Minimalist Tattoos

Gallery of minimalist tattoos done by tattoo artists worldwide that can be filtered by subject, body part and size.

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Tattoo artists

Hongkongese
Victoria Yamdone
room Hong Kong
30
followers
106
Tattoos
82
likes
Illustrative
Line Art
+3

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South Korean
Tattooist Amidone
room Suncheon South Korean
3
followers
17
Tattoos
21
likes
Illustrative
Minimalist
+2

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Russian
Ksu Arrowdone
room Moscow Russian
5
followers
94
Tattoos
60
likes
Illustrative
Contemporary
+1

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Colombian
KLAURINKdone
room Escazú Costa Rican · San Rafael de Escazú Costa Rican
9
followers
24
Tattoos
35
likes
Line Art
Fine Line
+1

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Turkish
Cagri Durmazdone
room Istanbul Turkish
77
followers
136
Tattoos
270
likes
Line Art
Minimalist
+1

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Spanish
Ivan Casabòdone
room Barcelona Spanish · Bern Swiss
17
followers
39
Tattoos
52
likes
Minimalist
Line Art
+3

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Spanish
Marina Molistdone
room Barcelona Spanish
12
followers
21
Tattoos
49
likes
Line Art
Fine Line
+2

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Spanish
Luis Cavannadone
room Zürich Swiss
4
followers
20
Tattoos
20
likes
Minimalist
Line Art
+2

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South Korean
Hyoa tattooerdone
room Seoul South Korean
4
followers
27
Tattoos
50
likes
Line Art
Fine Line
+3

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Russian
Kate Svdone
room Manhattan American
34
followers
98
Tattoos
107
likes
Illustrative
Dotwork
+6

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Russian
Li Kuprinadone
room Moscow Russian
3
followers
37
Tattoos
31
likes
Line Art
Fine Line
+4

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Turkish
Okan Uçkundone
room Manhattan American
74
followers
64
Tattoos
184
likes
Blackwork
Illustrative
+3

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American
Kevin King · Blvckworkdone
room Manhattan American
34
followers
38
Tattoos
54
likes
Minimalist
Line Art

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South Korean
Tattooist Arardone
room Seoul South Korean
29
followers
49
Tattoos
113
likes
Single Needle
Minimalist
+2

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Heather Mellordone
room Winnipeg
1
follower
0
Tattoos
0
likes
Illustrative
Blackwork
+2

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American
Jingdone
room Queens American
8
followers
8
Tattoos
9
likes
Minimalist
Line Art
+3

Contact

French
Nour Cabailledone
room Ferney-Voltaire French
0
followers
10
Tattoos
0
likes
Illustrative
Blackwork
+4

Contact

British
rachainsworthdone
room Petersfield British
84
followers
57
Tattoos
210
likes
Blackwork
Line Art
+4

Contact

description

Minimalist tattoos are the ones that are reduced to its necessary elements. The aim of minimalism is to strip everything down to its essential quality and achieve simplicity.

Minimalism is a 20th century art movement characterized by extreme simplicity. Minimalism, on Tattoo Filter, refers to self-contained and tangible works of art.* These designs are focused on removing all nonessential elements, at times even attempting to erase the presence of the artist. The artist can arguably never be completely removed from the work, though, for they are choosing what is subjectively “essential.”

Negative space is a key component of minimalism. By omitting the majority of details from a subject or idea, the emptiness serves to prioritize and emphasize specific details.

Minimalism formally emerged after WWII in New York, first in sculpture and paintings that used simple color schemes and unadorned geometric shapes. Roots of contemporary minimalism can be found in the Soviet Constructivist, Bauhaus and De Stijl movements.

Minimal tattoos refer to the content of the piece, not the size. A very small but complex tattoo, with no companion tattoos around it, may be mistakenly called “minimal.” Despite the large amounts of negative space available in this case, a composition is still only minimal if it uses the most deconstructed version of the subject possible.

*Terminology disambiguation:

In art, “minimalism” can also describe deconstructed music motifs, simplified poetry and literature, or a push for scarcity in interior design and architecture. These art forms are sometimes called “postminimalist,” inspired by minimalist philosophy but ultimately occupying a different kind of space and yielding a unique type of engagement from the viewer. While they do pare down nonessential elements, they offer temporal and/or immersive experiences, rather than being a fixed set of elements in a tangible and controlled space.

In secular sociopolitics and geopolitics, “minimalism” can refer to anti-consumerism and anti-colonialism. It can describe a philosophical preference for inaction, non-expansion and non-acquisition. These outlooks may belong to a person who enjoys or creates minimalist art, but they are not wholly intertwined with the minimal art movement.

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