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Portrait Tattoos And Designs-Portrait Tattoo Ideas And Meanings

Updated on September 18, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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One great tattoo that you may want to consider is the portrait tattoo. Portrait tattoos are a great way to give someone the appreciation and dedication that they deserve. Of course, portrait tattoos can be worn by all walks of life. Truth be told, there are a variety of reasons why men and women choose portrait tattoo designs. Portrait tattoo designs can also be designed in various ways other then a single portrait of someone.

As mentioned above, there are many reasons why people will decide to choose a portrait tattoo. One of the more common reasons that men and women choose portrait tattoos is for it to serve as a memorial or dedication tattoo. As we go through life, we lose those that are dear to our heart. Keeping their memory alive within us can be well represented with a portrait tattoo. Many men and women choose portrait tattoos that will display their children. This is another popular reason why people choose portrait tattoos. You may just have a special person in mind that has been there through it all. All of these are popular reasons that portrait tattoos are chosen.

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Portrait tattoos can be designed in a variety of different ways as a tattoo. In most cases, portrait tattoos will portray a head shot of a person. Most portrait tattoos do not have a background, but it doesn't mean that one can't be added. Most people feel that it takes away from the person that is portrayed in the tattoo. Some portrait tattoos will have some type of frame around the person, just like a picture frame. With such tattoos, you may see that the frame is designed in art or the frame may portray flowers. Portrait tattoos may contain the name of the person being tattooed. You see this a lot with memorial portrait tattoos. In such cases, you may also see a birth date or a date of death.

Portrait tattoos can also include elements and symbols associated to the person being portrayed in the tattoo. You see this a lot in portrait tattoos that serve as a memorial to a lost loved one. Portrait tattoos that serve this purpose may include a cross, praying hands, or angels. One great idea that men and women may consider is adding a symbol or element that is connected to that person. For example, if the person loved football, you may want to add a football. If the person was crazy about roses, you may want to add a rose. Everyone has something that they love and adore. If your considering a portrait tattoo of someone special, you may want to consider this idea. This gives it that personal meaning that will mean the world to you later on.

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When it comes to portrait tattoos, you want to make sure that you go to a professional portrait tattoo artist. Tattooing a person from a picture is no easy task, even for tattoo artist. Make sure you go to a professional tattoo artist and ask to see their work. I have seen portrait tattoos that look great and some that look nothing like the person. When it comes to your portrait tattoo, you want it to look identical. You don't want a single feature done incorrect. There are tattoo artist that specialize with this specific tattoo design. I suggest you go to one if the portrait tattoo is what you want.

There are some more things you want to remember before you get your portrait tattoo or any tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. Make sure you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that get inked on an impulse usually regret their tattoo later on down the road. If you are not completely sure, wait it out. Wait until you are fully confident and without question or hesitation. If you feel that the portrait tattoo is not for you or you want to view more tattoos, please feel free to follow the links below. Thanks for your visit.

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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia






      Thanks for your visit and comments all. You all are right, it truly takes an artist with skill to do such works of art per say. Many people don't view tattoo artist like this, but they are artist as you have said.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      These are absolutely amazing. Tattoo artists are indeed just that-artists. I cannot imagine the skill and work that goes into creating a tattoo portrait. Thanks for another jaw dropping Hub.

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      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Very beautiful, so fascinating and detailed!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida


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      Devin Kaufman 

      7 years ago

      The amount of skill needed to do these types of tattoos simply boggles my mind O.O Considering how the artists only have one shot, the fact that they are able to do this type of artwork accurately is amazing

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, one has to have great talent to do a portrait as a tattoo!!! These are amazing. Another great hub. So very interesting, the artwork and detail in each one. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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