These Stunning Tiny Tattoos Will Leave You Tempted To Get More Ink (2024)

Now, you can fully indulge in your tattoo addiction.

By Sabrina Talbert

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In recent years, there's been an increase in demand for tiny tattoos, and I'm here for it. As someone who has ink of their own, it makes sense why someone would prefer small—and sometimes thinner—ink over bigger pieces of art that take up a lot of real estate on your body.

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Many people like smaller tats for professional reasons—that would explain why a handful of models like Hailey Bieber and Bella Hadid have them—while others just prefer the aesthetic. Plus, they're so small you can get them almost anywhere, although arms and legs are the most recommended areas, according to Ash Aurich, a New York and Miami-based tattoo artist.

If you've been thinking about getting a tiny tattoo lately but are struggling to find design inspiration, read on to see 20 small tattoo ideas you'll want ASAP.



This flying doves tattoo gives off major Demi Lovato vibes. The singer has a set of birds going down their left arm.


Roman Numerals

If you have an important date in mind or a lucky number, make it less obvious with a Roman numeral tattoo.


Moon And Stars

Are you a fan of astrology? If so, you can get this space-inspired tattoo. You can also simplify it by only getting the stars or the moon. Think Ariana Grande's crescent moon tattoo behind her ear.

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Red Ink Heart

Red ink tattoos are a great way to keep your tattoo subtle. Just be mindful that it's a bit harder to remove than black ink, so it's more of a commitment.



A cute manicure is always welcomed, but these small ornament tattoos will take things to the next level. Just be prepared for a little bit more pain since your fingers have more nerves. It's also likely that they'll fade, so plan on booking a touch up.


Lightning Bolt

Matching tattoos can be pretty much anything, so why not get a lightning bolt?

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Floral arm sleeve tattoos are stunning, but that doesn't mean small pieces of nature can't have their moment too.


Koi Fish

In Japanese culture, koi fish represents perseverance and luck in overcoming challenges, per Tatt Mag.



If you grew up during the early days of Tumblr, this wave tattoo will look very familiar to you. Waves can mean many things, so it's totally up to your interpretation.

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Scripted Words

If dark and heavy lettering isn't your thing, consider getting a fine line scripted tattoo.



Similar to the way the tiny insect works, this tattoo is a symbol for loyalty. Kind of like how bees are loyal to their queen. So if you believe in loyalty, want Beyoncé-inspired ink (Queen B), or just like bees, this is the one for you.



You may have seen a lot of people getting a tattoo of the outline of their country. And while those are super cute, there's also this version, which focuses in on the country in a super detailed way based on how it looks on the globe.

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Cowboy Boot

A cowboy (or girl) boot is the tat for you if you're from down south, like country music, or just like how it looks.



This wishbone tattoo speaks for itself. It represents good luck and good fortune.


Melting Clock

This melting clock is a clever take on Salvador Dali's 1931 surrealist painting "The Persistence of Memory." Whether you're a big fan of his art or just love the symbolism of it all, this idea is a total gem.

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Angel Numbers

Angel numbers have become more common in recent years. They can be seen on celebs like Dua Lipa, Jennifer Aniston, and Kaia Gerber. FYI, 777 refers to divine guidance.


Detailed Sharks

These sharks are proof that just because you have a small tattoo doesn't mean you have to sacrifice good detail.



If you prefer something more abstract, opt for clean line work that tells a story of its own.

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This hummingbird tattoo will give you that pop of color you've always wanted.



Originally making headlines in 2013 via Cara Delevingne, the lion finger tattoo has come a long way.

These Stunning Tiny Tattoos Will Leave You Tempted To Get More Ink (22)

Sabrina Talbert

Sabrina is an editorial assistant for Women’s Health. When she’s not writing, you can find her running, training in mixed martial arts, or reading.

These Stunning Tiny Tattoos Will Leave You Tempted To Get More Ink (2024)


Are tiny tattoos a good idea? ›

Size really doesn't matter for tattoos. Smaller tattoos can be more subtle and meaningful than large, ostentatious ones. They can often be far more personal too. For instance, a tiny ghost tattoo may signify that an individual has lost a loved one and is carrying them with them in spirit wherever they go.

Do tiny tattoos age well? ›

Small tattoos tend to not age as well as their larger counterparts. However, there are several caveats to consider before generalizing the correlation between tattoo size and the risk of a piece not aging gracefully. Trendy tattoos, like tiny tattoos or pieces done in minimalist tattoo styles, tend not to age well.

What's the smallest tattoo you can get? ›

Micro tattoos are tiny designs that are usually less than an inch in size. They can be as small as a quarter of an inch! That's smaller than a dime! Because they are so small, they can be placed in a variety of locations on the body.

What happens to small tattoos over time? ›

Ink naturally spreads in the body over time, so a tattoo that's too small will likely blur together as the skin ages.

Do tattoo artists get annoyed with small tattoos? ›

Depending on what the tattoo is small tattoos can be more difficult to do based on the level of detail. So an artist that doesn't have a hole lot of experience may not like to do small peices with a lot of detail because it can turn into a nightmare real quick for them.

How expensive is a tiny tattoo? ›

Tiny TattoosUnder 2 inches$50 - $100
Small Tattoos2-4 inches$50 - $250
Medium Sized Tattoos4-6 inches$150 - $450
Large Single-Piece Tattoos4-6 inches$500 - $5,000
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What are the cons of small tattoos? ›

Some tattoos are simply too small

Over time, ink tends to bleed, or expand, which can cause small tattoos to become blurry and lose detail. "You can expect the lines to double, triple, and sometimes quadruple in width over time, so it's best to keep that in mind when choosing a design," Smith added.

Will I regret getting a small tattoo? ›

Apparently, the smaller your tattoo, the more likely you are to regret it. We found that 63 percent of people with a tattoo smaller than the palm of their hand regret it. However, only 2 percent of people with full-sleeves or longer, regret their tattoo.

Do small tattoos turn into blobs? ›

Ink that's too closely packed in can bleed together, and over time just become a black blob. This can be especially upsetting with small lettering. We usually recommend going bigger when getting a tattoo, we want your tattoo to look amazing for years to come.

How small is a $50 tattoo? ›

$50 tattoos are approximately one inch by one inch in black ink on arms or legs. Other areas of the body start at only $70.

What size is a $200 tattoo? ›

A palm-sized tattoo usually runs between $200-500, and medium to large tattoos (about 8”) usually range from $300-600. Half sleeves typically start around $1,000 and full sleeves often range from $2,000-$4,000.

What are tiny tattoos called? ›

Tiny tattoos, also known as micro tattoos, have been gaining popularity in recent years as more and more people embrace minimalism in their lives and personal style.

What is a micro tattoo? ›

Micro tattoos are small, fine-line tattoos that are sometimes done with a single needle. They've become increasingly popular through social media and celebrity trends over the past few years.

What tattoos age the best? ›

The longest-lasting tattoo ink color is black. Not only will this saturated tone stand out, but black ink molecules are also larger than colored ones. As a result, there is less chance that the ink will break down over time.

What is a patchwork tattoo? ›

Patchwork tattoos are a bunch of small tattoos collaged together with a little empty space in between, like how you would iron patches onto a denim jacket. They don't necessarily need a theme that ties them together, and there usually isn't a background to fill the space.

What are the cons of micro tattoos? ›

Micro tattoos may require more frequent touch-ups, and they may fade more quickly than larger tattoos. Additionally, it's important to do your research and find a reputable tattoo artist who is skilled in creating micro tattoos.

What are the risks of small tattoos? ›

A skin infection is possible after getting a tattoo. An infection might be due to contaminated ink or equipment that isn't sterilized correctly. Getting a tattoo at a studio that doesn't follow good safety steps also can raise your risk of a skin infection.

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