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Ribbon Tattoos And Meanings; Cancer Ribbon Tattoos; Ribbon Tattoo Designs

Updated on May 12, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One special tattoo that men and women may want to consider is the ribbon and cancer ribbon tattoos. Cancer ribbon tattoos are almost always very meaningful to the men and women that wear this tattoo symbol. Cancer ribbon tattoo designs are often wore by cancer survivors or worn as a memorial tattoo. Cancer ribbon tattoos are done in a variety of different colors, each color representing a different type of cancer. We have also chosen to discuss ribbon and bow tattoos as well. The ribbon tattoo can also hold symbolic value as you will read later on this page.

In this article, we will explore cancer ribbon tattoos, cancer ribbon tattoo designs, and cancer ribbon tattoo meanings. We will also discuss regular ribbon tattoos, ribbon tattoo designs, and ribbon tattoo meanings. You will also have the opportunity to view several cancer ribbon and ribbon tattoo designs. In the end, we hope that you are able to find inspiration and ideas for your own tattoo.



Ribbon tattoos are a popular decorative tattoo that can be added to a variety of different tattoo designs. Ribbon tattoos can also be a very symbolic tattoo for those who wear it. Cancer ribbon tattoos are often chosen by those who have fought the battle against cancer, being a survivor or not. Ribbon tattoos can also be portrayed alone in cute bows and cute designs. Ribbons are also used to create inspiration words, such as hope, cure, love, and faith. The ribbon tattoo designs in this article will portray such examples.

Although there are many ways that ribbons can be used, the most common and popular use is in cancer ribbon tattoos. If you don't know by now, each cancer is appointed a specific color pattern to bring awareness for that specific cancer. Just as one would wear a ribbon on their shirt, cancer ribbon tattoos are wore with pride, dignity, and hope. Most of us know someone that has had cancer. Most of us know the uneven odds they face in their fight. For those who fought the battle against cancer and won, there is no greater symbol then the cancer ribbon tattoo. For those who wear this tattoo proudly, it represents courage, bravery, and strength.

Cancer ribbon tattoos are also worn as a memorial, a tattoo that honors someone that has lost their fight against cancer. There are many of us that know someone that has passed from cancer. Such tattoos would include the appropriate ribbon for their cancer. If you lost a mother or father, you may have "mom" or "dad" inked within the tattoo. Some people choose to put the date of birth or date of death. Someone may want to get "In Loving Memory" inked in the design or something to that nature. One creative idea is to have your ribbon pinned to a cross. You could also add quotes or Bible verses to this type of tattoo.

Cancer ribbon tattoos often include single words within the ribbon or outside of the ribbon. These words are always associated to the battle of cancer. They can also be the symbolic meaning of the tattoo. Below, you can find a few of these words that are often chosen for cancer ribbon tattoos.

  • Faith
  • Hope
  • Inspiration
  • Love
  • Survivor
  • Winner
  • Strength
  • Courage
  • Bravery


All Cancers
Dark Blue
Head And Neck
Multiple Myelome
Light Blue
Honors Caregiver


Ribbon tattoos can be designed alone to create a variety of different things. Ribbons can be used to portray cute bows. This is a girly tattoo. Some women love ribbons and bows, therefore, some of them choose such designs as a tattoo. The ribbons can also be used to create other symbols, such as a heart or flower. Ribbons can be used in a variety of creative ways as a tattoo.

Ribbons are also commonly portrayed in a variety of other tattoo designs. One of the most common tattoos that you see ribbons in is the praying hands tattoo. In this tattoo, ribbons are often used as a decorative. Words are often portrayed on ribbons in tattoo designs. Another popular tattoo that ribbons are designed in is the cross tattoo. Once again, it can be used to hold words or someone may choose to have a ribbon draped over the cross. Ribbons can be designed within any tattoo to hold words, phrases, or quotes. Below, you can find more common tattoo symbols that usually portray ribbons.

  • Swallow Tattoos
  • Rose Tattoos
  • Flower Tattoos
  • Dove Tattoos
  • Eagle Tattoos
  • Memorial Tattoos

There are some very important things you need to remember before you go to get your tattoo. Make sure you take the time to fully research your tattoo and know what it stands for and represents. Make sure you take the time to view all the different tattoo designs. This will give you an idea of what is available and you might be able to pick up a few ideas doing so. If your not sure what to get, don't rush and make a choice on an impulse. Tattoos are a big decision, a lifelong decision. You don't want to get something that you will regret later on down the road. If you are not sure about ribbon tattoos, please feel free to follow the links below to view more tattoo symbols, designs, ideas, and meanings. Thanks for your visit.



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      4 years ago

      the 3rd one down is a sailor moon tattoo lol....

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Tessa, I would be glad to help. Of course, the appropriate colored ribbons need to be used. You could choose a sacred heart as the center. A wolf represents family, as well as a lion. I am thinking one of these as a center. Maybe also, you could have their names inked inside the ribbons. Such words as strength, faith, hope, determination, just. Perhaps a character or animal with the ribbons on a necklace around its neck. Could be a lion or rhino, even the wolf. Maybe the tree of life with the ribbons or a Celtic knot tattoo. Think of your heritage, where you came from, and what your family means to you.

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      7 years ago

      Ok I need some help. in my family i have some members dealing with different diseases and i want to get a tattoo of all the ribbons be like 4 ribbons. and i want them to all combine and say something special says like saying we are unstoppable. can anyone help me with this idea please

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Max, thanks again for dropping by and for the comment. Glad you like it. Max, your awesome! Take care pal.

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      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      This is just awesome! So much interesting information, great job!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      *Alocsin, glad you were able to take away something from this article. I believe its main purpose was awareness, but now, it is so much more. A true inspirational tattoo.

      *Rosemay, thanks for your comment, time, and votes. Besides tattoos, this is an educational article. It shows how we can bring awareness to specific cancers by colors. You can use them to support those who are in the ultimate battle.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Voting up and awesome. I will be bookmarking this hub. I din't know all of these different coloured ribbons, only the pink and blue.

      Thank you Ricky for sharing this. What a wonderful way to show support.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is an education -- was not aware that the different colors on a ribbon meant different cancers. I thought the differing colors stood for different diseases. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia




      Thank you all so much. I love this tattoo idea. It is a great way to show awareness and inspiration. If anyone comes along, please pass this on. This is a permanent way to honor our loved ones.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I had no idea that different colors were used for different cancer types. Useful and informative hub...

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      8 years ago from Florida

      Awesome idea for awareness to cancer..a walking billboard 24-7-365..thanks for sharing..what a great way to support survivors ! These hubs have been awesome, so informative...thanks

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Thank you Ricky for sharing this really informative and meaningful hub. Didn't know about the ribbon meanings.


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