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- Lyrics Tattoos
- Tue, 09 Nov 2010 18:35:00 +0000 -
Everyone has at least one favorite song. This song speaks to you, describes you and your life perfectly, has kept you emotionally centered, and generally happy. For some people, this one perfect song has meant the world to them, and they decide to keep that amazing music with them forever. Lyrics tattoos may not be […]
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- Cursive Tattoos
- Fri, 05 Nov 2010 16:15:24 +0000 -
When it comes to text in body art, cursive tattoos are certainly one of the most popular. This is due mainly to the fact that cursive writing has an elegant, flowing appearance. It does not hurt, of course, that you can use this style to create fine letters and words that can easily be fit […]
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- Banner Tattoos
- Thu, 04 Nov 2010 17:44:25 +0000 -
Although banner tattoos in and of themselves do not have any particular meaning, they make for fantastic backdrops to significant text. Aside from the usual scroll banners, you may also find that these background pieces can be made up of important symbols, and may very well be just as meaningful as the wording you add […]
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- Norse Tattoos
- Thu, 04 Nov 2010 16:49:19 +0000 -
There are many reasons why people get Norse tattoos; in general, though, these designs are thought to express a certain amount of strength and dignity, and – depending on the type that you get – they can represent a myriad of mystical qualities. They are also sometimes used to show pride in heritage amongst those […]
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- Shoulder Tattoos
- Tue, 26 Oct 2010 16:52:00 +0000 -
When most people think of shoulder tattoos, they think of the small, rounded area just above the arm; however, it is important to note that, technically speaking, this location is considered the upper arm, while the shoulder extends into the upper portion of the back. There are many reasons why people decide on this exact […]
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- Star of David Tattoos
- Tue, 19 Oct 2010 22:45:14 +0000 -
The Torah states that “you shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves,” but in modern times, this same practice has become quite common – even acceptable in many circles. Although religious bans on body art were once strictly followed, today, tattoos are regularly used to express […]
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- RIP Tattoos
- Mon, 18 Oct 2010 20:18:36 +0000 -
Rest in peace, or R.I.P. tattoos are undoubtedly one of the most expressive pieces around. Though it is quite common for people to get body art that is representative of those they love, these designs are meant as a tribute to those whose loss is felt deeply by the wearer; they are meant to express […]
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- Tombstone Tattoos
- Mon, 18 Oct 2010 17:43:19 +0000 -
Although grave art is rich with symbolism, tombstone tattoos themselves are meant to represent death. To some this may be a hardcore symbol – often in line with certain fashion styles like goth or metal – while to others they may be a moving tribute those who have passed on. In general, these designs are […]
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- Marijuana Tattoos
- Mon, 18 Oct 2010 17:15:11 +0000 -
In many ways, displaying the image of a marijuana leaf is still considered something of a taboo; all the same, marijuana tattoos have become a potent cultural icon. In general, a picture of this plant emblazoned on anything is representative of the wearer’s use of the plant; however, it has also come symbolize freedom, love, […]
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- Lock And Key Tattoos
- Mon, 18 Oct 2010 16:51:06 +0000 -
In general, lock and key tattoos are considered “couple” pieces – one partner getting the lock, the other the key; however, they may be used amongst friends or relatives, and are also meant to represent self preservation, or – if the key is placed in a turning position in the lock – freedom. With the […]
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- Wrist Tattoos
- Thu, 14 Oct 2010 18:19:12 +0000 -
Although they are often frowned upon, due mainly to social stigmas, many people choose to get wrist tattoos for exactly that purpose. Whatever the tattoo itself may signify, the placement is often a form of rebellion and free expression. This placement is by far one of the most visible, and may make it more difficult […]
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- Virgin Mary Tattoos
- Wed, 13 Oct 2010 17:20:54 +0000 -
Mary of Nazareth has undoubtedly become one of the most beloved emblems in western religion. She symbolizes a mingling of human and the divine, warmth, motherly love, and sacrifice. As body art, Virgin Mary tattoos have come to express these ideals to the fullest, and many people choose these pieces as a tribute, not only […]
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- Teardrop Tattoos
- Tue, 12 Oct 2010 19:17:43 +0000 -
When people think of a teardrop tattoo, the first things that come to mind are usually incarceration, thugs, and suffering. This is not surprising because, as far back as the 1940s, this piece has been used, generally in a prison setting, to represent either a murder committed, or a murder witnessed. Prior to that – […]
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- Portrait Tattoos
- Sat, 02 Oct 2010 17:54:03 +0000 -
Portrait tattoos are unquestionably one of the most meaningful types of body art around. After all, having someone’s visage printed into the skin is a sure symbol of love, commitment and appreciation. Many portrait pieces are meant as a permanent reminder of lost loved ones, or to forever capture the youth and innocence of a […]
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- Spanish Tattoos
- Wed, 29 Sep 2010 21:37:41 +0000 -
Over the years, Spanish tattoos have become increasingly popular. Although much of this increase is simply due to cultural pride, some of it can also be traced to the beauty of the language and art that goes hand in hand with said culture. Though most of these pieces are made up of common quotes or […]
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- Clock Tattoos
- Mon, 27 Sep 2010 17:19:21 +0000 -
Over time, clock tattoos have come to be known as prison or gang pieces, and often symbolize the amount of time that a person has spent in jail; however, they also occasionally symbolize the passing of time, and may sometimes represent a pertinent moment in the wearer’s life – such as the time of birth […]
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- French Tattoos
- Thu, 23 Sep 2010 18:20:22 +0000 -
Although word pieces are quite common, few can create as much romance as French tattoos. These works are most frequently used to express feelings of love and joy, to recite prose or show pride in heritage. Most of these works are done in a swirling, loose design, and consist of common sayings such as “c’est […]
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- Dharma Tattoos
- Thu, 23 Sep 2010 00:51:22 +0000 -
Dharma tattoos have, over time, become a favorite amongst those who focus their lives around finding both internal and external enlightenment. This is not surprising as the Dharma – which is almost exclusively presented in the form of an eight-spoked wheel – represents both the teachings of Buddha, and the composition of nature – both […]
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- Shiva Tattoos
- Wed, 22 Sep 2010 18:46:02 +0000 -
Shiva tattoos, like the Hindu deity himself, generally consist of complex symbolism. Shiva – sometimes referred to as Siwa or Siva – represents the duality of existence, both the creation of life, and the destruction of it. He is also said to be the image of sensuality, and is sometimes depicted as having both male […]
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- Cloud Tattoos
- Tue, 21 Sep 2010 19:19:36 +0000 -
Although cloud tattoos are rarely made up purely of the vast, billowy thunderheads we see in the sky, they are occasionally morphed and restructured in beautiful ways so as to make them the focal point of a number of pieces. To many people, clouds carry something of a dogmatic symbolism. They are often meant to […]
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- Cupcake Tattoos
- Tue, 24 Aug 2010 17:04:56 +0000 -
When people think of tattoos, the first image to come to mind is not likely to be a sugary sweet food item. However, cupcake tattoos seem to be popping into modern culture with increasing vigor. Unlike many other pieces of body art, cupcakes do not bear a specific symbolism all unto themselves. Instead, people tend […]
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- Hope Tattoos
- Fri, 13 Aug 2010 20:21:24 +0000 -
Hope tattoos have a pretty simple meaning, but the reasons a person would get one varies widely. Hope is vital to living; hoping for the best outcome of any situation, hoping the best for ourselves and our loved ones, and the hope of living life as fully and completely and possible. These are only a […]
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- Sanskrit Tattoos
- Mon, 26 Jul 2010 23:16:13 +0000 -
Sanskrit tattoos are without question one of the most stunning and unusual text pieces around. Although this ancient language is now predominantly used ceremonially, it is widely considered to be one of the few root languages in existence, and thus, can make for a truly unique and beautiful design in many forms of art, including […]
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- Eye Tattoos
- Sat, 03 Jul 2010 14:58:01 +0000 -
In general, eye tattoos are not very common. However, these pieces are often beautiful, intricate and one of the most potent symbols of protection around. These tattoos are literally meant to watch out for you, and thus, keep you safe from a variety of evils. They are also seen as windows to the soul, and […]
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- Samurai Tattoos
- Thu, 01 Apr 2010 17:37:51 +0000 -
Samurai tattoos are often meant to represent all of the things that actual samurais lived by: courage, honor, self sacrifice, and living life to its fullest. In Japan, the samurai is the ultimate emblem of masculinity and pride; around the world their image is seen as something strong and mysterious, brave and seductive. Many samurai […]
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- Scroll Tattoos
- Thu, 04 Mar 2010 23:02:07 +0000 -
Scroll tattoos are generally used as a decorative border and — unless combined with other symbols — are usually without a meaning of their own. However, many people like to use scroll tattoos when they want to express something with words instead of art, but would still like to have a dash of style in […]
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- No Regrets Tattoos
- Thu, 18 Feb 2010 02:53:54 +0000 -
The meaning behind no regrets tattoos is pretty simple: the wearer wants to live his or her life to the fullest, without guilt or shame; a life full of excitement and fulfillment. The use of this style of art expresses this feeling in a simple, and frequently stylish manner. Most no regrets tattoos are done […]
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- Fleur De Lis Tattoos
- Thu, 18 Feb 2010 02:13:37 +0000 -
The fleur de lis (or fleur de lys) translates into ‘lily flower‘ and has a long standing history. It has been seen in all of its glory on royal and religious figures; it was seen as a decorative ornament from some of the earliest civilizations, and has even become the official symbol for the state […]
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- Werewolf Tattoos
- Wed, 17 Feb 2010 22:14:21 +0000 -
In dreams, werewolves are considered to be a symbol of dark transformation, in fiction they are an image of wickedness and evil. In body art they are thought to encompass all of these things, plus a sense of raw, uninhibited sensuality. For all of these reasons, werewolf tattoos are considered one of the most highly […]
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- Viking Tattoos
- Wed, 03 Feb 2010 04:03:00 +0000 -
Viking tattoos are quite uncommon, but to those who wear them, they tend to symbolize a certain brute strength that few other designs hold. They also frequently represent a trailblazing attitude, and a sense of mystical energy. Many of the viking tattoos that you will come across bear a cartoon-like appearance. These designs tend to […]
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- Quote Tattoos
- Tue, 02 Feb 2010 18:20:39 +0000 -
Quote tattoos are one of the most frequently seen script styles. This design usually shows short, one line phrases that have a deep meaning to the wearer; they may also have short chapters, lines or quotes from longer books or texts. One example of the longer style is religious quote tattoos. These often feature excerpted […]
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- Carpe Diem Tattoos
- Fri, 09 Oct 2009 22:53:21 +0000 -
Carpe Diem tattoos have acquired quite a bit of popularity over time. There are few other sayings that truly capture and exemplify the tattoo enthusiast’s attitude towards life like ‘seize the day,’ and this particular piece expresses that passionate zest for living in such a simple way that no other design or expression can really […]
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- Prison Tattoos
- Fri, 11 Sep 2009 23:04:16 +0000 -
Although generally speaking, prison tattoos are meant for those who have already been incarcerated, a lot of people like to use these pieces to express a certain toughness they see in themselves. Prison tattoos are also rife with symbolism; this too may indicate why someone would get this style of body art. However, it is […]
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- Hand Tattoos
- Wed, 09 Sep 2009 22:11:09 +0000 -
Hand tattoos are one of the few taboos left when it comes to body art (closely following face, and neck tattoos). Whatever design a wearer chooses, the placement signifies a commitment; whether it be to a loved one, to a certain religion, or even just to their desire for bold, statement-making body art. Most people […]
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- Neck Tattoos
- Wed, 09 Sep 2009 21:36:06 +0000 -
Neck tattoos are interesting in that they can be either extremely obvious, or very discreet, depending on where you get them. Many tattoo artists shy away from this position, but that does not hinder the desire for this bold placement, as the placement itself can make as large a statement about the wearer as the […]
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- Sparrow Tattoos
- Wed, 09 Sep 2009 00:31:01 +0000 -
Sparrows have long been considered a symbol of freedom, true love, and an emblem for accomplishment. Many sailors have used this design to represent a long journey completed, while in more modern times, former prisoners have used sparrows to show their new found Independence. Lovers often use sparrow tattoos to express either a profound love […]
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- King Tattoos
- Fri, 04 Sep 2009 20:42:59 +0000 -
Every ruler has his own strengths and weaknesses. This is equally true for king tattoos; they all have their own peculiar symbolism, and every item that surrounds them tells a different story. It is not unusual to see king tattoos that feature the identifiable royalty of playing cards. These are generally done in the modern […]
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- Script Tattoos
- Tue, 01 Sep 2009 16:50:22 +0000 -
Script tattoos are favored because of the beautiful and often personal touch that they add to any piece of body art. Many people like to get them to express a certain feeling, or show love or respect to a certain person; however, many others add script to their body art as a means to compliment […]
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- Lettering Tattoos
- Tue, 01 Sep 2009 04:56:39 +0000 -
Although symbols may say a lot while still maintaining a bit of mystery, sometimes it is better to be frank; and with all of the beautiful languages, words, and typography available, it is no surprise that lettering tattoos have a place in many body art enthusiast’s hearts. Lettering tattoos can express any number of things. […]
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- Upper Back Tattoos
- Mon, 31 Aug 2009 17:01:45 +0000 -
Typically, upper back tattoos are thought to be perfect for the beginning tattoo enthusiast. These pieces are easy to hide, have a minimal amount of distortion with time, and are easy to elaborate on in the future. They are also thought to be one of the sexier placements, as with just a teasing slip of […]
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- Basketball Tattoos
- Fri, 28 Aug 2009 03:17:34 +0000 -
There are no two ways about it – basketball tattoos are gotten by hardcore fans and players. These uncommon designs are featured on the skin of those with a true passion for both body art and the game. This dedicated zeal may be strange to some, but to those who get them, the idea just […]
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- Ambigram Tattoos
- Thu, 27 Aug 2009 20:42:22 +0000 -
Ambigram tattoos are simply a typographic style, and do not necessarily have a specific symbolism all to themselves. What makes them special or meaningful to the wearer is what words or symbols they choose to put into this particular style. Most people like to have ambigram tattoos because they are simply a unique way to […]
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- Latin Tattoos
- Wed, 26 Aug 2009 19:23:21 +0000 -
Latin, being at the heart of nearly every romance language, has a definite appeal that few other languages have. It is also considered to be a practically dead language unto itself, and thus has a certain unique charm to it. Many famous quotes and phrases can be culled from this dialect, and so the use […]
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- Live Laugh Love Tattoos
- Wed, 26 Aug 2009 03:23:15 +0000 -
There are a variety of ways you can create live laugh love tattoos, but the meaning is fairly clear. These tattoos are frequently used by those who have a passion for life; whether it be a new found joy that they have found in existence, or a lifelong passion for it. These tattoos indicate a […]
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- Evil Tattoos
- Mon, 24 Aug 2009 17:24:19 +0000 -
It is hard to think of what makes a tattoo evil, but many folks like to incorporate designs that some would see as wicked, or even frightening. Evil tattoos are usually meant – in a tongue in cheek manner – to express a certain naughtiness in the wearer’s personality. They may also express a passion […]
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- Asian Tattoos
- Thu, 13 Aug 2009 17:21:42 +0000 -
Asian tattoos are without question the most popular, and highest in demand when it comes to body art as a whole. This is not surprising given all of the rich and exquisite art that is steeped in history and deep symbolism. Japanese art is by far one of the most common influences when it comes […]
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- Mom Tattoos
- Wed, 12 Aug 2009 22:52:57 +0000 -
Mom tattoos have been around for ages. These pieces are usually pretty straightforward in meaning: an appreciation for one’s own mother. However, given the many styles, and the many years that this design has been going around, it is not unusual for a person to get this tattoo strictly for its kitschy value. It has […]
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- Princess Tattoos
- Wed, 12 Aug 2009 22:18:34 +0000 -
Princess tattoos are generally very feminine pieces that are used to describe how the wearers feel about themselves: noble, demanding, and ultimately very charming; or it may simply indicate a fascination with either the real or fantasy archetypes. The idea of a princess calls forth the image of majestic settings, rich colors, and dramatic scenes; […]
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- Peace Sign Tattoos
- Wed, 12 Aug 2009 21:51:30 +0000 -
The peace sign can be seen everywhere from t-shirts, to posters, bumper stickers, to key chains. The meaning for this simple symbol has expanded over time to mean many things other than its original symbolism of peace; it has also become an emblem for anti-war, and marks an association with hippie culture. Given all of […]
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- Earth Tattoos
- Wed, 12 Aug 2009 21:18:42 +0000 -
In many beliefs (whether mainstream or alternative, whether religious or not) the earth is seen as a symbol of wholeness and unity; after all, the one thing that each of us have in common is our connection with this particular planet. To some, the earth is an emblem of motherhood — it being an all […]
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