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.
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.
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.
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.
A tattoo on the upper breast can be exposed with the right top. It’s a bold, intimate location, and suited for attention seekers.
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.
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.
A small tasteful pair of hearts shows love.
Matching roses tramp stamp tattoos meaning: it may not be the best way to show your solidarity, but it is an option.
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.
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.
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.
A creative take on the Buddhist unalome tattoo and a lotus flower representing spirituality and inner peace.
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.
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.
A back of neck tattoo of a lion tattoo meaning: strength.
A side neck knife tattoo meaning: steely resolve or fearlessness. An intimidating symbol which may hide underlying hurt and pain.
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.
The Creation of Adam back of neck tattoo has meaning: it’s for those so religiously inclined.
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.
A back of neck feather tattoo meaning: air or freedom. A free-spirited personality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coming up next: Animal and Bird Tattoos with their meaning…