Memorial tattoos seek to honor and respect either an individual who has passed on or a significant event that deserves to be eternally remembered. These are extremely personal tattoos, but they’re also a source of pride for the owners. If you have a loved one that you want to honor or you want to memorialize an event, then a memorial tattoo could be the perfect tattoo design to get. These designs often have the dates of the events and will usually include any people who were involved in them. If you don’t want to get a heavily detailed memorial tattoo or you just want to keep it small, then simply putting the name of the event and the dates when it occurred will work as well. A great idea for memorial tattoos honoring an individual is to think of all of the things they loved during their lifetimes. If they loved to write or draw, incorporate some images that show that. If they were very family-oriented, then maybe add in portraits of more family members. How your memorial tattoo is designed is heavily dependent on who you are and who they were. A more common way to commemorate a loved one is receiving a portrait tattoo of that individual. The portrait can also include the name of the deceased and the dates of their birth and/or death. The dates are often placed on a banner, adding an element of significance. Some people have a tough time choosing an appropriate portrait to use, but the most important thing is to use one that you have always liked looking at and that gives you the best memories of that person. Angel wings are commonly used as a part of a memorial tattoo to signify the descent of the loved one’s soul into Heaven. The wings can be attached to a heart or other symbol, or they can just be located right outside of the person’s name. Dates of birth and death are often included in these tattoos to memorialize the spectrum of the loved one’s life and are sometimes, but not always accompanied by the name or relationship that was shared. Some people like to get tattoos of their loved ones’ handwriting as memorial tattoos. This is simply done by taking a piece of paper that they wrote on, giving it to your artist, and having them trace it onto your skin. This adds a more personal feel to the memorial tattoo and you can be sure that your design is unique. These are often tricky, though, since you want to get very meaningful words in your memorial tattoo. There are plenty of ways to design your memorial tattoo, but the key to it is to add in images that mean the most to you. For example, if you are getting a memorial tattoo for your mother, it’s up to you whether you include hearts, wings, religious designs, or anything else. Don’t feel compelled to add these things simply because you’ve seen them in other tattoo designs. In fact, people are often happier when they take the time to come up with as unique a design as possible that would mean the most to the person being memorialized.