The heart is the ultimate symbol of love, and it is the ideal choice for someone who wants a tattoo. It can be used to express affection and togetherness especially if it includes the face or name of a loved one.
However, the meaning of the heart tattoo depends on the design and what, if any, symbolic objects are used with it. This is why hearts are one of the most popular tattoos; the symbolic and design versatility makes it available to a wide range of people, not just to lovers but to anyone.
Heart tattoos encompass several great designs with different meanings: the bleeding heart symbolizes great sadness, possibly the grief of lost love; the addition of a heart or sword to the heart may represent betrayal (if pierced) or symbolize courage and valor; a heart with wings is an upbeat image used to represent the joy and optimism of happy-go-lucky people; the combination of a heart and a red rose perfectly illustrates true love; and, finally, a tribal design heart might indicate well-hidden or suppressed emotions.
Heart tattoo designs are not limited to the notion of romantic love. The can be loaded with religious and spiritual beliefs, such as in the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The heart is also associated with valor; in fact, the word ‘courage’ is derived from the Latin word for heart, which is why the heart often appears in coats-of-arms, family crests, and military insignias. The heart also sometimes symbolizes are beauty, purity, and sincerity.
The different designs of a heart tattoo convey different meanings and significance, but any heart design will be memorable if it expresses something of great importance to the person who gets it. The heart really is the center of the human soul.