Tiny tattoos are discreet forms of self-expression, the hide-and-seek winners of artistic representation. They’re also great starter tattoos for beginners (and those with a fear of needles) to dip their toe in the water before diving in. Uh oh, your toe just got ink on it.
As an added bonus, the tinier the tattoo, the fewer needles you’ll get poked with. Tiny tattoos are a win for everyone. Except for the needles, who want more of your flesh. But they’ll have to wait their turn.
To reveal or not reveal? That’s entirely up to you. Show ‘em off Missy Elliot style or keep them as covered up as a secret on Pretty Little Liars. Tiny tattoos give you freedom of expression and the choice of when to express it, unlike your work presentation. That starts in 10 minutes.
35 Tiny Tattoos
1. Monogram Tattoo
Some of the best words start with “M.” Manicures, macaroni, and microwaves, just to name a few. Give them the first letter and keep ‘em wanting more, which is also an “M” word.
2. Spoon and Fork Tattoo
“Hey Diddle Diddle” got it wrong. The dish did not run away with the spoon, as previously reported. Someone should call the napkin and print a retraction.
3. Peter Pan Tattoo
Team Pan or Team Hook? Either way, take the second star to the right, and straight on ‘til morning. Just don’t take the shortcut on your GPS. It never accounts for Lost Boys traffic.
4. Eiffel Tower Tattoo
Tired of waiting for Emily in Paris to come back? We all are, and Netflix never makes it easy on us. Straighten your beret, pour a glass of Kir Royale, and settle in for a three-hour Parisian lunch to take the edge off.
5. Wine Glass Tattoo
It can be tiresome waiting for the clock to turn five o’clock somewhere. This cute glass tattoo let’s everyone know that it can be wine o’clock anytime.
6. Wishbone Tattoo
The best part of Thanksgiving dinner, besides the stuffing, is fighting your siblings for the wishbone. Fingers crossed you get your wish with your pinky left intact. And yes, we did wish for an extra helping of pumpkin pie.
7. Ramen Tattoo
Is it a food or is it a rite of passage for college students? The world may never know.
8. Diamond Tattoo
Shine bright like a diamond. It is a girl’s best friend, after all. And you’ll never have to have this tribute removed later, unlike the matching tattoos we got with our former bestie.
9. Aries Constellation Tattoo
This one is for all of you Aries girlies. As the first zodiac sign, you have a reputation to uphold. Let’s ram it up.
10. Half Full Glass Tattoo
A centuries-long philosophical debate finally settled. Next up: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
11. Smiley Tattoo
A smile conveys a thousand words. This finger conveys one sentiment. The two are a match made in proverbial heaven, when you want to send mixed messages.
12. Sriracha Sauce Tattoo
Say what you like about the controversial sauce, but sriracha has made its mark on society. And on… other things.
13. No Smiley Tattoo
Sometimes you just can’t say no, like when there’s a sale at Sephora. But if you’re Meghan Trainor, you can say no 85 times in the same song. Practice up with this happy little tattoo.
14. Lock and Key Tattoo
Remember those lock-and-key pencil boxes from elementary school? They were all fun and games until you lost the key. Jimmying it open with a bobby pin to get your Lisa Frank stickers out was what we called building character. So basically, they’re why we’re such great people.
15. Wave Tattoo
Nineties R&B sensation TLC warned us about chasing waterfalls. However, they said nothing about chasing waves. We’re taking that as permission directly from T-Boz.
16. Feather Tattoo
Every dress-up box has a feather boa. Every feather boa leads to a floor filled with feathers that get stuck in your vacuum. And yet, it’s worth it every time.
17. Weather Tattoo
More accurate than your weather app, satellite imagery, the local weatherman, and your grandparents.
18. Evil Eye Tattoo
Like an American Express card, you’ll never leave home without it. And you shouldn’t—especially during spooky season. You never know what haunts may be lurking around the corner. The ghost of Taco Bell meals past, for example.
19. Cow Tattoo
Moo-ve over, plant-based milks. The OG milk source is here, so your presence is a moot point.
20. Pac Man Tattoo
Ah, Pac Man. The source of triumph, stress, and sore fingers for the arcade generation. It was an a-maze-ing technological feat of its time. And now it’s eating your freckle. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
21. Lemon Tattoo
When life hands you lemons, slice them and put them in your water. Don’t add sugar, your dentist is watching.
22. Honey Jar Tattoo
A perfect way to commemorate the release of this year’s Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey horror movie. What’s that sound? Our childhood dying.
23. 11:11 Tattoo
Now you can make a wish anytime you want. No clocks, genies, pennies, or eyelashes required.
24. Shell Tattoo
Raise your hand if you’ve ever bought a conch shell from a boardwalk gift shop with the intention of hearing the ocean. Keep your hand up if you swore you actually heard the ocean and will go down with that ship.
25. Cowboy Boot Tattoo
If you’ve ever awkwardly square danced in gym class wishing you were doing anything else, we hear you and we’re here for you. But some days you gotta dance and these boots were made for walking. And uh, dancing.
26. Crescent Moon and Rabbit Tattoo
The beloved children’s classic, Goodnight Moon, has put many a child to bed. We’re not suggesting this tattoo has those powers, but it really depends on your artist.
27. Strawberry Tattoo
Strawberries are a fruit with elegance and versatility. They can be dipped in chocolate, dropped in a glass of champagne, and appear in the title of a Beatles song. Can kiwis say that? Harry Styles, relax.
28. Dinosaur Tattoo
Everyone remembers their first dinosaur. Whether it was watching The Land Before Time, pretending to be a Power Ranger, or winning a stuffed T-Rex from the boardwalk. Does anyone remember their first axolotl? We think not.
29. Hourglass Tattoo
A subtle reminder that the time comes for us all, so make good use of what you have. Aka, stop forgetting to do the Wordle.
30. Ring Tattoo
As the greatest philosopher of our time once said, “If you like it, put a ring on it.” Or something like that.
31. Chocolate Bar Tattoo
Every neighborhood has one house where the occupants hand out full-size candy bars on Halloween. And every neighborhood has one house where the occupants hand out raisins. Be on the winning team.
32. Book Tattoo
We love this tiny tattoo for a librarian or anyone who loves reading and hasn’t been won over by the Kindle yet. Come to the dark side, we have…e-books. Obviously.
33. Candle Tattoo
It’s not [insert season here] until your home smells like [insert seasonal scent here]. The candle doesn’t specify.
34. Mermaid Tattoo
This brings a whole new meaning to The Little Mermaid. We’re not sure what it is, but it’s gotta mean something. Otherwise your grandma’s gonna be pissed.
35. Rose Tattoo
Roses are red, violets are blue. This tiny rose could be yours, too. Check yes, no, or maybe.
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