The embroidery tattoo trend has stepped straight out of Nana’s embroidery design magazine and onto the tattoo scene.
This increasingly developed genre does a superb job balancing realistic needle work looks with outlandish style choices ranging from classical art through to traditional flower ink and video game characters.
The almost 3D appearance of embroidery tattoos makes them look like an iron on craft patch that has been applied directly. They replicate the deliberate linear needle marks that are hallmarks of embroidery, as opposed to the equally growing cross stitch tattoo trend that has noticeable tiny ‘X’ marks in each design.
There’s no actual embroidery, stitching, or yarn used. Embroidery tattoos are created the usual way – with a tattoo gun, needle and the variety of inks required to get the job done by coloring in your skin.
Embroidery tattoo effects mimic the stitch texture of embroidered fabric, and some of more the classical styles – cartoon character, sports motif, 3D tattoos and superhero badges.
The most successful embroidery tattoos look like a patch tattoo that you can iron or stitch on to clothing. Read on and explore our gallery of ink inspiration that will have you thinking in stitches.
1. Unique Embroidery Tattoo Art
These badass tattoo art examples bring out interesting interpretations of what you can achieve with a cool embroidery design. There are realistic tattoos that look like they may be an actual craft patch ready to cover a ragged hole, or make a cool jacket even more fly, while others mix between the stitch tattoo style and regular tattooing concepts – I love the blue sailboat and white ink flourishes – for killer contrast in pattern.
The classical art piece takes the traditional flower in a fantastic new direction, melding two art forms into one great idea. I also love the embroidery tattoo design of the pizza sweater wearing astronaut, backed by traditional tattooing execution of the purple solar system that furthers the fabric look of the main feature.
2. Movie Stitching Tattoo Ideas
These movie ideas put your favorite (or not, looking at you, creepy clown from Saw) characters into a different kind of tattoo trend from deep cut tiny tattoos or large scenes from the films.
Each tattoo artist offers small tattoos that imbue the idea with some fun and color while paying homage to pop culture greats such as Princess Leia, Gizmo, or Thanos.
Embroidery tattoo art is also useful to make ink expressions look like the craft badges you see on school bags, hats or officially licensed clothing – the Marvel Black Panther and Iron Man ideas are particularly well executed.
3. Food Embroidery Tattoo Design
These lively small tattoos show off cool use of colorful tattoos and shape to add realistic elements – the cross section of the lemon stands out as art that your Nana could affix to a Christmas cable sweater to really make it pop.
4. Animal Themed Embroidery Tattoos
Embroidered tattoo of animals features range and variety – probably more so than any other category. Each use colors with command, from the bat tattoo in grays with ‘regular’ black ink highlights through to the vivid rainbow stitching of the hummingbird.
For mine, the standouts pieces are the stone-cold honey badger (Youtube Honey Badger Don’t Care for an experience) and the fox, and shark tattoo. These art examples halve the embroidery tattoo with fractal geometry tattooing and animal realism characteristic to brilliant effect.
5. Bands/Music Embroidery Stitch Tattoo
These embroidered tattoo examples look like if someone – probably with an epic mullet or perm – took a temporary tattoo from a stall at a concert, then took it home for an older relative to whip up into a bad ass 3d effect with a sewing needle. I personally enjoy nothing more than skull tattoos mixed with the hairstyles of Poison or Def Lepard. It might even be time to make my tattoo appointment and get my Guns n Roses hair bandanna dream combo…
6. Rick and Morty Embroidery Style
Rick and Morty. Smart, funny, and completely off the chain weird. They make popular normal tattoo designs too! From an embroidery tattoo design perspective, you can use some of Rick and Morty’s weird characters to make colorful ink.
7. Symbolic Embroidery Tattoos
There are some cool, old school badge vibes coming from these embroidery art examples. I mean, the smiley face is iconic, as is the pro weed piece. All you need is a peace sign and you have the hippy trifecta from 1960 until today.
These examples are cool – they mirror common themes you could find in a Japanese City convenience store or an Outback Roadhouse 200 miles away from anything. Except the tooth, that’s just weird unless you’re a dentist or bone collector!
8. Cartoon Character Classic Embroidery Tattooing
Embroidery tattoo ideas mesh well with classic cartoon heroes and villains. Given how popular the craft patch is as an easy, inexpensive fix for kid’s clothes or to make things cooler, it stands to reason they’re popular.
Whatever cartoon you’re into – I’m a She-ra Princess of Power fan – you can find an embroidery tattoo design with a cartoon character theme that appeals to just about everyone, including the artist.
9. Traditional Style Embroidery Design
I love how these pieces of body art – very much from the new school in design and execution – pay tribute to traditional tattoo art of Sailor Jerry Collins, Lyle Tuttle, Don Ed Hardy and co. The key to these embroidery design here is the knowledge that some people will look at the tattoo and realize it’s in homage to old school traditional work, while others will believe it’s just a rad looking patch.
10. Disney Theme Embroidery Tattoo Art
There are those cartoons from your childhood that you loved and never watched again – then there’s the timeless stories told by Disney you watch over, and over, again. Worse if you have small animals masquerading as humans. If you’re of a certain disposition, that naturally makes you a candidate for a Disney themed tattoo, and these are pretty kick ass examples of how cool they can look.
Embroidery Tattoo FAQs
What is an embroidery tattoo?
The 3D effect of embroidery tattoos makes them look like real embroidered patchwork designs sewn into the skin. They’re still created the usual way – with a tattoo gun, needle and the variety of inks required to get the job done.
Are embroidery tattoos real?
There’s no embroidery, stitching or yarn involved, but the way they’re etched onto the subject’s skin mimics the timeless technique of embroidered fabric. Most embroidery tattoos look like those cool texture patches you can iron or stitch on to clothing.
What’s the difference between embroidery tattoos and cross stitch tattoos?
The two art forms are similar in execution, application technique and effects, however they have noticeable differences. Embroidered tattoo examples feature deliberate linear needle marks (they look vertical) while cross stitch tattoo has the noticeable tiny ‘X’ marks in the stitch tattoo.
Did you enjoy these embroidered tattoos? Click on the links below for more galleries featuring cartoon character, movie, and 3d inspiration.