Small, meaningful tattoos are trashy. Let me explain.
Girl goes into a tattoo shop and picks some bullshit off the wall like a butterfly or birds flying out of a feather or an irish shamrock or something else that "speaks to her soul" and gets it tattooed in a small, inconspicuous place on her body. Why does she do this? Because she thinks tattoos are cool, but she's scared that it's going to hurt and she's scared that she's going to be judged for it, so she wants it in a place that can be easily hidden. Trashy, no matter where she chooses to get it.
Point is: If you're seriously interested in getting a tattoo, and it ~really~ has meaning for you, then you'll get it as big or as small as you WANT it to be, wherever the hell on you body you WANT it to be, and you won't give two shits how excruciating the pain is, and if anyone doesn't like it, then they can kiss your fucking ass and have a nice day.
I think "small, meaningful" tattoos (by small I mean little tats about an inch or two) are inherently trashy. They lack any real artistic merit and tend to be fads, like butterflies, or fairies, or Chinese characters. For something a bit larger, it depends on gender. Guys have a few more options. Guys can do chest, bicep, back of shoulder, or thigh and still be able to conceal it. Girls can do back of shoulder or bicep and just not wear sleeveless clothing if she wants to hide it. Bicep armbands are always trashy.
I guess anywhere that's neither visible nor purposefully put near a sexual body part.
I think tattoos as memorials or as very strong convictions about a belief are okay, but when folks just go into a parlor on a whim and pick something randomly, I think it is the silliest thing possible. If I could invent a painless and inexpensive way to remove tattoos without scarring, I would make millions off of people who regret getting tattoos in early life.