Heart Tattoo Pictures and Symbolic Meanings

Updated on February 2, 2016
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Inking style, size, and accompaniments can alter the meaning of a heart tattoo.
Inking style, size, and accompaniments can alter the meaning of a heart tattoo.

Hearts are among the most common images for tattoos. They symbolize love, passion, and adoration, but since tattoos are personal, each heart tattoo will mean something different to the person who wears it. Drawing style, shape, and accompaniments can alter the heart symbol's meaning.

Some who choose a heart tattoo don't want the symbol, they want the real thing. Anatomical hearts aren't symmetrical like heart symbols, so they look completely different. If you're considering a heart tattoo, read on for ideas to help come up with a design that's perfect for you.

Different Meanings of Heart Images

Tattoo artist unknown.
Tattoo artist unknown.

Most heart images represent love, passion, happiness, and adoration. There are other meanings however, depending upon how the heart is drawn and if it's accompanied by other objects.

  • Bleeding: lost love
  • Broken: loss of a loved one, rejected love, or a failed relationship
  • Pierced: whether pierced with swords, arrows, or other objects, these may represent unforgetable and sad memories of love
  • With a dagger: bravery, betrayal
  • With wings: freedom, spirit, free spirit

Hearts with Wings

Tattoo by Jay'e Jones, Strata Tattoo Lab, Yucca Valley, CA.
Tattoo by Jay'e Jones, Strata Tattoo Lab, Yucca Valley, CA.
Tattoo by Chris Killingstad, Nightwind Tattoo.
Tattoo by Chris Killingstad, Nightwind Tattoo.
Tattoo by Michael Roc, Stinkey Ink, Milwaukee, WI.
Tattoo by Michael Roc, Stinkey Ink, Milwaukee, WI.
Tattoo by Jason Stephan, Hart and Huntington, Orlando, FL.
Tattoo by Jason Stephan, Hart and Huntington, Orlando, FL.
Tattoo by Gareth, Skin 'N' Ink, Swansea, England.
Tattoo by Gareth, Skin 'N' Ink, Swansea, England.
Tattoo by Leah Moule, Spear Studio, Birmingham, England.
Tattoo by Leah Moule, Spear Studio, Birmingham, England.
Tattoo by Brendan, Holy Oak Tattoo, Holyoke, MA.
Tattoo by Brendan, Holy Oak Tattoo, Holyoke, MA.

Anatomical Heart Tattoos

Tattoo by Kai Saunders, Penticton, B.C.
Tattoo by Kai Saunders, Penticton, B.C.
Tattoo by Stephanie Campbell, Dragon FX Kingsway, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Tattoo by Stephanie Campbell, Dragon FX Kingsway, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Tattoo by Oreoner, Barcelona, Spain.
Tattoo by Oreoner, Barcelona, Spain.
Tattoo by Rich Wren of Mercury Tattoo.
Tattoo by Rich Wren of Mercury Tattoo.

Gallery

Tattoo by Oreoner, Barcelona, Spain.
Tattoo by Oreoner, Barcelona, Spain.
Tattoo by Vince Cabrera, Unbound Tattoos, Modesto, CA.
Tattoo by Vince Cabrera, Unbound Tattoos, Modesto, CA.
Tattoo by Kristin Bonafide, Pure Ink, Roxbury, NJ.
Tattoo by Kristin Bonafide, Pure Ink, Roxbury, NJ.
Tattoo by Trevor Fisher, Soul to Skin, Nelsonville, Ohio.
Tattoo by Trevor Fisher, Soul to Skin, Nelsonville, Ohio.
Tattoo by Vince, Homiez Tattoos, Honolulu, HI.
Tattoo by Vince, Homiez Tattoos, Honolulu, HI.
Tattoo by Rover the Apprentice, Cowvoodoo Tattoo and Art gallery, West Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Tattoo by Rover the Apprentice, Cowvoodoo Tattoo and Art gallery, West Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Tattoo by Dan Arietti, Shadowside Tattoos, Watford, England.
Tattoo by Dan Arietti, Shadowside Tattoos, Watford, England.
Tattoo by Elle, Elles Tattoos, Hampshire, England.
Tattoo by Elle, Elles Tattoos, Hampshire, England.
Tattoo by Scott Parker, Big Buddha Tattoo, Lubbock, Texas.
Tattoo by Scott Parker, Big Buddha Tattoo, Lubbock, Texas.
Tattoo by Vladta2, Magic Body Art, Vina Del Mar, Chile.
Tattoo by Vladta2, Magic Body Art, Vina Del Mar, Chile.
Tattoo by Johnny Thief, Seppuku Tattoo, Savannah, GA.
Tattoo by Johnny Thief, Seppuku Tattoo, Savannah, GA.
Tattoo by Dave Lukeson, Blue Horseshoe Tattoo, Virginia Beach, VA.
Tattoo by Dave Lukeson, Blue Horseshoe Tattoo, Virginia Beach, VA.
Tattoo by Vertigo, ''NaTamno," Veliko Tarnovo,  Bulgaria.
Tattoo by Vertigo, ''NaTamno," Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.
Tattoo by Thomas, Lucky Tattoo, Sedalia, Missouri.
Tattoo by Thomas, Lucky Tattoo, Sedalia, Missouri.

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      Sebastian 

      6 years ago

      I really look forward to getting one or some of these tats

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      maya 

      9 years ago

      i love a of the harts i wont one that is shoting out sic notes! that is next

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      stylezink 

      10 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

      Great explanation of heart tatt's, I never looked at them like this before, it makes sense. Now I gotta go check out your others on tatt's.

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