New tattoo trends drop every other week, each bringing with it ingenuity and allure. Say goodbye to earrings and ear cuffs, and hello to helix tattoos, the new tattoo trend that is taking over Instagram.
Many people love the idea of a tattoo but don’t want a statement-making piece of body art. Some would like something a little more subtle or discreet. Enter the helix tattoo. But what is the helix exactly? The helix is the thin curved outer part of the ear. The trend has blown up thanks to Seoul-based tattoo artist Zihee, whose Instagram (which has 90k followers) is filled with insanely bright and nature-filled tattoos. Recently, the tattoo trend gained some traction, spawning numerous posts on social media pages with hordes of people showing off their fashionably inked ears.
The tiny canvas and odd shape of the ear requires some creative problem solving, but it’s a challenge that many artists gladly meet. Florals like those of Zihee aren’t the only option when it comes to tattoos on the ear. Text, along with simple lines and shapes, are also playful ways to sport ink without the time commitment that comes with larger pieces.
Check out some of the coolest designs on Instagram right now.