The Golden Rule: Less is More. Simple, understated, and small; these are the defining characteristics of minimalist tattoos. You can make big statements without elaborate designs. Fine line tattoos leave your admirers wanting more, wondering what endless possibilities lie in between the fine lines of your ink.
These tattoos are a great way to introduce yourself to the world of ink. They’re easy to choose, easy to hide, and maybe the best thing about them is they’re over in minutes. Or, if you’re an experienced tattoo enthusiast you may opt for ink in less traditional places like in between your fingers, on the ears, or in your mouth.
If you love the philosophy of short and sweet, you know what to do.
- Fine lines in complex geometrical patterns.
- Oriented towards a centre design, such as a star or flower.
- Circular in nature, but can be oval or lotus shaped.
- Symmetrically balanced.
Fine Line Tattoos
Fine Line tattoo style consists of straight and/or thin lines with no gradations, mainly emphasising form and outline. They are incredibly detailed and often drawn with no other colours apart from black and grey.
Elegant, discreet, and generally small, fine line tattoos have been increasing in popularity. For this style, artists usually use a single needle or three, depending on the design. Making it less painful and with a faster healing time.
Traits of Fine Line tattoos:
- No gradations in shade or colour.
- Thin black outlines.
- Simple and minimalistic design.
Forget symbolism, get your message across with a custom script tattoo. Choose initials, one word, or an entire quote to spell it out: there’s no disguising what your tattoo says. But that doesn’t mean your script tattoo doesn’t have a special significance to you. In fact, custom lettering is often one of the most personal tattoos you can get, aside from a portrait tattoo of a loved one.
Popular tattoo styles include Latin letters, the Arabic alphabet, Cyrillic or Kanji, but your script tattoos can also be in Japanese or other languages. Together with traditional tattoos, lettering and numbers are one of the oldest tattoo styles.
Examples of modern custom script tattoos include;
- Names or initials
- Numbers, dates, or coordinates
- Words, phrases, mottos, etc.
- Quotes, expressions, sayings, statements, poems, etc.
- Passages, scriptures, paragraphs, oaths, stories, etc.
- Bold, saturated colours
- Simple colour palette
- Simple shading, if any
- Thick black outlines
- Precise and crisp two-dimensional images
- Elemental, clean designs (symbols and motifs)
The Tribal tattoo style is one of the most popular styles in the world. Traditionally, this style of tattoos were mostly drawn in solid black ink with continuous lines. Today, colours can also be incorporated into these designs.
The origin of this style of tattoos goes back to tribal communities, and were used as a way to mark an individual’s membership in a specific tribe, social standing, and achievements.
Traits of tribal tattoos:
- Usually inked in black.
- Large pieces.
- Simple patterns, geometric shapes, and repetitive figures.