If you’re looking for a small tattoo, but not sure what to get, we’ve got you covered. We’ve collected some of the most popular tattoos for men that we could find. They’re all small enough to fit on your arm or wrist, which means they won’t take up too much space. But they’ll still make a statement!
In fact, according to a recent survey we conducted through Instagram and Twitter, the most popular male tattoo designs are those that cover just one or two square inches of skin. These include small tribal designs and images of animals like lions and tigers. The second most popular type of male tattoo is an image that represents something important in the person’s life—like their family members—but doesn’t have any significant meaning beyond that. And the third most popular male tattoo design is something that represents their personality or interests (such as an animal they love).
If you’re interested in getting a small tattoo but aren’t sure where to start with your design ideas, check out our gallery below!
1. Small Tattoo Optimist Design
If you’re a positive person and someone who is naturally optimistic consider this black ink tattoo.
2. Yin & Yang Tattoo
Yin and Yang are some popular and common tattoo concepts that guys tend to go for, as well as those who believe in the power of balance.
3. Small Neck Tattoo
This neck tattoo will show your love and dedication to the love of your life and your child!
4. Quote Tattoo For Men
Sometimes you got to be quirky and quite blunt “this tattoo means nothing”, yet you probably thought of it as a quirky design to go for?
5. Bull Tattoo For Men
Show your dominance with this leg quad tattoo. Perfect for men who work out.
6. Small Leg Tattoo For Men
If you’re a tarot lover and someone who believes in magic why not consider this tattoo?
7. Small Dog Tattoo
Those who have a pet will enjoy this small yet sentimental tattoo of their puppy.
8. Date Tattoo For Guys
Cool, sentimental, and geometrical, give this forearm tattoo a go if you’re into meaningful ideas.
9. Small Wolf Tattoo
Show that you believe in your inner power and that you see yourself as a wolf with a beating heart with this tattoo.
10. Diamond Tattoo Design
Cool gemstone design that will show how you perceive yourself and find yourself to be a real gem among people.
11. Nature Arm Tattoo
Nature lovers will like this forearm piece.
12. Small Tattoo On Leg
Show that you have a perspective for anything that comes your way and that you know how to deal with tough times.
13. Pop Of Color Tattoo
This lighthouse tattoo will show that you’re always driven and aware of what’s going around you.
14. Dog Tattoo For Guys
Cute black and white ink dog tattoo which can be so meaningful and personal!
15. Black Outline Dog Tattoo
Go for this outline concept if you’re a fan of mysterious tattoos.
16. Small Music Tattoo
Guys who like and live for music will enjoy this pair of headphones!
17. Zodiac Tattoo For Guys
Anyone who is a zodiac lover and fanatic will like this wrist tattoo.
18. Small Name Tattoo On Chest
Dedicate a tattoo to your special someone by adding a name print and placing it across your heart to show your closeness.
19. Small Finger Tattoo For Guys
Small and subtle, yet this finger tattoo is so powerful in its own way!
20. Stomach Tattoo Small Design
A samurai tattoo done in black ink is for anyone who likes mini and simple art, yet wants to show power in their own way.
21. Small Crown Tattoo For Men
Show your mom how much you love her and appreciate her with this crown design!
22. Funny Small Tattoo
If you fancy funny tattoos and retro ideas this is for you. Show that you still have a sense of humor and that you will forever be a goofball!
23. Boat Tattoo For Guys
A paper boat will show that you still have childish dreams that you wish to follow and that you’re happy with your life and childhood.
24. Behind Ear Tattoo For Men
Get this behind ear tattoo and have it knowing that it has a personal meaning which is unique to you.
25. Small Lion Tattoo
If you are big on loyalty and you want to show it to the world consider going with this tiger print.
26. Ladybug Small Tattoo For Guys
Ladybugs bring happiness. Give them a go if you want to get luckier.
27. Mandala Tattoo For Men
Small and retro, this mandala tattoo is for those who enjoy precision.
28. Cat Tattoo Design
If you’re a cat person you’re going to like this quirky tattoo the most.
29. Small Neck Print For Guys
Neck tattoos are sentimental and showy at the same time. Dare to do them?
30. Funny Colorful Tattoo For Men
Funny squirrel tattoo that can stand for your funny side and will to have fun and stay a child at heart.
31. Quote Tattoo For Men
Fear nothing and stay a tough person throughout your life.
32. Turtle Tattoo For Guys
Sea and earth lovers will enjoy this quirky turtle tattoo idea.
33. Anchor Tattoo for Men
The anchor tattoo is a symbol of hope, stability and peace. Let’s show your love for the sea with this tattoo.
34. Dice Tattoo for Men
Are you fond of gambling or do you like the idea of it? One of the best ways to show it is getting a dice tattoo.
35. Triangle Tattoo for Men
A triangle tattoo is believed to represent the trinity of man, body, and soul. Go and get it.
36. Small Acorn Tattoo for Men
An acorn tattoo is a great way to add a little bit of nature to your body and show off your love for the outdoors.
37. Minimalist Dinosaur Tattoo for Men
Are you looking for a perfect tattoo to show your love for the Jurassic era without getting something too ostentatious? Give a shot to a minimal dino.
38. Small Couple Tattoo
Here is a great way to symbolize your love and commitment to your partner: A couple tattoo with a heart!
39. Small Tattoo for Photographers
Especially if you are a photographer and you love taking photos, this tattoo will cheer you up.
40. Waves Tattoo for Men
Your connection with nature or your need for peace and quit can be shown with sea waves tattoos.
41. Small Four Leaf Clover Tattoo for Men
The four leaf clover is believed to bring good luck to its bearer, so what are you waiting for to get it?
42. Wine Glass Tattoo for Men
Sometimes all you need is a glass of wine after a tiring day and a tattoo to remind this.
43. Small Mountains Tattoo for Men
A mountain tattoo will make you realize your inner strength and perseverance. Let’s get it inked on your body.
44. Stabbed Skull Tattoo for Men
Here is a stabbed skull tattoo that can be used to represent death or loss. You can also get it just because you like it.
45. Small Lion Tattoo for Men
The lion is a symbol of royalty, which makes it a great choice for anyone looking to make a statement about their power.
46. Small Ganesha Tattoo for Men
Being a Hindu god of wisdom and abundance, Ganesha can be a fabulous tattoo idea for you.
47. Small Trippy Skull Tattoo for Men
Wanna turn your wrist into an art piece? A trippy skull looks quite unique and eye-catching.
48. Small Cigarette Box for Men
A small cigarette box may be all you need to show your love for smoking on your body.
49. Dumbbell Tattoo for Men
Do you enjoy fitness, weight lifting or bodybuilding? If your answer is yes, go and get this tattoo.
50. Arrow Tattoo for Men
An arrow may represent forward movement or growth, which makes it a great tattoo.
51. Small Owl Tattoo for Men
Being a wise creature that bring good fortune, an owl is a great tattoo to get.
52. Bee Tattoo for Men
A bee tattoo is a perfect choice for anyone who loves the buzzing insect and wants to commemorate their love of bees.
53. Small Diamond Tattoo for Men
Wanna get a tattoo to represent wealth, success and prestige? A diamond tattoo is waiting for you then.
54. Summer Tattoo for Men
Sea, sand and sun are all you need from summer, right? Combine these three inside a heart and rock with your tattoo.
55. Small Maa Tattoo for Men
Getting a unique tattoo can help you express yourself better. Let’s do it by a maa tattoo.
56. Small Paw Tattoo for Men
A paw tattoo can be used as a memorial for a lost loved pet. In this way, your pet will always be with you!
57. Patience Tattoo for Men
Patience is one of the most important things in this world to not to go crazy. Get it inked on your body to remember it.
58. Paper Plane Tattoo for Men
The freedom to travel, to explore, and to spread your wings can be best shown with a paper plane tattoo.
59. Small Astronaut Tattoo for Men
Do you like space and the stars? Then give a shot to this astronaut tattoo.
60. Small Crown Tattoo for Men
Why don’t you go for a tattoo design that is a representation of power and authority? A crown tattoo will make you feel it.
61. Small Rose Tattoo for Men
Being a symbol for love and beauty, a rose is always one of the best tattoo ideas.
62. Lightning Bolt Tattoo for Men
If you want to portray a sense of empowerment and invincibility, go for a small lightning bolt tattoo.
63. Small Cross Tattoo for Men
If you are a man who prefers understated, timeless designs that have spiritual or religious significance, this cross is for you. The size of this arm tattoo is no larger than a few inches in length and width and the lines and shapes of the cross are kept simple and straightforward. Let’s create a timeless look with it.
64. Small Puppy Tattoo for Men
A simple and clean illustration of a puppy may be all you need to show your love of dogs. The line art tattoo above is done in black ink and consists of thin lines. There are no details or shading effects, so those who like minimalistic tattoo designs can go for it. Plus, it is placed on the inner forearm, which is a nice part of the body.
65. Small Berserk Tattoo for Men
With this Berserk tattoo behind the ear, get ready to rock! The symbol is derived from the manga and anime series “Berserk,” which features a protagonist who is a skilled warrior. Done by using thin black lines, the design may symbolize your inner strength and the determination to overcome obstacles and adversity.
66. Small Axe Tattoo for Men
A small traditional axe may be all you need to show your strength and power as a man. The axe above is done by using bold black lines and it feels like an axe used by a tribe. The decoration of two feathers that are tied up to the axe is also a nice detail. It’s placed on the arm and it acts as a representation of a person’s ability to overcome challenges and to protect themselves and their loved ones.
67. Small Scorpion Tattoo for Men
If your zodiac sign is Scorpio or you like this animal, the design above is for you. Simple and thin lines come together and a small scorpio is created on upper inner arm. Don’t forget that if you betray Scorpio’s trust and loyalty, they will sting you with their poisonous sting.
68. Small Panda Tattoo for Men
Pandas are one of the cutest animals on earth! To show its cuteness, why don’t you get a small tattoo of a panda on your back arm? Even though it is a small one, the panda tattoo looks so realistic because of great shading effects. A panda’s head, where distinctive black and white markings are seen, can symbolize your love for wildlife, as well as your interest in environmentalism and conservation since pandas are endangered animals.
69. Small Whale Tattoo for Men
A simple line drawing of a whale and the sea sounds like a great tattoo for those who adore the sea life. This tattoo done just above the hand shows a whale created with simple lines and it symbolizes strength, grace, and intelligence. On top of the whale, a sea symbol is placed to represent freedom, adventure, and the unknown.
70. Small Raccoon Tattoo for Men
Wanna have a cute and playful design that depicts a raccoon wearing a Santa hat? Here it is. Placed on inner arm, small sitting raccoon is done in a realistic style, with attention to detail to make the raccoon look as lifelike as possible, while the Santa hat adds a festive touch. Also, raccoons are animals that can survive extreme conditions, so if you are strong like them, go and get it.
71. Small UFO Tattoo for Men
It would be weird if we were alone in this whole universe, wouldn’t it? If you believe in ufos, this small ufo tattoo can be a great option. The flying saucer above looks like it lights up an unknown land and some stars and sparkles accompany it. Thick black ink is used and shading effects are added to make the tattoo stand out. If extraterrestrial life or aliens excite you, you can give this tattoo a shot.
72. Small Weird Rabbit Tattoo for Men
You can show everyone how weird you are with this scary rabbit tattoo that is completely disfigured and has no trace of its sweetness. Adding dimension, this black tattoo is placed on the back so that you can easily hide your little scary bunny.
73. Small Koi Fish Tattoo
Yin yang koi fish tattoos symbolize the duality in life. They are mostly black and white but in this one, a light and dark blue color are used to ink the fish. The tattoo is positioned on inner arm and the fish are positioned side by side so that it looks like they swim in opposite directions.
74. Small Lion Tattoo for Men
Lions are the the king of the jungle and is associated with the traits of power, dominance, and masculinity, which makes lion tattoos great for men. Above, a lion head is placed on inner arm and details of the lion are depicted in a way that it looks so real. Go for it to remind yourself to be courageous and strong in difficult times.
75. Small Marshmello Tattoo for Men
Marshmello is an American electronic dance music producer and DJ who is known for wearing a full head-covering marshmallow costume. If you like his music, the tattoo above on leg may be a great choice. The tattoo shows a simple outline of an image of him doing his move with hands.
76. Small Colorful Octopus Tattoo for Men
Representing intelligence, an octopus is an amazing animal and it deserves to be shown on your body. The design features a cartoon style of octopus which is colored with orange. With its beautiful tentacles swirling around, the octopus offers a cute look on inner arm.
77. Small Cloud with Rainbow Tattoo for Men
Two positive and uplifting symbols, which are a cloud and a rainbow, may be chosen to express your outlook on life and hope for the future. In this wrist tattoo, small line cloud tattoo is placed and it is personalized with eyes and a mouth. The cloud looks like it pukes a colorful rainbow, which is a symbol of hope, happiness, and positivity.
78. Small Cowboy Tattoo for Men
Are you a fan of the iconic American Western lifestyle and culture? Then, let’s show it with a nice small tattoo. In this tattoo, the cowboy is depicted as a rugged and independent figure, riding his horse through the open plains and shooting his enemies. It looks like it is taken from a comics because of its style and it is an amazing back of arm tattoo.
79. Small Crown Tattoo on Hand
Let’s rise to the top and become a leader with this tattoo! A small crown which is decorated with light gray dots and colored with black and red inks will show everyone that you are the king of your own life and in control of your own destiny. The placement of the tattoo on the hand also represents bravery since not everyone can try it out.
80. Small Hourglass Tattoo for Men
Time and nature are actually the essence of life. If you agree with this, you can make your body meaningful with a wonderful hourglass tattoo. The hourglass takes on another meaning in this ankle tattoo that looks shady and realistic. Tiny seagulls and ocean waves at the top of the clock float down slowly and bring the mountains to life.
81. Small Speaker Box Tattoo for Men
Here is a simple and minimalist tattoo design that features a speaker box. It takes the form of a small-sized, black outline, with intricate details like buttons on inner arm. This type of tattoo is a popular choice for music lovers, DJ’s or anyone who has a passion for sound and music.
82. Small Karma Tattoo Design
Karma is a Buddhist term that refers to the idea that actions have consequences. Symbolizing the balance of good and bad deeds, this karma tattoo features a small and basic design. On the back of arm, the word “karma” is written with a nice font and two arrows which are placed reversely around the word. What goes around comes around!
83. Small Theatre Masks Tattoo for Men
The duality of human emotions and behavior is best shown with two theatre masks. Placed on the inner arm, the two masks, one smiling and one crying, represent the different aspects of the human personality that are often hidden or suppressed. If you have two personalities, you can get this realistic masks to express yourself.
84. Small Dagger Tattoo for Men
The image of a dagger is portrayed as a sharp, pointed weapon that is capable of inflicting serious harm in this arm tattoo. It features a cartoon dagger which is created with black lines. This straight blade with a handle is a nice way to express inner strength and assertiveness.
85. Small Startling Fish Tattoo for Men
If you find the underwater world and the creatures in it fascinating, this tattoo may be for you. Made with the traditional tattoo technique, this fish tattoo features bold and prominent edges and a bright turquoise and gold color palette that stands out. The fish above looks a bit scary with its big teeth and deformed eyes, but it looks great on the arm.
86. Small Bull Tattoo for Men
If we did not know that it was a tattoo, we would have thought that this bull was running towards us and we would have been startled! It is an exceptional tattoo of a realistic bull on back. The bull is depicted with detailed musculature, fur texture, and other realistic features. Those who want to express qualities such as strength, power and determination should go for it.
87. Small World Cup Trophy Tattoo for Men
This iconic symbol of FIFA World Cup Trophy can be used to create a simple yet meaningful tattoo design. Especially if you are a fan of football, this trophy is a great idea. The trophy is drawn with intricate details consisting of three stars and is inked in black and white. You can show everyone your love of football and your desire to win with this tattoo placed on the ankle.
88. Small Aries Tattoo for Men
Aries is associated with determination, energy, and a strong will and it is represented by the symbol of the Ram. Those who want to show their zodiac sign can give this tattoo a shot in which there is a word saying “Aries” and ram’s horns below. For men who are born under the Aries sign, this tattoo on inner arm is a nice option.
89. Small Dragon Tattoo for Men
The dragon tattoo above with its blackwork design adding to its boldness and intimidation is a great option for those who want to show their strength and courage. It is a pretty small dragon which is placed above the elbow and it offers a realistic look. Spreading its wings which are inked with small black dots, the dragon is ready to symbolize power, strength, and bravery.
90. Small Dumbbell Tattoo for Men
Are you that gym boy who always lift weights and eat proteins? Then, a small dumbbell tattoo is all you need to show your love of fitness to everyone. A dumbbell symbolizes strength, discipline, and dedication to fitness. The design is simple, featuring just one dumbbell with bold lines. Also, it is placed on inner arm, which is a great part of the body for tattoos.
91. Small Saturn Tattoo for Men
A colorful Saturn tattoo on the wrist is a popular choice for those who admire the beauty of our solar system and the planet Saturn. Being a product of a fantasy world, the planet Saturn above has a completely different color than it is because it is covered in a colorful galaxy-inspired design. Let’s shine with this wrist tattoo!
92. Small Skeleton Samurai Tattoo for Men
Japanese culture is so rich and one of its popular elements is definitely samurais! In this thigh tattoo, a famous Japanese warrior is taken to a different level with a skeleton. The skeleton dressed in traditional samurai armor, wielding a katana sword may represent the idea that even in death, one’s spirit and honor can endure.
Want A Small and Minimalist Tattoo?
Those who prefer smaller, simpler, and more affordable tattoos will enjoy this article. Let us know which one is your top pick? All of these can be customized and worn with confidence. Go for the one you like the most and that suits your character, we can’t wait to see what you fancy.