Small & Tiny Tattoos for Girls: Design Inspirations and More

By Tephanie Stephenson / June 22, 2019
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These days, more and more women are getting tattooed. Some prefer to get bigger tattoos, while some girls tend to get smaller and cuter ones. Today, we will delve and talk more about the small and cute tattoos, so if you are into that, then go ahead and continue reading on.

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Small & Tiny Tattoo Ideas for Girls

As promised, we are going to show you some small tattoo inspiration for girls today. Enjoy browsing through!

Palm Tree

Palm tree tattoos are popular to girls since they are cute and chic. You can easily have this tattooed on your finger, foot, or basically, anywhere you want it on your body!

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Signature Tattoos

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Signatures are meant to be in memoriam tattoos, usually. However, it can also honour a person who is still living and very much alive. You can have your own signature or other person’s signature tattooed on your body.

Snowflakes Tattoo

Snowflake tattoos look very elegant and cute. If you are a fan of winter or the cold season, then you would most likely love the snowflakes tattoo.

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Feather Tattoo

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The feather tattoo is one of the most popular tattoos for girls. Some prefer to have this tattooed bigger than what is pictured above, but the smaller ones are definitely cuter and a lot chicer!

Zodiac Sign Tattoo

Zodiac sign tattoos are popular to those girls who are into astrology. Some girls get creative with it by having the tattoo sketched with stars, moons, or other astrological signs.

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Lifeline Tattoo

Lifeline Tattoo

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The lifeline tattoo is a simple reminder that you are still alive and breathing. It can be a way to be thankful for the life that you are given.

Fingers Crossed Tattoo

Fingers Crossed Tattoo

The fingers crossed tattoo is for those hopeful individuals. Crossing your fingers mean that you are hopeful that your wish will eventually come true.

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Sun and Moon Tattoo

The sun and moon tattoo represents the unification of the sun’s strength with the moon’s magic and mystery.

Diamond Tattoo

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The diamond tattoo is for those girls who want to shine bright like a diamond. Also, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right?

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Wave Tattoo

The wave tattoo is for those girls who are obsessed with the sea and the waves. Girls who surf usually have this type of tattoos.

Om Tattoo

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The Om symbol is known to be the beginning, middle, and end of our past, present, and future. It is a sacred mantra and is known to symbolize a lot of other things.

Music Note Tattoo

The music note tattoo is usually for those girls who love music. You can also usually spot this tattooed on musicians, and most usually get this one tattooed behind their ears or on their wrists.

Heart Tattoo

Heart Tattoo

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The heart tattoo is also one of the most common tattoos for girls. The heart tattoo is a very dainty and cute design, which is why girls love it!

Ampersand Tattoo

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The ampersand tattoo is great for those girls who love books and literature. Most bookworms have this type of tattoo, so if you consider yourself a bookworm, then it might be time to get one!

Butterfly Tattoo

The butterfly tattoo is a dainty representation of femininity. Girls who are into smaller tattoos usually get the butterfly tattoo because of its cute and girly nature. You can also get a bigger design, but most girls prefer to have smaller ones when it comes to this design.

Dragonfly Tattoo

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The dragonfly tattoo is the bolder cousin of the butterfly. This is for those girls who are not into the “girly” type of tattoo, yet still prefers to get something with a hint of femininity and cuteness.

Small Kitten Tattoo

Animals are one of the most common designs when it comes to tattoos. Kittens and cats are especially popular since they can be designed tinier than other types of pets or animals. Take the kitten tattoo for example – just draw the head, body, and tail, and you are all done! You don’t even have to draw the details if you do not want to, the design is totally up to you!

Book Tattoo

The book tattoo is again, for those literature nerds who want to make their love affair with books official. If you do not want this tattoo to be visible, then have it done on a body part that you usually cover up.

Crown Tattoo

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The crown tattoo is pretty much a symbol for taking over the world and being who you want to be. If you want to feel like a queen, then it might be time to get a crown tattoo! If you have a significant other, then you can go ahead and get a couple tattoo with them!

Aeroplane Tattoo

The aeroplane tattoo is symbolic of your love for travel and jet setting. If you are obsessed with travelling all over the world, then show your love for it by getting a small aeroplane tattoo ASAP!

Semicolon Tattoo

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The semicolon tattoo is a very symbolic one. It represents mental health and is also known to be a symbol that is meant for fighting depression and anxiety. It simply means to continue and keep on living life. A lot of celebrities have this tattooed on their bodies, especially the ones who are mental health advocates.

Infinity Symbol Tattoo

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The infinity symbol is a representation of a lot of things. It is very symbolic and can represent love, promises, endless possibilities, and more. You can be quite creative with the design and incorporate arrows and words in there.

Camera Tattoo

A photographer or just simply a lover of photos? Then go ahead and get a small camera tattooed on your arm, finger, or behind the ear!

Flower Tattoo

The flower tattoo, needless to say, is a very feminine one. It represents femininity and the beauty of being a woman. you can have this done in black and grey or coloured – no matter the colour, you will surely shine through with this tattoo.

Where to Place it

Curious and confused as to where you should place your small tattoo? Don’t worry, we got you! Scroll down below to see where you should place it.

On your Foot

small tattoo on foot

Feet tattoos are very popular among women as they look sexy and chic. However, if you want to hide your tattoo most of the time, then consider getting it done on other parts of your body since you would have to wear closed-toe shoes at all times if you get it done on your foot!

Your Shoulderblade or Collarbone

small shoulderblade tattoo

If you want to flaunt your sweet and whimsical tattoo, then go ahead and have it done on your collarbone or shoulder blade! The placement is really chic and elegant, which is perfect for dainty girls.

The Wrist

small wrist tattoos

Women get tattoos on their inner wrists as they can easily the tattoo if they need to or if they want a reminder of it. Smaller tattoos are usually done on this area, so if you have a bigger design, then consider getting it done on another body part.

Behind the Ear

behind the ear

Ear tattoos look very dainty and cute, plus, getting one behind the ear is subtle enough, especially if you want to hide your tattoo.

Upper Back

upper back tattoo

If you want to hide your tattoo most of the time, then getting it at the back of your shoulder is ideal. You can show it off when you are outside of work by wearing a tank top!

Finger Tattoos

Finger Tattoos

Finger tattoos look dainty and cute. However, since they are located on the bone, finger tattoos can hurt a little. Nothing major though, especially if you are just getting a small design tattooed on it.

Back of the Neck

nape tattoos

If you want to get a small tattoo, then go ahead and get it done on your nape for that chic yet edgy look!

Rib Cage or Under the Boob

underboob tattoo

The rib cage or under the boob is one of those placements that hurt the most when getting a tattoo done. The area is very sensitive since the skin there is quite thin, plus, the area is composed of a number of bones! However, most girls still prefer to have their tattoos done here, as it looks really beautiful. Make sure that you have enough pain tolerance if you decide to get your tattoo done on your rib cage!

Cleavage Area

small cleavage tattoo

If you are a girl, then probably the sexiest place to get a tattoo done is on the cleavage. You will be making a lot of heads turn though, so make sure to be prepared for the attention that you will be getting!

Hip Bone

small hipbone tattoo

Hip bone tattoos are very chic and sexy. Most women prefer to get their small tattoos done on their hip bones as it looks edgy yet still feminine.

Why is it Important to Take Care of my Small Tattoo?

It is essential to take good care of your tattoo after getting it to avoid getting any type of infection. You also would not want to ruin your tattoo and have it fade or scab, which is why you would have to take these important steps to ensure your tattoo’s proper healing afterwards.

Even if the tattoo is completely healed, you would have to take certain measures to make sure that your tattoo will stay looking vibrant for a long time.

Caring for your New Small Tattoo

There are different things that you should do when it comes to your small tattoo’s healing process and today, we will talk about those and how to perfectly care for it.

The Very First Day After Getting it Done

Different tattoo artists will recommend different time frames when it comes to removing your bandage or wrap, which is why it is important to listen to them since this part is very important. It can be around 2 to 24 hours, so make sure to listen up.

If you need to be somewhere else aside from your house after getting the tattoo, then you would want to keep the bandage on to make sure that dirt, sweat, and dust won’t get into it. Your pores and wound are still pretty much open during those times, which means that bacteria can easily infiltrate it. Keep it on until you come home and make sure to rinse it with mild soap and lukewarm water after taking the bandage off.

Now, when it comes to taking the bandage off and washing your tattoo, remember the following statements. Your new tattoo may be filled with gooey stuff such as plasma, blood, lymph fluid, and ink and it might look nasty at first. This is perfectly normal, but you definitely have to wash it properly to get the plasma off, especially, since it can heavily scab your tattoo if not cleaned properly.

If you are still seeing bits of dried up blood and plasma even after washing the tattoo, then just leave it be. Do not rub on it or scratch it too hard, as this can ruin your tattoo or even infect it.

After cleaning it with mild soap and lukewarm water, make sure to tap it dry with a clean piece of napkin. DO NOT rub – just tap the napkin over your tattoo and let it soak the excess water.

Once you are done with this, you can go ahead and put a little bit of lotion or ointment to your new tattoo. Do not use too much, as this may cause your tattoo to suffocate, which can eventually lead to an infection.

Your tattoo will be sore, red, and tender during the first day and for the next couple of days, so make sure to take good care of it and not touch it too much. Your new tattoo can also affect the way you sleep, especially if it touches your clothing or your beddings. Make sure to lay on the opposite side of where you got your new tattoo to avoid getting it all pressed up on your clothing or your beddings.

The Following Days

You will most probably still see a little bit of blood and plasma oozing out of your new tattoo, but it should be lessened by now. You will also experience swelling and redness still and this can take up to a week before it starts to go down.

If you usually get bruised easily, then you can get a little bit of bruising during these days. It should be nothing to be alarmed of, so if it gets too purple or red and the area seems to spread out, then it might be time to see a doctor.

You should continue sleeping in the opposite direction of where you got the tattoo to make sure that you won’t press the tattoo on your beddings and clothing.

Lastly, make sure to clean your tattoo with mild soap and lukewarm water 2 – 3 times per day to make sure that no type of infection will be present.

Tattoo Scabbing

After 4 – 5 days, your new tattoo will start to scab and peel off. Don’t worry – this is not the ink coming off, it’s just the extra layer of the skin and ink that’s actually peeling off. Just make sure not to voluntarily peel everything off, or else, you can create a new wound or even take some of that ink off. Just leave it to scab and peel off on its own – it will eventually pass anyway.

You should still continue to clean your tattoo properly during these days and make sure to apply the ointment every after wash to keep your tattoo moisturized, as this can be a pretty dry moment for your new tattoo.

You will notice a little bit of dullness on your tattoo, but do not worry, as this is completely temporary. It will brighten and become vibrant once again after all the scabbing and peeling is done.

Avoid wearing tight clothing during these times to make sure that the scabs and the new tattoo won’t stick to it. Wear comfortable and loose clothing, plus make sure to stay away from super hot places and doing strenuous activities.

Itching Stages

The itchiness will start to commence by day 6 and can last up to day 14. Remember: no matter how itchy it gets, you should resist to scratch it at all costs. If it gets too difficult to handle, then just tap on the tattoo lightly until the itchiness goes away.

The cause of the itchiness is mainly because of the tattoo being too dried up. This is the reason why it is important to keep your tattoo clean and properly moisturized during the whole period.

Also, know that during this period, your skin and tattoo will look all scabby and peeling. This is pretty normal, so there is nothing to worry about. Just let it scab and peel on its own and you will be good.

Finally, the Healing Period

Days 15 – 30 are most probably the best days that you will experience after getting your new tattoo. The inflammation and soreness should have disappeared by now and your tattoo should be as flat as your usual and untattooed skin.

Itchiness, peeling, and scabbing may still be present in the area, but it should not be anything major. Make sure to still clean your tattoo well and moisturize it with cocoa butter or even your usual unscented lotion.

Do not shave the tattooed are until it is fully healed to make sure that you won’t run into an infection or even a botched tattoo.

How to Properly Clean your Tattoo

If you are curious about how to clean your brand new tattoo, then go ahead and read on to make sure you clean it properly.

Wash those Hands

The first thing that you should do is to wash your hands before cleaning your tattoo. You would not want to get any bacteria into your new ink, which is why it is important to keep your hands free from dirt and germs.

Wet your hands, put some soap in there, lather and rub them together, rinse well, towel or air dry your wet hands, and then clean your tattoo with it.

Use an antibacterial soap to make sure you get the germs and the bacteria off of your hands.

Lather it on

Wet the area and put some soap on it. Do not put the tattoo directly under the running water and rub it way too hard. Instead, you would want to just wet it with your own hands and then lather it with mild soap.

Put Soap on it

Make sure to use an antibacterial yet mild soap that is free from any harsh ingredients such as fragrances and alcohol. Using soap that contains these ingredients can irritate your new tattoo and may even start a rash.

Rinse it Well

Rinse your tattoo by using lukewarm water to keep it clean. Do not use hot water, as this can hurt you and irritate your new tattoo. You also should not rub it way too hard while rinsing, as this will irritate your new ink.

Pat it Dry

You can use a clean piece of paper towel to dry your new tattoo. Make sure to just pat it over the tattoo and do not rub, as this can irritate the wound.

If you want, you can also just leave it to air dry naturally.

Put the Right Ointment

Take a small dollop of ointment or lotion and put it on your tattoo. Now, make sure not to overdo it, as using too much of the cream can suffocate your tattoo and irritate it.

Ask your tattoo artist what the best type of cream or ointment you can use to keep your tattoo properly taken care of.

More Small Tattoo Designs and Inspiration

If you just have not found the right small tattoo for you above, then go ahead and check the ones that we have below!

A mix of a heart and aeroplane tattoo

heart and aeroplane

A cute and small palm tree tattoo

A cute and small palm tree tattoo

A small love tattoo on the finger

A small love tattoo on the finger

A small panda tattoo

A small panda tattoo

Cute and Small Avocado Tattoos

Cute and Small Avocado Tattoos

Moon and dots tattoo

Moon and dots tattoo

Small dinosaur tattoo on the wrist

Small dinosaur tattoo on the wrist

Cute music player tattoo

Cute music player tattoo

Small angel wings tattoo on the collarbone

Small angel wngs tattoo on the collarbone

Small ohana tattoo on the wrist

Small ohana tattoo on the wrist

Small heart tattoo on the shoulder blade

Small heart tattoo on the shoulderblade

Cute planet tattoos on the wrist

Cute planet tattoos on the wrist

Small moon, planet, and sun tattoos on the foot

Small moon, planet, and sun tattoos on the foot

Small lemon tattoo on the inner arm

Small lemon tattoo on the inner arm

Birthyear tattoo on the ankle

Birthyear tattoo on the ankle

Simple pray tattoo on the fingers

Simple pray tattoo on the fingers

Small palm tree friendship tattoos

Small palm tree friendship tattoos

Small moon tattoo on the collarbone

Small moon tattoo on the collarbone

Small lifeline tattoo on the finger

Small lifeline tattoo on the finger

Cute Korean finger heart tattoo on the ankle

Cute Korean finger heart tattoo

Small flower tattoo on the ribcage

Small flower tattoo on the ribcage

Cute sunflower tattoo

Cute sunflower tattoo

Puppy or pet memorial tattoo

Puppy or pet memorial tattoo

Paperplane tattoo on the wrist

Paperplane tattoo on the wrist

Small snowflakes tattoo on the arm

Small snowflakes tattoo on the arm

Small rose tattoo on the ribcage

Small rose tattoo on the ribcage

Small wave tattoo on the ankle

Small wave tattoo on the ankle

Small but colourful pet tattoos

Small but colourful pet tattoos

Small yet detailed lion tattoo

Small yet detailed lion tattoo

Simple pride line tattoo

Simple pride line tattoo

Dragonfly tattoo under the chin

Dragonfly tattoo under the chin

Tomato and blue tattoos on the fingers

Tomato and blue tattoos on the fingers

Small flower tattoo on the ear

small flower tattoo on the ear

A cute cup of coffee tattoo

Cute cup of coffee tattoo

A simple pineapple tattoo on the ankle

Cute cup of coffee tattoo

Semicolon with the word “continue” tattoo

Semicolon with the word continue tattoo

Simple compass tattoo

Simple compass tattoo

Small yet creative cross tattoo

Small yet creative cross tattoo

Creative book tattoo

Creative book tattoo

Breathe tattoo on the hand

Breathe tattoo on the hand

Small heart tattoo on the cleavage

Small heart tattoo on the cleavage

Small and dotted ribbon tattoo on the hand

Small and dotted ribbon tattoo on the hand

Tiny bird tattoo on the wrist

Tiny bird tattoo on the wrist

Lightning tattoo on the hand

Lightning tattoo on the hand

Small musical note with flower tattoo

Small musical note with flower tattoo


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Tephanie Stephenson

Tephanie has extensive knowledge when it comes to body and facial piercings. She has seen it all – from nostril piercings all the way to nipple piercings. She has over 10 piercings including a nostril, medusa, eyebrow, tragus, earlobe, and industrial. She is an expert when it comes to cleaning piercings and keeping it infection-free. If you have got any questions for Tephanie about any type of piercing, comment it down below and she will get back to you in a jiffy!

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