Queen Nefertiti ruled alongside the revolutionary Pharaoh Akhenaten and has been described at different times as “the most beautiful woman in history.” 

A Nefertiti tattoo symbolizes feminine strength, power, beauty and devotion, and are popular motifs for lovers of Ancient Egyptian body art designs.  

One of pop superstar Rihanna’s most famous tattoos is the bust of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti along her ribs. Rihanna is just one of millions with an abiding interest in Nefertiti and other powerful figures from Antiquity. 

Read on for a selection of 97 awesome Nefertiti tattoo design ideas. Towards the end of this tattoo gallery you’ll find handy FAQs that may help you narrow down the choices for your next tattoo idea. 

1. Queen Nefertiti Upper Arm and Sleeve Tattoo Ideas

Shaded Nefertiti Tattoos Goat Tattoo
Source: @goat_tattoo_ via Instagram
Dotwork Nefertiti Tattoos Randallgarciatattoos
Source: @randallgarciatattoos via Instagram
Arm Sleeve Nefertiti Tattoos Amytoddtattoo
Source: @amytoddtattoo via Instagram
Arm Sleeve Nefertiti Tattoos Donmatteo38.ink
Source: @donmatteo38.ink via Instagram
Arm Sleeve Nefertiti Tattoos Gustavo Tattoo
Source: @gustavo_tattoo via Instagram
Arm Sleeve Nefertiti Tattoos Litohurtadoart
Source: @litohurtadoart via Instagram
Arm Sleeve Nefertiti Tattoos Miss Isab
Source: @miss_isab via Instagram
Arm Sleeve Nefertiti Tattoos Quinterosmatias
Source: @quinterosmatias via Instagram
Arm Sleeve Nefertiti Tattoos Redbeard Tattoostudio Ensheim
Source: @redbeard_tattoostudio_ensheim via Instagram
Arm Sleeve Nefertiti Tattoos Tattoos By Yulia
Source: @tattoos_by_yulia via Instagram
Arm Sleeve Nefertiti Tattoos X.p.electron Tattoo
Source: @x.p.electron_tattoo via Instagram
Armsleeve Nefertiti Tattoos Bold.belle
Source: @bold.belle via Instagram

2. Nefertiti Back and Shoulder Tattoo Designs 

Back Nefertiti Tattoos Hecate Tattooart
Source: @hecate_tattooart via Instagram
Simple Nefertiti Tattoos Tinta Adiktiva 2
Source: @tinta_adiktiva via Instagram
Back Nefertiti Tattoos Quentinderoctattoo
Source: @quentinderoctattoo via Instagram

3. Linework Queen Nefertiti Tattoos 

Forearm Nefertiti Tattoos Lia Tatto0
Source: @lia__tatto0 via Instagram
Minimalist Nefertiti Tattoos Rotem.art.tattoo
Source: @rotem.art.tattoo via Instagram
Blackwork Nefertiti Tattoos Nadide.turk
Source: @nadide.turk via Instagram
Arm Sleeve Nefertiti Tattoos Martina Perlo
Source: @martina_perlo via Instagram

4. Single Needle Nefertiti Tattoo Ideas

Simple Nefertiti Tattoos Jayink2017
Source: @jayink2017 via Instagram
Simple Nefertiti Tattoos Ms.j Tattoo
Source: @ms.j_tattoo via Instagram
Blackwork Nefertiti Tattoos Chelioz Tattoo
Source: @chelioz_tattoo via Instagram
Blackwork Nefertiti Tattoos Emmaridleytattoo
Source: @emmaridleytattoo via Instagram
Blackwork Nefertiti Tattoos Lozzarachtattooer
Source: @lozzarachtattooer via Instagram
Dotwork Nefertiti Tattoos Rolink Tattoo
Source: @rolink_tattoo via Instagram
Blackwork Nefertiti Tattoos Veintidos.studio
Source: @veintidos.studio via Instagram

5. Black and Gray Queen Nefertiti Tattoo Designs 

Blackwork Nefertiti Tattoos Johniertattoo
Source: @johniertattoo via Instagram
 
Dotwork Nefertiti Tattoos Daniibenedetti
Source: @daniibenedetti via Instagram
Dotwork Nefertiti Tattoos Dotschool.tattoo
Source: @dotschool.tattoo via Instagram
Dotwork Nefertiti Tattoos Lea.nfurter
Source: @lea.nfurter via Instagram

6. Forearm Queen Nefertiti Tattoo Art

Forearm Nefertiti Tattoos Aristotattoo
Source: @aristotattoo via Instagram
Source: @ariedry via Instagram
Forearm Nefertiti Tattoos Blackashes.tattoo
Source: @blackashes.tattoo via Instagram
Forearm Nefertiti Tattoos Chris Chronicink
Source: @chris_chronicink via Instagram
Forearm Nefertiti Tattoos Geme Tattoo
Source: @geme_tattoo via Instagram
Forearm Nefertiti Tattoos Humble Assasin6
Source: @humble_assasin6 via Instagram
 
Forearm Nefertiti Tattoos Mattbtattoos
Source: @mattbtattoos via Instagram
Forearm Nefertiti Tattoos Tommymichel Tattoo
Source: @tommymichel_tattoo via Instagram

7. Innovative Nefertiti Placement and Design 

Watercolorcolored Nefertiti Tattoos Marandreatattoo
Source: @marandreatattoo via Instagram
Blackwork Nefertiti Tattoos Butterkills
Source: @butterkills via Instagram
Minimalist Nefertiti Tattoos Alainlacostetattoo
Source: @alainlacostetattoo via Instagram
Modern Nefertiti Tattoos Kellykellz 100
Source: @kellykellz_100 via Instagram
Modern Nefertiti Tattoos Radicaltattoo Tlv
Source: @radicaltattoo_tlv via Instagram
Source: @locosokol via Instagram
Shaded Nefertiti Tattoos D.x.v.tattoos
Source: @d.x.v.tattoos via Instagram

8. Realistic Nefertiti Tattoo Designs 

Realistic Nefertiti Tattoos Catalinm.zaharia
Source: @catalinm.zaharia via Instagram
Realistic Nefertiti Tattoos Eddie Vamp Tattoos
Source: @eddie_vamp_tattoos via Instagram
Realistic Nefertiti Tattoos Fininhotattoo
Source: @fininhotattoo via Instagram
Realistic Nefertiti Tattoos Rafaelgamboa Tatuajes
Source: @rafaelgamboa_tatuajes via Instagram
Realistic Nefertiti Tattoos Raquelrodrigueztattoo
Source: @raquelrodrigueztattoo via Instagram
Realistic Nefertiti Tattoos Tattoo.bit
Source: @tattoo.bit_ via Instagram
Realistic Nefertiti Tattoos True Vision Tattoo
Source: @true_vision_tattoo via Instagram
Realistic Nefertiti Tattoos Ufotattoo
Source: @ufotattoo via Instagram
Realistic Nefertiti Tattoos Vk Illu Hontattoo
Source: @vk_illu_hontattoo via Instagram
Shaded Nefertiti Tattoos Claris.tattoo
Source: @claris.tattoo via Instagram
 
Shaded Nefertiti Tattoos Gerson Art Tattoo
Source: @gerson_art_tattoo via Instagram
 
Shaded Nefertiti Tattoos Ipsumtattoo
Source: @ipsumtattoo via Instagram
Shaded Nefertiti Tattoos Juan Adrianmarquez
Source: @juan_adrianmarquez via Instagram
Shaded Nefertiti Tattoos Tattoosbydaye
Source: @tattoosbydaye via Instagram
Shaded Nefertiti Tattoos Zitmaconcept
Source: @zitmaconcept via Instagram

9. Nefertiti Side and Chest Tattoo Designs

Modern Nefertiti Tattoos Ferbzilla
Source: @ferbzilla via Instagram
Side Nefertiti Tattoos Downztattoos34
Source: @downztattoos34 via Instagram
Side Nefertiti Tattoos Edwa305
Source: @edwa305 via Instagram
Side Nefertiti Tattoos Garza Sani
Source: @garza_sani via Instagram
Side Nefertiti Tattoos Ldptattoostudio
Source: @ldptattoostudio via Instagram
Side Nefertiti Tattoos Yabytattoo
Source: @yabytattoo via Instagram

10. Unique Queen Nefertiti Tattoos in Black and Gray 

Simple Nefertiti Tattoos Alexsickfish
Source: @alexsickfish via Instagram
Simple Nefertiti Tattoos Eldiabloinktattoo
Source: @eldiabloinktattoo via Instagram
Simple Nefertiti Tattoos Iinkjunkie Sa
Source: @iinkjunkie_sa via Instagram
 
Simple Nefertiti Tattoos Marielelbaz.tattoos
Source: @marielelbaz.tattoos via Instagram
 
Simple Nefertiti Tattoos Piniatizada Tattoo
Source: @piniatizada_tattoo via Instagram
Simple Nefertiti Tattoos Saloon64tattoo
Source: @saloon64tattoo via Instagram
Simple Nefertiti Tattoos Southgatetattoo
Source: @southgatetattoo via Instagram
Simple Nefertiti Tattoos Stella.echo
Source: @stella.echo via Instagram
 
Simple Nefertiti Tattoos Tinta Adiktiva
Source: @tinta_adiktiva via Instagram

11. Nefertiti Thigh Tattoos 

Thigh Nefertiti Tattoos Atehoart
Source: @atehoart via Instagram
 
Thigh Nefertiti Tattoos Ilpadrinotattoo
Source: @ilpadrinotattoo via Instagram
Thigh Nefertiti Tattoos Jessicasm.tattoo
Source: @jessicasm.tattoo via Instagram
Thigh Nefertiti Tattoos Malistudiokrapina
Source: @malistudiokrapina via Instagram
Thigh Nefertiti Tattoos Yair Assaraf
Source: @yair_assaraf via Instagram

12. Color and Watercolor Nefertiti Inspiration 

Simple Nefertiti Tattoos Ojosrojos.tattoo
Source: @ojosrojos.tattoo via Instagram
Watercolor Colored Nefertiti Tattoos Aletattooartist
Source: @aletattooartist via Instagram
Watercolor Colored Nefertiti Tattoos Artbitetattoo
Source: @artbitetattoo via Instagram
Watercolor Colored Nefertiti Tattoos Crix Vila
Source: @crix_vila_ via Instagram
Watercolor Colored Nefertiti Tattoos Dyemtattoos
Source: @dyemtattoos via Instagram
Watercolor Colored Nefertiti Tattoos E Tattoogallery
Source: @e_tattoogallery via Instagram
Watercolor Colored Nefertiti Tattoos Franky Sanchz
Source: @franky_sanchz via Instagram
Watercolor Colored Nefertiti Tattoos Glaubertattoos
Source: @glaubertattoos via Instagram
Watercolor Colored Nefertiti Tattoos Inkystinkyray
Source: @inkystinkyray via Instagram
Watercolor Colored Nefertiti Tattoos Marciomumiatattoo
Source: @marciomumiatattoo via Instagram
Watercolor Colored Nefertiti Tattoos Mentalitytattooshop
Source: @mentalitytattooshop via Instagram
Watercolor Colored Nefertiti Tattoos Nnertattoo
Source: @nnertattoo via Instagram
Watercolor Colored Nefertiti Tattoos Rata.de.ley
Source: @rata.de.ley via Instagram
Watercolor Colored Nefertiti Tattoos Renatokamon
Source: @renatokamon via Instagram
Watercolor Colored Nefertiti Tattoos Tattoo13 Cz
Source: @tattoo13_cz via Instagram

13. Crossover Rihanna Nefertiti Egyptian Tattoo Designs 

Thigh Nefertiti Tattoos Davidroquenebreda
Source: @davidroquenebreda via Instagram
Realistic Nefertiti Tattoos Krim Black
Source: @krim_black via Instagram
Realistic Nefertiti Tattoos Inkbitch
Source: @inkbitch via Instagram

Nefertiti Tattoo FAQ 

What Does a Nefertiti Tattoo Symbolize? 

The name Nefertiti means “The beautiful woman has come.” She rivals Cleopatra as the most famous Queen of Ancient Egypt and is often the focus of tattoos celebrating beauty, feminine strength, power and devotion. 

Part of Queen Nefertiti’s fame is due to the discovery of the bust above at the workshop of royal artist Thutmose in the ruins of Amarna. Now housed at the Altes Museum in Berlin the bust is a truly amazing piece of art supporting the description of her as one of history’s most beautiful women. 

Finding the mummy and tomb of Nefertiti has been described as the most important remaining mystery for Ancient Egyptian Archeologists and scholars. 

What style Queen Nefertiti tattoo should I get? 

Nefertiti tattoos have a range of styles, however they’re most popular in black and gray depictions. Black and gray Queen Nefertiti tattoo art allows for great variety in shading and linework, while staying true to the design of the famous bust of Nefertiti. 

Also a burgeoning type of ink design is single needle tattoo and they work beautifully for Nefertiti tattoos. These are generally quite small tattoos; however, they’re imbued with an amazing level of pinpoint black and gray detail which brings the features of Nefertiti to life.. 

For color Queen Nefertiti Egyptian tattoos, designs focusing on bright complementary colors, or watercolor tattoos working around a strong central outline of the Queen are most popular. 

What was revolutionary about Akhenaten and Nefertiti’s rule? 

Akhenaten bought Ancient Egypt under the rule of a single God the Sun Disc Aten, abolished traditional power structures and moved the capital. Unlike many Queens of Egypt Nefertiti had a strong presence alongside her husband’s divisive rule.  

After Akhenaten died suddenly, Nefertiti was thought to act as regent for the boy King Tutankhamun but faded in power after his death. Following the brief rule of Pharoah Ay, Pharoah Horemheb destroyed the monuments and temples built during the rule of Akhenaten and Nefertiti and tried to erase their record from history. 

Why are there tattoos of Rihanna as Nefertiti? 

Many fans of the singer have paid tribute to the pop star Rihanna’s beauty and talent by choosing to get tattoos of Queen Nefertiti with Rihanna’s face.  

Rihanna has a deep fascination with Ancient Egypt. One of her most famous tattoos is a black and gray profile of Queen Nefertiti. An older piece, this tattoo is rarely seen thanks to its location on Rihanna’s ribcage. 

Rihanna also has an Egyptian falcon tattoo and an impressive black and gray tattoo symbolizing the strength and power of the Egyptian Goddess Isis running across her sternum. 

 

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