21 Tiny, Micro Tattoos That Show The Beauty In Subtlety


There's an old saying that suggests you should either go big or go home. And sure, the sentiment behind the phrase is usually meant to be a piece of encouragement from your inner hype man. But going big isn't always the best way to go. In fact, that kind of thinking is presumably why things (fictionally) went south for the employees and tourists at Jurassic Park. Some examples which prove that bigger isn't always better are tiny, micro tattoos that show the beauty in subtlety. You'd be surprised how powerful and striking small pieces of ink can be.

Why downsize in the tattoo department? There are several reasons, almost all of which boil down to personal preference. But, to name a few, micro pieces allow for more freedom in the workplace, they can be your own secret, they're good "starter" tattoos if you're nervous about taking the leap, and a tiny tat can be something that's uniquely you.

Whether you're interested in getting some ink work done, you're curious what the hype is all about, or you just want to scroll through some beautiful photos for inspiration, check out these tiny, micro tattoos that show subtle things are beautiful, too.

1Display Your Favorite Dish

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Are you head over heels for ramen? It doesn't have to be a specific soup, but you can get a micro tattoo of your favorite dish to show your foodie allegiance.

2Add A Pop Of Color

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Some people feel more comfortable injecting a bit of color into their tattoos when it's done in a smaller size. So experiment outside of the status quo with your subtle yet snazzy tiny tat.

3Bond With Friends

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Getting matching tats with your best friend is about as old as the art of tattooing itself. These cute, little kites are whimsical and a permanent bond solidifying friendship.

4Put A String On It

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Are you always forgetting something? Then maybe the old wives' tale of tying a string around your finger will help if you get it inked. There's also a theory that the tiny red string tattoo represents the "red string of fate" in Far East folklore and is symbolic of being tied to your loved one permanently.

5Keep Secrets

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If you want to feel like a covert spy, just flash this tiny tat to secretly tell someone to keep their info on the down low. Or you can just shush whoever you want, really.

6Rock It, Rocket

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How adorable is this teeny tiny rocket? Though it's comprised of just a few simple lines and shapes, it immediately catches your eye with its quirky style.

7Create A Set

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If you are like Mindy Lahiri and believe that "best friend is a tier, not a person," then you can get creative with your matching micro ink. With a common theme, each person can still have their own unique piece, and together it creates a beautiful, complete set.

8Feel Floral

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The inside of your ear may not be the first place you'd think of getting a tattoo, but this sweet flower looks absolutely darling in its location. Plus, you can easily hide it whenever you want by letting your hair down.

9Debut Some Bling

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Supposedly diamonds are a girl's best friend, but a micro tattoo of a diamond is just as good, if not better, in my opinion.

10Track Your Travel

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The unalome is said to represent one's path to enlightenment in life: you start out in a bit of a spiral, then you zig and zag as you grow, and finally reach a linear line straight towards self-awareness.

11Make Music

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Whether you're a musician or you just enjoy the feeling you get when jamming out to your favorite tunes, you can make a micro musical tribute with this mini piece of ink.

12Polish Your Look

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Accessories, make up, and polish always tie together your look quite nicely. So why not get a tiny tat of your favorite polish?

13Revel In Royalty

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King and queen, queen and queen, king and king, two queens and a king. No matter how you live and love, this is a sweet way to share your bond.

14Pin It

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You can never have to many bobby pins, am I right? On your wrist, forearm, or thigh, these micro tattoos are simple yet stunning.

15Marvel At The Moon

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Quite possibly one of the most understated yet powerful symbols in culture is the moon. It controls the tides and wolves just can't resist howling at it, so marvel at the moon in your own way with some micro ink.

16Go Tropical

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A symbol of hospitality, delicious fruit, and tropical locations, the pineapple is a perfect tiny tat option.

17Sync Symbiotically

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What's a hummingbird without a flower? Having a pair of tattoos that go together is adorable and off the beaten path.

18Embrace Your Faith

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If your faith or culture are particularly close to your heart, then you might be inspired by this micro rosary tattoo piece.

19Pay Tribute To Your Hometown

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Take a piece of your hometown or favorite place with you with a tiny tattoo of a state or country outline.

20Anchors Aweigh

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Keep yourself grounded in love and life with this romantic, nautical micro piece of ink. Delicate and demure, this tattoo still makes a statement.

21Celebrate Family

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This adorable mother and daughter matching tattoo set is both an abstract heart and a symbol of their maternal connection.