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Heart Tattoo DesignsHeart tattoos, just like star tattoos, have always been popular, and we usually associate them with the old school Sailor Jerry flash type of tattooing. The heart symbol can have a lot of meanings, the most obvious one being Love...

Here’s the typical scenario:

Heart and Love TattooA couple, wanting to express undying love for one another, get matching heart tattoos with each other’s names written across the heart image, perhaps on a sort of banner. Flames or roses may be used to further embellish the heart tattoo image.

A few years later, when the couple go their separate ways, each is left with an indelible reminder – and a dilemma regarding what to do with it. Some people opt to get their heart tattoo designs filled in, to obscure the name – others opt for tattoo removal.

Still others decide that it’s part of their history, they’ll just have to live with. In any case, heart tattoos and love tattoos have been the cause of embarrassment and regret ;-)

Heart Mom Tattoo

The combination of heart tattoos and names started in the beginning of the 20th century when sailors wore red heart tattoos with the word Mom in the centre. Later, during World War II, soldiers wore heart tattoos with the name of their girlfriend or wife. In both cases they acted as a kind of lucky charm.

Besides love, the heart as a symbol has other meanings as well:

Heart TattoosWhere the actual shape of the heart symbol comes from is another matter. It doesn't really look like a human heart, more like a cow's heart (historically, people saw a lot more cow hearts than human hearts).

The heart shape as we know it probably comes from the shape of the female buttocks or breasts. It could also be a stylized depiction of two people kissing.

The heart is such a powerful and universal symbol that it’s unlikely heart tattoos will ever disappear entirely.

Heart Tattoo Designs

Nowadays, the symbol has become considerably more versatile, with less potential for embarrassment and there is a big variety of tattoo designs:

In short, heart tattoos are unusually eloquent and expressive tattoo images, which accounts for their continued popularity despite the fact that they are sometimes considered ‘cheesy’ or overly sentimental!

Janis Joplin's Heart Tattoo

The most copied heart tattoo design must be that of the late Janis Joplin. She had a small heart tattoo on her left breast, done by the famous tattoo artist Lyle Tuttle (San Francisco). In an interview in 1971 he tells that he had done that design over a 100 times since Joplin's death just that fall.

Celebrities With Heart Tattoos

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