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R.I.P. Tattoos And Designs; Rest In Peace Tattoo Ideas And Meanings; Memorial Tattoo Designs And Symbols

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



Rest in peace tattoos are a very popular tattoo choice and they are a great way to remember the loved ones that we have lost. No matter who you are, we all have lost loved ones at some point or another in our lifetime. Death is certain to come to us all eventually and there is nothing we can do about it. There are many great benefits to having rip or memorial tattoos. In many cases, your rip tattoo is the most meaningful tattoo that you wear.

As you just read, rest in peace tattoos can have many positive benefits in trying times. The rip tattoo is a great memorial for our lost loved ones. Rest in peace tattoos are a great way to honor the life that once was. You can keep their memory alive forever with a rip tattoo design. Rest in peace tattoos can also serve as a reminder, a reminder to live life to the fullest. It is no secret, we only get one chance to make life count. A memorial tattoo can be a constant reminder to give all you can in life before it is too late.

Rest in peace tattoos are designed in a variety of different ways. One of the most common and popular ways that rest in peace tattoos are portrayed is with a cross. Such tattoos will usually say "rest in peace" or "rip". Rip symbolizes a peaceful journey after death, one with no worries or cares. Some people choose to get their first name, last name, or their entire name tattooed on the cross. Names can also be inked at the bottom or on a ribbon or banner. Someone may portray a person's date of birth, date of death, or both. It can be either spelled out or you can use only numbers. If someone has lost a mother, father, grandma, or grandpa, they sometimes choose to portray them in this manner. Someone may choose a heart tattoo and have "mother" or "mom" inked inside the heart. However, the choice is yours. You may want to choose names or you may prefer associating a title to your rip tattoo.

There are several different tattoo symbols that are commonly associated within rest in peace tattoos. Below, you can find a list of those symbols.

  • Heart
  • Rose
  • Cross
  • Ribbon
  • Lotus
  • Angels
  • Skulls
  • Grim Reaper
  • Praying Hands
  • Prayer Beads
  • Grave Marker
  • Crown
  • Halo
  • Stars
  • Clouds
  • Sun
  • Dove
  • Bible
  • Olive Branch



It is never easy losing someone that you love, no matter what your relationship to them is. One of the hardest things one may have to do is bury a child. God forbid this happening to any of you, but sadly, some will. I personally know someone who lost her son at birth. She honored her son with a small memorial tattoo. It looks something like the picture below, with the baby being held by hands. Although this can serve as a memorial, it can also be a reminder of what happened. It can be a tough call. On one hand, you want to honor them, but on the other, it can be a constant barrier of the pain. This is something you will have to consider before you get your rip tattoo. I am not just talking about the loss of children, it can be a mother, brother, sister, or uncle. Personally, it feels different to honor a mother opposed to a child. I would rather honor a child in some other way. You can make your own choice. This is just my opinion.

Rest in peace tattoos give you one last chance to honor a person, an honor that will last until your gone. Make sure you take the time to closely look at each memorial tattoo design. This will give you a better idea of what is available and it may give you the inspiration you need for your rip tattoo design.

Two more popular symbols that are used in memorial tattoo designs is "wings" and the "halo". Some people choose to add wings to their rest in peace tattoo design. They may choose to add names and dates between the wings. Some rip tattoo designs have a pair of wings with a cross in the middle. Rest in peace tattoo designs that include a cross can include a halo on the top of the cross. Some memorial tattoos may also include angels. One unique idea that I have personally seen was a man that have a grave marker tattooed on his arm. The grave marker had his last name, which was "White". Under the grave, he had a list. To give you a visual image, picture Santa's list. At the time, he had 3 names and dates on his list. Come to find out, it was the names of close friends and family. He said that he would honor everyone close to him by adding them to his tattoo.

Since there are many different symbols that are considered appropriate for memorial tattoos, it really gives you plenty of options to create a unique tattoo to honor those you love the most. Although it seems "dark" to add skulls or the grim reaper, some people do chose to go that route. Some memorial tattoos can differ depending on who has passed away. For example, what is a soldier has passed away? Someone may choose to add a flag of their country to their rip tattoo. What did that person enjoy doing in life. Maybe your father loved playing music. You may want to add a guitar or a piano to the design. If he was a big Chicago Bears fan, you may add a Chicago Bear jersey. These are just examples of how people create a unique tattoo for the ones they adore and love.

Some rest in peace tattoo designs do not have one single symbol in them. Instead, they choose to get the face tattooed on them. In my opinion, this is the best way to get a memorial tattoo. Make sure it is a great photo and go get it tattooed. If it was up to me, I want to remember that person when they were the happiest. That way, when I look at their smiling face, I can smile back. Yes, it may cost a little more money, but it is the best way you can do a memorial tattoo. If done correctly, you won't regret it.

Death is a sensitive subject for us all. I know you can have a lot of emotion at this point. If your not sure about getting a memorial tattoo, take your time. Many of us need a time span to heal on our own. Rip tattoos are something you either want or don't. If you have found this article and you are suffering, I pray that you find your way. Remember, they may be gone for now, but you have the chance to see them again. As always, thanks for taking the time to view this article. If you wish to view more tattoo symbols, designs, ideas, and meanings, be sure to follow the links below. Thanks.



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      4 years ago

      I am looking for a tatto in memory of my beautiful,who I have never had a chance to see her ..very painful for not knowing your own your own mom,how she's look like. I want something Meanful ,even thought I have seen her but still I want to sher that she's mean the world to me no matter what. So I need help with ideas of the tattoo ,that I should get.

      Thank you to whoever taking time to read


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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      *Max, great to see you again. It is a tough reminder for sure. It is very important to remember that. Time heals all pain though. It may be a tattoo that you want to consider once you are healed to a certain point.

      *Alastar, they are. The self portraits are awesome. But once again, it is a tattoo that one would want to consider and weight out before getting inked.

      *Angel, thanks for taking the time to come by and comment. I appreciate it very much. You are always welcome to come back:)

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      7 years ago

      I lov all the r.i.p tats so cool

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      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      These are really personal- some of them with great artistry. Not something i'd want tatted on permanently but understand why some would. Unique one Ricky.

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      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      This is really awesome, especially the portraits, just takes my breath away. Though, I agree with Gypsy Rose Lee - it is sort of a tough, painful reminder especially if it symbolizes the memory of a close to heart person.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      *AE, thanks for stopping by. Yes, these are some great designs. The tattoo artist is extremely talented and creative.

      *Tammy, always nice to hear from you. I will put that on my list. Viking tattoos are popular in certain areas up north, so that I will do. Many thanks.

      *bMalin, always a please sweetie. They truly are. It really is a great way to honor those we have lost. A great way to honor them for the rest of our lives.

      *Hot Rod, thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate your feedback. Best wishes.

      *Gypsy, you make a good point. Although it is a lifelong honor, it can also be a grim reminder. Something everyone should think about before getting one. Good advice.

      *dmop, thanks for dropping by. Me as well. The art in these tattoos are amazing. Glad to meet someone who appreciates that art. Thanks for your kind words and votes:)

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      7 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      I really appreciate body art, especially when it has a purpose, and stands for something meaningful. I don't have any tattoos but I think they are cool. Great job on this I gave it all but funny votes.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Fantastic and amazing. But kind of really sad. I wouldn't want to have such a reminder on me.

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      R. Fritz 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX.

      These were all very nice, lots of good color and I'm sure very meaningful to the ones who have them.

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      Hi Lyric, It's Amazing how many ways there are to express our Feelings. Those Memorial Tattoos, really say it all. The portraits are Wonderful, and yet so Poignant. I guess someone can Celebrate from Birth until Death, those that they Love. Thanks for Sharing.

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      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Gorgeous! I am glad to see another tattoo hub. These are very touching. I know so many people who get these. Perhaps you can do a hub on Norse and Viking tattoos. My son loves those. He has rune tattoos and is looking for a battle scene for his back. These are the best!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The face looks like a photograph. The tattoo artist is extremely talented. All are beautiful...


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