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23 Emotional Memorial Tattoos to Honor Loved Ones

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Memorial tattoos are a unique and personal way to pay tribute to someone special who is no longer here. For many, tattoos are way to show off their style, but tattoos can also express feelings. A tattoo can help keep memories alive long after someone has gone. Tattoos can honor the person and help you remember the good times. We have found 23 emotional memorial tattoos that will be a beautiful tribute to any loved one.

1. MEMORIAL TATTOO IDEA

Our first tattoo is a beautiful piece that features a bird and a quote. The quote reads “She lived and laughed and loved and left”. This is a tribute that says their loved one had a zest for life. It is a design that remembers the good times but also acknowledges the loss.

Memorial Tattoo Idea for Mom

Source: @rcnj_tattoos

2. HANDWRITING TATTOO

When we lose someone, we try to hold on to them and remember them. A handwriting tattoo can be a lovely way to do this. It allows you to have a piece of your loved one with you forever. This tattoo design features a word out of a hand-written letter. It is a beautiful memorial tattoo design.

Handwriting Memorial Tattoo

Source: @suncreamqueen

3.  COORDINATES TATTOO

The next tattoo on the list features coordinates of a father and daughter’s favourite place. A design like this is a beautiful way to remember someone special. If you were thinking about a tattoo like this, you could get the coordinates placed anywhere on your body with any picture.

Coordinates Memorial Tattoo Idea

Source: @tattoobyrd84

4. ALWAYS IN MY MIND

A quote is a lovely memorial idea. This tattoo features “Always in my mind, forever in my heart”. The quote is a way to express that you will always remember the joy and love that someone brought to your life. It is a stunning tribute. The birds are a beautiful touch.

Always in My Mind, Forever in My Heart Memorial Tattoo

Source: @lucenzo.ink

5. MEMORIAL TATTOO FOR DAD

When choosing a design, consider creating something that is personal to your loved one. This tattoo has a fishing theme to remember their dad. Ink like this will evoke memories of the times you had together. The quote is both emotional and beautiful.

Memorial Tattoo for Dad

Source: @inkmaine

6. MEMORIAL TATTOO FOR A CHILD

There are no words powerful enough for the loss of a child. If you have lost a child and you want to remember them and mark their passing, consider a tattoo like this. It is a stunning design that shows the love between the parent and child.

7. WE ONLY PART TO MEET AGAIN

The idea of meeting loved ones again provides great comfort in times of loss and grief. That is why a tattoo like this is a perfect choice for a memorial tattoo. It is a comforting phrase that will help you through a hard time.  You could have a design like this placed anywhere on the body.

We Only Part To Meet Again Memorial Tattoo

Source: @ciaraoharaxo

8. MEMORIAL TATTOO FOR GRANDPA

Here is a stunning memorial tattoo for someone’s grandpa. The design features a grandpa and granddaughter in the sunset. This tattoo is heart-warming and emotional, it shows the love between the two. Something like is a unique design that will keep a loved one’s memory alive.

Memorial Tattoo for Grandpa

Source: @marcovolontieri

9. I’LL BE MISSING YOU

Next, we have a beautiful arm tattoo with roses and a phrase. The phrase reads “I’ll be missing you, until the day we meet again.” This is another design that will provide comfort during the hard days of grief. You could have a design like this on other places on the body too. Make it personal by having your own fonts and roses.

I'll Be Missing You Memorial Arm Tattoo Idea

Source: @m_inni_

10. MEMORIAL BOOK TATTOO IDEA

Here is a tattoo that features a beautiful phrase. It reads “The chapters may have ended, but the pages still remain.” Something like this makes a great memory tattoo. It would also be good if you or your loved one enjoyed books. You could even just have the quote.

Memorial Book Tattoo Idea

Source: @joanndilley

11. MEMORIAL TATTOO FOR MOM

If you liked the handwriting idea, this next design is for you. This tattoo is a different style and in a different place. It features a replica of her loved one’s signature that writes “Love Mom”. It is a simple, emotional and powerful piece. You could have a signature tattooed anywhere on the body.

Memorial Tattoo Idea for Mom

Source: @shanally

12. MEMORIAL TATTOO FOR GRANDMA

Like big and bold tattoos? Then this memorial tattoo is for you. This stunning thigh ink features a heart, an angel wing and a quote. The whole design ties in together perfectly because the quote reads “half of my heart is in heaven with my angel”. It is beautiful tribute. You could personalize it with a name and date.

13. MEMORIAL TATTOO FOR SON

If you are looking for a tribute for a son, then consider an elephant design like this. Losing a child is the worst a parent could go through but with a tattoo like this you can have a beautiful reminder of them. The balloon could have a different color too, you can always personalize it.

Memorial Tattoo for Son

Source: @laos_ink_slinger

14. MEMORIAL THIGH TATTOO

Memories are precious, and this next tattoo expresses that perfectly. It features a stunning tree with the quote “When a loved one becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure”. This is a beautiful quote and will be a reminder of all the good times you and your loved one have shared.

15. MEMORIAL ROSE TATTOO

Prefer traditional tattoos? Then this could be for you. This beautiful old-school rose, bird and scroll features the words “fly on home”. It is a gorgeous ink that could be customized to suit your memorial. You could have any quote put on the scroll. A design like this would look great on anyone.

Fly On Home Memorial Tattoo Idea

Source: @cre8tiv202406

16. ‘TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR EARTH’ TATTOO

Our next tattoo has an emotional phrase. It is a wrist tattoo with a date, feather and the quote “Too beautiful for earth”. Something like this would be a stunning tribute to any special person. It expresses how loved the person was. Personalize it with your own date and feather design.

Memorial Wrist Tattoo Idea

Source: @natwinstanley

17. MEMORIAL DESIGN FOR A CHILD

Here is a stunning piece of art for a child’s memorial. This arm design features a child in shaded black and white ink with watercolors and butterflies. It is a very emotional design that would make an amazing tribute for your loved one. You could customize the colors and design to make it personal to you.

Memorial Tattoo Idea for a Child

Source: @angelinamengel

18. MY FATHER, MY HERO

A simple memorial tattoo like this one would make a beautiful tribute. It features just “My Father, My Hero” along with the dates. The font used is gorgeous and the design is a reminder of the great man he was. This one celebrates the person’s life from beginning to end.

My Father My Hero Memorial Tattoo for Dad

Source: @mattied55

19. IN LOVING MEMORY TATTOO FOR MOM

This next tattoo idea would suit anyone. It is a stunning design that was inspired by their family’s holiday spot. A tattoo like this celebrates the good times and will make you think of the happy memories of that place. It is a personal tribute with endless design possibilities as everyone’s favourite place would look different.

In Loving Memory Memorial Tattoo for Mom

Source: @josh.g.tattoo

20. MEMORIAL QUOTE

The idea of a loved one watching over you can bring great comfort in times of loss. If this is something you like the idea of, consider a tattoo like this one. It reads “As long as you’re in the sky to protect me, there is no one on earth that can break me”. This is a very emotional set of words. You could personalize it with the name too.

21. MY FAVORITE HELLO, HARDEST GOODBYE

Our next pick would make a beautiful tribute to someone you lost. It would be perfect for a friend, partner or someone very close to you. It sums up how meeting this person was one of the best things and how difficult losing them is. You could a quote like this tattooed anywhere on the body.

Memorial Quote Tattoo Idea for Arm

Source: @stoned.mermaid

22. MEMORIAL QUOTE TATTOO

Next, we have this stunning feather, birds and quote tattoo. The feather suits the wings quote perfectly. It is a very emotional but beautiful piece that would be a perfect tribute to any lost loved one. You could have any feather design to make it unique to you.

Your Wings Were Ready but My Heart Was Not

Source: @unique_tats_ig

23. DOG MEMORIAL TATTOO

The loss of a pet can be heart-breaking, as pets are one of the family too. If you have lost your four-legged friend consider a tribute tattoo. This features a paw print and heart design with a lovely quote. You could re-design this in many ways to suit your style.

Dog Memorial Tattoo Idea

Source: @ross_is_my_boo

We hope you have found a beautiful design for a memorial tattoo.