The Western-Inspired Tattoo Trend Has Officially Arrived (& It's Giving Coastal Cowgirl)

You've likely noticed traces of the Western trend popping up in recent months and this summer the cowgirl boots, cacti, and rodeos are sure to be out in full force. There's undeniably something charming and nostalgic about the wild west aesthetic, from denim-on-denim ensembles to classic cowgirl hats, we just can't get enough of the romantic details and by contrast, the rugged edge of the timeless look. Consequently, the country-western aesthetic is the fashion gift that keeps on giving.

When it comes to tattoos, not much could be sweeter than some Western-inspired ink. Many of the cowgirl-esque tattoos we're seeing are the perfect balance of Western flair, dainty linework, and unique design. If you were anywhere near TikTok in recent months, then you're likely familiar with the laidback, chic coastal cowgirl vibe and that's exactly what we're loving about the Western-inspired tattoo trend that has officially arrived just in time for a summer of fun — so let this one inspire your ink in 2023. Let's take a closer look at some of our favorites.

Best friends forever

What better way to commemorate your wild ways with your bestie than matching Western-inspired tattoos? We're loving this single line horse and floral horseshoe combo. Nothing is sweeter than a duo like this — and the options are nearly endless when it comes to narrowing down your favorite Western aesthetic designs.

Darling dearest

How sweet is this country-esque cow print cowgirl hat tattoo? We cannot get over the darling pattern and delicate lines of this charming little design. This seems like a great option for the tattoo novice who may want to start out with a smaller piece — alternatively, it could also be a perfect addition to a sticker style tattoo collage.

Fun and flirty

This laid back, slow living cowgirl is what this trend is all about. Sweet, stylish, and flirty, nothing encapsulates the Western-inspired ink quite like this winking gal. The subtle tones and hues make this one all the sweeter with a hint of mystery. You're sure to see many versions of this sly cowgirl out there this season.

Even cowgirls get the blues

This forlorn cowgirl takes the cake for the cowgirl blues. We can't get over the emotion so perfectly conveyed in this design and are just head-over-heels for the pops of color — the eyeshadow and freckles? It's just too darn cute. This soft and gentle cowgirl tattoo is one we won't soon forget.

Desert dreaming

The ultimate quintessential Western-inspired vibe? We'd bet on the longhorn skull and an inked version is no exception. We're all about the fine lines for this country trend and the variations out there have us majorly swooning. It's a snapshot into the desert road trip life and that's all we really need to be swept away.

Sweet and simple

We love the simplistic and direct country energy of this one and when you throw in a "howdy," it doesn't get much better than that. The cowgirl hat is likely to be one of the most common themes in the Western-inspired tattoo trend this season and we're more than here for the different takes and makes of the iconic accessory.

Sassy sweetheart

Another mysterious cowgirl with all the sass and we are not disappointed. These wild and free, feminine spirits are just what we like to see when it comes to the Western-inspired tattoo trend and if you're considering jumping on board, starting with one of these gals is the way to go.