35 Creative Break Up Tattoos

jentheripper in Tattoo Ideas

"The rules of fair play doesn’t apply in love and war" said English writer John Lyly. And it is even more true when love turns into war.

Tattoo by Bradley Tompkins.
Tattoo by Bradley Tompkins.

Of course, Internet is full of these romantic tattoos, matching hearts and ‘till death tears us apart’ etc. But everything has got an end and suddenly, it is with a grater or a scalpel you wish to tear this unfortunate tattoo off your skin. But please, don’t pick such an extreme solution!
When it comes to romantic disappointment, bitter lovers have very creative and sometimes crazy humourous tattoo ideas. And as divorce parties are now trendy, why not going to the tattoo shop with your ex to get a break-up tattoo ? Here are some ideas to cope with a lost love – check out these creative break up tattoos.

"Oops": Getting rid of the name or faceYou’ve finally reached an agreement with (Mary/Oscar/pick a name) to figure out who would keep the dog and the anthology of J.R.R. Tolkien, but there is still one problem: the tattoo you got when you were so in love. If laser can’t work it out or is too expensive, there is always the classic trick of the void stamp tattooed over your ex’s name.

You did it. You inked a portrait of your ex. No problem ! A good cover-up and shazam ! You now have a badass grim reaper or Emperor Palpatine.
You did it. You inked a portrait of your ex. No problem ! A good cover-up and shazam ! You now have a badass grim reaper or Emperor Palpatine.
"Screw you" or "Shit happens" are some ways to treat this big mistake … if you don’t do it too often.
"Screw you" or "Shit happens" are some ways to treat this big mistake … if you don’t do it too often.

Bitter sweet symphony? Your feeling right now is those of a damned poet, theatrical like French can be and you wish to express your bitterness and cynicism to the whole universe.

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"Love + Pain": Or perhaps just back pain. Ouch! By the team of the Buena Vista Tattoo Club.
"Love + Pain": Or perhaps just back pain. Ouch! By the team of the Buena Vista Tattoo Club.
"heartbreaks" (translation from French): This guy has already had 3 of them scratched onto him. Tattoo by L’Andro Gynette.
"heartbreaks" (translation from French): This guy has already had 3 of them scratched onto him. Tattoo by L’Andro Gynette.
Of course, H.I.M. songs are making good break-up tattoos. By Danielle Hope.
Of course, H.I.M. songs are making good break-up tattoos. By Danielle Hope.
"Love" and "Lies": A geeky reference to the computer game "Portal"
"Love" and "Lies": A geeky reference to the computer game "Portal"
French writer Sartre would probably have added: "[And] Hell is other people".
French writer Sartre would probably have added: "[And] Hell is other people".
The classic stabbed heart tattoos: "Love kills slowly" by Exil Ink
The classic stabbed heart tattoos: "Love kills slowly" by Exil Ink
Break up tattoo
Break up tattoo
By Sarah Schor.
By Sarah Schor.
Beautiful piece by David Glantz.
Beautiful piece by David Glantz.
Break up tattoo
Break up tattoo
Simple and effective: A broken heart parting ways with the other half. By Ben at Flying Panther.
Simple and effective: A broken heart parting ways with the other half. By Ben at Flying Panther.
"Perfectly Broken": A broken heart mended with (medical?) superglue.
"Perfectly Broken": A broken heart mended with (medical?) superglue.
Another classic, "Only love can break your heart": A crying pin-up girl holding her heart, by Matt Hunt.
Another classic, "Only love can break your heart": A crying pin-up girl holding her heart, by Matt Hunt.
A dagger telling her story; this girl has been (back)stabbed so many times she's given up…
A dagger telling her story; this girl has been (back)stabbed so many times she's given up…
"Love don't live here anymore": Perhaps it has moved to Houston? Or maybe it's a reference to a song from 1978 by "Rose Royce"
"Love don't live here anymore": Perhaps it has moved to Houston? Or maybe it's a reference to a song from 1978 by "Rose Royce"
"Trust no one": A tragic statement from a broken heart.
"Trust no one": A tragic statement from a broken heart.

Live Free or Die HardDestroying his or her whole wardrobe with a razor was not enough. You want to scream your revenge on romantic flicks to the face of the world and show that you are better without love. Nothing like a good badass tattoo.

"Our love is dead" : Flash tattoo art by Quyen Dinh on Etsy, and what a hilarious idea too.
"Our love is dead" : Flash tattoo art by Quyen Dinh on Etsy, and what a hilarious idea too.
"Break this one bitch": A brick heart.
"Break this one bitch": A brick heart.
"Goodbye to Romance" by Nicoz Balboa. No need to be freaky, sometimes romance is not necessary to be happy: Just get a friend with benefits…
"Goodbye to Romance" by Nicoz Balboa. No need to be freaky, sometimes romance is not necessary to be happy: Just get a friend with benefits…
Hilarious vacuum cleaner with the words: "You suck". Tattoo by Matt Stebly. Instant WTF crush on this one. Complaining about a bad ex-housewife or referring to blow job? You decide…
Hilarious vacuum cleaner with the words: "You suck". Tattoo by Matt Stebly. Instant WTF crush on this one. Complaining about a bad ex-housewife or referring to blow job? You decide…
"I'll cut a bitch". The ultimate psychopath tattoo. Oh wait, you are a hairdresser ? By Jeremy Miller.
"I'll cut a bitch". The ultimate psychopath tattoo. Oh wait, you are a hairdresser ? By Jeremy Miller.
Sometimes men are pigs. Or this client just likes bacon with a top hat and whisky. By Giovanni at Black Heart Tattoo.
Sometimes men are pigs. Or this client just likes bacon with a top hat and whisky. By Giovanni at Black Heart Tattoo.
The next person messing with your heart will meet these fists. By Clint Lasher, photo by Adam Brown.
The next person messing with your heart will meet these fists. By Clint Lasher, photo by Adam Brown.
Weapons of love.
Weapons of love.

Classic "Fuck Love" tattoos

By Miguel at Body and Soul.
By Miguel at Body and Soul.
By Karl Frey.
By Karl Frey.
By Adrian Edek. Nice neotrad piece.
By Adrian Edek. Nice neotrad piece.
Or maybe no need to be poetic? Just put baby in the trashcan. By Johnny Jinx.
Or maybe no need to be poetic? Just put baby in the trashcan. By Johnny Jinx.

There are plenty more fish in the seaTime is healing. There is still hope. Or at least, tattoos will make you happy!

"Survivor". Just because you are.
"Survivor". Just because you are.
"Everything’s okay": Repeat it until it sounds true.
"Everything’s okay": Repeat it until it sounds true.
"Thank you [For a knife in the heart]" (translated from French): Break-ups can sometimes be a blessing and what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. By Rafael Delalande.
"Thank you [For a knife in the heart]" (translated from French): Break-ups can sometimes be a blessing and what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. By Rafael Delalande.
"I still want to love" (translated from French) by Nicoz Balboa. Wounded but not dead ? Go ahead, life’s short.
"I still want to love" (translated from French) by Nicoz Balboa. Wounded but not dead ? Go ahead, life’s short.
And if you have grown tired with romance and heartbreaks… Well, true love needs only a plug or a battery, depending on the design! ;-)
And if you have grown tired with romance and heartbreaks… Well, true love needs only a plug or a battery, depending on the design! ;-)

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