Meaningful tattoos don't necessary need to be big, they can be delicate and cute and mean as much as a big piece. meaning ornament linework

8 Small Tattoos That Mean Big Things

Not all tattoos have to be meaningful, not all meaningful tattoos have to be big to prove things. Here are small tattoos with big meanings.

Xavier in Tattoo Ideas

With that said, pretty much any tattoo can mean something. Somebody can just get a geometric underboob tattoo and say that it's dedicated to their mother. Let's not judge. 

What's beautiful about tattoos is they really don't have to always mean something. It's fine if you got them for ornamental purposes. Even our ancestors got tattoos for what they see as trendy back then. But when somebody gets a micro tattoo on the finger or the wrist, it's easily dismissed as a “trend tattoo.”

I know we joke about these kinds of things all the time but let's turn the goof mode off for this short list of some of the most popular meaningful tattoos that can't be detached from their deep meanings anyone can relate their life experiences and beliefs to.

1. Three Dots meaningful tattoos

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Artist unknown. #geometric #dots #dotwork

The three dot meaningful tattoos used to immediately mean Latino roots and crime record but these days, it often just stands for “Mi vida loca” or “My crazy life”.

2. Cross meaningful tattoos

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Artist unknown. #cross #linework #invertedcross

Often regarded as a very Christian symbol for obvious reasons but beware on the placement if you're not comfortable with the inverted cross. Although the inverted cross meaningful tattoos aren't necessarily “anti-Christ” as some will have you believe, they mean a slightly different thing that's still associated with the Christian doctrine. We'll have time to talk about that in a later post.

3. Unalome meaningful tattoos

@danieldelaguardia/Instagram unalome arcanesymbol
@danieldelaguardia/Instagram #unalome #arcanesymbol

The unalome meaningful tattoos have a beautiful arcane symbol representing enlightenment. The zigzagging spirals signify the wandering we do in life and the things we go through whilst the straight path towards the top means reaching enlightenment.

4. Ohm meaningful tattoos

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themarkedgirl/Tumblr #ohm

The ohm meaningful tattoos are another highly regarded spiritual symbol directly associated with the Hindu faith. What's beautiful about the ohm or the aum meaningful tattoos is the way something so short can mean something big. Pretty much the point of this whole post.

The ohm sound is supposed to represent a triad of things; the earth, the atmosphere and heaven, the three prominent gods of Hinduism, and their three most significant teachings. According to the Mandukya Upanishad, “The past, the present, and the future, all that was, all that is, all that will be is om. Likewise, all else that may exist beyond the bounds of time, that too is om.”

5. G>^V meaningful tattoos

Nick Jonas/Instagram meaningful christian god minimalism
Nick Jonas/Instagram #meaningful #christian #god #minimalism

The minimalist Christian statement tattoo simply means, "God is greater than the highs and lows." These meaningful tattoos can be a powerful reminder to any monotheist, especially the Christians, to remind them of who holds the greatest power.

6. Wave meaningful tattoos

Pictured, Emmanuelle wave linework
Pictured, Emmanuelle #wave #linework

The wave meaningful tattoos are one of the strongest, most powerful, natural forces on earth. They've been known to swallow sailors as well as get them to their destinations. You may go against the currents but you'll always get carried away by the waves. People who get wave tattoos strongly believe in making the most out of it and riding these waves instead.

7. Semicolon meaningful tattoos

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Tyler Knott/Tumblr #semicolon

Semicolon meaningful tattoos are often used as means of pause in sentences, indicating the following statement(s) to come. The same way with the semicolon tattoo, it's meant to signify the continuation of a story—a pause since everybody deserves a good pause—but never a word left hanging, cut short too soon. “My story isn’t over yet, neither is yours,” writes Bleuel.

Project Semicolon's earliest roots was campaign founder, Amy Bleuel's first tattoo back when she was eighteen years old. She dedicated the tattoo to her father whom she lost from suicide. That's what inspired the young teen to reach out to others who are going through rough times and struggling with disorders like depression which eventually leads to suicide.

8. Triquetra meaningful tattoos

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by Jasy Shin #triquetra

The triquetra meaningful tattoos, also known as the Trinity Knot, are a Celtic and Nordic symbol with pagan roots. Some pagans believe the three interlocking parts of the triquetra symbolize the connectedness of the earth, sea and sky. Christians came to use these meaningful tattoos to illustrate the Trinity, the idea that God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all one being. The meaningful tattoos of triquetra also represent eternity.

Xavier

@Xavier

When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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