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40+ 2001 Tattoo Ideas to Celebrate This Year!

by Sherri Owens

From simple script to designs plucked straight from Greek mythology, I have found some of the most awesome 2001 tattoos for you!

Birth year tattoos are a fairly common request from my clients so I have done more than a few 2001 tattoos. One of the cool things about this design is that it is versatile and allows you to play around with the concept and design!

Not only have I rounded up the top 2001 tattoo ideas for you, but I have also given you some cool explanations for what these different designs can mean!

The Best 2001 Tattoo Ideas

Here are the top designs to consider for your 2001 tattoo:

Minimalistic 2001 Tattoo

If you are looking for a simple, small, and pretty tattoo, then this is the tattoo that you should consider for yourself. As you can see, it is quite a minimalistic and delicate tattoo. Due to this, it works well if you want a more subtle tattoo design.

Simple and Small 2001 Forearm Tattoo

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One of the cool things about such simple tattoos is that you have a lot of options when it comes to placement. So, this design can easily work as forearm tattoos, knuckle tattoos, or neck tattoos.

As this kind of 2001 tattoo design works well as a small tattoo, it can also work as a gap filler that can be easily fitted in among the rest of your tattoo collection.

Basic Outline 2001 Tattoos

When it comes to this kind of birth year tattoo, one of the top decisions to make is what kind of style that you are going with. If you want to still opt for a more minimalistic 2001 tattoo design but also want your tattoo to be a bit more noticeable, then this is the concept you may want to consider.

Black Ink Outlined 2001 Tattoo

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For such a tattoo design you simply have an outline for the birth year tattoo but it isn't shaded or colored in. However, the outline does give your 2001 tattoo a bit more of a solid look, making it stand out.

Artistic 2001 Outline Tattoo

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For a birth year tattoo idea like this, you do have a few different font styles to choose from. Due to this, you can work with tattoo artists to determine which style may be a good fit for you and even the rest of your tattoo collection.

Redd Ink 2001 Outline Leg Tattoo

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Many of these outline birth year tattoo ideas may be done in black ink but this shouldn't stop you from getting creative. Go ahead and try out different colors - while red ink is a popular alternative you shouldn't be afraid to branch out and try something unique.

Old English Font 2001 Tattoos

If you are looking for a bolder birth year tattoo idea, then you may want to consider an Old English font, which is also known as blackletter font. As the name suggests, these date tattoos are based on font styles that were used in older times.

Bold Black Ink 2001 Tattoo

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So, this kind of 2001 tattoo design works well if you want to get a more ornate birth year tattoo or add a slightly antique element to your 2001 tattoo. Keep in mind that there are different font styles even with this category so it is something that you should sort through with tattoo artists to determine which one may work for you.

Old English Font 2001 Thigh Tattoo

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Now, with this kind of tattoo, you have the option for either getting solid color tattoos or to let the inside of the outline free of color. In case you want the best of both worlds, then you may want to consider shaded tattoos.

Double Colored 2001 Tattoo

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Your decision for your birth year tattoo design can depend on whether you want a more eye-catching tattoo design or not. The more color that you include, the more noticeable the tattoo becomes.

Dark Ink 2001 Thigh Tattoo

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Once again, this kind of birth year tattoo design is largely done up in black ink. If you would like to switch things up, though, you can certainly go with a different color for your tattoo design.

Black Ink 2001 Arm Tattoo

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2001 Neck Tattoo Piece

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Graffiti 2001 Tattoo

Looking for a different kind of font or style for your birth year tattoo? Then this is a cool one to consider - a graffiti font.

Graffiti Font 2001 Tattoo Piece

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You can draw inspiration from this particular design or you can choose a different graffiti style - keep in mind that there are a lot of designs out there. If you want a more realistic or authentic design, then I suggest that you look up images of actual graffiti tags on walls.

2001 Tattoo with a Flourish

Looking for simple tattoos but don't want anything too basic? In this case, this is a design that you may want to consider. The 2001 portion of the tattoo is kept minimalistic and the tattoo is spiced up by adding flourishes around it.

2001 Number Tattoo with Flourishes

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Established 2001 Tattoo

If you are looking for a proper birth year tattoo design, then this is something that you should consider! The est 2001 tattoo design is just another way of announcing the year that you were born but in a cooler fashion.

Established 2001 Forearm Tattoo

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Now, this kind of tattoo design doesn't only have to refer to the year that you were born. It can also refer to the year that you began to establish yourself. So, this could be the year that you got started on your business idea, spiritual journey, etc.

Memoriam 2001 Tattoo

Keep in mind that 2001 doesn't just have to be a birth year tattoo - it can also mark the year that a friend or loved one passed on. For this kind of tattoo design, you can choose to only have the 2001 design or you can also include the year that they were born.

1993 - 2001 Memoriam Tattoo

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If you include the birth year tattoo as well as the death year, then you make it a little clearer what your 2001 tattoo is all about.

Stomach 2001 Tattoos

When it comes to tattoo placement, the stomach appears to be a rather popular place for this birth year tattoo design. The 2001 is placed above the navel, but you can feel free to get your 2001 tattoo design wherever you want.

2001 Black Ink Stomach Tattoo

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Now, one of the reasons that you may want to get this tattoo design is that when placed in a curve over your belly button, it can mimic the artwork of a brand or logo. If this is a birth year tattoo design that you are getting, then this can almost be a way of advertising or marketing yourself.

Outlined 2001 Tummy Tattoo

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If you do want to follow the birth year tattoo designs in this list, then you can opt for an older, almost antique font for your tattoo design. At the same time, there are a lot of different font styles for you to choose from so you should feel free to play around with ideas here.

Bold Black Ink 2001 Stomach Tattoo

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For instance, if you want something a bit more elegant, then you can go with a calligraphy-type font, in case you prefer something a bit more simplistic, then a typewriter font may be a better fit. Of course, if you want a more eye-catching tattoo then you can even opt for Roman numerals.

Calligraphy Font 2001 Tummy Tattoo

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Flaming 2001 Tattoos

As the name suggests, with these tattoos, the 2001 has been made to look like it is on fire! What I like about this design is that it looks cool but it is also rather minimalistic - as you can see, the flames are made up of a series of curves.

Black Ink Flaming 2001 Sternum Tattoo

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Of course, if you want, you can choose to add a bit more depth and dimension to the flames with the help of shading and even color.

Red Ink Flames and Black Ink 2001 Tattoo

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Black Ink Flames and 2001 Tattoo

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Flaming 2001 Tattoo Piece

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Floral 2001 Tattoos

If you want a more aesthetic or delicate birth year tattoo, then you may want to consider a floral tattoo design. This can also be a great way to brighten up your birth year tattoo.

2001 Tattoo with Camera and Flowers

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For this kind of birth year tattoo, you have the option to choose any kind of flower that you want. I do want to remind you that there are such things as birth month flowers - these are particular flowers assigned to specific months.

Greyish Roses and 2001 Tattoo

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These flowers tend to have meanings attached to them as well. If you find common ground with such traits, then it makes sense to use these particular flowers for your birth year tattoo. This can also be a nice touch if you are commemorating somebody else birthday too!

Laurel 2001 Tattoo

This is a cool take on a plant or nature-based tattoo, especially if you are looking for something different or a birth year tattoo with a bit more significance.

Leaves and 2001 Neck Tattoo

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A laurel wreath can be a symbol of triumph or achievement. It can also be considered a symbol of victory in some cases. So, if you feel that you were born in 2001 to achieve something great, then this can be a wonderful tattoo design for you.

If you aren't looking for a birth year tattoo, then this tattoo design can be a great way for you to honor an important achievement or moment in your life.

Butterfly 2001 Tattoos

On the surface, a butterfly 2001 design can seem like a way to add decorative elements to your birth year tattoo. Of course, this can be something that you do. At the same time, a butterfly tattoo design can have more symbolism to it.

Split Butterfly and 2001 Arm Tattoo

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This is because butterflies are often associated with change. This is because the caterpillar cocoons itself in a chrysalis before emerging from it as a butterfly. Now, your 2001 tattoo could be a nod to a physical transformation. Or, it could be related to something emotional or even career-related.

Tiny Butterfly and 2001 Wrist Tattoo

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A butterfly birth year tattoo can also be related to freedom - this is because the butterfly can fly. So, this can be a good option for someone who is a free spirit.

Butterflies with 2001 Year Tattoo

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The other thing that I like about the butterfly birth year tattoo is that there are plenty of ways to get creative with it. If you want a smaller design, then you can go with a mini butterfly design. Want a magnificent design, then you can consider opting for monarch butterflies - some of the most famous butterflies around.

2001 with a Butterfly Thigh Tattoo

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A lot of 2001 tattoos can be done in black ink, but this particular tattoo design gives you the option of adding as much or as little color into the design as you want!

2001 Year Tattoo with Butterfly and Sparks

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Butterfly Laurel 2001 Tattoo

Want the best of both worlds for your tattoo? Then, here is a design that features both a butterfly as well as a laurel. This tattoo can represent both a transformation in your life and celebrate this change or achievement all at once!

Butterfly, Bay Laurel and 2001 Year Tattoo

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Scorpion 2001 Tattoo

This tattoo design takes things in a different direction but works if you are someone who is looking for a badass or cool-looking tattoo! A scorpion birth year tattoo also works well if your astrological sign is Scorpio - it will be a nice tie-in.

Scorpion 2001 Neck Tattoo

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This kind of birth year tattoo can also be a good option if you want a tattoo that shows that you are a survivor and someone willing to fight or stand up for what you believe in. In a few different cultures, scorpions can be associated with being true to one's nature as well.

Animal 2001 Tattoos

Another cool option for your birth year tattoo is adding an animal into the mix. One thing is that animals can make for a cool - or cute - tattoo. Also, different animals can have different meanings attached to them. For instance, lions can be associated with bravery, wolves with leadership, etc.

Tiger and 2001 Year Arm Tattoo

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For this kind of tattoo, you can choose to get a realistic representation of the animal or you can put a more creative spin on it. Your birth year tattoo design can depend on the concept or meaning that you are trying to get across.

Crowned Lion, Cross with 2001 Forearm Tattoo

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Snake 2001 Tattoo

I do have a soft spot for snake tattoos but it is only because they can be so beautiful! And, this is true even when the design for the snake is kept quite simple!

Another bonus to this kind of tattoo is that snakes can be considered a symbol of transformation so this tattoo is a great option if you would like to commemorate a moment of change in your life.

Floral Snake with 2001 Forearm Tattoo

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You can only have the snake for your tattoo or you can also consider adding floral arrangements into the design if you like. This can be a nice way to add some contrast to the design.

Starry 2001 Tattoo

I do have to say that this is one of my favorite designs on this list - sure it is very minimalistic but these stars help the design to sparkle. So, this tattoo can be a great way to celebrate a birth or simply give you a sense of hopefulness.

2001 Year Tattoo with Sparks

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Lightning 2001 Tattoo

This is certainly one of the more unique 2001 tattoos I have seen but it is such an awesome one too! Here, you have lightning crackling around the numbers. It is so simple but can create such a powerful effect.

Lightning 2001 Tattoo

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The orientation of this tattoo also means that you can have a few more placement options for it - your upper arm, forearm, or even your hand if you like!

Icarus 2001 Tattoo

If you are a fan of mythology, then this could be just the tattoo for you - in addition to the 2001, it depicts Icarus falling after getting too close to the sun. Now, this kind of tattoo works well if you are simply looking for a tattoo that can also double as a work of art.

Icarus 2001 Tattoo

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At the same time, such a tattoo can also be considered a cautionary tale for you - to know your limits or to not push yourself too far.

Angelic 2001 Tattoo

There are a couple of different ways that you can consider this tattoo. On the one hand, you can use it as a memorial tattoo for someone who passed away in 2001.

2001 Year Tattoo with Angel Wings

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You can also use this design to represent your birth year. This is because the angel wings can also be a symbol of a guardian angel. Therefore, this tattoo can represent protection.

Devilish 2001 Tattoo

If you want to go in a completely different direction with your tattoo, then you can get a devilish tattoo - you can include devil horns and a forked tattoo to complete the look.

Devil 2001 Year Tattoo

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Don't want your tattoo to be all good? Then you can also include a halo or some angelic elements in the design. After all, most people aren't all good or all bad but rather somewhere in between and this tattoo can be a cool representation of that.

Cartoon 2001 Tattoo

This is a really fun idea to get if you are a parent of a child born in 2001. Sure, at this point your kid may be in their 20s but the reality is that they will always be little to you.

2001 Year with Cartoon Character Leg Tattoo

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So, what better way to portray this than getting a Rugrats tattoo - Chuckie with his bright red hair seems like a great way to lead a tattoo with pop culture references! And, you have the building blocks as a finishing touch too.

Payasa 2001 Tattoo

If you are into the Chicano Art Movement, then this may be a tattoo that you want to consider for yourself. Known as a payasa tattoo, this design features a woman in clown makeup - it is meant to indicate a concept known as laugh now, cry later.

Woman with Clown Mask and 2001 Headband Tattoo

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This can depict that life is both a comedy and tragedy and can also be a design that can be used to indicate that actions have consequences.

Well, here are the top 2001 tattoo designs for you to choose from. From simple designs to complex concepts, there is something for everyone here!

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