Finding the Best Small Tattoo for You

From minimalist dots to matching couples designs, tiny tattoos are a subtle way to show off your style without a big commitment. Luckily, there has never been more inspo or info on options for your dainty designs. Scroll down for trending tattoo ideas and the latest and greatest in petite personal ink.

Where to Put Your Tattoo
Itty Bitty Tattoo Ideas
Matching Tattoos
Character and Creature Tattoo Designs
Creative Ways to Add Color
Celebrity Tattoo Ideas
How to Care for Your New Tattoo
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Location, Location, Location


Finger Tattoos

Decorate your digits with these eye-catching ideas.

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Ankle Tattoos

Adorn your ankles with just the teeniest ink.

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Palm Tattoos

Put some delicate ink in the palm of your hand.

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Fingernail Tattoos

Yep, even your fingertips need a touch!

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Underfoot Tattoos

Keep your ink hidden for a lovely surprise.

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Itty Bitty Tattoo Ideas

Downsizing your design doesn’t mean your look will be any less dramatic. Small script and wee symbols can make a big impact on your personal style. There’s something for everyone from no-frills minimalists to ladies who are a little extra.

Inspo for The Tiniest Tattoos

Small Tattoo Ideas

A little ink can go a long way.

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Micro Ink Inspiration

Blink and you might miss these incredibly cool mini tatts.

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Tiny Tattoos for First Timers

A little worried about making the leap? Take the plunge with a bit of ink.

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Hidden Ink Ideas

These little treasures are meant for intimate eyes only.

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Little Designs With Jewelry

Accessorize your bling with just a touch of ink.

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Matching Tattoos

Who needs friendship bracelets when you can create your personal bestie brand? Opting for ink with coordinating themes or matching styles is the coolest way to keep the ones you love close or a sentimental message top of mind.

Inspo for Tattoos that Go Together

Best Friend Tattoos

Stay bonded with coordinating tattoos.

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Sister Tattoo Ideas

Link up ink with your closest sis.

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Friendship Tattoo Ideas

Friends who get tatts together, stay together.

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Sibling Tattoo Inspiration

Keep these adorable ideas in the family.

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Character and Creature Tattoo Designs

If you’re looking to really make your mark, turn to a slew of artful ideas inspired by your favorite pet and mythical creatures or more abstract styles and geometric shapes. Think beyond the basic to embrace new techniques and playful touches.

INSPO FOR TATTOOS THAT GO Beyond

Animal Tattoo Ideas

Wear a tribute to your favorite furry friend.

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Minimalist Geometric Tattoos

Keep it simple with these artful shapes and lines.

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Mermaid Tattoo Ideas

Make a mythical creature your new ink.

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Simple Shape Tattoos

Simple and sparse, these tattoos are a minimalist's dream.

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Creative Ways to Add Color

Choose a single hue or select a few stunning shades to complete your mini masterpiece. Watercolor florals and whimsical prints make even the smallest tattoo stand out so opt for pigments that will complement your skin tone and stand the test of time.

Inspo for Creative, Colorful Tattoos

Flower Tattoo Ideas

These blooming floral ideas are just so fresh.

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Watercolor Ink Tattoos

Bring highly hued painting into your ink.

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Modern Art Ink Ideas

Art lovers, these mini masterpieces are just for you.

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Celebrity Tattoo Ideas

Stars, they’re just like us — especially when it comes to a bit of body art. Get inspired by all the red carpet regulars who went under the needle including Miley Cyrus’ touching tribute tatt, Beyoncé’s simple three dots, and more.

Minimalist Celebrity Tattoo Ideas

Low-key ink ideas from some of your fave celebs.

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Best Celebrity Tattoos

The most creative tattoos in Hollywood.

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Celebrity Couple Tattoos

Double the ink inspo with these couple's tattoos.

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How to Care for Your New Tattoo

If you’ve got it, flaunt it... but first take care of it with a few helpful hints and best practices for maintaining your fresh ink.

5 Tips for Tending to Your New Tattoo

A fresh tattoo can take up to six weeks to heal so pay attention to these points and practices to make sure your new ink stays healthy and clean.

1. Ask about your bandage. Different artists use various bandages post-session so knowing how long to keep yours on is essential.

2. Cleanse often. Gently wash your tiny tatt with soap and water several times a day to prevent the possibility of infection.

3. Keep your tattoo moisturized. Ask your artist how often you should apply specialty moisturizers so your skin stays supple. Remember to always clean hands before use.

4. Avoid water exposure. Steer clear of baths or lengthy showers without proper waterproof protection on your ink.

5. Remember your SPF. As always, staying in the sun with what is basically an open wound is harmful. If you are out and about in the sun, remember to repeat sunscreen application throughout the day.

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Written by: Zoey Washington

Photographer: Brittany Griffin

Graphic Design: Rebecca Fong

Set Design and Styling: Cassidy Miller

Models: Sarah Koller, Natasha Thomas, Stephanie Brown, Cassidy Miller, Anjelika Temple