Inside: 53 Cute Tattoo Ideas for Teens.

Chances are, for most teens, this is your first tattoo.

Tattoos are a creative way to express oneself. And, if you have a teen who wants to get inked with quotes or images that may or may not hold much meaning, it is worth considering some options before you decide on one for life.

I can’t seem to get enough of cute tattoos for girls.

While tattoos have an aesthetic appeal, they are also meaningful works of art that can significantly impact one’s personality or how one is perceived in the world. It’s a great way to make a fashion statement and stand out in the crowd.

As much as teens hate to hear it, you are still VERY YOUNG, and although it may seem like you have life figured out… you don’t. So one of the best pieces of advice we can offer you for getting a tattoo as a teen is, smaller is always better.

A tattoo doesn’t have to be HUGE to hold a big meaning or pack a big impact. Small tattoos, done properly can be some of the best and most beautiful designs.

There are TONS of things to consider though before actually getting inked. Check out a few tips for first-time tattoos and find some four favorite cool and cute tattoo ideas for teens.

Body Art for Teenagers

First Tattoo Tips

  • Don’t Rush: The design is quite possibly the most important step, followed closely by where you get it done. If you’re not sure that you’re 100% happy with how the preliminary sketches look, talk to your artist about it. They can adjust the drawing and answer your questions.
  • Research the Shop: Read the online reviews and visit in person to check out the health standards, clientele, and tattoo artists.
  • Consider Placement: Your first tattoo is a special experience in and of itself, you may not want to choose something really huge or extremely visible (such as your face/neck/hands) for your first one.
  • Take Care of It: Tattoo aftercare is something you should take seriously – we do. Healing your tattoo is just as important as the process itself

Tattoo Aftercare

During the first few days post-tattoo, you’ll want to make sure you are washing your tattoo about two to five times a day, then following with a light layer of ointment. A good amount of air is great for the ink, so it’s critical to make sure the skin can breathe. On the first night, it’s normal to wrap the area in plastic wrap so it doesn’t stick to your bedding, but after that, make sure the design is free from coverage and getting ventilation.

Learn more about aftercare and treating your tattoo right here!

Tattoo Ideas for Teens

Now let’s dive into some fun and cool inspiration for teens and their tattoos. Check out a few of our favorite designs and find your own inspiration.

1. Black and White Pinky Promise Tattoo

2. Self Love Quote on Hip

3. Small Heart on Inner Finger

4. Cute Cherries on Ankle

5. Simple Bandaid Outline with Flowers

6. Small Outlined Butterfly Tattoo

7. Tiny Text on Neck

8. Single Line Flower Tattoo Idea

9. Typewriter Text Year Design

10. Happy and Sad Face Tattoo

11. Cresent Moon Tattoo on Hip

12. Create Quote on Hand

Cool Tattoos for Teens

13. Small Tree Tattoo on Ribs

14. Little Mountain View Design

15. Flowers on Finger Tattoo

16. “Wild” with Bundle of Flowers

Cool Tattoos for Teens

17. Cactus Outline on Ankle

18. Music Notes on Shoulder

19. Little Detailed Butterfly

20. Angel Wings Tattoo

21. Love Yourself Tattoo Art

22. Fingers Crossed Tattoo Design

23. Small Realistic Sunflower Tattoo

24. “Be Kind” in Small Script Font

Small Tattoo Ideas for Teenage Girl

Keeping tattoos small, especially for teens is recommended. You never know if your style will change, evolve, or grow. Here are a few of our favorite trendy small tattoo ideas for teenagers.

25. Tiny Bird Tattoo

26. Cute Small Hummingbird Tattoo Design

27. Little Fish Swimming Tattoo Idea

28. Black and White Flower Stems

29. Two Small Butterflies Tattoo

30. Little Bumblebee Design

31. Simple Daisy Tattoo on Wrist

32. Detailed Dragonfly Outline

Small Tattoo Ideas for Teenage Girl

33. Small Open Book Tattoo Idea

34. Little Lava Lamp Tattoo

35. Tiny Four Leaf Clover

36. Little Lightning Bold on Ankle

37. Smiley Face on Finger Idea

38. Black and White Bumblebee Tattoo

39. Matching Sparkle Tattoo

Cute Tattoos for Teens

40. Amor Quote on Foot

41. Small Single Line Portrait Tattoo

42. Leaf Stem Behind Ear

43. Heart Outline on Wrist
44. Art on Chest

Cute Tattoos for Teens

45. Half of a Strawberry Tattoo

46. Pink Gummy Bear Tattoo Idea

47. Small Candy Heart Outline

48. Rainbow on Wrist Tattoo

49. Tiny Red Flower Tattoo Designs

50. “Honey” Written on Ribcage

51. Small Baby Text on Back of Neck

52. Self Love in Small Script

53. Shooting Star Tattoo

More Cool Ideas for Teenagers

If you like these tattoo ideas for teens then check out a few more of our favorite posts teens will love.

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  • Educational Rights for Teens – Your child just turned 18! That sure is scary for a lot of reasons. Your child is now technically an adult and has a brand new world before them. Something to consider when your 18 year old starts this new chapter of their life is their rights as a student. The same rules don’t fly with an adult student. These changes might seem scary, so we’re here to walk you through what’s different. It is also helpful to explain this information to your 18 year old so that they’re familiar with their rights as an 18 year old high schooler.

Tattoo Ideas for Teens