126 Dotwork Tattoos Ideas for Men and Women

Dotwork tattoos can take up a lot of time. However, when the tattooing is over, the end result is just mesmerizing and the tattoo becomes a beautiful sight to look at. To create these tattoos, black and gray inks are usually required. Sometimes, shades of color are also used to produce an attractive contrast.

 

For dotwork tattoos, geometric, spiritual and mandala tattoos are the most common subjects. In some cases, however, decorative designs and animal patterns also look incredibly fabulous when the dotwork tattooing technique is used. These tattoos are basically small dots tattooed together to produce a design. There are several types of dotwork designs artists come up with. You just need to find the right style of tattoo for yourself.

 

126 Dotwork Tattoos Designs

 

Sacred Geometry Dotwork Tattoo

Sacred geometry tattoo designs are generally done in black ink. These tattoos use patterns and shapes found in nature that also bring religious iconography into the tattoo designs.

 

1. Mandala

 

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Source: gabrieldlimasousatattoo

The mandala dotwork tattoo usually consists of basic geometric shapes, such as squares and triangles, organized in a circular structure. This makes the pattern appear round.

 

2. Flower of life

 

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Source: enigma_geometricks

If you are looking for a geometric dotwork tattoo that is both ravishing and meaningful at the same time, the flower of life is the perfect option.

 

3. Fresh Ink

 

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Source: hood.seven

At first glance, this tattoo may seem like a bit too much. However, if you look at it closely, you can see how beautifully and meticulously each segment of the tattoo was inked.

 

Simple Dotwork Tattoo Designs

Dotwork tattoos don’t always have to be geometric in nature. They can simply consist of basic elements, such as a pumpkin, a bird or a cat, etc.

 

4. Rebirth

 

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Source: daiseydave_tattoos

Symbolically, pumpkin tattoos are associated with fertility and rebirth. It is also correlated with the theme of Halloween. If done properly, the tattoo can also give off an aesthetic impression.

 

5. Dove 

 

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Source: dinky_doodles_art

Dove tattoos usually indicate peace. People who wish to embrace the spirit of love and peace may get a tattoo that features a dove. It looks even cooler in dotwork style.

 

6. Soulmates

 

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Source: tigerseye__

This tattoo of two cats is a clear representation of you and your soulmate. The soulmate theory does not apply only to lovers. It can mean your best friend too.

Dotwork Throat Tattoo

Besides getting dotwork tattoos on your arms and legs, you can also get them on your neck and throat. Here are some cool options to help you get a dotwork tattoo on your throat.

 

7. Dotwork Fanatic

 

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Source: em.inks

A person who is really into dotwork tattoos would get something like this on their neck.  Anyone could wear this tattoo with great confidence because of how beautiful it looks.

 

8. Raise Your Voice

 

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Source: harrylurkstattoo

The spherical shape in the middle indicates the person’s ability to speak up in times of injustice. If done properly, this tattoo can look really stylish and stunning.

 

Minimalist Dotwork Tattoo

Minimalist tattoos are usually discreet and very difficult to notice on a person’s skin. However, these tattoos are very meaningful and have a great influence on one’s style. Below are some examples:

 

9. Lighthouse

 

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Source: theblackhattattoo

For an individual, lighthouse tattoos serve as the guiding light. This cool tattoo symbolizes guidance, safety, and protection. To serve as a symbol of guidance in their own life, one may get this tattoo.

 

10. Linework Magic

 

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Source: theblackhattattoo

In terms of visuals, line tattoos indicate minimalism. This tattoo is a combination of a line (upper part) and dotwork (lower part) tattoos. If done properly, the tattoo can look really stylish.

 

11. King of the Jungle

 

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Source: theblackhattattoo

This amazing tattoo symbolizes courage and bravery. It is an accurate depiction of the fearlessness of the person bearing the tattoo. A very good choice for sending people a strong message.

 

Dotwork Flower Tattoo

Flower tattoos also look absolutely gorgeous in dotwork form. These tattoos represent the innocence and purity of an individual. Here are some cool dotwork flower tattoo designs:

 

12. Happiness

 

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Source: keeanftattoo

This dotwork tattoo design of the lily flower exudes a sense of serenity and joy. The lily flower itself represents contentment and satisfaction in life.

 

13. Peony Flower Tattoo

 

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Source: turkutattooparlour

The peony flower tattoo symbolizes wealth and elegance. In Japan, this flower is considered as the “King of Flowers”. A very cool tattoo for someone with a bold personality.

 

14. Beauty

 

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Source: laulau_tattoo

The tattoo of the lily and the butterfly together portray the beauty of women. Each of them stands out for its immense beauty and charm.

 

Dotwork Bee Tattoo

In a general sense, a bee tattoo represents loyalty. These insects are loyal to their queen of the beehive. Your dotwork bee tattoo will showcase that you are a loyal individual in general.

 

15. Detailed Bee Tattoo

 

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Source: sunderlandbodyart

As mentioned before, bee tattoos stand for loyalty and faithfulness. Although this looks like a simple bee tattoo, it can tell a person a lot about yourself.

 

16. Simply Dotwork

 

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Source: beckypopetattoo

This tattoo is just another variation of the previous bee tattoo. People get this tattoo mostly because of its powerful meaning. If inked properly, this simple bee tattoo could look astonishing.

 

17. Queen Bee Tattoo

 

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Source: jabbedbyjashi

In a beehive, the queen bee is the most powerful figure. So for that very reason, this dotwork style tattoo stands for feminine energy, power, growth, and motherhood.

 

Dotwork Fish Tattoo

You can also get tattoos of fish in the dotwork style. Generally, fish tattoos stand for strength, prosperity and abundance. Here are some dotwork fish tattoo ideas below:

 

18. Weever Fish Tattoo

 

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Source: jasmineroseellery_tattoo

The weever fish tattoo in this photo represents strength and abundance, as discussed before. If the tattoo bearer wishes to keep his/her tattoo simple, this is a very good choice.

 

19. A Dotty Fish

 

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Source: sahanatattoos

This tattoo design is pure dotwork. One may think it’s just a simple fish tattoo but if looked closely and carefully, it becomes clear that a lot of effort had been put into this tattoo.

 

20. Mackerel Fish Tattoo

 

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Source: jasmineroseellery_tattoo

This is another variation of the dotwork fish. As you can see, this concept can be applied to all kinds of fish tattoos. It’s actually a matter of your own choice.

 

Dotwork Linework Tattoo

Over the past few years, linework and dotwork tattoos have grown in popularity. They can be delicate and pretty or bold if a lot of ink is incorporated. Below are some cool designs to choose from:

 

21. Livewire 

 

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Source: chrischrismith

The tattoo in this photo closely resembles a livewire, which can be really harmful if it is touched with bare hands. The amount of details here makes it look surreal.

 

22. Nightmare

 

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Source: fyodorpavlovtattoo

Horrifying creatures, such as the one in the photo, can only be seen in nightmares or in one’s imagination. These dotwork style tattoos don’t really have a significant meaning but, even so, look really cool.

 

23. Heartbroken

 

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Source: worldwidenoza

As we all know, cupids stand for love and affection. However, a cupid stuck in a pile of thorns means the exact opposite of that. Someone who is really heartbroken can get something like this.

 

Dotwork Snake Tattoo

Snake tattoos symbolize the changing seasons of life. Since snakes shed their skin from time to time, they stand for transformation, immortality and rebirth.

 

24. Snake and Sword Tattoo

 

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Source: black_fox_tattoo

This is a common tattoo design where the snake is wrapped around the sword but the meaning is very powerful. It represents life and wisdom together with courage and fearlessness.

 

25. Strength

 

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Source: nikita.jaded.tattoos

This is a better and a lot cooler version of the previous tattoo. It is heavily detailed and takes up your entire back. A very cool tattoo on the woman’s back to tell people about your bold personality.

 

26. Protection

 

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Source: tattoosbyzara

A tattoo of a snake also indicates protection against bad luck or illness. The way the skin and its eyes are inked is absolutely sublime and the dotwork style makes it look very stylish.

 

Dotwork Sternum Tattoo

Sternum tattoos are those tattoos that are located right below the chest area. If the placement of the tattoo is right, it can look really stylish. Below are some options to choose from:

 

27. Enchantress

 

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Source: nevermoretattoo

This tattoo almost gives off a vibe that is associated with magic, hence the name. As you can see, the positioning of the dotwork tattoo is just perfect and it looks absolutely stunning.

 

28. Creative much?

 

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Source: flo_tatts

We have seen a lot of creative and stylish dotwork tattoos so far but this one definitely beats them all. If all the details are perfectly captured, the tattoo will look absolutely ravishing.

 

Dotwork Style Tattoo

If done properly, a simple dotwork style tattoo will give you a whole new look, making you feel much better about yourself. Here are a few more tattoo designs in dotwork style:

 

29. Dotwork Floral

 

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Source: nurburgink

As we all know, floral tattoos stand for love and affection between two people. Although they’re commonly seen everywhere, floral tattoos are beautiful and they get a lot of attention.

 

30. Dotwork Neck

 

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Source: adrisanchez_tattoo

Previously, we went through a couple of cool neck tattoo designs and this is another one of them. Just like floral tattoos, a good-looking tattoo will make you feel really confident.

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Dotwork Elephant Tattoo

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Dotwork Sun Tattoo

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Flower Of Life Tattoo Dotwork

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Dotwork Head Tattoo

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Dotwork Dragonfly Tattoo

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Source: fishcaketattoo

 

Dotwork Half Sleeve Tattoo

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Dotwork Portrait Tattoo

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Dotwork Animal Tattoo

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Dotwork Dragon Tattoo

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Source: flanes.tattoo

 

Dotwork Owl Tattoo

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Source: saeidroyaltattoo

 

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Source: mitchin.tattoos

 

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Source: atomiccustomtattoos

 

Dotwork Tattoo on Forearm

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Black Dotwork Tattoo

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Lotus Tattoo Dotwork

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Source: sudama_tattoos

 

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Source: celi_dot_tattoo

 

Tribal Dotwork Tattoos

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Source: ostara.tattoo

 

Dotwork Chest Tattoo

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Source: richiecustomink

 

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Source: rose_tattoo

 

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Source: alex_santucci_tattooer

 

Dotwork Color Tattoo

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Dotwork Compass Tattoo

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Dotwork Cover-Up Tattoo

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Source: kikedots

 

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Source: nimketattoo

 

Dotwork Feather Tattoo

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Source: annastella_tattoo

 

Dotwork Finger Tattoo

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Source: eastcoasttattoobarberstudio

 

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Dotwork Forest Tattoo

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Source: tattookadeh

 

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Source: warszawatattoostudio

Dotwork Hand Tattoo

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Source: zoefrasertattoo

 

Dotwork Octopus Tattoo

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Source: georginaleightattoo

 

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Source: libbygracetattoo

 

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Source: chelswelbtattooer

 

Dotwork Ornamental Tattoo

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Dotwork Realism Tattoo

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Dotwork Rose Tattoo

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Source: guillot_ink

 

Dotwork Shading Tattoo

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Dotwork Shoulder Tattoo

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Source: footefoote_tattoo

 

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Source: ericharetattoo

 

Dotwork Space Tattoo

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Source: jasmine.eichmann.tattoo

 

Dotwork Sunflower Tattoo

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Source: nutterstattoos

 

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Source: jade_arteternaltattoo

 

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Conclusion

And that is it! You’re probably overwhelmed by the amount of cool tattoo designs you’ve seen in this article. It is highly recommended that you take your time when choosing your tattoo design as it’s going to be there for a long, long time. Before getting your tattoo, consult your tattoo artist and make sure they’re absolutely professional and really good at their work.

Dotwork tattoos require a lot of patience and attention to every single detail. For this very reason, go with an artist who is highly experienced in dotwork.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does dotwork tattoo last?

Of course, it does.

Is dotwork tattoo more painful?

Dotwork style tattoos are one of the least painful tattooing techniques.

What does 3 dots in a row in a tattoo mean?

When 3 dots are inked in a straight line, it means that a sentence has not yet been completed.

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