Are you yearning for a tattoo, but don’t necessarily have the surface area of skin to spare? Or perhaps you want to keep your tattoo a secret so you don’t have to worry about it peeking out while you’re at work or under the watchful eye of anti-tattoo parents? That’s why tiny tattoos exist — the microscopic designs have been steadily gaining in popularity, especially with celebrities and models, whose jobs sometimes deter full-body ink. Now, you can get teenier and tinier with eartattoos. Yes — ear tattoos. Did you wince just thinking about that? Yeah, same.
Though the idea of having a tattoo needle gnawing at the fragile skin of your ear sounds scary and painful, small ear tattoos are beautiful, delicate, and easily hideable if tattoos are a no-go. Plus, there’s nothing cuter than little tiny things, and ear tattoos play nicely with any existing piercings you may have. Find inspiration in these pretty little things below.
Model Cara Delevingne was an early adopter of the trend; she’s got a tiny diamond inked in her ear.
Three tiny lines are striking but subtle. At first glance, they look just like piercings.
A lovely little lilac looks sweet when tucked into your earlobe.
If the idea of sticking a tattoo needle in your ear freaks you out, have your tattoo artist ink behind the ear for a similar effect.
Gorgeous and elegant, right?
Show your love for somebody by tattooing their initials in your ear so you can always … hear them … wherever you are (OK, we tried).
This outline of a sculptural flower is a bolder twist on the trend.
Inking a constellation in your ear is a cute idea.
Nothing’s more classic than a rose tattoo.
Or you can totally opt for the moon. It mimics the shape of your ear, after all, so they complement each other.
Inking little designs nearer to your face is an eye-catching option too.
We’re obsessed with this spiky black flower design.
Ear tattoos are so light and delicate, kind of like this feather.
Since ear tattoos don’t take up much space and are easy to hide, you can use them as an excuse to get a little whimsical. Cuuuuute!
Have a cartilage piercing? Tattoo around it, or collaborate with a piercer to create a mini-masterpiece. In your ear.