34 tiny tattoos for people who want elegant ink.

If you made it through the 90s without some kind of celtic tattoo or pop culture reference stamped across your lower back, you’re probably in the minority.

Because there’s a whole crowd out there with stamps that were instantly regrettable. Like this:

Regrets, I’ve had a few. (Image via. Pinterest).

But if, like me, you miraculously escaped young adulthood unscathed, you might be finding the idea of inking up with a bit of body art appealing.

There are plenty of reasons to do it: to illustrate a significant health event you battled (and won) or to signify your divorce. To celebrate the empty nest, the birth of your children, grandchildren, your pets. To commemorate lost friends.

The Semicolon Project, a a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting people dealing with depression, anxiety, self-harm, and other forms of mental illness, encourages those who have considered suicide in their life to tattoo a semicolon on their body. Their message is simple: “A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to. That author is you, and the sentence is your life.”

I want to start with a subtle tattoo, an elegant, smaller piece that means something to me. If you feel the same, but need some inspiration, the following small, elegant and tasteful tattoos could be what you’ve been searching for:

1. Free.

2. The infinity heart.

3. Feather.

4. Moon.

5. Cat’s whiskers.

6. Interrobang.

7. Tiny branch.

8. An initial.

9. A bluebird.

10. Tree of life.

11. Musical note.

12. Stars.

13. Child’s name.

14. Ampersand.

15. Dandelion.

16. Flowers.

17. Crossed paths

18. Elephant.

19. Paper plane.

20. Anchor.

21. Peter Pan.

22. World map

23. Dragonfly.

24. A message to live by.

25. Quotation marks.

26. Infinity.

27. For the fatalist.

28. Plane.

29. Bow.

30. Constellation.

31. Geographical co-ordinates.

32. A nice reminder.

33. Inspiration.

34.  Motivation

Some people however, weren’t quite so reserved or careful or considered with their choices. No wonder the tattoo removal parlours are doing such a great trade… Check out some of the most regrettable tatts here: