17 Dainty Tattoo Ideas From Celebs Like Selena Gomez and Rihanna

Tattoos fluctuate almost as frequently as their adjacent beauty trends, like haircut shapes, skincare ingredients, and makeup color palettes (talking to you, glow-up). For a while, everyone was getting inked on their inner arm. The wrist and ankle have also gotten their fair share of tattoo coverage. And other niche spots, like behind the ear or somewhere on the collarbone, have also been favored tattoo destinations.

One trend that seems to have some serious staying power is that of the dainty tattoo. Usually done in a fine line and a simplistic shape, this delicate approach is akin to investing in a pretty piece of jewelry—only this one lasts quite a bit longer. Ahead, see celebrities who have embraced the dainty tattoo trend. Some of them opt for dainty tattoos only, while others incorporate these fine-lined looks with their bolder tattoos.

Whether you're considering getting a tattoo or not, you're sure to be inspired by these 17 unique ideas.


Selena Gomez
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Gomez's semicolon tattoo is clean and simple.


Shay Mitchell
(Image credit: @shaymitchell)

Mitchell had Roman numerals inked on her wrist that translate to "I love you."


Solange Knowles
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Knowles's artful, thin strokes are a unique approach to tattoos.


Dakota Johnson
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The delicate flower on Johnson's arm will always feel relevant.


Ashley Benson
(Image credit: @ashleybenson)

Benson has the word "Muggsy" tattooed on her right bicep.


Lucy Hale
(Image credit: @lucyhale)

The sans-serif font for Hale's arm tattoo is delicate and divinely minimal.


Lea Michele
(Image credit: @leamichele)

Michele's delicate tattoo feels fitting for the singer and actress.


Kate Moss
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The model has an "L" tattooed on her left wrist.


Bella Hadid
(Image credit: James Devaney/Contributor)

Look closely enough and you'll spot the delicate flower tattoo on the back of Hadid's left arm.


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Though Rihanna has a smattering of tattoos on the bolder side, the ink on her collarbone feels delicate and soft.


Zoë Kravitz
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Kravitz has several simple, delicate tattoos on her fingers and wrists.


Sienna Miller
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We've always loved Miller's three-star tattoo on her right shoulder.


Erin Wasson
(Image credit: @erinwasson)

Wasson is a treasure trove of tattoo ideas, including the "Keep It Neil" ink on her shoulder.


(Image credit: @beyonce)

Beyoncé and Jay-Z both have the Roman numeral IV tattooed on their fingers.


Rita Ora
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For an unexpected spot, consider Ora's ear and behind-the-ear tattoos as inspiration.


Emma Stone
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The bird's feet on Stone's wrist feel playful and out of the norm.


Kristen Stewart
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A good idea if you're getting a tattoo to represent a number of people or an anniversary.

Up next: The part of the body every fashion girl is getting a tattoo on—can you guess where it is?

Nicole Kliest
Freelance Contributor

Nicole Kliest is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City who focuses on fashion, travel, food, wine, and pretty much anything else that's amusing to write about. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a bachelor's in journalism and creative writing, she started her career back in 2010 as Who What Wear's photo editor and throughout the last decade has contributed to publications including Fashionista, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, The Zoe Report, PopSugar, Fodor's Travel, and several others. She also copywrites and has worked with clients such as Frame, Sea, 3x1, Intelligentsia, and others to develop brand voices through storytelling and creative marketing. She's very passionate about the ways we can improve our sustainability efforts in the fashion industry as well as cultivating content that's diverse and inclusive of all people. When she's not checking out the latest restaurant opening in her West Village neighborhood or riding her bicycle along the West Side Highway, she can be found scheming her next trip somewhere around the world. (Up next is Vienna.)