Hearts are the most common symbol of love, passion and adoration, although there are other meanings for heart tattoos and each heart tattoo will mean something different to each person. Hearts have been featured in tattoo designs since tattoos first gained popularity with sailors and nautical tattoo designs. The heart tattoo comes in a variety of styles, designs, shapes and colors and are generally mid to small size and can be placed just about anywhere you want or worked into existing body art. Some areas where the heart tattoos are popular are on the wrist, forearm, hip and foot but if you choose the realistic heart tattoo you will need some extra skin. Couples often tend to get their names inked in the design and sometimes the heart tattoo is associated with mums as well. It is also said that the heart is the source of all knowledge for example if you were to get a heart tattoo with a dog, this tattoo would symbolize your love for the dog. The heart tattoo is one of those tattoo designs that allows you to be creative as you can make your own design and meaning with them as they represents so many different things in the eyes of the beholder.
Types of heart tattoo designs:
Broken Heart Tattoos – This particular tattoo design is seen as a reminder of a lost loved one or others wear this to represent a broken heart. But the broken heart can also represent a long distance relationship and reminds them of how sacred that love is.
Black Heart Tattoos – Black heart tattoos are recognized to represent a very sad day in someone’s life such as the loss of a relative or friend, end of a relationship or a memorial after a tragic event. People usually have this tattoo design with a name under the heart, angel wings, cross or even flowers. Many people have the black heart tattoo design to remember the thousands of lives lost on 9-11.
Winged Heart Tattoos – Heart tattoos with wings symbolize freedom, spirit and free spirit. People often get a winged heart to symbolize their joyous and free- spirited nature and also freedom from certain things like addition or bad habits.
Tribal Heart Tattoos – Tribal heart tattoos don’t have a symbolic meaning, usually people choose this design for its great look and displaying a personal message. There are thousands of tribal heart designs to choose from and they work well merging with other tattoo designs.
Celtic Heart Tattoos – Celtic heart tattoos are a beautiful way to show strength and unity and usually consist of four different patterns, these are knots, crosses, spirals or step work.
Sacred Heart Tattoos – The sacred heart tattoo is the most symbolic heart design there is. It has had a long history dating back to the 17th century in France. It is usually surrounded by thorns, an angel, a crown, a pierced sword or it may be shown burning. This design has been seen for centuries as a catholic symbol and is dedicated to Jesus Christ. It represents one faith in Christianity.
Lock And Heart Tattoos – Lock and heart tattoo have a great positive meaning as people usually have this design to represent their love for another, symbolizing that only that person can unlock their heart.
Realistic Heart Tattoos – This particular heart tattoo design, is not commonly seen but are usually full of color and are an actual representation of the real human heart and sometimes it is illustrated being held in a human hand.
Flaming Heart Tattoo – The flaming heart tattoo design represents a strong love and strong passion. The flames represent the intense heat of passion and the burning love.
Dagger Heart Tattoo – The dagger heart tattoo has both a positive and negative meaning associated with the design. The positive meaning of the dagger heart tattoo represents bravery and courage. The negative meaning of the dagger heart tattoo represents grief, sorrow, or long lasting struggle.
Stitched Heart Tattoo – The stitched heart tattoo represents different meanings for example the stitched heart or knitted heart can represent a broken heart that has been healed or it can represent a broken heart or lost love.