86 Minimalist Tattoo Ideas To Inspire Your Next Piece (2022)

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November 6, 2022

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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

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Circle portions on wrists

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Curved lines

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Full body single line

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Illustrative smoking

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Illustrative profiles

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Line art couple

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Line art faces

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Line from forearm down thumb

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Lines down length of arm

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Negative space through scribble

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Partial silhouette

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Scribble

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Single line down forearm and hand

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Single line posed body

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Single line profiles

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Smoking silhouette

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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

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Illustrative flower

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Koi fish

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Mountains and sun

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Pearl in shell

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Single line flower

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Snake around collarbone

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Snake sternum

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Sunset

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Water

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Waves

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Cat illustration

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Cat kisses

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Dog and flower

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Doggos

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Single line cat and face

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Geometry Tattoos

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

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Disconnected circle on feet

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Dotwork circle on palm

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Fibonacci Seqeuence

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Four solid squares

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Intersecting lines

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Negative space circles

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Solid lines

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Three dots sternum tattoo

X with dots

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Typography Tattoos

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.

Amore

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Calm

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Her

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I am the storm

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Perspective

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Inhale exhale

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Karma

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Love

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Object Tattoos

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

Eyelashes

Line camera

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Paper airplane

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Simple heart

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Single line anchor

Tiny Tattoos

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.

Flame

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Happy face

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Lightning bolt

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Mati

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Moon and dots

Moon and stars

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Semicolon

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Minimal ship tattoo

Small V

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Tiny airplane

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Tiny hearts

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Palm tree

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Red heart

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Wishbone

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Matching Tattoos

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

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Filled in and empty snakes

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Keyhole and key

Two circles

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Two parts of the same circle

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Ornamental Tattoos

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

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Fine detail sternum ornamental

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Moon and eye

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Twinkle ornamentals

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Miscellaneous Tattoos

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.

Creation of Adam

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Ear lines

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Greek head statue

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Heart carving

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Universe inside

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