47 Small Tattoo Design Ideas for Women

Small Tattoo Ideas for Women

47 Small Tattoo Design Ideas for Women

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If you’re wondering why someone would choose a snowflake or a dog paw, check out these 47 cute and sexy small tattoo ideas for women. The best designs and their meanings. Short tattoo quotes, placement ideas and more.


The dreamcatcher is actually a very beautiful and meaningful symbol. In Native American cultures, dreamcatchers are filters that catch bad dreams in their web (much like a spider) and then let the good dreams filter through to you as you sleep. Celebrities with a Dreamcatcher Tattoo: Miley Cyrus and Kendall Jenner.

Dreamcatcher Tattoo Design: Below Ear on Neck
Dreamcatcher Tattoo Design: On the Middle Back
Dreamcatcher Tattoo Design: On Shoulder

Angel Wings

Angel wing tattoos can mean different things for different people. Sometimes they are there to remind the wearer of someone loved and lost, and at other times angel tattoos are there to guard the wearer and protect them. Celebrities with an Angel Wings Tattoo: Beyonce, Nicole Richie and Rita Ora.

Angel Wings Tattoo Design: On Forearm
Angel Wings Tattoo Design: Below Hair on Neck
Angel Wings Love Tattoo Design: Upper Back


The beautiful butterfly tattoo is an excellent symbol of growth and rebirth. Changing from an unattractive caterpillar (or an average land creature) into a beautiful butterfly (or a creature that can fly) is a symbol of grace and transformation. Celebrities with a Butterfly Tattoo: Drew Barrymore, Mariah Carey and Brandy.

Butterfly Tattoo Design: On Front Shoulder
Butterfly Tattoo Design: On Back Shoulder
Butterfly Tattoo Design: On Foot In Color


Feather tattoos have many different meanings depending on the type of feather. Generally speaking, however, most feather tattoos are a symbol of freedom like a bird in flight. Feather tattoos can also be part of angelic symbolism and hold a much deeper and profound meaning for the wearer. Celebrities with a Feather Tattoo: Juliet Simms and Rita Ora.

Feather Tattoo Design: Behind Ear
Feather Tattoo Design: Behind Neck Under Hair
Feather Tattoo Design: On Ribs on Side


“Reach for the moon, even if you fail you’ll land among the stars”…this is one of the most inspirational quotes ever written and the star is definitely a symbol of success. Star tattoos remind us to shine and be the best that we can. Celebrities with a Star Tattoo: Gisele Bundchen, Kate Hudson and Eva Longoria.

Small Star Tattoo Design: On Foot Side
Small Star Tattoo Design: On Belly Lower Stomach Left Side
Small Star Tattoo Design: On Hips and Belly


Many people aren’t aware that the lotus flower is a very significant symbol in many Eastern cultures. A lotus tattoo can mean many different things. Some of the most popular meanings include rebirth, perseverance over hardship, and it is sometimes even the symbolic equivalent of a woman’s sexuality. Celebrities with a Lotus Tattoo: Katy Perry, Malin Akerman and Ellie Goulding.

Small Lotus Tattoo Design: On Rib Cage
Small Lotus Tattoo Desigin: On Side Outer Wrist
Small Lotus Tattoo Design: Behind Neck Upper Back


Paw print tattoos are becoming increasingly popular and each one has a different meaning, depending on the individual and the type of paw they’re wearing. Dog prints are generally a symbol of strength and pride. Think of a dog pack and the alpha male. Cat paws are often a cute symbol of playfulness, or even a symbol of cunning and wit depending on the size of the paw. Celebrities with a Paw Tattoo: Eve.

Small Paw Tattoo Design: On Wrist Under
Small Paw Tattoo Design: Between Belly and Hip
Small Paw Tattoo Design: Behind Ear Two Small Paws


Dragonflies are more than pretty little insects hanging around the park; these creatures are full of deep meaning and inspiration. If you’ve ever looked closely at a dragonfly you’ll notice that they have an almost surreal quality to them, which is why they are often a symbol of deep thoughts and a higher subconscious.

Small Dragonfly Tattoo Design: On Rib Cage
Small Dragonfly Tattoo Design: On Foot
Small Dragonfly Tattoo Design: On Side Wrist


Tattoos of hearts are often a symbol of love, but what exactly does that mean? For a four letter word, love is complex and has a different meaning for everyone. Heart tattoos can symbolize a person’s love for someone else, a person’s love for life and humanity, or even a person’s hope for finding love. It’s a complicated and very personal tattoo. Celebrities with a Heart Tattoo: Jennifer Aniston, Hilary Duff and Ariana Grande.

Small Heart Tattoo Design: On Wrist Upper Forearm
Small Heart Tattoo Design: On Finger Side
Small Heart Tattoo Design: On Upper Ribs

Tattoos and Their Meanings

Tattoos have a long history, and usually, there are only two possible reactions to the idea of permanently marking your skin: People either love them or hate them.

Regardless how you feel about them, tattoos have been around for thousands of years. In fact, they were around in Ancient Egypt. Pregnant women in Ancient Egyptian times would sometimes tattoo a small web on their abdomen when they became pregnant. As the baby grew inside them, the web would stretch, symbolically protecting the child in the womb.

Even earlier than that, the famous “ice-man” had small dots strategically tattooed on his body around certain joints, which scientists now theorize were applied for therapeutic reasons.

The reasons for getting tattoos vary immensely. As described above, some tattoos are therapeutic or meant to be used as a protective amulet, but there are numerous motives for permanently marking your body. Common reasons people have for getting a tattoo include religion, marks of social status, lineage and tribal identification, and beauty.

Although today tattoos can be seen on practically every street corner, from young punk-rock kids to the middle-aged generation sporting ink from their youth, it hasn’t always been that way.

Tribal communities would often use tattoos to adorn a warrior and display his feats and accomplishments. In some tribal societies, women tattooed themselves in order to appear more attractive to the opposite sex.

In America, however, tattoos haven’t always been that popular. Generally speaking, tattoos began appearing more commonly right After the American Revolutionary War. Sailors found that tattoos made an excellent identifying mark should they be imprisoned by the British, or should their bodies be found dead at sea. Polite society, however, did not adorn itself with permanent ink for many more years.

Now, tattoos are almost standard in our society. However, the reasons and meanings behind an individual’s tattoos are still very personal. People get tattoos to wear the name of their loved ones, to show off their favorite sports team, and even to display something deep and meaningful only to that individual.

It’s not just the men, either.

Women also proudly wear their ink for all the world to see. For women, however, the tattoos are often more subtle and symbolic. There are many animals and amulets that have a hidden meaning, and women wear those symbols close to their heart. Here are a few of the most common small tattoos on women, and what those tattoos mean.

Although tattoos have been around for thousands of years, the method of tattooing has indeed evolved quite a bit.

No matter how you feel about tattoos, one thing is certain: There’s no getting away from them. Tattoos are beautiful, remarkable, symbolic, and they are an artistic way of expressing yourself through symbolism and mystery. For anyone interested in tattoos, because they’re permanent, it’s highly recommended you do your research first, and think hard about it before you decide. Once you’re ready, make sure the tattoo artist knows exactly what you’re looking for. Tattoos are beautiful, and they can definitely be an ice-breaker at your next party. Enjoy the beauty of your ink, and wear it proudly!


Most of us aren’t mathematicians and, therefore, unless you’re into quantum physics, the meaning of this tattoo is a very definite “forever.” Don’t let that fool you in its simplicity, though. Forever is a very long time, and depending on your reason for getting this tattoo, that can mean everlasting love, everlasting life, or even everlasting rebirth. Celebrities with an Infinity Tattoo: Kristen Stewart, Asami Zdrenka and Taylor Schilling.

Small Infinity Tattoo Design: Back of Neck
Small Infinity Tattoo Design: Upper Shoulder
Small Infinity Tattoo Design: Middle of Forearm

Sun and Moon

While a tattoo of the sun and moon might look kind of hippy and new agey, the symbolism is actually much more complex than that. The sun and moon tattoo symbolizes light and dark, good and bad, Yin and Yang… and the balance of opposites. The wearer is definitely in touch with both of these aspects. Celebrities with a Sun and Moon Tattoo: Asami Zdrenka.

Small Sun and Moon Tattoo Design: On Upper Hip
Small Sun and Moon Tattoo Design: On Spine Middle Back
Small Sun and Moon Tattoo Design: Right Forearm Side Near Wrist


If you want to display your affection for someone, give them a rose. Did you know, however, that different colored roses have different meanings? Red roses are for love, yellow roses are for friendship, white is for remembrance, and pink is for appreciation and admiration. Rose tattoos, no matter what their color, are always a sign of beauty and elegance. Celebrities with a Rose Tattoo: Cher, Amber Rose and Cheryl Cole.

Small Rose Tattoo Design: Upper Forearm Inside
Small Rose Tattoo Design: Back of Neck Behind Hair
Small Rose Tattoo Design: Below Ear


Have you ever watched a hummingbird in flight? Have you ever seen two hummingbirds spinning wildly, looking at each other in a sort of frantic, yet elegantly choreographed dance? If so, then you can already see why hummingbird tattoos are a symbol of happiness and love. Celebrities with a Hummingbird Tattoo: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Small Hummingbird Tattoo Design: Forearm Outer In Color
Small Hummingbird Tattoo Design: Rib Cage
Small Hummingbird Tattoo Design: Rib Cage In Color


Anchor tattoos are often associated with the brawny arms of sailors; however, not all people sporting these tattoos live a life at sea. In fact, the anchor is a strong symbol of stability and many people wear it for their significant other, the “anchor” in their life. Celebrities with an Anchor Tattoo: Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Kate Moss.

Small Anchor Tattoo Design: On Foot
Small Anchor Tattoo Design: Upper Forearm Inner Part Near Wrist
Small Anchor Tattoo Design: Rib Cage Middle


Crown tattoos are also becoming increasingly popular and the crown has always been a symbol of royalty. A crown tattoo is often worn by someone who not only thinks very highly of themselves (there’s nothing wrong with having healthy self-esteem), but someone who places themselves above all others, as a ruler amongst men. Of course, it’s always wise to remember that “heavy is the head that wears the crown.” Celebrities with a Crown Tattoo: Katie Price and Lily Collins.

Small Crown Tattoo Design: Upper Forearm Inner Part
Small Crown Tattoo Design: Left Front Shoulder
Small Crown Tattoo Design: Outer Wrist

Fun Facts About Tattoos

  1. In Ancient Egypt it was only women who got tattoos, and in the United States today there are more women than men with tattoos. Isn’t it great how some things never change?!
  2. There are roughly about 20,000 tattoo parlors in the United States. That’s statistically equivalent of four hundred tattoo parlors per state, and there’s at least one being added every day. That’s quite a lot of tattoo places, and yet it never really seems like that many when you’re trying to find the one you like.
  3. One early method of tattooing was to sew soot covered thread through a person’s skin. Thankfully today we have a tattoo gun.
  4. The tattoo gun is made up of four parts, the part that holds the ink, the needle, the foot pedal (which controls the movement and speed), and the motor.
  5. Although there are more tattooed women than men in the United States, women are statistically more likely to get a tattoo removed than men are. That’s right, ladies, don’t go putting your man’s name on your shoulder, you’ll only have to remove it after you break up.
  6. There are UV tattoos you can get which are completely undetectable in the daylight, but which are brightly and clearly visible in ultraviolet light! These are the perfect tattoos for those who have a stuffy day job.
  7. Animals are the most frequent tattoos, often serving as symbolism or totems for people.
  8. Thomas Edison inadvertently had the very first tattoo gun design and Samuel O’Reilly was the one to pick up Edison’s invention and make it useful to the art of skin ink.
  9. Winston Churchill’s mom had a tattoo, and so did he.
  10. There was actually a Tattoo Resistance in the 20th century.


Although seahorses are real, they’re unique appearance and fascinating mating ritual are something that make them seem almost fantasy-like, which is why the seahorse is most often considered a symbol of creativity. Those who have a seahorse tattoo put a high importance on the more fantastical side of life, and the importance of creativity and imagination. However, this isn’t a haphazard sort of creativity, seahorses are very regal creatures as well.

Small Seahorse Tattoo Design: Right Upper Forearm Wrist
Small Seahorse Tattoo Design: In Full Color
Small Seahorse Tattoo Design: Inside Left Earlobe


Snowflake tattoos have a deeper meaning than most people are aware of. If your first thought was that this person is a “Frozen” addict, then you’re probably incorrect. Snowflakes are individual (no two are ever alike) and their delicate beauty can only really be seen once you look closely at them, giving them a very special symbolism. Snowflakes are also a symbol of purity and innocence. Celebrities with a Snowflake Tattoo: Kelly Clarkson and Amanda Beard.

Small Snowflake Tattoo Design: Right Front Shoulder
Small Snowflake Tattoo Design: Left Back Upper Shoulder
Small Snowflake Tattoo Design: In Full Color


Mandala tattoos can have different meanings for each individual, depending on the personal and religious views of the wearer. Mandalas are most often used in meditation as a way of connecting to the “inner self” and, therefore, these tattoos often symbolize higher consciousness or even “one world” consciousness.

Small Mandala Tattoo Design: Left Upper Shoulder Back
Small Mandala Tattoo Design: Left Shoulder In Color on Side
Small Mandala Tattoo Design: On Forearm Middle


The Sankofa tattoo is a highly intricate symbol full of meaning and tradition. This African design shows a bird arching its head backwards and retrieving an egg. There also seems to be an eye in the tail feathers and the general shape of a heart. Traditionally, this tattoo symbolizes taking from the past or going back to where you came from. It’s driven in roots and tradition. Celebrities with a Sankofa Tattoo: Jessica Stroup and Janet Jackson.

Small Sankofa Tattoo Design: On Back In the Middle
Small Sankofa Tattoo Design: Back Part of Neck, Cute
Small Sankofa Tattoo Design: Wrist Bottom Inner


Giraffes are some of the most beautiful creatures in the world. With their long and slender necks and their slow, fluid movements, it isn’t difficult to see why giraffe tattoos are a symbol of grace and elegance. Few animals can match the giraffe’s beauty in motion.

Small Giraffe Tattoo Design: On Finger Top
Small Giraffe Tattoo Design: On Ankle
Small Giraffe Tattoo Design: On Calf in Color

Watercolor Tattoos

Watercolor tattoos have become more and more popular in recent years. It’s not hard to see why- these beautiful and unique tattoos look as if an artist took a paintbrush and painted a piece of art using the body as a canvas. These tattoos resemble brushstrokes that are present in a real watercolor painting, along with all the vivid and vibrant colors you can imagine.

Even though this style of tattoos looks like they were painted on, the technique for getting them done is still the same as with any regular tattoo. Yes, the tattoo gun is still very much in play.

The difference between watercolor tattoos and “regular” or “traditional” tattoos is that in watercolor tattoos there is generally an absence of black outlines, and usually of the color black (for most part). Traditional tattoos are usually outlined in black, and then filled in by black shading or other colors mixed with black ink. In watercolor tattoos colors are left unmixed, which is the reason why they appear lighter and more vibrant.

Small Hummingbird Watercolor Tattoo
Small Cat Watercolor Tattoo
Small Heart Watercolor Tattoo

However, this does not mean that they will fade away and disappear. Like any other tattoo they are permanent and will require touch ups from time to time. Upkeep may need to be more frequent than with tattoos that have black ink in the mix (since black ink lasts longer than other colors), but like with any other tattoo this also depends on other factors at play: sun exposure, how well you take care of the tattoo and what condition your skin is in, in general.

In case you decide that you are unhappy and want to remove it, it is usually harder to do than with traditional tattoos due to the lack of black ink in the mix.

Watercolor tattoos can be of any image that can otherwise be presented with a traditional tattoo. The most important thing is that the tattoo artist is skilled, especially in doing freehand work without a lot of outlines and guidelines. This requires a certain level of talent, true artistry, same with any regular artist doing a watercolor painting on canvas.

With a little research on the design, some preparation and a good, talented tattoo artist, the outcome of this kind of tattoo should be nothing short of a stunning, wild and vivid masterpiece.


In Eastern cultures such as Chinese and Thai, the elephant is a symbol of strength and wisdom. Not only are religious or political leaders often depicted riding an elephant, but in Feng Shui tradition and elephant is a very beneficial symbol to have in your home. Of course, there’s also the old saying that “an elephant never forgets.” Celebrities with an Elephant Tattoo: Brandy and Jessica Plummers.

Small Elephant Tattoo Design: Inner Wrist
Small Elephant Tattoo Design: Right Upper Back of Shoulder
Small Elephant Tattoo Design: On Toe Side


A popular and feminine tattoo is the bow. Bow’s might be looked upon a trivial decoration piece, but there is often very beautiful symbolism behind this design. Have you ever heard of people tying a string around their finger for remembrance? Bow tattoos can certainly be worn as a symbol of remembrance, whether you’re trying to remember a person loved and lost, or trying to remind yourself to keep certain qualities (such as “faith” and “hope”). Celebrities with a Bow Tattoo: Jessica Alba, Cher Lloyd and Lucy Hale.

Small Bow Tattoo Design: Behind Ear Below
Small Bow Tattoo Design: On Ring Finger Top
Small Bow Tattoo Design: Back of Neck In Color

Music Symbol

Music is a universal language, and you don’t have to be a musician to appreciate the symbolism in a treble clef or quarter note. Music is everywhere, it fills us with emotion, it guides us through life inspiring us and being a friend to us when we’re alone. Having a music symbol as a tattoo is not only a sign of musical appreciation; it’s also a symbol of that universal force that moves us all. Celebrities with a Music Symbol Tattoo: Lea Michelle, Rihanna and Cher Lloyd.

Small Music Symbol Tattoo Design: Across Finger
Small Music Symbol Tattoo Design: Side Wrist
Small Music Symbol Tattoo Design: Upper Back Shoulder Side, Cute


A key tattoo is a symbol of high importance. They say that “when one door closes, another one opens” and key tattoos are a visual reminder of that door opening. The key could represent happiness from sadness, hope from despair, and many other aspects. It could also be a symbol of what is the most important thing in the wearer’s life. For example, the key to life is happiness or the key to life is love.

Small Key Tattoo Design: Behind Ear Below
Small Key Tattoo Design: On Finger and Neck
Small Key Tattoo Design: Outer Wrist Upper Forearm


Dolphins are one of the most playful, charming and intelligent mammals in the world. One of the reasons for getting a dolphin tattoo is to symbolize their joy and playfulness. They can also be a sign of sexuality, because dolphins are the only other mammals, besides humans, that have sex just for fun. They are also a very popular symbol of freedom and friendship. Celebrities with a Dolphin Tattoo: Jennifer Lopez.

Small Dolphin Tattoo Design: Outer Wrist Upper Forearm
Small Dolphin Tattoo Design: Outer Wrist Upper Forearm
Small Dolphin Tattoo Design: Rib Cage Middle

White Ink Tattoos

If you want to get a tattoo without it being really obvious, a white ink tattoo may be your ticket to fame.

White ink tattoos are just that-tattoos done in white ink. The effect you get with this tattoo is either that of a “scar” (a pretty one) or, depending on the tattoo, of a pattern embedded on your skin. White ink tattoos are a good choice for someone who can’t be too open about body art and needs to be able to conceal it easily, usually due to their workplace.

Although they are called white ink tattoos, sometimes some color is added to accommodate the skin tone of the client. These off-white colors are very subtle and range between ivory, pale mauve, sometimes subtle yellow shades, or a touch of pink. In cases where these colors are not added to the predominant white ink, the tattoo will have more of a “scar effect”. Also, the white ink used here is not the same kind of white ink that is used in traditional tattoos. It’s thicker and of higher quality, making it specially designed to shine on its own.

They are considered to look best on pale, fair skinned people, but due to the possible subtle color variations may look gorgeous on others as well. In fact, more and more dark skinned (or tanned) people have been getting them in the recent years. Like with most tattoo choices it comes down to your preference and what you think will look good on your skin. It’s not a bad idea to also discuss this with your tattoo artist.

Small Snowflake White Ink Tattoo
Small Flower White Ink Tattoo
Small Heart White Ink Tattoo

There are some downsides to white ink tattoos, like for example, the possibility of some types of white ink turning yellow(ish). This is most common when the tattoo is frequently exposed to sunlight. That’s why the location for this type of tattoo also needs to be carefully chosen. It’s probably not such a good idea to get it on your hand or any other place that isn’t covered too often. No matter where you get the white ink tattoo, like any other kind, it will require touch ups from time to time.

As with any other type of tattoo, doing research and choosing the right tattoo artist, with the necessary skills is the most important thing! Since this isn’t the most common type of tattoo that people get done, many tattoo artists may not have much experience in doing them. However, there are those who specialize in these kinds of tattoos. So before choosing one, ask to see their work portfolio-preferably through all the stages of healing so you get a better idea of the final outcome. Otherwise you could end up with a mess, and although the white ink tattoo is less visible than a traditional or watercolor one, it’s not INvisible.

NOTE: There is a special white ink tattoo called the UV tattoo or blacklight tattoo, due to the fact that it glows under ultraviolet light.

Small Heart White Ink UV Tattoo
Small Motivational White Ink UV Tattoo
Small Star White Ink UV Tattoo

Celebs with white ink tattoos include Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, Ellie Goulding, Sophia Bush, Rihanna.

Lady Bug

Lady bugs are a sign of good luck. If a lady bug happens to land on you and grace you with its presence, you’re going to have a lucky day indeed! In China, if a lady bug lands on you, it means that your true love will soon come to you. Lady bugs are also a sign of friendship because of their helpfulness. Celebrities with a Lady Bug Tattoo: Pixie Geldof, Catherine McNeil
and Isabeli Fontana.

Small Lady Bug Tattoo Design: Back of Neck In Color
Small Lady Bug Tattoo Design: Inner Wrist
Small Lady Bug Tattoo Design: On Ankle


Frogs are an excellent symbol of intuition and observation. They are quick and they know when you’re coming! In Native American, Aztec and Mayan cultures they are associated with purification. A frog’s transition from aquatic to terrestrial is a very big symbol of change and transformation. In Asia, frogs are said to be a symbol of good luck, especially to travelers!

Small Frog Tattoo Design: Rib Cage Middle
Small Frog Tattoo Design: Outer Wrist Upper Forearm
Small Frog Tattoo Design: On Upper Hip


The first and most common symbol the owl represents is intelligence. Owls are also associated with the mysteries and magic of the shadows and the dark. Their great big eyes seeing through the night make them the perfect representative of clarification and intuition. Owls see past the dark and make great symbols of seekers of truth as well. Celebrities with a Owl Tattoo: Sara Paxton.

Small Owl Tattoo Design: On Ankle
Small Owl Tattoo Design: On Calf
Small Owl Tattoo Design: On Forearm


The dandelion is a special flower, and its distinctive look makes it irresistible for children. As it is mostly connected to them, it is considered a symbol of youth and joy. It can also represent the beauty of life and growth. When people blow the seeds from a dandelion, they make a wish, so, it can also be associated with wishes coming true. Celebrities with a Dandelion Tattoo: Jenna Ushkowitz.

Small Dandelion Tattoo Design: On Back Shoulder
Small Dandelion Tattoo Design: On Inner Wrist
Small Dandelion Tattoo Design: On Foot


Cherry tattoos are very symbolic, and they can represent sexuality and femininity. They are a symbol of a woman and her characteristics, fashion and beauty. The cherry has also been associated with kindness, innocence and virtue. So whichever meaning you hold dear, you can’t go wrong with this small tattoo idea.

Small Cherry Tattoo Design: Behind Ear
Small Cherry Tattoo Design: On Chest
Small Cherry Tattoo Design: On Inner Wrist

Zodiac Signs

Each zodiac sign represents unique personality traits, so tattooing yours is one of the best ways to express yourself. Of course, this only works if astrology means something to you, and you believe in what your horoscope reveals about you. The tattoos of specific zodiac signs mostly represent astrological meanings connected to them. Celebrities with a Zodiac Sign Tattoo: Ritta Ora, Rihanna and Asami Zdrenka.

Small Zodiac Sign Tattoo Design: Pisces Sign Tattoo Behind Ear
Small Zodiac Sign Tattoo Design: Aquarius Sign Tattoo on Back of the Neck
Small Zodiac Sign Tattoo Design: Pisces Sign Tattoo on Middle Upper Back


The swallow mates for life, so it is a symbol of love, care and loyalty to family and friends. The bird also represents freedom and hope. Over the centuries, it has been linked to health, wealth, loyalty, and the rigors of long-distance travel. A swallow tattoo for a sailor reflected his adventures and the hope of coming home safely. Celebrities with a Swallow Tattoo: Reese Witherspoon and Leighton Meester.

Small Swallow Tattoo Design: On Back Shoulder
Small Swallow Tattoo Design: On Back Shoulder
Small Swallow Tattoo Design: On Front Shoulder

Couples Tattoos

Another cute (and dare we say so cool?!) tattoo idea is a “couples tattoo”.

Obviously, for this one it’s a good idea if you’re in a couple. But you don’t really have to be. You can get one of these with a sibling, a parent, a best friend… Really anyone who means the world to you, and with whom you may want to bond with even more, by getting a complementary tattoo. Here are just some tattoo ideas, or you can come up with an original one and make it completely your own.

Small King Queen Couples Tattoo
Small Puzzle Pieces Couples Tattoo
Small Lovebirds Couples Tattoo
Small Bow and Arrow Couples Tattoo
Small XO Couples Tattoo
Small Roman Numerals Couples Tattoo

City Skyline

This tattoo has the meaning you want to give it. It can be the city you were born in, and that will always stay in your heart and mind, but it can also be a dream destination you would like to spend the rest of your life in. It can be a place you met the love of your life or had something magical happen to you. Celebrities with a City Skyline Tattoo: Christina Perri.

Small City Skyline Tattoo Design: On Foot
Small City Skyline Tattoo Design: On Inner Wrist
Small City Skyline Tattoo Design: On Ankle

Cherry Blossom

The soft pink flowers are a symbol of spring and bloom. The Japanese believe cherry blossoms represent beauty and the fragility of our short life. They are considered sexual and dominating in Chinese culture, and the Buddhists link them to existing in the present and celebrating the time we have on earth.

Small Cherry Blossom Tattoo Design: On Middle Upper Back
Small Cherry Blossom Tattoo Design: On Inner Arm
Small Cherry Blossom Tattoo Design: On Ankle


A long time ago, the ocean was a scary place to be, and sailors would get compass tattoos as a beacon of hope. They hoped that it would serve as a good luck charm for finding a way home. It represents the guidance every person needs and a sense of direction for finding what we are looking for. A compass tattoo stands for protection and security.

Small Compass Tattoo Design: On Inner Wrist
Small Compass Tattoo Design: On Ankle
Small Compass Tattoo Design: On Upper Middle Back


Coordinates can be a great idea if you have a specific place that means a lot to you. It could be somewhere something special happened, like a birth of a child, a marriage, an important decision…whatever you want it to be. You will always have the exact coordinates for that meaningful event or place you hold dear.

Small Coordinates Tattoo Design: On Fingers
Small Coordinates Tattoo Design: On Inner Wrist
Small Coordinates Tattoo Design: On Inner Arm

Heartbeat or EKG

These tattoos remind us of the preciousness of life. Some people do them to commemorate someone special or to always be reminded that death is just a heartbeat away. You could also tattoo the heartbeat of a loved one to show them that your lives will always be connected and your love will last forever.

Small Heartbeat Tattoo Design: On Inner Wrist
Small Heartbeat Tattoo Design: On Back of Neck
Small Heartbeat Tattoo Design: On Finger

Think Before You Ink! Non-permanent Tattoos to Help You Decide

There will always be those who are unsure if they actually want to take the leap and get that tattoo. It can be for a number of reasons.

You may be a fan of how they look but not so much a fan of needles. Just the THOUGHT of a bunch of sharp, tiny, needle points piercing your skin at the speed of light makes you say “Nuh-uh. No thanks. Buh-bye.”

Another reason may be that you like how they look on others, but aren’t sure that you can pull it off. You feel like maybe you don’t have the “right attitude” or the “right look”. Personally, I would scratch this one right away. Someone whom you don’t expect to have a tattoo, with a pulled together professional look (or any other clean cut look), actually having one- equals the element of surprise. Bonus points in my book.

Tattoos are a commitment. They are for life. It’s like you’re getting married to something. And if you do actually get married, it may even outlast your real marriage. And getting it removed will probably hurt more than the potential divorce of your potential marriage! So, you should probably be pretty set on wanting it.

Just like you would date a guy before marrying him, or test drive a car before buying it, there is a way to try a tattoo on for size without making the huge lifelong commitment. At least until you decide that that’s truly something you want.

The answer in this case may lie in temporary tattoos or henna tattoos. I won’t include semi-permanent tattoos, because for now there is no clear agreement on the longevity of their semi-permanent status.

Temporary tattoos are not expensive, and some are actually pretty realistic looking. This may make you think of your childhood days, when you actually may have had contact with these for the last time, but don’t fret, they also make them for adults. They can cost anywhere from a dollar to 20$ and you can easily order them online on tattly.com, tattyoo.com, faketattoos.com, etsy.com, strepik.com and others.

Small Gold Temporary Tattoo: On Wrist
Small Temporary Tattoo: On Back of Arm
Small Gold Temporary Tattoo: On Lower Arm
Small Temporary Tattoo: On Inner Wrist
Small Temporary Tattoo: On Lower Arm
Small Temporary Tattoo: On Arm and Ankle
Small Gold Temporary Tattoo: On Inner Lower Arm
Small Temporary Tattoo: On Ankle
Small Temporary Tattoo: On Upper Arm and Wrist


If you are considering a fingerprint tattoo, that means that there is a special someone who has marked your life and whom you always carry inside your heart. It’s a tribute to someone that has truly touched you and you deeply love. You can have it in the shape of a heart, or get it as a wedding ring for you and your husband.

Small Fingerprint Tattoo Design: On Inner Wrist
Small Fingerprint Tattoo Design: On Foot
Small Fingerprint Tattoo Design: On Back Shoulder

4 Leaf Clover

The four leaf clover is a potent symbol of luck or good fortune. One of the reasons for that is its extreme rarity, and finding a real four leaf clover is still a very rare occurrence and an enduring omen of good luck. According to Legend, the 4 leaves symbolize: hope, faith, love and luck.

Small 4 Leaf Clover Tattoo Design: On Back Shoulder
Small 4 Leaf Clover Tattoo Design: On Finger
Small 4 Leaf Clover Tattoo Design: On Foot


An arrow indicates protection and defense, and two of them pointing in opposite directions are a symbol for war. Two crossed arrows are a symbol of friendship. An arrow tattoo symbolizes meaningful direction or finding the right path in life. If it is pulled back on the bow, it means life’s dragging us back with challenges, but we prevail.

Small Arrow Tattoo Design: On Inner Wrist
Small Arrow Tattoo Design: Behind Ear
Small Arrow Tattoo Design: On Finger


Cat tattoos are worn by deeply spiritual people. Egyptians were devout cat worshippers and believed that the animal was an extension of the Moon goddess, Bastet. Cats are quite resourceful and tend to give us messages of change, flexibility of adaptability. They are creatures of mystery, creativity and psychic power.

Small Cat Tattoo Design: On Back of the Neck
Small Cat Tattoo Design: On Fingers
Small Cat Tattoo Design: On Back of the Neck


The word “diamond” is Greek in origin and means “invincible”. No matter what you do to a diamond, it can’t be destroyed. A “diamond in the rough” is yet to become the priceless thing we all know and covet, so this type of tattoo can represent “inner beauty”. Some people also consider diamonds as a sign of power.

Small Diamond Tattoo Design: On Fingers
Small Diamond Tattoo Design: On Hip
Small Diamond Tattoo Design: On Inner Wrist

Hamsa (Fatima Hand)

The Hamsa Hand represents an ancient Middle Eastern amulet which is a symbol for the Hand of God. It is thought to have the ability to ward off the evil eye and attract divine protection. The symbol serves to fight off negative energy and bring good fortune. Sometimes it is drawn with an eye which is also believed to fight bad luck.

Small Hamsa Tattoo Design: On Finger
Small Hamsa Tattoo Design: On Spine
Small Hamsa Tattoo Design: On Ankle


There are many ways you could tattoo initials on your body that would make them look like a creative piece of art. The meaning that they would hide would be known only to you, be it a parent, a child, a best friend, someone you admire or a partner. You could even tattoo your own initials. It’s up to you.

Small Initials Tattoo Design: On Inner Wrist
Small Initials Tattoo Design: On Inner Arm
Small Initials Tattoo Design: On Inner Wrist


Trees are long-lasting and resilient so they are a sign of strength, survival, and resilience. Roots are the connection to the past or family. They show that the person is “well grounded” and strong. Leaves can stand for growth and rebirth or for things that fade away.

Small Tree Tattoo Design: On Inner Arm
Small Tree Tattoo Design: On Inner Wrist
Small Tree Tattoo Design: On Back of Neck

Trinity knot

Christians believe that the three points represent the trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost). Pagans see it as a representation of the natural forces: earth, air, and water. On a more spiritual level, it can symbolize life, death, and rebirth. The circle that sometimes goes around it is a symbol of eternity.

Small Trinity Knot Tattoo Design: On Ankle
Small Trinity Knot Tattoo Design: On Back of Neck
Small Trinity Knot Tattoo Design: On Ankle

The Tree of Life

When people get tattoos of this biblical tree, it’s usually drawn with its roots and branches intertwined in a circle. That unique way it’s represented symbolizes the unity with the universe. The tree of life symbolizes immortality, eternity, knowledge, wisdom, strength, protection, abundance, growth, forgiveness and salvation.

Small The Tree of Life Tattoo Design: On Inner Arm
Small The Tree of Life Tattoo Design: On Foot
Small The Tree of Life Tattoo Design: On Upper Back

22 Short Tattoo Quote Ideas

I am the master of my fate I am the captain of my soul

Dream as if you’ll live forever live as if you’ll die today

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise

Those who fly solo have the strongest wings

Let your faith be bigger than your fears

Nothing is impossible with a willing heart

Where there’s a will there’s a way

Kites rise highest against the wind

If not us who If not now when?

Never a failure always a lesson

Don’t forget to love yourself

Live by faith not by sight

Fortune favors the bold

With pain comes strength

This too shall pass

Just keep swimming

Live Laugh Love

Life goes on

Carpe Diem

Keep moving

Let it be


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