Every time we hear or read the words “tiny tattoo,” we get super excited and then a little bit sad. Excited because we’re always looking for another tiny tattoo to add to our collection and sad because we are seriously running out of real estate.
If you’re new to tattoos and looking for something small to get your feet wet, you definitely came to the right place. Large designs, as impressive as they are, aren’t always for everyone. In fact, the majority of tattoos inked on a daily basis are of the smaller variety. Time, money, and comfort are all factors that influence the size of a tattoo, but most of the time, it really comes down to personal preference.
In this article we’ll explore the world of tiny, minimalist tattoo designs that have been shared, liked, and coveted by thousands of women just like you from all over the world. We hope you enjoy this list as much as we enjoyed putting it together!
With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to start shopping around for that tattoo you promised yourself you’d get this summer. And what could possibly be more fashionable than a little design on your rib cage that gives you an excuse to wear one of those trendy sideboob shirts. (Photo: Donghwan Kim)
This lavender wrist tattoo.
Who would have thought the flowering lavender plant would be among the most popular floral designs this year. Whether it’s the color or the shape, we’ll never know, but one things for sure; lavender makes for a lovely floral design with a slender appearance for those of you looking for something a little more unique than your standard rose or peony. (Photo: Jayko)
This little blue ribbon.
As far as back neck tattoos go, it doesn’t get much more adorable than this little blue ribbon. Tiny designs placed on the back of the neck make for an elegant and sophisticated look that you’ll want to show off every chance you get. Pair it with a matching top and you’ll have more compliments than you can handle. (Photo: Nando)
This beautiful poppy.
If you’re constantly scrolling tattoo designs on Instagram and Pinterest, then you know just how popular x-ray floral tattoos are right now. In this design, Zihee takes a page from the same book by adding a transparent element to the leaves of this poppy. (Photo: Zihee)
This micro banana.
Looking for something random and interesting? Why not get a little fruit tattoo to get the conversation started? Every once in a while South Korean tattooist Doy surprises us with something unexpected and equally delightful. If you’re a fan of tiny tattoos in general, don’t forget to check out Doy’s Instagram page. (Photo: Doy)
This tiny dotwork swallow.
The wrist is one of the most popular tattoo locales for first timers and tiny tat seekers alike. Here we have a small, all black swallow that was created using the dotwork technique which is only becomes evident upon close inspection. (Photo: Fin Tattoos)
When it comes to natural beauty, seashells are some of the best examples of mother nature’s skills. Often referred to as “nature’s jewelry,” the shells found in the oceans, lakes, and rivers of the world have been used as jewelry for thousands of years by many different cultures. In this example, Ana did an amazing job capturing the colors and curves of a conch shell. (Photo: Ana Abrahao)
This tiny tree line.
Become one with nature with a fascinating row of tiny watercolor trees. If there was an annual award for the smallest watercolor tattoo, this design would definitely take first place. (Photo: Chaehwa)
This tiny back neck tat.
This “rest” symbol is an interesting concept with an ever-so-elegant look. While we’re not sure if the owner of this design is into music or perhaps just chose this tattoo as a clever reminder to relax, this micro tat was executed to perfection. (Photo: Maksim Lopez)
This rose design.
Surprisingly enough, this tattoo wasn’t tattooed by Doctor Woo. Definitely similar in style, this black and grey ink rose has all the familiar accents and styling that we’re use to seeing in Woo’s work. But credit for this design goes to the equally talented Resul Odabas whose designs are frequently featured in our lists. (Photo: Resul Odabas)