35+ Exquisite Line Art Tattoo Ideas

When choosing a tattoo design, it should represent your style and express your personality, just like the appearance of clothing or makeup. Exquisite and minimal line tattoos are one of the hot trends this year. It is one of the ideal choices for most people, especially those who like modern simplicity and classics. 

With simple geometric lines and deconstructed designs, most of these tattoos do not look complicated. Some are cool, others are cute. Of course, through the combination with other design elements, it can also have deep meaning. Therefore, in my opinion, line tattoos are very worth considering. Keep reading to learn more about line tattoos, and from these ideas, find the best design for you.

Clear lines and designs that use only a single ink color are called line tattoos. The characteristics of this type of tattoo are precise and discrete. Thanks to the minimalist design and monochromatic lines, the pain will be reduced when tattooing. However, don’t worry. The design will not become monotonous and boring. This kind of tattoo is exquisite, and there are thousands of designs to choose from. 

Regardless of the type of tattoo and the design style, it will fade to varying degrees over time. It is undeniable that thread tattoos will fade more easily than traditional tattoos. Because this kind of tattoo design usually uses black ink, and the thin line design’s fading will be faster and more obvious than the thick line. However, because its structural design is simple enough, the tattoo size is usually small. So when it fades, you can find a tattoo artist to easily make it look brand new.

Line tattoos for pets

Line tattoos for pets
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The pictures we shake hands with pets are the best material and inspiration for designing this kind of tattoo. Take a look at this tattoo design, how cute and warm it looks. Putting it on the arm helps to check it at any time and remember the happy time with the pet. The thin red line links your relationship with your pet. Not only that, but it also makes the tattoo eye-catching.

Unique style line tattoo

Unique style line tattoo
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Different from traditional tattoos, this unique niche style is very popular among young people. Many tattoo designs are similar to this, but their common features are geometric elements and eye-catching color matching. The color combination of this idea looks soft, but the lines and geometric elements make it full of power. The two opposing things are perfectly blended together.

Wings line tattoo

Wings line tattoo
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This tattoo design is romantic. Everyone wants to have a pair of wings to fly freely in the sky and go wherever they want to go. This element implies an infinite yearning for freedom. Therefore, if you are looking for design elements with similar meanings, wing tattoos are ideal. Different light and dark lines and different thicknesses create a whole, giving it an exquisitely detailed design. Fill it with gradient purple ink to make it more attractive.

Line tattoos for kids

Line tattoos for kids
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The tattoo design is based on a photo, and the lines are enough to express the important meaning. The number represents the year when the baby was born. The design is completely created by a thin line, which closely connects the mother and the child.

Sun line tattoo

Sun line tattoo
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The sun symbolizes hope, energy, and a new beginning. The tattoo design includes the horizon and the rising sun. To make it more obvious and easier to understand, the lines used to design the horizon are thicker and darker in color.

“Rainbow After Rain” Line Tattoo

"Rainbow After Rain" Line Tattoo
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“You will see a beautiful rainbow only after a violent storm.” This is an eternal law of nature. If you want to achieve great success, then facing setbacks and failures is inevitable. This is a very serious and profound truth in life, but this tattoo expresses it in a modern and fashionable design. I have to say that it is creative and in line with contemporary aesthetics.

Map line tattoo

Map line tattoo
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A map tattoo is always meaningful, and it can be used to express your longing for your hometown. Or are you a travel enthusiast? Use the world map as the basis, use lots of different colors of ink to mark the places you have been, and make your own map of the world. Imagine what a wonderful design!

Double line cloud tattooHeartbeat line tattoo

Double line cloud tattoo
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Although the tattoo is monochromatic, the double lines make the design elements look more real and vivid.

Heartbeat line tattoo

Heartbeat line tattoo
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We need to have a deep understanding of a heartbeat tattoo’s meaning, which is not only a fashionable design element. In my opinion, it can represent everyone’s different life ups and downs. Or record certain important moments or events, such as marriage and the birth of a child.

Sunrise line tattoo

Sunrise line tattoo
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The combination of thin lines and bright colors makes this line tattoo stand out. At first glance, it seems that this tattoo only describes the sunrise. However, through careful observation, its design is very clever, thanks to the gradual color, it also describes the sunset scene.

Pet portrait line tattoo

Pet portrait line tattoo
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There are many tattoo designs for pets, and the portrait type is one of the most popular. You can provide photos and let the artist design for you. Or draw a draft line drawing like this idea on paper, and use it without modification. Either way, they look great. In the first way, the design details will be richer and look more refined. The second way is more cute and unique.

Moon phase line tattoo

Moon phase line tattoo
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If you follow the trend of tattoo art, you will know how popular moon phase tattoos are. The best way to design this kind of tattoo is to use lines and fill them with black or gray shades to show the beautiful change process. In fact, this kind of tattoo does have a certain meaning, but most people pay more attention to its decorativeness.

Meaningful line tattoos

Meaningful line tattoos
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Don’t be surprised. This tattoo is indeed meaningful. Its design is inspired by two quotes. The first quote is: “Start everything from a handful of lines,” and the second quote is: “Life is tearing and repairing.” What a wonderful and smart design, it seems to hide the true meaning, but it attracts people to explore more deeply.

Heart Line Tattoo

Heart Line Tattoo
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The idea is to deconstruct the heart element and the infinite symbol and then recombine them. This is a classic and common creative design method. Although it looks simple, it is easier to express the point of view you want to convey. This tattoo seems to tell people: “Love forever.”

Arrow line tattoo

Arrow line tattoo
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Plants give the arrow a gentle but steady flow of natural power. Filled with only lines and black ink, it is simple and generous. And this tattoo looks “very balanced” visually, because it strictly follows the design concept of symmetrical aesthetics.

Creative infinity symbol line tattoo

Creative infinity symbol line tattoo
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The double line makes the line tattoo look more three-dimensional and represents “two people” in this tattoo design. Therefore, this tattoo can be used for couple tattoos, family tattoos or sisters tattoos, etc.

Line tattoo on shoulder

Line tattoo on shoulder
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Bottom-up line tattoo, from shoulder to behind the ear. The broken line design reminds me of Morse code. This tattoo may have meaning, but only the person who wears it will know it. Even as a decorative tattoo, its simple design is amazing and eye-catching.

Color rose line tattoo

Color rose line tattoo
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How to make rose tattoos look more romantic and elegant? This idea has already given the answer. Rich gradient colors and curvy thin lines, it is so impressive.

Bear line tattoo

Bear line tattoo
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This little bear tattoo is very interesting. The light-colored thin line is responsible for depicting the entire outline, while the black line lights up the tattoo. Appreciating this tattoo from different angles, you will find that it is fierce and strong and lively and cute.

Emoji line small tattoo

Emoji line small tattoo
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This is probably the simplest “real” tattoo design. It’s cute and fun. Whether as a personal decoration or expressing personality, it is very good. And the tiny tattoo size is very easy to hide.

Ankle line tattoo

Ankle line tattoo
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The ankle is one of the best body parts for placing a line tattoo. This kind of surrounding minimalist line tattoo design can well show the body part’s graceful curves. And the distance between the line and the line is not equal, making it look “random” and creative.

Word thick line tattoo

Word thick line tattoo
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Meaningful word (quote) tattoo style depends on the choice of font. Word tattoos with serif fonts are classic designs, while sans serif fonts will make the design stylish and simple. At the same time, this font is also suitable for designing long quote tattoos. The tattoo design with handwriting looks romantic and elegant. You can also combine it with other design elements. Common and popular ones are flowers, sun, moon, animals and so on.

Paper airplane line tattoo

Paper airplane line tattoo
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The paper airplane element has a childhood color, usually it represents the beginning of a new self, or a whimsical imagination. If you simply use lines to create a contour paper airplane tattoo, it looks ordinary. So this idea has some creative detailed design to make it look more like “paper” and more real.

Coconut tree line tattoo

Coconut tree line tattoo
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Some people are obsessed with the sea. If you are the same, then this tattoo is tailor-made for you. Although there is no sea element in this tattoo, coconut trees, and thin lines perfectly construct the beach scenery. Unlike traditional sea tattoos, this tattoo design has more connotations.

Abstract line tattoo

Abstract line tattoo
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The creative abstract tattoo design, the perfect combination of thick lines and thin red lines makes it attractive. The tattoo is like a stunning artwork.

Floral line tattoo on hand

Floral line tattoo on hand
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Without complicated details, the thick flowers placed on your hands will give you power from nature. Although this is a floral tattoo, it looks cool.

“Complex” line tattoos

"Complex" line tattoos
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Although the tattoo looks complicated, every line has traces to follow. Under certain circumstances, it still ensures “simplicity,” what an outstanding tattoo artist.

Finger Line Tattoo

Finger Line Tattoo
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Bold finger tattoos, no matter which design style you choose, will be eye-catching and impressive. The design filled with ink only looks cool, while the colorful line design is young and cute.

Tree line tattoo

Tree line tattoo
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The tree represents life, growth, etc. In this design, the fiery sun releases a steady stream of energy. These two elements are complementary to each other in a sense. The thick black trunk and tapering branches are stylish and simple in design and cool. Not only that, the red sun makes it eye-catching and shining. Of course, the tattoo is complicated. You need an experienced tattoo artist to show it perfectly, which means you may need to spend more money and time. But, please appreciate it again, its amazing style design. In my opinion, it is all worthwhile.

Animal line tattoo

Animal line tattoo
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The beautifully curved lines make the animal tattoo “live,” and the pony runs on the arm. It cannot be denied that this tattoo seems to have magical powers and can be pleasant. Do you feel the same as me? The minimalist style wants to show more unique design beauty. It takes more time to polish the design. Therefore, if you are looking for the best animal line tattoo design, this idea is worthy of reference.

Phoenix line tattoo

Phoenix line tattoo
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The phoenix reborn from the ashes represents the desire to start a new life. The lines with different shades and thicknesses outline the complete outline while highlighting the design details. The vertical design direction can be perfectly placed on the legs, arms, or back. If you want a phoenix tattoo that fits on your shoulder, please modify it to a horizontal design with the tattoo artist’s assistance.

Simple but rich line tattoo

Simple but rich line tattoo
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The tattoo design looks simple, but it combines a variety of design elements. For example: circles, dots, seagulls, waves, and arrows, etc. Most of the elements use the line design style, thus ensuring simplicity. Smart designers combine them perfectly to make the design look unified and coordinated. Each element represents a different meaning, so it is difficult for us to directly interpret the design’s true meaning. Only those who wear it know it. This is a popular way to design meaningful tattoos.

Captain America Line Tattoo

Captain America Line Tattoo
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Are you a big fan of Captain America? If the answer is yes, then you may be obsessed with this tattoo design. The lines perfectly depict the details of the shield. The five-pointed star filled with only half of the red ink looks creative and unique. The shadow makes the tattoo no longer monotonous.

Japanese style line tattoo

Japanese style line tattoo
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The Japanese-style wave tattoo and the line design style are simply a perfect match. Making this tattoo requires sufficient experience, because we always have to make sure that the distance between the lines is equal. Not only that, the ink of the tattoo perfectly constructs the shadow relationship between the lines, making it look not dull. Amazing creative design, this is one of our favorite line tattoos.

Funny line tattoo

Funny line tattoo
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Sometimes you don’t have to choose meaningful and common design elements if you want to express your own personality or opinions. Sometimes it’s more effective to use relatively niche design elements. This dancing skeleton is so funny. This also shows that the person wearing it is cheerful and lively.

Butterfly line tattoo

Butterfly line tattoo
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The butterfly line tattoo placed on the waist is simple in design and elegant and charming. Of course, placing it on the shoulders, back or ankles has the same effect.

Landscape line tattoo

Landscape line tattoo
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What does this tattoo remind you of? That’s right, it’s a sketch! In fact, lines are very suitable for designing this type of tattoo. The inspiration for a tattoo can be a scene or picture that is important in your memory. There is no need to describe all the details, just like this idea, just some finishing touches are needed, and the tattoo is perfect enough.

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