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While the helix piercing is nothing new, we're here to tell you that helix ear tattoos are officially the newest trend in minimalist tattoos –– and you know how much we love those!

Confused? The "helix" is the thin, curved outer part of the ear. And whether these tattoo designs are directly on, around, or nearby the helix, you'd be surprised at just how detailed, intricate, and stunning they can get, considering the size a tattoo artist has to work with here.

So, who needs a piercing when you can get inked? Click on for all the proof you need that these minimalist ear tattoos are so much better than piercings.

(Image via Pinterest.)