Alert: This '90s Tattoo Trend Is Back (and Better Than Ever)

Updated 04/30/19

When I read that armband tattoos, you know, like the barbed wire Pamela Anderson had inked around her left gun in '95, were on the verge of being a thing again, it was almost too much for my brain to handle. As much as I love Pammy (and I do, a lot), I don't share her taste in tattoos. That said, the beauty icon had the design in question lasered off in 2014, so it's safe to say she wasn't into it either. Regardless of your feels on the '90s body art trend, Pinterest says it's back, and better than ever. And having seen the proof, I concur.

In fact, according to the social media site's recent 2017 trend predictions report, the formerly naff tattoo trend is already going off. Having grown by 96 per cent since last year, armband ink is poised for a resurgence. Not convinced? Put those visions of dated quasi-tribal symbols (cultural appropriation = not cool) and masculine patterns out of your head, and open your mind. Trust, Pinterest is heaving with all the feminine armband inspiration you could ever need.

Keep scrolling to see for yourself.

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Possibly the most beautiful armband tattoo we've seen, this floral situation is just so pretty.

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A simple reminder to live your best life.

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Three layered lines and author Jack Kerouac's signature make for a literary masterpiece.

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We love the way this vine tattoo snakes its way around the owner's wrist.

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This duo of black bands has a traditional feel, but could just as easily be the mark of a minimalist. 

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Another feminine floral piece, we love the juxtaposition between edgy and dainty.

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Not keen on your upper arms? Here's another way to do armband tattoos, in a bracelet placement. 

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A teensy forest scene makes for an otherworldly (and easily hidden) tattoo. 

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An Australian favourite, this wave design is as eternal as the Tamarama tides.

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