Top 51 Small Geometric Tattoo Ideas – [2022 Inspiration Guide]
Sometimes the smaller the , the greater the impression it creates for the collector and viewer alike. are no exception.
Poetic mandalas, mathematical figures, and all manner of organic subjects are often best depicted in a subtle, understated style.
Founded out of necessity for one’s field of work or in preference for a simpler aesthetic, there’s no denying the allure of well-etched , included.
Studding the wrist, upper arm, neck, or chest, require a certain intimacy from the viewer that invites only a select few in – and holds them there.
This gallery shows the complexity of 51 , whether in and , or detail and execution.
See more about - The Top 51 Small Awesome Tattoo Ideas
See more about - Top 55 Best Geometric Tattoo Ideas
1. Geometric Animal Tattoos
There’s nothing more badass in all of fantasy than the Animal Warrior. Aboriginal cultures across the globe have incorporated sacred animal friends, guides, and spirits into traditional costumes, rituals, dance, and even .
In fact, animal tattoos are so old in human society that they were found on 2400-year-old mummies recovered in the High Altai Mountains of Western and Southern Siberia.
A geometric animal is a perfectly modern way to carry on this tradition. Due to the simplicity of , the is especially suited to representing animals in their broadest, most archetypal format.
So, it’s not uncommon to see a , a , or even a as a . are also widely used as .
With your own small , you will be joining a long list of men with with meaning.
The bear is a of strength and courage. This shows an animal in its natural habitat in a creative way. Only the outline of a could be seen along with some mountains and part of a forest in geometric lines and shapes etched across the animal’s body.
Here’s another bear made up of various .
This is an interesting . The deer is generally regarded as a of grace, gentleness, and devotion. In this , the silhouette of a deer is filled with a associated with , that school of thought that ascribes mystical meaning to some and patterns.
Wolves may be predators, but they are also known to be loyal. A wolf is a of loyalty, love of family, protection, and guardianship. This is done in simple, clean lines with some negative space.
The lion, an apex predator, is widely known as the king of the jungle. A lion signifies courage and bravery. In this , a sketch-like portrait of the king of the jungle is combined with in black and gray.
2. Geometric Dotwork Tattoos
Dotwork is absolutely ideal for small arm tattoos. It’s a painstaking technique requiring the to create images or shading by hand, poking a single dot at a time. Precise dots are delicately blended to create striking and detailed designs.
Obviously, due to the painful and time-consuming nature of this technique, it’s both practical and beautiful to go small when you get your ink. The rewards are evident as your piece will appear softer, blended, and more natural.
A favorite can easily execute such . , even for dotwork style, is the Penrose triangle. It’s an optical illusion also known as the impossible tribar because it’s impossible to construct physically although any
The Penrose triangle consists of a two-dimensional triangle that is subconsciously interpreted as a projection of a three-dimensional triangle.
This dotwork gives the illusion of the skin being ripped open to reveal 3D geometric figures underneath the skin.
Six overlapping cubes arranged like a that fits nicely inside a hexagon, with what appears to be a Merkaba in the middle, make for an interesting dotwork . A Merkaba is a for light, spirit, and body.
This could have been Spider Man villain Dr. Otto Octavius holding “the power of the sun in the palm of my hand,” except that the at the center is a triangle and the outline is triangular instead of round.
The line segments radiating from the triangle in the middle, which look like they are the sun’s rays, are done in and instead of negative space, countless dots are inked on the space between the lines.
This shows a version of the Metatron’s Cube, one of the most widely used . Metatron was an archangel who was mentioned in various mythologies as the scribe of God.
3. Minimalist Geometric Tattoos
Minimalist art is the ability to say a lot with a little, and minimalist simple geometric patterns to represent the mysteries of the universe since time immemorial. are no different. We’ve been using
These are also very practical in terms of time, money, visibility, and, dare I say it, even bravery.
Some people like to get into the pool one toe at a time rather than dive in head first. Getting a minimalist ink, such as a , is perfect for those who want to get inked but don’t find the more mainstream culture appealing.
Minimalist are a perfect counterweight to full sleeve , giant photorealistic portraits, or in-your-face full-color . If you want to get a that counters the mainstream and maintains that personal intimacy, then minimalist ink is the way to go.
This is called the Flower of Life. It is said to represent the building blocks of the universe. It symbolizes spiritual growth and awakening.
Within this beautiful symbols exist, such as the Egg of Life, Seed of Life, and the Tree of Life. , other
This is the Seed of Life , another . It’s taken from the inner seven circles of the Flower of Life . The Seed of Life consists of seven interlocking circles, which are said to represent the seven days of creation.
This is the Sri Yantra in . It consists of interlocking triangles that, in Indian tradition, represent the path toward enlightenment. This is used in Hindu ceremonies as well as in meditation.
Here’s a simple style ink of another version of a Penrose triangle.
4. Geometric Geography and Compass Tattoos
Many of us feel a strong connection to our place of birth or a sacred space we’ve been on our travels. Even if you can’t be back there, you can carry it with you forever wherever you go by getting it in ink.
can be perfect reminders of where you’ve been. The beauty of a is that you can keep it simple.
showing mountain peaks or a city skyline say so much with so little. Using geometric designs is a great way to include symbolism without overdoing it.
The compass is instantly recognizable as one of the oldest and most universal instruments of navigation. Far from home or heading home are both equally applicable. Likewise, the moon, the sun, the yin and yang – all can fit nicely and neatly within a geometric geography .
In this , a full moon lights up the mountains in . In the foreground is the silhouette of a forest.
A popular is this peaceful scenery that shows a lake, the mountains beyond, and the forest on the other side with a full moon above. The difference is that this is etched on what looks like a luggage tag.
5. Innovative Geometric Tattoos
in realism style ink can also be done in , such as this .
in are sure to catch attention. Here’s an example of a simple tribal-inspired that perfectly adorns the wrist.
This combines the yin and yang image with the Flower of Life .
If none of the above tattoos grab you, then don’t hesitate to take an approach that’s never been used before. Use your canvas to combine with other styles, and mix traditional or tribal with a to make something new within an existing style.
A tribal-inspired is perfect for small on the or . It’s a perfect trade-off for those who might want a traditional Polynesian style tribal sleeve without putting that many hours in the chair and making that much of a statement.
Combining styles would also work even for those who want traditional symbols such as an anchor or rose but really like the clarity of geometric designs.
Perhaps you want a cool and want to avoid script (foreign or otherwise). A fractal style combination of squares, circles, or triangles could work to have that simple, punchy impact.
Enjoy these examples of , but if you’re looking for more ink inspiration, click on the links below for more awesome galleries: