50+ Hidden Tattoos That Will Satisfy Your Craving For New Ink

Even if your body is already covered in tattoos from head to toe, there's something fun and rebellious about secret ink. On the flip side, if you're still easing into the idea of your first small design, getting something etched on one of the best places to hide tattoos can make it all seem less stressful.

No matter your reasoning, hidden tattoos are a great way to ink your body just for you (though don't be surprised if you suddenly feel the need to post it all over Instagram). Some of the best hidden places for a tattoo are your rib cage, sternum, stomach, and back. You also can't go wrong with hidden small hip tattoos; they're a classic. Depending on the placement you choose, you can play peekaboo or let it be your own little secret.

The best hiding places for tattoos come with different pain levels. A rib or neck tattoo might be a little more painful than a design on your thighs. Luckily, these types of designs are typically tiny with fine lines and little to no shading, so they're relatively quick and easy.

Whether you're a tattoo newbie or this isn't your first rodeo, we rounded up some of the best hidden tattoo places for you to peruse ahead. Keep scrolling to see how to hide a tattoo like a pro.

— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes, Clara Amelia, and Jessica Harrington


Hidden Tattoos: Baby Blooms

The hips are a great hiding place for tattoos. This area makes the design only visible when you're wearing a cropped top or swimsuit.


Hidden Tattoos: Palm Tree

This gorgeous tattoo is placed on the ear, hiding it in plain sight.


Hidden Tattoos: Little Branch

This hidden tattoo features a delicate branch.


Hidden Tattoos: Seashell

This hidden tattoo of a seashell is placed on the ribs.


Hidden Tattoos: Angel Number

Angel-number tattoos are small, easy to hide, and super cute.


Hidden Tattoos: Space

You can get an entire space scene behind your ear as a hidden tattoo if you make it small enough.


Hidden Tattoos: Paw Print

Pay tribute to your furry friend with a paw-print tattoo on your foot or toe.


Hidden Tattoos: Happiness

The rib cage is one of the most popular places to hide tattoos.


Hidden Tattoos: Lettering

The back of your ear is a great spot for minimalist hidden tattoos.


Hidden Tattoos: Double Triangle

The back of the ear is one of the best and cutest hiding places for a tattoo.


Hidden Tattoos: Tiny Finger Tattoos

The inside of your fingers is a good spot for hidden tattoos.


Hidden Tattoos: Small Heart

A small, red heart around the ribs is an excellent first tattoo.


Hidden Tattoos: Angel

Hide your tattoo in plain sight with a delicate fine-line design.


Hidden Tattoos: Smiley Face

Your big toe is a good place to hide a cute, silly tattoo.


Hidden Tattoos: Happiness

This hidden tattoo features the word "happiness" in a dainty cursive font.


Hidden Tattoos: Nou Led Nou La (We Led Us There)

The shoulders are a great place for a hidden tattoo of a quote.


Hidden Tattoos: Positivity

The back of the arm holds many possibilities for different kinds of tattoos like quotes and lettering.


Hidden Tattoos: Butterfly

This hidden tattoo features a cute, dainty butterfly right on the hipbone.


Hidden Tattoos: Olive Branch

This hidden tattoo features a beautiful olive branch.


Hidden Tattoos: Je T'aime

Tattoos located on the upper thigh and hip area are pretty easy to hide and make for a super-sexy placement.


Hidden Tattoos: Monarch Butterfly

The feet are another cool hidden spot for tattoos, like this beautiful monarch butterfly.


Hidden Tattoos: Ellipsis

A tiny ellipsis around the collarbone is another good first hidden tattoo idea if you're still unsure what to get.


Hidden Tattoos: Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty fits perfectly in this hidden small hip tattoo.


Hidden Tattoos: Astrological Symbol

Astrological symbols are small, making them really easy to hide.


Hidden Tattoos: Constellations

A small, colorful constellation on the inside of the arm is an excellent idea for a hidden tattoo.


Hidden Tattoos: Dragonfly

This hidden tattoo features a gorgeous, dainty dragonfly.


Hidden Tattoos: Girl Power

Hidden small hip tattoos are super cool and mysterious.


Hidden Tattoos: Love Yourself

This tattoo features the quote "love yourself" in a gorgeous cursive font around the back.


Hidden Tattoos: Be Kind

Subtle lettering on the back of your arm is an amazing idea for a hidden tattoo.


Hidden Tattoos: Still I Rise

The rib cage is the best spot if you want a quote tattoo that's private.


Hidden Tattoos: Stay Strong, Stay True, Stay U

If you want to get a quote tattoo but don't want to keep it hidden all the time, the back of the shoulder is a good placement option.


Hidden Tattoos: Easy Tiger

The sternum is one of the coolest hidden tattoo spots.


Hidden Tattoos: Happy and Sad

This happy-and-sad-face tattoo proves once again the feet are a great spot to hide tattoos.


Hidden Tattoos: Paper Airplane

An inner-lip tattoo is a great option if you want to keep it hidden while showing off your rebellious side.


Hidden Tattoos: Small Heart

This chic hidden tattoo is a fine-line heart placed on the back of the shoulder.


Hidden Tattoos: Favorite Number

A number tattoo like this one would be very easy to hide because of how small and delicate it is.


Hidden Tattoos: Cloud and Rain

You can get symbols tattooed on your fingers, like these cloud and rain tattoos.


Hidden Tattoos: Peace Sign

Put the peace in your peace sign by getting a hidden tattoo of the symbol on the inside of a finger.


Hidden Tattoos: Gratitude

The ankle is another amazing spot to hide a tattoo.


Hidden Tattoos: Shark

This cute hidden tattoo features a tiny shark located on the rib cage.


Hidden Tattoos: Girl Power

"Girl power" is shortened in this adorable hidden hip tattoo.


Hidden Tattoos: Tiny Rose

The inside of your finger is another great spot to hide tattoos.


Hidden Tattoos: Evil Eye

This hidden tattoo features an evil eye colored on the inside of a finger.


Hidden Tattoos: Pineapple

This small hidden tattoo is located on the lower stomach and concealed by the waistband.


Hidden Tattoos: Small Heart

This tattoo features an extra-tiny heart on the hand.


Hidden Tattoos: Baby Steps

This hidden tattoo features the word "baby steps" in a cute, minimalist font.


Hidden Tattoos: Rose

This hidden tattoo features a colored red rose on the shoulder.


Hidden Tattoos: Small Diamond

This hidden tattoo of a small diamond is placed on the inside of a finger.


Hidden Tattoos: Always

If you want your hidden quote tattoo to be a little different, try using red ink.


Hidden Tattoos: Rose

Your ankle is a great spot for dramatic tattoos. What you're wearing will affect whether it's visible or not.


Hidden Tattoos: Lust

The butt makes for an amazing and sexy hidden tattoo spot.

Hidden Tattoos: Stay Wild

Your hidden butt tattoo can also include a cheeky quote — no one will know it's there.