Everyone's Getting Dainty Tattoos Right Now

Small tattoos are the new big trend — and celebrities love them.

Dainty tattoos may be small in size, but they make a big statement. "Dainty [micro-realism] tattoos are my absolute favorite, they're flawless," says tattoo artist, Ruben Kravets. "The small artwork allows me to include lots of details and gives a more vivid and strong impression of the tattoo owner's personality." It's no wonder, then, that celebrities from Rihanna to Arianna Grande to Zoë Kravitz are on board with the tattoo trend. Still, with so many designs and placements to choose from, it's hard to know where to begin. So we tapped Kravets and resident tattoo artists at Inked NYC for some guidance and inspiration.

Keep scrolling for seven dainty tattoo ideas from professional tattoo artists.

Cuticle Placement

Finger tattoos make a subtle statement. And since your hands are always on display, people are bound to get a peek at your dainty design. This snowflake design works well across all finger sizes.


Exploring the world can really help inspire tattoo designs as you uncover new places and meet new people. "This tattoo was for a client who wanted to capture the memories of the time she spent with her grandparents by the seaside doing puzzles," says Koral Ladna, resident tattoo artist at Inked NYC.

"This tattoo was for a girl from Germany, she was on a trip here in Israel and two parts of this fish symbolize the beginning and the end of her big trip," says Kravets.

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Floral Designs

Flowers behind the ear are an intricate, slightly hidden design. Plus, the fine lines and pastel colors add a feminine touch. "This unusual placement of the tattoo says how special it is for its owner," says Kravets.

A Matching Set

Matching tattoos are a great way to symbolize the love between two people. If you've had a peanut and jelly sandwich, you'll know that the famous combination tastes absolutely delicious. This cute, dainty tattoo signifies the love this couple has for each other — the perfect match. These two placed them on their wrists, but this art looks great anywhere.

Meaningful Words

The word "love" means different things to different people, but it carries global recognition. No matter where you go in world, these four letters make a powerful statement.

Artsy Animals

This famous Pablo Picasso sketch features Lump, a Dachshund the artist featured in several of his paintings. The tattoo is not only a homage to the artist, but it shows off the client's love for dogs.

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