9 Jun 2013

Small Tattoo

Small Tattoo
Small Tattoo

This is a nice sample of a very small tattoo on this girls hip. As you can see it is the tattoo of a bird carrying a small branch in its beak, which is typically what a bird does while collecting materials to build its nest. It also has a tiny red heart just above the birds head which I would think is some sort of symbol of love. Perhaps this is a young girl of college age or so and has recently left home for the first time and thus has flown away to build her own nest like the little bird. Thus the small tattoo.

And of course she does so while still having much love in her heart for her old life as well as her new life that lays before her.

Who knows about all this symbolism. While I often find it interesting I get tired of it too because I think this girl probably got this tattoo because she wanted a tatto and wanted to keep it a small tattoo just in case she didn’t really like it afterward. And then she said, oh I think birds are cute and how about a little red heart right there too. That’s really all there is to it most of the time folks. It has been my experience that people place bigger and deeper meanings on their own tattoos as years go by and not nearly as much as when they first get them.

24 Dec 2010

Small Tattoos

Small Tattoos
Small Tattoos

In recent years there has been a tendency for tattoos to become larger and larger. Entire chest and back pieces and full sleeves have seem to become the norm. But some people, particularly those who are tattoo virgins, are beginning to experiment with small tattoos. These have several advantageous over full size tattoos. One, they can be quickly done. Less time under the needle undoubtedly means less pain. Two, they can be placed in locations on the body that are easy to conceal or hide.

This is particularly important to those individuals who’s employers frown upon tattoos or for those who work in the public eye. The last thing that small tattoos bring to the table is the cost. Large tattoos can be very labor intensive and cost thousands of dollars. Some of these have to be done in several sessions and may take years to complete. But, a small tattoo can usually be done for a hundred dollars or less. Plus, let’s not rule out that a carefully placed tattoo can often have more impact than a whole body done in average or so-so tattoos. What it really comes down to is personal preference. After all, sometimes less is more.

27 Aug 2010

Small Tattoo

Small Tattoo
Small Tattoo

This is a small tattoo that I really find interesting. At first glance it might not be noteworthy, but if you take a second and really look at it, it can be a surprising design. When I fist looked at this small tattoo I thought it was just another bow design. You know the kind of bow that you put on a present. After all, I’ve only seen about a half million bow tattoos and they pretty much look the same. And then I took a second look at it. It’s actually more of a knot design.

And the knot isn’t in some random geometric shape. No sir, the knot is in the shape of a cross. Now, I thought that was a small tattoo that really had some style. So, if I were to determine the meaning of this tattoo I would have to say that the design actually has a dual symbolism. The cross symbolizes the union of Mother and Father Nature, or what has created us. The never ending intersection of the lines is a symbol of eternity. It’s surprising what you can see when you take a second look at a tattoo, even it is seems unimportant at first glance.

27 Oct 2009

Small Tattoos

Small Tattoos
Small Tattoos

It used to be that the trend in tattooing was towards larger and more intricate designs. Tattooing had begun to be served by the motto, "Bigger is better." But, here recently the trend has started to slow and even reverse itself. It seems that more and more people are beginning to get small tattoos. And why shouldn’t they? Small tattoos have several advantages over larger designs. The first advantage that immediately comes to mind is the cost. Small tattoos use less ink and take less time to be done, so naturally they will be cheaper. Sometimes significantly so.

Another advantage to the small tattoo is that the design can be place anywhere on the body. You can put it on the legs or the ankle, on the nape of the neck and even behind the ear. This brings me to my next point. Because the designs are so small you can easily fit them into a grouping of other tattoos. Take the butterfly in the picture for instance. This simple and small tattoo can be placed next to a recently done flower tattoo, giving the illusion that the butterfly is feeding off of it. What design will you choose for your next small tattoo? Think about it, and it may surprise you what you can do with them.