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Laugh Now, Cry Later Tattoo Designs and Ideas

Updated on September 19, 2018
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

"Laugh Now, Cry Later" Tattoos

"Laugh now, cry later" tattoos portray two faces or two mask that have expressions that represent opposing or different emotions. This design is sometimes associated with gangs and referred to as a gang tattoo. Although may be true, the design can also reresent a lot more.

The term "laugh now, cry later" was made famous by rapper Ice Cube but the design is much older than he is. You might also call it a drama mask, or "the comedy and tragedy masks," or just theater masks, since you often see them depicted in old theaters. They may be quite old, in fact: The tragic face might be the muse Melpomene's and the happy one might represent the muse Thalia from Greek mythology.

Laugh now, cry later tattoos might represent the association of good and bad, pure and evil, but they also have different interpretations and significance from one person to the next. For example, someone may choose one of these tattoos because they lost a loved one, while someone else might use it to represent their theatrical experience. You just never know until you ask.

Is it a negative symbol?

It might be a symbol of the good and bad in a person. We all make mistakes, and no one is perfect. We sometimes choose the wrong path and situations may occur that affect us for the rest of our lives. Many people don't want to be reminded of the bad times, but it takes learning from these mistakes to grow as a person. This tattoo can be a reminder of the hardship you've overcome in your life, among many other things. On the other hand, it may be a good or positive situation that is represented.

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Drama Mask Tattoo Designs

There are many different ways to design this tattoo. Here are some things to think about:

The drama mask, or "laugh now, cry later" image, may also be called "smile now, cry later," since this is what the two faces are often doing. You can choose other seemingly opposite emotions, though: Anger and calm, for example, or the faces of a devil and a saint.

You might include the words smile, fight, ride, die, and other symbolic words that are a symbol of themselves.

Most laugh now cry later tattoo designs portray two mask or two faces. One face is laughing and the other is designed with a frown, most with a tear. The face or mask in laugh now cry later tattoos can be designed in many different ways. Although most laugh now cry later designs are designed in black ink, they can be colored in.

Laugh now cry later tattoos can be designed with a variety of different elements and symbols. Thing about what this tattoo means for you, try adding symbols and elements that are symbolic of you. You may choose the smile now cry later tattoo because you are going through trying times in your life. What is causing your hardship? What's causing your pain? Perhaps, you've overcome hardship in your life and you're wanting to represent that fact. What did you overcome? You may wish to add symbols that represent this achievement.

Make sure that you take the time to view all the different laugh now cry later tattoo design pictures in this article. As you'll see, these designs are all different and contain different characteristics that make it stand out. This will give you a general idea of what to expect when browsing through laugh now cry later tattoo designs. Plus, you can gain ideas and inspiration for your own design as well.

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Laugh Now, Cry Later Tattoo Meanings

Laugh now cry later tattoo meanings can symbolize a variety of different meanings. The laugh now cry later tattoo can symbolize both positive and negative attributes. Remember though, in the end, your laugh now cry later tattoo represents what you want it too. With so many different meanings and associations, there's no wrong answer for this tattoo meaning.

  • Hardship
  • Truth
  • Live Life
  • Love
  • Achievement
  • Overcome
  • Death
  • Loss
  • Life Meaning
  • Hope
  • Strength

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Before You Tattoo

Before you get your laugh now cry later tattoo, there's a few things that you should always consider. Just as you are now, make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. Be sure to fully understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that it symbolizes something different from what you first thought.

Browse through hundreds of laugh now cry later tattoo designs, the more, the better. Remember, you're planning to wear this for the rest of your life. Make sure you take the time to find a design that your sure to always like. You don't want to go through the process of cover ups and laser removal, trust me.

Laugh now cry later tattoos are very symbolic and a perfect choice for many. However, their not for everyone. If the laugh now cry later tattoo is not for you, please take the time to view more tattoos in the links below. If you have any questions in general or any suggestions on our free tattoo information, please leave us a comment. We hope that you found everything that you need, but if you didn't, please leave us a suggestion in the comments below. We appreciate all our visitors and hope you take the time to view other tattoo articles below. As always, thanks for your time and visits.

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      2 years ago

      May want to ad that this Is also a gang related tattoo in many cases and a popular prison tat.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Genna, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and comment. I love the art of tattoos and appreciate it also. Some tattoo artist could be professional artist, no question about it. Even the laugh now cry later tattoo, it's quite amazing what they are able to do. Thanks again Genna and see you soon.

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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I am always amazed at the myriad styles and designs of tattoo body art. It's really quite amazing, as is this hub. Very interesting!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      @Faith, I appreciate your comments, visits, and everything else Faith, ALWAYS!! Laugh now cry later tattoos are quite symbolic, actually surprised me, but many people can relate with the laugh now cry later phrase. Since many of us go through trying times, it becomes a symbolic symbol to us all. Thanks Faith:)

      @Rosemay, many thanks for commenting:) Absolutely, laugh now cry later tattoo designs carry a variety of different symbolic meanings. It's interesting that one design could hold so many different meanings. Thanks again:)

      @AE, yes Ruby, I do like the positive meaning of the laugh now cry later tattoo. I think that it became a battle cry to many as it's often referred to as a prison tattoo design or gang tattoo. Even with this negative association, laugh now love tattoo designs don't always mean that someone went to jail. LOL, Cheers, see you around Ruby:)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I echo the other comments, never saw this type tattoo before, but i like the posative message, ' Tomorrow is another day ' My favorite movie, ' Gone with the wind. ' Cheers Ricky...

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Very interesting Ricky, I have never seen these before nor knew such a tattoo existed. They certainly carry a message.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Wow lyric,

      I never would have thought that there is a tattoo for such a subject, but there is obviously! Awesome. These give one to pause as to the powerful message they send. All of them appear to be large tattoos too.

      Now, I have seen the mask tattoos before with the smiling/sad faces, but never knew what they were called.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless. Hugs to you this beautiful day, Faith Reaper


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