Tattoos should be fun. Most people think tattoos should be beautiful first, but as someone with a lot of tattoos, I can tell you that tattoos that are fun are infinitely more enjoyable. This little bear on its back is something you’ll have fun showing of for years to come.
Jakub Nowicz has long been a go-to source for our “tiny tattoo” articles. His slim needle style is one of the best in the business and shows in his diverse body of work. Abstract tattoos like the one above are always a pleasure to come across because they express the creativity of the artist so well.
Here is another example of the kind of results you can get when you trust your artist and give them a little freedom. Mini Lau has a style of her own that’s hard to define in words but instantly recognizable. And as with any design Mini has a hand in creating, florals are of course one of her signature trademarks.
This blue rose.
For someone who admits they never shut up about how cool rib cage tattoos are, I would like to go on the record and say that this central back location is devilishly divine. Of course the right design is paramount, and this blue rose and crescent moon definitely fit the bill.
This minimalistic rose.
Neck tattoos have a negative stigma which I never quite understood but I’m glad they’re quickly shedding. There’s nothing more intriguing or stylish than a well done neck piece. Thin, lightweight designs always look the best.
Perhaps no other artist’s style is as well-suited for the magical unicorn as that of Mini Lau’s. Everything from the pink cheeks to the gradient mane just ooze awesomeness.
Nothing makes you want to skip out of work early and hit the beach more than the sight of a seashell. Seashells are the type of design that only make sense in miniature when it comes to ink. I mean, can you imagine how tacky a huge seashell on your arm would be?
This sliver of impressionism.
If you’re looking to add a little culture to the mix, as in, you really didn’t attention in art class and now you’re desperately grasping for whatever you can get, you can’t go wrong with a sampling of one of Monet’s masterful watercolor sunsets.
While the amount of koi fish designs we’ve been seeing has remained fairly consistent over the years, the amount of detail artists are incorporating into their work these days has given the koi fish new life as far as trendability goes. Koi fish are a symbol of good luck in Japan—which is something we could all use a little more of this summer.
This tiny heart.
It’s no secret that tiny tattoos are where it’s at this year. Exactly ZERO Instagram influencers worth following are without one. There’s no better choice for a first tat than something in miniature.