Balloon Tattoos: Meanings, Designs, Pictures, and Ideas

Updated on March 12, 2020
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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When it comes to unique and interesting designs, the balloon definitely fits the bill. They hold symbolic meaning for the men and women who wear them, representing a variety of different things, just as they do in our everyday life. In this article, we will discuss balloon tattoos, designs, and meanings, and you will also have the opportunity to view several different designs to help you find inspiration for your next inking.

Although they can be designed in many ways, the most popular style is the hot air balloon tattoo. You can find these in all different kinds of colors and sizes. Although hot air balloon tattoos (and balloon tattoos in general) are not mainstream, many are drawn to these unique and uplifting designs.

One striking fact about hot air balloon tattoos is that many are done in great detail. When done correctly, a hot air balloon design can be absolutely stunning. With all the different colors and patterns that can be used, it can sometimes bring the best out in an artist. It is the type of design that can be fun to ink.

Many also choose regular balloons as a design. Why would anyone want this? Well, there are actually a few different possibilities. Balloons are cute and are often portrayed with a favorite cartoon character or a meaningful symbol. Someone might have a tattoo of a little girl with balloons, perhaps to symbolize their daughter or niece. Balloons are actually a solid choice as an accent to an existing design or as an addition to an older tattoo that needs improving.

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Balloon Tattoo Meanings

Just like most tattoos, balloon tattoos can hold symbolic value to the men and women that wear them. In fact, nearly all of the meanings of the balloon design are positive and inspirational. But remember, in the end, your tattoo will represent what you want it to. Having said that, below are some of the more common meanings associated with balloons.

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12 Beautiful Balloon Tattoo Meanings

1. Freedom
5. Flight
9. Boundlessness
2. Uplift
6. Celebration
10. Love
3. Achievement
7. Happiness
11. wanderlust
4. Inspiration
8. Acceptance
12. Peace
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Balloon Tattoo Designs

Balloon designs can be done in a variety of different ways and can be portrayed with several different symbols and elements, especially cartoon characters. As you read above, hot air balloon designs are the most popular variation of balloon tattoo, and they can be designed in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and colors. This is a great advantage to both the artist and the receiver of the tattoo. There are so many designs and patterns that can be inked that if you get a custom piece, you're guaranteed a unique design that no one else in the world has. Whether small or large, hot air balloon designs always look stunning. Due to this, you can get yours done nearly anywhere on the body and rest assured it will look amazing.

If you think you'd just like a regular balloon design, there are plenty of options with that as well. A lot of the variety comes with what accompanies the balloon in your design, which can be anything that you wish. Since this balloon is often considered cute, perhaps you would find interest in a teddy bear holding balloons. You may also want to choose a favorite cartoon or any character of your choice. Some balloon designs may portray a small girl or small boy holding balloons, often used to symbolize someone's child.

If you wish, you can always design your balloons in different ways, too. Someone may consider a design that portrays the balloons as hearts or even clovers. Of course, balloons can also be designed in many different colors and shapes. Just use your imagination!

Make sure that you take the time to view all the different design ideas in this article. This will give you a general idea of what they look like, and you can pick up tips and ideas for your own balloon design.

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Before You Get a Tattoo!

There are some important things to remember before you get your balloon tattoo or any other. Make sure that you take the time to do your research and that you completely understand what your chosen design and style represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that it represents something different from what you first thought.

Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that rush to get inked usually regret it later on. You don't want to make this mistake. If you are having second thoughts or you're not completely sure, wait to get inked. Remember, you are planning to wear this art for the rest of your life.

Balloon designs can make the perfect tattoo for some, while others may think differently. Plus, they are a great symbol to represent a child. Hot air balloon designs are an interesting choice for any man or woman. If you're into body art, the hot air balloon may just be for you. As always, thanks for your visit.


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    • b. Malin profile image

      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      Hi Lyric, Ballons are Fun, I could see why People would like any one of these Whimsical Tattoos. I like the one on the Back of the Lady, that looks like a Flower Air Balloon, It's Purple & Pink...Very Cheerful!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      7 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Up, up and away. Beautiful designs my friend

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      They look really fun. My favorite is the alarm clock hanging under the balloon.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend great colorful tattoos of balloons, well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The ballon tattoos are bright and fun to have i am sure. Not for me, but i still think they are pretty. Cheers Ricky..

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      this was another hub I saw on ballon tattos.. but I think you just outschooled them.. you are the man when it comes to details.. pictures and meanings.. yeah complete my friend

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've seen a few of these and they've all been as colorful as your sample pictures. I like the whimsy of the little girl floating with several balloons. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Great and colorful tattoos.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      7 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      kj is so right!You have compiled absolutely the most comprehensive material on your subject. I never knew, let alone thought about the existence of all these tattoos and now, I am hooked! Great job! Up+ Thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Ricky, The balloon tats are awesome! If I was ever going to consider a tattoo, I just might get one of these. Who am I kidding, I'll never have a tattoo, but I sure appreciate the time and effort you place into your art-filled hubs. Well done!

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      7 years ago from Florida

      thelyricwriter...Your hubs have made for very interesting reading..I would have never thought to pick up a book on this subject. I tell you a beautifully done coffee table book, with photos and explanations as the info you have researched would there are many ppeople that are getting tattoos these days..and I would think it would be very unique...try to get a tattoo artist in your area to perhaps help finance, just an idea...your pics/research are so beautifully done...


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