These are so cute.


“A souvenir from the desert.”

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“On my ankle I have a little symbol that means 'cheer up.' I used to draw it on my hand to remind myself to take time for myself and to focus on my happiness.”

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“I lost my best friend of 10 years to suicide a couple of months ago, after she had struggled with depression for her entire life. Her favorite place in the world was in Montana, specifically the Crazy Mountains. After driving over 14 hours to her favorite Montana town to meet her grandma, who wasn’t able to attend her funeral, I chose to get this tattoo of her favorite range to represent how peaceful and free she felt in the mountains. I miss her so much, and I will always carry this reminder of her beautiful life with me.”

emilyc456202d19

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“My little paper airplane. It’s a reminder that although it’s good to have a plan for your life, you’ll sometimes be taken in directions you never planned before, and that’s OK too.”

courtneyp49373bba7

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“My best friend and I got matching tattoos the day before we left for college – just each other’s first initial with a heart. I have a few tattoos, but this one means the most to me.”

isabellad4c12948f7

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“My grandmother says that birds remind her of my grandfather, and some day she hopes to fly with him. This is a subtle reminder of the true love they shared.”

laurels439aaaebf

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“My tribute to Harry Potter, which was a huge part of my childhood.”

andeebee

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“My little tattoo doesn’t have a specific meaning, but I always get questioned about it.”

kirstyw4725b307a

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“My sister and I like to travel together, and after she decided to move across the country we decided to do something that will always remind us of each other and our love of traveling together.”

jocelynj466b84747

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“My older sister and I got these two years ago because we thought they were cute (and a little bit because we both love Gossip Girl).”

briannat4b4508274

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“A reminder that the universe is much bigger than just me.”

jamiew41d2fa950

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“I got these rainbow dots on my forearms a month after the Orlando Pulse shooting. Being an Orlando-native and spending countless nights at Pulse, the tragedy absolutely broke my heart. This was just my small way of remembering those we lost that night.”

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“An ampersand, taken from how the word 'and' is used in the poem The Loop by Bob Hicok. The poem talks about how the word 'and' sews the minutes together, and I just thought that was beautiful.”

leahs25

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“The one on my wrist is to symbolize my personal battle with depression, and the one on my ankle represents my two sisters (I’m the middle sister).”

erynj45f532db3

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“My mom promised me she would get a matching tattoo with me when I was 13. It was six years later when we got matching Jesus fish tattoos.”

cristah4c0cb234e

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“As a teacher at an international school and someone who has been bitten hard by the travel bug, I got this tattoo to remind me to 'always take the trip.'”

kellyb4f57fa3b9

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“I have a crescent moon around a freckle on the back of my arm.”

meghannerinm

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“My sign, Taurus.”

kirstenk44dc79e58

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“My taste in tattoos are definitely the smaller ones that you can’t always see. I got the words 'I am…' up on my left clavicle.”

meghannerinm

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“I was living in Sydney and Hong Kong for a year, so I decided to get each of their landmarks: the Opera House in Sydney and the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong.”

leamariap

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“My sister and I got each other’s initials.”

erinm84

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“After months of volunteering with wildlife in Africa, I decided to get this little guy done while I was still abroad. It’s my favorite animal and a nice way to commemorate the experience.”

alisonl12

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“The stars on the upper corners of every page of every US Harry Potter book.”

daniellet4a096c9f4

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“I love pups so much!!! Got a paw print to show it!”

brim48310fe14

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“I got this rose to celebrate graduating from high school.”

kniche

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“My husband and I got little wheat stalk tattoos. We were inspired by something our pastor said about marriage: 'Love the harvest more than you hate the hard work.'”

candicei

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“I went deaf in my right ear when I was a freshman in high school. I've made jokes about it ever since then, and it's one of the funniest, if not one of the worst, things to ever happen to me. I got my tattoo to immortalize my twisted sense of humor, but also so my family actually knows which ear I can hear out of.”

nicks4979342e4

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“A tiny goldfish to remind me to just keep swimming.”

kristinar11

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“I was going through a really hard time and got this to remind me that life is to be continued…”

emilymasonb

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“Taken from a letter from my sister who passed away in 2012. A daily reminder that we’re always together.”

ardrew

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“It's a cross-well. It symbolizes a cross, since it very clearly appears to be just a line.”

jennmoreno23

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“These tiny quotation marks mean so much to me. When I was really struggling with anxiety and depression after being sexually assaulted in college, I would write words like 'calm' and 'peace' and 'breathe' in this spot on my wrist to keep me grounded. Once I started seeing a counselor regularly, I found I wasn't writing on my wrist anymore, but I wanted a small reminder of my resilience. Now every time I look down at my wrist and see this tattoo, I'm reminded of how far I've come. It reminds me that my story isn't over yet.”

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“My godmother always loved the ocean, and every year she'd give me an ocean-themed gift with the quote 'because I love the ocean and I love you.' So when she passed away a few years ago, I got this tattoo because I love the ocean and her.”

jessicab46f8f1da5

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“My twin sister has the other half.”

tandray

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“This is Demi Lovato’s signature heart when she signs her name. I love Demi with all my heart. She’s so important to me.”

chinaa3

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“I got this because I’m obsessed with the moon. I also love that this particular moon is in the process of transitioning and still looks beautiful. I think it's a good metaphor for life.”

jessicag4931316b8

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“One of my best friends and I got matching panda finger tattoos.”

stephaniej4825ae36f

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“My tiny note is a simple way to show my love of music. It was also my first tattoo.”

shannonwarn

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“i got this stick-and-poke tattoo when I was younger. It was my way of taking ownership of my body and embracing my identity as a feminist in a world where a lot of women can’t do that. Every time I look at it, it brings me this wave of motivation.”

tarabear123

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“I love white ink. I got this tattoo to represent the To Write Love on Her Arms movement and help me with healing from self-harm.”

rachels4dda1ca22

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“A few years ago I was going through a rough patch in college. I spontaneously decided to get a tattoo, and this was the first thing that felt right for me. It reminds me to always keep moving forward.”

katieh42601cb58

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“For my love of distance running in high school, and how I grew to love the challenge of it, and now I feel like I'm flying with every marathon I do.”

hbartma2

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“I got my tattoo after my dad died. I read the poem '[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]' by E.E. Cummings at his funeral.”

aliciam4fa618d95

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peytonw425141ba7

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“My sister and I got matching tattoos before I moved out of state, to symbolize our love for each other!”

stephaniec40c5dd71d

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“To me, these flowers represent happiness, and I find myself unhappy a lot. This is just a reminder to smile and cheer up in dark times.”

karlijaec

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“My mother, godmother, three godsisters, and myself all have this tattoo on our left wrists. I absolutely love it! I feel that it bonds us all together.”

jacentaa

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“Coffee is my life.”

greylj

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“I think this one is super cute.”

haleym45d32e851

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“I got this tattoo in memory of my father, who passed away suddenly when I was 9 years old. I will always miss my dad, but I can look at my tattoo and remember that he is always with me. It is the word 'LOVE' in his handwriting. It serves as a constant reminder to never stop loving myself, because for a long time I didn't. It is a reminder that I am free to love who I want.”

maddisonc4c98ccb31

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“My mom, sister and I got matching tiny triangle tattoos.”

codiem2

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“One night in Chicago, my friend and I randomly decided to get matching tattoos.”

meaganw4b3620ccb

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“Sometimes in life you've gotta roar and work hard. This little guy keeps me motivated. He’s also fun to draw on.”

leslieh4e0571c0c

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“This was my first tattoo, which was designed after I saw Interstellar. The film had a huge impact on me, so I had 'stay' in Morse code tattooed.”

samanthar4a383b0f7

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“I used to be super close to a guy, and we always joked about getting matching black heart tattoos, kind of like what's on a playing card. He decided that I wasn’t worth pursuing after I told him I wasn’t going to drop out of my dream college to stay with him, so I got a black diamond instead of a heart, to remind myself that I’m worth diamonds and will earn those with my degree.”

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“My beautiful, tiny tattoo of Mary Poppins. I’m not lucky enough to be able to see it all the time, but it becomes a nice surprise for friends when I put my hair up, and it’s visible for all to see! I’ve gotten so many compliments on this tattoo.”

stardust12706

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“I got my Canadian passport renewed this summer, and there was only one way to celebrate.”

alexandram4df5a5cdc

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“My sister and I got matching four-leaf clover tattoos! We have an Irish background, but we're also 'lucky' to have each other, so these are perfect. We love them!”

alexandriaq

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“I got 'ok' in white ink on my ring finger, to promise myself that I’d always be OK. I chose white specifically because it heals to look a lot like scar tissue, and I was recovering from some issues with self-harm.”

reneed4e61a6e34

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“My mom always called me 'bunny,' and one year on my birthday card she drew this bunny. I immediately knew I wanted it as a tattoo. It's my favorite tattoo because of how dainty it is, but also how significant it is to me.”

laurenm4360a9327

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“The year my mom was born. She’s the most important person in my life.”

nanif3

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“I came up with a meaning for this symbol at the time I got it, but the real story is that I was 18 and wanted a small tattoo. I forget I have it a lot of the time because I rarely wear my hair up, but I kind of like that it's just for me.”

sofiag47716da12

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“My best friend and I met on Bumble BFF, so we got these to commemorate our friendship.”

tammyh449f196e7

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“I got this tattoo for my love of the beach. I love the small pop of color.”

rowans4212c9361

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“My tattoo is a symbol from a favorite band of mine (Twenty One Pilots), but it's also motivation for me to keep going and to defeat my negative, horrible thoughts. I don’t regret one bit!”

naya45431bcf3

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“My mom has been one of my biggest supporters and role models in my life. She was the main reason I wanted to study abroad, and when I was in college I got the opportunity to study in the Netherlands. Before I went to Utrecht, my mom gave me a card to open on the plane. Inside of it were three pages filled with her advice and love for me. The artist is Max Brukman at Artcastle Tattoo in Zeist, NL.”

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