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Who said tattoos can only be in the form of drawings or symbols? A lot of tattoo designs consist of words and phrases that are as beautiful to the eye as the most intricate ink painting. Word tattoos are as powerful as any other image you might want to put on your skin. And come to think of it, letters are also symbols, so if you are thinking of getting a word or a phrase tattoo, go for it! 

Meaningful word tattoos can convey a lot of things: a name, a place, or a saying that turned your life around. When looking for ideas for word tattoos, make sure it is about you and not some random word or expression. Even if it sounds very wise, if it has no connection to your life, its uniqueness will be wasted. 

One big pitfall when getting word tattoos is opting for a foreign language you don’t read or understand. The script tattoo may look aesthetically pleasing, but the meaning could be pure gibberish or even something rude or problematic. That’s why, try to stick to the language you actually understand and can verify.  

Are you considering getting a word tattoo but can’t decide what to ink in? We’re glad you asked! Scroll down to find some amazing word tattoo ideas that might inspire you or help you make a choice for your own ink art. Do you have word tattoos of your own? Show us what they say in the comments! 

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The Passport Stamp From The Day My Mom Adopted Me From China. Done By Jeremiah Klein Of Iron Lotus Tattoo In Iowa

The Passport Stamp From The Day My Mom Adopted Me From China. Done By Jeremiah Klein Of Iron Lotus Tattoo In Iowa

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My First Tattoo Done By Chloe White At City Roots Tattoos In Michigan

My First Tattoo Done By Chloe White At City Roots Tattoos In Michigan

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My Dad Passed Last Month. I Got His Handwriting From The Last Birthday Card He Gave Me

My Dad Passed Last Month. I Got His Handwriting From The Last Birthday Card He Gave Me

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Electricity Kills, Done By Nick Dancy At Dancy And Daughters In Aarhus, Denmark

Electricity Kills, Done By Nick Dancy At Dancy And Daughters In Aarhus, Denmark

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No Ragrets Hobbitses, By Heather Hay, Utopia Body Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland

No Ragrets Hobbitses, By Heather Hay, Utopia Body Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland

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Lazy Jane By Shel Silverstein! Done By Rodney Taylor At Golden Spiral Tattoo In Greensboro, Nc

Lazy Jane By Shel Silverstein! Done By Rodney Taylor At Golden Spiral Tattoo In Greensboro, Nc

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CheshirePhrogg
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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This has made me smile so hard. Such fond memories of that book as a kid and seeing the way the words were made to be art as much as the illustrations

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Its My Birthday In Book Terms And I Had So Much Fun Working With Gina From Twisted Tattoos In Milwaukee, WI

Its My Birthday In Book Terms And I Had So Much Fun Working With Gina From Twisted Tattoos In Milwaukee, WI

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Sunny Day
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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There were 366 days in 1996. So is their birthday Nov 8 (313/366) or Nov 9 (314/366)?.

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Slaughterhouse-Five Quote (Original Artwork By Nemanja Bogdanov) By Adrienne Alexander At Crimson Empire Tattoos

Slaughterhouse-Five Quote (Original Artwork By Nemanja Bogdanov) By Adrienne Alexander At Crimson Empire Tattoos

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Fully Healed Quote From Grendel By John Gardner

Fully Healed Quote From Grendel By John Gardner

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XenoMurph
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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"The first ten million years were the worst," said Marvin, "and the second ten million years, they were the worst too. The third ten million years I didn't enjoy at all. After that I went into a bit of a decline."

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Eat Cheese And Sin, By Reuben Garcia At Zodiac Lines In Grand Rapids, Michigan

Eat Cheese And Sin, By Reuben Garcia At Zodiac Lines In Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Latest Addition To The Pun Leg

Latest Addition To The Pun Leg

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Rwby Couch
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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

LOVE! Its like Zara the Squid's baby cousin if her cousin was an octopus. Also I love the suitcase, too❤️

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The Solution

The Solution

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder if anyone has ever got one that said “Constant Constipation” but some of the letters drop out and the new message is “I Love You”?

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I Love Ridiculous Things By Sarah Main Street Tattoo Greenville, SC

I Love Ridiculous Things By Sarah Main Street Tattoo Greenville, SC

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Rwby Couch
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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you die from being electrified by a toaster in the bathtub, would you be burned or what? What happens?

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#22

New Toy Story Tattoo Done By Torri Lauterbach At Heart Of Gold Tattoo In Old Colorado City, Colorado

New Toy Story Tattoo Done By Torri Lauterbach At Heart Of Gold Tattoo In Old Colorado City, Colorado

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Charming, If A Little Gauche. Done By Krista Jones At Red Raven In Utica, NY

Charming, If A Little Gauche. Done By Krista Jones At Red Raven In Utica, NY

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My First Tattoo, Quote From Famous Last Words By MCR, Done By Gavin Mckee At Clear Vision Tattoos In Moorpark, California

My First Tattoo, Quote From Famous Last Words By MCR, Done By Gavin Mckee At Clear Vision Tattoos In Moorpark, California

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My Favorite Quote From Chernobyl. Done By Max Meano, Max Meano Tattoo Allentown, PA

My Favorite Quote From Chernobyl. Done By Max Meano, Max Meano Tattoo Allentown, PA

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Arrested Development Quote Tattoo By Jenn Small Of 510 Expert Tattoo, Charlotte, NC

Arrested Development Quote Tattoo By Jenn Small Of 510 Expert Tattoo, Charlotte, NC

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Two-Headed Calf Tattoo Based On A Poem That I Love! Done By Greg Anderson At Exposed Temptations Tattoo In Manassas, Virginia

Two-Headed Calf Tattoo Based On A Poem That I Love! Done By Greg Anderson At Exposed Temptations Tattoo In Manassas, Virginia

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember someone on BP saying cows are the cutest animals by far(truth) and now we have DOUBLE the cuteness!!!!!😍

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#31

A Map And Quote Done By Boston Rogoz, Living Canvas Tattoo, Tempe, AZ

A Map And Quote Done By Boston Rogoz, Living Canvas Tattoo, Tempe, AZ

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#32

One More Night

One More Night

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One more drink...one more post... one more video... one more page... one more cat... one more cookie... etc.

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Cannot Be Taken

Cannot Be Taken

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But it can be given. I hope you have some one or several to give love and joy to

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Dune Quote. Thanks To Zachary Ripley At Mr Tattoo In Milwaukie, OR

Dune Quote. Thanks To Zachary Ripley At Mr Tattoo In Milwaukie, OR

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Eat The Rich Piñata. By Pony At Sacred Nine Tattoo In Sacramento

Eat The Rich Piñata. By Pony At Sacred Nine Tattoo In Sacramento

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#39

I Got My First Tattoo And It Made Me Cry. Done By Adam At Paparazzi Tattoo In Niles Michigan

I Got My First Tattoo And It Made Me Cry. Done By Adam At Paparazzi Tattoo In Niles Michigan

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Weird question, but when babies exit the birthing thing, is it wet, watery, or both? And how do they get the ambilical cord(did I spell that right?) out of you, is it cut out or something? Asking for a friend

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#41

Thigh Patch Done By Nigel Ingersoll At Sindicate Tattoo In Gaylord, Mi (Fresh)

Thigh Patch Done By Nigel Ingersoll At Sindicate Tattoo In Gaylord, Mi (Fresh)

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Peri
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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought I was having a stroke trying to read this lol

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Roman Gladius Sword And Cheryl Strayed Quote By Fran Hartnett, Skin City Tattoo, Dublin, Ireland

Roman Gladius Sword And Cheryl Strayed Quote By Fran Hartnett, Skin City Tattoo, Dublin, Ireland

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First Ink,The Dark Tower Quote. Done By Vinnie Peachy At Marc's Tattooing In Wilkes-Barre, PA

First Ink,The Dark Tower Quote. Done By Vinnie Peachy At Marc's Tattooing In Wilkes-Barre, PA

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Dark Tower series leaves a literal and literary impression on those who read it

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Poem Sleeves

Poem Sleeves

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Perhaps he should have just written that on a piece of paper and kept it in his wallet.

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For Fox Sake

For Fox Sake

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Narsil And Riddle Of Strider Quote By Bill Sorensen

Narsil And Riddle Of Strider Quote By Bill Sorensen

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Nonsensical

Nonsensical

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To Do List

To Do List

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This is in the same league as the McDonald’s receipt.

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Tulip With Dutch Word For Love Done By Kelly From Grindhouse Tattoo In York, PA

Tulip With Dutch Word For Love Done By Kelly From Grindhouse Tattoo In York, PA

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Minimalistic Carnation & Quote

Minimalistic Carnation & Quote

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Bowles Quote A Long-Time Design Idea. My Very First Tattoo, By Eddie Molina At Rebel Muse In Lewisville, TX

Bowles Quote A Long-Time Design Idea. My Very First Tattoo, By Eddie Molina At Rebel Muse In Lewisville, TX

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#60

Coralline Quote Tattoo On The Lower Thigh

Coralline Quote Tattoo On The Lower Thigh

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10 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Woah is your leg okay? Did you hurt it?(I Like the tat, I was just wondering)

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#61

Handpoked Handwritten Script By Me From Bruised Pickle Dystopia, Singapore

Handpoked Handwritten Script By Me From Bruised Pickle Dystopia, Singapore

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Love

Love

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Forgive my ignorance on the subject. I have to ask. Why do people get a tattoo that is presumably very personal and meaningful to them in a place that they are likely to never see without considerable effort?

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Uncharted Quote And Dagger By Harryl At Skull And Lotus Tattoo In Calgary, Canada

Uncharted Quote And Dagger By Harryl At Skull And Lotus Tattoo In Calgary, Canada

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Flower And Quote By Keely Thurman At SLC Ink In UT. I Absolutely Love It !

Flower And Quote By Keely Thurman At SLC Ink In UT. I Absolutely Love It !

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Love Yourself

Love Yourself

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#69

Sisterhood

Sisterhood

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10 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that script is beautiful and the art is amazingly well done, but ..it definitely doesnt look like it says "sisterhood". if that's what it's supposed to say, based on the title. 😅

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“Death’s Door” Credit To Reuben Garcia At Zodiac Lines In Grand Rapids, Mi

“Death’s Door” Credit To Reuben Garcia At Zodiac Lines In Grand Rapids, Mi

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Avril Lavigne Tattoos Done Today By Klee At Nala Tattoo In Tamworth, UK

Avril Lavigne Tattoos Done Today By Klee At Nala Tattoo In Tamworth, UK

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Essentials

Essentials

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My 4th And Latest Tattoo By Harish At Skindeep Tattoo Studio, Bangalore. Polish Word Spokój - Means Serenity, Calm

My 4th And Latest Tattoo By Harish At Skindeep Tattoo Studio, Bangalore. Polish Word Spokój - Means Serenity, Calm

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Done By Devin At Master Lines Tattoo Studio In Slippery Rock, PA

Done By Devin At Master Lines Tattoo Studio In Slippery Rock, PA

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, do with either hand, just don't get the hands mixed up when you're holding the gun.

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Moving In Circles Spiral Tat By Xanthian At Occulo Visitanr Gallery In Oneonta, NY

Moving In Circles Spiral Tat By Xanthian At Occulo Visitanr Gallery In Oneonta, NY

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Mob Psycho Tattoo By Jack Cordwell At Black Kraken Tattoo In Manchester, UK

Mob Psycho Tattoo By Jack Cordwell At Black Kraken Tattoo In Manchester, UK

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Super Fresh Kurt Cobain Doodle Done At Tried And True Tattoo, In Cape Girardeau, MO

Super Fresh Kurt Cobain Doodle Done At Tried And True Tattoo, In Cape Girardeau, MO

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#85

Gilda Radner Quote: “Delicious Ambiguity” Stone The Crow In Rockville, MD

Gilda Radner Quote: “Delicious Ambiguity” Stone The Crow In Rockville, MD

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought that said "delicious antigravity"

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Day Dreamer

Day Dreamer

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Tourist Garbage. By Deya Aven At Adventure Tattoo In Nashville, TN