from black and grey to colorful, these beautiful and meaningful shoulder tattoos for women will inspire your next ink.

The shoulder alone is not a lot of space. But it connects the neck, chest and arm. Thus shoulder tattoos have a big room to expand.

One good thing about shoulder tattoos is that you can choose to hide or show them. Unlike finger tattoos which are exposed most of the time, clothes with sleeves will cover them, whether big or small. On the contrary, a vest or a tank top will do the job if you feel like showing them.

That’s why there are so many possibilities for shoulder tattoos, especially for women. Huge, tiny, color, black and grey, detailed or minimalist, the shoulder is a canvas for your imagination to go wild.

Depending on the design, you can also ink on the front shoulder, shoulder blade, outside the shoulder, or the top shoulder. A good design plus the right placement will compliment your body.

With so many options, it can be challenging to decide what design you want. So here is a list of shoulder tattoos for women. From small to big, from black to color, these stunning and unique tattoo ideas will inspire your next ink.

Disclaimer: This tattoo collection is for inspiration only. Please do not copy the artwork. If you love these tattoos, follow artists and show them some support.

Beautiful shoulder tattoo ideas for women

Table of content

  • Classy black and grey shoulder tattoos for women
  • Cute color shoulder tattoos for girls
  • Small minimalist shoulder tattoos

Classy black and grey shoulder tattoos for women

It’s a myth that black and grey tattoos take less work than the color ones. But a good black and grey tattoo requires attention to the value of black, shading, and details. They might not be as vibrant as color tattoos. But they draw the focus to the pattern and the message behind it.

So if you are looking for black and grey shoulder tattoos for women, you are at the right place. These classy tattoos might not scream for attention. But they are elegant, sleek, and will stand the test of time.

Whimsical black dragon shoulder tattoo

Empowering black dragon shoulder tattoo by @bium_tattoo - Classy black and white shoulder tattoos for women

@bium_tattoo

Dragon has different meanings across cultures. While dragons might be seen as evil in the West, they represent good luck and royalty in eastern cultures.

In ancient China, only the emperor can have dragon patterns on his clothing. So if you are looking for something empowering and intimidating, dragons can be a pretty good choice.

And the length and size of dragon tattoos are perfect to be put on the shoulder, just like this bold design. With its tail winding along the arm, the tattoo fills up the shoulder blade and sleeve. And it keeps its femininity and elegance with the curves of its body and whiskers.

Sailing in the moonlight shoulder tattoo

Going home_ sailboat and moon tattoo by @hansantattoo- Classy black and white shoulder tattoos for women

@hansantattoo

Vine tattoo for women

Vine tattoo on the shoulder by @suzylutattoos- Classy black and white shoulder tattoos for women

@suzylutattoos

Vines are often fillers of flower tattoos. But they alone can make a beautiful and meaningful ink. Vines climb onto other plants or the wall for sunshine and water. Thus vines symbolize the fighter spirit, the desire to live and thrive.

Plus, vine tattoos like this one stretch and wrap around the body, making them perfect for shoulders, arms, and ankles. They can also connect existing small tattoos and creating a new piece of art.

Chandelier and gemstone tattoo

Chandelier shoulder tattoo by @auua.tattoo- Classy black and white shoulder tattoos for women

@auua.tattoo

Stunning flowers tattoo on the shoulder

Stunning flower shoulder tattoo by @vane.tattoo_

@vane.tattoo_

To tattooist Vanessa, each flower and color represents different emotions. Whether you are happy or sad, you will always find a flower representing you. Check out our recent interview with tattooist Vanessa to learn more about her thoughts on choosing the suitable tattoos for you.

Crane shoulder tattoo for women

Crane shoulder tattoo for women by @newtattoo_qiqi

@newtattoo_qiqi

Cranes have a special symbolism across cultures. The birds always stand with heads held high and never seem to lose balance. And when they spread their wings, it flies like a glider in the sky as they are about to conquer the sky.

That’s why it’s often seen as a symbol of elegance, calmness, and balance. So if the meaning of crane tattoos speaks to you, it will be a cool idea to put one on your shoulder.

Blooming

Blooming by @noa.tattoot

@noa.tattoot

Tropaeolum, also known as Nasturtium, symbolizes victory and triumph. The blooming of the flower represents conquest, according to Exotic Flowers. And that’s what makes this shoulder piece special.

From first sight, it is a feminine flower tattoo. But the meaning behind the flower makes the tattoo a statement of the wearer’s strength and confidence.

Black and white mountain landscape tattoo

Black and white mountain landscape tattoo by @handitrip

@handitrip

Everglow

Player shoulder tattoo by @tattooist_hoji

@tattooist_hoji

This shoulder tattoo takes a lyric from Coldplay’s song Everglow and turns it into permanent ink. So if you have a song that hits home or brings you strength, player tattoos may be for you.

Simple black and white sunflower tattoo

Black and white simple sunflower tattoo by @arona_tattoo- Classy black and white shoulder tattoos for women

@arona_tattoo

A good tattoo is the one that resonates with us or tells our stories, just like sunflower tattoos. They are so popular not only because of their simplicity but also the meaning behind them.

Sunflower symbolizes the pursuit of happiness, positivity, and hope. And these values never fade with time. So even when a sunflower tattoo is in black, it still radiates warmth and energy. Sunflower will be perfect for women who want something meaningful and simple among all the shoulder tattoos for women.

Read also: 94 Gorgeous flower tattoos and what they mean

Floral dragon shoulder tattoo

Floral dragon shoulder tattoo by @harusisun

@harusisun

Dragons fit perfectly into a shoulder tattoo. The curvy body and the tail can extend to the collarbone or to the back, just like this one here.

And one thing that makes this tattoo stand out is its choice of colors. Keeping the dragon black and the flowers scarlet red creates contrast in colors.

Tie the knot

Tie the knot meaningful shoulder blade tattoo by @tu_szpila

@tu_szpila

Roses and snake tattoos on both shoulders

Roses and snake tattoos on both shoulders by @rong.rong

@rong.rong

Traditionally, roses represent love and passion. And snakes are often symbols of darkness, danger, or mystery. A snake wrapping around a rose means the love is so intense that it turns into dangerous and irresistible temptation.

Both snakes and roses are common in tattoo designs. But it’s not so common to put these two elements together with a broad coverage like this one. The artist did a great job keeping the lines clean so the tattoo doesn’t feel heavy in such a large size.

Bold black and white rose shoulder tattoo

Bold black and white rose shoulder tattoo by @ny.tattoos

@ny.tattoos

Small dragons tattoos

Small dragons tattoos by @alice_b_jb- Classy black and white shoulder tattoos for women

@alice_b_jb

Over my dead body shoulder quote tattoo

Over my dead body shoulder quote tattoo by @so.tattoo_studio

@so.tattoo_studio

“Over my dead body” means that you will do everything you can to prevent a certain thing from happening. It’s a stronger statement. And the bold letters in caps make it even stronger.

Not everyone identifies with the message. But it shows perfectly how quote tattoos fit the shoulder area. Besides, quotes and scripts are more standard than illustrations. So it’s hard to go wrong. If you are getting your first tattoo, quotes are something to consider.

Hamsa hand shoulder tattoo

Hamsa hand shoulder tattoo by @iotattooing- Classy black and white shoulder tattoos for women

@iotattooing

The Hamsa hand is a spiritual symbol deeply rooted in Islamic and Egyptian culture. It’s a hand with an eye in the center of the palm. Unlike a real hand, the Hamsa has two symmetrical thumbs. And it’s used to protect the wearer from evil, which is represented by the eye.

Despite a religious origin, the Hamsa hand tattoo has gained popularity worldwide. You can have a simple Hamsa tattoo with clean lines like this one. Or you can experiment and add details. The versatility makes it perfect for different placements, including the shoulder.

Fine line black rose shoulder tattoo

Fine line black rose shoulder tattoo by @art.novensides

@art.novensides

Rose tattoos represent passion, love, purity, and romance. And they can be designed to fit different parts of your shoulder.

If you want a rose tattoo to cover your entire shoulder blade or the outside of the shoulder, you can connect multiple blooming roses with vines. Or you can tattoo a single rose on the top of your shoulder like this one, making it simple and classy.

Shoulder tattoo for Scorpio women

Scorpion tattoo on the shoulder for Scorpio by @inkedbykiki

@inkedbykiki

What’s a better way to show off your zodiac sign than zodiac tattoos? Scorpios are proud of their sign. And honestly, they have every reason to be.

They are mysterious, intense, passionate, and intelligent. Cross them, and they will sting. A shoulder tattoo like this one is a warning not to mess with Scorpio women.

Read also: 68 Beautiful Scorpio tattoos with meaning

Intricate rose tattoo

Rose tattoo on the shoulder by @sergetattooer- Classy black and white shoulder tattoos for women

@sergetattooer

Realism white tiger tattoo on the back of shoulder

White tiger tattoo on the back of shoulder by @hansantattoo- Classy black and white shoulder tattoos for women

@hansantattoo

Tigers are not often seen on shoulder tattoos for women. But who says tigers are only for men? This white tiger tattoo shows the calm and soft side of the animal, making it perfect for females.

The artist managed to capture the depths of the tiger’s eyes, the detail of the pattern, and the fur, creating a realistic masterpiece on the skin.

Swirl tribal shoulder tattoo for women

Swirl tribal shoulder tattoo for women by @d.russ_.tattoo

@d.russ_.tattoo

Tribal tattoos are not just patterns. They carry deep meanings for people who understand them. Just like this Tahiti tattoo, the design is based on the wearer’s life and beliefs.

And it also applies to native American tattoos, Maori tattoos, etc. That’s why it’s important to talk to the tattoo artist and make sure you are on the same page.

Beautiful butterflies

Beautiful butterflies shoulder tattoo by @hailey_blossom- Classy black and white shoulder tattoos for women

@hailey_blossom

Minimalist sun shoulder tattoo

Minimalist sun shoulder tattoo by @raevage

@raevage

Sparkling fairy front shoulder tattoo for women

Sparkling fairy front shoulder tattoo for women by @hailey_blossom

@hailey_blossom

Around the world – shoulder tattoo for adventurers

Around the world shoulder tattoo for adventurers by @honeybeetattoo_airu

@honeybeetattoo_airu

It might not be as easy as before for us to travel the world. But, if you have the adventurer spirit, a travel tattoo may tame the eagerness to hop on the next plane.

Compasses, airplanes, hot balloons, and the globe are common elements in travel tattoos. But you can also add backpacks, maps, coordinates to make it personal.

Symmetrical black and white rose shoulder tattoos

Black and white rose shoulder tattoos by @dave.watts_.tattoos

@dave.watts_.tattoos

Libra constellation and butterflies

Libra constellation and butterflies by @bodyart_by_paige

@bodyart_by_paige

Looking at Libra tattoos, you will see that they are not always the most eye-catching ones. But they all have one thing in comment: elegant.

Libras value harmony and balance. And it reflects on their aesthetics. This shoulder tattoo consists of a Libra glyph, constellation, and small butterflies. Simple, feminine, and not overwhelming, just as the sign itself.

Koi fish shoulder tattoo for Pisces

Koi fish shoulder tattoo for Pisces by @joooo.tt

@joooo.tt

Fish and mermaids make great shoulder tattoos for women for their curves. The tails can stretch along the collarbone or down to the arm, creating a flowing effect in motion.

Read also: 54 Stunning Pisces tattoos with meaning

Beautiful just the way you are

Show the real beautiful you by @hammersmith_tattoo_london

@hammersmith_tattoo_london

Cute color shoulder tattoos for girls

Colors bring a tattoo to life and give it endless possibilities. Looking for a vibrant piece of art? Don’t miss these color shoulder tattoos for women.

Stunning diamond shoulder blade tattoo

Stunning diamond shoulder blade tattoo by @yeriel_tattoo - Cute colored shoulder tattoos for women

@yeriel_tattoo

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. And they certainly make great tattoos. A diamond is shiny, luxurious, and a pleasure to look at. But it’s more than that.

Diamonds are rare. Being buried under pressure for hundreds of years makes them unbreakable. The stone is proof that difficulties make the strongest.

Girly ribbon shoulder tattoo for women

Girly ribbon shoulder tattoo for women by @o.ri_tattoo- Cute colored shoulder tattoos for women

@o.ri_tattoo

Want something cute and feminine? How about a ribbon tied on the skin? This vintage design shows that how versatile a ribbon tattoo can be. With some tweaks on the shape, colors, and fabric, you can create something that fits your skin tone and aesthetics.

Blue dragon fantasy tattoo

Slender blue dragon fantasy tattoo by @e.nal_.tattoo

@e.nal_.tattoo

Marbling star tattoo

Marbling star tattoo by @o.ri_tattoo- Cute colored shoulder tattoos for women

@o.ri_tattoo

“Eternal” gradient script tattoo

Eternal gradient script tattoo by @saegeemtattoo

@saegeemtattoo

Shark in the starry night

Shark in the starry night tattoo by @tattooist_sigak - Cute colored shoulder tattoos for women

@tattooist_sigak

Love birds tattoo

Love birds tattoo by @simya_tattoo

@simya_tattoo

Meaningful, cute and beautiful, this bird tattoo on the shoulder is everything a hopeless romantic would ask for. Love birds are permanent proof of true, pure love as an individual or a matching tattoo idea.

Beautiful purple butterflies tattoo on the front of shoulder

Beautiful purple butterflies by @palette.tt - Cute colored shoulder tattoos for women

@palette.tt

Across cultures, butterflies have different meanings. For example, a pair of butterflies represents love in China. And in the West, they are symbols of transformation and beauty.

Besides the meaning, butterflies are just gorgeous. If you love butterflies, check out these stunning butterfly tattoos, too!

Snake tattoo on the shoulder blade

Snake tattoo on the shoulder blade by @yeriel_tattoo

@yeriel_tattoo

Blooming flower tattoos

Blooming flower tattoos on chest and shoulder by @seolheetattoo- Cute colored shoulder tattoos for women

@seolheetattoo

Small tattoos for creators

Music and film small tattoos for creators by @0chicken.tattoo

@0chicken.tattoo

Small stars cosmic tattoo

Small stars cosmic tattoo for women by @seoul.poke

@seoul.poke

The Soleil shoulder tattoo

The soleil shoulder tattoo by @0chicken.tattoo

@0chicken.tattoo

Fine line butterfly tattoo

Fine line butterfly tattoo by @opal.tattoo

@opal.tattoo

Self love shoulder blade tattoo

Self love shoulder blade tattoo by @vondiezyltattoos

@vondiezyltattoos

Give yourself a hug and put yourself first. You deserve the love you give others.

Read also: 40 Empowering self-love tattoos with meaning

Phoenix shoulder blade tattoo

Phoenix shoulder blade tattoo by @deni_teckuje- Cute colored shoulder tattoos for women

@deni_teckuje

Phoenix is a mythical creature that is beautiful and powerful. Just like unicorns, mermaids, or dragons, the phoenix has its own symbolism.

In Greek mythology, the phoenix is the bird of the sun. It turns into flames when it dies and is reborn from the ashes. Thus it represents nirvana and rebirth.

In eastern countries, the phoenix used to be a symbol of the queen. So if you want a tattoo to remind you of your strength and courage, the phoenix is perfect for you.

Snowflake mandala shoulder tattoo

Snowflake mandala tattoo by @juliah_parker

@juliah_parker

Adorable shoulder tattoo for cat lovers

Cute cat tattoos by @buoythefishlover

@buoythefishlover

Roll the dice

Roll the dice -small shoulder tattoo by @jooa_tattoo

@jooa_tattoo

Small minimalist shoulder tattoos

While big tattoos capture attention, a small tattoo can be just as meaningful and beautiful. So if you are considering something low-key, these small shoulder tattoos might be the ones for you.

Aquarius zodiac constellation

Aquarius zodiac constellation by @tattooartbyhailey -Small minimalist shoulder tattoos

@tattooartbyhailey

Single line heart on the shoulder

Single line heart on the shoulder by @duky_tattoo-Small minimalist shoulder tattoos

@duky_tattoo

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Avengers symbol tattoo

Avengers tattoo by @tu_szpila

@tu_szpila

Rainbow bubbles shoulder tattoo

Rainbow bubbles shoulder tattoo for women by @saegeemtattoo

@saegeemtattoo

Peachy

Cute and juicy peach tattoo by @e.ple_tattoo-Small minimalist shoulder tattoos

@e.ple_tattoo

Read also: 43 Cute and realistic food tattoos that will make you hungry

Plaid heart small shoulder tattoo

Plaid heart small shoulder tattoo for women by @palette.tt

@palette.tt

Tiny rainbow tattoo

Tiny rainbow tattoo by @handpoke.gallery

@handpoke.gallery

Cute and small apple tattoo

Cute and small apple tattoo by @saegeemtattoo-Small minimalist shoulder tattoos

@saegeemtattoo

Grandma’s ring – a meaningful shoulder tattoo

Ring of grandma small meaningful tattoo by @jooyoung_color-Small minimalist shoulder tattoos

@jooyoung_colo

Simple daisy shoulder tattoo

Simple daisy shoulder tattoo by @nemo.tattoo

@nemo.tattoo

Never mind – one-word tattoo

Nevermind one word tattoo by @2an_tattoo

@2an_tattoo

Read also: 61 Inspiring one-word tattoos that prove precision is power

Matching water drop shoulder tattoos for friends

Matching water drop small shoulder tattoos for women by @pas.rit -Small minimalist shoulder tattoos

@pas.rit

Blue and purple small flower tattoo

Blue and purple small flower tattoo on the back of shoulder by @siyeon_tattoo

@siyeon_tattoo

Small ocean life shoulder tattoo

Small ocean life shoulder tattoo by @0chicken.tattoo-Small minimalist shoulder tattoos

@0chicken.tattoo

Tiny smiley face tattoo

Tiny smiley face tattoo on the shoulder by @mayink.nl

@mayink.nl

Find your purpose

FInd your purpose_minimalist shoulder script tattoo by @gigi_tattooer-Small minimalist shoulder tattoos

@gigi_tattooer

Simple black moon tattoo

Simple black moon tattoo by @colette.ink

@colette.ink

Read also: 51 Dreamy moon tattoos to bring serenity to the skin

Starry night puzzle tattoo for art lovers

Starry night puzzle tattoo for art lovers by @hansantattoo

@hansantattoo

Read also: 19 Artistic tattoos that will turn your skin into a masterpiece

Tiny plane tattoo

Tiny plane tattoo by @cinny_minny-Small minimalist shoulder tattoos

@cinny_minny

Which of these shoulder tattoos for women is your favorite?

Leave your thoughts at the comment down below!

Shoulder tattoos for women