Hearts are a popular theme in tattoos of all shapes and sizes. Traditionally, hearts symbolize love, affection and fondness. Heart tattoos paired with a banner and a name can be used to honor a loved one, friend or family member. Many people choose to incorporate hearts into tattoo designs of their children or significant other. A heart tattoo with wings may symbolize love for a loved one who passed away. Sometimes, heart and wing tattoos include a halo above the heart. Other heart tattoos incorporate a lock and key into the design, to mimic the saying "key to your heart." In some heart tattoo designs, a favorite quote is written in the shape of a heart. A rose stem could be drawn in the shape of a heart for a tattoo that symbolizes love.
Some heart tattoos are anatomically correct. These tattoos require a large amount of detail, shading and texture. Anatomically correct heart tattoos can be very impressive. Some people decide to include heart designs on a tattoo sleeve as in the saying, "Wearing my heart on my sleeve." An anatomically correct heart tattoo could be a great idea for someone looking for a tattoo that relates to a health profession such as nursing or phlebotomy. Another unique heart tattoo idea is pairing a treble clef and bass clef to form a heart for a music lover. Heart tattoos are very versatile designs and can be used in countless circumstances. Broken heart tattoos are also common and symbolize heartbreak, relationship breakups and loss of life:
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