While tattoos can certainly make just a visual mark, other people opt for tattoos with meaning. Personal stories of courage and faith, or memorable tattoos that honor pets, mothers, and children, tattoos are rich in symbolism for both the wearer and in the images they suggest.
If you’re planning a piece of art and want a tattoo with meaning, draw inspiration from the following areas and you can begin designing that special and unique to you.
Ideas for Tattoos with Meaning
The following suggestions for tattoos with meaning are a wonderful place to start for design inspiration.
Even though you can walk into a tattoo shop and just ask to see the flash or portfolios, having vested some personal soul searching will ensure your tattoo is much more significant and worthy of a lifetime of wear.
These areas should always be explored:
Birthdates Favorite flowers Favorite Bible, book or song verse Astrology and zodiac symbols Favorite animal Personal relationships Virtues and beliefs.
Other Ideas for Tattoos with Meaning
It’s not always the design that bears meaning in a tattoo, sometimes it’s the ink. Did you know you can add ashes to ink and have your artist use them in your tattoo? Some people find comfort in adding some of their loved and deceased remains to their body art. If you’re open to the idea, discuss the procedure further with a reputable artist that you trust.
Other more personal family design ideas include handwritten tattoos copied from their exact source (a popular tattoo to remember parents, find an old card or letter they have written you and have an artist copy the sentiment) or hand and footprints that celebrate the birth of children.
Color or Black and Grey
After you’ve decided upon a design, you need to determine if you want a colorful or black and grey tattoo.
Some people only opt for color, whereas others prefer the contrast and shading of black and grey tattoos, especially in portrait pieces.
Colorful tattoos will fade, and you’ll need to be diligent with sunblock to retain the beauty of your piece. Although you can always have an artist freshen and breathe new life into a faded tattoo, some people decide to just keep it simple and forgo color altogether.
Adding More Significance to Flash
Still, stuck on design ideas? Explore the above options even further. Visit your local library or bookstore and dive even deeper into these suggestions. Consider some of the meanings of flowers and find something suited to a trait or a virtue that you favor.
Finally, maybe you are just the type to have an artist create a custom piece? There’s nothing wrong with needing artist input and you should always seek their opinion for tattoo placement and design anyway. Why not call your artist or seek out a professional in your area and book a consultation?
Be prepared to discuss some of your interests and ideas and be open to what the artist suggests based on your responses. With some time and effort and a significant amount of soul-searching, rather than just a tattoo, you can have a tattoo with meaning.