Thigh Garter Tattoos for Girls

Updated on February 20, 2019
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As someone who has a lace tattoo, I love the way it looks on my body, it has a distinct look that's different than your average tattoo.

Beautiful garter tattoo
Beautiful garter tattoo | Source

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, and Romance

Classic elements to the garter typically include ultra-feminine details like lace, satiny ribbons, and bows! It's not surprising these same things often show up in the inked versions, as well. Lace trimming, hearts, and romantic details are popular, and they 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, and gothic lace.

Adding personal details is another great idea, too. Consider birth flowers, charms, and jewels worked into your garter design to personalize it.

Traditional Ribbons, Bows & Frills: Vintage Pinup Girl Style!

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Bit of an old school style in black and grey, by Tim McAlary.Lacey and delicate, just lovely! Tattoo by 902 Tattoo Company Simple and classic: sheer black with red ribbon.Shaded pink bow and band with lace trim.Pretty lace band and bow in black and 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.Dainty bow with white lace. Nice background shading here!
Bit of an old school style in black and grey, by Tim McAlary.
Bit of an old school style in black and grey, by Tim McAlary.
Lacey and delicate, just lovely! Tattoo by 902 Tattoo Company
Lacey and delicate, just lovely! Tattoo by 902 Tattoo Company | Source
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 and grey.
Pretty lace band and bow in black and 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 to get a custom tattoo drawn up for you is online—and 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. It starts at around $20 and comes with a money-back guarantee. You 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 or Tights

If the idea of ink is more appealing than the reality, consider stockings or tights with patterns woven into them for the same kind of look! Infinitely changeable and great if you're on a budget, too. A couple of nice options include these tiger pantyhose or these fishnets, but there are tons of other great options out there, as well.

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" re-created 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 lace on a pair of luxurious thigh highs!
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 lace on a pair of luxurious thigh highs! | Source

Pretty in Ink

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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 and shadows look real is a true art, and it is priced accordingly.

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 and 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.

Pretty Little Pistol

If you're considering a realistic garter with a gun (or dagger, whatever), 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 transparent, 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 common 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—or perhaps it's the connotation of strength and femininity 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 Scharfenberg.Detailed lace thigh garter with small vintage pistol.Black lace band with black and grey revolver, by DeNiro Tattoos.Lace garter with mother-of-pearl inlaid pistol, by Jason Doherty, Portland, OR.Small revolver and butterfly in ribbon garter.Antique pistol with shaded lace garter band, traditional style in black and grey.Dainty and feminine!One of the best done garter and 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 and grey revolver, by DeNiro Tattoos.
Black lace band with black and grey revolver, by DeNiro Tattoos.
Lace garter with mother-of-pearl inlaid pistol, by Jason Doherty, Portland, OR.
Lace garter with mother-of-pearl inlaid pistol, by Jason Doherty, 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 and grey.
Antique pistol with shaded lace garter band, traditional style in black and grey.
Dainty and feminine!
Dainty and feminine!
One of the best done garter and gun tattoos, perfect shadowing and realism.
One of the best done garter and 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 are 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 gorgeous style demands.

Beautiful Realism and 3D Shading

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Incredible detail in this sheer white lace thigh garter with blue satin ribbon detailingBlack and 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 Tattoo
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 and grey garter with bow, by Bob Price
Black and 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 Tattoo
Tattered lace thigh garter with kitties, by 2Face Tattoo | Source

Abstract Garter Ideas: Simplicity and Style

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Stylized lace and beads around both thighs, a 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 an awesome idea!
Stylized lace and beads around both thighs, a slightly different take on the garter idea
Stylized lace and beads around both thighs, a 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 an awesome idea!
Musical bow with notes on one thigh. Not quite a garter but an awesome idea!

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        Equality 

        5 weeks ago

        Bill Kasman, you dont need to wish that. Men can also have femininity and ”women tattoos”. Who tells us not to? Im a man and I will get a lace garter with a bow on the back of the thigh. Its equality and nothing can stop that.

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        Kellie 

        2 months ago

        I have a garder tatoo pink. Purple. Blue with my. Kids. Names. On it. Tahlia ashlyn and Callum william

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        Lynsey Harte 

        17 months ago from Glasgow

        I would love a garter tattoo- I always said i would get one when (if) I get married... I have always wanted a white lace garter design, and the one in this hub is gorgeous, so it was great to see it as a tattoo rather than just an idea in my head. Thanks for that.

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        Bill Kasman 

        4 years 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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        Hexadecimal LM 

        5 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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        goldenrulecomics 

        5 years ago from New Jersey

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

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