Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show love; love tattoos are a great way to do it. They can represent everlasting love and loyalty or be an artistic expression of love. Love tattoos can be the perfect gift for this special occasion, whether it’s a romantic quote or matching art on you and your significant other. Plus, getting a love tattoo doesn’t have to break the bank like diamonds and jewelry.
There are so many ways to express the emotion that we decided to round up creative and thoughtful pieces that show the range of possibilities available to you. We all need a little ink inspiration to get us started! Express your love this Valentine’s Day with a one-of-a-kind love tattoo!
Kittens kissing? Yes, please! This love tattoo featuring two cats with little hearts is one of the sweetest designs we’ve ever seen. If you love cats, dogs, or any pet, consider getting a tattoo to show your love.
Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss is one of the world’s most famous works of art today. You can find it reproduced and hanging in a number of homes. Here, we find the artwork edited into a neat, dazzling frame.
Here are some super stylish faces that look wholly original. We find the cheeks red with hearts that look so majestic next to those bold black lines. Think outside the box for a love tattoo that looks as singular.
A Perfect Fit
Matching tattoos for couples are a sweet and endearing way to represent the love that a pair shares. This lock and key scheme is extremely popular among love tattoos today.
An Endless Kiss
We find a somewhat surrealist love tattoo in one of the best love tattoos on this list. The person who shared this image captioned it “love forever,” and we think the design speaks for itself and conveys just that.
Hands for Heart
We find two tidy hands forming a heart symbol in this original design. The lines are neat and clean, which is what you need with a simple tattoo. We think it makes a lovely statement!
Full of Pride
Sometimes love tattoos make a political statement. When your sexuality is a point of debate, a simple tattoo can make a huge statement that “love is love.”
Take a look at this love tattoo that was made to remind the person with it to “listen to your heart.” We find a horn springing from a heart, making it instantly apparent what this tattoo is meant to convey. Amazing!
Knots About It
The person who shared this image included the hashtag: #lovekills. We think the tattoo nails that concept as we find a noose shaped like a heart holding a rose. It’s a haunting design, unlike any other love tattoo on this list.
To the Letter
Who does not treasure the idea of a love letter? We find one being delivered by a beautifully ornate hand, along with some flower details to help bring beauty and balance to the piece.
Endless Love in the Desert
We stumble across more skeletons again as they are so very popular among love tattoos. This pair has been found in a gorgeous desert scene that includes a sunset and a flowering cactus. What a dream!
Sometimes love feels like a tempest. We find a passionate cloud here that’s raining hearts. It’s one of the most unique love tattoos on this list.
We find two lovers framed by a golden heart in this romantic design that says “’til Death.” The faces are rather minimal and harken back to more traditional styles of tattooing. Go back to basics with your love tattoo for something equally as timeless.
Shot Through the Heart
Here’s a rather unique love tattoo that includes an arrow through the heart. If simplicity is bliss, this tattoo is pure pleasure as it has been boiled down to the bare minimum.
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If you’re a little goth, you go ahead and get that black heart love tattoo you know you want. This one has been paired with a jeweled outline and some moody purple flowers.
Here, we find “true love” spelled out in cute little hearts and a banner. The imagery is rather traditional and time-tested, but the artist’s composition of the love tattoo makes it stand out as an inspired design.
A Blossoming Heart
We find a chrysanthemum married to a heart in this truly mesmerizing love tattoo. Take a look at all of the shading that’s been used to give the tattoo depth and texture. Bravo!
Cute little cherubs are very popular love tattoos, with people getting the little angelic figures inked all over their bodies. We liked this one that included some lovely and evocative red ink.
Romance Is Key
Heart-shaped lockets are yet another popular trend among love tattoos, as you’ve already seen. We thought this big tattoo looked crisp and smart.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel with your love tattoo! Feel free to get some handsome initials of your partner or your initial and your partner’s for a lasting symbol of love.
Single-line tattoos are an extremely popular trend today, with people getting faces like these often. It’s a beautiful symbol of the connection shared between two lovers.
More Cat, Please
Advertise your cat lady credibility with adorable cat love tattoos! This fancy feline has a question it wants to ask you. Will you accept?
Kissing in the Cosmos
Woah! This tattoo means business! We find the silhouette of two faces engaged in a kiss filled with celestial bodies. If your love feels cosmic, get yourself some love tattoos that reflect that.
Have you ever seen a tattoo like this? It’s one of the most unique concepts we’ve beheld and one of our favorite love tattoos on this list. Red ink is always a good idea; if you’re not married to black, we encourage you to consider it.
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For a straightforward love tattoo, all it takes is a little heart. This one looks like liquid or smoke and has an ethereal vibe that we imagine many folks will appreciate.
These love tattoos are the perfect way to show your affection for someone special. Whether you’re looking for a small and delicate tattoo or something bold, there’s definitely something on this list for you. And if you’re still unsure what to get, don’t worry! We’ve got plenty of other amazing tattoo ideas for you to explore. So keep reading and find the perfect tattoo to fall in love with!
Like a Ring
A popular spot for small heart tattoos is on the fingers. What’s not love about a little flash of sweetness that any and all can see? The ring finger is the most popular, but you can decide what digit you want yours to land on.
Heart on Heart
Here’s another one of the simple small heart tattoos. It’s been placed in the middle of the chest which gives it even more meaning.
For more visual interest, consider getting stacked small heart tattoos. You can do them in different colors or different styles to spice things up.
This small heart tattoo looks like a hand-drawn heart with its cute little curl. The line is very fine here, and if you’d like something similar, you should discuss the thickness of the lines used for your design with your tattoo artist.
Micro Heart Tattoo With Fill
Tiny tattoos are very much a trend today. You can go really small with a heart because it is such a simple shape. A tiny black one looks great but any color will do!
Follow the Butterfly
Here’s a cute idea for those out there who also love butterflies. A small heart tattoo has been formed by the flightpath the butterfly has taken. A couple of flower details sweeten the deal even further.
Here’s another micro-small heart tattoo, and we share it with you because it’s red and not black. See how big of a difference a little color makes? Red is always smart regarding any tattoo, but you’ve got a perfect excuse with a heart.
Another direction people take their small heart tattoos in is a geometric design. You could do something more minimalist with just sharp shapes that form the heart or brighten things up a touch with a gemstone or diamond-looking heart. What a treat!
Key to Their Heart
A very simple heart design has been improved by the addition of some basic shapes. We have a keyhole, wings, and crown that all offer symbolic meaning. What does this tattoo mean to you? What do you want your tattoo to convey?
One of the most popular small heart tattoos is the infinity symbol with the heart shape worked into it. If you decide to go with something similar, know that you are in very, very good company as a lot of people have a tattoo that looks just like this.
For the Love of the Sea
Believe it or not, we saw a lot of small heart tattoos that also feature waves. People sure have a deep connection to the sea. Here’s one of the most minimal ones we encountered that takes one thin line to get its meaning across.
The Fade of It All
If you’re not afraid to play with color, a heart that seems to fade from red to black, as you see in the above example, or from any color to another is cool. Add a few colors, and you can have a very dramatic ombré effect.
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Another Way to Fade
Okay, you’re not messing around. If you aren’t a fan of colorful ink, you can fade from black to grey for something equally handsome. Because small heart tattoos are often simple, you can really get weird with the ways you choose to fill them.
The More, the Merrier
Why have just one when you can have several small heart tattoos? This person has chosen five with a different color for each. What do yo think of this look?
Melting tattoos are widespread across the board but the effect looks really cool for small heart tattoos. With just black ink, this artist has created something that is visually appealing with a sentiment that seems to say, “you melt my heart.”
The Real Deal
With just a few additions, you can have a more realistic look with your small heart tattoos. It’s a popular choice that looks fun in black but can really be brought to life with your favorite color.
Wow! A tiny surreal masterpiece. We find a small heart tattoo with flowers springing from the valves. The artist has used white ink to add highlight and depth to the overall design.
This small heart tattoo was too cute not to share. We find a little cowboy boot filled with itty-bitty hearts. How sweet is that? It makes us want to yell, “yeehaw!”
White Is an Option
White ink tattoos used to be very rare. Artists did not really see much of a point to them because they fade incredibly fast. After a few short months, this small heart tattoo will barely be visible. This could be an appealing feature to you but prepare to need touch-ups to keep it looking great.
Okay, so this is the largest of the small heart tattoos on this list. But we loved the overall idea. The heart is treated as a specimen here under a glass cloche. It seems to float by magic, offering a mysterious and cool look.
Peace and Love
Simplicity is bliss. With minimal effort, a tattoo artist has created a design that conveys the symbolism of both a heart and a dove. We get a sort of peace and love combination. Consider pairing another element with the heart for even more self-expression.
Loving Planet Earth
Two small heart tattoos flank the earth in this nature-loving design. if you love the planet and all of its splendor, something similar could be the right fit for you.
Feeling fruity? We found these two cherries with stems that form a heart to be a really fun idea. Your artist can work just about anything into a heart shape, so follow your joy and let them get creative.
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Queen of Hearts
Finally, we leave you with a queen of hearts-style tattoo that finds a blood-red heart under a silver crown. If you’re in it for the drama, something similar could be the right way to go. It’s stunning!
There you go! We hope you found the right small heart tattoos for you.
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
- 1 Meow!
- 2 Klimt
- 3 Sweet Cheeks
- 4 A Perfect Fit
- 5 An Endless Kiss
- 6 Hands for Heart
- 7 Full of Pride
- 8 Heartfelt Song
- 9 Knots About It
- 10 To the Letter
- 11 Endless Love in the Desert
- 12 Cloudy
- 13 Always
- 14 Shot Through the Heart
- 15 Razzle Dazzle
- 16 Stay True
- 17 A Blossoming Heart
- 18 Stupid Cupid
- 19 Romance Is Key
- 20 Initials
- 21 Connection
- 22 More Cat, Please
- 23 Kissing in the Cosmos
- 24 Smooch
- 25 Purple Heart
- 26 Like a Ring
- 27 Heart on Heart
- 28 Doubling Up
- 29 Hand-Drawn
- 30 Micro Heart Tattoo With Fill
- 31 Follow the Butterfly
- 32 Teeny Tiny
- 33 Shimmering
- 34 Key to Their Heart
- 35 Forever Love
- 36 For the Love of the Sea
- 37 The Fade of It All
- 38 Another Way to Fade
- 39 The More, the Merrier
- 40 Melt
- 41 The Real Deal
- 42 With Flowers
- 43 Little Boot
- 44 White Is an Option
- 45 Magic
- 46 Peace and Love
- 47 Loving Planet Earth
- 48 Cherries
- 49 Queen of Hearts
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