Getting a tattoo involves many decisions that can be overwhelming. You need to determine where your ink is, which artist to go for, and most importantly, what design you want to achieve. Because a tattoo is super personal, you have to go with something that you know you are going to love. But if you don’t even know where to start, take a look at one of the most popular ink trends: thin line tattoos.
They are exactly what they sound like: designs based on super fine, precise lines. And these types of tattoos are great for a number of reasons. First of all, they are simple to perform. High Hopes Tattoo New York artist Monikka Velvet explains to Bustle that fine line tattoos are done using a fine or single needle to create outlines. And they don’t require any shading or coloring, which means less time sitting in the chair. On top of that, Velvet notes that because you get that super fine line and precise needling, there are endless options available to you when it comes to your actual ink design.
Fine line tattoos also heal faster than other types, but proper aftercare is imperative. âIt’s really simple to create a rash with thin line tattoos – which are smeared fuzzy lines – so aftercare is very important,â says Velvet. “I always recommend a soothing gel for post-tattoo relief, such as Mad Rabbit Soothing Repair Gel.”
With all of that in mind, if you’re debating what to get for your next piece of body art, allow these 15 thin line tattoo ideas to serve as a chic minimalist inspiration.