How to choose the best memorial tattoo for you.

How To Decide On A Memorial Tattoo

There’s been a constant debate for ages on if tattoos are a good way to memorialize our deceased loved ones.

To be honest, the choice is yours. Nobody can say you’re grieving wrong. That’s a myth. Every circumstance is different & every person is different.

The sole purpose of a memorial tattoo is for you to pay tribute to a loved one & keep them close.

This article is mainly for those who know that they want a memory tattoo but have no idea where to begin. If you’re a tattoo guru & know all there is to know about choosing what to get then this ain’t for you.

The best tips on how to decide on a memorial tattoo

Tips On How To Choose A Tattoo

Deciding to get a tattoo is a big decision. Not only is it permanent, expensive, & most importantly-meaningful.

Take the time to truly consider what you want.

You have to account for size, style, color or black,  & of course placement on your body.


  • Something unique about your loved one
  • A special memory you shared
  • Meaningful quotes
  • If you want your tattoo to be on display or if you want it to be covered.

For inspiration you can look at:

  • Pinterest
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Tattoo TV series
  • Stickers
  • Graffiti art

Handwriting Tattoos

Handwriting tattoos are just that, tattoos of the handwriting of the deceased. Normally you would find a signature or special message that your loved one wrote. Then the tattoo artist would make an impression of it to be tattooed.

The best tips on choosing a memorial tattoo

Flower Tattoos

Floral tattoos are often chosen simply because they’re pretty. But, many flowers have meaning & these few have significant meaning when it comes to grief & healing.


Lotus flowers are simply amazing. They rise from muddy water & come looking simply beautiful. These flowers also hold many meanings. The most popular are life, renewal, & light.


The red poppy flower is seen as the flower of remembrance. It’s normally the flower used to honor the military.


The lilly flower symbolize innocence & purity. Especially to a departed soul.


Roses hold many meanings, but their meanings are based on color. Yellow symbolizes the love of a friends. Dark crimson represents grief & sorrow. Red & pink represent love.


Bright yellow tulips are sign of renewal.

Symbol Tattoos

There are a ton of different symbols out in the world. But only a few have meaning when it comes specifically to grief.

If you decide to get a tattoo of another language be sure it’s accurate. You don’t want to think that you’re getting “love you forever” but end up with “sweaty feet”.

Infinity Symbol

Symbolizes eternity & everlasting love.


An anchor is seen as a symbol of hope. If the anchor has a broken chain then that symbolizes death.


Angels are symbols of God. Many people will often get angel tattoos to represent their loved ones watching over them.


Arrows symbolize mortality.


In general crowns represent life after death.

Celtic Knot

A Celtic knot represents resurrection.


Hourglasses are a symbol of the passing of time.


Symbolic of heaven & hope.

Skulls & Skeletons

Are signs of death & mortality

Sunset & Sunrise

Symbolize death & renewed life.

Remember, that tattoos are very personal. If you have a symbol tattoo in mind that you want then go with that. These are just specific ideas to get you started.

Quote Tattoos

Quote tattoos are simply tattoos of quotes that have meaning to you or quotes about strength, love, or renewal.

The best tips on how to pick the right memorial tattoo design for you.

Dove Tattoos

Doves are often thought of as messengers from here to the afterlife. There are many variations of dove tattoos including crying, flying, carrying ribbons, & holding flowers.

Portrait Tattoos

This one is very simple. Take your favorite picture of your deceased loved one & use that as your tattoo.

Tips On Getting A Tattoo

  • When considering where you want to get your tattoo on your body, take where you work into consideration.
  • If getting a script tattoo, make sure you look at different fonts. Be sure than you can read them.
  • If you find an idea for your tattoo it doesn’t have to stay that way. Change it to what works best.
  • Ask the tattoo artist for suggestions. They’re there to help you & to draw what you want. Voice your thoughts & be willing to listen to them. 
  • Make sure it’s a design that you wouldn’t be ashamed for your grandkids to see.
  • Do your own research of tattoo shops. Don’t just go by recommendation. Physically go check out the shop.
  • Don’t overcrowd your design with too many things.
  • Tattoos on your hands & feet tend to fade quicker & require more touch ups.
  • Don’t rush into getting a tattoo. Take your time & decide. Removing tattoos or getting them covered can be expensive!

*Insider tip: places on or near a bone can be painful.

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The best tips on how to choose a memorial tattoo in honor of a deceased loved one.