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100 Gorgeous but Subtle Tattoo Ideas

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Tattoos – you either love them or you don’t.

Whether you have one or many, it doesn’t change who you are, or who you’ll become. It’s been said our body is our temple- so tattoos are really just decorating the walls.

There are so many different styles to choose from and the actual artwork can be a choice driven by heartfelt entailing or choice simple because you liked it. And if you don’t, well there are great ways to get rid of them now! Simply look at this before and after shot!

Anyone with a tattoo known just how many hours go into trawling the internet to help fine tune your design, proving just how much thought goes into the decision to adorn your skin with permanent artwork.

I’ve compiled a list of 100 gorgeous subtle tattoos to browse through as you’re attaining that decision. I guess subtle entails different things for different people when it is necessary to tattoos, but I’m sure you will find one or two at the least which you will consider as’ not too bad’ and size up just where you might get them!

Enjoy browsing- after all the’ research’ I’ve been doing- I’m genuinely keen for another piece…now just to decide which one!

1. Free as a bird … a little inspirational piece! via Pinterest

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2. White Ink Tattoo

The jury is out on how effective they are- but subtle yes, and curious. I know I am!

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3. Foot tattoo

These are lovely and can add a little spunk to your summer sandal seem. A toe ring style is uber chic.

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4. Watercolour Foot Tattoo

Keeping on foot tattoos…this stunning watercolour style is so feminine. Beautiful.

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5. Dog fan? Such a special tribute to your furkid. via Pinterest

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6. World Map Tattoo

For the traveller, a little world map. I love this one!

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7. Wrist Tattoo

Delicate wrist tattoo in monotone shades- dreamy.

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8. Punctuation Mark Tattoo

‘Pause’ – you could have stopped but you chose to go on … simplicity is perfection.

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9. Fine artwork on thumbs- different, I guess I like this! via Pinterest

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10. Fine geometric artwork- basic but oh so sharp. via Pinterest

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11. Under breast/ sternum tattoo

Cute( while you still have perky boobs that is !)

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12. Geometry and floral- what’s not to love about this ?! via Pinterest

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13.’ Be still my beating heart’

Cuteness exemplified. I am seriously crushing on this!

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14. Classic colouring- sophistication deluxe. via Pinterest

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15. Wing Tattoo

Although running is not something I’m familiar with- unless it’s to refill my wine glass! Lol

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17. Mother and Child Tattoo

The love of a mother for her child- simple lines speak such volumes.

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18. Arrows

Simple and understated, arrows are growing in popularity.

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19. Tribal Elephant

Lucky elephant tattoo- carry your lucky talisman with you permanently!

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20. Floral Tattoo

Pretty pastel florals- very feminine indeed!

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21. Soft flowing lines actually bringing this piece to work- quite beautiful. via Pinterest

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22. Girlie lace foot tattoo

Brings feminine to feet.

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23. Back Floral Tattoo

Stop right there !! Stunning fine lines and detail bring this piece to life. Would hurt like hell- but just beautiful.* sigh*

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24. Cat

Crazy cat lady in develop or full fledged? Either way- this is cute.

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25. Back Jewellery Tattoo

Quite sublime. Would look tremendous with a plunging back top.

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26. Back White Ink Tattoo

Stunning on a darker scalp don’t you think?

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27. Heart-shaped Fingerprint

Dedication to your child/ children- fingerprints shaped as hearts. I kinda like this, more subtle than a hand or foot print.

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28. Arm Floral Tattoo

Simple lines and minimum shading maintain this tattoo sharp and simple.

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29. Henna-inspired Tattoo

As much or as little as you want.

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30. Side Watercolour Tattoo

Watercolour tattoos are building in popularity – you can see why!

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31. Anchor

Anchor tattoo adorned with florals are actually quite lovely.

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32. Book devotee

For the literary devotees- books can be a wonderful escape.

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31. Desire-inspired

Wanderlust- the desire or impulse to travel, combined with the arrow dedicates the words some direction.

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32. Smokey

Smokey artwork induces this piece just amazingly soft and feminine.

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33. Feather

A little punch of colour in this gorgeous feather brings it to life.

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34. Antler

Antlers are all the rage with the hipsters- but with or without this tattoo really is awesome.

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35. Musical Note

The treble clef is very popular as a tattoo amongst the fans of music- add some inspirational words- a bit special.

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36. Wrist Watercolour Tattoo

Sick of the winter? Keep a little spring with you all year!

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37. Simple Boat

Cute as a button sail barge- for those who love the big blue.

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38. Quote-inspired

Let it be- admit it you’re singing THAT song now too right ?!

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39. Cute Anchor

Cute& girly- what else do you want?

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40. Back Watercolour Tattoo

Can you have bold colourings and still be subtle? Yes indeed!

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41. Nature-inspired

For the earth lovers- watercolour ideals for the tree of life. Love how the’ soil’ smudges down from the roots.

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42. Watercolour Body Tattoo

Wait- what’s this !? Sorry- must have pinned this one by mistake.

But I guess while we are here it won’t hurt just to admire his tattoos right ?! Haha and those abs..did somebody turn out the air conditioner ?!

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43. Sleeve Tattoo

Delicate adornment really soften this tattoo attaining it uber feminine.

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44. Shell

I wonder if you put it up to your ear would you hear the sea? Great for the devotees of the beach and sea life.

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45. Wave

Keeping on the coastal theme – perfect for those working with and affinity for the sea.

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46. Dream Catcher

Dream catchers are very popular- I think this one is pretty cute.

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47. Finger Tattoo

You’re going to hear me roar- superfine detail in this finger tattoo.

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48. Love White Ink

Although this is in white ink, it would work well in any colour really.

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49. Ankle Arrow

Just look past the goosebumps, and it’s not a bad little tattoo lol

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50. Watercolour Anchor

Another spin on the nautical anchor- very nice. Soft colours make this just dreamy.

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51. Calf Tattoo

Simple design but really effective. Play around with the placement and sizing and its just perfect.

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52. Floral Shawl Tattoo

Antique inspiration on this floral shawl just softens the dimensions don’t you think?

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53. Ankle Bracelet Tattoo

I’m a sucker for feet tattoos- combining with henna inspiration and I’m sold on this one

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54. Infinity

Cute infinity symbol with strong message. Love the life you live and live the life you love. Perfect!

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55. Paws

Paw prints behind the ear- so subtle and a great idea for the animal lover

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56. Arrow Back Tattoo

Geometric shapes winning again on this piece, and love the placement of it as well!

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57. Compass

This reminds us that life is a journey .. You must travel, consider the world, visit places you’ve always wanted to see. Love it.

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58. Thigh Tattoo

Thigh tattoos can be a little larger, doesn’t mean they can’t be on the subtle side though.

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59. Back Shoulder Tattoo

Amazing- I want. That is all.

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60. Inner Finger Tattoo

I wonder if it would hold up over period. Nice idea though.

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61. Antique-inspired Floral

I actually DO love them and sharp black lines as a contrast really pop in this tattoo.

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62. Lotus Back Tattoo

This lotus is almost ghost-like in its appearance but so subtle.

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63. Floral Sleeve Tattoo

There is no need to hide your tattoo on your bridal- especially if they are as gorgeous as this!

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64. Nape Tattoo

Love, Music- key to life.

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65. Back of Wrist Tattoo

Mandalas are so delicate and the subtle inclusion of a second colour genuinely completes this wrist tattoo.

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66. Quotes

Woops !! How does this maintain happening ?? I’m awfully, terribly sorry. I guess at least he has a tattoo … and gorgeous eyes .. oh those shoulders .. may I touch you?

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67. Leaves

Autumn leaves blowing in the breeze- the brown colouring really softens the look of this.

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68. Bird Tattoo

Classic swallow with black and white ink. Not sold on the location of this one- but what ever floats your boat!

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69. White Foot Tattoo

Love this white foot tattoo- still trying to work out what’s going on with the tan lines though lol

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70. Lower Calf Tattoo

The peacock’s tail plumages scroll around the ankle onto the foot- I’m a little impressed with this one.

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71. Cute Tree

Tree of life or family tree- punchy and to the point.

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72. Outer Calf Tattoo

How about getting a little arty farty and having a slash of random colour through your drawing.

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73. Back of Ear Tattoo

Dandelion seeds simply drifting- delicate- subtle- on point.

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74. Side Foot Tattoo

Foot tattoo- nice fine lines. Placement on this one is spot on don’t you think?

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75. Back of Wrist to Arm Tattoo

Now I’m not really sure if I’m sold on this one- at a glance it looks like scaring, but then to stop and truly look it’s quite delicate.

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76. Floral Back of Wrist Tattoo

This just induces me think of a corsage. Love the position of this one too.

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77. Hand Henna

Like jewellery adorning the hand- cute henna tattoo doing it’s thang.

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78. Heart Side Foot Tattoo

Who doesn’t love a love heart- on the foot= cuteness!

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79. Floral Back Spine Tattoo

Fine black daisies on the spine merely look so sexy and definitely not in your face.

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80. Watercolour Back of Wrist Tattoo

Watercolour poppy tattoo- very cool.

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81. Arrow Neck to Spine Tattoo

Another arrow- really simple, understated and yet strong at the same time.

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82. Floral Forearm Tattoo

Not sure whether I would get both forearms done- but one on the right skin tone is just dreamy.

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83. Floral Back of Ear Tattoo

Behind the ear rose in neutral tones- really quite pretty.

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84. Side of Ankle Tattoo

A feather with birds transgressing free from the norm I guess- well that’s simply my interpreting truly! Lol

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85. Floral Back Tattoo

Large- but oh so subtle with whisper soft lines. Gorgeous positioning as well.

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86. Floral Forearm Tattoo

A bouquet of Forget me Nots- I’m sure we could spin some hidden meaning on how unforgettable you all are- or am saying- yeah, that’s kinda cute!

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87. Floral Shoulder Cap Tattoo

This is one position I’m definitely get done- quite fairly really.

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88. Floral Side of Ankle Tattoo

Super cute- super detailed with a pop of colour to bring it to life.

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89. Shoulder Cap Tattoo

Another shoulder cap piece- the’ dangly’ detail truly softens this design.

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90. Simple Lotus

They’ve become very popular as well as in nature they can grow through really tough conditions and then flower with the most stunning showing. Nice little metaphor for life.

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91. Butterfly

Butterflies have remained a popular choice for decades now- this little trio I’m liking.

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92. Embroidered Heart

Embroider your skin with a cross sew tattoo- has a feeling of innocence doesn’t it?

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93. Thumb tattoo

Kind of like jewellery on your had 24/7 isn’t it?

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94. Foxes

Cute! Although this is a temporary tattoo- it would look awesome inked into skin.

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95. Floral Arm Tattoo

For the uber cute chic gal- I am LOVING everything about this!

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96. Side Hand Tattoo

Simple hand tattoo- nice tilt lines stimulates it less in your face more -oh excuse me I don’t mean to interrupt.

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97. Floral Nape Tattoo

Cute little nape piece – you chose to hide or show.

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98. Watercolour Birds Tattoo

How special are these? Love the colourings and detail- I would definitely consider this as a possible next tattoo.

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99. Illusion

This drawing would be amazing on someone! Femininity on point!

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100. Watercolour Floral Nape Tattoo

Watercolour floral on the back of the neck- very nice indeed.

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