A steampunk version of a paisley pattern could make a cool tattoo...
I love the lack of outline, adding to the flowy feel of the octopus.
Double forward helix | Pierced Hearts Tattoo Parlor Seattle
White ink with black shading.
tragus & forward helix
The slowly decreasing sizes of the earrings make this really interesting.
Organic pattern tattoo by Miguel Angel tattoo, via Flickr
Accenting the lines of the human body.