When we see a tattoo on someone, one of the first things we consider and ask is "what does it mean?" or "Why that design?"

The person with the tattoo will probably tell you the deeper meaning behind the design, but the meaning of the tattoo goes far beyond what the tattoo itself is. Moreover, the real motivations for that person to have chosen precisely that tattoo, not even she knows them. And this is the starting point to understand the meaning that a tattoo reveals about. But not only the design but the place where you have it made say different things.

The placement of the tattoo is just as important, if not more than the design itself.

Each tattoo placement carries a significantly different meaning.

People often tell you to be careful what you get tattooed on, but rarely do they warn you about the importance of tattoo placement. Tattoo placement can tell you a lot about a person. Tattoo placement shouldn't be a random choice - read on to see why, and if you know someone who is thinking about getting a tattoo, be sure to share this guide with them.

1. Meaning of Tattoos on the Rib

    The rib cage is a less common, but increasingly popular location for a tattoo. It is a sometimes sensitive area, showing that the person acting as the canvas is strong, resilient, and courageous.

    If a person chooses to get a rib tattoo, it shows that they have a lot of confidence in their bodies as it is a place where a lot of skin is needed to be able to see it.

    Due to the size of the area, these tattoos are often larger and more complex, showing the depth of the person wearing it.

    tiny animal rib tattoo

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    2. Meaning of Tattoos on the Fingers

      Finger tattoos are rare for several reasons, some cultural, some practical. Tattoos of this position are often used only by the most hardened tattoo artists. They are typically unique and are becoming more and more common. Many avoid hand, forearm, neck, and face tattoos because they can have implications for their professional lives. But many professions no longer care about visible tattoos; something that has really started to change in the last decade or so. Finger tattoos usually indicate a very concise person. Words are often written on fingers, obviously four or fewer letters, making the messages they send potentially huge.

      heart finger tattoo

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      3. Meaning of Tattoo on the Calves

        Calf tattoos tend to be a bit more common among men than women, but among women it is definitely catching on. Calf tattoos are often used by the more athletic among us, as athletes usually wear shorts. Hence, the calf tattoo is easy to show off while running, shooting some hoops or playing tennis.

        Calf tattoos, like those of the rib cage, have a bit more room to work with, so they can be larger, more complex, and tell a deeper story. Most of the time, people with calf tattoos are eager to show them off to you and others.

        flower tulip calf tattoo

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         4. Meaning of Tattoos on the Feet

          Almost everyone on the list so far has wanted to show off their tattoos, but those with tattoos on their feet and ankles tend to be more shy and low-key about their decisions. People with tattoos on their feet and ankles are usually more mysterious and that is reflected in the tattoo itself. Because this area is so small, these tattoos tend to be very simple, which can cause them to carry even greater meaning. Tattoos often commemorate the life and death of a loved and lost person. This area is a favorite place for introverts to get tattoos.

          flower foral foot tattoo

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           5. Meaning of Tattoos on the Arms

          The arms carry some of the most diverse meanings of any part of the body. No meaning can describe every arm tattoo. Its meaning is truly determined by its size. Someone who has a small upper arm tattoo is probably a little cautious but wild. A half sleeve shows a person who wants to show her artistic side, but still has a career and can appear "normal" to the outside world. A person with a full sleeve clearly doesn't care what the world thinks of his art. They tend to live as they choose and do not worry too much about the consequences. Confidence is your game. In any case, people with tattoos on their arms like to show off. If you ask to see them, be sure to ask them to flex as well. I'm sure they won't mind at all.

          cartoon animal arm tattoo

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           6. Meaning of Tattoos on the Wrists

          Wrist tattoos are often the most sensitive of all. Not because of the pain involved, although wrist tattoos can be very painful. But because people who are in the worst pain often feel that pain in their wrists. The wrists are where many self-injured people use art to hide scars from their past. You can never completely hide them, but you can't paint them, like you're saying 'I'm not me anymore. Wrist tattoos can be meaningful to people recovering from depression, drug use, and other deeply negative issues. They are usually the most thoughtful of all tattoos.

          line wrist tattoo


          7. Meaning of Tattoos on the Thighs

          Unlike the calves, the thighs are a bit more hidden. Tattoos in this area look a lot like people with ankle and foot tattoos, but they can be a bit more showy and want more space to work. The thighs are some of the largest surfaces for getting a tattoo, allowing them to be larger, longer, and more intricate than elsewhere. Tattoos on the thighs can also be quite sexual as they rise up the leg. Not many people end up seeing these tattoos, which gives a deeper meaning to those who are opening up to new lovers.

          flower floral thigh tattoo

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           8. Meaning of Tattoos on the Chest

          The chest tattoo, sometimes called a "chest piece," is where you will find some of the best tattoo artwork. These tattoos can incorporate other areas such as the neck, arms, ears, and the rib cage area. For someone with many tattoos in many places, the chest tattoo can connect it all and create a theme that overrides the individual meaning of each tattoo. People with chest tattoos tend to be very confident, especially when they are tattooed for women. In many cases, the chest tattoo has a romantic meaning, symbolizing someone or several people close to the heart of the artist.

          plant leaf chest tattoo

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           9. Meaning of Tattoos on the Back

          Tattoos on the back tend to be more inconspicuous as they cannot be actively seen by the artist very often. It is something important to the artist, but not so important that they need to look at it every day to appreciate it. Like the back, tattoos often symbolize the foundation of our lives.

          We don't think about breathing, but we know it is important. Walking comes naturally after a certain age, but it is important for easy physical functioning. The back tattoo is similar. It is important, it often has important meaning to the foundation of your life, but just like breathing, you don't need to think about it to make it work for you.

          People with back tattoos are often more mysterious, bolder, and less inclined to care about what anyone might think of their "tramp stamp."

          monochrome full back tattoo

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           10. Meaning of Tattoos on the Ear

          Tattoos on or behind the ears tend to be very small, very simple, and very sweet. Because the ears are responsible for hearing, many tattoo artists use this space to commemorate the music, animals, and people they appreciate. It is not uncommon to see musical notes tattooed behind a person's ears. People with tattoos behind their ears tend to be the hippiest among us, happy to express themselves freely and the decisions they have made; The things they love. They don't necessarily want to show off, but they do it through their actions and through their art as well.

          simple ear tattoo

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           11. Meaning of Tattoos on the Neck

          Tattoos on the neck can be discreet or on the face, no pun intended. A tattoo behind the neck, especially on a woman or man with long hair, can be easily hidden or displayed, depending on the mood or situation. On the front or side of the neck, it is available for all to see. People with easily seen neck tattoos tend to be the bravest of us all. The tattoos on the lower and back of the neck show that they are not afraid to make difficult decisions and cover them up if necessary. This area of the skin is sensitive, which is why neck tattoos are often painful. People with tattoo located of the neck tend to be strong, wise, and fearless.

          animal bird neck tattoo

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           12. Meaning of Tattoos on the Forearm

          Finally we have the tattoo location of forearm. Unlike the upper arm that can be hidden, tattoos on the forearm can only be covered with sleeves. People with forearm tattoos show off both their artistry and toughness. Forearms are becoming more and more favorites as they are easy to see, indicating that the tattoo artist wants to be able to really see their work and what it means. Tattoos on the forearm tend to set back and reinforce the deeper meanings of a person's life.

          fine line forearm tattoo