Heart Tattoo Designs

Heart tattoos have been used for centuries to express one of the deepest human emotions: love. Most commonly these tattoos were designed in red, but they are now drawn in a wide range of styles and with a number of meanings behind them.

Historic Meaning: The heart tattoo has been used ever since ancient times as a symbol representing the intellect. Since then, Christianity has used the heart as full of emotion, where Islam has seen it as the centre of their spirituality. It has also been seen as a representation of passion as well as love.

Heart tattoos were made popular by sailors who would represent their love for those they missed while at sea with a heart, anchor and the word mom. Celtic tattoos also made use of the heart as a symbol alongside other designs.

Personal Meaning: The heart tattoo may be used to show love for a parent, or a significant other. These tattoos will often name the loved one in a ribbon below the heart. If you are a free spirit then a heart drawn with wings is the perfect way to represent this.

However, they are also often used to represent personal struggle and heartache. The most popular designs for this purpose often include broken hearts, and hearts including a dagger are often drawn to represent bravery in the military.

The options for a heart tattoo are virtually endless, and they are adaptable to just about any area of the body. This is one symbol that will always be popular in tattoo designs.