The Best Tattoo Styles for Your Zodiac Sign

Are you new school or a realist? Dotwork or fine-line? Neo-traditional or trash polka? Your zodiac sign knows the answer.

Aries (March 21–April 19)

Jeff Tarinelli TattooCourtesy of Jeff TarinelliAries is known as the leader amongst the zodiac signs. Headstrong and bold, a tribal tattoo definitely suits the personality of an Aries. Tribal tattoos are associated with dominance and strength, two qualities that Aries holds in very high esteem. This kind of bold but simple artwork is also often perceived as intimidating, which this assertive sign can relate to because of its tendency to be unrelenting when passionate or angry.

Taurus (April 20–May 20)

The sign that is all about luxury and delicacy, Taurus would be best suited to intricate Japanese-style tattoos. Essentially the peacock of tattoo types, Japanese style features expansive and beautiful natural scenes containing vibrant colors and great intricacy; it’s one of the most visually pleasing to behold. Its exotic quality also appeals to Taurus’s love for all things unique and grand. Be sure you ask these question first before getting a tattoo, though!

Gemini (May 21–June 20)

Geminis are intellectuals, lovers of knowledge, wisdom, and words—so clearly, this sign pairs well with text tattoos. People with this zodiac sign would enjoy a meaningful quote tattooed on them, as a permanent homage to and reminder of the great writers and thinkers they admire. Geminis would also have fun playing around with the kinds of fonts they’d want to use, always trying to find the perfect one to match the essence of a phrase. Looking for quote ideas? Check out these inspirational ones—or these “dream big” quotes.

Cancer (June 21–July 22)

Out of all of the zodiac signs, Cancer is the one that clings closest to the important people in their lives. The relationships Cancers have, be they blood or friendship, are a top priority. That is why Cancers are most likely to engage in portraiture tattooing. Whether it’s the face of a loved one or an artist or character that has greatly influenced them, Cancers would get great joy out of being able to carry the image everywhere they go.

Leo (July 23–August 22)

One of the liveliest zodiac signs, Leo would love the idea of giving an older style a more animated, contemporary look, making neo-traditional tattoos perfect for them. The traditional American style involves bold lines and a traditional color palette; neo-traditional incorporates the bold lines and primary colors, but adds 3D images, new and different subject matter—the anchor or heart with “Mother” on it has been replaced by a swan wearing a pendant, or a Tolkien-inspired elf. By the way, these are the most (and least) painful places to get a tattoo.

Virgo (August 23–September 22)

A super fun scene for FrancesCourtesy of @amyvsavageVirgos are highly detail-oriented creatures. They veer toward perfectionism and feel take it personally when things don’t go the way they wanted. Virgos constantly work their hardest and expect others to do the same, and that’s why dotwork tattoos match this sign’s personality. Dotwork tattoos are similar to pointillism in painting: Each dot of ink is placed with surgical precision to create a larger, cohesive image. It’s a process that mimics the Virgo philosophy itself.

Libra (September 23–October 22)

June Jung TattooCourtesy of @tattoojuneLibra walks a fine line every day between justice and injustice, right and wrong. Always the first to settle a dispute or to reach a compromise, Libras have a knack for nicely navigating dangerous territory. So: Fine-line tattoo work would probably be the best fit for a Libra. On the artist’s side of the equation, creating a perfect, thin line is an incredibly difficult thing to do, and that’s why tattooers who are able to create precise lines are considered to be the top in the business. As gentle as they look, fine lines are tricky—a concept Libras can certainly identify with.

Scorpio (October 23–November 21)

Traditional style tattooing is kind of the grandfather of American tattoo culture. Pioneered by “Sailor Jerry” (Norman Keith Collins), the style often includes nautical images, pin-up girls and predatory animals. It tells the story of outcasts and other social undesirables who embody grit and the rough-and-tumble American spirit. Often identifying as outcasts or misunderstood themselves, Scorpios pair well with this particular tattoo style. And prior to scheduling an appointment, you may want to know about the side effects of getting a tattoo.

Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)

New school tattooing is most often associated with fun, just like the Sagittarius. New school tattoos are cartoonish, flamboyant, and adorable. Curves, round shapes, and bright colors also define this very popular style. Of all the tattoo styles, new school is the most likely to make you smile, which is also true of the Sagittarius. Lightheartedness is the key for this sign and style.

Capricorn (December 22–January 19)

Capricorns are business-minded people. They prefer to get straight to the point. The best tattoo style for them is black-and-grey realism, a style that is practical and no-nonsense. Despite this style’s apparent simplicity, though, it still takes a deft hand to achieve a top-notch version of this style. And if you want to take some of the pressure off this decision, why not check out what comedian Bob Odenkirk’s tattoo advice?

Aquarius (January 20–February 18)

Stability by Simone + VolkoCourtesy of Simone Pfaff & Volko MerschkyAquarians are individualistic—they love to go against the grain and break tradition, create and then live by their own rules. Trash Polka style—red and black collages—and sketch work—literally like the beginning sketches an artist would make—are both fitting choices for a zodiac sign that wants to be edgy. Each style has its own unique characteristics, but both feature a sense of imperfection and randomness. Trash Polka is all about spunk, while sketch work is all about seeing the creative process at work.

Pisces (February 19–March 20)

Rodrigo Tas TattooCourtesy of Rodrigo TasPisces is a dreamer. This sign is full of wonder and imagination and has a deep love for visual beauty. The fluidity of watercolor tattoos is perfect for this water sign. Watercolor has no rigid lines, which allows the colors to flow seamlessly into each other for an ethereal design. Watercolor pieces simultaneously give off an air of tranquility and passion, just like a Pisces. Pisces also look to the stars for inspiration, and what could be better for zodiac tattoos?

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Taylor Markarian
Taylor is a regular contributor to covering culture, advice, travel, pets, and all things weird and haunted. She is the author of From the Basement: A History of Emo Music and How It Changed Society, which analyzes the evolution of punk and mental health. She holds a B.A. in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College.