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10 Dainty Wrist Tattoos If You Want a Subtle, Minimalist Ink

Considering a wrist tattoo? Then take inspo from these chic designs.
10 Dainty Wrist Tattoos If You Want a Subtle, Minimalist Ink
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Considering a wrist tattoo? Then take inspo from these chic designs.

Getting a tattoo these days has become more of a fashion-forward endeavor. Blame it on the multitude of celebrities who’ve made their ink a stylish accessory that complements their ‘fits—we’re looking at you Harry Styles and Heart Evangelista! But there’s no denying that a classy and chic tatt is worth getting if you want to add character to your look.

Heart got a tiny red heart-shaped ink on her wrist!
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One of the most common places to get inked is the wrist. Whether it’s a design that wraps around your hand or something discreet that can be tucked away at the bottom of your palm, wrist tattoos are popular because it’s both easy to show off and hide. If you’re shy to expose your ink, all you need is a stack of bracelets, a watch, or a statement bangle to conceal it with!

The trick is to pick an image or symbol that’ll stand the test of time, and since the proximity of your tatt is quite near your pulse, there is a sense of it being extremely personal to you. To narrow down your search, because we’re sure the options on Pinterest can be daunting, we’ve curated a list of dainty and minimalist designs you simply can’t go wrong with.

Chic tattoo designs for your wrist:

1. An encouraging statement

An inspiring quote or mantra is a meaningful design to get on your wrist. Whatever that sentence may be, having it inked on your pulse or the side of your wrist poses as a daily reminder for you when times are tough, or as a meaningful statement that represents a time you overcame a difficult ordeal. Our advice is to pick a minimal and classy font or script that’s timeless.

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2. A tiny heart

A heart tattoo done small and dainty looks cool versus something oversized and potentially cheesy. Have it done in a delicate outline or full color but microscopic in size to keep it stylish. No wonder Heart Evangelista decided on this design, too!

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3. A simple line art wrapped around your wrist

Think of it as wearing a permanent bracelet on your skin! This is a great ink idea if you’re someone who's not into accessorizing and loves to keep your arm party minimal.

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4. A meaningful number

A slew of numbers or a single digit may seem random to some, but it could signify your birthday, your wedding anniversary, the date you graduated and many other milestones! It’s a great tattoo to get if you want to keep the meaning of your ink private despite it being on display.

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5. A delicate flower line art

Flowers look exceptionally beautiful drawn in simple and flowing lines. It’s best to get it done in faint and thin strokes to give it a very dainty and minimalist feel.

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6. An outline of your favorite animal

When you think of an animal tattoo, you immediately have this idea of it being massive and detailed. But let these designs change your mind! Done as an outline and more of an abstract cartoon, a minimalist tatt of your pet dog or cat will look cute rather than opting for something gargantuan.

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7. A thin line art in white ink

If you want to be really secretive about your ink, a subtle white tattoo is the way to go! Opt for any minimalist design—it’ll surely look good in ivory.

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8. Your zodiac sign glyph

If you’re into astrology, then why not opt to get a tattoo that represents your zodiac sign? The astrological symbols drawn in thin lines are perfect designs you can stamp on your pulse. Not to mention, they’re easy to hide!

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9. A simple smiley

Smiley tattoos are super popular in Korea for more reasons than one. Some people use their moles to their advantage and even incorporate their beauty mark as part of the design! This simple drawing is perfect for those who want a constant symbol of happiness marked on their wrist.

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10. Planets

Planetary tatts have become popular over the years. It could be because of the growing interest in astrology, sci-fi, or extraterrestrial life. Whatever's the case, it’s quite poetic to have it drawn on your wrist. Think of it as taking the universe with you wherever you go.

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