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Heart Tattoo Pictures and Symbolic Meanings

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Jaymz has held numerous jobs in several states, but no matter where he lives, he always has a job as a tattoo artist.

Heart Tattoos: Designs, Ideas, and Meanings

Heart Tattoos: Designs, Ideas, and Meanings

Heart Tattoo Meaning

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, color, 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.

Symbolic Meaning of Hearts

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 unforgettable and sad memories of love
  • With a dagger: Bravery, betrayal
  • With wings: Freedom, spirit, free spirit, free love

Anatomical Heart Tattoos

Symbolically, an anatomical heart's meaning diverges from that of a stylized heart. Comparably, it represents something slightly more realistic or reality-based.

What does an anatomical heart tattoo mean?

An anatomical heart tattoo might represent love, but it also might represent an unromantic approach to relationships. It might represent friendship or a different type of relationship than romance. A realistic depiction of the human heart might show a passion for realism, health, science, anatomy, or medicine. Anatomical hearts are more like blood-pumping machines than they are about romance, so this tattoo can represent the unpretty inner workings of love or the behind-the-scenes work of maintaining a relationship.

Heart Tattoo Design Ideas

The heart symbol is one of the most universally recognized images. For this reason, you might want to find a way to make your heart tattoo more unique. Here are some great ideas on Instagram:

Sometimes the heart tattoo lasts longer than the relationship it represented.

Sometimes the heart tattoo lasts longer than the relationship it represented.

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Sebastian on November 06, 2011:

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

maya on February 16, 2009:

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

stylezink from Atlanta, GA. on June 08, 2008:

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.