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In Loving Memory: Memorial R.I.P. Tattoos

Two years after my grandmother passed, I got a quote from her journal tattooed on my forearm, in her handwriting.

A quote from my grandmother's journal, written while she was fighting a losing battle with breast cancer. The tattoo is in her handwriting.

A quote from my grandmother's journal, written while she was fighting a losing battle with breast cancer. The tattoo is in her handwriting.

Remembrance Tattoos

When I lost a very dear friend at the shockingly young age of 26, I started thinking about getting a tattoo to honor her memory. Just after her funeral, I came across a sheet of loose leaf paper stuffed absentmindedly in a random notebook. It must have been from the summer when we were 15, vacationing with her family in North Carolina. It was a page she had copied down from the 1970s bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull and it said, in her handwriting, "You have the freedom to be yourself—your true self—here and now, and nothing can stand in your way."

I thought how great it would be to replicate that in tattoo form, though I never ended up doing it. Then, after my grandmother died from breast cancer, I found a journal she began when she was first diagnosed. There are only a handful of entries: The last one, dated about a month before her liver started failing and she lost her ability to write, says: "Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal." Two years after she passed, I got that quote tattooed on my forearm, in her handwriting. Having a tattoo in her handwriting may not make sense or have meaning to anyone except me, but I hold it extremely close to my heart.

There are a lot of ways to design a memorial tattoo. Below, you will find many ideas, designs, and styles that I came across in my research.

Scroll down to find memorial tattoos...

  • that include names and dates
  • that incorporate hearts
  • with a portrait
  • that are religious
  • that say "R.I.P"
  • to remember a beloved pet
  • and other unique design ideas

Memorial Tattoos That Include Names & Dates

The simplest and most direct way of honoring a loved one who has passed is by listing his or her name and/or the dates of birth and death. Whether it's a small grandma scrawled in soft script on your shoulder blade or a full back piece with a first name, middle name, last name, date of birth, date of death, and an accompanying quote and meaningful image, this type of memorial tattoo will always be popular.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

"In Loving Memory" Tattoo With Hearts

When you lose someone you love, you feel like your heart is breaking. Even after time has passed and the wound begins to heal, you still feel like a chunk of your heart is missing, like there's a hole that can never be filled. Perhaps that is why so many people opt for a simple or elaborate heart tattoo as a memorial—to ink on the skin what they can't feel in the flesh.

To live in the hearts of those we love is not to die.

Winged Heart Tattoos

One variation of the standard heart tattoo is the winged heart. It combines, I suppose, the elements of love and angels (or heaven). Depending on your personal religious beliefs, a tattoo of this type can represent the idea that your loved one has now earned her wings and is with the other angels, watching over you from the other side. It could also mean that love is the only thing that gives you wings, or that love lifts you up where you belong.

When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

— Khalil Gibran

Memorial Tattoo Portraits

As I mentioned in my article on Tattoo Ideas: Portraits, getting a portrait tattoo is often a very moving and emotional experience, one that is amplified even more when the portrait tattoo is intended to honor a loved one who has passed away. Portrait tattoos are quite complex and require the patience and dedication of a seasoned tattoo artist who pays attention to detail and hopefully has a good deal of experience with this specialized type of artwork.

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

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Religious Memorial Tattoos

These designs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. One of the most common images is that of a cross or crucifix, either with or without the loved one's name or birth/death dates printed in a banner wrapped around the cross. Praying hands, particularly praying hands clutching a rosary (if you're of the Catholic faith), are also seen frequently. Angels are sometimes depicted looking down from heaven, smiling, or even hugging a tombstone.

Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.

— Terri Guillemets

R.I.P. Tattoos

Finally, the last type is the simply stated, oldest sentiment in the book: R.I.P., which stands for requiescat in pace (in Latin) or rest in peace. This is, after all, our greatest hope. We pray that our loved ones who suffered through sickness, heartache, or depression are now in a place where they can hurt no longer. We hope that they have found peace as they watch over those they left behind on earth. We hope that they are not dead, only resting before they find another womb to grow in, and come back to us so that we may meet again—if not in this life, then certainly in the next.

If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

Remembering a Pet With a Tattoo

Sometimes, the loved one who dies is not a human at all, and the death of a beloved pet can be excruciatingly painful. A tattoo is a wonderful way to keep your friend by your side forever.

Other Ways to Design a Unique Memorial Tattoo

  • If you can find something they wrote—even their signature—you can incorporate their handwriting.
  • If there was something that person loved especially—like baking cupcakes or surfing, or perhaps they had a favorite flower—using that in the design can add meaning.
  • If there was a personal joke between you or a word or a song that was particularly meaningful in your relationship, consider it as part of the design.
  • Use their name as a design. Think of interesting ways you can bend, stretch, or shape the name into a meaningful symbol.

Remember, the design doesn't have to make sense or have meaning for anyone but you.

What do you think?


Sabrina Delaune on May 16, 2020:

I have had 4 miscarages and my grand mother my uncle and my cousin passed away 10 years ago 3 consecutive months and now my mom passed away april 20th is there a memorial tattoo to honor everyone

precioud on January 09, 2020:

I lost my 7months old son a month ago I need a memorial tattoo ideas plesse

sarah on December 21, 2019:

My best mate of 13 year has died.we was very close we told each other everything without any judgement.i want ideas for a tattoo.i cart think of anything right now as its only just happened and I cart think straight.thank you

Arica on July 02, 2019:

I lost my 18 year old son 7 months ago. Need some good ideas for a memorial tattoo for him.

Trace McG from Canada on May 21, 2019:

i lost my beloved husband just over a year ago. we were married almost 43 years. i got my first tattoo of "our" song on my left inner forearm. Shania Twain's You're Still the One. it very much described our beginnings. very simple, in my own handwriting. if just felt right and it always will.

Anna on May 17, 2019:

My mom passed away feb.20 2019. I miss and think of her everyday. I got a rose tat on my right hand . The stem is her actual ekg and ttf along side of it today,tomorrow forever.was something we always said. Its bn so hard my heart died with her. My granddaughter points to my tat tells me gigis heart.

Nefertiri on May 06, 2019:

I lost my mother 11 months ago on the 16th out of nowhere.. I have 2 tatts with her name one I had for awhile & the other after she passed. Just serching for something new

Michael on April 22, 2019:

I lost my friend Paul herzog and was trying to find some good tattoos designs

lisa cook rudd on March 23, 2019:

joe brannon,

that's the best news ever that she was saved!

Tracey jewell on July 13, 2018:

I lost my 17 yr old son in a fire no idea why or how the fire was started i miss him so much he was my world. I need a good awesome tat in memory of him he was a great son. His tagging name was crisis. I need ideas plz

Donna Tome on May 19, 2018:

I'm looking for a tattoo for me, my dad passed away May 6th and I wanna get one done for him any suggestions

Deanna Griggs on December 19, 2017:

My son was murdered 10/28/2017 I miss him so much. I'm trying to find a way to. Express my loss with a tattoo can't find anything I like yet any ideas

David Barrett on July 28, 2017:

Lost my Mommy 2 weeks ago. Want an angel over looking a little devil. With the words. Mommy is always watching over her little devil.

Elizabeth on May 25, 2017:

My son just passed after a 6 month battle with luekemia. I want to incorporate name, date with something like "he fought Strong to the death and with wings of course he flew" maybe with wings and a sword.. maybe it too much and I need help with it

I live on L.I., NY. Thank you

Sharon Beauchmei from Seattle, WA on April 29, 2017:

My roommate recently got a RIP tattoo with ink made from her daughters ashes. The company was She had it done just a couple weeks ago, I dont know how to include a picture or else I would. Very cool design and very meaningful.

Amos Evans (Butch) on April 27, 2017:

My mom passed away 2 years ago on 4th of July in a fire any suggestions like something different than the ones everyone has

Joe Brannon Jr on April 07, 2017:

My daughter was killed in a terrible accident 1-21-2017 and I will never forget daddy's little girl even though she was only 29. I miss her terribly but I ask her 2 years ago to please join us at church and watch me be baptized and she went down to the alter and ask to be saved and we both were baptized on the same day so I know she is went to join the lord now. I have been looking for the perfect tattoo in which to memorialize her life. I found one but there will have to be some changes done on it to. I worried about her every night before she went to be with the lord. I've alway told my kids I love them several times a day and before bed. We are not promised tomorrow so hug and kiss your kids every chance you can no matter how old they are. There are a lot of nice tattoos here but haven't found one to beat the one I've already found. I love and miss you Ashley and when you left you took part of my heart with you.

Alexandra on September 14, 2015:

My Best friend was murdered by her fiance back in July ,we had been best friends for 8 years !

I cant seem to come up with a proper memorial tattoo for her ,im letting her down ,because I know that if this happened to me she would have gotten something the same day she found out :'( .

I miss you Samantha Higgins ♥

My beautiful best friend, I will never forget you !

jeff on August 13, 2015:

My dad died when i was a baby,he was stabbed and killed in a fight, but now im 18 yrs old n i been wanted to get a tattoo of him on my arm i cant wait. R.I.P Dad 1977-1998

monique on June 01, 2015:

my husband died Dec 22, 2012 of a massive heart attack. it was very sudden and shocking still till this day. I have been searching for the perfect tattoo that represents him and his love for music. I have found a few but they all seem too either too big and bulky, or just not what I expected. What do you think I should do or what do you recommend

Vehyn from Sydney on December 21, 2014:

It's just so humbling to see everyone react in such a beautiful way despite whatever tragedy befell them or their loved ones. Thank you for posting something so amazingly touching.

Cameron on March 03, 2014:

Hi my name is cameron I'm 13 years old and my dad just died a few months ago and when I turn 16 I wanna get a tattoo to remember him Ik it's early to be thinking about this but I really wanna think about what I'm gonna get and I need something special any ideas? Ps I wanted to add some things in it that make it super personal my dad died from a heart attack and he just turned 43 he died 12/8/13 he past away in bed next to me and when I woke up to him there it started to snow and every time it snows are song comes on "stay" I hope these personal things will help thank you!

Potato on March 02, 2014:

I lost my dad in 2005

in 2007 i lost my cousin

2009 my aunt

2011 my grandma

And last year my grandpa

Gone but never forgotten

noneya on February 26, 2014:

my mom passes away this year and im only 15 and im waiting till im 18 to get a tattoo for her #ripmommy #loveu

supmci123 on November 27, 2013:

My dad passed away ten years ago on my birthday 1130, I have since been saying ill get a tat to remember him while it took me 8 year's to do for reason unknown now that I have I've gotten a tat the last two birthdays the tats holds meaning to them im a Sagittarius since he passed on my birthday and he liked to fish I decided to get my zodiac symbol, instead of the bow, arrow I had them put a fishing pole for he loved fishing, and last year got a bass fish the zodiac, is on my for arm and the bass on the other with the words of im gone fishing....this year having a hard time with what to get and missing him like it was just yesterday he was here,, xv RIP POPS, as my kids call me pops, love you daddy. ...

Salina on November 19, 2013:

My niece pasted away in May her mommy was only 6 months pregnant when she pasted away the baby was very sick and was a fighter but god had other plans for her I would love to have something to remind me of that little fighter any ideals I can't think of anything

grant on October 13, 2013:

hey my uncle died do im going to get a tattoo in his rememberence what would look good?

Meron on October 09, 2013:

My mother passed way about 11year ago! I want get a tattoo of R.I.p please can you give me in idea thanks!

Joe on October 06, 2013:

My grandpa that has raised me since i was 18 months old passed away a few days ago and I really wanting my first tattoo in his memory. Any ideas anybody?

alicia on September 27, 2013:

I lost my dad 7 years ago & want to get a better tattoo my dad got hit by a car & ran over 3 times I was 17 1/2 years old now I am 25 years old

Yolande on September 13, 2013:

My mom passed away a month ago,I want to get my first tattoo to remember her by.Something special.Any ideas?

Tyler R. on August 28, 2013:

My dad passed away when I was 12, I'm 16 now and hoping to get a nice tattoo as a reminder of who he was and how I remember him

Jorge on August 20, 2013:

I lost both of my parents before i graduated highschool. I would really want some ideas on what I should get for them.

Steve A. on August 07, 2013:

My 16 year old son killed by a drunk driver on a 4 lane separated by a 20 yard median. And the drunk on meth lived. I miss you son. Dad loves you so much. AND WILL SEE YOU AGAIN SOME DAY. HE HAD BEEN ACCEPTED TO PRE MED SCHOOL. AAARRRGGG.

babynology from New York on July 20, 2013:

I love your new hub theme! It's very nice. And a lot easier to read than old one, Actually.

Monzta on July 18, 2013:

My mother passed away just 2 short days ago, as I have nothing physical to hold onto that would remind me of her I feel a tattoo would serve the purpose I'm aiming for. I was planning on getting some sort of cross with the details on my left arm somewhere but I still don't know what it'd look like nor where I would like it. As this is for the woman I loved the most in my life I want it to be perfect.

Kristian from Pennsylvania on July 10, 2013:

I have my left arm, which is closest to my heart, reserved for my memorial tattoos. I have a bracelet tattooed around my left wrist that says " In Memory of Miriam " for my grandmother on my mom's side; a yellow tribal rose on my outer forearm that has my grandmothers initials from my dad's side (because she loved yellow roses); and one on my left shoulder of a crumbling cross for my little brother who passed away at 16 years old from Duchene's Muscular Distrophy. (He would have loved the crumbling cross). I call it my memorial arm. It is such a simple idea to tattoo memorials but it honestly makes me feel like they are always with me, in my heart.

stu on June 08, 2013:

I am so sorry to hear of everyone's losses here. My sister was murdered in 2010, and I finally decided I want to get something in her memory , she loved tattoos and I think would def tell me to do it lol , I love em too. We are native, so I wanted to get something that represents our culture and just sisterly love , but want to make sure that it is perfect

Samantha on April 28, 2013:

My husband and father of my children died from sleep apnea about 2 wks ago...think i am going to do a crying clown with the dates 8/7/83-4/10/13...

Christina on April 17, 2013:

My Step mother and granfather both passed away in this past March. only 2 weeks about. i was kind of hoping to get something that can be for them both. but i am not sure what i want to do. any suggestions?

Ronda on April 12, 2013:

My brother passed away unexpectedly 12/9/12. I still cannot bear the pain of his loss. I am on medication to help me cope. Pain as deep as this should leave a deeper scar. I want a tattoo so I may express my grief physically. I want it to hurt so I can focus my pain on something tangible. I would like a portrait, but if it were not a true likeness, or worse, badly done, I would feel guilt for having a poor memorial for him.

I am at a loss. He loved so many things. I can't seem to come up with a single image, or even a collage that represents him, or expresses how important he was to me. Please help me express my pain so that I can begin to remember him with happiness.

just red on February 26, 2013:

My daughter was murdered in front of her kids almost a year ago. I would like to get a tattoo that shows the type of person she was and how much I love and miss her. Any suggestions? I am thinking about getting it on my back or shoulder. She would have been 30 years old.

Amanda on February 07, 2013:

My dad passed away 3 months before I graduated. we had been expecting him to go for a couple years but he had been holding on. He always said he would not go until he saw me graduate. I have been looking into getting something for him tattooed somewhere, but i have no ideas. somehow i just dont like anything anyone else has.

Linda on January 30, 2013:

My fiance passed away on Monday night 1/28/13. He had just turned 38 on the 19th. I want some small memorial tattoo. I don't know what. I miss him so bad. I never knew someone could love me the way he did. Any ideas would be great

philip on January 22, 2013:

hi everyone i see of losses here it sucks so bad. im 28 and i lost my wife the day after christmas. i have a small daughter and i want to get a tattoo of a portriat or of things she liked. if anyone can help with ideas id like that. im so stumped on what i want to get and where i want to put it. can reach me at any help is welcomed

jennifer on December 13, 2012:

hey everyone, I just lost my baby brother November the 10th of this year.he was killed in a car accident he just turned 20 September the 12th. I have been hunting everywhere for a memorial tattoo for him.we were very close please email me at if anyone has any ideas or anything.I've been looking everywhere and haven't been able to find anything so far that just said that's the one. if anyone can help please email me

katlymn on November 28, 2012:

My grandad died ijn september and he was a man who loved horses , i want to get a horse shoe tattoo but i want to put his name with it maybe in a scroll ? i want it to be special as he was a special part of my life .

joanne on October 17, 2012:

i lost my wee brother when he was 11 , my mum nick named him bight eyes because he had big blue eyes he also loved celtic football club i am lookin for a quote that will bring all three to eather can any one help me

becauseilive (author) from N.J. on August 16, 2012:

@gundy - "Love them today, forget about what tomorrow brings." Awesome quote, couldn't have said it better myself :)

gundy on August 15, 2012:

What a hole he left in my heart all the words are thier but the feeling is hard to touch he was my mate and brother we got baptised together and grow up from match box cars to footy to girls to wifes to looking down the road at having kids and all the things that make you who you are .I always thought he would be there but that was not to be that phone call still lives in my memories what a great man he made me laugh and gave me nothing but what he was looking back we have had some good times the rockhampton b&s ball was off tap love them toay foget about what tommorow brings

Juan on July 27, 2012:

My mom was shot and killed in a murder suicide when I was ten. Now i'm 17 and I really want to get a tattoo to remember her. This experience has greatly affected my life and I kind of want it to remember her as I didn't have alot of time with her and when I did unfortunately i was a kid and took it for granted. Now I realize that she was my mom and I want to remember her and to represent the fact that I got through it and I'm still here through all the pain I will always love my mom.

max on July 11, 2012:

My best friend passed away July 18th will be 3 years and I want to get something for him but I really don't know what. Any suggestions if so email me thanks

chris on July 06, 2012:

i lost my sister 8 years ago who died suddenly of a heart attack, i always wanted to get a tattoo in memory of her but didn't want it to say rip in memory of ect

the 2 quotes i was thinking of were

"light never fades away, it just moves to anoher place"


"what the heart has once known, it shall never forget"

sharrelle steeke on June 21, 2012:

my mom passed away wen i was 2 years old now im 23 i want to get her name tatoo on my arm any ideas

jen on May 31, 2012:

my boyfriend passed away three weeks ago today in our apartment from a heroin overdose, we were together for three years and lived together from day one. i want to get a memorial tattoo for him cause he saved my life too when we struggled with addiction together, i just wish i could have saved his again. i really want to get something amazing for him!

carlene jackson on May 28, 2012:

Its 30 yrs in july since my sister died and id like a tattoo and dnt know wat to ave dne but i do know i want it on my neck so any ideas plz do say plus ive got 5 other tattoos,my sons name and date of birth on my wrist a rose on my shoulder sum flowers on my foot a dolphin and ankle and chinesse writting on bottom of my back

d on May 23, 2012:

My sons father/my boyfriend passed away on july 18 2011 I wanna get a heart tattoo with his name n dates on my wrist I don't know what colors to do I don't want all black I want some color in it.

kels on May 12, 2012:

My dad passed away a month aftr I turned 18 I waited 5 years to get his memorial tatoo as I wanted to find the right artist my tat is on my ankle it is simple it says DAD then his horoscope sign he was a cancer then the year he was born and the year he died I added blue and turqoise waves as cancer is a water sign around his name half way up my calf and had the waves swirl down onto my foot its very simple and to the point I am going to add " there's holes in the floor of heaven" wrapping around my leg.and plan on getting a matching one on the other ankle when my mom passes I also have a memorial on my shoulder for my uncle it is a nick name he use to call me. Its ok to take your time with a memorial tat you want to you don't want to regret something so important. When you see the right image you will know that that's what you want it doesn't matter if people get your tatoo it is for you and your healing next week will be 9 years since my dad passed and plan on getting my tat finished. Just remeber with any tatoo you have to think when you are 80 will you still love it? Good luck guys and I a sorry for your losses I can say I really know how it feels

Bianca on May 09, 2012:

Hi. I have been thinking of getting a tattoo for a while now. I am having trouble with it. I want to get a butterfly on my right shoulder blade. My mom passed away when I was 13, almost 5 years ago. The memory of her is small and disappearing; and it shatters me inside to know that she will never see me or my brother grow up. I want to get this tattoo for her, to say that she will always be by my side and to remind me that I am never alone. I read a thing on butterflies " They are the spirits of the dead and bring clarity to hard times" I surround myself with butterflies. My life was very hard when I was young. My mom had so much trouble being here and I never understood why. In my butterfly tattoo I want some designs maybe or words to describe our lives. And I want the butterfly to be different from every one else. I was even thinking of getting her face in the lines of the butterfly. I just miss her so much.

Any Ideas?

Dean on May 07, 2012:

why dont u all remember something u and the sadly late person loved/liked/did and draw ur own design eve if u cant draw, just a rough copy go to the tattoo artist and ask them to take it and do somehthing with that they will draw it up for you haw you want it!! thats just what i would probably do.. instead of the usual ones in the above pics.. it ill mean more to you and the other person... just trying to help and sorry for your losses!!

Dean xx

d021411 on May 06, 2012:

My boyfriend/ my sons father passed away on july 18,2011 i wanna get a heart tattoo on my wrist with his name and the dates.

shayy on April 13, 2012:

i want a tattoo of a heart with wings and a banner on it that says my dads name in it and something around it that says daddy's girl on it maybe another banner under the heart with wings i dont know what would look good on me cuz i am small so theres not alot of room to put ink on

savi on April 12, 2012:

i want to get a tattoo of memory of my granny that passed away 3 months after i moved to another country and in memory of my aunty that passed away after 3 years fighting from cancer i want to get something small and simple but idk were and what to get

sarah on March 29, 2012:

My gramps died on christmas eve in 2002 I want to get a tattoo of his grave stone with the walk way and foot prints going up towards heaven

zach on March 25, 2012:

My father commuted suicide a couple years ago. I am hoping for a nice tattoo to remember him and are open to any designs

brendan on March 21, 2012:

Im 17 i want to get a tatoo for my brother that passed away after a few mouths after he was born i dont know what to get for him

Britney H on March 20, 2012:

My Mom passed away a month ago from two different cancers. I am only 18 and I am having a hard time trying to imagine all of the important things in life without my mom. I got my first tattoo just a few weeks ago and it has a heart in it so im trying to find new and original ideas that will help me always remember our life together. my memorial tattoo will help me find closure so i want it to be special.

Cora McDuffy on March 20, 2012:

On Feb.26, the love of my life was shot and killed n front of me. I am feeling as if something is missing from me and I just pray that God holds him close and me close. I will always love you Marcus D. Henton

Kassie on March 13, 2012:

I want a tattoo in memory of my great nanny, and great grampy but I have no idea what to get because I want one tattoo in memory of both of them... I don't know what to get... Please help.. (:

Sierra on March 08, 2012:

R.I.P to all the wonderful and peace and quite people that are heaven you are and a better place to be

R.I.P ceyonia tanae austin

Born 2000 die 2011

Ashley Lowe on March 07, 2012:

I want to get a memorial tat for my mom and dad.My mom died in 2010 from brain cancer and then I lost my dad in 2011 in a cacr wreck...any ideas how i can incorporat both of them into one tat and it not look too cluttered??

Aleena Devi on March 06, 2012:

I lost my 16yr old son Krishneel Gounder on 13 Nov 2011. I will do a tattoo on his name as i loved him and miss him so much.

nibo on March 05, 2012:

hiya im lookin for a tattoo 2 have for my grandad who sadly passed away on my 30th birthday which was saturday hope some 1 can help me thanks

Chanel on March 03, 2012:

my best friend passed away last month, its been hard, been thinking about getting a tattoo as one of the ways to honor her forever. RIP Leyla

Willie on March 02, 2012:

My mom passed away when I was seven and I have always wanted to get a tattoo and now I'm in college all I need to do now is save up enough money to get it.

sarah on February 28, 2012:

Ruben Gomez Jr 1974-2011 RIP baby, love and miss you

tabitha on February 25, 2012:

a month ago i just lose my father of 36, im 18 and im going to get a tattoo over my heart that says ill carry you in my heart forever! he died of multiple organ failure:(

emma on February 15, 2012:

i lost my baby girl born at 19 weeks last thursday goin to bury her next weekend but i have got a couple of ideas i want i want angel wings with tear drops with her name in stars any ideas for what else i miss u baby mia everyday

dylan on February 15, 2012:

my aunt passed away yesterday morning(valantines day) of cancer. im looking for a tatoo to tribute to her. im 17 but my mom said shed take me to get a tat before hand so now i know what i want to get

Jordan on February 06, 2012:

i lost my dad a year and a half ago to a heart attack when i was 15. he was 46. now i want to get a tattoo for his memory, but my mom won't allow me too. trying to convince her for my 17th birthday

Heather Rae 1829 from Desert Hot Springs, California on February 06, 2012:

I want to get a tattoo for my cousin amanda she was born july 15 1989 and died day after my birthday july 31 1995!!!

And my grandma found out she had stage 4 cancer in may 2011 and died on my cousin amanda birthday july 15 2011!!!

I want to get something for both of them but im not not sure if I should get two tats or just one ffor them both!!!!


chris clark on January 27, 2012:

My daughter was hit and killed just over a month ago as she was about to board her bus to go to school....she had just turned 13 5 days before she was hit and 10 days before xmas.....any suggestions on what to get?

Chelise Coklin on January 25, 2012:

My dad died 2 years ago Dec.29 day after my 14th birthday, and a day before my mom and aunts(they are twins) Birthday(dec.30)... So last year for a early Birthday Gift from my brother he gave me a tattoo of a Celtic cross and my dad initials in the top 3 points... Greatest idea ever :)

Lisamarie Byrnes on January 25, 2012:

My papa died on September 24th 2010 & i wanna get something to remind me of him... he was a big part of my life.. & i miss him a lot... i didn't get to see him before he died or before he got sick... So i wanted to get the tattoo that says Papa and the heart with wings

sarah on January 19, 2012:

i lost my dad when i was 11 any suggestion on what i should get with something thats says daddys girl !

Trista on January 14, 2012:

My older brother was 17 years old when he passed away from bi-lateral pneumonia he has been gone 8 years this october and ive been wanting a memorial tattoo that symbolizes purity and has a cross because we always went to church if you could come up with something that would be amazing my email is please email me some suggestions thank you

cameron on January 12, 2012:

my cousin died when i was in 5th grade im now in 9th and her name was Claudia rose bogan and i wanna get her name with a rose around it

Ms. Kim on January 11, 2012:

My 18yr old son was killed on July 15th, 2011 while walking from my mother's house after stopping by for a visit. I have been trying to come up with an idea that would express how much he meant to me and how much I miss him everyday. I am so undecided on if a portrait, cross, or what and where to place it would be a way of expressing my feelings.

Cindy Jensen on January 10, 2012:

Can someone recommend an artist to do portraits


Ashley on January 10, 2012:

July 24 2011, I was on my break at work and my mom wanted me to call her. I was sitting there with my boyfriend, who i had started dating just 3 days before, as she gave me the news of my 22 year old cousin. He had been 10 minutes from his house, and got into a car wreck, the injuries of the accident killed him. He was my bestfriend, and I went to him for everything. Its been a long 5, almost 6 months, without him.

I'm 19 now, and have one tattoo on my foot, but I want to get an "in memory" tattoo for Branden. I am gonna get the nautical star with a ribbon through it, in the middle im gonna have his name, and then on the left side its gonna have the year he was born, and then on the right will be the year he died. this means so much to me, so i hope i am able to get it soon.

Reggie on January 05, 2012:

My Father died 2 years ago and i want to get a RIP tattoo with a religous cross. i want some suggestions please.


Taylor on January 02, 2012:

Hello recently my Grandpa passed away and I am thinking of getting a tattoo in rememberance of him, but i also want to incorporate my other grandpa and grandma into it. with their names and dates. Any suggestions/ideas?


Jordin on January 02, 2012:

Hey, So my grandpa died back in '06 from cancer all over his body. He had it for about 6 months. Well September 16th 2010 my Great Grandpa died. He died of old age and 1 day before my sisters birthday. Well my older brother, sister and I are all getting tattoos for them. They're getting one for my great grandpa and I'm getting one for both of them. This is going to be my first tattoo so I'm trying to find ideas for an in memory/r.i.p. tattoo. Any ideas? my email is Thanks.

Sadie on December 27, 2011:

My brother died when I was only 9 years old, I am now 14 and would like to get a RIP tattoo for him & his father which died the same year as my brother. But, I can't seem to find anything. Any ideas?

rachel on December 20, 2011:

my mum died 3 months ago i want to get a tattoo on my shoulder blade i seen a tattoo with blue forget me not fowers but i cant find it on here anymore any1 have any suggestions wat i should do my email if any1 has any ideas

graham on December 18, 2011:

i loved my mum .she passed in 1995 have a very unusual tatty on my arm.wife 2 b beat this cancer crap as did our kid.thankyou lord.have my own disability now.thankyou for all that know me .

Hannah on December 09, 2011:

My granddad died 3 years ago and my nana is now dying of terminal lung cancer I want a really nice heart tattoo for the both of them on my shoulder blade any suggestions?? X

Miyu Shimizu on December 08, 2011:

Hi everyone! My condolences...

Today makes six months that my ex boyfriend passed away. Twenty days later, two friends of mine died after my love asked me in date. Does anyone have suggestions that I can remember two dates that marked me?

this is my email:

joe on December 07, 2011:

MY grandad died form cancer when i was 13, im now 18 and i want to get a tattoo that is dedicated to him, i want it on my shoulder blade, he had a dragon on his arm if that helps

ideas would be appreciated

RIP Grandad

mariss on December 03, 2011:

I lost my Son TJ Morin With cancer with a tumor in the head he was only a year old May 2,2011 and was born Aug 7 2010 he fought for 8 months with 2 surgery's and Chemo and then Radiation nothing worked at all first the tumor grew then the the next time the did the 2nd surgery with Radiation it spreaded to the sine the doctor didnt give us much longer but all we did was keep him happy to the end when he left this world im seriously looking for a awesome tatty that will relate to this with a cancer sign for kids so pleace hit me back RIP my lil Angel TJ Morin

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