Stitch Tattoo Ideas

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Stitch Tattoo Ideas
Whether your tattoo is about style or sentimental memories, a stitch pattern may be what you are looking for. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The world of tattoos has grown immensely in the past century. A tattoo is about personal expression, memory, tribute or statement. It will be on your body forever, so designing your tattoo is not something to take lightly. Almost every style of tattoo has been experimented with, including the use of stitch patterns to create both simple and extravagant images.

Stitched Wounds

This popular tattoo trend involves tattoos that look like medical stitches. In this dark and gruesome tattoo style, artists draw stitches that appear as if they are reattaching limbs or keeping lacerations from bursting. One famous tattoo by artist Paul Booth features a disturbing scene. The tattoo is designed to make the wearers head appear severed, attached around the neck by a few loose stitches. Because of the violent nature in this type of body art, Booth and the client went through a long decision making process before deciding to tattoo the design.


Tattoo your favourite design onto your body as if it were a fabric patch. This scarecrow type of style is a popular way to add extra dimension to a tattoo design. It is less gruesome than medical stitches, and there are endless possibilities. Stuffing could be bursting out from behind a tear in the tattooed stitches or you could attach multiple patches to create a quilt appearance on the body. One Design, featured in the Heart Tattoo's Blog, is a broken heart that's been hurriedly stitched back together.

Cross Stitch

A less commonly seen tattoo design involving stitches is cross stitch. This idea is perfect for the hard core cross stitching lover, or for anyone wanting to preserve a valued family cross stitch pattern. Cross stitch tattoos are, as they sound, made to look like cross stitch patterns, as if someone stitched right onto your skin. They can be pictures, quotes, sayings or even likenesses. Cross stitch tattoos are delicate and unique. As long as the design does not include bad language, cross stitch tattoos are among the least offensive styles of tattoo design there are.


Tattoos communicate messages, whether it is through picture, idea, cartoon or language. Create a unique tattoo font in which to convey words. Draw out the letters in tattooed stitches. The result is a handmade-looking tattoo. Similar to patch tattoos, stitch lettering has a scarecrow country feel, but you can make the design much simpler. A small, personal message is a perfect idea to express through stitch tattoo lettering. Anthony Lombardi is a musical journalist interviewed by the "Brooklyn Journal" about his tattoo dreams. He has an idea to "stitch" his favourite literary quotes on his body and then link them like a giant tattoo quilt.

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