10 Tattoo Artists Who Specialize in Pretty (But Minimal) Ink

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Intimidated by the commitment of a tattoo? These all-star artists (and their amazing Instagram feeds) just might be able to sway your thoughts on the matter, thanks to their expertise in miniature, cool, and downright beautiful ink. From the man behind Cara Delevingne's tongue-in-cheek body art to the cult-fave L.A.-based artist who creates the most intricate diminutive sketches we've ever seen, consider this the ultimate in small tattoo inspiration.

Dr. Woo

Minimalist neck/back tattoo

Home Base: Hideaway at Suite X, Los Angeles

Instagram: @dr_woo_ssc

It girls like Zoë Kravitz, Miley Cyrus, and Emily Weiss love Dr. Woo for his impossibly delicate designs, which range from hyper-realistic renderings of animals to teeny-tiny letters.

Victor J. Webster

Minimalist plant forearm tattoo

Home Base: Brooklyn (formerly of Auckland, New Zealand)

Instagram: @victorjwebstertattoo

Webster's tattoos make a good alternative to jewelry—think arm wraps and delicate shoulder cuffs in geometric patterns and nature-inspired designs. 

Stanislava Pinchuk

Minimalist tattoo below collar bone

Home Base: Tokyo and Melbourne

Instagram: @stanislava__pinchuk

Stanislava Pinchuk specializes in teeny-tiny minimalist designs—which she learned by practicing on herself and her friends. Just one look at her feed makes us want to adorn our wrists, fingers, and collarbone with unexpected (but incredibly pretty) little symbols.

Sven Rayen

Minimalist bird tattoo on bicep

Home Base: Studio Palermo, Antwerp, Belgium

Instagram: @svenrayen

Even though Europe-based Rayen might be half a world away for a lot of us, we definitely have our eye on his unique aesthetic: using geometric shapes to create the illusion of dimension.

Scott Campbell

black and white flower and skull tattoo

Home Base: Scott Campbell Studio, New York

Instagram: @scottcampbell

Campbell has inked plenty of A-listers (Courtney Love, Marc Jacobs, Orlando Bloom). His highly realistic illustrations (on skin and paper) have earned him major acclaim throughout his career.

Minka Sicklinger

Minimalist mystic tattoo

Home Base: Daredevil Tattoo, New York

Instagram: @minkasicklinger

Obsessed with mysticism, or looking to capture the essence of your spirit animal? Sicklinger's gorgeous, symbol-laden designs just might be what you're looking for. 

Lisa Orth

Minimalist black and white plant tattoo sleeve

Home Base: Alleged Arts, Los Angeles

Instagram: @lisaorth

We love Orth's illustrative aesthetic, which is made using a detailed, linework style of tattooing. 


Infiniti tattoo on finger

Home Base: JonBoy Tattoo, Moxy Times Square

Instagram: @jonboytattoo

When Kendall Jenner wanted to get a nearly indiscernible white dot on the inside of her finger, she enlisted the help of JonBoy. Thanks to Jenner (and A-list friends like Hailey Baldwin), the artist's small and simple designs are quickly becoming cult favorites. 

East Iz

Matching palm tree tattoos

Home Base: Shamrock Social Club, Los Angeles

Instagram: @east_01

East (as well as many other artists on this list) specializes in a single-needle technique, hence that lighter-than-air line. He's your guy for whisper-thin cursive or outlines, as well as pointillist-style shading. (And those BFF palm trees? SO cute!)

Bang Bang

Rihanna showing off her tattoos

Home Base: Bang Bang, New York City

Instagram: @bangbangnyc

The go-to guy of Rihanna and Cara Delevingne—he's the man who inked "Bacon" and "Made in England" onto the bottoms of the model's feet—Bang Bang is great at tongue-in-cheek designs, but his small and incredibly realistic art is also fantastic (like the lion on Delevingne's finger). If you have plans to be in the city, booking an appointment with Bang Bang himself will require more than a bit of a wait—but we definitely recommend checking out his incredibly talented team of artists too. 

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