We here at Tattoo Artist Magazine see a lot of tattoos on a daily basis and cover a lot of the larger, incredibly detailed designs at length. But today we want to focus a bit more on smaller tattoos that have a big impact.
As the age old adage goes, sometimes less is more. In the case of the tattoos in the gallery below, we couldn’t agree more. These tattoos are massive designs and many of them don’t include a ton of detail, but that doesn’t make them any less impactful or impressive.
It’s easy to forget that tattoos aren’t about being big and boisterous. Tattoos are body art that you have to live with for the rest of your life. They’re meant to have a strong personal impact, giving you full control over your body image and the images you decide to display to the world.
Sometimes less can be used creatively, like the lion puzzle that’s missing pieces or the snowy mountain range that uses the person’s skin color to full effect. The side abdominal flower design uses less ink to give it a softer look, strategically using shading instead of dark outlines to create the picture and really bring the flower to life.
You’ll probably also notice many of the tattoos featured below don’t make use of color, and the one colorful design only makes use of one color too. A talented artist can do a lot with one color, utilizing shading techniques to give the design just as much life as any rainbow collage could ever hope to achieve.
It’s not about how much ink or real estate you use, it’s about how effectively it’s put to use. Don’t feel pressured to go balls-to-the-wall and get some giant, extravagant tattoo design. Sometimes less is simply the best.