Memorial Tattoo Designs – Ideas & Inspiration

Interesting Memorial Tattoos

Memorial Tattoos with all their different designs and styles are probably among the most popular tattoos requested.  Even when not actually stated as a memorial tattoo, many times that what they represent to the wearer. Memorial tattoos are the perfect way for those who wear body art to permanently memorialize the departure from their life of someone or something they love.  See some of the most requested memorial tattoos below.

Types of Memorial Tattoos

Military Memorial Tattoos – Military memorial tattoos are most often seen on someone for loss of a service member. As a memorial this tattoo design serves as a great everlasting tribute to your loved one. Military memorial tattoos can also be seen on retired service members as a memorial for the end of their service time for their country. Ideas for military memorial tattoos for the fallen are very personal due to their nature, and using an image and items they loved in the design is always good. For end of service military memorial tattoos you may consider the branch of service like the Army with the date of entry and retirement date. Add something that you specialized in such as a camouflage satellite dish for communications.

Firefighters Memorial Tattoos – Firefighters memorial tattoos are inked for many reasons. Some firefighter’s memorial tattoos are seen in memory of their lost one and quite often for a reminder of lost firemen for their heroism in the line of duty. For an idea on firefighters personal memorial tattoos is to add the station house number as the background with the name and dates of birth and death with the badge number. Idea for firefighter’s memorial tattoos for line of duty can be a New York fireman’s hard hat with station numbers the background and two axes crossed to the sides and then “ Sept 11  We Will Never Forget” at the bottom.

Awesome Memorial Tattoos

Breast Cancer Memorial Tattoos – Breast cancer memorial tattoos are seen on both men and women. It is predicated that there will be 39,510 deaths in 2012 and early detection is key for surviving breast cancer. The pink looped ribbon logo serves as a reminder for breast exam check ups. As breast cancer memorial tattoos ideas, the pink ribbon can have angel wings added or even a butterfly will add a nice accent. For many asking for these memorial tattoos, they have already lost a loved to breast cancer.  Because of its hereditary nature, the despair and continuing fight does not stop after the loss.  It continues on down through family. Many families continue to support and fight for support for breast cancer research for themselves and in memory of those who have died.  This a perfect tattoo for these families.  In addition to the above breast cancer memorial tattoos designs and ideas, consider adding the name of people who have passed in your family that you continue the struggle to fight for cancer research for; it doesn’t even have to be a family member you may have a friend or coworker who fought the fight and lost. Include names, dates, special items you shared, but always show the pink ribbon with the loop, it has almost become an international sign.  Promote it if you can.

Pet Memorial Tattoos – Pet memorial tattoos are a great design to forever remember your pet. Most pet owners are very attached to their pets, and the loss is very hard to get over. This is when pet memorial tattoos can help during this difficult time.  A simple idea for pet memorial tattoos is a picture of your pet looking at you with its name under the image. The use of flowers, play toys, collar or any personal items finish this tattoo fine. Be sure to shop for a tattoo artist who is recommended for their portraiture abilities and skills.  Bring picture with you and ask to see photographs and the pet memorial tattoos they’ve created for other people.

Memorial Tattoos for Mom – Memorial tattoos for mom are sad in nature but will make you smile for years to come. It’s as if she is with you and looking after you even after she is gone. Ideas for memorial tattoos for mom can be a humming bird in flight caught in freeze frame with head and the bill pointing down with two yellow flowers to the side of it, and the word mom on the opposite side running top to bottom. Any personal items can be added at this point. The vertical use of lettering and the font you choose will modernize your mother’s memorial tattoos.

Memorial Tattoos for Dad – Memorial tattoos for dad in remembrance for the times you had together can be a fun tattoo design to ink. An idea here could be your dads favorite sports team, work logo or item that you saw him with during the years you grew up. We’ll use a Green Bay Packers hat as the base of this design for memorial tattoos for dad. Try adding dads name under the cap and date of birth with any personal items he used in everyday life.

Colors, Sizing and Placement of Memorial Tattoos

Colors for Memorial tattoos can be done in single dark ink with lot of shading to add depth and will look great. For some people color will bring energy to their memorial tattoos designs.  Military memorial tattoos may have camouflage colors, reds, black, yellow and white. Firefighter’s memorial tattoos colors may be black, red and white. Memorial tattoos for mom, dad and pets will range in true to life colors. The breast cancer memorial tattoos have bright pink looped ribbon.

Sizing and placement for memorial tattoos are usually in small to medium size. Military, firefighter, pet, mom, and dad memorial tattoos are normally in a mid size; seen inked on the shoulder, chest, arm and lower leg. Any of these tattoos look great in a large size on the back. Breast cancer memorial tattoos are usually in a small design in a visible place like the neck, base of the neck, fore arm, back of the hand, upper chest or on the lower leg.

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