One of the most classic tattoo images is a heart with the word “mom” inscribed in it, because it’s often with our maternal caregiver that our initial sense of devotion forms. Mom is supposed to love you no matter what. This kind of design is an example of what’s referred to in the business as a “devotion tattoo.”
Of course, a person’s permanent body art tells you a lot about what’s in their heart and on their mind. Often, out affections are where out money is, a really great tattoo can cost a pretty penny. So, if you see a guy with a big, beautiful design artistically tattooed on his body with someone’s name emblazoned on it, you almost have to know he’s in love.
The first thing we think of concerning devotion type tattoos is a boyfriend or girlfriend and all the reasons why it may not be a good idea. Obviously, if you
break up, you sure are going to look silly stuck with that name everywhere you go for the rest of your life. There are other ways to ink your love for a specific person without using their name. Your tattoo artist can help you come up with a design that incorporates some of your beloved’s favorite things, like a favorite flower, or a quote from a book she really likes. That way, if your ink last longer than your love does, you may not regret the tattoo as much.
If you are just dying to have someone’s name tattooed on your body forever and ever, your brother, sister, parents, favorite teacher, or even your dog are better choices than your significant other. Those are things that will never change, unless the dog bites you. A lovers affections can and will be fickle. Not even married couples are exempt from this fact; divorces happen all the time.
Just like the Men’s Ruin tattoo is Lady Luck’s evil twin, the devotion tattoo has a sad sister, and that’s the memorial tattoo. At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of distinction between the two. However, they differ at two main points: a) memorial tats tend to be about the deceased, and devotion tats about the living, and b) you’re probably going to be less likely to change your mind about at memorial.
An example of a memorial tattoo might me a shrine like design with the person’s name on it, surrounded by flowers or depictions of items that the wearer associates with the deceased. There are often the dates of birth and death are included, as well as angels or other heavenly beings, as well as doves and symbols of peace. Some people simply get the their loved one’s name with an asterisk beside it to denote the death, others opt only for a single tattooed tear drop to show their permanent sorrow.
Another option may be a portrait tattoo, a picture of the honoree inked onto the skin. This is a very specialized genre of tattooing and it’s best to seek out someone who has mastered it. If you don’t, the results could be disastrous. In general, people are less likely to regret memorial tattoos because their earthly relationship with the other person has already ended. They know how it’s going to end. There are so surprise infidelities or disappointments that will change their feelings for that person.
Memorial tattoos don’t necessarily have to be about people. They can be about pets, or the ending of an era in your life, like a reluctant retirement or a divorce. After September 11th, many people got tattoos honoring the fallen and supporting their country.