32 Inspirational Tattoos with Meaning and Expression

Many people get tattoos but don’t know their meaning. That will not happen to you because this post is about tattoos with meaning.

Getting a tattoo is great, but if you don’t know the meaning, it’s just not right. I mean tattoos are supposed to represent your character, your values, the things you hold most dear to you. If you don’t know what your tattoo represents, then it’s just a stain on your body.

So today I decided to share a collection of tattoos and their meanings since that’s something we usually don’t know.

So this collection includes 32 types of tattoos and meanings. It includes tattoos for both, men and women. It includes detailed full body tattoos and it includes small and subtle tattoos. It includes the cutest ones and the boldest ones… but before all these tattoos, let’s see what can go wrong if you don’t know the meanings of tattoos.

Halloween is just around the corner, you will love these awesome Halloween tattoos.

Importance of tattoos with meaning

If you don’t know the meaning, things can be disastrous. Especially, if you are getting a tattoo in a foreign language.

This especially happens with Chinese and Japanese tattoos. People get them, and then someone tells them what it means. Things can go really really bad.

Funny Chinese Tattoo Mistakes

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Expressive Tattoos with Meaning

So, now let’s get on with our collection. I’ll begin with one of my favorite types of tattoos here. This is the semicolon tattoo.

Semicolon Tattoo

Semicolon tattoos with meaning

Semicolon tattoo

This is one of the most popular type of finger tattoos. But what does it represent? A semicolon in English grammar means a pause, but not period. Which means that a semicolon is a break but not the end of the statement. Similarly, semicolon represents that a will of the character. It says that my story is not over yet. It says that I’ll be back. It says that the game is not over.

Tribal Tattoo Meanings

Tribal tattoo for men

One of the best tribal tattoos for girls

Tribal tattoos originated about 5000 years ago during the Bronze age. Today, they signify courage, hardwork and boldness. In some European cultures, they have also been considered as a form of membership.

Members of the same association, organization or cult used to wear similar tribal tattoos to identify themselves.

Sea and Ship Tattoo

Sea and ship tattoo

Sea and ship

This tattoo represents a simple quote: “a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”

Viking Symbol Tattoos

Viking symbol tattoo

Viking symbol

Viking tattoo is one of the most popular type of tattoos among the people who are looking for a subtle tattoo design. It means: “create your own reality.

Greek Inguz Symbol

Inguz neck tattoo

Inguz Symbol

This is Greek symbol called Inguz. It means: “where there’s a will there’s a way.

1488 or 88 Tattoos

1488 tattoos with meaning

1488 tattoo

I didn’t even want to include these tattoos, they contain so horrible meaning. But then I guessed, this post is all about tattoo meanings so you must know them.

This is a common prison tattoo. It’s two part tattoo. The first one is 14 which refers to the statement:

“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children.” -David Lane, Nazi Leader.

And 88 is the shorthand code of HH, which means Heil Hitler! In shorthand, 8 refers to eighth letter of the alphabet 88 means HH, Heil Hitler.

Now you know why 1488 tattoos are only found in prison. I’ve heard that in most of the countries of Europe, 1488 tattoos are banned.

Deer Tattoo

Deer tattoo

Deer tattoos with meaning

These deer tattoos are referenced to Psalm 18:33 “He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.

Anchor Tattoo Meaning

Anchor tattoo meaning

Anchor tattto with meaning

Anchor tattoos are one of the most popular types of tattoos around the world. Probably Popeye the sailor made them famous or probably it’s just that they symbolize so many things such as strength, stability and holding on. It shows resilience and it shows faith. Anchor tattoos are liked by men and women alike.

Sugar Skull Tattoos

Mexican sugar skull tattoo

Meaning of a Mexican sugar skull tattoo

Mexican sugar skull is a unique type of tattoos. These tattoos are designed to commemorate the departure of loved ones. There was a tradition of making a sugar skull and writing the name of the deceased person on it.

Butterfly Tattoos

Most beautiful butterfly tattoo

Gives you wings

Contrary to perception, butterfly tattoos do not necessarily represent beauty. On its core, it signifies with transformation and hope. A butterfly starts its journey from being an ugly caterpillar and transforming into one of the most beautiful creatures on earth.


Feather on the background

Colorful feather tattoo

Feather tattoos and their meaning

Single feather tattoo is a sad tattoo. It usually represents loss and death, but you should always check what kind of feather tattoo you are getting because the feather carries the characteristics of the mother bird so her characteristics is what the tattoo will hold.

Owl Tattoos

Owl tattoo for men

Owl tattoo for women

Owl is the symbol of wisdom, but not just that; it is one of the most lethal predators in the world. Some owls boast of 100% kill rate. That’s something that shames the great white sharks and bald eagles. So owl tattoos symbolize brawn with brain. They symbolize balance of mind and muscle.


Star tattoo on the back

Star tattoo for men

Star on fire

Pink and Black Stars

Stars are the ones who shines in the night, a light in the dark. Star tattoos symbolize optimism, dreams and of course, stardom.


Fairy tattoo for the back

Temporary fairy tattoo on the arm

Tinkerbell tattoo

The thing about fairies is that they can make wishes come true.

Music Notes

musical note on wrist

Music notes tattoos and their meaning

Music notes heart

Music notes tattoos are popular not only in musicians but all music lovers. They look beautiful and equally liked by men and women.

Sun Tattoos

Sun tattoo on the back of a neck

Simple sun tattoos with meaning

Sun tattoo on the arm

This is a pretty powerful tattoo. It celebrates the most powerful, the most potent objects visible to mankind. Sun tattoos symbolize “one who will not perish“. The one who gives light, and the one who carries on.
It can also symbolize rebirth, fertility and “a new beginning”.


moon tattoo

moon tattoos and their meaning

A sad moon tattoo

Moon is a pretty cool tattoo. Popular mostly among females but guys also get it often.
It symbolizes peace, drams, divinity, mystery and magic.


Heart 1

Heart 2

Heart 3

It’s a bit obvious that heart tattoos stand for love. Love for your life partner, mom/dad, brother/sister, pet or anyone (or anything, I’ve seen a guy with a heart tattoo with a dollar sign against it).


Crown 1

Crown 2

Crown 3

That’s a pretty cool tattoo as it symbolizes freedom, being your own king or queen or just pure liberty. They are more common among women but popular among men as well.



Sword 2

Sword 1

Sword tattoos symbolize warrior spirit, freedom and hard work. They represent a champion’s attitude.


Snake with an arrow

Snake on the back

Snake on the chest

The ability to renew themselves, that’s what these tattoos mean. Snakes shed skin and get new one. Slytherins also love these tattoos.


Minimal dragonfly tattoo

Simple dragonfly tattoo on the foot

Dragonfly tattoos with meaning

Once again, the power of light, a night bird and this majestic fly is also associated with good luck. They are quite popular among women.

That’s it guys. Today we shared a collection of tattoos with meaning and we’ll be back with more tattoos on next Thursday. Until then, take care.