15 Small Tattoos with Big Meanings

A tattoo is a form of body modification where either indelible or temporary designs are made by puncturing the skin with needles and injecting ink, dyes and pigments into the deep layer of the skin. Professional tattoo artists use tattoo machines. A tattoo machine powers the needles up and down as ink is deposited in the skin. Tattooing has been a part of human history for thousands of years. Whether it’s an expression of religious beliefs, rites of passage, or for personal reasons, tattoos are here to stay.

If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, you should understand that tattoos are permanent. Tattoo removal is difficult, expensive and may not completely remove the tattoo. Getting a tattoo hurts, but the level of pain can vary. You need to think long and hard about what will inspire the tattoo and where you want it. You could even try on a few temporary tattoos to see how it’ll look on your skin. After all they are permanent!

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Even small tattoos are a large decision. And despite the size small tattoos can make a statement. We’ve put together a list of 15 of the best small tattoos with deeper symbolic meanings.

15.) Crane


Paper Crane Tattoo

Throughout the Far East, the crane is considered an auspicious bird and is known to be a bird of happiness. The crane is heavenly and a bird of peace. In Japan, after the Second World War, folded paper origami cranes became a symbol of peace and hope.

This crane tattoo looks incredibly stunning with the delicate shading showing the folded lines of the paper. It can be beautiful tattooed anywhere on the body.

14.) Star


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Sailors often got tattoos of nautical stars or compass stars for superstitious reasons, in hope that the star would help guide their way through the night and get them home safely. The star represents a positive guide for the future.

The five pointed star is now a symbol of protection, guidance and good luck. An upward-pointing star in Wicca represents the four elements – water, fire, air and water. The fifth point represents the Spirit.