Often called “micro tattoos,” there are few works of art as startling precise as the small detailed tattoo.
We all love a sizable tattoo, but sometimes the most impressive pieces are the barely noticeable ones, the tattoos that require a second–or third–look just to make sure your eyes can believe what they see.
It goes without saying that the amount of skill and painstaking technique that goes into a micro-detailed small tattoo speaks highly of the artist who takes on the task.
Exquisitely detailed tattoos have been worn since the dawn of mankind by warriors, priests, and elite members of society. Sometimes the tattoos covered one’s entire body from head to toe, while others preferred small but intricate pieces that acted as powerful charms against misfortune and defeat. Similarly, miniatures of a loved one could also be found in tattoo portraiture, worn on a small but sacred place on the body.
Today many choose small tattooed figures for their toes, knuckles, behind-the-ear, and wrist areas as a strong but subtle nod to the art form. Detailed anchors, stars, animals, and ornamental figures are just a few of the designs available, with additional steampunk and cyber implements an increasingly popular choice.
Regardless of where and how you choose to display your work of micro tattoo art, these bold but understated pieces will leave a lasting impression on your blink-and-you’ll-miss-it viewer.