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Hope Tattoos And Designs-Hope Tattoo Meanings, Ideas, And Pictures

Updated on August 11, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.



There are a few different four letter words that are commonly used in the tattoo world as a symbol of inspiration. One of those four letter words is "hope." So what is hope? By definition, hope represents a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. This can apply to many things in your life, many different circumstances. Hope is closely related to trust, promise, and expectation.

Hope tattoos are actually quite popular as they are a beckon of hope. Hope tattoos can be worn by both men and women. They are worn for a variety of different reasons and as a tattoo, they can be designed with similar inspirational words. Some of those words are include love, faith, truth, and live.

Although hope tattoos always include "hope", they can be designed with a variety of different symbols. In this article, we will discuss hope tattoo designs and meanings. We will also review a variety of different ways that hope tattoos can be designed. In the end, we hope that you are able to find inspiration and ideas for your own hope tattoo design.



As you read above, hope represents a feeling of desire and expectation for something to happen. Since you already know what the hope tattoo can symbolize, below you will find a variety of reasons why someone may choose such a tattoo. In many cases, this four letter word can be very meaningful and a constant reminder to keep such hope. With saying that, below are a few of the many reasons why someone may choose the hope tattoo.

  • Cancer Many men and women that have or are currently battling cancer choose the hope tattoo. For cancer survivors, the hope tattoo represents all the pain, struggle, and success of their hard journey.
  • Life Some people that choose the hope tattoo choose this tattoo symbol to represent themselves, their beliefs. They may feel obligated to help others and give hope to those who encounter them. In many ways, the hope tattoo represents their way of life.
  • Hardships At one time or another, we have all went through trying times. Some men and women choose the hope tattoo to represent everything they have went through. For these men and women, the hope tattoo is a constant reminder of their strong will.
  • Victory The hope tattoo can also be a symbolic symbol of victory. This can relate to a variety of different areas. This is why the hope tattoo can also represent overcoming the impossible. This may define someone that has escaped death, cancer, or anything else that has meaning in their life.

What does "hope" mean to you? Many men and women have different perspectives when it comes to hope. One thing that they can all agree on is the fact that it is positive. Hope shares close meaning to love, inspiration, faith, and believe. These are all words that are included in the same theme of the hope tattoo. This means that these are words that you may see included within hope tattoo designs.



A large percentage of people would think that hope tattoo designs all look the same but that is not the case. Truth be told, there are many different ways that hope tattoo designs can be altered. Yes, many hope tattoo designs are simple. This is because the word is such a meaningful term. However, there are some very creative ways to make this simple word into an eyecatching tattoo.

Since most of us look for a meaningful tattoo, most want to keep it personal and applied to them in a personal way. So why do you want a hope tattoo. What does hope mean to you? Are you a cancer survivor or has someone saved your life? If your wanting a meaningful hope tattoo, you will want to answer such questions so that you know what to apply to your hope tattoo design. If your looking for the answers, think about your stance in life, where you are from, your family, what you have overcome, or your heritage. You may also want to think about your faith and religion if your getting a hope tattoo for that reason. Either way, you can't go wrong.

Some women and men find inspiration in the word hope. Others may just want a hope tattoo. You may just like the word or the tattoo. You may or may not want to personalize your hope tattoo. You can have your hope tattoo done in a variety of different text and languages. One popular way that you may want to consider is having yours done in Chinese characters. Since this is a text tattoo per say, the hope tattoo design can be done in a variety of different sizes and tattooed nearly anywhere on the body. They can also be done in several different colors and shades. For the simple hope tattoo, I believe some type of shading is needed. That is only my personal opinion. I think it makes it stand out, gives it more character.

Hope tattoo designs are very popular in the cancer community. You will probably see a variety of different hope tattoo designs with cancer ribbons. Hope tattoos can also be included with other symbols, such as hearts, stars, flowers, and crosses. It just all depends on what you are looking for. Hope tattoo designs may also include words, sayings, or phrases. You may see such tattoos with "I AM HOPE", "HOPE IS ALL WE HAVE", or "FAITH AND HOPE." You may also find interest in the ambigram tattoo of faith and hope. This type of tattoo reads faith on one side and when it is reversed, it says faith. It truly is a unique tattoo.

Please be sure too take the time to view all the different hope tattoo designs in this article. This will give you the opportunity to become familiar with all the different tattoo designs. You can also pick up great information and ideas, possibly for your own hope tattoo design or another tattoo.



There are some very important things to remember before you get your hope tattoo or any tattoo. Please make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. You want to be sure that you fully understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that your tattoo symbolizes something totally different from what you first thought.

Please don't rush to get inked! Men and women that rush to get a tattoo on an impulse thought usually have regrets about their tattoo later on down the road. Don't make this same mistake! Remember, tattoos are meant to last a lifetime. On top of that, you don't want to go through the process of laser removal and cover ups. If you do, it can get really costly.

Also, be sure to research your tattoo artist. This is just as important. Make sure you go to a quality tattoo artist, one that is professional. Make sure you ask to see their work. If they are legit, they won't care one bit to show you their work and stencils. Quality matters in a tattoo and you are going to want it done correctly. Take the time to do the research and I promise you will be better off for it.

If you feel that hope tattoos are not for you or you want to view more tattoos, please be sure to follow the links below. Find out more tattoo symbols, designs, ideas, and meanings in the links listed below. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave us a comment. As always, thank you for your time!


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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia




      Old Albion

      Thank you all for your time and comments. It is and will always be greatly appreciated. I am still learning to do tattoos myself. I want to make sure I am able to do any tattoo before I make the leap. I have done a few tattoos but all of these are done by other artist.

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      Graham Lee 

      5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ricky. I knew nothing of the meaning of tattoos, I do now. Your hubs are excellent all round. I presume the tattoos shown are your own work. If so, well done you are indeed talented.

      Voted up and all.


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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend great hope tattoos and photos, awesome !

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      I like the simplicity of the word hope as a tattoo.. another very good share my friend :)

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I love the Hope tattoos!

      Glad you are back and continuing this series. Thought you may have run out!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Alastar, always great to hear from you my friend. Great point, I never thought of them before either. I came across them doing my research and I didn't realize how popular they are, at the least compared to other tattoo symbols. Writing is what I enjoy and it feels great to have time to write again. Shall see you soon my friend.

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      Alastar Packer 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      The place just doesn't seem the same without your tat series my friend. Look forward to your other new writes too, Ricky. Would have never thought of Hope tats, but now seeing and reading this suppose i have seen some before. It's really cool folks can come up with their own designs for this one and bet there are some very special ones for those battling cancer. Great one and always good you remind to think before you ink!


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