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Tattoo Ideas: Hearts

Updated on July 1, 2007
heart with dragon wings
heart with dragon wings

Written by: Jaclyn Popola

Oh, the things we do for love. When my girlfriend was in high school, she got her first tattoo--a heart on her upper arm along with a banner containing her best friend's initials in it. In an incredibly courageous move that I could never have dreamed of replicating, she brazenly showed her new ink to the girl, only to discover what she kind of already knew: that her crush was unrequited. A few years later, the initials were covered over with a few small flowers.

With the exception of the word "mom", names of family members, or memorials in the form of tattoos, no name is really safe when placed inside a heart. Some people even believe that the act of tattooing the name of your significant other is a curse, a jinx practically guaranteeing that you will break up sooner or later. This doesn't stop a huge majority of the population, however, from getting hearts--with or without names--inked on their skin. There is no logic in love and besides, just because a relationship doesn't last doesn't mean it didn't happen.

There are many variations of the standard red heart that we are most familiar with: the sacred heart, with a flaming apex and crown of thorns, is a religious devotion to the divine love of Jesus Christ; the winged heart, indicating that love gives you wings; an anatomically correct version of the heart that literally beats inside our chests; a chained or scarred heart, a broken heart, a heart under lock and key, or a combination of any of the above.

No matter which way you cut it (or design it, reshape it, replace it, revamp it) the heart is a symbol of love. Depending on whose tattoo you're looking at, love can conquer all or love can bring pain, love can destroy you or it can set you free. But love comes into our lives regardless, unbidden and not always expected. Destiny deposits it's gift at our front doorstep then leaves the rest to us. Whether you let that love make you or break you is entirely up to you.

HEART TATTOO PICTURES

sacred heart
sacred heart
abstract heart
abstract heart
heart under lock and key
heart under lock and key
memorial for Dad
memorial for Dad
patchwork heart
patchwork heart
pincushion heart
pincushion heart
anatomically correct heart
anatomically correct heart
winged heart
winged heart
anatomically correct heart with wings
anatomically correct heart with wings

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      hotttest of alll of them 5 years ago

      it nice n boastttttttttttttttttt wwwwwwwwwwwwwooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwww rayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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      alias 8 years ago

      amazing website

      thanks for the link "for 3,500 + full size...."

      i will fill my shirts with them

      merci

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      alias 8 years ago

      cheers... : )

      i liked the drawings...they're so powerful but i hate the fact that they r on the body directly i mean they would look much better on t-shirts, pants..etc.., or at least limit them on the hands or arms

      but if you guys, out there, like them, it's up to you....u r free to do whatever you like

      bye

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      dayton 8 years ago

      to me the heart and wings means "heart and soul"

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      acdarealest 8 years ago

      i like the scared heart looks more like a virgo sign too me but if not thts wat i want in mine

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      Steven Kyaw 8 years ago

      :P ^^ >_< :(

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      neasha  8 years ago

      i think that the heart with with wings tatoo suggest that the person is not stable they are searching for love and when they find it they will stay but the person as to work hard to keep their heart r they will fly away

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      amanda 8 years ago

      omfg i love the memory of dad. Cuz my dad died lyk almost 9 years ago. i want this tatto.

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      Krista 8 years ago

      omg, I love the winged heart!!

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      stef 9 years ago

      yeah the winged one before the last is really colourful and pretty but i wouldn't ever get it on my bodyi like the abstract one

      and the m looks like it represents scorpio

      so seeing as i am one i think i want that one :)

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      taylorblue 9 years ago from Canada

      I don't usually like hearts....but these aren't too bad. I have a wrist tattoo with two hearts.

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      saralatvanen 10 years ago

      I really like the winged heart second from the bottom!