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Name Tattoos

December 8, 2022

Looking for a new idea for a tattoo? Name tattoos are one of the most beloved and popular subjects for tattoos. However, before you go through something as permanent and uncomfortable as a tattoo—it’s important to know a bit of background about name tattoos. Here’s everything to know before you get inked.

Name Tattoos

Typically, people looking for a name tattoo will get the name of someone else tattooed on their body. However, there are some people who also consider getting their own name tattooed as well. Tattooing someone else’s name is a great way to memorialize someone you love and you have a lot of options when it comes to the fonts used to memorialize this individual.

Some people will use a script font or something that is creative and beautiful, while others want to use a font that mimics their own or their loved one’s actual handwriting. Name tattoos can be part of a bigger piece that includes hearts, designs or other images, or they may be singular pieces that stand on their own.

The great thing about name tattoos is that they are relatively easy for tattoo artists to do and pieces that are common and easy to complete—making it a smart choice not only for those new to tattoos but those who want to add to their existing designs. 

Why Do People Get a Name Tattoo?

Just like with any tattoo, there are so many reasons behind getting name tattoos. One of the great things about tattoos in general is that there are so many different personal and unique meanings behind each piece.

Here are some of the most common reasons behind why people tend to get name tattoos.

To Show Love

The most common reason to get a name tattoo—to show love for someone. Chances are, you’ve seen the classic “Mom” in a heart tattoo, which has been a popular tattoo staple for decades. A lot of people will get the name of their significant other tattooed on their bodies, or they will get their spouse’s name tattooed around their finger in lieu of a wedding ring.

As a Memory

Memorial name tattoos are a very personal and common reason to get a name tattoo on your body. If someone has passed away recently or if you want to memorialize a loved one who has passed away then getting their name tattooed is a great way to do this. Many people love getting these types of name tattoos as it allows them to keep the memory of this individual with them at all times.

Has Meaning

Names can have a lot of different meanings and you don’t have to reserve name tattoos just for loved ones and spouses. There are other meanings and reasons that you can get name tattoos. Some people get them for their own personal nicknames, or nicknames of others. Another common reason to get a name tattoo is to commemorate an important person or an important time in their lives.

Where Do People Get a Name Tattoo?

There are so many personal reasons behind why people get name tattoos, and many times that is the easiest part of deciding to get a tattoo. What is often more difficult in the process is deciding where to get that tattoo.

Here are some of the most common places that people get name tattoos and the reasons behind these unique locations:

  • Over the heart. This is a great place to signify that the person is always in your heart.
  • Inner wrist. This is a popular location for small tattoos and a relatively painless place to get inked.
  • Along the foot. Many people like tattoos here not only for aesthetic reasons but because it’s easy to cover up in the workplace.
  • Forearm. A popular location for name tattoos and one that makes it easy to showcase your design loud and proud.
  • Around the pelvis. A great place for a name tattoo of a significant other and a popular place for tattoos that are meant to be personal.
  • Upper back. One of the most common places for a name tattoo and a location that can be kept private or shown off at your discretion.

Of course, one of the many great things about name tattoos is that they can be as small or as large as you like and can be placed virtually anywhere on the body.

Is it a Good Idea to Get a Name Tattoo?

Name tattoos are very popular and there are many people who love getting name tattoos, however, it is also a controversial choice. While name tattoos can show commitment, if they are names of a significant other, it’s important to realize that relationships don’t always last and removal can be painful and expensive.

There is some controversy around getting name tattoos of significant others as there are many people who believe there is a “curse” with name tattoos and that getting a loved one’s name permanently on your body could be a recipe for disaster—of course that’s just an urban legend.

Tattoo Statistics

There are some people who just know whether or not they want or will like a tattoo and there are others who need to look at the numbers first. Tattoos are very popular in the United States, with 36% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 having at least one tattoo. Approximately 72% of adults with tattoos have pieces that are typically hidden by clothing.

According to one study, approximately 17% of Americans who get tattoos regret them. The most common reason for these feelings of regret? The name of the other person. The study also found that more women tend to regret their tattoo choices in general than men do.

With this in mind, always make sure you are certain the person you want to tattoo on your body is someone you actually want to commemorate.

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