10 One-Word Tattoo Ideas That Are Subtle Yet Pretty

by Cheska Santiago   |  Dec 9, 2022
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There are a lot of things you need to think about when getting your first-ever ink. Its placement, size, and which tattoo parlor you're going to are all important factors you need to consider. Of course, you also need to contemplate the design you're going for—and there are a *lot* to choose from! If you're going the minimalist route, we recommend choosing something small like stars, flowers, and butterflies. Alternatively, you can also go with a word if you want something that's short yet still meaningful.

Need some inspo? Below, we give you 10 subtle designs to choose from to help you narrow down your choices:

10 Delicate One-Word Tattoo Designs and Ideas to Try

1. If you want something that's easy to hide, getting tattooed on your finger is one of your best bets. Fair warning, though: This place is a lot more sensitive compared to other parts of your body. 

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2. A word in our native language will be ~extra special~.

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3. If you have low pain tolerance, the back of your arm is reportedly one of the places that doesn't hurt as much to get inked on.

4. If flowing scripts aren't your thing, you can also go with a fun, doodled option.

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5. For beach babes, the ribs are the perfect place to get inked. It'll look great in all your bikini OOTDs!

6. The collarbone area is a great option if you want your tattoo to be in a spot that gets noticed immediately.

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7. Here's another placement option for people with low pain tolerance!

8. If you want to make your tattoo design extra meaningful, you can choose to get the name or your term of affection for your loved one.

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9. Here's an example of a design that isn't your usual cursive writing!

10. One word can be limiting for some, so we suggest incorporating symbols within it to make it extra special.

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