Finding the best body placement for your next tattoo is a good first step in the process because it will then make it easier to narrow down the perfect design. And, if you truly want to wear your heart on your sleeve, then the wrist makes a great canvas for your next piece of ink. The entire surface area — no matter which precise placement you choose — provides a relatively flat plane that’s easy to tattoo, which makes the wrist especially popular for first-timers who want small designs or short sayings.
While a tiny wrist tattoo is generally more visible than, say, a design on the ribs or back area, this placement allows for easy coverage with foundations or bracelets — making it an ideal choice for those who might be slightly hesitant to get inked in a more prominent location. Conversely, we like the wrist because of its visibility: the conspicuousness of this spot is perfect for tattoos meant to serve as a source of inspiration, support, or reminder. (Experts have also said this area doesn’t hurt quite as much as other placements.)
Don’t just take our word for it. From tiny ornamental designs to dainty symbols, check out our favorite small wrist tattoos ahead for serious inspiration before your next appointment.
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano and Renee Rodriguez