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Updated on Nov 21, 2019. Posted on Nov 11, 2019

73 Tattoo Ideas That Are Actually Good

These are so good.

Throughout the years, we've asked the BuzzFeed Community to show us pictures of their best tattoos. Here are the coolest results.

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My tattoo artist replicated a picture I had taken out of an airplane window while flying over the Andes Mountains. That trip was so special to me, and this was the perfect way to memorialize it!

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My tattoo reminds me of my little brother who was born too early and didn't make it. It also means that we need to be more kind to each other and use our hearts more often.

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Always shooting for higher! I loved the whimsical and subtle colors this artist incorporated into my tiny tattoo.

eternallysnowy

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My mom’s kisses.

megb49

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I love Latin, and "praelia" means "bouts of strength." The semicolon for the 'I' is symbolic of my struggles with mental health that I still deal with, and every time I look at my wrist I'm reminded that I am strong, even when I'm not feeling it.

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My sister and I got matching tattoos before I moved out of state, to symbolize our love for each other!

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Wearing the color yellow around my grandpa was an inside joke between him and the grandkids. Whenever one of us would wear yellow, he would tickle us until we laughed so hard that we could barely breathe. I got this tattoo of one of the yellow sunflowers from his funeral to always be reminded of him.

marybe2nicole2

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My Mulan concept art tattoo.

bookishlee

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My homage to California. The artist is from there too, so it made it that much more special.

twilliamson01

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A reminder to trust the process. Things don't fall into place overnight.

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I got these little rainbow dots to show that I'm proud of who I am, and it makes me happy whenever I look at it.

hannahcbsat

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From East of Eden.

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Inspired by Princess Mononoke.

kaityhutch

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Celebrating David Bowie. ❤

kaelalowe80

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Done by Cody Moore at Alchemy Tattoo Collective in St. Louis.

kmyshu

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I grew up with Harry Potter. He was my hero, and I spent a lot of time escaping with him and his friends.

christopherd25

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My muses. Credit to @girlknewyork.

slydogandleo

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This is my most recent one, done on my upper arm. The drawing is a cartoon panel from Gunnm (Battle Angel Alita). The main character is one of the only fictional heroes I admire and identify with. To me, she symbolizes how women can be strong and empathic and kind all at the same time. I feel like her determined gaze in the image says it all.

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Astronauts are cool.

kendallboj

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My tattoo represents feminism and also the importance of not giving a shit. It reminds me that it's my body, and I can do what I want and love who I want.

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This is my Peter Pan tattoo. Located on my right wrist, this leads me to Neverland.

andyc46

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My black-and-white Ariel.

samanthas4d

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A simple pine tree.

sashad

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Perfect sister tattoos of the mathematical sign of congruence. We are the same blood, but different people.

addarifrancesca

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My favorite Shakespearean quote, from The Tempest. Even though in the play it has a slightly different context, I’ve always loved the idea that everything you’ve done makes up who you are, but it’s only the start; what’s yet to come is the real story.

ellyi

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My Unalome tattoo.

joannar13

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I got this tattoo in Korea about two months after I started living here. It serves as a gentle reminder for a lot of different things.

samiam817

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Small moon.

romanac

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Tiny Triforce.

fettycrocker

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This tattoo is for my grandma in Ireland. It’s a lattice flower, native to that area. She raised me and I love her.

jamesharness

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My sister and I got each other’s initials.

erinm84

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Lovebirds, in memory of my sweet grandparents.

laurels439

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Jasmine is my favorite Disney princess, so of course I had to get this.

supergoodfeelin

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A souvenir from the desert.

nicolel44

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On my ankle I have a little symbol that means "cheer up." I used to draw it on my hand to remind myself to take time for myself and to focus on my happiness.

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My little tattoo doesn’t have a specific meaning, but I always get questioned about it.

kirstyw4725

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I was living in Sydney and Hong Kong for a year, so I decided to get each of their landmarks: the Opera House in Sydney and the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong.

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My husband and I got little wheat stalk tattoos. We were inspired by something our pastor said about marriage: "Love the harvest more than you hate the hard work."

candicei

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My twin sister has the other half.

tandray

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I've always been obsessed with The Little Mermaid.

arewethereyeti

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I got this because I’m obsessed with the moon. I also love that this particular moon is in the process of transitioning and still looks beautiful. I think it's a good metaphor for life.

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My A Clockwork Orange tattoo.

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A few years ago I was going through a rough patch in college. I spontaneously decided to get a tattoo, and this was the first thing that felt right for me. It reminds me to always keep moving forward.

katieh4260

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I got my tattoo after my dad died. I read the poem I Carry Your Heart With Me (I Carry It In) by E.E. Cummings at his funeral.

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To me, these flowers represent happiness. I find myself unhappy a lot, so this is just a reminder to smile and cheer up in dark times.

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My mother, godmother, three godsisters, and I all have this tattoo on our left wrists. I absolutely love it! I feel that it bonds us all together.

jacentaa

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This was my first tattoo, which was designed after I saw Interstellar. The film had a huge impact on me, so I had "stay" in Morse code tattooed.

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I got "ok" in white ink on my ring finger, to promise myself that I’ll always be OK. I chose white specifically because it heals to look a lot like scar tissue.

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I got this tattoo for my love of the beach. I love the small pop of color.

rowans4212

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My mom, sister, and I got matching tiny triangle tattoos.

codiem2

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Home is where your heart is, and my heart is in my hometown in Michigan. No matter how far away I may go, I'll never forget where I came from.

chloem4d

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Carl and Ellie from Up.

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My No-Face tattoo from Spirited Away.

claryssa339

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My cat saved my life. I was living with a combination of depression, PTSD, and anxiety, and she came to me as a scared rescue with severe behavioral issues. I can't help but think that we rescued each other. When she died, it led me toward therapy and help. I think she was there to save me one last time.

amandas44

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J.R.R. Tolkien's drawing of Smaug from the original manuscript of The Hobbit.

meganmichaels

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I have a tiny sun tattoo on my arm. I've struggled with anxiety and depression for years, and my tattoo reminds me that no matter what happens, the sun will always come up the next day.

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I have a "J" tattooed on my wrist for the love of my life who passed away.

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Got this as a reminder to always look forward and to not let things drag you down. It means "transcend."

samanthas1995

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It's a sign in ASL which means "I love you." I've always had hearing problems growing up and was ashamed of it, but I have fond memories of signing this frequently. This tattoo is behind my right ear, which is the ear I have the most hearing loss in.

sarebasketcase

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I’ve wanted an elephant tattoo for over a decade, but I kept changing my mind on the style. Once I saw a watercolor tattoo, I knew I wanted to incorporate that look into this one. Artist: Steve Labofish.

suzefrost

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My full moon and new moon, for all the Goddesses and badass women out there.

emmaj453

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I have the invisible child from Tove Jansson's short story with the same name. Having grown up with Tales From Moominvalley, it was just a matter of time before I chose to immortalize my childhood memories.

cefroberg

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My best friend and I got matching tattoos the day before we left for college — just each other’s first initial with a heart. I have a few tattoos, but this one means the most to me.

isabellad4c12

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I have a crescent moon around a freckle on the back of my arm.

meghannerinm

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My classic/illustrated Mickey.

spearmint04

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One night in Chicago, my friend and I randomly decided to get matching tattoos.

meaganw4b

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This heart was taken from a letter that my sister once wrote. She passed away in 2012. It's a daily reminder that we’re always together.

ardrew

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This one is my Star Wars–inspired tattoo. I'm a huge fan, and R2-D2 is my favorite character.

siestaz

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My mom always called me "bunny," and one year on my birthday card she drew this bunny. I immediately knew I wanted it as a tattoo. It's my favorite tattoo because of how dainty it is, but also because of how significant it is to me.

laurenm436

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I absolutely love Harry Potter, but I wanted to add a musical element. The "M" has a small eighth rest that's drawn in, so the tattoo means “rest in the light.”

bethanyb4e5

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My tiny musical note is a simple way to show my love of music. It was also my first tattoo.

shannonwarn

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A "Chip on my shoulder," inspired by Beauty and the Beast.

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I lost my best friend of 10 years. Her favorite place in the world was in Montana, specifically the Crazy Mountains. I chose to get this tattoo of her favorite range to represent how peaceful and free she felt in the mountains. I miss her so much, and I will always carry this reminder of her beautiful life with me.

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