15 thin line tattoo ideas that are so chic and minimalist


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. “It’s really simple to create a rash with thin line tattoos – which are smeared fuzzy lines – so aftercare is very important,” 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.


Wrist accents

The wrist is one of the most popular places to get a tattoo. Pick a word that has special meaning to you in a cool font and gently place it in that spot for a piece of ink you won’t regret.


Lady with cats

For anyone who is #teamcat, this thin tattoo is for you. This sticker placed on the inner arm is simple and an adorable way to show your love of felines.


Infinity symbol

Forget what they say about matching tattoos: these infinity designs are minimal and a romantic way to symbolize ‘forever’ with you. (Pro tip: Place them somewhere inconspicuous like the foot, so it’s a win-win even if they last longer than the relationship.)


hot red

Red thin line tattoos are a colorful take on the ink trend, and a flame outline is a creative way to make your ink pop.


Above the rainbow

Can’t choose a color? No problem. These tattoo rings (created by Velvet’s wife, Alexandra) allow you to create permanent jewelry that is very fun to look at.


Angel’s wings

The angel wing is simple, small and minimal – ideal for anyone who wants something calm but still chic.


Complex designs

If you love celestial designs, this diamond star with swirls is mesmerizing and makes for a truly unique thin line tattoo idea.


Modern Art

Picasso-inspired ink is a fun take on art deco on the thin line tattoo. Dress it up with a flower sticker for something a little unexpected.


Sun face

Bring the sun with you wherever you go with a design like this. The face adds a touch of good humor.


Nature lovers

Combine two classic tattoo designs into one piece of body art. This flower and butterfly combo sticks to a beautiful nature theme.


In full bloom

You don’t have to stick to just one flower – opt for a bouquet or a vine that wraps around your arm for a visual treat.



If you want to get a tattoo of a word or phrase, consider placing it along your spine. While this is one of the most painful places to ink, it makes for a memorable spot (which is also easy to hide).


Evil eye

Keep bad energy at bay (and sport a really cool fine line tattoo) with this evil eye design, a classic symbol that would work anywhere on your body.



For a more subtle solar design, go for a half sun with only its rays visible – you will essentially have a sunset on your skin.


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