People get tattoos for any number of reasons. Some people want to stand out and express themselves. Some want to demonstrate their love for another person, a sports team, a place. And others use tattoos to remember, to show support, and to express deeper feelings that are hard to show in any other form. Here's a collection of 25 profoundly meaningful tattoos.
This little girl will never have to question her dad's support and love.
"This way he's with me wherever I go."
"Tell Morgan I love her."
We absolutely love this one!
This is his second cochlear implant tattoo.
"The house my parents built, my dog in the window, and my parents initials (in their actual handwriting)"
Way to go.
via: RedditWhen I was 17, I was very depressed and had several suicide attempts. About six months from the last one, I was in the movie theater with my boyfriend when I had an abscess pass through my lung and I passed out and stopped breathing. I realized that I didn’t want to die The heart monitor lines were taken from my EKG done after I came to. - Lucifers_Plaything
I'm here, I'm here, I'm here.
via: RedditThis tattoo is a reference to a particularly great song from a Steven Universe episode called "Mindful Education." It's essentially an episode of a popular sci-fi cartoon that teaches kids how to mediate. What an incredible show.
Giving yourself what your brain won't.
via: RedditThis is a serotonin molecule, the chemical that makes us feel happy. A lot of people with depression have something off that prevents their brain from making enough. That's why it's very cool to see someone just take it into their own hands.
via: RedditThe idea that a) a grandfather would have this go-to phrase to encourage his grandkid and that b) that that grandkid would get that phrase tattooed on his arm just makes this the sweetest tattoo I could ever imagine.
What a nice thing to hear.
via: RedditImagine having a mom who said nice things to you like "you glow from within" instead of convincing you you were rotten and manipulative at the core. Can you even imagine that?
This is the way this person's dad signed every letter.
via: RedditThese handwriting tattoos are so lovely, and they solve a pretty difficult problem anyone getting a word tattoo has to grapple with: what frickin' font do I want this in?
A nice reminder.
via: RedditSince getting this tattoo, this person has found themselves literally incapable of doing anything bad. They even started jaywalking, but then saw the tattoo, and walked to the corner.
Look how in love they are.
via: RedditThis tattoo, of this person's parents on the night they eloped, is both simple and evocative. It's pretty perfect.
Outline tattoos might be the ideal way to get photograph tattoos.
via: RedditIf you get a picture rendered too realistically on your arm, it starts to look creepy, like the person or people are watching you at all times. An outline solves that problem altogether.
There's a simple, lovely story here.
via: RedditThis woman's son was 10.5 inches long when he was born. Now she'll always remember how big he was when she first met him.
A whole new way of putting your kids up on your shoulders.
via: RedditKinley, Sage, and Skye have a pretty great mom. Not only does she like them enough to have their names tattooed on her shoulder, but she also has taste, because that tattoo and its placement look incredible.
You'll want to remember that one.
via: RedditA lot of parents collect all their kids' artwork, and they end up with boxes and boxes in the basement of child artwork and moving becomes a huge headache. To me, this is a great solution — just tattoo the stuff you like the best on your arm!
A good reminder.
via: RedditThis is kind of the sentiment of the season four finale of This Is Us. I'm not saying that show's writers ripped off this guy's tattoo, but I'm also not not saying that show's writers ripped off this guy's tattoo.
via: RedditThis is kind of the perfect storm of a nice handwriting tattoo. The handwriting itself is lovely, the message is inspiring, and the meaning is clear.
Grandmas love flowers.
via: RedditThis person got a flower tattoo in memorial of their grandma, and man, has there ever been a grandma who didn't love flowers? It's like their
Who's the kitty here?
via: RedditThis person didn't post the full story of their tattoo, so it's unclear if the grandma was called "Kitty Grandma" or if this is a signature from a letter from grandma and she called her granddaughter "Kitty." Either way, it is very sweet.
I'll bet Gram loves it.
via: RedditI am enamored with the sketchy, splotchy style of these balloons. They look beautiful.
Get ready for some tears, folks.
via: RedditThis man got this tattoo after his daughter, Ruby, passed away. I kind of can't handle this one.
It's not a competition.
via: RedditThis person got this tattoo in memory of their mother, who must have argued ferociously, like a tiger, that no, she loved her child more than her child loved her.
An important date, commemorated.
via: RedditThe person who has this tattoo told the story behind it: Memorial tattoo for our babies with the happy date - when we heard their heartbeats and found out they were twins. - omdriver
Raise 'em up, boys.
via: RedditI love this tattoo, if only because raising a beer is such a simple, quiet gesture that keeps the people we've loved in our minds.
Take it ease yourself.
via: RedditThe story behind this tattoo is very cute: It is not misspelled or anything. My grandfather was an old Italian man and he always would tell everyone to "take it ease." It was a little quirk to him that I loved so much. - danielarose
Great, now I'm emotionally broken.
via: RedditWhat is it about asking to be sang about that devastates me so much? I wonder if it has to do with the classical understanding of singing being something you do when you're happy? As though this person, as they're passing away, is asking their loved one to be happy when they remember them.
The Tale of the Three Brothers.
via: RedditI'll be honest, when I first saw this tattoo, I missed the different colorings of the different Deathly Hallows pieces. I thought, "Wouldn't it have been cooler if they'd all chosen the Deathly Hallow that meant the most to them and just had that tattooed on themselves?" Glad they got there well ahead of me.
I used to love looking at the lights.
via: RedditWhen I was a kid I lived with my grandparents (still live with my grandma at almost 20). Grandpa died my senior year when I was 17. He was one of the most important people in my life. He and I were super close and we would go out and look at Christmas lights every year up until I was in grade 8. And he was too sick to go out anymore. I decided one day I was gonna get a bulb for him. Had my artist draw it up and he did a wonderful job. I look at it all the time and it makes me smile. - darkangel_401
If you hold your ear close, you can hear the ocean.
via: RedditMy parents met, got married, and had me in Key West. My mom has always called her conch baby. - Chamizard
Another lovely interpretation of some parents.
via: RedditThis just sums up their personalities instantly. The mom was a bookworm, the dad the perennial photographer. I feel like I know these people.
You get to see them every night.
via: RedditThis person got his parents' zodiac constellations tattooed on themselves and then added this beautiful, longing sentiment to them.
"You get a big one?"
via: RedditHow cute is this? As someone who used to go fishing with his grandpa as a kid, I can say that there's no better way to get close to your grandpa than fishing. Weirdly, this only works with grandpas. You will not grow closer with your cousins, uncles, or accountants when you go fishing together. Keep that in mind.
A mom's sweet note, forever memorialized.
The combination of technology, tragedy, and a tattoo.
One doesn't have to suffer an unthinkable tragedy to forever memorialize a child.
"I am so proud of you."
A simple reminder of those loved and lost.
A father/daughter connected that transcends time.
A father's thoughts the day his daughter was born.
This one is a big reminder of how far he's come.
The bond between brothers doesn't grow up.
This one is a little hard to read, but luckily, there's a good explanation.
He'll forever have his father's hand at his back, guiding him through life.
Another dad going above and beyond to show his love and support!
A daughter memorializes her father with an excerpt from a poem, and part of a note he wrote just before he died.
Three simple lines signify so much more in this simple bird tattoo.
Another sound wave tattoo to forever keep the laughter alive.
The loss of a twin is something most of us can't relate to.