What is a minimalist tattoo?
In our mind, a minimalist tattoo has clean details, isn’t overly complicated, and in a way, gets to the point.
The beauty is in simplicity.
We found that the realm of “minimalist tattoos” online is a little… muddy. We wanted to create a comprehensive gallery of minimalist tattoos across a variety of subjects and styles, and 6 hours later, we've finished the list.
Line Art Tattoos
The line art category encompasses many of what we love as minimalists–smooth lines, illustrative silhouettes, and crisp, clean edges.
Because of this, it’s our largest category.
Believe me when I say we had to hold back.
Blackwork with negative space scribble
Circle portions on wrists
Full body single line
Line art couple
Line art faces
Line from forearm down thumb
Lines down length of arm
Negative space through scribble
Single line down forearm and hand
Single line posed body
Single line profiles
Nature & Animal Tattoos
The nature category settles into an attitude of fondness.
Animals, flowers, general outdoorsy vibes. Tributes to a favorite pet are common yet always endearing.
A mountain here and there also makes a refreshing hike sound mighty good right about now.
Flowers into a face
Mountains and sun
Pearl in shell
Single line flower
Snake around collarbone
Dog and flower
Single line cat and face
Something is satisfying about a tattoo focused on shape, with very minimal details.
Special shoutout for disconnection and negative space, adding extra impact without additional elements. We’re all about that.
Chest and hand circle
Disconnected circle on feet
Dotwork circle on palm
Four solid squares
Negative space circles
Three dots sternum tattoo
X with dots
Minimalist typography tattoos are an elegant way to make a statement.
Simplicity is king here for maximum effect, with clean type and an uncomplicated word or phrase.
I am the storm
This is a wide-open category, with room for items that hold a special memory, art, shapes, reminders, and much more. If you have tattoos, you know they don’t always need a specific meaning, so a lot of simple random pieces exist happily in this category.
Cherries with color patch
Single line anchor
Tiny tattoos are pretty popular right now.
They are often a little smaller than your typical flash tattoo, and are a great option to keep things simple and subtle.
They also allow for more variety because there’s no need to commit to a full piece that takes up a lot of space.
Moon and dots
Moon and stars
Minimal ship tattoo
If I’m being honest, I feel that matching tattoos can be a little cringy.
After digging, finding some options that don’t give off a “live laugh love” vibe was refreshing.
Connecting lines on legs
Filled in and empty snakes
Keyhole and key
Two parts of the same circle
Ornamental tattoos include many styles, from geometric designs to heavier blackwork designs to delicate details.
Often these are made up of an arrangement of “separate” pieces that work together as one.
We’re looking at the small decorative markings here, with fine lines and lovely understated details.
Delicate ornamental fingers
Fine detail sternum ornamental
Moon and eye
Here are a few random minimalist tattoos that caught our eye. They didn’t quite fit into the categories we were looking at, but we wanted to include them anyhow.