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Top 10 Cute and Small Tattoo Ideas and Their Meanings

If you are thinking of getting a tattoo, but you like the small and not too visible ones, we have 10 interesting ideas for you. When getting a tattoo, usually everybody puts something personal and significant for them, for example, something that describes their past, character, the things they love and believe in, signs and sayings that mean something to them.

If you still haven’t decided yet what will be the thing you would like to wear permanently on your skin, maybe these ideas will help you out.

These tattoos are little and cute, but besides that, they carry a whole story behind them. Continue reading below to find out the meanings of these body drawings.

Birds Tattoo on Shoulder



Every type of bird has its own meaning, and in this picture is shown the Swallow birds tattoo. It means hope, loyalty, and new love. You can tattoo a swallow for good luck and protection and portray good intentions, strength, and agility.

Lock and Key Tattoo



The symbolic meaning of the safety and key tattoo can be different, it can mean a locked passion, secret, or the key can be dedicated to a person, meaning that they have access to your heart/soul/mind. The other meaning is that the key is useless without the right lock, so you can dedicate it to the person that is closed to you and means you the most, no matter it is your mother, father, sister, friend, or partner.

Dream Catcher Tattoo



A dream catcher is a woven web decorated with beads, shells, gemstones, leather, and feathers, usually things found in nature. It should hang above the bed or a door. The idea is that happy, optimistic dreams will pass through the net, while the negative dreams or nightmares will become ensnared, so the dreamers have only reasonable goals. The beliefs are that the negative dreams pass through the hole in the center of the dream catcher, while the good dreams are trapped and become part of that person’s destiny.

Phoenix Tattoo


The phoenix is a mythological bird that recycles its own life. When it perceives its impending death, the Phoenix ignites itself into a magnificent fire. In time, it rises from its own ashes – reborn, renewed, and very much alive. It symbolizes immortality, power, not giving up, strength, magic, and purity.

Lotus Tattoo


The lotus starts to grow in the muck and mud of a pond. It goes towards the light to the surface of the pond. When it gets to the surface of the pond, it starts to blossom, turning into an exquisite and beautiful flower.  The lotus flower tattoo represents spiritual awakening, divine beauty, purity of the body, mind, and spirit. It symbolizes struggle, overcoming difficulties, changes in life, and spiritual awakening.

The Phases of the Moon



All of life is affected by the moon, especially the nightlife. The moon is symbolic of feminine power and fertility. It represents dreams, intuition, divine light, sensuality, mysticism, time, energy, mystery, influence, eternity.

Small Heart Tattoo on Wrist



We all know that the human heart is the center engine of life. The hearts are the most common symbol of love, passion, and adoration. Every heart tattoo can mean something different to the person wearing it, but this symbol’s primary meaning is love, feelings, friendship, relationships, and loyalty. The heart tattoo design can be different, and with your creativity, you can modify it just the way you want it.

Little Om Tattoo


This symbol is actually a conveyance of sound – the sound of life, the harmonic tone of all creation. The om symbol has a profound, significant, spiritual meaning: loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, creation, manifestation, truth.

Faith Love Hope Tattoo



This tattoo consists of the three most important motivational symbols: hope, love, and faith. Whenever you feel down and you lose the positivity for different reasons, this tattoo will be on your skin to lift you! Always have hope in what you do, love everything surrounding you, and don’t lose faith.

Small Infinity Tattoo on Finger



The infinity tattoo design signifies no limitations and never-ending possibilities. This symbol is most popular among couples who want to show commitment and symbolize their never-ending, limitless love. But, not only couples, this simple sign can mean much more things, whatever that you wish never to end, there are endless possibilities.

8 thoughts on “Top 10 Cute and Small Tattoo Ideas and Their Meanings”

  1. Tattoos are beautiful expressions of one’s self. And although this is not for everyone, respect that we all have freedom of choice in all aspects of our lives.

    Okay now back to the article…. I personally love the dreamcatcher tattoo.

    P.s. One seldom jumps up one morning and say “I’m getting a tattoo “. It takes days and even months of thought and planning into getting exactly what you want before inking it permanently. And with each one I’ve chosen, it tells a story about my journey.

    • that’s exactly right. I am on way today to get my second one after 15 years from my first one. I sure have had a journey so far and I want to keep adding to that journey. I am getting a charm bracelet around my right wrist. mid 50’s with a past and still a lot more journey left to live to add to the charm of life 🙂

  2. Tattoos are very personal to some people, they are reminders of overcoming some difficult times in a persons life ,and they are very talented people who take pride in there work, do as far as your stupid comment regarding how revolting they are !!!!! Please get a life ,

  3. Horrible comment I’m getting some tattoos soon people go to a lot of effort and time organising and choosing a design that has meaning or simply the design they have fell in love with. The artists then take the time and passion to create that dream come true if you don’t like tattoos or don’t like these designs simply don’t read the article or bother to leave a negative comment !
    Tattoos are beautiful


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