These heart tattoos are absolutely beautiful! Enjoy this list of the 55 best heart tattoos and designs of All-Time!
Heart tattoos have so many meanings that I don’t know what to begin with! I guess the most frequent and obvious reason for inking a cutesy heart on skin is love. However, hearts don’t only express love, but also the place where the soul lies. For example, according to Islamic traditions, the heart is a spiritual center. It was believed for a long time that the soul is contained by the heart, but science has proven it isn’t.
Amazing Heart Tattoos:
The shape of heart that is typically chosen by most of us isn’t anatomically correct. People used to go for the simple representation of the heart, which is actual similar with the shape of a cow’s heart. Long time ago, no one knew how the heart of man looks like, but they did see plenty of cow hearts. Now that we know how every being’s heart looks like, we tend to choose less kitschy heart tattoos.
Heart tattoos could be classified in multiple categories. There are those that look girly and that could match the taste of a very playful girl, and those that properly define minimalism. Moreover, I find interesting how people express their grief, suffering or deep admiration for certain things by encompassing a heart in a more complex design.
Take a look at the following rad heart tattoos if you want to find out what appeals to you and what doesn’t. Some of them are colorful and classic, while others are combined with symbols or contexts that will blow your mind! Besides vast and captivating meanings, almost all of them are a pleasure to look at! This is candy for your eyes! Heart-shaped candy!
55. Hearts like diamonds
I like the way this heart-shaped diamond stands out in this tattoo! It looks like it was hidden somewhere between roses and someone found it! This girl’s choice in colors was really inspired! She is probably associating diamonds with hearts and roses. The tattoo artist who inked this beauty managed to pull off the faceted effect of a real diamond.
54. Minimalism in matters of the heart
This tattoo is among the heart tattoos that represent the minimalism style. It’s actually just the contour of a heart, inked on a girl’s wrist. This could be a great choice for people who are discreet and don’t want something that catches the eye on their skin. Nevertheless, this simple tattoo is still visually alluring.
53. Feminine and anatomically correct
This anatomically correct heart is combined with a triangle that is pointing down. The meaning of the triangle pointing down is femininity, or, according to the Greeks, a doorway to higher wisdom. While the arrows point to the direction of blood flow, the triangle points in the opposite direction. This is definitely a controversial tattoo!
52. Paws leave a mark
Among the heart tattoos that are supposed to be reminders of the loss of someone dear, this tattoo was made in the memory of a dog. Inking a pet’s feet marks is quite popular, especially when it is no longer part of its owner’s life. Quite emotional and very well done, this tattoo includes a small heart that shows affection for the lost soul.
51. Fingerprints on heart
What better way to prove that someone has made an impact on one’s heart than tattooing his or her fingerprints? By the looks of the lines contained by this heart, there are at least two fingerprints inside it. They probably belong to the same person and they can’t, ever, be confused with something else. This tattoo is more powerful than a name tattoo. There could be two people with the same name, but not two people with the same fingerprints.
50. Heart adorned with flowers
This is a great example of feminine tattoo. Although the outline of the heart is not precise, the elements within it form a perfect shape. Flowers, leaflets and abstract lines make a great combination that transmits feelings of peace, happiness and harmony. I’d say this is an inspired choice for a heart tattoo!
49. Life goes on
This design has a very powerful meaning. On one hand, it is an almost complete shape of a heart and, on the other hand, there’s the semicolon. The latter represents the importance of suicide prevention. The main idea is that an author uses this punctuation mark when he or she doesn’t want to end a sentence. This rule can be applied in life. It doesn’t have to end suddenly , but continue one way or the other. If you like small tattoos like this one, you might also like these http://www.tattoo-models.net/88-small-tattoo-ideas-designs/!
48. Faith, hope and love
The combination between graphics and words is very common. People often choose to ink words on their skin because they believe words are powerful and able to make a tattoo complete. Without faith, hope and love, this tattoo would’ve been a representation of a cross, a heartbeat and a heart. However, the lack of explanations isn’t always a bad thing.
47. Heart in a sea of colors
The famous watercolor technique strikes again with this beautiful heart tattoo. Heart tattoos are nice anyway, but this technique has a way of embellishing any shape. The proud owner of this tattoo picked pastel colors for the splash that surrounds the outline of a very simple heart. Such delicate tattoo fits perfectly on the wrist, don’t you think?
46. Family above all
When I look at this heart-shaped tattoo, fluency and calligraphy come to mind. The word family can be written in such way to form two shapes, namely heart and infinity at the same time. Depending on how you look at it, this plain tattoo expresses so much! Again, the wrist is a good place for such designs!
45. Wings of an angel heart
According to common knowledge, the meaning of this tattoo is the loss of a loved one. Heart tattoos aren’t always about celebration of love or gratitude. Sometimes, they express loss and grief. The wings represent the idea of angel and heaven, while the heart represents the feelings earned by that person. It is a very touching and sensitive design!
44. Sewing a broken heart
If wings usually make me think of angels, in this case they make me think of flying. The center of this tattoo depicts a heart broken in half and sewn back together. Could it mean that love sets you free? Or, that once your heart is no longer in pieces, you can feel free again? Heart tattoos are always tricky to interpret, but at least I now know what details I can include in mine.
43. The power of believing
It looks like a heart can be used as a letter! Now this is what I call creative! Believing in something or someone or even yourself is a very powerful feeling. Emotions might be a physical response to certain stimuli, but it’s easier to associate them with a tiny and cute heart! Another wrist tattoo that is more than cool!
42. Music is love
It’s said that music is the way feelings sound like. Well, this is the way music looks like as a very nice tattoo! The sol key is a very thoughtful addition to the heart and the piano keys. Whoever combined these together knew what he or she was doing! Simple, cool and expressive too!
41. On the heartbeat rhythm
Music is food for the soul. You know it, I know it and the person who got inked knows it! Putting a pair of headphones on a heart is like admitting the effects music has on our moods and perception of life. Let’s dance with our hearts, not only with our bodies, shall we?
40. Hearts raise awarenesses
The only reason why there are so many campaigns meant to raise awareness on different topics is that we care. By caring, we prove that we have a good heart. Therefore, combining the breast cancer symbol with a heart results in a very heartfelt tattoo. Sustaining your cause by making it a permanent addition to your skin is quite a commitment!
39. Happy hearts are colorful
I think this lady has managed to take tiny tattoos to another level! Four small and colorful heart tattoos behind the ear might not mean too much, but they look awesome! She might have her own deep and meaningful reasons, but, visually speaking, they are simply adorable! Some tattoos may just look cool without having to emanate thoughtfulness.
38. Bucks and does form hearts
A buck and a doe, or more specifically a male deer and a female deer can be shaped in such way to form a heart. Also known as deer track symbols, they aren’t meant to only signify presence, but also to express safety, prosperity and shelter. I especially like the ornamental additions which spread on the woman’s abs and ribs.
37. Rebelling and revolting wholeheartedly
I must admit that this tattoo amuses me. It sends such a powerful message! The white band placed over the heart is usually inscribed with the name of a person. In this case, the proud owner of this tattoo chose to send a great message that sounds like rebellion and revolt. It’s like that band protects his or her heart from getting broken! I admire the courage on this one!
36. Birds like kissing too
Two birds sit on branches and kiss each other! What a sweet moment! Flowers are all around them and the background is red and shaped liked a heart. Someone is in love and it looks amazing! I would like something similar for me and my honey!
35. Geometrized heart with hot spots
Colors are often used to show heat levels. For example, red is an indicator of hot, while blue is an indicator of cold. This heart has red, yellow and white areas. I think the red areas represent passion and intense feelings, while the other ones are diminished and probably target different areas of life. The geometric details are meant to emphasize the main idea.
34. Empty, overlapping hearts
This design is hypnotising, isn’t it? I can’t decide if it looks like a maze or what? The idea behind this tattoo could be simple or complex. Maybe she had so many change of hearts that she wanted to keep them as a reminder. Regardless of the real reason, this is one of the less common heart tattoos.
33. Geometric, anatomically correct heart
Positioned right in the middle of this man’s chest, this geometric heart looks really awesome! This is not a cow-like heart, but an anatomically correct human heart. It’s surprising how a few well drawn lines can create a proper 3D effect for a 2D tattoo. You know it’s 3D when you can identify shading, which completely lacks from this image.
32. A heart that pumps blood
Part of the anatomically correct hearts series, this man’s tattoo is much more detailed. In addition, it has a few arrows that are tattooed on his main arteries, pointing to the direction of blood flow. A part of this tattoo is placed on top of his real heart. The precision of this design makes me take it very seriously!
31. Heart that is restrained
There are no words to describe how well thought and done this tattoo is. Metaphorically speaking, I often feel I’m being restrained. These days, letting go to negativity and embracing positivity is almost impossible to achieve. We tend to protect ourselves, ending up feeling suffocated by our own limitations. The technique used for this tattoo is similar with line engraving. Famous artists, such as Albrecht Durer, used it and perfected it during time.
30. Girlie in leopard print
One of the girliest heart tattoos, this one doesn’t need bright colors to stand out. The leopard print combined with the purple bow create a very cute effect that is feminine and fashionable. I remember wearing leopard prints a lot when they were en vogue. In fact, I think they still are!
29. African hearts in a heart
This tattoo has some African and tribal elements in it. It comprises 4 hearts, which are decorated with various shapes and colors. The heart from the center contains something that looks like a tree. That is probably is a symbol of life in this specific example. The variety of colors used for this tattoo gives it an autumn feeling.
28. Disney love condensed in a heart
Cartoons aren’t just for kids! There are so many stories developed by Disney that are fitted for both young and old! This tattoo inspires happiness, success, fulfillment and happy colors that we all need in our lives! Such tattoo could be a reminder for when we are insecure or unhappy or we just have a bad day.
27. Kindness is a virtue
Kindness used to be taken for granted. Not anymore! Although being kind doesn’t cost a thing, it is rare these days! The person who chose to encompass this message in his or her tattoo added two flowers and other decorative elements to it. They are meant to highlight the message and sustain its meaning. I don’t think this is a message to self, but more of a permanent inscription of what truly matters.
26. The Universe is in our hearts
What an astonishing work of art! The reasons behind this tattoo are almost irrelevant when you get lost looking at it! The choice of colors is amazing because it brings out the beauty of the universe that is pink and baby blue and oh, so bright! Could the separation mean there’s a different universe in every individual’s heart? This makes you think, doesn’t it?
25. Heart in Mickey Mouse’s hands
Unlike most Disney-inspired heart tattoos, this one doesn’t contain full portraits of any characters. It is so simple, that it only needed the hands of Mickey Mouse to create a heart. This says a lot about the person who chose it and about its purpose as well. This is more emotional than it is cool.
24. Tim Burton sets love patterns
The idea behind this tattoo is pretty clear. Someone was so impressed and inspired by Tim Burton’s love story, that he or she decided to permanently ink it in skin. The Nightmare Before Christmas has become popular among tattooed people all over the world thanks to its touching story. Are you a fan?
23. Running out of fuel
This guy’s tattoo idea is full of metaphors! While it looks like oil exploitation, the machine tattooed on his chest does something different. It is consuming whatever is that fuels his heart. There is not much left inside his heart, so he must’ve been through some heartbreaking drama. Someone help him refill his heart, please!
22. The effect of crayons on heart
This tattoo is anything but ordinary! It looks like the tattoo artist who drew it used crayons. This is the first time when I see such technique used for inking something! I am impressed by how real it seems. It is definitely not a simple drawing, but a real tattoo! I have to put this technique on my list for future tattoos, don’t you?
21. Fineness in a lacy heart
Heart tattoos have one thing in common: they comprise the shape of a heart. However, this example proves how a heart can express fineness and femininity at the same time. This has nothing to do with love, grief or visual performance. It is all about expressing the fair sex’s point of view.
20. Names resonate in hearts
This heart tattoo is a tribute to a person named Alicia. The font was wisely chosen. The characters are shaped in such way that they form a heart. We associate persons with their names and that’s how they resonate in our hearts. Alicia is one lucky girl!
19. Rib cage shaped like a heart
According to Christian believes, Eve was made from Adam’s left rib. This tattoo could have a connection with that or it could mean something else. There is also another legend that says a person’s soul can be trapped in the breastbone. The latter may have a stronger bound with the heart itself. We don’t know the correct meaning, but we do know that it looks awesome!
18. Lock and key shaped like hearts
These heart tattoos are all about love. How do I know this? The answer is simple. When there’s a key to a lock that looks like a heart, that is clearly the key that can open it. Both the lock and the key are in the same place, so maybe no one was worthy enough to earn that key. Not yet, anyway!
17. Follow your heart
Follow my heart is the message that accompanies this lock tattoo. It is nicely embellished with golden rings, flowers and the profile of a girl. I think that girl is the representation of the woman who wears this tattoo. It looks so nice and appealing that I really hope the awaited key will show up very soon!
16. Dark hearts feel butterflies too
If we take things literally, butterflies are supposed to be felt in one’s stomach. However, the butterflies tattooed next to this black heart send the same message. While a black heart is not actually a symbol of happiness and love, those butterflies soften it a little. There’s hope and life in a grieving heart as well!
15. Hearts instead of spinal cord
The impact of these multiple hearts tattoos is more visual that meaningful. Indeed, we can think of the spinal cord as the column that sustains our lives and resemble it with love. Or, since there are 9 hearts, maybe there’s a connection between these tattoos and the 9 lives a cat presumably has. In any case, these are cool tats on a gorgeous lady!
14. Fish, whale and abstract
Part of the least common heart tattoos, this one has something to do with a fish or a whale and a flower or an insect. The whole representation is a little too abstract to tell what is going on there. If you’d like to make people wonder, you should get a similar tattoo! I personally like the splash of red color.
13. Thorns piercing a heart
If we gather the meanings we previously talked about , we can conclude that this person has lost someone and the pain is so unbearable that it feels like thorns are piercing her heart. The location of this tattoo is a great choice since only angels have wings that start from their shoulder blades. Or, at least, that’s the image we created of them.
12. Steampunk love can fly
When you see all kinds of wheels that are arranged to look like a mechanism, you can classify them as steampunk. The latter is a style applicable in decor, fashion and many more. This lady adapted it for her heart and wings tattoo. The wings are clearly provided with feathers, but they aren’t the light kind. They put the heart’s wheels in motion and that’s what matters.
11. Patched up heart
Although colorful and seemingly happy, this is a patched heart. Broken in at least 7 pieces, this girl’s heart is now all patched up. I can decipher a few elements like pet paws, stars and tiny hearts. They most definitely signify something for the person who drew them. This tattoo brings a nice and personal approach.
10. The power of simplicity
I’m not sure if this simple, red heart tattoo would’ve had an impact on me if it wasn’t for the red dress and the red nails. They all match, bringing out the white of her skin, but, in fact, they represent simplicity. Simple love is so passionate, that it is surrounded by red! Red is definitely her favorite color!
9. The love for pizza
This pizza tattoo couldn’t be left out! I think it’s amusing how people love pizza so much that they decide to ink it in their skin. I love pizza too, but I wouldn’t go as far as tattooing it on my body. These days, pizza and wifi are common replacements of real human interaction and human affection. I must admit the crust of this heart pizza looks so crunchy that I have to order one. Asap!
8. Royal sufferings in a blood sea
The golden elements from this tattoo make me think of royalty. The uniforms of royal men are often blue and decorated with golden pieces. On the other hand, the red part of this heart looks like a writhing sea dripping through the golden decorations. I believe there’s a lot of anger expressed in this particular design.
7. Loveable insides revealed
What looks like a pinup girl, could be much more! She isn’t wearing any clothes except stockings and a pair of red heels. However, she reveals her insides, forming a heart with her skin. Not at all gory, this successfully inked tattoo shows us this girl’s bone structure. Is it because she is fragile even though she looks so confident? That’s just one way to look at it.
6. Protection from the worst
Sacrifice for the greater good! This whole tattoo is about putting up with one, deep pain and protecting from other, probably worst stabbings. The daggers are used as symbols, representing all the things that could penetrate one’s heart. The irony is that the umbrella that keeps the daggers away is the one piercing the heart, going through its middle and getting out on the other side.
5. Adapting to new times
The standard, 52-card deck doesn’t include this design. It is obviously an adaptation of the classical design to the anatomically correct one. I can’t imagine how the other cards would look like adapted to their improved versions! I can, however, appreciate the originality and the shadow play on this one!
4. A heart that wants no more
I must admit that this tattoo doesn’t send a positive message. Simply put, it is a heart that hung itself with a rope tied to a tree. By the looks of this gnarled tree, we can conclude that it didn’t have an easy life. Maybe the person who chose this design wanted to figuratively kill one part of him or her. To new beginnings!
3. Hypnotizing mandala heart
Visually appealing, this mandala heart tattoo is more than beautiful! Can you tell how the chosen colors shine like there is something real attached to her skin? Wonderful work and a very interesting idea as well! As you might already know, mandala represents the universe in the Indian tradition.
2. Unzipping the way to her heart
This woman might think that locks and keys are too old fashion, so she switched to zippers. Joke aside, from what I’ve seen so far, this tattoo is unique! It might not be placed where the heart really is, but it is extremely detailed and anatomically correct. She was really brave when she picked this design!
1. Body and soul united
Believed to accommodate one’s soul, the heart is also the place where two souls can meet. This tattoo is the proof that the heart can connect two people’s souls and bodies at the same time. Celebrating the union between body and soul, this drawing is full of positive connotations.
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