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50 Awesomely Beautiful State Tattoos

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1. Alabama

These two childhood pals got this outline of their home state, along with a quote from Bukowski.

source: Via Josh Lafayette
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2. Alaska

The Northern Lights make an appearance in this gorgeous tat.

source: Via Tattoo Donkey
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3. Arizona

With bonus state flag.

source: Via Tattoo Donkey
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4. Arkansas

This isn't the state tree, but this sure is gorgeous colorwork.

source: Via Tattoos By Katie
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5. California

So many things packed into one awesome tat!

source: Via Tattoo Inspiration
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6. Colorado

The outline of the state isn't too thrilling, so this person went for a flag stego. Props.

source: Via Iron Bette Tattoo
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7. Connecticut

Home is where the anatomically correct heart is.

source: Via Flickr
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8. Delaware

This is actually a quote from a song by a CANADIAN band, but it's just so gorgeous.

source: Via Favreault
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9. Florida

Not everything from Florida is totally bonkers.

source: Via TBO
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10. Georgia

The state bird is the brown thrasher, and the state flower the Cherokee rose.

source: Via Deviantart
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11. Hawai'i

Each island on its own branch.

source: Via Tattdiz
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12. Idaho

A simple design for a Boisean.

source: Via Pinterest
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13. Illinois

This is the Chicago Transit Authority map laid over a map of the state - not to scale, of course! Can you imagine how long it would take to ride the El to Wisconsin?

source: Via Caitlin McKay
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14. Indiana

Lyrics from a Chase Coy song adorn this state tat.

source: Via Cool Tattoos
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15. Iowa

Hardcore.

source: Via Archery Talk
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16. Kansas

Love the style of this one.

source: Via Kate's in a Pickle
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17. Kentucky

This is from a very cool project called The Lexington Tattoo Project - a bunch of Lexingtonians got phrases from a poem tattooed on their bodies, the tattoos were photographed, and a short film of the poem was put together. Awesome!

source: Via MHP Books
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18. Louisiana

Fleur-de-Lis, naturally.

source: Via Deviantart
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19. Maine

Wicked cool.

source: Via Strange Maine
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20. Maryland

The outline of Maryland is a challenging one, so this flag crab makes a great alternative.

source: Via Dave Wah
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21. Massachusetts

Gorgeous lettering.

source: Via Tattoo Road Trip
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22. Michigan

Very cool use of negative space on this one!

source: Via Club 93.7
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23. Minnesota

Land of 10,000 Lakes, and this lake tattoo.

source: Via Jackalope Tattoo
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24. Mississippi

The state flower is the magnolia - here's a very cool traditional tattoo take on them.

source: Via Pinterest
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25. Missouri

This is really more of a Kansas City tattoo than Missouri, but it sure is cool.

source: Via 10 Most
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26. Montana

This cool ink combines the state's outline and an awesome grizzly.

source: Via Check Out My Ink
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27. Nebraska

This quirky illustration style shows off Nebraska's beautiful plains.

source: Via pidivn
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28. Nevada

This amazing piece by Justin Brooks incorporates both Nevada AND California.

source: Via Tattoo Spin
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29. New Hampshire

The state's motto is so hardcore.

source: Via Deviantart
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30. New Jersey

What's most impressive about this is this is his WHOLE SIDE. Jersey pride!

source: Via You Don't Know Jersey
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31. New Mexico

This very simple design combines the state outline and its flag.

source: Via Pinterest
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32. New York

Not everyone in New York lives in New York City.

source: Via JS Zolliker
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33. North Carolina

I've never been to Raleigh, but I'm sure it's very nice.

source: Via Next Beyond
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34. North Dakota

This tattoo was done in Bismarck, North Dakota, by Lea Fisher.

source: Via Tattoo Inspiration Blog
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35. Ohio

This outline of Ohio looks like it's waiting for something.

source: Via Check Out My Ink
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36. Oklahoma

Tattoos were banned in Oklahoma until 2006.

source: Via Chacha
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37. Oregon

This gorgeous design combines several Oregon landmarks.

source: Via Grass City
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38. Pennsylvania

Sweet lettering on this Philly-lovin' tattoo.

source: Via Pinterest
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39. Rhode Island

The colors in this one are awesome!

source: Via Mom and Pop Tattoo
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40. South Carolina

Another design that incorporates the state flag along with the outline.

source: Via Tattoos by EMS
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41. South Dakota

One of the state's most famous landmarks, Mount Rushmore, makes a majestic tattoo.

source: Via Check Out My Ink
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42. Tennessee

This state outline is formed in part by irises.

source: Via Pinterest
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43. Texas

The yellow rose of Texas - in black and white.

source: Via Pinterest
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44. Utah

Utah's nickname is the "Beehive State."

source: Via Sweetneedles
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45. Vermont

The name of each county in Vermont forms the proper shape of that county! What a cool illustration.

source: Via Windshield Diaries
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46. Virginia

Virginia is for (basketball) lovers.

source: Via Brandon's Tattoos
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47. Washington

I'm calling it. This one is my favorite.

source: Via Pinterest
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48. West Virginia

West Virginia, mountain mama.

source: Via Pinterest
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49. Wisconsin

Have no fear - CHEESEHEAD MAN IS HERE.

source: Via Off the Map Tattoo
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50. Wyoming

This bucking horse is actually a registered trademark of the state of Wyoming! It also appears on their license plates.

source: Via Tattoo

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