18 Tattoos That Hide Powerful Stories Behind Them

year ago

People choose certain tattoos for different reasons. Some get beautiful and impressive pictures while others like meaningful images. This article is about the latter: they got their tattoos in honor of their pets, children, and family members.

Bright Side is touched by these tattoos with deep meanings. We want you to have a look at them and get inspired too.

A grandpa got a cochlear implant tattoo to become more like his grandson.

In memory of work for an ambulance service

“I got a tattoo of my dad’s laugh on my arm. He passed 3 years ago. I have his smile and joy wherever I go now.”

A tattoo depicting a pet with its unique feature

“My dad passed away this weekend so I got his tattoo in memory of him.”

“After a year and a half of fighting in court, I just won custody of my 2 boys. So I got them each to say, ’Daddy, I love you’ for my first tattoo.”

“Finally got the tattoo I’ve always wanted!”

“My stepdad committed suicide and I got this tattoo in memory of him.”

“I used to hate my legs, but I’m slowly falling in love with them.”

“My dad retired from tattooing 5 years ago because his hands started to shake. For Father’s Day, I asked his old tattoo buddy if we could use his studio for my dad to give me a tattoo. He agreed and I gave my dad free range.”

“My mom and I got ’Guess How Much I Love You?’ tattoos.”

“For my 10-year anniversary of bartending”

“I was born and adopted from China.”

After her son passed away, this lady got an image of the writing from a card he’d written for her tattooed on her forearm.

“The portrait of my dad”

“Here’s a tattoo of my own brain CT scan. I survived a fatal brain infection.”

“Dedicated to my brother”

3 generations

Do you have tattoos? What do they mean?

Please note: This article was updated in March 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
Preview photo credit Big-Buff-Cheeto-Puff / reddit


My father in law passed away last year. I took a photo of his childhood Butte, we climbed it, and scattered his ashes atop. This is where he is.
Comment with image on Bright Side

Related Reads