Ears are probably the most decorated parts of the human body, and with the surge of the ear tattoo trend, we might just know the answer why is it so popular to get your head appendages inked.
Chinese medicine practitioners believe that our bodies are divided into twelve main meridians or twelve paths of energy flow, known as 'qi,' and as it turns out, half of the meridians flow into or connect to our ears. That, of course, makes our ears a Pandora's box of acupuncture points. Now, what does that have to do with ear tattoos? One theory about tattoo placements says that we choose where to get inked instinctively as our bodies tell us which meridian should be worked on for us to get rid of one or another ailment. So, it is no wonder that ears, having as many acupuncture points as they do, are a popular, yet subconscious, choice for unique tattoo lovers. Now, this, of course, is just a theory and no matter if you'd like to believe it or not, ear tattoos are here to stay.
Minimal tattoos seem to be a firm favorite when inking your ears, often created using geometrical placements of dots and lines. Another popular theme to adorn your ears with - floral designs. And the bravest and the boldest might even combine head and ear tattoos into one design or fill in all the nooks and crevices with color. If you're still having a hard time in choosing a drawing for your next small tattoo, we've compiled a truly colorful list full of tattoo ideas. All you have to do is scroll down below, check the pictures and pick one out. Also, don't forget to vote and comment!
#1 Simple, Yet Very Beautiful Ear Tattoo
Floral ornaments and decorations are probably the most popular designs ever, used since the times of ancient Egypt. No wonder it translates beautifully into ear tattoos.
#2 Tricky Little Danger Noodle Ear Tattoo
In the words of a famous German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche - "The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be minds." And we firmly believe that snake tattoos represent just that - change and evolution of the mind.
#3 Rainbow Ear Tattoo Design
#4 Violetta And Her Violet Ear Tattoo
Native Americans called the Haudenosaunee believed that violets were children born both from the Earth and the Sky. Following the legend, it gives violets the meaning of balance and harmony.
#5 Small Floral Ear Tattoo
#6 New Beautiful Ear Tattoo
#7 New Ear Tattoo
Back to Chinese medicine - notice the three dots near tragus? Affecting them might help a person in being a better listener, while also healing some ailments.
#8 Clever Ear Tattoo Design
#9 Rose Ear Tattoo
The rose is often considered a symbol of balance. The beauty of this flower expresses promise, hope, and new beginnings which is contrasted by thorns symbolizing defense and loss. And while a white rose means purity and mysticism, a black one represents death.
#10 Tiny Wanderlust Ear Tattoo
#11 Dotwork Ear Tattoo
Dotwork tattoos are a style of their own, and the shading produced by hundreds of tiny dots give the design an almost 3D look.
#12 Olive Branch Tattoo On The Ear
The olive branch is not only beautiful, but it also symbolizes peace and victory. This meaning was given to it since the times of ancient Greece, and now the expression 'Olive branch' is used as a common idiom.
#13 Tiny Universe Ear Tattoo
#14 My New Ear Tattoo - Cherry Blossoms
#15 Dotwork Ear Tattoo
Sometimes an ear tattoo might be a great solution if you like adorning your ears but don't have the time for earrings.
#16 Heartwarming Ear Tattoo Message
#17 Bright Blue Ear Tattoo
#18 Little Elephant Ear Tattoo
#19 Pretty Ear Tattoos
#20 Subtle Ear Tattoo Design
#21 This Dot-Work Ear Tattoo Looks Really Good
#22 Healed Ear Tattoo
#23 A Tiny Piece Of Tattoo Art In An Ear
#24 Tiny Eclipse Ear Tattoo
In many cultures and religions, the Sun symbolizes life, strength, energy, and rebirth. And with such a clever placement this design might just really empower the wearer.
#25 Beautiful Ear Tattoo Design
If you're not a fan of minimal tattoos, a design combining both dotwork and linework might be the best choice.