20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

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.

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

2. A Beloved Dog

Someone got a tattoo because it represented a dog that will never be forgotten.

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

3. New And Improved

Grandpa had a 50-year-old tattoo, and this person decided to recreate it. How flattering!

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

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.

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

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.

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

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.

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

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.

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

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.

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

9. Painful Memories

This lady got four tattoos in memory of her 4 babies. She has had 3 miscarriages and a stillborn.

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

10. In Memory Of Grandpa

He decided to get a single needle tattoo of grandpa after he passed on.

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

11. An Exciting Tattoo With Lots Of Memories

He got the tattoo before he passed on. Now, it represents a bittersweet moment.

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

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.

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

13. Matching Tattoos For All Trips Taken Together

It rained for a week for this particular tattoo.

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

14. An Amazing Family Picture

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

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.

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

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.”

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

18. Not Forgotten

Had this to remember the dog 3 years after it passed on.

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

19. A Beautiful Way To Hide The Scars

The three butterflies cover up the scars left after an appendix removal surgery. How brilliant!

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

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.

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

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!

20 tattoos that actually do have a meaning behind them

See! Sometimes there is a beautiful and touching story behind the tattoos you see around.