35 Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple, But Stunning

Kristen Bousquet
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By this point it’s safe to say that getting inked isn’t just a trend, but instead a practice that’s not going anywhere anytime soon—which is why 99.9 percent of us have a Pinterest board titled “Simple Tattoo Ideas.”

Yeah, yeah, we know that tattoos are permanent, expensive, and straight-up painful—but with style-savvy celebs like Rihanna, Cara Delevingne, Miley Cyrus and Kylie Jenner regularly seen showing off their cute tats, we’re still totally feigning for some fresh ink. These stars don’t have full sleeves, but instead rock smaller, simpler designs on their skin.

MORE: A Guide to Hand-Poke Versus Machine Tattoos: Process, After-Care, and Experience

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—so there’s less of a chance you’ll regret your decision 30 years down the road. They’re pretty much the perfect foray into the world of body art.

MORE: Ashley Graham Tattooed Her Husband’s Initials Behind Her Ear

If you are a first-timer, sticking to something simple for your debut tattoo may be the way to go. We’ve been studying up on cool tattoo ideas that are simple—and won’t make your mom cry.

A version of this article was originally published in July 2014.

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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | A Tiny Crown
A Tiny Crown
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | One Letter or Number
One Letter or Number
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Foot Tattoo
Foot Tattoo
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Ankle Tattoo
Ankle Tattoo
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Wrist Tattoo
Wrist Tattoo
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Shooting Star
Shooting Star
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | 'Muse'
'Muse'
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A Meaningful Year
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A Name
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•floral•

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Flower
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Tiny Finger Tats
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#goforink #tattoo #minitattoo #tatuaje #bogota #tinytattoo #ink #inked

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#goforink #tattoo #minitattoo #tatuaje #bogota #tinytattoo #ink #inked

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A Daily Reminder
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'Young Forever'
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On Your Ear
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Tiny Tree Tat
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#brancusi . . . . .

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#brancusi . . . . .

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An Ode to Brancusi
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A Single Rose
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Three Triangles
Three Triangles
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | 'Never Give Up' Tattoo
'Never Give Up'
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Skull and Cross Hand Tattoo
Skull and Cross Hand Tat
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Palmtree
Palmtree
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Crescent Moon and Star
Crescent Moon and Star
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Hand Tattoo
Hand Tattoo
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Angel Wings
Angel Wings
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Finger Cross
Finger Cross
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Near the Shoulder Blade
Near the Shoulder Blade
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The Moon and Sun
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Beet It
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'Adieu'
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Paper Plane and Airplane
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Leaves
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | A Flight of Birds
A Flight of Birds
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Arrow
Arrow
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Star on Foot
Right on the Left Foot
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Cursive
Cursive
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STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Pin It
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  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | 'Muse'
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | A Meaningful Year
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | A Name
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Flower on Back of Neck
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Tiny Finger Tats
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | A Daily Reminder
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Young Forever
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | On Your Ear
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Tiny Tree Tat
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Brancusi Tat
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | A Single Rose
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Three Triangles
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | 'Never Give Up' Tattoo
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Skull and Cross Hand Tattoo
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Palmtree
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Crescent Moon and Star
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Hand Tattoo
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Angel Wings
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Finger Cross
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Near the Shoulder Blade
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | The Moon and Sun
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Beet It
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | 'Adieu'
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Paper Plane and Airplane
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Leaves
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | A Flight of Birds
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Arrow
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Star on Foot
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Cursive
  • STYLECASTER | Tattoo Ideas That Are Simple | Pin It

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