A tattoo can mean a lot of things to different people. For some, it's a beautiful piece of art, and for others, it's just another important fashion accessory.
We also have those who see tattoos as a way to express their innermost desires or feel a connection to someone or something.
For others, a tattoo has a much deeper meaning. Some will get their skins inked because they believe it's the best way to make a point or say something meaningful about themselves.
Then we have those who believe tattoos are a great way to remember loved ones, alive or not.
Each of the tattoos below tells a story, and that makes them especially special and unique. There's even a celebrity who got her first tattoo at 62.
1. A Tattoo Inspired By Tea
For this person, having tea at grandma's was always special, and she always served her this great beverage in a teacup with a 'Brigadoon' Scottish Thistle.
She got the pattern tattooed on her arm as a band because she was served tea by her grandma in that cup all her life.
2. A Beloved Dog
Someone got a tattoo because it represented a dog that will never be forgotten.
3. New And Improved
Grandpa had a 50-year-old tattoo, and this person decided to recreate it. How flattering!
4. A Great Tribute
When he was alive, dad wanted to have matching tattoos. After he passed away, he finally did it on his birthday.
5. A Functional Tattoo
Alopecia can be rough, and for this client, it took away all the hair in some areas of the body. The artist did some new brows on the client, and they look so realistic.
6. Best Friend Forever
When a truly unforgettable pet and friend passed on, the owner got this tattoo to make sure he will never be forgotten.
7. She Will Always Be With Him
This person decided to get a tattoo of him and his sister: it's the two of them against the world.
8. In Case You Forget
This lady has a hearing problem. On her 23rd birthday, she got a tattoo that should subtly remind people she has hearing issues.
She always had to remind people she had this problem. Now she won't have to do it as often.
9. Painful Memories
This lady got four tattoos in memory of her 4 babies. She has had 3 miscarriages and a stillborn.
10. In Memory Of Grandpa
He decided to get a single needle tattoo of grandpa after he passed on.
11. An Exciting Tattoo With Lots Of Memories
He got the tattoo before he passed on. Now, it represents a bittersweet moment.
12. A Mix Of Two Cultures
A tattoo that shows a mix of both the mother's and the father's cultures: tartan and Maori.
13. Matching Tattoos For All Trips Taken Together
It rained for a week for this particular tattoo.
14. An Amazing Family Picture
15. Something Unique And Special
He asked the tattoo artist to draw something that represented his sensitivity. He understands that the dog will not always be with him, and so he got this tattoo.
16. A Loving Grandma
This grandma showed her grandkids some love in a single picture. Notice the heart shape?
17. A Little Courage
Someone got this while taking care of mom in the hospital, as a "little badge of courage."
18. Not Forgotten
Had this to remember the dog 3 years after it passed on.
19. A Beautiful Way To Hide The Scars
The three butterflies cover up the scars left after an appendix removal surgery. How brilliant!
20. A Little Message From Mom
Her mom always had beautiful handwriting and would put this heartwarming message at the end of each of her cards and letters. This person had this tattoo done after she passed on.
Finally, as promised: Madonna.
At 62 years of age, the legendary songbird got a tattoo that represented the initials of 6 of her children. It was her first tattoo ever!
See! Sometimes there is a beautiful and touching story behind the tattoos you see around.