Heart Tattoos: Let’s talk about love!
Heart tattoos have been around for as long as modern tattooing has. Old-school American tattoos often featured hearts with a banner going over them, usually as a dedication tattoo – such as dad or mom heart tattoos! Even in new school tattoos, this old-school design makes its mark!
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The most common meaning for a heart tattoo is, of course, love. But there’s more to this humble design than meets the eye!
Let’s find out what heart tattoos really mean, shall we?
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Heart Tattoo Meanings
Heart Tattoos and Love
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first – heart tattoos that symbolize love!
The most common kind of love heart tattoo is the flaming heart tattoo – it signifies a love so strong and so passionate, the intensity sets one’s heart ablaze!
Lock and heart tattoos are another popular design to represent love, as they symbolize a heart that can only be unlocked by the one who has the key – which also makes them quite perfect for couple tattoos!
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Heart beat tattoos are also a popular symbol for everlasting love. It also symbolizes how the heart fluters when one is in love!
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Other love heart tattoos include dedication tattoos – you can dedicate your tattoo to anyone and anything, from family and pets to your love for music or travel – and beyond!
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Love travelling? Get yourself a wanderlust heart tattoo!
Or maybe music is more your thing? There’s a heart tattoo for that too – how adorable is this heart tattoo on the wrist?!
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More of a puzzle person? See how this heart tattoo fits!
And if you’re more about the outdoors, mix up a heart tattoo with a floral design!
Pop-culture Heart Tattoos: More Than One Way to Love!
Have a love for pop-culture? Get inspired by these adorable pop-culture heart tattoos!
Starting with this adorable Disney castle heart tattoo!
Prefer something more understated? How about a poisoned apple heart tattoo –
– or these heart tattoos that are perfect for the Maleficent fans!
Not to forget the anime fans! Here’s a classic – Sailor Moon!
Couple Tattoos: King and Queen of Hearts
For a tattoo representing love, we can’t possibly leave out heart tattoos for couples!
This tattoo of mom and dad who never left eachother’s side – not even in the face of cancer – is one of the best couple heart tattoos we’ve ever seen. It’s also the perfect inspiration for couple tattoos – what connects you with your significant other? What holds you together? Put that into a customized tattoo piece and you’ll have something uniquely your own!
If you’re more into subtlety, try these super tiny heart tattoos on for size!
Realistic anatomical hearts also work well for couple tattoos!
What’s that – more realistic hearts, you say? Alrighty then!
Realistic Heart Tattoos: Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve
Anatomical tattoo designs are extremely popular, and among them, the heart is easily one of the most beloved. It takes ‘wearing your heart on your sleeve’ to a whole new level!
Of anatomical hearts, the brain and heart tattoo reigns supreme – the philosophical dilemma that asks whether you lead with your head or your heart might have something to do with that!
You can also combine realistic heart tattoos with your other passions.
If you’re not big on a fully anatomical heart tattoo – or perhaps realism isn’t really your style – you can always try something in the new school genre! This graffiti heart tattoo is easily one of our favs!
Alternatively, you could try something in between the new and old school styles – like this anatomical geometric heart tattoo.
Another option is to get a small realistic heart tattoo.
Minimalistic Heart Tattoos: Tiny Love
If you’re not quite ready to have your love be inked for all the world to see, try something smaller – MUCH smaller!
We’re especially fans of this heart tattoo on the finger – even if it’s likely to fade real fast!
The four-leaf clover is extremely rare and thought to bring good luck. And it works perfectly for a small heart tattoo!
Cupid’s arrow is another popular design for heart tattoos.
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Cherries symbolize femininity and chastity. Cherry heart tattoos, therefore, relate to pure, innocent love.
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Heart and Rose Tattoos: Magical Love
Rose tattoos represent love, romance, and beauty. When combined with the heart tattoo, a symbol of true love, you get a tattoo that is practically poetry – one that symbolizes a magical love full of romance!
Another popular symbol used with heart tattoos is thorns. A heart and rose tattoo with thorns can mean two things – the more obvious meaning is of pain, betrayal, or love lost, while the lesser yet equally poetic meaning is that the journey towards love is painful but finding it is worth the trouble.
But tattoos with thorns have yet another meaning…
Heart Tattoos and Religion: Commitment and Faith
The Christian sacred heart is the most common religious heart tattoo. It represents a commitment to Christ and reminds us of his love for us. Those who resonate with the sacred heart use this symbol to mean compassion and love, but it can also represent the loss of a loved one.
Sacred heart tattoos often feature a crown, angels, a sword, and thorns.
Hearts do feature in other religions as well, though not quite as prominently.
For instance, Buddhism also uses the heart to represent perfection, as it related to the Dharma Chakra or ‘Buddha’s Dharma’, which represents the Buddha’s journey towards enlightenment. As such, heart tattoos can also represent mindfulness and devotion.
Celtic tattoos also feature hearts to represent strength and unity. These tattoos usually combine hearts with Celtic knots.
Heart Tattoos and Grief: On Love and Loss
Heart tattoos represent love, and grief is an important aspect of love.
“Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.”
― Jamie Anderson
When people are grieving, they look for something to help them hold on to the feeling of love, something that helps them remember the good that still exists in their memory. A heart tattoo can often be worn to represent the loss of a loved one, a broken heart, a long-distance relationship, and even to commemorate an extremely tragic event.
Grief heart tattoos usually have a black heart in the design. Heart tattoos often feature the name of a loved one, or black roses to symbolize loss. Heart tattoos with wings are also popular for someone who has passed away.
Other popular grief heart tattoos include dagger heart tattoos to represent sorrow (though to some they also represent courage), and the ‘stitched’ heart tattoo, which represents healing from a painful emotional scar (such as a broken heart).
A crying eye is also sometimes used in black heart tattoos to represent sorrow. Nothing says love hurts quite like this one!
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Heart Tattoos and Mental Health: An Act of Self-Love
Heart tattoos are also an important symbol within the mental health community.
Symbolizing love and hope, the heart tattoo is a great message of self-love for people struggling with mental health issues. Having it be something you can carry around with you at all times makes heart tattoos a great way to remind yourself to never lose hope – because you’re worth living for.
So don’t forget to love yourself –
– and be a true queen of hearts by loving others –
– and most of all, love this life –
– because it does get better!
Heart tattoos also have an added meaning of ‘following your heart’. A very common design for this meaning is a tattooed heart with lyrics – we hear Ariana Grande lyric heart tattoos are all the rage right now!
Ornamental Heart Tattoos
And sometimes, you might get a heart tattoo just because you want to! As much as we say you should get a meaningful tattoo so you’re less likely to regret it, sometimes you just want some cool body art that you’ll cherish forever. And that’s okay too!
And there you have it! One tattoo design, so many meanings!
The bottom line, however, is that even if your tattoo doesn’t have a deep and personal meaning for you, it can still look great – and you can feel great wearing it! After all, a tattoo’s most important purpose is for you to let your unique, quirky self shine through (Zelda fans, where you at?!).
See you in the next one!
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