There are a great number of inspirational tattoo quotes out there, sometimes it is hard to know where to start. Here are our favourites to inspire you.
For some, a quote may remind them of a certain period in their lifetime, some may use it to express their state of mind or even to share an important life-lesson with others, or to remind themselves of it. So, if you are thinking about a tattoo quote, make sure to choose a quote that represents you and your character since the tattoo will stay on your body for pretty much forever.
Ever since language was invented, words were a powerful weapon. They were used for many purposes, from making people go to war to making women fall in love with eloquent men. The right words can change your perspective, and even inspire you to do great things.
Even though a picture may say more than a thousand words, an image created out of words is more powerful than any picture. Tattoo quotes and tattoo sayings are very popular today. From teenagers who want to make a statement to Hollywood stars who want to give their fans something to talk about, tattoo quotes are seen everywhere. That is why we have gathered the most beautiful, moving, and inspiring tattoo quotes that will leave a great impression, so you have a place to start. A base of inspiration. Perhaps you already know the words you want, but need some ideas of how to lay them out on your skin?
Besides choosing the quote that describes you the best, you should pay attention to several other elements, such as color, font, design, and language. When it comes to color, you can go with black and make a bold statement, or you can choose different colors for each word. The font adds the spirit to your tattoo quote; wacky fonts are amazing for quotes that are supposed to be funny, whereas love quotes are usually written in a cursive font. The design allows you to let your imagination go wild and design your quote the way you want to. You can add different symbols, colors, and even letters from some other ancient languages. Last, but not least, the language is also important. You should decide whether your quote tattoo should be in English, your native language, or even some other foreign language that speaks to you.
Tattoo Quotes To Inspire You
While you are thinking about all these things, have a look at our amazing tattoo quotes designs. We are certain that you will find a design you will fall in love with.
37. Feminine Tattoo Quotes
Take this tattoo for example. Of course, men can also tattoo the word “believe”, cute little birds are for everyone! As for the bird, birds are usually symbols of freedom, nobility, elegance, love, and peace. Just keep in mind that every bird species has its own, unique meaning, so make sure to choose the bird that fits your quote.
36. Simple Quote Tattoo
Font, design, and the placement of the tattoo matter. The wearer of the tattoo chose this placement and this particular font so the message can be heard loud and clear. Do you agree with this quote? Is it true, that in life something bad must happen so you could learn to appreciate all the good things and start recognizing them in your life?
35. Per Aspera Ad Astra
There are so many quotes dedicated to the good things and bad things in life. This kind of quotes is usually very motivational and inspiring. In the toughest times, your tattoo may remind you that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and things are not going to stay bad forever. This quote may be applied to so many things in life, from certain events to people. When you think about it, there are some people who shine like stars and make you feel happy and loved.
34. Fierce Quote Tattoo
Some things are for sure. The sky is above all of us, and the earth is below us but not everyone has a fire within them! There are those who are bold, fierce, and passionate, and there are also those who prefer to stay calm, quiet, and reserved. If you believe you belong in the first group, then this tattoo could be the right tattoo quote for you. When it comes to symbolism, fire also stands for power, passion, desire, energy, and even transformation.
33. Creative Tattoo Quotes
You are probably searching for amazing quotes that should become a part of you and represent the true you. Some people prefer quotes that describe their spirits, such as the quotes that are appropriate for all the free spirits or hopeless romantics. However, you may also dedicate your tattoo to that something that was always your inspiration, such as words. Because, without words, our lives and your future tattoo would make no sense.
32. Motivational Wrist Tattoo
Every person goes through certain difficult periods in their life. In those times, it is important to stay and think positive. It is not always easy to do so, so you probably could use a beautiful reminder like this one. Also, some people find consolation and help in their religion. You can always use certain symbols that should remind you of the things you strongly believe in. For example, cross instead of the letter “T” in this tattoo is a very subtle, yet very powerful symbol.
31. Upper Arm Tattoo Quotes
Men say women are complicated. Women can often say that men are messed up. The truth is, inside all of us there are so many things going on that make us complicated. However, we all tend to find that one person or that one thing in our lives that will change us and balance out all the chaos that was going on inside of us. That can be your partner, your relative, or even your pet.
30. Simple Quote
Many of us prefer simplicity over complicated creations. If you are looking for a very simple tattoo quote design that is also poignant, you can use the one in the image above as your inspiration. This tattoo is also a great example of how you can combine quote, special font, and a flower in the same tattoo. Would you decorate your quote or make it just words?
29. Decorating Quotes
If you would decorate your quote rather than have just plain text, then here is a great idea. You can add certain symbols or images that are related to your quote. For example, this lady added a flock of birds to make a greater statement with her tattoo. Of course, birds are related to flying, rising above, freedom and transformation.
28. Fierce Tattoo Quotes for Women
This lady believes that the size does not reflect one’s strength. Do you agree with her? We do. Strength comes in various forms, and it does not always have to relate to physical strength. Our deeds express the strength and value of our character. And just because someone is small, does not mean that he/she is not strong, both physically and psychologically. One of our favorites!
27. Reminiscence Tattoo
Many people get tattoos in tribute to their loved ones that have passed away. Tattoos are a great way to keep that person alive in your memory. And, tattoo quotes can be used for this purpose. “Until I see you again,” inside of a heart, next to a flatline and a date above it equals one amazing, and meaningful tattoo idea!
26. Love-Inspired Tattoos
This tattoo is perfect for all the hopeless romantics and creative souls all over the world. If you have that one person who you practically live for, then show him/her your unconditional love by getting a tattoo as a symbol of endless love. You can decorate your design the way you want it, and add flowers, hearts or even two birds in love! Perfect idea for lovebirds.
25. Brief & Clear Tattoo
Would you like to get your message across briefly and clearly? Well, here is an idea for you. You do not need to use the exact same quote. “Be here now,” is a tattoo quote probably dedicated to this person’s loved one, or is it a reminder to remain in the moment? But, if you have another quote in your mind, you can use the same font to make it brief, clear, and visible. The location of the tattoo is pretty much straightforward, too.
24. Stunning Feminine Tattoo
Every tattoo is unique, even if two persons have the same design. How is that possible, you may wonder? Well, because each one of us interprets a certain tattoo in their own way, and each wearer gets a tattoo for a different reason. You may not see this quote clearly, but it says: “We live by the sun, we feel by the moon.” How do you interpret this quote? It is very mysterious and thought-provoking, right?
23. Encouraging Tattoo Quotes
Sometimes, we all need some encouragement. And, people usually prefer having someone they can rely on – a brother, a friend, or a significant other. But, the person you should rely on the most is actually you. You are the one in charge of your life, and there is not a thing you can’t do on your own. That is why you should never be afraid to walk this world alone.
22. Always Stay Strong
You can never read enough of these motivational, empowering quotes. The greatest thing about them is that they are entirely true. “Through every darker night, there is a brighter day.” Whenever you feel low, you should remember that things can’t stay bad forever. But, in times like that it is hard to think optimistically. That is where your tattoo steps in and gives you strength just when you need it!
21. Tattoos for Free Spirits
Side tattoos are amazing. The placement is discreet, so you can hide them whenever you want to. Also, you can make these tattoos as big as you want to. But, a huge quote may not be as interesting as decorating your tattoo quote even more. You can add your horoscope sign, a butterfly, or even an adorable elephant.
20. Matching Tattoo Quotes
Is there a person in your life that has the same interests as you do? Is that person interested in sharing a matching tattoo with you for the rest of your lives? If he/she is, then you two really do share a special bond, and there is not a better way to show off that bond than a matching tattoo. What quote would you two get? For more matching tattoo ideas, click here.
19. Promising, Simple Tattoo
Collarbone tattoos are very attractive. Because of the location, people usually choose small, subtle tattoos to have inked on their collarbones, such as quote tattoos. Since this tattoo is very likely to be visible, your quote should reflect your character, your hopes, beliefs, and even your dreams.
18. Supportive Tattoos
Every now and then, some extra support can come in handy. Just a few words that can make us feel worthy, inspired, or even empowered. People may not know what you need, but you do. That is why a tattoo quote that will always lift your spirits up and offer you support is a great idea! Where would you get such tattoo; would you place it on your ribs or somewhere else?
17. Simple Tattoo Quotes for Men
The previous tattoo examples may appear as mostly feminine. But men also get tattoo quotes often. They tattoo names of their loved ones, or even lyrics. But, some of them think outside the box and search for a unique idea. Take this tattoo for example. Hear over mind, courage over fear. Would you also make these choices?
16. Listen to Your Heart
It may seem cheesy, but you should always listen to your heart and follow what your heart says. Overthinking can never bring any good. That is why sometimes the impulsive decisions may turn out to be the right ones. If you feel deep inside that something is right, then it probably is.
15. Quote On The Shoulders
Shoulders are a great place for tattoo. And, there is also a lot of space on your back and your shoulders for your quote. You can even later on decorate your tattoo quote with another tattoo at the same place or even on the opposite shoulder. A great addition to this tattoo would be wings tattoo on your back. What do you think?
14. Cursive Tattoo
The placement of this tattoo is as intriguing as the tattoo itself. It says “I follow the rabbit.” What do you think ‘follow the rabbit’ could mean? There were several examples of ‘following the rabbit’. The first one is in the movie The Matrix, where Neo is told to follow the White Rabbit. After that, a woman with a tattoo of a white rabbit on her shoulder appears on his door. The second example is the white rabbit from the book Alice in Wonderland. The rabbit appears at the very beginning of the book and the last few chapters.
13. Dumbo, Baby Elephant
Don’t be afraid of that something that makes you different; embrace it. Do you remember Dumbo? When he was born, all the elepahnts mocked his large ears. But, his odd and large ears are exactly what made Dumbo unique, and a superstar at the end of the movie. This is another favorite of ours!
12. Inspirational Arm Tattoo
Arms are a great position for tattoo quotes. You can get a quote inked at the side of your arms, on your forearm, or even on your wrist – you decide!
11. We All Have Our Stories
Semicolon tattoos recently became a large hit. Such tattoo represents a person who attempted to end his/her life, but didn’t. Some people get only a semicolon tattooed, while others decide to embelish their tattoo with an incredible quote like this one.
10. Uplifting Collarbone Tattoo
“With every heartbeat,” can have so many meanings. It can stand for loving someone with every heartbeat of yours, or it can even stand for doing everything with all of your power. The meaning of every tattoo lies in the eyes of the observer, and, of course, the wearer.
9. Simple Back Tattoo
Even though people say a picture says more than thousand words, sometimes one word can say more than a novel. You can show everyone what are you like with one word – fearless, fierce, or even legen-wait for it-dary.
8. Heartening Tattoo Quote
If you have found the love of your life, or have a special person you want to dedicate a tattoo to, take this tattoo into consideration. Not only “I am because you are,” is incredibly romantic, but it also shows all your dedication to that person. It could also be an incredible dedication to a child, or parent. So many beautiful meanings.
7. Matching Tattoo Ideas
A couple of images above, we have shown you our first example of matching tattoos. It was two tattoos, on two different hands, but the same quote. But, you can get matching tattoos on two different places or have two different quotes tattooed. What do you prefer, identical tattoos with identical placement or two different designs that compliment each other?
6. “One Day at a Time”
We forget this often, but we really should live one day at a time and take each day as it comes. Worrying in advance about things that didn’t even happen seems silly, doesn’t it? This tattoo is also suitable for someone who has went through some big changes in his/her life and enjoys this reminder.
5. Bohemian Tattoo Quotes
Are all good things wild and free? Well, a free, bohemian spirit certainly believes they are. For all the free spirits out there, this quote is amazing and will perfectly showcase your character. And, take a look at the feather and the birds that are added next to the quote! Birds are the perfect addition, because they usually symbolize freedom.
4. Life Is Beautiful
At the beginning of this post, we have mentioned that there are several elements you should pay attention when getting a quote tattoo, and one of them was language. A lot of tattoos are made in native language of the wearer, but, you can also choose a foreign language for your tattoo. Just make sure that what you are tattooing is spelled right in the language, and actually means what you think it means. One to TRIPLE CHECK!
3. Scar Tattoos
Scars present a problem for many people because they consider them aesthetically unattractive. But, behind every scar, there is probably a great story. And, instead of hiding your scar you should show it off proudly. You can even decorate it with an amazing tattoo quote.
2. Free Like a Bird
Do you sometimes dream of being free like a bird; of just being able to spread your wings and fly far, far away? Unfortunately, that is not possible. But, you can still express your passion towards freedom and possibly traveling with a similar tattoo. And, even though you cannot have your own wings, you still can fly (in an airplane, of course).
1. “Warrior” Tattoo Quote
We have already explained the symbolism behind a semicolon tattoo. It stands for someone who chose to fight his/her battles instead of ending his/her life. A semicolon that stands instead of the letter “I,” in the word “warrior,” is very creative. The arrow even completes this picture even more. You know, an arrow indeed needs to be pulled back, before it is shot and before it reaches its greatness.