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15 Helix Tattoos That Can Officially Make Your Cartilage Piercings Permanent

The newest way to decorate your ears and permanently replace those cartilage piercings is here! Helix tattoos—tats on the curved upper area of your ear—are taking over the scene. Check out these 15 designs for inspiration!

Curly Q

Curly Q

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Go bold or go home! Thicken the lines of your tattoo for some serious next-level looks. This bold ink from @livfrost_ is fun and stands out in an otherwise hidden area!

Photo: @livfrost_ | Instagram

Lilac Lovin'

Lilac Lovin'

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We are so in love with these helix lilacs from @constabletattoo. It's like having a little bit of happiness tucked behind your ear no matter where you go!

Photo: @constabletattoo | Instagram

Get In Line

Get In Line

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Don't be afraid to use your entire ear and let the tattoo design flow! This ink from @fernandamellotattoo wouldn't have been nearly as cool if it would've abruptly stopped.

Photo: @fernandamellotattoo | Instagram

Simplicity

Simplicity

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The simplest of designs can be ideal for a helix tattoo. It adds just enough interest to complement any look. Just check out this subtle ink from @wadebyrdmt.

Photo: @wadebyrdmt | Instagram

Through Thick & Thin

Through Thick & Thin

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Love your cartilage piercings so much that you want to make them permanent? Helix tattoos can mimic the look of your favorite piercings, like these from @tjiske.jelsma, that you never have to replace!

Photo: @tjiske.jelsma | Instagram

Black Birds

Black Birds

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We can't get over how unique and super cool these black bird tattoos are from @karolinasmedzik. Just because it's a small space doesn't mean you can't do some serious work with it!

Photo: @karolinasmedzik| Instagram

Go Abstract

Go Abstract

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One look at this helix tattoo from @thewitchfinder proves that abstract always works. Leave it up to your tattoo artist to have a little freedom for a fun surprise!

Photo: @thewitchfinder| Instagram

Faded

Faded

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By adding some fading techniques to the edges of your tattoo, like in this one from @tattoomirr, you can create even more interest that takes any ink to the next level.

Photo: @tattoomirr | Instagram

Seeing Double

Seeing Double

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Why get one helix tatted when you can get both? Seriously cannot get enough of these twin helix tattoos from @lorrainerosset!

Photo: @lorrainerosset| Instagram

And That's A Wrap

And That's A Wrap

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This ink from @punctuur doesn't just stop with the front of the helix. By wrapping the design around the entire ear, it creates a cool look from any angle.

Photo: @punctuur | Instagram

Branch Out

Branch Out

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Your helix can be the perfect spot for a tiny nod to nature. This dainty vine from @zihee_tattoo is ideal for any self-declared tree hugger!

Photo: @zihee_tattoo | Instagram

Parallel Views

Parallel Views

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The cool thing about helix tattoos is that even the simplest of designs can look totally rad. Check out these three, simple lines from @abrilferrario that make a super interesting look.

Photo: @abrilferrario | Instagram

Bold Move

Bold Move

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Why only have part of your helix covered, when you can tattoo over the entire thing? This bold and daring ink from @tattoo__________ink gives an edgy vibe to every occasion!

Photo: @tattoo__________ink | Instagram

Round Of Ap(paws)

Round Of Ap(paws)

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Does your furry friend double as your best friend? Use the helix tat trend to give the ultimate tribute to your pet. Bravo to @davevalentinestattoos for the adorable ode.

Photo: @davevalentinestattoos | Instagram

Leaf Nothing Behind

Leaf Nothing Behind

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How gorgeous is this helix tattoo from @headandneckart? We love the mix of black ink with color and how it uses the entire ear! 10/10 would definitely recommend.

Photo: @headandneckart| Instagram

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