From purely a design standpoint, the quality of a design rarely influences whether a tattoo on Pinterest or Instagram is able to accumulate envious amounts of shares and saves. Photo composition, exposure, luck, and a whole lot of other aspects go into creating a viral image. But for the sake of this article, we’re going to take a look at tattoos that have really excited the social media scene, and would be considered “viral” in anyone’s book. So grab a seat (you’ll only need the edge), and be prepared to take in some of the most popular tiny tattoo designs currently in circulation.
Sad fact: Hedgehogs die from cancer at an alarming rate. Which is sadly what happened to my pet hedgehog which still managed to enjoy a playful and energetic 3 years of life. I’ve never seen another hedgehog tattoo but I have to say that I would be surprised if anything anywhere approached the quality of the design featured above.
These barely-there bracelets are the epitome of sophistication and class. I mean, if Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II got these bracelets tattooed onto her wrist no one would even be surprised.
The silhouettes of various birds in flight always makes for a beautiful tattoo design. And it’s usually the shoulder or right below the collarbone where most people choose to display their flock. Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of colorful examples but these black ink birds are just as beautiful.
A small pink rose on the wrist is about as ordinary as it gets. But that doesn’t mean that a design like this is anything but out-of-the-park amazing. And it’s when you take a closer look at this design that the small details start to come out and really blow your mind.
A purple lotus
This is the type of design that makes you wish that tattoos kept their crisp edges forever. It’s a sad reality that tattoos soften up over time. Which is why it’s always important to get a good snap before some of the finer details start to fade.
I have yet to discover why, but people just can’t seem to get enough of waves on ankles. I’m not even going to lie to you. This design looks pretty ordinary to me and I can not for the life of me see what’s led so many others to save and share it across social media. What gives?
This is a great motto to live by, which will no doubt save you heaps of disappointment and frustration in the long run. But with that being said, I can’t help but notice how easy it would be to forget that this tattoo even existed from the owner’s perspective.
A creative arrow
Arrow tattoos come in all different shapes and sizes. Some feature wonderful fluffy feathers and others are made up of numerous smaller designs. The example above is yet another creative rendition of the fan-favorite arrow, which by the way was my first tattoo ever.
The stunning level of detail artists are able to achieve these days with their ultra slim needles never ceases to amaze me. I don’t think you could possibly improve on this design purely from a technical standpoint. Flower is an absolute machine.
A red heart
There’s a lot of amazing art on this list, but as you probably know, it takes a special kind of artist to pull off most of these designs. What’s important is to choose a design that your tattooist will be able to execute properly. And when in doubt, a simple red heart is always a safe bet.