Tattoos are pieces of art and most people get ink because they want to show it off. However, the option to keep yours a secret certainly exist, as there are plenty of hidden tattoo spots all over your body just begging to be inked up. There are plenty of clever tattoos that even mom will love, but there are also clever places to get a tattoo if you don't want her or anyone else to see it. Your tattoo, your rules. (And don't let anybody tell you otherwise.)
You can hide it on your neck and under your hair, on your pouty bottom lip, on the soles of your feet, in between your fingers — just to name a few. If these tat locations are good enough for celebs, they're certainly good enough for you. I mean, if Angelina Jolie's doing it, it must be good enough for us mere mortals, right?
Listen, even though I'm totally pro-tats, I understand if you really want to get a tattoo to express yourself but don't want it to be super obvious or on display. Some family members may still be against getting inked and, believe it or not, there are still certain jobs that won't hire you if you have visible ink.
So here are 13 places that your tattoo can exist peacefully with a relative degree of privacy... and to offer the element of surprise to whomever shall find it. There's something sort of cool about being a secret badass, right?
1. On the bottom of your foot.
Cara Delevingne is down with swine, with the word "bacon" on the sole of her foot. Unless you go barefoot or have a foot fetish, this one is your little secret. Between the toes is also a good hiding spot — just keep in mind both of these placements won't last as long as other locations.
2. Between your fingers.
In between your fingers is a cute place to tuck a tattoo. Katy Perry has two discreet tattoos — Hello Kitty and her Super Bowl performance Roman numerals — living on her digits. Unless you get her mad and she starts waving her hands or giving a one-finger salute, these babies are hush hush without being totally hidden or forgotten.
3. On your ear.
If you want a carefully hidden tattoo, check out this inspo from Kat Von D, who is covered from head to toe, yet has a sneaky sprinkle of stars on her ear lobe. If you have long hair and always wear it down, this is a great place to stash a tattoo.
Cara has a diamond on her ear, too! She also has stars on her tragus. Who needs piercings?!
4. On your inner lip.
Lip tattoos tend to fade since they are always wet, but that didn't stop Miley Cyrus from getting a bottom lip inking. That's a super secret sweet spot.
5. Ankle Deep
You can decorate your inner ankle with a tattoo, like Katy Perry has done with her strawberry. It's not totally hidden from view, but it's not super ostentatious, either.
6. Under your boobs.
Sure, Rihanna's under boob tattoo is always out, but most people don't have the luxury to walk around in bikinis all day, so this would stay safely hidden.
7. On your neck.
Ariana Grande's half-up, half-down 'do hides her tattoo, which is right under hair hairline on the back of her neck. Long-haired girls, this tattoo's for you.
8. On your neck.
Little Miss Grande also has a tiny crescent moon right under her ear on her neck. Unless someone is smelling your hair or kissing your neck, this location can remain largely unseen.
9. Under your armpit.
Nikki Reed has side tattoo just under her armpit that is only seen here since it was peeking out! It's also easy to hide, unless you are going with a strapless ensemble.
See it from the back! It's only visible when you want it to be.
10. On your inner bicep.
Unless you are flexing, an inner bicep tattoo is quite simple to conceal, as long as you keep your arms down and your shirt has at least short sleeves.
11. On your rib cage.
Miss Miley got a ribcage tattoo years ago, when she still had long hair. That's a painful place, but it definitely tucks away nicely under most ensembles.
12. On your sideboob.
Cara D. also has a side boob tattoo that's only viewable when she goes bra-less or low-cut.
You can see it better on this collage that Cara posted on her IG.
13. On the side of your foot.
Lea Michele has many hidden tattoos, like this on along the top outer side of her foot. If you don't wear sandals, it stays out of view.
Hopefully I've convinced you to go and get inked. Don't worry — it'll be our little secret!