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Thigh Garter Tattoos for Girls

Updated on January 22, 2016

Thigh Garter Tattoos for Girls

The classic thigh garter is enjoying a revival---in ink, that is!

Undoubtedly one of the sexiest places a girl can get a tattoo, a thigh tattoo is as easily hidden as it is shown off on a whim.

View a range of garter tattoos for girls, from simple black lace or abstract details to highly detailed three-dimensional masterpieces.

Aside from the usual ribbons and bows, consider something unique like a script design encompassing one or both thighs, perhaps mirrored or opposing design---it's the perfect place to get creative!

black lace bow tattoo by: bloodline tattoo company
black lace bow tattoo by: bloodline tattoo company

Ribbons, Lace + Romance

all the delicate details...

A classic element to the garter is typically ultra-feminine details like lace, satiny ribbons and bows! It's not surprising these same things show up in the inked versions quite often. Lace trimming, hearts and romantic details are popular, and work well if you're after a realistic look.

If you're looking to get a garter in this style check out images of real lace styles to give you an idea of what's out there, a few different lace styles for inspiration could be: eyelet, battenberg, chantilly, Victorian, Edwardian, crochet, gothic lace...

Adding personal details is easy, consider birthflowers, charms and jewels worked into your garter design to personalize it!

black lace bow tattoo by: bloodline tattoo company

Traditional ribbons, bows + frills - vintage pin-up girl style!

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Black and grey, bit of an old school style.  Tattoo by Tim Mc AlaryLacey and delicate, just lovely!  Tattoo by 902 tattoo company http://www.facebook.com/902TattooSimple and classic---sheer black with red ribbon!Shaded pink bow and band with lace trimpretty lace band and bow in black & greyRed Satin with black sheer bits in between, tattoo by Maura, at Edu Tattoo, Porto Alegre, Brasil.Red Satin with black sheer bits in between, tattoo by Maura, at Edu Tattoo, Porto Alegre, Brasil.Dainty bow with white lace, nice background shading here!
Black and grey, bit of an old school style.  Tattoo by Tim Mc Alary
Black and grey, bit of an old school style. Tattoo by Tim Mc Alary
Lacey and delicate, just lovely!  Tattoo by 902 tattoo company http://www.facebook.com/902Tattoo
Lacey and delicate, just lovely! Tattoo by 902 tattoo company http://www.facebook.com/902Tattoo
Simple and classic---sheer black with red ribbon!
Simple and classic---sheer black with red ribbon!
Shaded pink bow and band with lace trim
Shaded pink bow and band with lace trim
pretty lace band and bow in black & grey
pretty lace band and bow in black & grey
Red Satin with black sheer bits in between, tattoo by Maura, at Edu Tattoo, Porto Alegre, Brasil.
Red Satin with black sheer bits in between, tattoo by Maura, at Edu Tattoo, Porto Alegre, Brasil.
Red Satin with black sheer bits in between, tattoo by Maura, at Edu Tattoo, Porto Alegre, Brasil.
Red Satin with black sheer bits in between, tattoo by Maura, at Edu Tattoo, Porto Alegre, Brasil.
Dainty bow with white lace, nice background shading here!
Dainty bow with white lace, nice background shading here!

Know what you want but can't draw?

Honestly the best place online to get a custom tattoo drawn up for you---I'm not just saying that because I'm one of the artists, either! Plenty of brilliant designers and artists battle artistically to come up with whatever YOU want, starts at around $20 and comes with a money-back guarantee, can't beat that.

I love the combination of black lace and a colored bow!  This beautiful piece was done by Jack Gallowtree, a wonderful UK artist worth a search...
I love the combination of black lace and a colored bow! This beautiful piece was done by Jack Gallowtree, a wonderful UK artist worth a search...

For those who fear pain... - Stockings, tights & pantyhose with awesome patterns & designs

If the idea of ink is more appealing than the reality, consider stockings and tights with patterns woven into them for the same kind of look! Infinitely changeable and great if you're on a budget too.

Simple, Elegant Black Lacework

Because black matches everything...

If (like me) you change your style as often as your socks, perhaps deciding on a specific color (or range of colors) just isn't for you. Luckily, there's nothing that doesn't look good with black, and sometimes just a simple but well done band of finely detailed 'lace' recreated in ink is the most effective and striking design, no frills and fluff required.

If yours is a classic style, and you want a sexy garter with a timeless look to it, this might be just the ticket.

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Ornate black lacework thigh garterBlack Victorian lace with pretty, feminine bowVery clean black lacework with contrasting ribbon up the backBand of lace with realistic tattoo gunDetailed band of black lace with gorgeous contrasting red bowPlain band of black lacework, the perfect tattoo to show off with a slit skirt!Traditional style shaded lace band, done at Old Tattoo Box in Franceone on each leg, lovely!
Ornate black lacework thigh garter
Ornate black lacework thigh garter
Black Victorian lace with pretty, feminine bow
Black Victorian lace with pretty, feminine bow
Very clean black lacework with contrasting ribbon up the back
Very clean black lacework with contrasting ribbon up the back
Band of lace with realistic tattoo gun
Band of lace with realistic tattoo gun
Detailed band of black lace with gorgeous contrasting red bow
Detailed band of black lace with gorgeous contrasting red bow
Plain band of black lacework, the perfect tattoo to show off with a slit skirt!
Plain band of black lacework, the perfect tattoo to show off with a slit skirt!
Traditional style shaded lace band, done at Old Tattoo Box in France
Traditional style shaded lace band, done at Old Tattoo Box in France
one on each leg, lovely!
one on each leg, lovely!

Sexy Sheer Lace!

This is one of the prettiest lace band garters I've seen---the detail in the shading is amazing, and it looks just like the band of lage on a pair of luxurious thigh highs!

Photo: TA-Exclusive.com - TrueArtists Family

pretty in ink

The level of detail in some of the realistic garters is amazing nowadays, but don't expect every tattooist so be able to pull it off! The subtle shading and delicate coloring takes time to master, and expect to pay accordingly.

Rates vary from place to place, and the price is not nearly as telling as a portfolio of work. If you are after a realistic garter, make sure your artist has a background in photo-realism and portraits. The ability to make light & shadows look real is a true art, and the priced accorgingly.

If your garter is to have a gun, dagger or other accessory, consider the fabric the garter is made from---if it's sheer or lacey, it should be transparent & show some of the item. These little details can make all the difference if you want your piece to look like a piece of clothing from afar.

- Pink satin & bow garter tattoo done by

Ser.Ink Tattoo Studio in Italy,

Pretty little pistol

If you're considering a realistic garter with a gun (or dagger, whatever) in it, make sure your design is correctly proportioned! Nothing looks worse than having one element too large or small, it can throw your whole design off. Whether or not you choose to angle your gun can make quite a difference to the final look as well so try a few different layouts before you decide.

Be sure your tattooist (or designer if you're having your art made by someone else) also takes into consideration the shadowing change where the lace of the garter would be stretched over your gun/blade! If the lace is more transparant, some of what's underneath should be visible too.

Sass and Violence

Ladies packin' heat

Another common element in garter tattoos is a weapon of some type---usually a dagger or pistol. Vintage guns with elaborate detailing and engraving are popular, as are daggers and short blades.

The small Derringer is a commom gun for a garter tattoo, due in part to its small size and popularity with ladies and also to the fact that it was often ornately decorated, perfect for a tattoo design.

In recent years, heavier and more modern guns have found their way into the delicate garters of many inked ladies; maybe it's the contrast of metal and lace---perhaps the connotation of strength and femnininity together; but the classic combo of garter and weapon is as hot as ever.

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detailed white lace with antique pistol, by George ScharfenbergDetailed lace thigh garter with small vintage pistolBlack lace band with black & grey revolver by DeNiro TattoosLace garter with mother-of-pearl inlaid pistol by Jason Doherty, of portland ORSmall revolver and butterfly in ribbon garterAntique pistol with shaded lace garter band---traditional style in black & greydainty and feminine!One of the best done garter & gun tattoos, perfect shadowing and realism.
detailed white lace with antique pistol, by George Scharfenberg
detailed white lace with antique pistol, by George Scharfenberg
Detailed lace thigh garter with small vintage pistol
Detailed lace thigh garter with small vintage pistol
Black lace band with black & grey revolver by DeNiro Tattoos
Black lace band with black & grey revolver by DeNiro Tattoos
Lace garter with mother-of-pearl inlaid pistol by Jason Doherty, of portland OR
Lace garter with mother-of-pearl inlaid pistol by Jason Doherty, of portland OR
Small revolver and butterfly in ribbon garter
Small revolver and butterfly in ribbon garter
Antique pistol with shaded lace garter band---traditional style in black & grey
Antique pistol with shaded lace garter band---traditional style in black & grey
dainty and feminine!
dainty and feminine!
One of the best done garter & gun tattoos, perfect shadowing and realism.
One of the best done garter & gun tattoos, perfect shadowing and realism.

Gorgeous Lifelike Detail

Some of the most beautiful thigh garter tattoos don't even look like tattoos at a distance; many so amazingly detailed it's hard to believe they're real. This style requires an artist with the utmost experience and attention to detail; Photorealism is one of the more advanced styles to master. A skilled artist can make fabrics appear to sit on the skin, ribbons shimmer and jewels sparkle---simply exquisite and perfect for the level of detail this gorgous style demands.

Beautiful Realism & 3D Shading

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Incredible detail in this sheer white lace thigh garter with blue satin ribbon detailingBlack & grey garter with bow by Bob PriceNot quite a garter, but definitely detailed!  Skull garter clip on little bow with an awesome 3D effectTattered lace thigh garter with kitties, by 2Face tattoohttp://2face-tattoo.deviantart.com/
Incredible detail in this sheer white lace thigh garter with blue satin ribbon detailing
Incredible detail in this sheer white lace thigh garter with blue satin ribbon detailing
Black & grey garter with bow by Bob Price
Black & grey garter with bow by Bob Price
Not quite a garter, but definitely detailed!  Skull garter clip on little bow with an awesome 3D effect
Not quite a garter, but definitely detailed! Skull garter clip on little bow with an awesome 3D effect
Tattered lace thigh garter with kitties, by 2Face tattoohttp://2face-tattoo.deviantart.com/
Tattered lace thigh garter with kitties, by 2Face tattoo http://2face-tattoo.deviantart.com/

Abstract Garter Ideas - simplicity and style

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Stylized lace and beads around both thighs---slightly different take on the garter ideaSimple black bows around the thighs on both legsMusical bow with notes on one thigh---not quite a garter but awesome idea!
Stylized lace and beads around both thighs---slightly different take on the garter idea
Stylized lace and beads around both thighs---slightly different take on the garter idea
Simple black bows around the thighs on both legs
Simple black bows around the thighs on both legs
Musical bow with notes on one thigh---not quite a garter but awesome idea!
Musical bow with notes on one thigh---not quite a garter but awesome idea!

If you were to get a garter tattoo... - what would it be?

what would you get as a garter on your thigh?

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      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      Well, as a guy these would look awfully funny on me! Nice lens, though!

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      Hexadecimal LM 3 years ago

      @goldenrulecomics: Hey, I don't judge lol...I am thinking of drawing one up to have inked on me so this was kinda the fruit of my research!

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      Bill Kasman 22 months ago

      Unbelievable artistry in these tatto0s - far outclasses the common ones I have. Wish I was a girl so I could get a couple of these ones!

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