IMAGES NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
Basically they’re all nipples. And technically what I’m talking about is the areola (colored area around the nipple) but I’m going to use “nipple” because that’s the key word that people will be searching for online.
There are two parts to this answer.
Let’s start at the first assumption that you want a chest piece or body piece or something, and you want to tattoo over the nipple.
Generally artists never do this, for two reason: (1) Nipples are made of erectile tissue that is a pain in the ass to tattoo, and is super uncomfortable. (2) Nipples and belly buttons are what “maps” out your torso to the eye. Without nipples, you look kind of out-of-proportion to the view. It basically creates a weird optical illusion.
by Jesse Smith. You can see how the piece is designed around the nipples instead of just leaving them blank or tattooing over them. It was a conscious decision.
Artist Unknown, but tattooing with out taking into account the nipples or shape of the body leaves it looking a bit awkward.
Or, you just want to tattoo the nipple to make it look cool.
Tattooing nipples seems to be a nice advance for breast cancer survivors who cannot (or choose not) to have nipple reconstruction after having one or both breasts removed. It’s fucking awesome that an industry with such a bad rap can help women in this way.
Here’s an example of how boss this shit is:
Yay for making women feel good about their bodies after beating cancer!!
Now if you have a normal nipple and you just want to tattoo something over it, it will hold well enough but make sure you go to an artist who has experience in doing something like this or experience doing tattooed makeup, which relies on matching skin tones naturally.
And here are some examples of how to make your areola look awesome:
For something more decorative like the last two, remember that they will always turn out darker than the current color of your areola.
But, because all of these have no black lines, the ink around the nipple will eventually blur a bit, which might actually help it look more natural. Talk to an artist before hand.
(tattoo artist @jeffriescustomart just informed me these are on Taylor Harmon, done by Risa Stevens. Both ladies work at Aardvark Tattoo Company in Portland, OR)
Now what I wold not suggest is doing something like this:
It will basically make your body look lopsided and your boobs look different sizes. Also that’s gonna get distorted like crazy over time as gravity sets in.