Of all the art media Star Wars has influenced since its release in 1977, tattooing has been one of the most iconic. While Star Wars has an incredibly dramatic look, the iconography is still easily discernible with just a minimalist outline, which is great for tattoo enthusiasts not keen on breaking the bank for a full-color full-sleeve tattoo.
While large tattoos are stunning, some of the most eye-catching tattoos can be the smaller ones or ones with a toned-down color palette that still reflects your appreciation for the series. From them, these are our picks for the 10 best Star Wars tattoos that don’t cost an arm and a leg.
Small floral BB-8 tattoo
This tattoo would be perfect for anyone looking to show a little love for their favorite spherical astromech. There’s a small hint of color, but nothing to ratchet up the bill too much. Also, you could play around with the placement of the flowers or change the type.
Outline Boba Fett helmet tattoo
The helmets in Star Wars are just as recognizable as the characters’ faces, if not more so. As such, what simpler tattoo could be better than a helmet? These tattoos are clear to look at, don’t need to be painfully shaded and shouldn’t cost too much, and there are countless ways you can customize one to make it your own.
Star Wars Opening Crawl Text Tattoo
Small text tattoos are a great way to show your love without emptying your wallet, and the most recognizable text in all of Star Wars is the line that begins every movie. This tattoo would go well on any area of the body, but no matter where it is, it will surely make any Star Wars fan want to hear an orchestra.
Variety of Star Wars ship tattoos
These minimalist outline tattoos could fit perfectly into a sleeve you already have, or stand on their own as a simple symbol of hope (or maybe a little darker). Not to mention they could walk together or fly alone. Either way would look clean and is a great way to show your appreciation for the series.
R2-D2 projection of Princess Leia Tattoo
This would be a great tattoo to suit a friend or loved one. It lends itself perfectly to a simple two-toned color palette, such as black and white or blue and gray. Plus, it’s one of the more unique ways to show your love for the series compared to more traditional — and more expensive — alternatives.
Star wars death star silhouette tattoo
When an outline doesn’t feel like enough detail but a colored tattoo would be too much, a silhouette tattoo like this one could be perfect. Star Wars ships and landmarks are clearly visible without having to go into intricate detail and fully color the piece.
Grogu catches butterflies tattoo
Any tattoo featuring grogu will be a winner and this one is a great size that has nice detail without looking too much. Dotwork and linework tattoos work well for small designs on small spots on the body, and what better small design than the child themselves?
Flower lightsaber hilt tattoo
A lightsaber, or even just the hilt, is the perfect tattoo to fit on an arm or leg, either as a standalone statement or to fit within a sleeve. These are great because you can choose your own lightsaber design and easily get away with a simple black and white palette. You can also replace the flowers with vines, thorns, or whatever suits your style, making it even more customizable and easy to personalize.
Matching Star Wars couples tattoos
These tattoos serve as a great source of inspiration when it comes to matching up with that special rebel. You could choose to get just the icons or just the text, but either way would clearly demonstrate your connection through the Force.
Tatooine binary sunset tattoo
This tattoo captures so much emotion in such a small piece without having to go crazy on the details. There are also many variations that could be made, whether through the colors, the size, or the layout. Regardless, the Force theme immediately springs to mind when you see the two suns on the horizon, making it one of the best simple tattoos a Star Wars fan can get.
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