I occasionally get requests from others if they could use one of my drawings for a tattoo.
That is why I wanted to create a blog post dedicated to simple, meaningful tattoo ideas for anyone searching for the right tattoo design for them.
I have included with each tattoo a meaning that I often associate with it.
You are free to reinterpret the tattoos to have your own special meanings however.
Some tattoo ideas only have one design and others have two or more to choose from. I hope you enjoy them!
The tattoos included below in this blog post can only be used for personal use tattoos. Commercial use of any kind is not allowed.
Disclaimer: I am not a tattoo expert. I am just a drawing enthusiast. Please discuss with your tattoo artist in order to get your desired tattoo outcome.
Here’s a simple tattoo of a sunrise (or sunset). To me, sunrises are a reminder of a new start. A new day.
No matter what happens to me today, the sun will set and rise and a new day will come.
Lightbulbs signify ideas to me. Ideas are the beginning of everything new in one’s life.
Lightbulbs can also symbolize one’s intuition. An inner light within you that lights up paths and decisions for you to take.
3. Singing Bird
Birds flying and singing represent freedom.
The freedom to fly where you want to go and to express your heart without worrying about whether it is good enough or not.
4. Shooting Star
When we see a shooting star, we make a wish.
Getting a tattoo of a shooting star (to me) is a reminder that we are free to wish whenever we like, and to also bring you good luck so that your wishes come true at the right time for you.
I also included two versions of a shooting star tattoo below to give you options.
5. Open Door
I remember I’d sometimes get dreams of being in a maze with hundreds of doors and me getting lost trying to find which door to open.
I hope that getting this tattoo reminds you that no matter what door you choose to open, you will be okay.
What is meant for you will meet you halfway to find you and that the unknown things on the other side will come together to show you that it was all meant to be 🙂
Lightning symbolizes power, illumination, and the unpredictable. Sometimes it can be scary, sometimes exciting.
7. Self Talk
I hope that this tattoo reminds you to talk to yourself with love whenever you see it 🙂
I find that just random affirmations said aloud to yourself from time to time brings huge changes to one’s life. I hope you try it out for yourself as well!
8. Bandaid and Flowers
This is a tattoo for anyone who has been hurt before. I hope that the hurt heals with time and that good and beautiful things will enter your life in place of the hurt.
Mountains can symbolize overcoming obstacles and continuing to climb to reach new heights and perspectives.
10. Word or Quote
If you have a favorite word or quote, why not use that as a tattoo?
I also think it’s a great idea to have a loved one write a word synonymous with them and get that tattooed in their own handwriting.
Also, check out my blog post 50 Positive Short Quotes for quote ideas!
Here are two versions of a footprint you can choose from to use as a tattoo.
Footprint tattoos can symbolize the “print” you want to leave behind in this world.
It can also serve as a reminder to take things one step at a time. To not rush forward, but to instead savor each step you take in life.
Wings represent freedom. It can also symbolize angels.
I included a single wing and double wings tattoo designs, depending on which one works for you.
13. Four Leaf Clover
Here is a tattoo for anyone who wants a bit more good luck in their life 🙂
This is a tattoo for anyone who has been closing up their true self or feelings inside themselves. I hope that this drawing inspires you to open up and let things out from time to time 🙂
15. Sun and Moon
I wanted to create a tattoo of the sun and moon as one.
There are many dualities in life – We may think of them as separate, but the beauty of each one can only be fully felt because the other one exists.
This is just a fun little tattoo I made to play with the idea of reaching out to someone’s heart (or it can be your own too)
Here is a tattoo idea of butterflies with hearts as wings.
Butterflies symbolize transformation and change. You can use this tattoo to symbolize your own heart and the transformations you have gone through in life.
I also think that couples can use this tattoo to symbolize two hearts that grow through change together.
Home represents a place where we can feel safe, cozy and comfy.
I hope that for anyone who gets this tattoo, that they may feel at home in their body and with themselves.
At the end of the day, no matter where in the world we are or who we are with, we will always be with ourselves and we are our own home.
Let us make peace with ourselves so that we can feel that way with time.
Sometimes I get into an anxious state because I’m stressing over every little thing and I have to remind myself to take a step back and see things from a bigger perspective.
Imagine we are all just fish swimming in a sea of stars in the vast universe.
Whether we go with the flow or decide to swim upstream, it doesn’t really matter because we can swim however way we want. The universe is our home and the stars are our guides to help us along the way.
I hope that this tattoo reminds you that no matter who you are to become in the future, we all start off as little seedlings growing at our own pace.
To me, kites act as a reminder to go along with the wind.
I personally find the wind and breezes comforting, like mother nature is reaching out to us.
Life sometimes gets messy and confusing. I hope that this tattoo reminds you that you’ll get through these difficult times.
23. Bleeding Heart
I created this tattoo based on the Bleeding Heart flower.
There are times we get hurt or the heart just feels like crying. We become the person we are because we have been through these periods in life.
We are as beautiful as flowers because of our heart.
The crown tattoo is a reminder that you are a “king” or “queen”. A “prince” or “princess”. You are beautiful, strong, precious, regal… anything you want to be – believe it!
A tattoo of a sailboat can mean going with the flow, travel, adventure, and exploring.
Stars can symbolize many things: Wishes, guidance, support, light, hope, and faith.
To me, stars remind me of everyone who’s looking down from above at each of us, supporting and guiding us.
I included down below several different versions of stars so that you can choose one that fits your tastes.
Lions often symbolize courage and strength. I hope that this tattoo idea reminds you of your own strength and that you can overcome more than you can imagine.
28. Arrow and Heart
Show that your heart has already been taken with this tattoo idea of a heart shot with an arrow.
Flowers symbolize growth, transformation, abundance, beauty, and so many other things. Below are two simple flower tattoo ideas to try out.
Huge oak trees start out first as tiny little acorns. Oak trees represent wisdom, strength, and endurance, but they all have their roots as cute little acorns at the beginning.
I love clouds so here is a simple tattoo idea of a cloud.
Clouds are just soft-looking, puffy, beautiful and wander around in the sky. Looking up at the sky always eases my heart.
Here is a dog tattoo idea for all the dog lovers out there!
And for all the cat lovers out there, here is a simple and cute cat tattoo design.
Music means a lot to many people so here is a simple musical note tattoo idea for all the music lovers out there.
For all my celestial lovers out there, here is a cute tattoo design of a planet and stars.
36. Magic Wand
Believe in magic because magical moments do happen in one’s life 🙂
Here are some wave tattoo ideas for all you ocean lovers out there. Waves can also symbolize the ebb and flow of life.
38. Let Go
Here is a tattoo idea for anyone who needs a reminder to let go. To not hold onto things too tightly, to have some faith, let go and have fun.
Here is a tattoo of the wonderful planet we all live on and call our home: Earth 🙂
And finally, here is a tattoo to remind you that you are a cool, awesome person.
I hope this fun little tattoo helps to remind you to be a little more confident in yourself because you are amazing just the way you are.
I hope you enjoyed this little collection of tattoo ideas and was able to find some bit of inspiration for your own tattoo.
Please share in the comment section if you liked a certain tattoo idea or tag me on Instagram if you got it (@shihoriobata). I’m not too active on Instagram but I’d love to see on occasion!
I appreciate you for stopping by this blog post and I hope you have a wonderful day or night, wherever you may be 🙂