You know the saying 'Don't judge a book by its cover?' The same rule can be changed into 'Don't judge a person by its ink.' Getting some body art inked is, probably, one of the best ways for self-expression - be it a drawing in remembrance of your past beliefs or shenanigans, or be it a minimal tattoo filled with deep meanings. No tattoo design is meaningless or ugly because there's always something bigger behind it. At least to the person who chose the unique tattoo, that is.

These days everyone seems to have some ink on their bodies, and big designs don't surprise anyone anymore. And if full body designs and teardrops may not be appropriate tattoo ideas for kindergarten teachers, minimalist tattoos are no longer excluded from official or modest work appearances. How else can you show everyone that you are an individual, right?

This collection of small tattoos is the answer. Small is the new big! Which one is your favorite?

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Minimalist Bracelet Tattoo

Minimalist Bracelet Tattoo

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Dandelion Tattoo

Dandelion Tattoo

JonBoy Report

AmandaPack
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I asked a tattoo artist once what tattoo she's done so many times she was sick of doing it, and her response was immediately blowing dandelions.

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Paper Plane Foot Tattoo

Paper Plane Foot Tattoo

dreamed_dream Report

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Minimalist Cat Tattoo

Minimalist Cat Tattoo

lazerliz Report

#8

Tree And Owl Finger Tattoos

Tree And Owl Finger Tattoos

thenicholsblog.com Report

AmberleighKemeza
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love that this is pretty much telling someone that they are home.

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#9

Alien Abduction Tattoo

Alien Abduction Tattoo

alexisvargasart Report

suzemagoo
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Terrific but it should have been a unicorn, not a cow, that was abducted.

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#10

Line Tattoo

Line Tattoo

renterkm Report

StephanieLocher
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This made me think of you Nicole Koren.

#11

Origami Crane Tattoo

Origami Crane Tattoo

Seoeon Report

#13

Elephant Neck Tattoo

Elephant Neck Tattoo

jonboytattoo Report

#15

Minimalist Mountain Tattoo

Minimalist Mountain Tattoo

jessicachanner Report

Emily Martin
Community Member
6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This looks like it was drawn on...

#16

Minimalist Tattoo

Minimalist Tattoo

biancakato Report

#17

Unicorn Tattoo

Unicorn Tattoo

seoeontattoo Report

#18

Minimalist Foot Tattoo

Minimalist Foot Tattoo

jenxtattoos Report

#20

A Semicolon Cat

A Semicolon Cat

Shelli Stanley Report

KatBlak
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

cute way to support the semicolon project

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#21

Minimalist Tree Tattoo

Minimalist Tree Tattoo

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#23

Bee Tattoo

Bee Tattoo

_dr_woo_ Report

#24

Minimalist Mandala Tattoo

Minimalist Mandala Tattoo

lennotattoo Report

#25

Bicycle Wrist Tattoo

Bicycle Wrist Tattoo

Austin Tott Report

#26

Cat Finger Tattoo

Cat Finger Tattoo

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#27

Sand Clock Tattoo

Sand Clock Tattoo

pinkbecker Report

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Minimalist Tattoo

Minimalist Tattoo

jonboytattoo Report

#30

Minimalist Wave

Minimalist Wave

valeriabroccio Report

#31

Snowflake Tattoo

Snowflake Tattoo

anna_dag Report

#32

Minimalist Tattoo

Minimalist Tattoo

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Minimalist Tattoo Design

Minimalist Tattoo Design

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#34

Tiny Owl Tattoo

Tiny Owl Tattoo

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#35

Pineapple Tattoo

Pineapple Tattoo

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#36

Line Cat Tattoo

Line Cat Tattoo

laramaju Report

#37

Lotus Flower Finger Tattoo

Lotus Flower Finger Tattoo

mandella888 Report

#38

Minimalist Harry Potter Tattoo

Minimalist Harry Potter Tattoo

hettiebakertattoo Report

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Minimalist Geometrical Tattoo

Minimalist Geometrical Tattoo

etsy.com Report

#41

Queen And King Tattoos

Queen And King Tattoos

maverick_tattoos Report

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Minimalist Sun Tattoo

Minimalist Sun Tattoo

iryna_andr Report

Joshua
Community Member
5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love that it’s smiling! 😊

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Minimalist Tattoo Design

Minimalist Tattoo Design

pinkbecker Report

#45

Minimalist Harry Potter Tattoo

Minimalist Harry Potter Tattoo

thechristophermark Report

#46

Minimalist Heart Tattoo

Minimalist Heart Tattoo

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#47

Wrist Avocado Tattoo

Wrist Avocado Tattoo

little.tattoos Report

#48

Cookie Tattoo

Cookie Tattoo

little.tattoos Report

#49

Minimalist Finger Tattoo

Minimalist Finger Tattoo

jamietattoos Report

#50

Minimalist Bracelet Tattoo

Minimalist Bracelet Tattoo

seoeontattoo Report

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#51

Free

Free

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#52

Finger Tattoos

Finger Tattoos

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KatBlak
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

these are done with pen. Tattoo ink wouldn't fall into the skin creases.

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Minimalist Tattoo Design

Minimalist Tattoo Design

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Sun And Moon Tattoo

Sun And Moon Tattoo

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#56

Minimalist Swimmer Tattoo

Minimalist Swimmer Tattoo

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#57

Semi-colon Cat

Semi-colon Cat

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#58

Minimalist Tattoo

Minimalist Tattoo

cynthiatattoo Report

suzemagoo
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Might have worked better if one was a mirror image of the other.

#59

Coathanger Tattoo

Coathanger Tattoo

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May Day
Community Member
5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would llike to hear the story behind this one.

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#60

Minimalist Geometrical Tattoo

Minimalist Geometrical Tattoo

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#61

Harry Potter Always

Harry Potter Always

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#62

Minimalist Mountain Tattoo

Minimalist Mountain Tattoo

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#63

Minimalist Matching Tattoos

Minimalist Matching Tattoos

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#64

Heart And Arrow Tattoo

Heart And Arrow Tattoo

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#65

Minimalist Tattoo

Minimalist Tattoo

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#66

Minimalist Line Tattoos

Minimalist Line Tattoos

cynthiatattoo Report

#67

Diamond Tattoo

Diamond Tattoo

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#69

Eternity As Light As Feather

Eternity As Light As Feather

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#70

A Memory Etched..

A Memory Etched..

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#71

White Tattoo Of Eternity As Light As Feather

White Tattoo Of Eternity As Light As Feather

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#72

Fairies

Fairies

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#73

Tree Of Life By Darwin

Tree Of Life By Darwin

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ThomasPL
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think.... It's the best one!

#74

Three Little Rasta Birds

Three Little Rasta Birds