Trying to decide which tattoo you want to get can be very stressful. I know that when I was considering my first tattoo, I had about ten different ideas that seemed great, but weren’t perfect enough, or “me,” to commit.
Eventually I got something I was happy with, but now that I’m starting to save up some money for my next tattoo, I feel indecision creeping up on me again.
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One type of tattoo that I have always liked is the word tattoo.
One word tattoos can make a big statement, or mean something really deep and important, especially if it really captures your personality or being.
That said, coming up with a word that is original and personal enough to put on your body can be a long process, so I recommend that you take a few months to brainstorm a few ideas before settling on one.
It can be easy to want to get a tattoo of a word you see everywhere online, just like it seems like a good idea to get a butterfly or infinity loop just because everyone has one, but finding that perfect word to get tattooed on your body is what will make it go from ordinary to totally yours.
And trust me when I say it’s better to wait a year to find that special word than to get too excited and do something tomorrow.
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Being the big book nerd that I am, a great place to start when searching for the perfect word (or quote) for your next tattoo is your favorite book (or movie or song if that’s your thing).
Books and songs are great because they can have totally unique words that only mean something to you (and the person who wrote them, of course).
Another thing to remember to find the perfect word for your next tattoo is that it doesn’t have to be in English, or any language you speak. (although it’s helpful to know what your tattoo means before you get inked).
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There are so many words in other languages that evoke a feeling or describe a situation that it could take a paragraph to explain in English, which, in my opinion, may be more special than choosing any one word.
And if that doesn’t make a meaningful statement or compliment your complex personality, nothing will.
Also, whatever word you choose, English or otherwise, it makes a great conversation piece and will probably be one of the most memorable tattoos you get.
To help you get started, here are the best one word tattoo ideas to inspire your next ink.
under the arm on the ribs.
something sweet and simple on your wrist.
to remind you who to trust… and who not.
both feminine and powerful.
to remind you where you stand.
a simple way to show how you choose to live your life.
for when you feel bad.
to remember what you’re working for.
in moments of doubt.
to help push you in the right direction.
to remind you that there is always a bright side.
to remind you of the kind of love you deserve.
it’s okay to say “no”.
to remind you to be grateful for the things in your life.
for when you need it most.
to give you courage.
beautiful (in Italian)..
Portuguese word meaning “a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia.”
This tattoo is perfect for all you self-aware people who want a reminder of what’s most important.
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Good things happen when you believe, so why not get tattooed where you can see it every day?
A “live” tattoo right on your ribs? very deep.
22. the espoir
This tattoo means “hope” in French, which is super romantic and super mysterious.
What I like the most about this tattoo is that your dreams are almost always crazy and exaggerated, so your word tattoo should be the same, right?
This tattoo is delicate and straight to the point, and is perfect for anyone who always has a smile on their face.
At first glance, it looks like it’s just a rose tattoo with a fancy stem, but it really says “beautiful”, which is really beautiful.
Whether your soul is the most important thing to you or you just want a little more soul in your daily life, this tattoo is for you.
Of course, everyone knows that ohana means family, thanks to lilo and stitch, but it’s still important to remember.
Do you love to travel or would you like to travel the world right now? then this is your next tattoo.
It’s important to have courage, but sometimes, we could use a little reminder when times get tough.
If you’re a yoga aficionado or just need some balance and a calm word, a “namaste” tattoo is perfect for you.
People are brave for many different reasons, and sometimes you just need the word on your body to remind you when you’re not feeling so brave.
if ohana isn’t your thing, then this “family” tattoo will be. Also, you can make the cursive font flow into a heart to make it more special.
being tough means being able to get back up after being knocked down, so if you’re a tough guy, this should be your next ink.
we’re all a little weird or quirky, so why not let the world know you’re not afraid to be yourself?
If you’re always looking for adventure, whether through travel or life experiences, this is perfect for you.
to remind us that we all are.
know your worth.
makes all the difference.
40. your name
the most important word of all.
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emily ratay is a full time writer living in pittsburgh.