80+ Small-Tattoo Ideas For Your First Ink
- Simple, small tattoos are a great choice for first-timers.
- There are countless small designs to consider, from symbols to words and more.
- Whether you want something simple or abstract, we've rounded up plenty of unique small tattoo ideas.
If you're nervous or stressed about a permanent tattoo, you're not alone. Removing a tattoo is no picnic, but committing to a single design among countless other letters, symbols, and shapes often has us feeling like Maggie Carpenter in Runaway Bride at the altar: terrified, confused, and suddenly doubtful. How are you supposed to choose something among so many options?
If you're stuck on where to start, we've got you covered with the best small tattoo ideas. First, think about where you want your tattoo to be. Small finger tattoos, wrist tattoos, and ankle tattoos are most common because they are subtle but noticeable. Whether you're seeking a deep, spiritual symbol, interested in a colorful flower, or just testing the waters before committing to a full sleeve, these adorable mini tattoos showcase an array of abstract, typographic, and illustrative designs — except without all those scary strings attached.
If you don't want to go in alone, invite someone to get a tattoo with you. Small tattoo ideas for couples and best friends can turn your favorite inside jokes into a piece of art. Read ahead to see our favorite tiny tattoo ideas.
— With Lauren Harano, Haley Lyndes, Macy Cate Williams, and Marina Liao