Minimalist tattoo – The ethos of minimalism is that “less is more.”

Clean, crisp, and timeless, tattoos in this style often feature graphic lines, geometric shapes, and subtle dot work.

Many minimalist tattoo artists are opting for single needles rather than multi-needle machines.

This allows them to render ultra-delicate designs that often look like monochromic pencil sketches on the skin.

“People are getting cute, simple line work with the occasional line drags, which give the tattoo a stippled effect.” 


They may be small and cute, but minimalist tattoos aren’t risk-free.

If you’re considering getting a minimalist tattoo, keep the following in mind. 

Be aware that the smaller and more intricate the detailing is, the more chance it will get blurred over time.

Tattoo lines spread over time. This is a fact!

Tattoos done too small or too detailed will blur and will be hard to make out what it is.

This can happen rather quickly, as quick as a few years. (even if its done by a professional, very experienced artist.)


The client wanted these flowers done small and just line work.

Canman suggested going slightly larger so the tattoo would age well.

In addition, adding soft shading to add dimension to the flowers while keeping a feminine look.

The client loves the results and will be back for more!

If you like this style of tattoo, fill out our tattoo request form to get started!