Each one of us feels a certain way about tattoos. While some of us have an elaborate Pinterest board filled with potential tattoo designs, others are strictly against the idea. But have you ever wondered about how the concept of tattooing came to be? Ethnographic studies prove that tattooing has been practiced by (almost) all human cultures since ancient times. The oldest known tattoos have been traced to around 3370 and 3100 B.C.
While the significance and culture around tattooing have evolved over the centuries, the basic idea remains intact. We, humans, tend to write things down that are important to us – from historic cave drawings to making notes on our smart devices. What are tattoos but a way to emboss our bodies with dates, symbols, words, or designs that are close to our hearts? After all, tattoos are as much or often even more about the significance that they hold than about their aesthetic.
Getting inked can be daunting – especially the first time around. While some of us are still hunting for that special design or word to engrave our bodies, others are afraid of the commitment. When it comes to tattoos, it is possible to speak volumes without taking up a lot of space. Perhaps, that explains the popularity of dainty tattoos. People the world over are getting tiny yet impactful doodles inscribed on their skin.
Whether it’s a special date, a meaningful illustration, a motivational quote, or even an everyday object that’s dear to you, before you get inked, scroll through Savoir Flair‘s gallery of inspiration.
Discover the most adorable dainty tattoos below.