18 Moving Tattoos That Are More Than Meets The Eye

Kasia Mikolajczak
two trapeze artists tattoo
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There are so many tattoo styles. It's really hard to decide on a design. Do you tend to agree with that? Some people opt for a classic idea, while others like to think outside the box. If you're the latter type, I've got a super cool concept for you to check out.

Moving tattoos come to life once a person maneuvers their body. All you need is a talented tattoo artist to pull something like this off, so get a load of these ideas here and get going.

This Super Bug

First of all, this beetle tattoo is something else, huh? It's quite an elaborate design. Am I right? But once this person moves their arm, it really does come alive. Oh, my goodness! Isn't that amazing or what?

This Fancy Carrot

Let me ask you something: would you get a carrot tattooed on your arm? Hmm, that's an interesting choice, alright. But once you see it in motion, you might change your mind, ha, ha. Isn't this a cute idea or what?

This Oyster Tattoo

Tattoo on a person's arm of an oyster.
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their tattoo, huh? Well, you can totally do that when you get an oyster with a pearl hidden inside tattooed on your body. I don't know about you, but I really dig this idea.

This Fabulous Bee

Here's somebody who obviously can appreciate the humble bee. Not only did they get one tattooed on their arm, but they picked a fancy geometrical design. And then they animated this idea. How fabulous is that, huh?

This Pretty Butterfly

It's pretty clear that these moving tattoos work best with all sorts of animals, such as butterflies, beetles, and birds, huh? It's really cool to see the expanding wingspan once you move your arm. This butterfly tattoo here is pretty gorgeous, no?

These Trapeze Artists

Here's a different take on the idea. This time the person who decided on this tattoo here chose two trapeze artists. Check out the other pictures to see how they move together. That's so awesome, huh? I love this idea.

This Snail Piece

Did I tell you that I used to collect snails as a kid? Oh, yeah! I loved my little friends I used to keep on my window, ha, ha. My mom, however, was less than thrilled about it when they would leave a film all over our windows.

This Awesome Giraffe

No, this isn't your typical giraffe tattoo. No, sir! This one has a lot more character, if I say so myself. Wait until you see it in motion, and then you can really appreciate the workmanship that went into it.

This Colorful Beetle

Wow, I didn't realize so many people were into beetles. I can't say I share this passion, but I can definitely appreciate a great tattoo when I see one. And this one is no exception. What do you think of it, huh?

These 'Butterfl-eyes'

Here's another take on a butterfly tattoo. However, this one comes with a hidden feature. When you look at it when the leg is closed, it resembles an eye, and when you move, it becomes a butterfly. Oh, my! What a cool concept. Am I right?

This Bee In Motion

Here's a cool slow-mo video to show you exactly how a moving tattoo can look on somebody's leg. I find these types of tattoos so fascinating indeed. It's awesome to see people having fun instead of just opting for a boring static tattoo, huh?

This Freehand Piece

If you're looking for a tattoo that will make people stop and look, this one might be the right idea for you. When I saw this one, I definitely stopped in my tracks. It's quite mesmerizing, and that's a fact.

This Rad Bat

I don't know if I told you, but I've always wanted to get a bat tattoo. Bats have fascinated me for a long time, and I have a special affinity for this animal. So you can appreciate how much I love this tattoo here. See it move on the last slide.

This Elephant Hand Tattoo

I don't know about you, but I'm a huge fan of elephants in general. They're such gentle creatures, huh? So I'm all over this gorgeous Ganesha tattoo here, and the fact that the trunk moves with you extend your finger is even cooler.

This 'Donnie Darko' Tat

Fans of the movie Donnie Darko will immediately recognize this tattoo here. I admit I never got into this flick, but I find this idea fascinating to boot. It's quite creepy and beautiful at the same time. What do you think?

This 'Alice In Wonderland' Piece

Speaking of movies, here's another homage to a popular flick. This time the tattoo artist created the most fantastical Alice in Wonderland theme here. Wow! I have to say I'm pretty impressed by this piece.

This Awesome Dinosaur

If you ever thought about getting a dinosaur tattoo, hold your thought. Don't get it done until you check this out. Doesn't that look so much more interesting than just a static image, huh? I think so, too.

So what's the verdict?

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Do you dig these moving tattoos as much as I do? I think it's super cool to see a design that can move with you. If you were to get one tattoo, this style would be something all your friends would envy, that's for sure. So go for it! What are you waiting for, huh?