Tattoos : Neat, Sweet and Petite, all 35 of them

Tattoos : Neat, Sweet and Petite, all 35 of them

Think big but start small.

By Elysha Medhurst | 14th June 2017

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

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2. BRANCH OUT

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3. NEVER WANT AUTUMN TO LEAF?

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4. IN CASE YOU FORGET

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5. YOU CAN BE GOOD AND BAD

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6. CONSIDERING A BESTIE TATTOO?

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7. IMAGINE THE SELFIE

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8. THINKING OF SOMETHING COLOURED?

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9. BECAUSE LIGHTNING BOLTS ARE GREAT

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10. EARTH IS ALL A-ROUND

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11. NOT DROWNING, WAVING

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12. TURTLES ARE JUST TOO CUTE

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13. DID YOU JUST WINK AT ME?

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14. BEING EXTRA DISCREET

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15. SOLIDIFY YOUR LOVE FOR THE GHOST EMOJI

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16. FEELING CHEEKY?

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17. BECAUSE … WHALES

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18. WE LOVE SUCCULENTS

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19. WHO RUN THE WORLD?

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20. IN CASE YOU’RE FEELING ARTY

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21. THE BETTER TO EAR YOU WITH

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22. YOU ARE A QUEEN

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23. ELEPHANTS NEVER FORGET

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24. A BARELY THERE FLOWER

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25. LOVE THIS PLACEMENT

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26. THIS = ADORABLE

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27. FLOWER POWER

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28. WE LOVE THIS A-LOTUS

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29. OF COURSE, A SEAHORSE

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30. BE A MOON CHILD

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31. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. SERIOUSLY

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32. BECAUSE YOU CAN

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33. CALL ME ON MY SHELL PHONE

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34. IT’S LIKE YOU HAVE EYES AT THE BACK ON YOUR LEG

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35. A LITTLE OF BOTH

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Picked one out? Same. We've got a list of Brisbane's best tattoo studios to get you started click here.

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Elysha Medhurst is unapologetically corny and seriously addicted to hummus. She loves avoiding laundry, binge watching 80's movies and occasionally leaving the house to search dusty book shelves.