Everyone used to avoid getting wrist tattoos because they were so visible, but time shave surely changed. These days wrist tattoos are a great way to show who you are by getting a tattoo design that is both attractive and meaningful.

Yes, wrist tattoos are small, but that does not mean that they are any less meaningful than huge sleeves or big back tattoos. In fact, you can get a tiny wrist tattoo that holds more meaning to you because it is located in a place that you will always be able to see.

It should be pointed out that if you plan on getting a wrist tattoo, you should be prepared for a slightly more painful experience. The reason for this is because the skin is so close to the bone around the wrist, so the needle can cause a little bit of discomfort. As long as you know that going in, you shouldn’t have a problem getting your wrist tattoo.

Below are just some of the most popular wrist tattoo ideas and why they are so popular.

The dots
There are multiple reasons why the dots tattoo has always been and continues to be one of the most popular wrist tattoos. First off, they’re extremely simple to make, which makes them a great tattoo idea for those who don’t need a big detailed design. Secondly, it’s a very inexpensive tattoo to get, perhaps the most inexpensive tattoo in existence. And finally, there are a lot of meanings that come with the dots tattoo, including the “my story isn’t finished yet” meaning that comes with the ellipses tattoo.

The heart(s)
The heart tattoo is a classic for a reason. Some people want to show that they love life, so they’ll get a little heart tattoo on their wrist. Others like to go a bit further with the design by wrapping hearts “bracelets” around their wrists. You won’t be sitting in the chair long to get your heart tattoo, but it is definitely one of those designs that will hold its meaning for the rest of your life.

The cross
The cross is a classic arm and back tattoo, but it is starting to shoot up the wrist tattoo ranks as well. This isn’t usually the type of design that you want to wrap around your wrist, so your main decision will be whether you want it going up your arm or across your wrist. Either way, it is a fantastic religious tattoo to get if you want to get one that you can look at and show off at all times.

The favorite quote
You can get a favorite quote tattooed anywhere on your body, but the wrist is a great place to get short motivational quotes. The key to these wrist tattoos is to get a quick quote that will help make every one of your days better. It can be a favorite line from a TV show or movie, or it can be a quick three-word quote that you remember from when you were a kid. The main thing is to get a quote that you will be happy to wear on your wrist for the rest of your days.

The animal
Many people don’t think about the wrist when they’re wondering where to get an animal tattoo, but it can work in many cases. For example, if you have a short animal with a long tail, the body can go on top of your wrist with the tail running underneath. Snakes are also extremely popular wrist tattoos since it just makes sense to wrap them around.

The watch
This one is pretty obvious, though it’s only recommended if the watch tattoo makes sense for you. Some people get the wrist watch tattoo because it reminds them of a family member (because they owned that watch). Some people will use the watch tattoo to remind themselves that life is short and to never stop going towards their goals. What’s great about watch tattoos is that they are pretty much always heavy on detail, making them cool to look at regardless of what kind of watch you get.

The skull
The skull tattoo is yet another classic tattoo design that can be pretty much anywhere on the body. It actually is a pretty good wrist tattoo idea because it’s a constant reminder of one’s mortality. Believe it or not, the skulls have become popular with romantic partners, with both parties getting a skull on one of their wrists (usually underneath).

The arrows
There is a huge selection of arrow tattoo meanings that people can choose from, so it shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise that this is a popular wrist tattoo idea. You can get a single arrow to show you’re always moving forward in your life; you can get two arrows to mean “friendship”; or you can get a bunch of arrows in a quiver bag to show off your strength. Regardless of how many arrows you get, you can be sure that it will fit on your wrist and will look great.

The semicolon
The semicolon tattoo is an extremely meaningful design, so it is a great one to get on your wrist if the meanings work for you. The main meaning for the semicolon is that the owner has had a “pause” in his or her life, but there is more to come. Many people who have survived suicide have gotten this tattoo for motivation, but the same meaning can be used by anyone who wants to get past a tough time in their lives. The semicolon wrist tattoo is usually places straight down the middle of the wrist.

The Roman numerals
If you have a significant date that you always want to remember, then the Roman numeral tattoo is a great way to forever have that date on your wrist. Some people will get their wedding dates in Roman numerals, while some will remember a loved one’s birthday with this classic numeric style. You can also use roman numerals in a quote tattoo to give it a unique look. What’s great about Roman numeral tats is that they are quick to make but they have a ton of personal meaning in them.

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