These Small Tattoo Ideas Are Perfect If You're Looking for Something Simple

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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.

2 Crown Fit For A Queen

You’re a queen, and what better way to own that than to get this gorgeous yet simple crown tattoo by Flesh and Fluid’s Doreen Garner?

3 Selena Gomez’s Small “G”

Selena Gomez has a collection of small tattoos, honoring everything from music to her family and her closest friends. The lowercase “G” behind her ear is reportedly in honor of her baby sister Gracie.

4 Sweet Childhood Memory

Garner’s ’90s flash tattoos feature this sweet throwback to quarter waters or Hugs, depending on what you called the little plastic bottles of water, food coloring, and flavoring sold at bodegas.

5 Simone Biles’ Small Olympic Rings

With four gold medals and a record for the most world titles by any gymnast, we understand why Olympian Simone Biles sketched the famous five rings on her forearm. If you’re an athlete, this small tattoo will keep your goal top of mind.

6 Ace Of Spades

The Ace of Spades is regarded as one of the most valued and sought after cards in a typical deck, making it a powerful (and chic!) tattoo.

7 Arianna Grande’s Small Female Gender Sign

If you couldn’t tell from “God Is a Woman” and a number of Arianna Grande’s female empowerment songs, she definitely fights for girl power. The small tattoo on her finger is the female gender sign.

8 Georgia O’Keefe’s “Music, Pink and Blue No. 2”

Color tattoos are a matter of taste. If you’re thinking about getting one with all of the colors, like Natalie’s here by @Gentle_Jaz, make sure your artist know the exact shades you want.

9 Jordan Dunn’s Small Script

The powerful message etched on Jordan Dunn’s forearm reads, “fear is not an option.”

10 Sunflower

You can never go wrong with a small, flower tattoo, like Jaz Paulino’s gorgeous sunflower.

11 Hilary Duff’s Small Heart

12 Frida Khalo’s “Viva la Vida”

Your next tattoo can be literally anything you want, from your favorite painting (read: this beautiful rendition of Frida Kahlo’s work) to your favorite quote.

13 Kelly Clarkson’s Small Clover

For her hand, Kelly Clarkson chose a cute four-leaf clover with heart-shaped leaves.

14 Flower Crown

Why make yourself choose between a flower or a crown tattoo when you can have this stunning piece of art by Katrina “Kat Tat” Jackson that combines them both in the best way?

15 Lea Michele’s Small Coffee Cup

Lea Michele has a miniature coffee mug in memory of her late grandmother, who gave the actress her first cup of joe.

16 Child’s Name

Though the phrase “Khari Barbie” may not mean much to you, since it’s the name of someone else’s child, you can take the design to a tattoo shop and ask them to replace “Khari Barbie” with your little one’s name.

17 Lea Michele’s Small Number

She also wears a little number “5” on her side, in honor of her former Glee costar and boyfriend Cory Monteith, who passed away in 2013.

18 A Rose by any Other Name

If you’re looking for a small tattoo that you want to make sure you won’t regret, this simple yet detailed rose is perfect.

19 Adele’s Small Dots

20 Floral Arrangment

For a more elaborate but still relatively small tattoo, this floral arrangement is ideal.

21 Adele’s Small “A”

Behind Adele’s ear, there is a small “A” initial tattoo — not for her own name but it’s rumored to be for her son, Angelo.

22 Nature Lovers Only

If you’re a big fan of the outdoors, this woodsy tattoo is for you. The details are incredible, it doesn’t have to be bigger than the pa, of your hand.

23 Adele’s Small “Paradise” Tattoo

Another mini tattoo inspired by Adele’s son reads “Paradise”.

24 Symbols

A tattoo myth is that all of your tattoos need to have some sort of significance, but that isn’t the case. All that matters is that you love the tattoo design.

25 Carrie Underwood’s Small Cross

26 Moon Phases

The phases of the moon are a gorgeous tattoo that looks beautiful on any part of your body, from your arm to your rib cage to even your spine.

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.”

28 Flowers With a Splash of Color

Flowers really are some of the most diverse tattoos you can get. There are countless types of flowers in every color you could imagine or want, and no two would ever look the same.

29 Kate Moss’ Small Anchor

A small anchor adorns Kate Moss‘s lower forearm.

30 The Human Body

Pay homage to your beautiful body with this stunning tattoo that will always serve as a reminder that you are amazing just the way you are.

31 Kate Moss’ Small Star

… and on her ankle, the model has another small tattoo in the shape of a star.

32 Turtle

This Squirtle-look-alike is so cute and works really well if you’re looking for an adorable little tattoo that you just like.

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.

34 Planets Hugging

The world is a little bit of a scary place sometimes — especially in 2020 — and sometimes, you just need a hug (from the people you’ve been quarantining with).

35 Drew Barrymore’s small names tattoo

Just before she announced her divorce from ex-husband Will Kopelman last year, Drew Barrymore posted a photo of her daughters’ names tattooed on her wrist — seemingly as a reminder of the permanence of the family they created together.

36 Sparrow

This gorgeous sparrow combines two popular tattoo designs into one, incredibly detailed piece of art.

37 Bella Hadid’s Small Wings

It’s fitting that Bella Hadid, a Victoria’s Secret angel, would have two small wings on each of her ankles, courtesy of go-to celebrity tattoo artist, JonBoy.

38 Lotus Flower

The use of color in this tattoo makes it more unique and allows it to stand out more than the flower would’ve if it were in black ink.

39 ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Stars’ Small “Shh”

When Pretty Little Liars ended, the stars of the series (Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Janel Parrish, Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario, and Sasha Pieterse) got matching tattoos on their “shh” fingers.

40 The Body

Humblebeetattoo’s beautiful interpretation of a woman’s body is stunning and simple.

41 Kylie Jenner’s Small Grandmother’s Name

Kylie, the youngest Kardashian-Jenner has a number of inkings, but none so sweet as her grandmother’s name on her arm.

42 Bumbleebee

Some people loathe bees, while others find them adorable. If you happen to be the latter, this detailed tattoo is for you.

43 Mountains

Hail from the mountains? Recall your roots with a small tattoo of the sunsetting over a mountain range.

44 “Always”

Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan who still tears up every time you hear Snape telling Dumbledore he’s always loved Lily Potter or you couldn’t care less about the series, “always” is a sweet tattoo to consider.

45 Floral Wreath

This tattoo takes the more basic moon design and makes it perfectly unique for someone looking to add a little color to their lives (and body).

46 Finger Tattoos

Tired of always forgetting to put on the tons of jewelry you own? With these tattoos, you’ll never leave the house without some sort of decoration on your hands.

47 Daydreaming

Dreaming of your next beach trip (post-COVID-19, of course)? Bring the beach to you, forever, with this gorgeous, simple homage to the ocean — palm trees and all.

48 Me, Myself, and I

What better tribute to yourself than a tattoo of yourself on your body? It may seem tacky in theory, but in practice, like with this custom piece humblebeetattoo made for one of her clients, it can be absolutely breathtaking.

49 “Phenomenal Woman”

You are a phenomenal woman, and if you ever forget that, this tattoo can be a little reminder for yourself.

50 Face Tattoo

Face tattoos are bold, but they can be really great if you’re looking to make a statement and are comfortable with the idea that no matter how small, you’ll rarely be able to hide your face tattoo.

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Lifestyle Editor Taysha Murtaugh was the Lifestyle Editor at CountryLiving.com.

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