A common fear some people tend to have when it comes to tattoos is the permanence and the possibility of regretting your ink down the line, and that’s understandable, considering tattoos are, well, permanent. But the good news is, you can get a tattoo removed, if in 10, 20, or 30 years, you decide that you don’t want it anymore. However, if you take the time to look at the tattoos for women out there to find the perfect ones for you (read: the ones that you fantasize about for months), it’s less likely that you’ll regret taking that step and getting your first tattoo because you’ve thought about it so much. Even if you look back on your tattoos when you’re a grandparent or a great-grandparent, and you no longer feel as strongly as you once did about them, they did mean something to you at one point, and that’ll stay with you.
It may seem like everywhere you look, you find someone who has a tattoo — from your favorite celebrities to your best friend to the local grocery store manager — and if it’s making you consider getting one yourself, you’re not alone, especially not right now. According to Google Trends, the search for “tattoos” has increasd by 48% since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Refinery29 reported. “People may want to look back at this moment and think about how they have changed and grown as people, and it’s absolutely possible that tattooing could be one of the ways that they choose to express this,” Orlando-based mental health counselor Dr. Shainna Ali told the publication.
If you’re considering getting your first tattoo, it might be a good idea to start with one of the many small tattoos for women and work your way up to a full sleeve or wrap-around thigh tattoo. Whether it’ll be your first or ninth time at the local tattoo parlor, here’s some inspiration for your next ink session.
1 Halsey’s Small Number 17
Halsey has well over 20 tattoos, including a small number 17 on two knuckles on her right hand, which is her lucky number.
3 Selena Gomez’s Small “G”
7 Arianna Grande’s Small Female Gender Sign
9 Jordan Dunn’s Small Script
The powerful message etched on Jordan Dunn’s forearm reads, “fear is not an option.”
13 Kelly Clarkson’s Small Clover
For her hand, Kelly Clarkson chose a cute four-leaf clover with heart-shaped leaves.
19 Adele’s Small Dots
21 Adele’s Small “A”
23 Adele’s Small “Paradise” Tattoo
Another mini tattoo inspired by Adele’s son reads “Paradise”.
25 Carrie Underwood’s Small Cross
27 Jessica Alba’s Small Lotus
“That one’s called ‘My First Breakup,'” Jessica Alba, actress and founder of The Honest Company, explained on The Late Show. “It’s lotus in Sanskrit. It means the manifestation of spiritual beauty. [This guy I was dating] was really anti-tattoos, and I felt like after I broke up with him I found myself again.”
29 Kate Moss’ Small Anchor
A small anchor adorns Kate Moss‘s lower forearm.
31 Kate Moss’ Small Star
… and on her ankle, the model has another small tattoo in the shape of a star.
33 Rihanna’s Small Script
“Never a failure, Always a lesson” are the words scrolled across Rihanna’s collarbone — but they’re backwards, so she can read it when she looks in the mirror.
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