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Cute and Small Tattoo Ideas for Girls

Odds are that you have at least briefly considered the idea of getting a tattoo. Tattoos can be a great way to express yourself some girls find that it is empowering to permanently represent something that is important to them on their body.
Looking for cute hip tattoos? or maybe small angel tattoos? Whether you are pretty committed to the idea or are not convinced that it is something you want to do, looking at examples can be a great way to make your final decision. In this list you will find 30 of our favorite cute tattoos for girls!

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11 Bird and script lettering on finger

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: This tattoo is super cute and the placement of the tattoo is unique. The simple bird and word “believe” are the perfect design for a girl who has a whimsical outlook on life. One of the benefits of having a small tattoo on the inner finger is that the tattoo is not super obvious which means it is both stylishly minimalist, but also easy to disguise if you are in a situation in which tattoos are frowned upon.

1. Bird and script lettering on finger

22 Heart with “love” script incorporated on underside of wrist

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: This tattoo is beautiful, simple, and unique. If you are looking for a design that is a little bit more detailed than a regular heart, incorporating a word into the heart shape is a great idea. Although “love” works perfectly, you can always substitute with a word of your choice!

2. Heart with “love” script incorporated on unders...

33 “Mind over matter” near hipbone

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: This design is slightly quirky and the perfect small tattoo for girls who want something that is clever. Though this tattoo looks great around the hipbone area, it would also look super cute on the back of the neck or on the underside of the wrist!

3. “Mind over matter” near hipbone

44 Paw print on hand

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: This paw print tattoo is adorable and the perfect small tattoo for girls who love animals! This small paw print would look great anywhere, but it is adorably ironic placed on your hand. In addition to representing a love for animals, a paw print tattoo is a great way to pay tribute to a beloved pet that has passed on.

4. Paw print on hand

55 Music note behind ear

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: Perhaps placing a music note behind the ear is an obvious choice, but it is perfectly adorable nevertheless. If you play an instrument, placing the music note on your hand or fingers can be a cute idea as well to represent the fact that you make music with your hands.

5. Music note behind ear

66 Heart and initial of significant other on wrist underside (couples tattoo)

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: Couples tattoos can be risky because technically there is no guarantee that you two will stay together forever. In spite of great strides in tattoo removal, a break up will always be quicker than the removal process. Having said that, if you know in your heart that you two will be together forever, a joint tattoo can be a great way to represent your eternal love. In particular, initials tattoos are a great choice because it represents that you each have a part of each other with you at all times.

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77 Three small birds on shoulder blade

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: Birds are common symbols in tattoos, but that doesn’t mean that bird tattoos need to be generic! These birds are simple and cute and you can make them represent whatever is important to you. For example, if you have two best friends who you know will be in your life forever, the three birds can represent your bond and how you journey through life together!

7. Three small birds on shoulder blade

88 Airplane on wrist underside

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: Although an airplane can represent different things to different people, the universal meaning suggests “travel.” If you love to travel and you consider it an integral part of your identity and life journey, an airplane tattoo is a super cute way to express that! Although this tattoo looks great on the underside of the wrist, it would also look cute on your ankle or behind your ear!

8. Airplane on wrist underside

99 Rose on shoulder blade

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: Roses are often present as an element in tattoos that are tacky, but that doesn’t mean that all rose tattoos are generic or unattractive! A rose can be very personally meaningful and symbolic, so make sure you find a design that suits your style!

9. Rose on shoulder blade

1010 Micro Heart (in color) on back of the neck

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: Hearts are definitely common small tattoos, but it is totally possible to find a design that is unique and suits your style. This heart is super small, but it is adorable. Having a small tattoo on the back of the neck is a great idea if you also want to be able to cover your tattoo with your hair.

10. Micro Heart (in color) on back of the neck

1111 Cross on back of the neck

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: If the symbol of the cross is important to you religiously, a simple cross can be a cute tattoo idea. The cross is perfectly suited for placement behind the neck because of the linear shape. A cross would also look cute on the side of your ribcage.

11. Cross on back of the neck

1212 Script writing on front shoulder

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: Script writing of a meaningful saying makes for a beautiful and cute tattoo for girls. The phrase “there is always hope” is one example of an inspiring quote, but you should choose the words that feel right for you!

12. Script writing on front shoulder

1313 Half heart (couples tattoo) on finger

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: As was discussed with tattoo #6, couples tattoos can be risky, but they are also super cute and meaningful if you know you and your significant other will stay together forever. Though the tattoos look incomplete when separated, it is amazingly sweet and symbolic that a perfect heart is created when you two interlace your hands!

13. Half heart (couples tattoo) on finger

1414 Small heart (color) and thin band around wrist

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: This tattoo is so cute and minimalist and creates the illusion that you are always wearing a simple bracelet. If you decide to get this design inked on your skin, make sure that your tattoo artist is very high quality because you do not want the “string” to smudge and look like an accidental ink smudge from writing!

14. Small heart (color) and thin band around wrist

1515 Bow on upper back

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: Bows are cute and feminine which makes them the perfect symbol if you are into girly things!

15. Bow on upper back

1616 Infinity symbol with “family” incorporated in script lettering on collarbone

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: Infinity symbols represent eternity, so incorporating the word “family” is a great way to pay tribute to the people that are with you through thick and thin.

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1717 Infinity symbol on finger

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: Although incorporating a word like “family” into an infinity symbol is super cute, you may prefer a more minimalist look. A small infinity symbol on your finger is a great small tattoo for girls who prefer a minimalist look!

17. Infinity symbol on finger

1818 Anchor on side of hand (couples or solo)

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: An anchor tattoo is a great small tattoo for girls who want to represent the idea that their identity is anchored to something. While an anchor can be great as an independent tattoo, it also makes for the perfect couples tattoo because the anchor represents that you two keep each other afloat, so to speak.

18. Anchor on side of hand (couples or solo)

1919 Remote control symbols on underside of wrist

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: This is a super cute quirky tattoo for girls who don’t want a modern and unique design. Although the symbols can mean a variety of things, this would be a great tattoo for a girl who loves technology.

19. Remote control symbols on underside of wrist

2020 Doodle style arrow on underside of wrist

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: This doodle style tattoo is adorable and unique. Hand drawn style tattoos are super on trend right now, but one thing to be cautious about is that tattoos are more or less forever, and trends do change. However, if you have always loved how doodles look, this type of tattoo would be great!

20. Doodle style arrow on underside of wrist

2121 Cat/Heart on underside of the wrist

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: This tattoo is cute, creative and purrrfect for any girl who loves cats!

21. Cat/Heart on underside of the wrist

2222 Half moon on underside of wrist

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: This is a great tattoo for girls who want a minimalist design. In addition to looking great on the underside of the wrist, this tattoo would look amazing behind your ear!

22. Half moon on underside of wrist

2323 Dandelion on shoulder

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: If you are looking for a flower tattoo, but want something a little bit unconventional, a dandelion is a gorgeous choice. Dandelions are symbolic of wishes coming true so this is a great small tattoo for girls who want something meaningful.

23. Dandelion on shoulder

2424 Tree on underside of wrist

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: Trees are symbolic of growth, so a tree can be a meaningful small tattoo to remind yourself to keep moving forward!

24. Tree on underside of wrist

2525 Elephant outline on ankle

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: Even if elephants have no personal symbolism for you, they are undeniably cute as a tattoo!

25. Elephant outline on ankle

2626 Abstract swan on back of neck

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: Swans are elegant and beautiful which makes them a perfect choice for a delicate and cute tattoo! A swan would also look great on the back of the shoulder or on the underside of the wrist.

26. Abstract swan on back of neck

2727 Bumblebee on inside of arm

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: A bee is a cute choice for girls who want a tattoo that is understated, but also not generic.

27. Bumblebee on inside of arm

2828 Sun and Moon outline on opposite wrist undersides

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: The sun and the moon are full of symbolism and are especially cute when inked as a pair. Simple outline tattoos are stylish and understated and look great almost anywhere on the body.

28. Sun and Moon outline on opposite wrist undersides

2929 Three snowflakes on back of the neck

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: Snowflakes are intricate, but they make surprisingly understated tattoos. A snowflake tattoo is unique on its own, but looks especially adorable in a set of three!

29. Three snowflakes on back of the neck

3030 Simple flower on side of hand

Why this is a cute tattoo for girls: Although some girls with flower tattoos prefer a large flower, small simple flowers make a gorgeous statement. Flower tattoos look great on most parts of the body, but especially on the hands and feet!

As you can see from this list, there are many cute and small tattoos for girls! While selecting the perfect tattoo for you can be exciting, make sure you do your homework about the risks involved. Tattoos are often painful to get and it is extremely important to take care of your new tattoo properly after you get inked. Tattoo removal is painful, expensive, and doesn’t always work completely so make sure you consider all of the ways that having a tattoo could positively affect your life negatively and decide if it is worth it. Once you are absolutely sure it is the right choice for you, go for it! We hope you were able to find some inspiration on this list of 30 small cute tattoos for girls and don’t hesitate to personalize any of these ideas to suit you perfectly!

30. Simple flower on side of hand
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