14 Sexy and Discreet Tattoo Ideas

Tattoos have been a means of sharing your sense of belonging with the world for centuries, and today they are huge part of fashion statement. From Ancient Egypt to the modern-day, tattooing has been a way for people to honor what they love by depicting it on their skin, to carry it with them forever. Whether it’s a piece of art that has been thought through for years or a spur-of-the-moment DIY stick and poke tattoo, each piece marks a stage in the wearer’s life. Tattoos have long been used as a way for women to take ownership of their bodies. Even back in Victorian times, women would gather for tea and tattoos! To honor the innovators and rule-breakers, we’re rounding up some of our favorite tattoo ideas for everyone, no matter your age or style.


But before we dive in, let’s talk about caring for your tattoos. You’re going to want to use a gentle cleanser after your tattoos have healed. For a while after, you might find your skin in the area that has been tattooed feels drier than usual, so using a body oil can help keep your skin happy.

1. Modern geometric tattoos

If you’re after something colorful and feminine but without the fuss of florals, these modern geometric tattoos that originated in Korea could be just what you’re looking for. 


2. Tattoos with meaningful symbols 

If something you hold dear can be captured within a symbol, a fine line tattoo could be the perfect option. These dainty tiny tattoos are perfect if you’re looking for a horoscope tattoo or a minimalist tattoo.


3. Convey your power with a tattoo

Tattoos of animals or insects such as scorpions and snakes are a great way to show your inner strength on the outside. Their placement can also be significant: get the tattoo somewhere only you and other special people get to see, or somewhere more visible, depending on who you want to share the concept with.


4. Pay tribute to someone you love

These fine line script tattoos have been trending for a few years now, and are a super cute way to honor someone you love. 


5. Floral tattoos

sexy floral tattoo ideas

Flowers are another super popular subject for people’s tattoos. Flowers are known for each having their own meaning. People often choose their birth month flower or the flowers associated with the months in which loved ones were born. Countries and states also often have flowers associated with them, so if you love traveling, then having a  tattoo made up of the flowers that symbolize where you have been could be super meaningful.

6. Dainty wanderlust tattoos

pretty travel tattoo inspiration

On the topic of travel, if you’ve ever caught the wanderlust bug and been on some adventures, then we can’t think of a better travel souvenir than a tattoo like this one… Or get a commemorative tattoo after a memorable trip that is more specific to the destination.


7. Baroque tattoos

sexy tattoo inspo

If you’re looking for something sexier, then a baroque-inspired jewelry tattoo could be more what you have in mind. These gorgeous pieces are usually designed to sit perfectly on your curves to look like draped body jewelry.


8. Thigh tattoos

sexy thigh tattoo ideas

One of the sexiest placements for tattoos has to be your upper thigh. Thigh tattoos are sexy, easy to cover when you need to, and also offer a relatively large area for you to explore some beautiful design options. 


9. Spine tattoos

delicate spine tattoo ideas

When you think of erotic parts of the body, spines probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind - BUT - whenever people are surveyed about which parts of their partner they find sexiest backs are always somewhere around the top! Emphasize the natural shape of your back with a gorgeous column tattoo that runs down your spine.


10. Heart tattoos

alternative heart tattoo ideas

Wear your heart on your sleeve with an anatomical heart tattoo. Ideal for the lover who doesn’t want to be too cute and go for a love heart, designs vary from abstract to anatomically accurate, meaning there’s a style to suit almost anyone!


11. Love Heart tattoos

tiny heart tattoo ideas

Probably one of the best options if you’re looking for something super small, love hearts can be designed in all sorts of styles and colors so you can show your personality off even if you only want to make a teeny tiny statement.


12. Couple tattoos

single line tattoo inspo

Whether you’re ready to take the plunge and get your main squeeze’s name tattooed on you, or you want something a little more ambiguous in case things don’t pan out in the long run… Getting a c tattoo is a sure-fire way to take your relationship to the next level.


13. Colorful tattoos

delicate floral watercolor tattoo ideas

Watercolor tattoos are one of the most delicate ways to incorporate color into your body art. Tattoo artists can work with most subjects to create gorgeous delicate tattoos that look super timeless.


14. Rib tattoos

sexy rib tattoos

Rib tattoos had a moment a few years back and seem to be circling back into fashion again - let’s be honest, we’re here for it! They’re cute, dainty, and don’t need to be shared with anyone unless you show them.