So we decided recently to ask our readers about their tattoos, and more precisely the stories behind them. Because anyone can rock up at the tattoo parlor and get their name done in Mandarin script, or stamp a tribal on their arm in a lame attempt to draw attention to their scrawny biceps.


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These tattoos are different, they are meaningful in ways that are deeply touching. From loving memories of departed family members, to reminders of past struggles and the recovery from things like addiction and depression, this list compiled by Bored Panda will inspire and move you, and perhaps make you reconsider that that rainbow pooping unicorn you were considering getting on your ankle.

Scroll down to check out the list below, and don’t forget to upvote your faves!

#1 After 7 Months, I Finally Got The Tattoo For My Parents, Dog, And Family Home

After 7 Months, I Finally Got The Tattoo For My Parents, Dog, And Family Home

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just a thought! 9 months ago

The tattoo is stunning ! Love the artwork... You're really strong !

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#2 My Dad Died On December 15, 2016. Today, I Got A Tattoo

My Dad Died On December 15, 2016. Today, I Got A Tattoo

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Say_cheeeese 9 months ago

Always love......

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#3 Tattoo To Support My Wife's Fight With Depression

Tattoo To Support My Wife's Fight With Depression

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Andrej Ševčík 9 months ago

thats amazying

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#4 No Title Needed

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SanchaTheSeeker 9 months ago

How nice of the tattooist!!

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#5 My Mum Passed Away A Few Months Ago, Yesterday I Got My First Tattoo. She Used To Leave Us Little Post It Notes, I Got It Copied Out

My Mum Passed Away A Few Months Ago, Yesterday I Got My First Tattoo. She Used To Leave Us Little Post It Notes, I Got It Copied Out

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Lara B. 9 months ago

Man, I'm getting really emotional right now. This is such a nice idea.

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#6 Dad Got Cochlear Implant Tattoo To Match His Daughter’s Real One

Dad Got Cochlear Implant Tattoo To Match His Daughter’s Real One

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UniversalMel 9 months ago

Awwww

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#7 Dad Tattoos His Son’s Cancer Scar On His Own Head To Boost Son’s Self-Confidence

Dad Tattoos His Son’s Cancer Scar On His Own Head To Boost Son’s Self-Confidence

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just a thought! 9 months ago

That's great ! The son must feel better that he's not the only one with a scar...

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#8 His Son Died Of Sids Last Year, And Got A Waveform Tattoo Of His Sons Laugh

His Son Died Of Sids Last Year, And Got A Waveform Tattoo Of His Sons Laugh

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Freya Oili 9 months ago

brought tears to my heart just reading the header but then seeing where you have the tat...the dam burst

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#9 Dad Passed Away In 2009, Got A Note He Wrote In My 2nd Grade Yearbook As A Reminder

Dad Passed Away In 2009, Got A Note He Wrote In My 2nd Grade Yearbook As A Reminder

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naru 9 months ago

I was NOT prepared for this emotional trip. I'm gonna go cry now.

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#10 Simple Chart My Grandpa Drew For Me To Show Where My Home Is On The Surface Of The Earth With Longitude And Latitude

Simple Chart My Grandpa Drew For Me To Show Where My Home Is On The Surface Of The Earth With Longitude And Latitude

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Joan Connorton 9 months ago

persona sacred geometry ~!

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