Style-savvy girls going under the needle is not a new thing: Rihanna, Cara Delevingne, Miley Cyrus, and even Kylie Jenner are regularly seen showing off ink both new and old. But! Just a friendly reminder at risk of sounding like your mother—tattoos are permanent, expensive, and straight-up painful.
That said, if you’re dying to get some art, sticking to something simple for your first one may be the way to go. Lucky for you, we’ve been studying up on cool tattoo ideas that are simple—and won’t make your mom cry.
There are some major pros to tats on the tamer side: Small, basic tattoos are quicker (meaning less pain), less expensive, and not too drastic (on the 50/50 chance you’ll regret it in 30 years), making them the perfect foray into the world of body art.
Plus, they come off more like a chic accessory than, say, a questionable giant flower or truly awful Chinese characters. We’ve rounded up 30 photos that showcase simple, streamlined ink that your boss might even like. (Well, that depends.)