It can feel like quite the commitment to get the body engraved. What we chose to put on it is basically stuck with us forever so it's a good idea to make sure that it holds a meaning special enough for us never to regret.
The following people on Reddit have shared heartbreaking and heartwarming stories behind the tattoo on their bodies. Not only are their tattoos reminders of the people they love most, but they hold messages to keep them inspired for the rest of their lives.
The Sound Of His Voice
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"For my 18th birthday I got a tattoo of my dad's laugh on my arm, he passed 3 years ago. I have his smile and joy wherever I go now."
Who said that sound can only be heard? The tones of our voices hold soundwaves that can be actually be seen. While it might be impossible to hear the voices of those who passed one more time, as badly as we would want to, it doesn't mean that we can't take the shape of their voice with us wherever we may go.
"One And Only Tattoo"
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"My father passed on valentines day two days before I turned 18, I thought this quote from a prayer said during his funeral was perfect.. he had written a birthday card about 30 minutes before his heart attack and it was signed " love ya, dad" so I had his handwriting put below the quote. Located on my back upper left shoulder"
This may be the hardest message to accept when we lose someone dear to us. Life can't stop simply because they're gone. We need to make the rest of our time count and let them go so that we can continue to live a life that would make them proud.
Home Is Where The Heart Is
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"Simple chart my Grandpa drew for me to show where my home is on the surface of the Earth with Longitude and Latitude."
While home is where you make it, there is something really heartwarming in knowing that you will always have one to come back to. Even if the physical one no longer stands, the tattoo will give the illusion that it is everlasting because even when we can't go home, home will always be within us.
The Power Of Solidarity
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"Dad tattooed his son's cancer scar on his own head to boost son's self-confidence." Just because we can't help the hardships that life throws at us, doesn't mean that we have to go through them alone.
Solidarity on its own can be healing. Even if it doesn't cure, it gives the strength and the motivation to go through anything.
Love Is Support Through The Lows
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"Tattoo to support my wife's fight with depression." When dealing with something like depression, it's easy to feel like a burden and unlovable. It's hard to put a brave face on everyday even when we don't want to bring down those around us.
That's why this kind of support is so important in showing those fighting with depression that they are still worthy and that they have a support system through both their highs and their lows.
Moms Know Best
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"My mom passed away a few months ago, yesterday I got my first tattoo" It's never easy to loss a mother. The first person to ever teach us how to love, the only person to ever love us unconditionally and the kind of person who still protected us and went out of their way to cheer us up no matter how old we got.
Moms may leave our world but they're truly never forgotten. This tattoo is a great way to preserve their motherhood.