It can be generally assumed that tattoos are a newer phenomenon in women and, in a sense, also. Seeing a female tattoo in public has been rather rare in the past hundred years, at least in Western culture. However, the practice of applying a female tattoo is not as unusual as many people think.
Tribal cultures around the world have adorned women's bodies in thousands of years. Totemic representations of tribal family icons to denote tribal loyalty, marriage, and rank in matriarchy have been used consistently in cultures in Asia, Africa, and the peoples of the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica.
Even in western cultures of the 18th and 19th centuries, a female tattoo was found here and there, although this was usually the case for women who visited areas of a city that did justice to the nightlife and more pedestrian entertainment. Traveling circuses and carnivals often employed women who had more than one female tattoo, to say the least. These "illustrated" women were a very popular attraction and enjoyed widespread popularity.
Today the female tattoo is seen much more often. The popularity of the butterfly or flower on the lower back or ankle was a recognized part of youth culture in the 1960s and 1970s. The practice has grown since then. Modern women get tattooed on many other parts of their bodies, and the pictography they choose is more diverse than ever.
Today's female tattoo is often motivated by relationships, such as with a partner or a child. Names and visual reproductions of relatives can be found on the thighs, calves, shoulders and breasts as well as on the forearms and feet.
Here are some tattoo designs for girls.