10 Incredibly Elegant and Discreet Tattoos

10 Incredibly Elegant and Discreet Tattoos

Some people love large-scale work, while others prefer small and discreet tattoos they can hide. This is for those more bashful folks.

If we are talking about your very first tattoo, something small is a good test of your pain tolerance, reaction to inks, and it's a way to get your foot on the ladder for other tattoo projects. But this doesn't mean that a tiny tattoo needs to be basic and unimpressive. Many tattoo artists have specialized in tiny and discreet tattoos inspired by the minimalistic movement. With very thin outlines, little shading and a minimal use of color, these tattoos are simple yet elegant and poetic. 

A sweet dotwork fox tattoo by Sophie Su Anika.
A zen bunch of flowers in a bottle placed on the ankle by Seoeon.

Artists such like Seoeon in Seoul and Chen Jie in Beijing are especially trending in the social networks. But discreet tattoos are also a big deal in America where the popular artist Dr Woo from Shamrock Social Club, founded by tattoo icon Mark Mahoney, is getting more and more attention with his mini tattoos. 


In the South of Europe, it is the artist Bicem Sinik in Istanbul who is creating delicate little pieces. With the rise of dotwork and linework, these discreet tattoos have become a kind of fashion, in spite of their potential short life as healing and time would make them less visible. But as every tattoo is a personal choice, get the one you truly want and just choose the best artist possible for your small masterpiece. Here is a (small) collection of miniature tattoos that are hot right now to give you some inspiration for your very own tattoo idea. 

Realistic cherry blossoms on the wrist by Krystel Ivannie.
Finely worked dead leaf on the neck by Ilya Brezinski.
Adorable baby bunny by Graffittoo...
Precise thin lines of Dr Woo.
Elegant lotus by Chen Jie.
A smooth rose by Brunella Simoes.
A small olive branch on the side by Bicem Sinik.
A tiny greyhound by Adria Yzaguirre.

We hope you enjoyed this collection of some of our favorite smaller scale tattoos. Be sure to check out more of them here and here. 

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