(Closed) Has anyone gotten a memorial tattoo without being a tattoo lover?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Not me personally (no tattoos yet but I wouldn’t rule it out), but a girl I worked with did get a memorial tattoo. Tragically she delivered a stillborn baby. Obviously it was horrible and traumatic and she wanted her baby to be a part of her forever since she couldn’t be there in person. She had her baby’s footprints tattooed on her back. She went to an extremely capable artist so it looked amazing.

Post # 5
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Puffthemagicdragon:  Definitely. I think memorial tats are nice though. A physical imprint for the emotional imprint the person left on you.

Post # 6
5065 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I personally don’t have any tattoos but I have known friends to have pics of their children that have passed.  A friend of mine had tear drops and her daugthers name on her foot.

I have thought about having my nan’s initials and her favourite flowers, but I’m a real wimp when it comes to pain.

Post # 7
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I got one in memory of my dad, just a little shamrock on my hip (obviously he wouldn’t care for the placement but that was just so it was for my eyes only)

Post # 8
1292 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

My fiance has one. He has the initials of his best friend tattooed on his back. It’s not huge by any means… maybe 2in by 2in… He doesn’t have any other tattoos nor intends to get any. His best friend died of a long fight from cancer when both he and my fiance were 24.

Post # 9
1333 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

ME!  I swore I would never ever get a tattoo (personal preference/fear).

Then my mother passed away, and my sisters and I started talking about how sharing the same tattoo would be the ultimate tribute to my amazing mother.  My younger sister starting designing, and we collectively came up with the PERFECT tattoo that did not scream ‘HI, OUR MOM DIED!’, but at the same time would be something those close to us would know was for her, and something we would always look at and be reminded of her too.

In June, I received my first tat, and I do not regret it for one second!  We each got the same tattoo in different locations, and I am so happy I shared that moment with them, in a forever tribute of my Angel Mother. 

FUNNY SIDE STORY:  I was in a wedding this Fall, and they were invited as guests.  All of our dresses showed our tattoos, even in being in different spots.  A random guest pulled my aside on the dance floor, and stated he had seen my exact tattoo on two other wedding guests, and asked what it symbolized.  I told him, and he thought it was extremely touching…and then laughed because he thought we were part of a cult/or some sorority that required we be ‘branded’. 

Post # 10
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I like tattoos so Im kind-of OT but I did get one and the money went to charity. I love it, it was a meaningful tat to me and it helped others.

Ive seen many memorial type tattoos, they are very common. Go for it. 😀

Post # 11
747 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have a sunflower with seven petals and my sister’s initials under it on my foot. She passed away five years ago and I wanted something to remember her by. My brother designed the tattoo.

Post # 12
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

So far, all of my tats have been memorial tattoos (and I am behind on getting more, haha!). For me it was a great way to pick a first tattoo — I knew the sentiment behind it would never, ever fade.

Post # 13
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

One my cousin died 9 years ago, I told my dad I wanted to get a memorial tattoo for him. Being as I was 14, my dad told me I had to wait until I was 18 because like you said, ink is permanent. When I was 18, I was dating a guy that said I wasn’t allowed to have any tattoos. I finally got it at 21. I have 3 tattoos now, but this is my favorite (and because it’s my favorite, I’m gonna show it off)

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