30+ Powerful Under Eye Tattoos That Tell a Story for Every Gaze

Under-eye tattoos are pretty intense. They’re not just any tattoo because everyone can see them all the time, right under your eye. People get them for all kinds of reasons, like remembering something big in their life or just because they think it looks cool. But, picking what to get is a big deal since the space is small and it’s right there on your face.

These tattoos can be simple stuff like a little symbol, a few words, or numbers that mean something special to you. They’re usually not too expensive, starting at about $50 to $100, but finding someone who’s good at doing tattoos in such a tricky spot is key.

If you’re thinking about getting one, we’ve got a bunch of ideas for under-eye tattoos. From simple designs to something that says a lot about you, check out the 30 ideas we’ve put together. They might just help you decide on the perfect one.

1. Blessed

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A tattoo with the word blessed explains its meaning by itself. Also, that tattoo can be a reminder that things will get better and that the bad will pass before another blessing follows.

2. Rotten

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Rotten. Whether or not that tattoo describes you is up to you. Of course, a tattoo can be without any meaning, as people sometimes tattoo things that sound nice or that they like.

3. Tears

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When you search the internet for the meaning of teardrop tattoos, you will come across stories of how they represent attempted murder or mourning for murdered people. We don’t know how true that is, but we do know that teardrop tattoos can represent many other things. It can be mourning for a lost loved one or an attempt to show someone’s emotionality, etc.

4. Name

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If you want to always carry your loved one with you everywhere, this is a sign to tattoo their name somewhere on your body, or you can also on your face, so that when you look in the mirror you always see that person’s name on your face. Whether it is a sister, mother, father, child, brother or any other person, it is up to you to decide. Add a small heart next to it to make the tattoo even more symbolic.

5. Batman

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Many people tend to regard bats as unclean and as signs of darkness and death when, ironically, they are symbolic of positive attributes, such as longevity, happiness, mystery, dreams, intuition, rebirth, communication and inner depth. If you want them to be noticeable, the face under the eye is the ideal place for it.

6. Moon

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Universally, the moon is the symbol of growth and change. Moreover, it symbolizes the night and the passing of time, and it is a very popular image in tattoo art, unlike the sun as the symbol of permanency and eternal life. The moon is a very common tattoo and can symbolize many things. Often people get this tattoo just because they love the moon, without any special meaning.

7. Stars

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Stars have long been a representation of many things. A simple star can serve as a sign of guidance, a notation of good work, a representation of light and love, or simply just display one’s love of the universe. Furthermore, there is not one simple type of star that exists. Multiple tattoos can have some common meanings such as ambition and success, honour and hope, guidance and fate, spirituality and balance, and fighting against the darkness. For women, star tattoos can simply be because they’re beautiful! They can also symbolize hope, love and guidance.

8. Dices

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Tattoos containing dice are most often associated with gambling and the risk of gambling. But it doesn’t have to be all that, right? Of course, it doesn’t have to, because dice can also represent good luck, and they are most often tattooed by men.

9. Chinese Letters

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We haven’t learned Chinese yet to translate the meaning of this little tattoo for you, but we’re smart enough to advise you to do something you like in Chinese if you don’t want everyone to be able to interpret your tattoo. You will be extremely interesting, and the real meaning will be known by you and the people you allow.

10. Card Symbols

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The card symbol – spades – usually means good luck. This is because the spade is the ace of clubs in a deck of playing cards, and the ace is considered to be the highest-ranking card. As such, many people believe that a black spade tattoo will bring them good fortune in all aspects of their lives, as well as playing cards and gambling.

11. Teardrop

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What does Google say about teardrop tattoos? ”What does a teardrop tattoo mean? A teardrop tattoo is a small tattoo in the shape of a teardrop near one or both eyes. It is closely associated with gang and prison culture, where it often indicates one has served time, one has been humiliated, or one has been killed. Others may get such a tattoo to represent sorrow or loss.” If you ask us, this could just be a tattoo that you like or find interesting because your eyes are shedding tears, and this would be a permanent tear on your face.

12. Empty Heart

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Many people like the empty heart emoji and use it often, and it can also be a good idea for a tattoo. It is more common in women than in men. You can do this heart with any color and this red one is beautiful and stands out.

13. Dots And Letters

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Cute dots with which you can complete your face and two letters that can indicate two different sides. The dots represent the past, present, and future. We all have a history and are living in the present moment, but it’s about the future and how we’re moving forward. When you get the dots tattoo, you’re showing the world that you’re living your life in a way that moves you forward.

14. Butterflies And Stars

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We have already mentioned the meaning of the stars in one of the pictures. Butterflies symbolize transformation, freedom, and beauty, and offer endless possibilities for personalization. Whether you prefer a realistic design, a watercolour creation, or a minimalist silhouette, a butterfly tattoo is sure to make a stunning and symbolic statement.

15. Red Dots

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Some people, like this guy in the photo, use red dots as face tattoos. Those red dots can often signify hope and change. Dots can mean anything you can think of, even if it’s just a simple decoration on your skin.

16. Metal Wire

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Barbed wire’s use as a boundary is both a symbol of law and has sparked law-breaking. It remains a central element of almost every prison boundary just as it seems to present an obstacle which many seek to render meaningless.

17. Father

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If you are a father, this tattoo is a great sign to show it. If you are not a father and want to dedicate it to your father, you can also use this kind of tattoo. Likewise, this tattoo can also be related to God, because he is the father of us all.

18. Chinese Symbols

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As we mentioned earlier, we can’t translate Chinese sayings, but we can upload a photo for you as inspiration. This tattoo differs from the previous Chinese tattoo in terms of size and content, as this one is slightly larger in scale.

19.  Made It

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I made it. Is there a better sentence than that? You can take your success with you on your face, and this tattoo can also be an affirmation on bad days and on days when you lose hope.

20. Black Heart

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Unlike an empty heart, this heart is full and vice versa. It can be like a sign from the map, or it can be like this because you like it. A heart can mean many things in one.

21. Name Tattoo

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Again another view of the name tattoo on the face. As with the previous one, you can tattoo anyone’s name on your face and carry it with you everywhere.

22. Flying Butterfly

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A butterfly in flight represents freedom and transformation. Flying butterflies are free and can fly wherever they want. Butterflies are often seen as symbols of freedom, transformation, and personal growth. They serve as a reminder that change is a natural part of life and that transformation can lead to beauty and freedom.

23. Lucky

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Was this lucky ironic or not? The two letters are smeared, symbolizing the tears that fall over that saying. You can choose the meaning yourself.

24. Heart With Barbed Wire

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Sacred heart tattoos are very common tattoos of hearts that are surrounded by thorns, angel wings or have a crown on top. Some variations are even burning, all these being symbols of love towards Jesus Christ and a strong faith in religion.

25. Tooth

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A single-tooth tattoo is something completely different and something that cannot be found everywhere. You won’t see this tattoo that often, and you can determine the true meaning yourself.

26. Minimalist Heart

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Minimalist empty heart drawn with red lines. We read somewhere that red tattoo colour fades quickly and lasts less than black, while black can last for many years and look fresh. But, that shouldn’t stop you from getting this beautiful and irresistible tattoo.

27. Word

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Some of the most beautiful phrases are found in languages other than English. You can find a lot of French, Chinese, Japanese and other phrases that are very beautiful and fit nicely into tattoos.

28. Little Detail

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The small detail under the eye is very attractive and beautiful. It can be anything, from various geometric shapes, hearts, flowers, or maybe something that only you know. Maybe the first letter of your favourite person? The choice is yours!

29. Custom Face Tattoo

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These look like small scratches. They are very artistic and unique, they fit the face nicely and are not that thick, which could set you apart from others if you opt for this kind of tattoo!

30. Snowflakes

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With winter, comes new beginnings and transformation, which the snowflake can also symbolize. Snowflakes may also be a symbol of intention! A Zen proverb states “A snowflake never falls in the wrong place,” meaning that nothing happens without reason. This is a great phrase that you can use and turn into a beautiful tattoo of two snowflakes that symbolize winter.

So, if you’re ready to make a bold move with a little bit of ink under your eye, take a good look through our list. You’ll find everything from the simple to the deep, all perfect for that spot right under your eye. Remember, it’s all about picking something that’s super meaningful to you, ’cause it’s gonna be with you for a long, long time. Dive in and find the one that screams ‘you’.

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Soheil Khaledi

I've been a tattoo artist for over 13 years, working in 35 states and abroad. My art is prominent in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. I also tattoo on military bases in foreign countries. I share my inspirations on my blog.

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