Curious about cool simple tattoos and need some ideas? Small, simple tattoos for men can be a great option if you are a professional who wants to avoid a big, obvious tat on your arm, forearm, back, shoulder or chest. Similarly, small tattoo designs make for great first-time experiences. Whatever your reason, starting small and choosing a simple tattoo idea is the best way to ease yourself into the tattoo world without regrets.
To help you along the journey of getting inked, we’ve accumulated an awesome collection of cool simple tattoo ideas for guys! Check out these small, easy men’s tattoos below for inspiration before getting inked!
Cool Simple Tattoo Ideas
While the pain of getting inked with artwork may be short-lived, the tat itself is obviously permanent. This means guys really need multiple awesome designs before going through with the process. And just because a tattoo is little or simplistic doesn’t mean it can’t have a big impact. Small tattoos can come with a lot of meaning, and simple artwork that is meaningful can make for a good first tat.
The complexity is that “cool” and “meaningful” are very subjective, so while our gallery below can provide inspiration, we highly recommend you build on whatever artwork you like to make it unique to you.
If you speak or know a foreign language, sometimes one character can encapsulate the entire message you are trying to convey.
Looking for a tattoo for two? Consider getting a tattoo idea that can be split in two such as the skull and crown tattoo shown below. Generally, these tattoos symbolize the desire for power.
Perhaps you want to commemorate a loved veteran. A tattoo is the perfect way to show your love and adoration for that individual. Below, we have a paratrooper tattoo on the forearm, a highly visible spot.
Sometimes a tattoo doesn’t carry much meaning beyond just looking badass. Geometric tattoos are cool, plain and simple, and will capture anyone’s gaze trying to work out the pattern.
Many people have an infatuation with cars and what better way to show it than a gearbox tattoo? This ones for the car junkies and fanatics that never stop thinking about their rides.
Placement can sometimes be just as important as the tattoo itself! The old ball and chain on the ring finger below is indicative of this.
Getting a skyline tattoo of a particular city that has shaped and transformed you can be a nice reminder of your roots, childhood, or pivotal moment.
Small and incredibly discreet, the below tattoo is obviously an homage to running and or track and field. Many individuals have grown up playing sports their entire lives, oftentimes shaping their entire lives, and a tattoo is beautiful way to capture this relationship.
The 313 area code is from Detroit, Michigan. If you have ties to a specific city, then an area code tattoo is a simple and subtle way to pay your homage.
Some of the best lines have come from Disney movies and “Hakuna Matata” is surely one of them. This simple Disney tattoo will be a constant reminder to have “no worries”.