Shoulder blade tattoos can include abstract or accurate images of animals such as dragons or panthers. Tattoos on the shoulder blade can also feature plants or flowers, such as wild ginseng or a dahlia.
Some shoulder blade tattoos are a tribute to a child and feature the image of footprints, along with the child's name and birth date. Images of exotic birds like the hoopoe can make attractive tattoos for the shoulder blade, particularly when the bird tattoo is combined with a flower or vine tattoo. Wording or a quote can be tattooed on the shoulder blade as well. An excerpt from the "Footprints" poem is popular with many people who want to get shoulder blade tattoos.