21 Minimalistic Tattoos For Anyone Who Loves Adventure

...because sometimes less is more

When a lot of people think of tattoos they think big, bright and bold, but needless to say those kinds of pieces are not for everyone.

Minimalistic tattoos look clear and considered, and you can channel your love for adventure without committing to something that you might find overwhelming.

Here are a wide selection of some of our favourite minimalistic adventure tattoos, ranging from mountains and waves to words and planets.

There’s a whole world out there. And some people have a whole lot of love for it…


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This tattoo uses an awesome negative effect and geometric style to bring you back to the snowy mountains by night.


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Simple but effective. A full moon to stay with you every day of the month. Not ideal for werewolves.


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We really like this adventure tattoo as a minimalistic way of marking a particular place or time special for you. For when you’ve hit that golden spot on your travels, or find a particularly nice McDonalds at 3am in the morning and want to commend the experience…


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We’re mad about this minimalistic compass. The compass tattoo is common amongst adventurers these days and there are so many different designs, many of which are great. This is one of our favourites.



Intricate in design, minimalist in implementation. The triangle border is a great way of keeping your tattoo minimal and crisp no matter what the design. This one though, is particularly rad.


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Sometimes simple is the most effective.


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We love the geometric shapes that make us this mountain range. The straight lines look perfect, though we imagine this must have been a painful one!


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Exactly what it says on the tin. For the days when you’re exploring new horizons, dreaming ahead, and there’s only one word on your mind.



You have to pick your words wisely when you opt for a text tattoo, but for us, this one is spot on. A subtle tattoo that speaks volumes, though not ideal when the kids ask “are we there yet?”.


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Another adventure tattoo boxed off by a border and showing you don’t need colour and shading to capture your dream landscape.


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A constellation joined by the dots. This is an awesome idea and would work on so many parts of the body.


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Flying like a paper plane… Either that, or she’s a big M.I.A fan.


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First class to your next adventure? We’ll never be able to afford it on the plane, so why not get it inked and post yourself.


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A great first tattoo to show your love for the mountains without overwhelming.


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This awesome take on the Andes mountain range is so simple yet so effective, a lot of which is probably down to the placement.


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For when you just can’t decide…


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The most simple design on the list. Super clear cut, looks sweet. We like it.


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For those days when it’s raining outside and you need a reminder of your priorities…


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Tree, wave and mountain. Or tree, top-of-dog-turd and upside down ice-cream cone? Probably the former. Seriously though, this is awesome.


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For when you want to put a wave in your wave…

21. Mo Ganji

Mo Ganji is a Berlin tattoo artist who draws in minimalistic single-line and creates original designs for each one of his clients. You can learn more about him on his website:

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