50 Awesomely Beautiful State Tattoos

1. Alabama
These two childhood pals got this outline of their home state, along with a quote from Bukowski.
2. Alaska
The Northern Lights make an appearance in this gorgeous tat.
3. Arizona
With bonus state flag.
4. Arkansas
This isn't the state tree, but this sure is gorgeous colorwork.
5. California
So many things packed into one awesome tat!
6. Colorado
The outline of the state isn't too thrilling, so this person went for a flag stego. Props.
7. Connecticut
Home is where the anatomically correct heart is.
8. Delaware
This is actually a quote from a song by a CANADIAN band, but it's just so gorgeous.
9. Florida
Not everything from Florida is totally bonkers.
10. Georgia
The state bird is the brown thrasher, and the state flower the Cherokee rose.
11. Hawai'i
Each island on its own branch.
12. Idaho
A simple design for a Boisean.
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?
14. Indiana
Lyrics from a Chase Coy song adorn this state tat.
15. Iowa
Hardcore.
16. Kansas
Love the style of this one.
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!
18. Louisiana
Fleur-de-Lis, naturally.
19. Maine
Wicked cool.
20. Maryland
The outline of Maryland is a challenging one, so this flag crab makes a great alternative.
21. Massachusetts
Gorgeous lettering.
22. Michigan
Very cool use of negative space on this one!
23. Minnesota
Land of 10,000 Lakes, and this lake tattoo.
24. Mississippi
The state flower is the magnolia - here's a very cool traditional tattoo take on them.
25. Missouri
This is really more of a Kansas City tattoo than Missouri, but it sure is cool.
26. Montana
This cool ink combines the state's outline and an awesome grizzly.
27. Nebraska
This quirky illustration style shows off Nebraska's beautiful plains.
28. Nevada
This amazing piece by Justin Brooks incorporates both Nevada AND California.
29. New Hampshire
The state's motto is so hardcore.
30. New Jersey
What's most impressive about this is this is his WHOLE SIDE. Jersey pride!
31. New Mexico
This very simple design combines the state outline and its flag.
32. New York
Not everyone in New York lives in New York City.
33. North Carolina
I've never been to Raleigh, but I'm sure it's very nice.
34. North Dakota
This tattoo was done in Bismarck, North Dakota, by Lea Fisher.
35. Ohio
This outline of Ohio looks like it's waiting for something.
36. Oklahoma
Tattoos were banned in Oklahoma until 2006.
37. Oregon
This gorgeous design combines several Oregon landmarks.
38. Pennsylvania
Sweet lettering on this Philly-lovin' tattoo.
39. Rhode Island
The colors in this one are awesome!
40. South Carolina
Another design that incorporates the state flag along with the outline.
41. South Dakota
One of the state's most famous landmarks, Mount Rushmore, makes a majestic tattoo.
42. Tennessee
This state outline is formed in part by irises.
43. Texas
The yellow rose of Texas - in black and white.
44. Utah
Utah's nickname is the "Beehive State."
45. Vermont
The name of each county in Vermont forms the proper shape of that county! What a cool illustration.
46. Virginia
Virginia is for (basketball) lovers.
47. Washington
I'm calling it. This one is my favorite.
48. West Virginia
West Virginia, mountain mama.
49. Wisconsin
Have no fear - CHEESEHEAD MAN IS HERE.
50. Wyoming
This bucking horse is actually a registered trademark of the state of Wyoming! It also appears on their license plates.

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