Losing a loved one (whether it be a pet, a relative, or a close friend,) is a difficult situation for all involved. Often these individuals were near and dear to our heart and therefore many people are inspired to create something in memory of their dearly departed. Some of these people will get a memorial tattoo. Memorial tattoos are a great way to show your appreciation for someone who was close to you and they can be customized perfectly.
Tattoos come in every size, shape and color imaginable. No one can tell you what is, and what is not okay for a memorial tattoo because it is completely, one hundred percent up to you.
If you’re going to get a tattoo in remembrance of someone, wait until a good amount of time has passed. This is important because often people will get a tattoo that they really may have not thought all the way through, or gotten a tattoo that really didn’t represent what they wanted to say.
This is not to say that a memorial tattoo is a bad idea; just that time and effort should be chosen to create the best memorial tattoo possible. You may want the tattoo visible on your lower arm but you may regret that placement or specific chosen tattoo later (because it has no real meaning, or you may even lose your job.)
Designing a Memorial Tattoo
Common memorial tattoo ideas often involve the use of flowers such as a rose, religious symbols such as a cross, or dates and initials of the person. Unfortunately, these are just not unique and they may or may not be the best representation of what the person truly meant to you. This is not to say they’re a bad idea, but if you really put some thought into it – you can come up with a great idea for a memorial tattoo. This is why it’s good to wait some time after the grief and emotion has passed.
Memorial tattoos do not necessarily need to contain a date, or a name for that matter. You can utilize a symbol that represents something that was important to your loved one. Look for something that truly represented them and made them special; whether it was their passion for animals, music or something else entirely.
Another great idea for a memorial tattoo is to use a symbol that represents something you and your loved one enjoyed together. Perhaps you had a favorite get-together spot for margaritas or you both loved traveling and have a particular place that he or she really enjoyed. Anything you can think of to make your tattoo a truly unique memorial.
Tattoos are a great way to remember someone; just be sure it’s something you’re truly committed to. You may be distraught and end up getting a tattoo you regret in the long run; not because of the person but simply because of the decisions you made in the process.