One of the latest (and smallest) tattoo trends are helix tattoos, which are placed on the cartilage of your ear. These dainty things are quickly replacing the small finger tats that were once the go-to trend. This new ink combines aspects of minimalism with simple, crisp lines that perfectly fit within the natural shape of the ear.
These tattoos are even being recognized within the beauty community, and are also seen as an alternative to earrings. Helix tats have quickly taken over social media, especially Instagram, due to their delicate details and incredibly thin line work.
Helix tattoos are especially popular amongst nature lovers, who are taking this chance to get flowers, vines, and branches on their ears.
Some of these body mods are microscopic and are often described as being permanent earrings.
These tiny tats are also very easy to hide if you don’t want your work/parents to know about your new ink.
This trend has even incorporated other styles of tattooing, such as dotwork.
Helix tattoos also lend themselves very well to bold designs because they make the usually-hidden area stand out.
If you are into darker imagery, maybe a small cobweb is more your style.
A pop of color will really make this tiny ink stand out!
If you’re feeling particularly creative – you should consider a tattoo-piercing combo to get the best of both worlds.
Even celebrities like Cara Delevingne has hopped on the bandwagon and opted for a diamond helix tattoo.
This trend gives tattoo artists a new opportunity to show off their creativity with the odd shape.