Everyone gets a tattoo for a different reason. They don’t necessarily have to have a deep meaning behind them, but some do. Those tattoos carry not only the looks, but also a story within them. What do your tattoos mean? Share your stories and the most interesting ones will be published in a new list on the main page!

#1 My First Tattoo. The Big Brick Is To Represent My Big Brother Who Died One Day Shy Of His 40th Birthday This Year, In His Favorite Color, And The Little One (Hugging The Larger One) Represents Me, In My Favorite Color. We Always Built Lego Together

My First Tattoo. The Big Brick Is To Represent My Big Brother Who Died One Day Shy Of His 40th Birthday This Year, In His Favorite Color, And The Little One (Hugging The Larger One) Represents Me, In My Favorite Color. We Always Built Lego Together

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Hari Onago 9 months ago

This is lovely.

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#2 I Got This 3 Days After My 18th Birthday, It's My Grandfather Who Died When I Was 7 Holding Up The World In His WWII Uniform

I Got This 3 Days After My 18th Birthday, It's My Grandfather Who Died When I Was 7 Holding Up The World In His WWII Uniform

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Suburbs 9 months ago

Very cool tattoo and bathroom.

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#3 My First Tattoo Had To Be A Sentimental One, My Moms Favorite Saying To Me In Her Hand Writing!

My First Tattoo Had To Be A Sentimental One, My Moms Favorite Saying To Me In Her Hand Writing!

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Bway_Gonnabe11 9 months ago

i love her handwriting!

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#4 My Fat Unicorn Because I Am Fat, Beautiful And Fabulously Unique... And Probably Imaginary

My Fat Unicorn Because I Am Fat, Beautiful And Fabulously Unique... And Probably Imaginary

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Cláudia Santos 9 months ago

Love it! Wonderful!

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#5 My Tattoo Is A Reminder That Everything Is Going To Be Ok

My Tattoo Is A Reminder That Everything Is Going To Be Ok

I have a “forget-me-not” flower tattooed above my self-harm scarring (that is barely visible now) on my arm. I got it when I overcame my depression. Those flowers used to grow around my great-grandma’s house where I spent most of my childhood - it’s a reminder of happiness and good times. It’s there so I don’t forget that life is not as bad as it sometimes seems to be

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Annika Hanson-Carlson 9 months ago

Beautiful

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#6 In Memory Of My Collie

In Memory Of My Collie

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Tamara Laney 9 months ago

Must have been a most magical doggy! So sorry you had too see your sweet fuzzy one cross the Rainbow Bridge.

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#7 I Have Grapheme Synesthesia. These Are My Number / Color Combos.

I Have Grapheme Synesthesia. These Are My Number / Color Combos.

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#8 Hart, The Spirit Of Forest To Guide Me, Eye Of Horus To Protect Me And Make Me Always Remeber Finite And Death, Leaf Of Ash To Remember World Tree Yggdrasil And That All Is Conected

Hart, The Spirit Of Forest To Guide Me, Eye Of Horus To Protect Me And Make Me Always Remeber Finite And Death, Leaf Of Ash To Remember World Tree Yggdrasil And That All Is Conected

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riley.girl 9 months ago

This is beautiful!

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#9 Dsotm Tattoo Which I Got After My Father, Pink Floyd's Greatest Fan, Passed Away. We Didn't Get Along Well For Years When I Was A Teenager, But We Always Shared The Music. I Cared For Him For 10 Years Prior To His Death, And I'm Grateful For The Time Spent Together. Music Is The Greatest Inheritance I Got From Him.

Dsotm Tattoo Which I Got After My Father, Pink Floyd's Greatest Fan, Passed Away. We Didn't Get Along Well For Years When I Was A Teenager, But We Always Shared The Music. I Cared For Him For 10 Years Prior To His Death, And I'm Grateful For The Time Spent Together. Music Is The Greatest Inheritance I Got From Him.

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Maggie Collins 9 months ago

Intense!

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#10 Olga, My Great Grandmother, Raised Me. She Passed When I Was 19. She Was First Generation American, But Proud Of Her Russian Roots. Originally, I Only Had Her Name, But Felt She Deserved More. She Loved To Be In The Yard Taking Care Of The Plants, So I Added The Lilacs Because They Were Her Favorite To Tend To In The Yard.

Olga, My Great Grandmother, Raised Me. She Passed When I Was 19. She Was First Generation American, But Proud Of Her Russian Roots. Originally, I Only Had Her Name, But Felt She Deserved More. She Loved To Be In The Yard Taking Care Of The Plants, So I Added The Lilacs Because They Were Her Favorite To Tend To In The Yard.

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Annika Hanson-Carlson 9 months ago

So beautiful

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#11 I Was Suffering From Depression When I Applied For A Semester Abroad In The Arctic Circle, Successfully Improved My Mental Health And Had The Greatest Experience Of My Life. The Bowhead Whale Reminds Me That There Are Still Parts Of The World, To Be Explored And The Tattoo Reminds Me That I Am Capable Of Anything

I Was Suffering From Depression When I Applied For A Semester Abroad In The Arctic Circle, Successfully Improved My Mental Health And Had The Greatest Experience Of My Life. The Bowhead Whale Reminds Me That There Are Still Parts Of The World, To Be Explored And The Tattoo Reminds Me That I Am Capable Of Anything

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Roald van de Munt 9 months ago

Where did you apply? Must get there myself!

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#12 Its The Hakuna Matata Symbol Created Out Fo Old Film Strip ... Its Symbolises The Moment I Changed My Carrier From Engineer To Artist . (Just Listen To The Hakuna Matata Song From Lion King)

Its The Hakuna Matata Symbol Created Out Fo Old Film Strip ... Its Symbolises The Moment I Changed My Carrier From Engineer To Artist . (Just Listen To The Hakuna Matata Song From Lion King)

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Shruti Naik 9 months ago

Congratulations on following your dreams! Hakuna Matata!

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#13 At My Aunt’s Funeral My Mom Said She Lived With Purpose And Possibility

At My Aunt’s Funeral My Mom Said She Lived With Purpose And Possibility

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Annika Hanson-Carlson 9 months ago

Love the paper airplane

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#14 Had My First Tattoo Two Weeks Before My Sis Moved To Peru, Two Years Later Moved There Myself.

Had My First Tattoo Two Weeks Before My Sis Moved To Peru, Two Years Later Moved There Myself.

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Agnes Jekyll 9 months ago

Love this tattoo! and the photo

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#15 Fiber Obsessed...i Love Fiber So Much I Tatted It On My Body

Fiber Obsessed...i Love Fiber So Much I Tatted It On My Body

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Al Clerc 9 months ago

This must be my daughter. She knit, crochet and dyes.

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#16 Charlie Chaplin Portrait With The Quote : "A Day Without Laughter Is A Day Wasted " Its A Reminder For Me To Always Smile And Give Positive Energy To People Around Me :) .

Charlie Chaplin Portrait With The Quote : "A Day Without Laughter Is A Day Wasted " Its A Reminder For Me To Always Smile And Give Positive Energy To People Around Me :) .

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depicus 9 months ago

Met him when I was a kid

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#17 Got This In Memory Of Chris Cornell Right After He Died. He And His Band (Soundgarden) Meant A Lot To Me So I Got Lyrics From The Song "Outshined" Amongst Flowers, My Own "Sound Garden". It Says "Yeah, It Gives Me The Butterflies" Because That's What His Music Does For Me.

Got This In Memory Of Chris Cornell Right After He Died. He And His Band (Soundgarden) Meant A Lot To Me So I Got Lyrics From The Song "Outshined" Amongst Flowers, My Own "Sound Garden". It Says "Yeah, It Gives Me The Butterflies" Because That's What His Music Does For Me.

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Agnes Jekyll 9 months ago

That is a beautiful tattoo

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#18 My Husband's Initials (A On Top Of An F). He Stood By Me And Waited For Me While I Followed My Dreams And Went And Worked In Shanghai, China For Almost 2 Years.

My Husband's Initials (A On Top Of An F). He Stood By Me And Waited For Me While I Followed My Dreams And Went And Worked In Shanghai, China For Almost 2 Years.

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9 months ago

Should add, I wanted it to look like a Chinese symbol and didnt want it to be too obvious that it is initials. It was also how he used to sign his art works, 1 of the first things that attracted me to him (his amazing creative talent).

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#19 A Daily Reminder...

A Daily Reminder...

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9 months ago

I've been through a lot in my life.... I lost my beautiful baby daughter at only 4 and a half months to SIDS, spent time in a hospital for attempted suicide and mental breakdown following her death — I've been misdiagnosed as depressive, bipolar & manic by many different psychologists and psychiatrists before eventually settling on Borderline Personality Disorder... I've had to deal with an abusive father, cheating husband, unstable brother and much, much more. Every day since getting this tattoo I remind myself of everything I've overcome and continue to smile and see the positivity in life. Long story short - ink can truly be a game changer.

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#20 (Tattoo #1) I Got This Tattoo, By The Grace Of God On My 10th Birthday Of Being Cleaned Of Drugs.

(Tattoo #1) I Got This Tattoo, By The Grace Of God On My 10th Birthday Of Being Cleaned Of Drugs.

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Maggie Collins 9 months ago

On tenth birthday "of being clean" from drugs. Not her belly-button birthday. Easy to mix those up.

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#21 An Ode To My Favorite Poet, Edgar Allan Poe.

An Ode To My Favorite Poet, Edgar Allan Poe.

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9 months ago

Fun fact- this gets mistaken for John Wilkes Booth a lot. I've had people come up and say 'wow that's a great John Wilkes Booth tattoo'!

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#22 Spoon With Triple Meaning. It Represents My Profession (Chef), My Passion For Indian Cooking (It's Actual The Logo From An Indian Restaurant) And The Fact That I'm A 'Spoonie' (Spoon Theory - For Chronically Ill, With Limited Strength Each Day). I Love It - And It's An Daily Reminder To Take It Easy....an My Mentally 'Ekstra Spoon' To Use For Somthing Fun.

Spoon With Triple Meaning. It Represents My Profession (Chef), My Passion For Indian Cooking (It's Actual The Logo From An Indian Restaurant) And The Fact That I'm A 'Spoonie' (Spoon Theory - For Chronically Ill, With Limited Strength Each Day). I Love It - And It's An Daily Reminder To Take It Easy....an My Mentally 'Ekstra Spoon' To Use For Somthing Fun.

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Stinkypie Ticklebum 9 months ago

I really like how people are getting their crafts/professions on inner arm tats! I've seen a chef's knife, dressmaker's shears and the minister at my dad's funeral had a cross on her arm, which I thought was cool.

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#23 Bobbi's Self Portrait - Part Dragon, Part Angel, Part Beautiful Peacock

Bobbi's Self Portrait - Part Dragon, Part Angel, Part Beautiful Peacock

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Tamara Laney 9 months ago

Fiercely beautiful!

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#24 My Fandom Tattoo = Lamppost - Narnia Ouroborus - X Files (Scully Had A Tattoo Like This); Rose N Thorns - The Arcana Chronicles; Antarian Royal Seal - Roswell; Angel Power Rune - The Mortal Instruments; Light Saber - Star Wars; Arrow - The Walking Dead; Wedjat - Egyptian Mythology; R - Dark Matter (Scifi Show Which Has A Space Ship Called Raza); M - The Originals (The Leads Have The Surname Mikaelson); And The Whole Together Forms: The Deathly Hallows - Harry Potter.

My Fandom Tattoo = Lamppost - Narnia Ouroborus - X Files (Scully Had A Tattoo Like This); Rose N Thorns - The Arcana Chronicles; Antarian Royal Seal - Roswell; Angel Power Rune - The Mortal Instruments; Light Saber - Star Wars; Arrow - The Walking Dead; Wedjat - Egyptian Mythology; R - Dark Matter (Scifi Show Which Has A Space Ship Called Raza); M - The Originals (The Leads Have The Surname Mikaelson); And The Whole Together Forms: The Deathly Hallows - Harry Potter.

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Lily Langtry 9 months ago

I love how there's so much in there, but the tattoo is elegant, not cluttered at all :-).

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#25 My New Tattoo. In Memory Of My Twin Sister Who Has Passed.

My New Tattoo. In Memory Of My Twin Sister Who Has Passed.

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Mimi M 8 months ago

O.M.G. That is beautiful

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