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10 Popular Tattoo Designs And the Meanings Behind Them

These inks are well-loved for a reason.
10 Popular Tattoo Designs And the Meanings Behind Them
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These inks are well-loved for a reason.

Getting a tattoo, especially your first one, is nothing short of exciting. There are countless tatt options out there, but it can easily get overwhelming to decide on one you want to keep forever. So if you want to make the process easier, a great way to start is choosing a design according to their meaning.

While some designs like a semi-colon, a dot, or a matching one with a friend may seem too common, we think that as long as you resonate with a tattoo's meaning, it's definitely worth getting. After all, these inks won't be as popular as they are for no reason!

To help you decide, we've listed the meanings of 10 popular tattoos that you won’t end up regretting. Scroll ahead to see what they are!

10 Popular Tattoo Designs and Their Meanings

1. Crescent Moon

If you’ve always admired celestial bodies, a moon tattoo can be quite symbolic for you. For one, crescent moons are often related to new phases in life, new chapters, and new beginnings. Inking it on the nook of your ear, or on your ankle can be a great way to keep your tatt minimalist yet still interesting and flattering because of the placement.

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2. Sun

Rise and shine! A beautiful ink of the sun is popular among different age groups and cultures, making it an easy choice for timeless piece that you won’t regret. ICYDK, its most common representation as body art is light and renewal! From traditional sun tattoos, realistic sunset art, all the way to abstract and minimalist designs, the sun is truly a foolproof choice for artwork inked to your skin.

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3. Crown

A crown tattoo is a fantastic option if you want something to symbolize strength, triumph, and glory, while also being positively associated with wealth, victory, and accomplishment. Given a crown’s irregular shape, a smaller and not-so-abstract design typically appears more seamless, making it look like it is really a part of you. Convinced? Try a small crown on your finger for size!

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4. Daisy

If you're looking for a dainty-looking tattoo, you may want to consider a daisy. This beautiful flower represents loyalty, love, and luck, and can even be a tattoo to honor a special someone in your life. The color you choose matters, too: You can get a yellow flower to remember a good friend, a white daisy to represent innocence and spirituality, or pink to signify your femininity. Basically,  the possibilites are endless with this design, making it all the more a great tchoice!

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5. Diamond

Diamond tattoos are often overlooked because they don’t seem to have a deeper meaning. But in reality, a diamond ink can mean strength and invincibility, inner beauty, or being unbreakable. That said, if you resonate with the saying "diamonds are a girl’s best friend,", we think that's also enough of a reason to get it inked!

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6. Hummingbird

Hummingbirds symbolize the desire for freedom. Their carefree and happy aura inspire us to live in the moment, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Get one (or a few) inked on your skin to have a daily reminder to live your life as you please.

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7. Dots

A popular, very minimalistic tattoo choice features three dots in succession, known as the ellipsis. In grammar, the ellipsis is used to indicate that the sentence is not fully complete. It has since became a symbol for the concept of continuance or an unfinished journey when done as a tattoo. Alternatively, it could also stand for the fact that there is always tomorrow, a reminder that nothing lasts forever, and that the bad moments will pass.

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8. Semi-colon

Semi-colon tattoos were popularized by nonprofit organization Project Semicolon to raise awareness on mental illness and self-harm. They explain, "A semicolon is used when an author could've chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to." Those who get this tattoo usually do so to honor someone, whether that may be a friend, relative, or even themselves.

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9. Matching tattoos

Getting matching tattoos has always been seen as a little bit risky, considering how often we associate them with romantic relationships. But hear us out: getting tattooed with a friend or family member is a way to hold a bond with a loved one forever. When you look at that piece of ink and think of its match, you are reminded of your connection to that person no matter how far apart you are.

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10. Yin and yang

Originating from Chinese philosophy, yin and yang tattoos work to symbolize opposing but complementary forces–dark and light, sun and moon, or good and bad. These forces are constantly competing, but they’re also constantly progressing and co-existing as halves. A tattoo of this symbol represents balance, and how opposites can actually be complementary and interconnected. For those who are connected to the culture, or just feel represented by the philosophy of the yin and yang, the symbol makes for a great ink.

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