The Teeny-Tiny Tattoos We Want This Summer

Photographed by Rochelle Brock.
Warm temperatures have finally arrived — fingers crossed they stay — and that means we have clothing options other than boots, jeans, and turtlenecks. For the first time in what seems like an eternity, we can show some skin without shivering. And while most people will take this as an opportunity to get a sunless tan (or a real one), we're here to bask in what we consider to be peak tattoo season.
With your collarbones, arms, and ankles finally naked enough to show off, there's no time like the present to finally get that ink you've been thinking about. (Think side-boob, arm, wrist, and neck for your key placement spots.)
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Getting a tattoo requires a lot of thought before booking your appointment, though, so in case you need a little inspiration before going under the needle, we've rounded up the raddest designs we can't stop eyeing on Instagram right now.
Click ahead to check 'em out.
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"I really love tattoo artist Rosa Bluestone Perr's delicate hand-poked tattoos. My friend Michelle just got a tattoo from her, and ever since I've been seriously considering getting my second tattoo from Perr. She creates her own designs, and I'm really into the minimal drawings she has of animals with halos around their heads. I've been wanting to get a cat tattoo on my rib cage or shoulder blade for a while now, and I think she's the only one who could do it justice." — Mi-Anne Chan, Beauty Writer
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"I love Eva at Bang Bang's landscapes — they're like little circles of utopia. I'd get the view from Mulholland drive, where I grew up. " — Alix Tunell, Senior Beauty Editor
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"I've been removing a poorly-done horse tattoo on my neck for over two years now and I'm hitting my breaking point. Now that most of it's gone, I've realized what I really want is the same idea done right this time — by an artist who won't agree to work on a drunk 18-year-old just tasting college freedom and who understands that 'a small, delicate horse' requires shadowing, not filling in an outline in solid black ink." — Tunell
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"I'm one of the only people in L.A. I know who doesn't have a tattoo — so let's be honest, I'm not actually going to get this — but I have been incredibly drawn to simple, single-needle constellations lately. Doctor Woo told me that a lot of people anchor them around a mole, which I think is a really rad way to try the look." — Lexy Lebsack, Senior Beauty Editor
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"Pet faces are a huge trend in the tattoo world right now, but I doubt anyone could capture the beauty of my queen. Well, except maybe Doctor Woo." — Lebsack
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"The outline of my home, California, could be pretty rad, too. Okay, maybe I will finally take the plunge..." — Lebsack
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"New York City's skyline has pretty much made an appearance on my feed every other week for the last six years of my life, so you could say I’m a fan. If I were ever to profess my love in a more permanent way, though, this is how I would do it: with a clean, simple outline of all my favorite buildings." — Kelsey Castañon, Senior Beauty Editor
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"I've dreamed of getting my first tattoo done by Madame Buraka — first, I just have to book a trip to Europe. But her designs are genuine pieces of art, any of which I'd be proud to wear forever." — Samantha Sasso, Beauty Writer
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"Kanye, my dog of 11 years, passed away a few months ago. I’m still devastated and am always looking through my camera roll for old photos of him. He was a 15-pound Yorkie but had the heart of a pit bull… and the temper of one, too. I still have tiny scars on my right hand from where he bit me. To remember him — and to cover them up — I’d connect them into a shape like this heart key… that way, he’ll always be with me." — Khalea Underwood, beauty writer
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"I always knew I could never overthink what tattoos I should get, but a Zodiac sign — either mine or of someone I loved — would be cool." — Sasso
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"I want this, but instead of Miley's dog, I want it to be my dog." — Rachel Krause, Senior Beauty Writer
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"I've never really been one to pay close attention to what my Zodiac sign may or may not mean, but after moving away from home that's all changed. A lot of close people in my life are Geminis, including myself, my mom, other family members, and tons of friends. What they say is true: We're expressive and quick-witted, inspiring and never boring. What better way to honor all that than with a tattoo?" — Brianna Arps, production assistant
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"I've been infatuated by ankle tattoos lately. There's something about this minimal design that could peek out from underneath my dress that has me completely committed to getting one before Labor Day." — Sasso
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