Tattoos of Love

I wanted to share with you some of the nicer heart-and-love-themed tattoos I’ve gotten recently. For a lot of people tattoos are a way of wearing their heart on their sleeve quite literally, a way of externalizing and sharing the way they feel with the world. Some people write poetry, some people get tattooed, and I suppose in a lot of ways many people’s tattoos are poetry.

Let me start with Selena‘s wonderful little “two sparrows pinning a patchwork heart”. It’s not quite finished yet, but what you see so far is by Joey Wallace at Karmic Tattoo in McDonough, GA.

I get a lot of anatomical heart diagrams indicating where various emotions and other concepts lie. This one for example is on Jen by Anji at HPP Ink in Eugene, Oregon. I assume those are transdermals by the way (but someone correct me if I’m wrong and it’s a surface bar):

Here’s another one by Rod Graybill at Dexterity Tattoo in Lancaster, PA on IAM:she rarely flies. The heart tattoo gallery I mentioned earlier contains quite a few other variations if I recall correctly.

This next one is on IAM:girl-23 who lives in Canada but is doing the long distance relationship thing with her boyfriend in Florida… That’s never easy, and she got this postcard tattoo done by Scooter at Atomic Tattoos in Lakeland, FL while visiting him this past December.

I’ve seen Link and Zelda couples (and siblings) tattoos before, and they’re always so sweet and nerdy. This pair was done by Billy at Temptation Tattoo in Denver, CO.

Finally, a heart that’s maybe not doing quite so well. IAM:LustKill had this tortured heart done by Dan Craft at Jersey Devil in Blackwood, NJ.

As always, please don’t copy any of these designs, and I hope you’ll take the time to email me your tattoo (high res pictures please) for BME at — don’t forget to be sure to tell me the artist credit and anything else I need to know.

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Shannon Larratt is the founder of BME (1994) and its former editor and publisher. After a four year hiatus between 2008 and 2012, Shannon is back adding his commentary to ModBlog. It should be noted that any comments in these entries are the opinion of Shannon Larratt and may or may not be shared by LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

4 thoughts on “Tattoos of Love

  1. The following comments were imported from our old comment system:

    Posted on 01-20-2006 01:39:15 by Beckolyn
    Um….. maybe it is just me….. but the postcard tattoo looks like marker. It seems way to colorful to be a tattoo, and due to the color saturation it seems like it should be a fresh tattoo but there is no redness surrounding the area. I don’t know, I checked her site out and thats the only picture I saw of it. If it is legit, my apologies, I am just going by what I think it looks like on the one picture she has posted. …

    Posted on 01-20-2006 17:37:04 by randomspectator
    I love the second one, saw it on BME a while ago and just thought it was beautiful.

    Posted on 02-19-2006 10:39:06 by Cheza Marie
    actully, the postcard tattoo is real. that picture was taken a few hours after it was tattooed…. so still it’s fresh and the redness had faded.

  2. do you have or do you know and sites that have military tattoos ? Also tatoos with names and dates to put on them?

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