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Tattoos With Meaning: 69 Popular Tattoos With Their Meaning

There’s a whole world of meanings and interpretations associated with a tattoo so spend some time exploring tattoos with meaning before you commit to a tattoo. Tattoos can be traditional, old school, fun, modern, realistic, abstract, symbolic, text, and the list goes on and on. The one thing they have in common though, is that once they are on they are going to stay there for a long, long time.

The word tattoo comes from a Tahitian word “tatu” meaning, to mark something. Tattooing though, has been around for thousands of years. And while tattoo’s have gotten a bad reputation for many years, it has become more and more acceptable to express oneself with this art of the skin.

Tattoo Meanings

Here are 69 tattoos grouped into 12 of the most popular forms of tattoos with their meanings. If you’re thinking of get a tattoo, read on.

1. Ring Finger Tattoos

Ring finger tattoos are a lasting token of love. It’s an artful choice, looks adorable, and a unique symbol of love. Wedding ring tattoos are traditionally on the ring finger of the left hand.

Some people think that when a finger ring tattoo fades, it symbolizes a break up or bad luck in a relationship. However, if you believe that wearing this tattoo will strengthen your commitment in the relationship, then go for it.

ring finger tattoo meaning
ring finger heart tattoo

A heart tattoo on the ring finger meaning: a person with deep feelings of love. That when you hold this person’s hand, you hold their heart in your hand. A wedding ring will not just be around the finger, it will also be around their heart.

ring finger heart tattoo

2. Breast Tattoos Meaning

These are not for everyone, so think twice before getting one. They can be placed right above the breast, in between, on the side, or beneath it. Flowers look feminine and pretty and is one of the best way to draw attention to your assets.

breast tattoo meaning

A tattoo on the upper breast can be exposed with the right top. It’s a bold, intimate location, and suited for attention seekers.

side breast tattoo meading
side breast tattoo meaning

A side boob tattoo is generally can easily be hidden with a shirt, so it’s personal, and typically something that is only shared with special people. If you’ve been privy to seeing them, know that you’re special.

3. Cleavage Tattoos Meaning

Cleavage tattoos are like a permanent pendant. You might get a partial view of one on the street, with the remainder only to be seen in private.  Cleavage tattoos are sometimes religious or spiritual symbols which keep faith close to the heart.

cleavage tattoo meaning
cleavage tattoo meaning
cleavage tattoo meaning

This swirly cleavage tattoo is a unalome. It is a Buddhist symbol for a visual image of reaching enlightenment. The spiral means our struggle with life, while the straight line shows that we have finally found harmony.

4. Lower Back Tattoos Meaning

Lower back tattoos are also known as tramp stamp tattoos and these are visible only when one bends down, when one wears midriff baring clothes, or when one is on all fours in a compromising position. Find a design that enhances your curves rather than trying to cover them up. Make your decision over time, as this is one of the more regrettable places to ink.

tramp stamp tattoo meaning

A small tasteful pair of hearts shows love.

tramp stamp tattoo meaning
tramp stamp tattoo meaning

Matching roses tramp stamp tattoos meaning: it may not be the best way to show your solidarity, but it is an option.

tramp stamp tattoo meaning

5. Mid Back Tattoos Meaning

The mid back is one of the sexiest places to ink especially if you are too slim to wear backless dresses. It not only highlights your curves but can add a touch of sensuality to your overall appearance. You can say it all with a simple lower back dress if you’ve inked a feather, butterfly, heart, or peacock on your mid back.

moon back tattoo meaning

The phases of the moon back tattoo meaning: a feminine symbol that represents the rhythm and cycle of time. A reminder that life changes and goes through phases.

lotus back tattoo meaning

A mid back lotus tattoo meaning: the Hindu Padma. It is associated with a number of deities, like Vishnu and Brahma. The lotus tattoo represents divine beauty and purity, and the unfolding leaves represents the expanding of the soul and spiritual awakening.

unalome back tattoo meaning

A creative take on the Buddhist unalome tattoo and a lotus flower representing spirituality and inner peace.

back tattoo meaning

Sometimes, a mid back tattoo is made from negative space, that is by having tattoos on the upper back and side. This arrangement allows for multiple tattoos to tell multiple stories, for someone expressive.

back tattoo meaning
cat flower back tattoo meaning

6. Neck Tattoo Meaning

Neck tattoos reveal a lot about the wearer’s personality. The front and sides of your neck are very visible, and employment plans should be a consideration as you may be turned away from a job just because your neck is inked. That said, if you’re seeking an artistic career, or are the expressive type, then you may feel relaxed with your neck tattoo.

lion neck tattoo meaning

A back of neck tattoo of a lion tattoo meaning: strength.

knife neck tattoo meaning

A side neck knife tattoo meaning: steely resolve or fearlessness. An intimidating symbol which may hide underlying hurt and pain.

pma neck tattoo meaning

A PMA side neck tattoo meaning: Positive Mental Attitude. A reminder to look on the brighter side of things every time one looks at a mirror.

anchor neck tattoo meaning
creation of adam tattoo meaning

The Creation of Adam back of neck tattoo has meaning: it’s for those so religiously inclined.

front neck tattoo meaning

A dramatic front of neck tattoo is not for the faint of heart. Unlike a back of neck tattoo, the front is almost always on display, front and center. The IXOYE tattoo, Greek for fish, meaning “Iesous, Christos, Theou, Yios, Soter” or “Jesus, Christ, God’s, Son, Savior”, a Christian symbol.

feather neck tattoo meaning

A back of neck feather tattoo meaning: air or freedom. A free-spirited personality.

constellation neck tattoo meaning

A back of neck constellation tattoo meaning: the wonders of the universe. It also has a meaning of returning home, that no matter where life takes you, you will always find your way back home.

unalome neck tattoo meaning

A back of neck Buddhist unalome tattoo for spiritual peace.

7. Feather Tattoos Meaning

Feathers look great wherever you ink them since they symbolize love of liberty, flight, and freedom of choice so if you truly support an NGO, are very liberal, or simply love birds, just go for it.

waist feather birds tattoo meaning

A feather and birds tattoo, meaning: freedom, hope, and dreams. A feather tattoo with birds connect the feather to flight signifying flight and movement of the soul.

foot feather tattoo meaning

A Native American feather tattoo meaning: a connection to the spiritual world. Adding a key and heart expresses, the key to my heart, or lives for romance.

back feather tattoo meaning
side feather tattoo meaning
multiple feathers tattoo meaning
neck feather tattoo meaning

Coming up next: Animal and Bird Tattoos with their meaning…

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