Tiny tattoos are getting so cool these days, how anyone can resist, I have no earthly idea. Large tattoos done right can be a long and arduous process—think of it like buying a car all day but a lot more painful. That’s why most first-time inkers choose to go small. Less commitment. Less pain. Less money. You’re winning all day long. As usual, here at SB we only showcase the cleanest and most creative designs out there. If you’re looking for a tiny tattoo, you came to the right place. Let’s get started.
A cosmic balloon
A colorful cosmic scene does wonders for even the simplest of designs. The colors of the cosmos are almost too good to be true, which is why they’re so frequently used to spice up designs which are more minimalistic in nature.
When it comes to art, the frame can be just as important as the work itself. In this case, everything from the white linen blouse to the aqua-colored surf undoubtedly lends this elegant pink rose more than just a helping hand.
Ever since I discovered the wonderful tattooist Silo, I’ve been dreaming up the perfect design for her to emblazon on a specific portion of my back reserved for just the occasion. But now that I see how effing awesome this piece in this location looks, my plans have been thrown into disarray.
A watercolor whale
Perhaps nothing compliments a minimalistic design quite like a little abstract watercolor work. It doesn’t really matter what the subject of design is, as long as it possesses thin lines with subtle, random accents of color.
Small, inspirational, and to the point, reading this simple cursive wrist tattoo is a great way to start your day off every morning. I’ve always been a big fan of inspirational tattoos. Not many tattoo designs can live up to the claim of actually being good for you.
A galaxy wolf
After looking at a wolf, then down at my little Maltese, it’s hard to believe that he descended from something so large and magnificent. Wolf tattoos are as popular as any four-legged creature, perhaps even more so, which is why they’re such a common sight.
Flowers in bloom, birds in flight, animating a design without actually animating it is a popular design concept right now. And these three birds are one of the most elegant examples you’ll ever lay eyes upon.
A little rain
You know what they say, “You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.” As far as cute tattoos go, this design definitely falls into that category. When it comes to colorful designs, a little greyscale goes a long way by creating the contrast colors need to truly shine.
A colorful rose
Who said roses have to be red and voilets have to be blue? Actually I’ve never seen a true blue violet before but that’s besides the point. When it comes to the world of ink, roses are seldomly red. Black is probably the most common color which is why this marvel of color is so striking.
I’ve always been a fan of the whole matching wing concept. The playful curved lines of these wings give them a warm and elegant vibe that’s decidedly feminine. And of course these wings couldn’t have been placed any better.
A unique floral ear design
Lindsay has been working overtime to develop her epic foliage game. And epic and otherworldly it has become. Tattoos of nothing but leaves used to be non existent. However, times have changed and now several of the world’s best have taken up the challenge and made flower-less botanical designs an intriguing option for those considering floral designs.
As with almost any design, placement potential is limitless—no matter how unconventional it may be. These tiny clusters of leaves are not something you run into every day, but you can’t deny how elegant and attractive they turned out to be.
An African Leopard
Big cats are truly magnificent. But there’s no denying their popularity as tattoo designs is owed mainly to their beautiful coats. Regrets and big cat tattoos rarely go together.
A lotus and heart
Matching tattoo designs is a concept that should cross every girls mind before she goes under the needle. What was once reserved for best friends, sisters, and mirrors, is now something individual women are embracing.
Mini really has something special going when it comes to creating amazing crystal/gemstone designs. That’s not to say that she’s the best at this particular subject matter but since she does it so often there’s really no one else to compare her to.
Good things happen love is real
What instantly stood out to me about this design was the wandering nature of the freestyle letters. While there are few things as satisfying as a perfectly crisp line of text, the wiggly setting of these lines lends the design a playful vibe that can add to the context of the message.
A few things you probably didn’t know about Minnie Mouse are: She was originally voiced by a man. She has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her voice actor is married to Mickey’s voice actor in real life.
Cherry on top
If you’re looking for something hip and unique, then something along the lines of this “cherry on top” tattoo may be in order. Handwritten all caps fonts go great with just about anything.
Birds on a line
This design appears to be a tribute to that super-viral “birds on a line” tattoo of almost the exact same design that people couldn’t shut up about a few years back. As you can tell, the theme here is minimalism, which looks especially dashing in black ink only.
A single rose
As a fellow 80’s girl, I can relate. Like really really relate to this design. It’s a well known fact that during the 80’s, girls got rose tattoos. I mean, were there even any other options?
Okay, besides having maybe the most adorable outie in the history of human civilization, this young woman had the vision to get a tattoo that every other woman secretly desires without even knowing it. Tiny wings FTW!
Stages of bloom
No roses. No peonies. Not even a tulip? I’m genuinely in shock city right now as I’ve entered unfamiliar territory. I’m not quite sure what type of flower this is but I seriously don’t care. I’m just happy to see artists stepping out on a ledge for the sake of variety.
A floral cat
I’m allergic to two things in this world: cats and flowers. Well cats and pollen more specifically, but just because I’m allergic to these two things doesn’t mean I can’t/don’t love them from a far.
A lot of magical moments come out of books. Which is why almost every tattoo design that features a book tries to illustrate just that. Flowers, stars, this design actually makes me want to bury my head in a book.
A little father back and this tattoo design would cease to exist. But it’s this exact distance from camera to subject that makes this composition—and by association this tattoo—so great. Tattoos are getting so cool these days how anyone can resist I have no earthly idea how.
Wooden sailing ship tattoos are back to stay. Once seemingly reserved for pirates and salty sea dogs, the sailing ships of old are starting to pop up with staggering regularity across each and every demographic.
Besides being super tasty, pineapples are surprisingly popular tattoo designs. I’m still working on the why, but the amount of design variety is pretty impressive.
A little pony
You may have grown up steeped in high speed internet and on demand movies. But for some of us, My Little Pony was more than enough to keep us entertained. The taste and smell of these plastic ponies is still fresh in my mind.
A sea turtle
I don’t think it needs to be said but I’m going to say it anyways. This tattoo is absolutely gorgeous and would be right at home in any location—as long as it’s readily visible because hiding this little beaut would be nothing short of a modern day travesty. Sea turtles with floral shells are not a new concept by any means but this is by far the best I’ve ever seen.
I’m not sure what would be more magical; this tattoo or actually seeing a real live pegasus in the flesh. It seems like Mini Lau takes her game to new levels on a monthly basis. I’ve always thought she was good, but lately she’s been flirting with rarified air.
This is one of those designs where all you can really do is appreciate it from a far. There’s maybe four or five tattooists in the world who can hook you up with ink like this, but it’s always fun to see what’s out there.
These little cherries definitely qualify as cute. Hyper-realistic tattoos are all about understanding light and how it interacts with an object. I haven’t yet had the pleasure to visit Sol Studio but I’ve been dying to meet the talent.
“My eyes are up here” is something this woman will never ever be able to say again. Yes, this design and its placement might attract a little unwanted attention but that’s a small price to pay for something so beautiful.
A starry chest
“How many tattoos do you have?” Umm about fifty? It’s not a competition, but, well, to some people it is. So if you’re the competitive type, a cast of stars on your chest is a great way to get ahead of the pack without breaking the bank. Kidding of course.
A paper airplane
Paper airplanes and watercolor fill go together like pancakes and maple syrup. If you’re simply looking for something cut and fun, you really can’t go wrong with a little of the above.
I wrote a happy ending just for myself
Storybook quotes are so right now. And like any timeless tattoo design, they will always be so. Many people gasp when I tell them that a tattoo can actually have a positive, even therapeutic affect on their life. And none more so than a few lines of inspirational text.
An anatomical heart
If you take a look at an anatomical heart, you’ll notice that it looks nothing like the double-humped version we’re used to seeing. It’s believed that the popular illustrated version of the heart is modeled after two anatomical hearts put together.
An artistic wave
This little cutie is the perfect addition to any girl’s back side so you can be sure you’re looking your best from every angle. When I see waves, I can almost feel the sun on my skin and the sand on my toes.
A little ladybug
If we’re being honest with each other here, pretty much any design of this size in this location will look good. Tiny minimalistic tattoos are pure magic from an aesthetic standpoint and hard to screw up, which is why they’re a strong choice for any first timer.
A contrail break
Anything travel related is in right now. When you think of airliners, your mind either jumps straight to exotic destinations or hours in the airport. Which one usually depends on how much traveling you’ve done. Either way, travel related tattoos like the one above can bring on strong bouts of nostalgia.
If you’re on the hunt for the most beautiful design possible, please consider getting yourself a little floral bouquet. Now obviously you’ll need to find the right artist who has more than just a strong detail game, but once you do, the design possibilities are endless.
If you’ve spent any amount of time on SB before, then you know how much of a sucker I am for a classy cursive script. There’s just something about these elegant arrangements of text that make everything right in the world.
A gradient heart
Great things come in small packages. You’ve probably heard that saying a million times before, but that’s only because it’s true. And no design on this list illustrates that point better than this stunning little gradient heart. Tons of dimension. Not a lot of commitment.
I love you
Tattoos that actually mean something are the best kind. Reminders, promises, and commemorative pieces are extra special and allow you to connect on an emotional level which goes far beyond aesthetics.
I’m about to publish an expansive collection of rose tattoos that has been a long time in the making. This is a little teaser and a preview of what’s to come. Rose tattoos will always represent elegance and beauty—something time and trends will never change.
I’m saying it right now. Sternum tattoos will envelope the 2020’s like no other design. Instagram will bow down, as well as any other social media sight that sees fit to surpass it. I included a few interesting sternum tats on this list and will do my best to put together a full list in the near future.
If you can’t decide on a single floral variety, you have three options. You can either choose between a bouquet of flowers, an assortment of spaced designs (as seen above), or you can bite the bullet and pick one type of flower—which will no doubt leave a lot on the table.
A heart-shaped planet
For anyone who loves travel and/or adventure, this one’s for you. Minimalistic in nature as to not be too intrusive, this barely-there tribute to world travel is as cool as it is Instagram friendly.
If this year had a theme tattoo, this would be it. And by this is it, I mean rib cage tats—not poppies. Tattoos located on the rib cage instantly qualify as hip, no matter what the subject matter may be. Ankles, wrists, you may want to pass on those locales this year as rib art will be everything.
A tiny bird
Okay, so if you just read the previous paragraph and still have your mind set on a wrist tattoo, it’s all good. In fact, I’m going to go back on what I said because this little joint just won me over. Bird tattoos may be cliche to some people, but I doubt you’ll find anyone who disapproves of this little wrist tattoo.