75 Simple Yet Striking Tattoos And What They Mean

Simple and significant—tattoo designs do not get much better than these works of art.

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You will be surprised to know that simple tattoo designs speak way more than their composition! If you were looking for inspiring simplistic tattoos, we have just what you need. When you think of getting inked, and you don’t have a design in mind, you usually want to go for simple and small tattoos to experiment with.

Trying out complex and intricate patterns might seem overwhelming as a beginner, and just because you signed in for tattoos doesn’t mean you have to cover your entire arm with it. Sometimes the most minimalist and cute design catches our eyes the most. So, if you are looking for minimalistic designs that would have a significant impact without occupying a large part of your skin, this is your right stop.

You can choose from a plethora of options and get the one that appeals to you the most. Starting from initials of people who mean a lot to you to zodiac symbols, there is no end to what you can get with small tattoos. Here are some simple and delicate designs that might inspire your dream tattoo. Keep scrolling!

Best Simple Tattoo Designs With Meanings

Jingxi Gu, a licensed tattoo artist says, “If you are thinking about getting your first tattoo, small tattoos are a great way for you to experience the entire tattoo process from end to end.” Here are some popular tattoo designs

1. Simple Tattoo For Men

Simple lion tattoo on the wrist of a man
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A lion is a symbol of bravery and strength. This motif symbolizes a courageous personality. It exhibits their fearless and fierce nature. This artwork features a simple lion face adorned by its grand mane. The ferocious eyes of the lion showcase its royal charm. The design is etched in a minimalist fashion with subtle shading effects. The faded brown hue on the face adds depth to the tattoo. It gets a 3D effect from negative shading.

2. Simple Hawaii Tattoo

This beautiful American traditional design features a hibiscus motif. Hibiscus is a popular Hawaiian flower that symbolizes femininity. Each petal of this motif is etched with pretty mandala patterns. The deep black pigment offers a bold appeal to this tattoo. The design covers a small part of the upper arm. You can also size it up and etch it on your back.

3. Simple Tattoo For Beginners

Simple smiley face tattoo on the leg of a woman
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A smiley face tattoo symbolizes peace of mind and the hope for continuous happiness. This tattoo radiates positivity. It has a very straightforward design and looks good on all body parts. This tattoo is sketched with dark black ink. You can also add colors to this tattoo to make it look vibrant.

4. Simple Funny Tattoo

 

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Humorous tattoos are not just for the wearer. They are equally adored by onlookers. They make people laugh and boost their spirits. This artwork features a stick man who is grazing the field, which is the hairy arm of the man. The placement is clever and the artist has done justice to the design. Such designs often prompt a conversation and can even gain you a new friend.

5. Simple Mechanic Tattoo

Simple screwdriver tattoo on the forearm of a man
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This tattoo features a simple screwdriver motif, etched with black ink. A screwdriver is an important tool for mechanical work. This tattoo indicates that the wearer is resourceful and capable of resolving problems. For a mechanic, this could also be an appreciation for the unassuming tool.

6. Simple Family Tattoo Idea

Simple family tattoo on the forearm of a man
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Family tattoos are very personal. Wearers often etch simple signs that remind them of their family members. This tattoo is etched in a silhouette fashion. It features a father, a mother, and two children. All the figures are holding hands to depict an unbreakable bond. This design conveys the idea of good family bonding and pure love.

7. Simple Hand Tattoo

Simple leaves tattoo on the hand of a woman
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This tattoo features a stem with four leaves. Each leaf is patterned and colored with a deep green hue. The tattoo is positioned near the wrist, making it very visible. Leaves symbolize growth. Thus, this design can indicate the wearer’s yearning for personal development. It can also be an appreciation of nature.

8. Simple Solar System Tattoo

A solar system tattoo is fit for all space enthusiasts. It can also be worn by people who love to explore the unknown. This tattoo illustrates the planets in our solar system. Each planet has dark black outlines, offering a bold look. The planets also have some distinguishing features so that you can identify them easily.

9. Simple Small Fish Tattoo

Simple small fish tattoo on the forearm of a woman
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Fish is a symbol of good luck and peace. This tattoo features a simple fish motif etched in a minimalist style with deep black ink. The striped fins of the fish and the scales offer a realistic image. The design covers a small part of the wearer’s forearm, so you can etch it on the wrist or ankle as well. You can also add splashes of orange and yellow to this motif to make it vibrant.

10. Simple Anime Tattoo

Simple Anime tattoo on the forearm
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This anime tattoo looks simple but an array of tattoo designs are used to make it look so beautiful. There are some fine line and watercolor work along with skillful shading. It is framed within a circle that shows that it is a preserve-worthy piece for the wearer. You can customize this tattoo with your character of choosing from the Anime world.

11. Simple Neck Tattoo

Simple star tattoo on the neck of a man
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A star tattoo symbolizes hope and the desire to achieve great heights. This design features a bold black star positioned on the back of the neck. It is easily visible unless the wearer hides it with a high-collar shirt. You can also replace this big star with many small stars etched in an outline fashion if you are not a fan of silhouettes.

12. Simple Star Wars Tattoo

Simple Yoda tattoo on the shoulder of a man
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Yoda is arguably the most popular character in Star Wars. He is a wise and powerful Jedi master. This Yoda tattoo is sketched with vibrant green ink so that it attracts immediate attention. The dark backdrop of this tattoo with some pine trees highlights his presence. The artwork looks vivid and displays the wearer’s love for the character and the show.

13. Simple Naruto Tattoo

Simple Naruto tattoo on the forearm of a man
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Naruto is a Japanese manga series, popular among adults and teenagers alike. The tattoo industry has seen a surge in the demand for Naruto tattoos, since the beginning. This design features a Naruto motif etched in a minimalist fashion. The vibrant yellow and black hues offer a bold appeal to this artwork. The bold black outline also offers a 3D effect to this tattoo.

14. Simple Leg Tattoo

Simple tree tattoo on the leg of a woman
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This tattoo is simple but has a premium aesthetic appeal. It features a thin tree trunk with several leafy branches. The pink flowers make the tattoo appear striking from afar. This tattoo symbolizes the wearer’s love for nature. It covers a small part of the leg, allowing the wearer to flaunt it easily. You can also sketch this tattoo on the neck or arms.

15. Simple Linework Tattoo

Simple bird tattoo on the neck of a woman
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This artwork features a simple bird etched on the back of the neck. Birds are a symbol of freedom and positive transformation. This design represents the wearer’s desire to reach great heights. It is sketched in an outline fashion with bold black ink. The small design can fit any part of the body. You can even enhance it with leaf or sun motifs.

16. Simple Space Tattoo

Simple space tattoo on the forearm of a woman
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This simple space tattoo features a starry sky with a few planets. The blue, glistening design offers an aesthetic appeal. The bright orange planets look ethereal. This design evokes the wearer’s appreciation for the mysterious universe. It indicates a personal connection with the cosmic powers.

17. Simple Dog Tattoo

Simple dog tattoo on the shoulder of a woman
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This tattoo features a dog silhouette, etched on the shoulder. Dog artworks are the most common among animal tattoos. Dogs are universally acknowledged loyal pets. These lovely animals embody unconditional love for their owners. Thus, a dog tattoo can symbolize the wearer’s pure bond with their dog.

18. Big Simple Tattoo

Simple big eagle tattoo on the shoulder
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Eagles are mighty creatures exhibiting strength, courage, and a warrior spirit. Bearers of eagle tattoos aspire to hone a domineering spirit. This artwork features a big eagle motif with heavily shaded feathers. The pointy beak looks sharp. The ferocious eye of the eagle looks bold. The design covers the whole of the wearer’s shoulder. The bold black outline adds a realistic appeal to this tattoo.

19. Simple Skull Tattoo

Simple skull tattoo on the forearm
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A skull tattoo looks deadly and mysterious. This artwork makes the onlookers curious too. Archaeologists and anthropologists will love this design just as much as horror-movie enthusiasts. For philosophers and realists, such a tattoo can act as a reminder of the uncertainty of life. It can motivate them to live life in the present.

20. Simple Spine Tattoo

Simple leafy stem tattoo on the spine of a man
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This tattoo is simply astounding. It features a long stem running along the spine. The design starts from above the waist and continues till the nape of the neck. It shows the wearer’s profound and unwavering love for nature. If you want the tattoo to be more visible, you can also get it on the calf or the arm.

21. Simple Pokemon Tattoo

Simple Pikachu tattoo on the upper arm of a man
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You think of Pokemon, you think of Picakhu. This beloved character is also quite popular in the tattoo world. This tattoo features a simple but vibrant Pikachu in a bright yellow hue. A few touches of red bings life to the expression of the character. It is etched on the wrist showing that the wearer values joy and innocence.

22. Simple Name Tattoo

Etching names onto the skin is one of the most common tattoo ideas. People sketch their own names or the names of their loved ones permanently. This tattoo features the name ‘Amy’ imprinted in a cursive font. The use of plain black ink enhances the simplicity of this artwork. Such designs can be enhanced by heart or rhythm motifs.

23. Simple Forearm Tattoo

Clef tattoo on the forearm of a woman
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A forearm tattoo is easily visible. So, they are ideal for etching tattoos that represent your core values or the constants of your life. This tattoo features a simple clef, ideal for music lovers. Even though the design is simple, its size makes it look prominent, showing that music is your everyday staple.

24. Simple Motorcycle Tattoo

Simple motorcycle tattoo on the lower arm of a woman
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This motorcycle tattoo indicates the wearer’s passion for riding. It can serve as a daily reminder of freedom for the wearer who aspires to take to the roads but is confined to city life. It is placed on the lower arm to let the world know about their passion. This artwork is illustrated in a minimalist style with fine black lines.

25. Simple Mountain Tattoo

Simple mountain tattoo on the upper arm of a woman
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Mountains symbolize the idea of endurance. A mountain tattoo can narrate that no matter how difficult life gets, the wearer faces it firmly grounded. Mountains are also associated with serenity and spiritual beauty. So, this minimalistic tattoo can also be a display of the wearer’s yearnings to attain divine inspiration. Alternatively, the tattoo can simply be an appreciation of the sumptuous landform.

26. Simple Thigh Tattoo

Simple moon tattoo on the thigh of a woman
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If you love aesthetically pleasing tattoos, you will love this one. This tattoo features a moon with a sky backdrop. The moon is a symbol of feminine energy. It exhibits the emotional aspects of an individual. The moon is etched with some orange and negative shading. The deep blue circular backdrop with a few sparking stars makes the simple design look majestic.

27. Simple Sleeve Tattoo

Simple stem tattoo on the sleeve
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If you want a sleeve tattoo but want something neat and not overwhelming, this type of tattoo will suit you the best. It features a large stem with leaves branching out on either side. The leaves have intricate patterns that enhance the aesthetics of the tattoo. It displays the wearer’s love for nature. This artwork may also indicate the idea of renewal. Leaves symbolize the cycle of life and the essence of growth and fertility.

28. Simple Sunflower Tattoo

Simple sunflower tattoo on the chest of a woman
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Sunflowers symbolize happiness, beauty, and new beginnings. This tattoo is etched in a minimalistic fashion with black pigment. It shows brilliant use of negative shading and fine-line work that makes the petals look life-like. The thin stem with a leaf completes this design. The design is etched on the chest, showing that the wearer holds beauty and hope in the highest regard.

29. Simple Finger Tattoo

Simple flower tattoo on the finger
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This finger tattoo features a miniature flower design. The irregular petals add a realistic look to the tattoo. They are subtly shaded, making the design vivid. The yellow stigma at the center makes the entire flower look bright. The tattoo is a reminder of the beauty of nature. You can also add other bright colors to this tattoo to make it striking.

30. Simple Owl Tattoo

Simple owl tattoo on the upper arm of a woman
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Owls symbolize freedom, wisdom, and light amidst darkness. This tattoo features a vivid owl, illustrated on the upper arm with black lines. The design may be simple but even with the fine-line technique, the artist has been able to capture the piercing gaze of this majestic bird.

31. Simple Colorado Tattoo

Simple Colorado tattoo on the upper arm of a woman
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The state of Colorado is known for its pristine natural beauty. Tattoo lovers who love natural scenery often get their artists to etch a scenic view from Colorado onto their skin. This artwork features snow-capped mountains and lush greenery. Bold black lines, dotwork, and shading give this tattoo a lively look. If you are a fan of colorful tattoos, you can transform the aesthetic look of this design with some greens, blues, and whites.

32. Simple Matching Tattoo

These small matching angel wings tattoos represent the Guardian angel who protects the wearers from evil. This artwork acts as a protective shield. The tattoos can also show two people’s shared feelings of protection towards another person. The wings can also be read as bird wings symbolizing the wearers’ want to travel the world together.

33. Simple Henna Tattoo

Simple henna tattoo on the hand of a woman
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In many cultures, Henna is a symbol of good fortune and prosperity in marriage. A henna stain lasts for a long time on the skin. Usually, people get henna designs on their hands using natural henna. But if you want it to be permanent, you can go with a brown-dye tattoo. This traditional henna tattoo may look simple but it gets a real-like look with the tactful use of bold lines, dotwork, and even shading (resembling the natural smudges you get in henna art).

34. Simple Sunrise Tattoo

Simple sunrise tattoo on the shoulder
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This tattoo features a sunrise behind a range of mountains. The bright orange sun looks vivid. The black and gray mountains are subtly shaded to add depth to the tattoo. Several lines are drawn at the base, which gives an impression of an uneven terrain. This tattoo is positioned just below the neck of the wearer, showing their deep appreciation for the grandeur of this daily event.

35. Simple LGBTQ Tattoo

Simple LGBTQ heart tattoo on the upper arm of a woman
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This tattoo features a simple heart, colored with the Pride colors. The colors – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet, each represent a group in the LQBTQ community. This tattoo symbolizes the wearer’s solidarity with the Queer people. It also conveys the idea of individuality and pure happiness. It can be worn by a member and an ally alike.

36.Simple Couple Tattoos

 

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This couple’s tattoo features the iconic Micky and Minie mouse figures. The designs are etched in a minimalistic fashion. The artwork symbolizes love, care, and friendship between the two people. The motifs are sketched on the hands, just below the thumbs. So, when the hands join the motifs create an illusion of blowing flying kisses to each other. These tattoos are ideal for those lovey-dovey couple who don’t shy away from showing their love!

37. Simple Flash Tattoo

Simple flash tattoo on the upper of a woman
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Flash tattoos are some basic tattoo templates that artists have for customers to choose from. These templates contain both simple and popular designs. This tattoo features a lightning bolt, etched in a silhouette fashion. It represents immense potential and inner strength. It is ideal for those who need a little daily inspiration to ‘go, get’.

38. Simple Disney Tattoo

Mickey Mouse silhouette tattoo on the forearm
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A Micky Mouse tattoo symbolizes joy and reminds us of the carefree days of childhood. This tattoo is etched in a silhouette style with dark black pigment. You can also add some colors and make the design pop. You can use a fine-line design instead if you wish to scale it down to a finger tattoo.

39. Simple ‘Love’ Tattoo

A tattoo of the word ‘Love’ on the arm of a woman
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This simple tattoo has the word ‘LOVE’ in it. Each letter is etched in a cursive font with dark black ink. This tattoo is etched on the upper arm. It is easily visible unless the wearer conceals it. This text depicts how much the wearer values love and their loved ones. The simple design can fit any part of your skin and can be stylized with a font of your liking.

40. Simple Mushroom Tattoo

Simple mushroom tattoo on the back of the shoulder
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Mushrooms are important symbols of spiritual growth and enlightenment. Thus, mushroom motifs have become very common in the tattoo universe. This motif is etched in a minimalist style with red and black ink. It gains depth from tactful negative shading. The bushy glasses at the base place it in the wilderness, representing freedom and unrestrained growth.

41. Simple Alaska Tattoo

Simple Alaska tattoo on the thigh of a woman
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Alaska is a beautiful place in North America. It has wide open terrains and snow-capped mountains. This tattoo illustrates a small picture of this amazing place. The artwork is etched within a circular canvas. The mountain backdrop and the tall trees at the front give a glimpse of this beautiful landscape. The water body in between completes the tattoo. It is a great tattoo to show your admiration for the magnificence of the place.

42. Simple Bear Tattoo

Simple bear tattoo on the neck of a man
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A bear is a symbol of sheer strength and tenacity. It displays courage and confidence in its actions. Thus, a bear tattoo shows that the wearer values these qualities. This minimalist tattoo has a bear head drawn with bold black lines that make it appear prominent. The subtle shading on the edges adds depth. The dark ears offer this artwork a realistic look.

43. Rose Tattoo

Rose tattoos are definitely a crowd favorite if one is looking for simple tattoo designs. You can choose to get it inked in all black, or add a dash of red and pink hues, or do it with a mix of different colors. You can make this basic tattoo design even prettier by adding stems and leaves or your favorite quote. This simple rose design can be inked across your wrist, on your shoulder, or the back of the neck.

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Celebrities like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Noah Cyrus, Vanessa Morgans, and Dua Lipa sport unique rose tattoos.

 44. Arrowhead Tattoo Designs

Arrowhead tattoo design
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These minimalistic arrow and arrowhead designs are inspired by tribal body art. It is one of the most popular small tattoo ideas that is usually used to represent power, strength, or the right sense of direction. You can choose to have a single arrow, or a bunch of arrows clubbed together alongside each other. Black ink is usually the preferred ink for these tattoos, but you can have this done in a combination of different inks in a watercolor pattern. You can get this design done across your forearm, sleeve, or even your back.

45. Star Tattoos

Star tattoo design
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Stars, just like roses, are pretty common as simple tattoos that look good on everyone. People get a trail of small stars with outlines and silhouettes, three stars clubbed together, representing the Orion belt, or just a single black star commonly seen on the fingers. A trail of stars looks amazing across the back of your neck, and Orion’s belt will look great on the side of your neck, ribs, chest, or wrist. These tattoos usually serve as a reminder of loved ones who have passed away.

46. Dandelion Flower Tattoos

Dandelion flower tattoo design
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As a kid, wasn’t it really fun to hold a dandelion in your hand and blow on it? What better way to capture that childhood memory than get it etched on your skin as a simple flower tattoo? This is a nice tattoo to get on your upper back or across your chest. It will look chic on any woman who wants to make a style statement. These easy tattoo designs usually hint at a new phase of life.

47. Font With Little Birds Tattoo

Font with little birds tattoo design
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What is simpler than to get words that mean a great deal to you inked on your skin permanently? It could be a quote that has always inspired you, a phrase that describes you to a tee, a word that you connect most with, or just a text that gives you strength and motivation to be the best version of yourself. Not only do these easy tattoos look cool, but they also provide meaning. Just like this tattoo that describes the word “freedom,” combined with its most apt symbol – a bird. You can choose a silhouette or just an outline of a bird to combine with the font in this tattoo.

48. Music Notes Tattoo

Music notes tattoo design
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For music lovers, there’s nothing better than getting cool, simple tattoos depicting their love for music, songs, and all things related that give them a sense of calm. Most such people would choose big and bold statement tattoos that cover their entire body. However, there are many people who are shy and would prefer small and easy tattoo ideas to show off their love for music. A bunch of preferred music notes or just a single note done in black ink would look chic.

49. Geometric Tattoos

Geometric tattoo design
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Geometrical tattoo designs have been trending for quite some time now. Some of the most common and vintage geometric tattoos have many religious and spiritual ties, representing the sacred beliefs of the individual. Simple geometric tattoos(like this one) look amazing when done on the back and require minimal effort and time. Many of the features and lines of this easy tattoo depict the importance of balance and symmetry in one’s life. Not only images, but you can also write short messages or phrases in geometrical line patterns.

50. Cute Penguin Tattoo

Cute penguin tattoo design
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Penguins are symbols of peace and rarity. Though the tattoo is mostly done in all black, you can add colors like white, blue, and yellow to make it look cuter and authentic, like the one shown here. This tattoo is usually a small-sized design but is enough to create a huge impact.

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Singers Sheeran and Harry Styles got matching Pingu tattoos as a symbol of their childhood and love for this popular British cartoon.

51. Small Cross Tattoo

Small cross tattoo design
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Religious fanatics usually use different ways to depict their beliefs, thoughts, and faith. A small and simple cross tattoo design is the most common pattern chosen for the same. People who are highly devoted to Christ choose the cross as a representation of their faith. However, there are some people who believe that having a cross inked will protect them against any negative energy that can come as an obstacle in their lives. Get it done onto your wrist for a minimal yet unique look.

52. Roman Numeral Tattoo

Roman numeral tattoo design
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This is yet another example of an elegant and simple tattoo, wherein you can get a date that holds a special meaning in your heart inked on your skin. It could be an anniversary, a date marking an important life event, or your loved one’s birthday. Roman numerals are usually synonymous with poise, boldness, and elegance. Etching a Roman numeral on your body can give an impression of a graceful personality. It looks best on the back of the neck, the wrist, and the ankle.

53. Flying Paper Plane Tattoo

Flying paper plane tattoo design
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This is yet another example of an elegant and simple tattoo, wherein you can get a date that holds a special meaning in your heart inked on your skin. It could be an anniversary, a date marking an important life event, or your loved one’s birthday. Roman numerals are usually synonymous with poise, boldness, and elegance. Etching a Roman numeral on your body can give an impression of a graceful personality. These simple tattoo ideas look best on the back of the neck, the wrist, and the ankle.

54. Feather Tattoo

Feather tattoo design
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Feathers have been around for quite some time now, and they make for some really beautiful simple tattoo designs. You can choose a really pretty bird to go with it, or a string of words, or just the plain old feather. Feathers are symbols of truth, bravery, courage, and freedom. They are usually done in all black, but you can get it done in colors or surround a black image with a watercolor pattern as well. You can sport this design onthe neck or side upper back and flaunt it with a tube top or off-shoulder dress.

55. Tiny Bird Tattoos

Tiny bird tattoo design
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This is one of those cute simple tattoos that you can never go wrong with. The outline or silhouette of a tiny bird looks absolutely pleasing. This is definitely a tattoo that you’d want to get, especially if it’s your first time, and you’re nervous about getting a big one. An image of birds flocking together in the sky, throwing caution to the wind, makes your heart feel carefree. This tattoo is a symbol of liberation, independence, and attachment to loved ones.

56. Small Floral Tattoos

Small floral tattoo design
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These are intricate designs that can look good on any woman, regardless of where they choose to get it done. Flowers symbolize peace, inspiration, and purity. Add in a few branches and make the tattoo a little elaborate. You can use any flower you like –like rose, lotus, sunflower, and marigold – to create an enchanting effect.

57. Small “&” Symbol Tattoo

Symbol tattoo design
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This is one of the best examples of small, chic, and simple tattoo designs that will look good on anyone, regardless of their age, gender, or personality. In fact, it might add an extra element of intrigue to your overall personality. An ampersand tattoo is indicative of a person who has great expectations from life and looks forward to every day. Get it done in black ink, designed in bold, italics, and any font you like on your wrist, neck, ankle, or finger.

58. Small Fox Tattoo

Small fox tattoo design
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Foxes are known to be cunning, smart, and absolutely wise animals, so it is no surprise that many people choose to get this tattoo inked on their body. Both men and women who have a sense of ambition and wisdom and are absolutely witty would be more inclined to get this tattoo. These can be done as fierce-looking figures or made into really cute and simple tattoosthat are filled with shades of brown and orange.

59. Small Tree Tattoo

Small tree tattoo design
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A tree is a symbol of growth, prosperity, and positivity. Some even think of the shade it provides as a symbol of protection from any obstacles or negative energies in life. This small tree tattoo is an extremely meaningful pattern as well as a very stylish and modern design for you to show off. If you wish to play with the landscape, you can combine trees with simple mountain tattoos to make an interesting tattoo design.

Jade, a fashion and lifestyle blogger, shares what she makes of her tattoos: “Personally, I think that tattoos don’t have to have a meaning to them as you may just like the style of a design and honestly, I only have a couple of tattoos that do have a meaning to them, and that is fine (i).”

60. Little Heart Tattoo Design

Little heart tattoo design
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Probably one of the most common small and simple tattoosis a little heart drawn as an outline or a silhouette filled with any color you like. This tattoo is perfect for when you want a cute and simple tattoo that doesn’t take up a lot of space on your body. It will look good on your wrist, feet, shoulder, or waist. The heart is a symbol of love, romance, and femininity, so it is no surprise that this design is chosen by a lot of women.

61. Small Anchor Tattoos

Small anchor tattoo design
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Small and simple anchor tattoos inked on your wrist or ankle look amazing.. They are commonly seen on sailors, but recently, they are being sported by many teenagers and young adults and are used to symbolize strong roots. Anchors are also supposed to represent composure, stability, hope, and calm in the various adversities of life. Due to such strong representation, anchor tattoos are chosen by women and men alike.

62. Simple Cactus Tattoo

Cactus tattoo design
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The cactus has an entirely different range of meanings, and each one depends on the individual who’s getting it inked. To some, it means protection, warmth, and endurance, and to others, it can represent adaptability and maternal love. On the other hand, if you are someone who has struggled through life and come out a survivor, a cactus can be used to symbolize that too. You can get it done on your fingers, wrist, shoulder, or neck.

63. Simple ‘XOXO’ Love Tattoo

XOXO tattoo design
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‘XOXO’ is fondly used as an abbreviation for the phrase, “hugs and kisses.” It looks absolutely cool and makes for one of the best cute and simple tattoos. It is mostly done as a simple wrist tattoo but can also be sported on your fingers, toes, or ankles. It is really artistic and goes great with any outfit.

64. Meaningful Quotes Tattoo

Meaningful quotes tattoo design
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A tattoo like this done a little up your ankle, on the back of the leg, using words, phrases, or quotes that inspire you, can look absolutely enchanting. You can even get a tattoo of a quote done on your foot. It is a great idea to wear an anklet to make your tattoo stand out. You can use calligraphy to make it look artistic.

65. Cat Tattoo Designs

Cat tattoo design
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This style is great for someone who is looking to get a small, cute, and simple tattoo to commemorate a loving pet or just their love for cats in general. The cat is drawn using tribal design inspiration and is commonly sported by teenagers. You can choose any look from an angry cat, a clumsy cat, or a wild one, depending on the personality of the wearer.

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You can also get the tattoo of the Goddess of cats, Bastet. She is seen as a symbol of protection, sensitivity, and fertility.

66. Compass Tattoo

Compass tattoo design
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This tattoo is very common among people who love to travel, wander, and explore different cities and countries often. Many people use it to symbolize the path they have chosen in life to attain their goals. Thissimple tattoo design can be sported on the chest, sleeves, ankle, or wrists. While compass tattoos are mostly done in black ink, you can add different colors to enhance the beauty.

67. Angel Tattoos

Angel tattoo design
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This is also a pretty popular as well as cute tattoo idea. You can geta small, simple tattoo of an angel and customize it with any number of embellishments. You can even choose to get a combination tattoo with both angel and devil together or even an angel baby. You can choose to go with a black tattoo outline or get an intricate piece filled with colors. This tattoo looks best on the side of the back, on the wrist, or the sleeve.

68. Sea Creatures Tattoo

Sea creatures tattoo design
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People who are fascinated by the vast ocean and every creature that exists in it will definitely want to get this tattoo. You can get small images of creatures, ranging from octopus and seahorses to fish and crabs. They will look beautiful on your fingers, toes, or even your wrist. These creatures usually signify the beauty in diversity.

69. Delicate Dragonfly Tattoo

Delicate dragonfly tattoo design
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Dragonflies portray freedom and independence. A trail consisting of a few dragonflies looks amazing on the back or side of the neck. When you add colors to this design, it can give it a more intriguing and realistic appeal. These tattoos are best placed on the forearm, sleeves, or calves.

70. Infinity Heart Tattoo

Infinity heart tattoo design
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An infinity heart tattoo combines two different symbols into one. The heart is a symbol of love, whereas the mathematical symbol of infinity means forever. This tattoo symbolizes your infinite love for a special someone. You’ll mostly see them as an outline, clubbed together as a singular pattern, looking absolutely intriguing done in all black ink, or filled with red color inside a black outline. It can be placed on the side of the back, wrist, or the sleeve.

71. Cupcake Finger Tattoo

Cupcake finger tattoo design
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Well, who doesn’t like food, right? This is a really goofy tattoo design that is used by most foodies to show their inclination towards desserts, baked products, or food in general. You can get this tattoo on your finger as an outline in black ink, or if you want to show it realistically, add some pink frosting and brown base color for the filling inside.

72. Zodiac Sign Tattoos

Zodiac sign tattoo design
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The first thing that comes to mind when most people are on the lookout for a meaningful and simple tattoo design is their zodiac sign. It is seen as a strong choice while also being incredibly popular. If you wish to make it more personal, add embellishments to it, and you are all set. This neat and minimal Capricorn zodiac sign made on the feet, right above the ankle, looks absolutely smashing while taking up close to no space.

73. Artistic Animal Tattoo

Artistic animal tattoo design
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Animal tattoos are pretty common, and there are a plethora of patterns that you can use to turn these into pretty artistic images. You can make animals using cool geometrical patterns or choose to get birds, insects, or any other creature. These simple geometric tattoos have become an absolute rage in the current season and can be done in any dark ink.

74. Butterfly Tattoo

A classy butterfly tattoo design.
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Butterfly tattoos are quite the talk of the town as they are ultra-versatile, feminine, and make a great choice, especially for women. Butterflies are symbols of freedom, personal transformation, and growth. The tattoo would serve as a mascot of change that can lead to beauty and joy. A multi-colored fill or solid black boundaries design can work wonders for a chic look!

75. Wings Tattoo

Classy wings tattoo
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Wings have a significant place in various holy and mythological texts. It is considered to be an essential part of angels and birds that relates to ideas of freedom, dreams, and faith. A well-drawn wings tattoo would look perfect on your shoulder blade. You can keep it simple or intrinsic.

Small and simple tattoo designs seem like the perfect alternative for individuals who want to indulge in body art but do not wish to draw much attention. The advantages of getting small and simple tattoos are that they don’t cost a bomb, will take less effort, and the subsequent pain will be less. In case you change your mind later on, you can easily adapt the tattoo into a new style, and if needed, the removal process will be quick, easy and uncomplicated. Minimalistic tattoo designs are the most apt depiction of “less is more.”

Infographic: 10 Simple Tattoo Designs That Speak Volumes

The fact that someone got a tattoo itself speaks a lot. It represents the deep connection and belief in the symbol that someone got a tattoo of. Many people get tattoos simply for the aesthetics, but even that conveys a person’s sense of beauty. While all the tattoo designs above can mean different things for different people, we have our faves in terms of objects that have powerful symbolic meanings. We have compiled the same in the infographic below. Check it out.

10 simple tattoo objects that speak volumes (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Small and simple tattoo designs can just be as impactful as the complex ones. They can be basic, straightforward, understated, modest, subtle, clean, efficient, functional, practical, and utilitarian yet have a strong impact. These small tattoos appear to be the ideal option for people who want to get inked but don’t want to attract attention to themselves. There are many benefits of getting small and simple tattoos. They are less expensive, require less effort, and do not hurt much. In addition, you may easily convert the tattoo into a new style if you change your mind eventually, and the removal process will be swift and painless if necessary. The phrase “”less is more”” is best exemplified by minimalist tattoo designs.

We hope you enjoyed this collection of the 31 best options for simple tattoo designs and find one that inspires you to get your next tattoo.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered a simple tattoo?

Simple tattoos have a straightforward design with few motifs. They do not have many intricate patterns like regular tattoos. These artworks are usually tiny and cover a small portion of the wearer’s skin.

What is a simple line tattoo?

Simple line tattoos utilize a minimalist style and consist of fine lines to create elegant designs. They often feature geometric symbols. These artworks convey both simple and complex ideas via minimalist designs.

Do simple tattoos cost less?

The cost of a tattoo depends on several factors and not simply on the complexity of the design. The tattoo size, customization requirements, positioning, choice of ink, and experience of the artist play an important role in determining how much the pricing will be.

Do simple tattoos hurt?

Several factors like the thickness of the needle and location contribute to the level of pain experienced while getting a tattoo, irrespective of its design. For example, spine, ribs, and collarbone tattoos hurt more, and fine needles will cause less discomfort than thick ones. Even your pain tolerance level plays an important role in determining if a simple tattoo will hurt you or not.

What should I consider when choosing a tattoo design?

Consider the area you want to place the tattoo and how big you want the tattoo to be. Go for a tattoo design that includes your favorite colors, images, and style. Consult a tattoo artist for better recommendations.

What are some common placement options for simple tattoo designs?

The most common places to get a simple tattoo are the wrist, forearm, ankle, hand, neck, and back.

Can simple tattoos be easily covered up if needed?

Light tattoos are easier to cover than dark tattoos. You can cover them with make-up easily. Darker tattoos can be covered with strategic clothing choices.

How long does it take to get a simple tattoo done?

It takes around 30 minutes to an hour for a simple, small tattoo to be made.

Key Takeaways

  • Simple tattoos possess a timeless elegance and can make a bold statement with minimalistic elements.
  • There is a wide range of options available for simple minimalistic tattoos, from getting the initials of your loved ones and zodiac signs to celestial elements and elegant symbols.
  • These small tattoos are less painful, are easy to do, and are perfect for beginners or for someone who wants a concealable design.
33 Simple Yet Striking Tattoos And What They Mean

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The simple yet striking tattoos showcased in the video below are done by a former Turkish tattoo artist. Watch this video to see if you want to get one or more from among the collection!

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