16.04.2014
A common reason for getting a tattoo for many people, including myself, is as a memorial for a loved one. There is something cathartic about going through the pain of a tattoo to memorialise a loved one, the sense of release as the tattooist lays their tattoo gun down and shows you your fresh tattoo is indescribable.
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. Military Memorial Tattoos – Military memorial tattoos are most often seen on someone for loss of a service member. Firefighters Memorial Tattoos – Firefighters memorial tattoos are inked for many reasons. Breast Cancer Memorial Tattoos – Breast cancer memorial tattoos are seen on both men and women. Pet Memorial Tattoos – Pet memorial tattoos are a great design to forever remember your pet.
Memorial Tattoos for Mom – Memorial tattoos for mom are sad in nature but will make you smile for years to come. Memorial Tattoos for Dad – Memorial tattoos for dad in remembrance for the times you had together can be a fun tattoo design to ink. Colors for Memorial tattoos can be done in single dark ink with lot of shading to add depth and will look great.
It is a sanskrit quote from the Bhagavad Gita that talks about the cyclic nature of the soul “the soul is not born, nor does it die.


And it is with pride, when you choose to show someone your memorial tattoo that you get to tell them the story behind it.
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. 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 some people color will bring energy to their memorial tattoos designs.  Military memorial tattoos may have camouflage colors, reds, black, yellow and white. Military, firefighter, pet, mom, and dad memorial tattoos are normally in a mid size; seen inked on the shoulder, chest, arm and lower leg. For me, the idea of having one of the traditional styles of memorial tattoos that I had seen, names, dates, crosses, portraits etc.
Military memorial tattoos can also be seen on retired service members as a memorial for the end of their service time for their country. 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.
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.
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.
Take in photos, magazine pictures, things you’ve found on the internet, the more you can give an artist to work with, the more likely you are to have an amazing and wholly unique tattoo that represents the essence of the person you have lost.


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.
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. As breast cancer memorial tattoos ideas, the pink ribbon can have angel wings added or even a butterfly will add a nice accent. 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. 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. 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. The vertical use of lettering and the font you choose will modernize your mother’s memorial tattoos.
It is a connection that I share with him, not by any means belittling the connections of people who did not get a tattoo for him. It is my personal expression, a symbol of my love much to the dismay of my parents who find the concept of tattooing for any reason.



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