8 Stunning Under-Eye Tattoo Ideas With Meanings

Sweet little icons that give your eyes an extra sparkle and enthrall everyone in the room!

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Under-eye tattoos are the latest trend among fans of minimal and edgy tattoo statements. While these tattoos look utterly stunning, the under-eye area has thin and delicate skin that is also jam-packed with multiple nerve endings, making it a painful tattoo placement choice. This realization raises brows and doubts about getting the undereye area tattooed. However, the very possibility of pain could be thrilling to some, as getting a tattoo on the face implies high visibility, becoming an unforgettable part of your identity and leaving quite an intense first impression. It can also be seen as a sign of rebellion. No matter the design used, an under-eye tattoo is sure to garner mixed reactions and if you are up for it, we have some ideas up our sleeves. Scroll through this collection of quirky and meaningful under-eye tattoos that will make you get one for yourself right away. Keep reading.

8 Under-Eye Tattoo Ideas

An under-eye tattoo is a strong physical identity marker, creating an intense first impression. If you are considering getting one, then you must ensure that you pick a good design. Check out this carefully curated list of under-eye tattoo ideas to get creative inspiration for your own tattoo!

1. Teardrop Tattoo Under The Eye

Teardrop tattoo under the eye
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One of the most popular designs doing the rounds is the under-eye teardrop tattoo. Although a teardrop under the eye can make you appear in an eternal state of sadness, it will hardly look out of place. This tattoo also has some affiliation to prison tattoos and may symbolize an attempted or completed murder, revenge, or a long sentence. However, generally, it expresses a sense of loss or grief for an irreversible incident in the wearer’s life.

2. Heart Under-Eye Tattoo

Heart under eye tattoo
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If you want a cute little icon under your eye, you should go for a heart! There are so many styles you can illustrate them, such as outline, solid fill, intricate patterns within, dotted shading, and more. Black outline, though basic, gives you the scope to experiment with pastel colors later on. Moreover, the minimalistic design doesn’t feel overwhelming. You can also try a watercolor fill or background that gives you a slight perpetual blush.

3. Small Under-Eye Tattoo

Small alphabet under eye tattoo
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Choose from a wide range of elements for your small under-eye tattoo, from individual letters of the alphabet as shown in the image above, unique symbols from science, hieroglyphic script, numerals, or any foreign script. Even basic shapes can help you represent yourself based on your personal beliefs. A simple letter can convey many things such as the start of your name, the name of someone you love, or a word that holds deep meaning for you.

4. Cross Under-Eye Tattoo

Cross tattoo under the eye
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A symbol of a cross is most commonly perceived as a religious symbol. So, when a rebellious stance like getting the undereye tattooed is met with a religious symbol, it may further amplify the non-conforming nature of the wearer. This makes the symbol more of an aesthetic, than a religious symbol. Or, it may symbolize that the wearer is still fearful of a divine force and wears the symbol for protection or as a sign of devotion. Additionally, this tattoo has some gang affiliation in the Western world.

5. Broken Heart Tattoo Under The Eye

Broken heart tattoo under the eye
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A broken heart tattoo is bound to raise questions no matter where it is placed. Placing it under the eye makes it the first thing to capture an onlooker’s attention. Try a slightly unique design with a clean crack in the middle different from regular broken heart icons. Though minimalistic, this heart packs a punch with a fine outline, gradient shading, and a rough crack passing through it. The few stray dots around look like tiny shattered shrapnel-like pieces flying out of the heart as it cracks. If you would like to make a bolder statement, throw in some color or opt for a comic-style illustration in the design.

6. Star Under-Eye Tattoo

Star tattoo under the eye
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Stars are a very popular shape for tattoos, permanent or temporary, done in the general eye area. The fact that the eyes are often compared to stars in romantic prose and poetry does not escape us. You can opt for a single star shape or go for a smattering of them in different sizes, even trying out favorite or zodiac constellations. The fun part is that they can also quite efficiently mask the presence of any bothersome pigmentation spots, making them look part of the art.

7. Triangle Tattoo Under The Eye

A cluster of triangles tattooed under the eye
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A triangle can host a range of symbolic meanings depending on what its corners point at or if they have additional elements accompanying them. Apart from the meaning, a triangle simply makes for a pretty-looking tattoo too. This abstract smattering of triangles, some with a solid fill while others are just outlines, creates an intriguing work of art that can start conversations or simply endow the wearer with a mysterious air.

8. Lightning Bolt Under Eye Tattoo

Lightning bolt under eye tattoo
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You will be surprised to learn of the many impressive symbolisms a tiny lightning bolt icon can hold. As a naturally occurring phenomenon, it can represent a connection or attachment to raw, unfiltered nature. Due to its unpredictable, powerful, and often destructive nature, accompanied by roaring thunder, it can stand for the rebellious or nonconforming philosophies of the wearer. It can also be a prayer for more light, power, or illumination in times of darkness or storms.

So that was our list of interesting, fun, and cool little under-eye tattoo designs. There are a variety of shapes, letters, and motifs that can help you add a little oomph to your facial features. You can go bold and try out lines, strings, or vines that travel across the length of your face just below the eyes! However, if you are not looking for a loud design, starting out with small symbols may be the best way to go. At the end of the day, this tattoo would appear smack in the middle of your face and would be the first thing to catch the eye of anyone you interact with. So, make sure you give enough thought to what kind of design you want and what kind of impression it may make. Also, remember that the under eye area is delicate and hurts a lot. So, if you are a beginner, opt for a design that is small, sweet, and can be tattooed quickly.

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Anastasiia Gatsko

Anastasiia GatskoProfessional Tattoo Artist & Piercer

Anastasiia Gatsko is a professional tattoo artist and piercer with over five years of hands-on experience. She began her journey in tattooing with Permanent Makeup, which shaped her skills and perspective. Anastasiia combined her passion for art with formal business education and started G Tattoo & Piercing in Toronto, Ontario. She specializes in fine lines and micro realism, line work,...read full bio

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