Think big but start small.
First tattoos, like babies and boyfriends, are pretty big commitments. But unlike the other two examples, tattoos come in discreet and unobtrusive sizes, to help you get over the shock of the new.
That’s why loads of people – women in particular – are getting petite tattoos, especially the first time they venture into a parlour.
Small tattoos – we’re talking the size of a thumbnail or smaller – can be easily tucked away in a sock or a sleeve, inked in white so they are only really visible when you tan, or tucked up near the hairline where it’s up to you who gets to see it and when.
Because, let’s face it, not all the world loves a tattoo – employers and mothers being prime killjoys on this front. In either case, what they don’t know won’t hurt them and this is where less becomes more and bigger is not really better.
And we can’t ignore the fact, that some things call for a ceremony with permanence – graduations, painful breakups, great friendships among them – and tattoos are there to fit the bill in all three cases.
Plus, done properly, a miniature tattoo can be the ultimate style accessory and an expression of your individuality. Identify strongly with your star sign? Love travelling, books, horses or music? Know a great little witticism in ancient Sumerian? A little expression of yourself and your interests can be a great ice-breaker.
And if you’ve always hankered after a major work of art across your back, but are a little worried about the impending pain of getting your vision rendered visible with a needle, small is a great place to start. It sure beats the hell out of the half-finished outline of a tiger.
There are so many possibilities, it can be hard to know where to start.
So here are 35 petite tattoos that will have you ready to take the plunge:
1. HERE COMES THE AEROPLANE
2. BRANCH OUT
3. NEVER WANT AUTUMN TO LEAF?
4. IN CASE YOU FORGET
5. YOU CAN BE GOOD AND BAD
6. CONSIDERING A BESTIE TATTOO?
7. IMAGINE THE SELFIE
8. THINKING OF SOMETHING COLOURED?
9. BECAUSE LIGHTNING BOLTS ARE GREAT
10. EARTH IS ALL A-ROUND
11. NOT DROWNING, WAVING
12. TURTLES ARE JUST TOO CUTE
13. DID YOU JUST WINK AT ME?
14. BEING EXTRA DISCREET
15. SOLIDIFY YOUR LOVE FOR THE GHOST EMOJI
16. FEELING CHEEKY?
17. BECAUSE … WHALES
18. WE LOVE SUCCULENTS
19. WHO RUN THE WORLD?
20. IN CASE YOU’RE FEELING ARTY
21. THE BETTER TO EAR YOU WITH
22. YOU ARE A QUEEN
23. ELEPHANTS NEVER FORGET
24. A BARELY THERE FLOWER
25. LOVE THIS PLACEMENT
26. THIS = ADORABLE
27. FLOWER POWER
28. WE LOVE THIS A-LOTUS
29. OF COURSE, A SEAHORSE
30. BE A MOON CHILD
31. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. SERIOUSLY
32. BECAUSE YOU CAN
33. CALL ME ON MY SHELL PHONE
34. IT’S LIKE YOU HAVE EYES AT THE BACK ON YOUR LEG
35. A LITTLE OF BOTH
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