Spotlight Gallery: Small But Mighty, This Week's Tiny Tattoos

Spotlight Gallery: Small But Mighty, This Week's Tiny Tattoos

These bite-sized beauties are every bit as inspired as their larger counterparts.

Tiny tattoos are often chastised for their frailty. “Bold will hold,” has always been the collective mantra of the tattoo community, but small tattoos are mighty in their own right. As with any style of art, there will always be the naysayers, but that shouldn’t deter you from going with your preferred style. Although they may be miniscule, tiny tattoos are incredibly versatile. Ranging from hyper detailed, depicting each tuft in a tiger’s coat, to wonderfully simplistic single line drawings, the style possesses every bit as much artistic integrity as its’ bolder counterparts.

While they’ve been around long enough to incite dozens of sub-genres, micro-scale pieces haven’t always been quite as detailed as they are today. In recent years, artists like Dr. Woo of Los Angeles have since taken to creating impossibly detailed portraits, landscapes, and even surreal motifs. On the other hand, artists like Playground Tattoo, who’s based out of Seoul, South Korea, sticks to more simplistic approach — never weighing her fine lines down with details, instead allowing the art to speak for itself.

Tiny tattoos can contain whole universes, but they can be as simple as a cluster of lines strung together by a single idea. They are both complex and straightforward, but the one thing they are not is uninspired.

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