One of the great things about tattoos as an artform is that they can easily cater to any aesthetic. If you’re intimidated by large tattoos or prefer a cleaner look, a minimalist design might be perfect for you. And if getting a permanent tattoo is too much of a commitment—after all, tastes can change—getting a small, temporary tattoo, such as our “tip” design featured below, is an easy and fun way to experiment with the artform.
When it comes to design, simply doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, a well-designed, minimalist tattoo can make a great statement piece, whether your vibe is quirky, elegant, or effortlessly cool. Popular trends at the moment include geometric, single line, dot, lyrical, and tiny styles. Below we’ve rounded up by category some of our favorite minimalist tattoos that prove that less really is more.
Basic geometric shapes, especially circles, squares, and equilateral triangles, are universally appealing. The human eye is drawn to symmetry, so it’s no wonder that geometric tattoos have surged in popularity.
The single line tattoo, as you’ll see below, can offer a unique take on traditional symbols and images. Drawing with a single line ensures that the design is both clean and simple and thus is ideal for minimalists.
It doesn’t get much more minimalist than the dot tattoo. Whether a design consists of 3 dots or 300, there are seemingly endless ways to play with this style.
Tattoos consisting of single words and short phrases can be simple and beautiful forms of expression. The typeface, size, and use of punctuation each contribute uniquely to the tone of your design. Certain word choices can even inspire a pleasant or motivating emotional reaction in you and those around you.
Tiny tattoos are especially great for first-timers and those who value the art of subtlety. Typically seen on the ankle, wrist, or back of the neck, they are often dainty, but certainly don’t have to be. As with other minimalist tattoo styles, tiny tattoos can pack a large punch in terms of style and symbolism.
If you like these designs, be sure to check out our catalog of temp tattoos, many of which cater to the minimalist aesthetic.