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Tattoo design symbolizing hope
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Hope, by definition, means an expectation and a desire for something that we want to happen. As we all experience life in our own unique ways, with different circumstances, our outlook towards hope is also that―different. For a majority of people who get tattoos, the first thing they look for is a deep, inspirational meaning behind the graphics. How do the designs or concepts affect them, and their lives? 'Hope' is one such tattoo idea that most of us are familiar with, and wish to have.

Although hope tattoos are usually inked with the word in it, the concept now appears to be as 'too common'. And to give your design a new twist and a fresh approach, we thought of compiling some hope tattoo ideas and designs that will get the message across with 9 wonderful concepts.

1. ANCHOR

Anchor Tattoos that Symbolize Hope

Standing the test of time, an anchor tattoo is still one of the most popular designs to get inked. Apart from being a symbol of an experienced sailor, the tattoo also represents stability, hope, safety, strength, and the necessity to hold on, no matter what comes your way. Apart from getting the anchor inked as is, you can include other elements as well like a ship, wheel, lifebuoy, shark, fish, ribbons, heart, wings, flowers, and nautical stars.

2. DREAMCATCHER

Woman with Dreamcatcher Tattoo on Back to Symbolize Hope

Dreamcatcher Tattoos that Symbolize Hope

If you're familiar with the Native American culture, then you already know what a dreamcatcher means. But for now, we'll give you a short and sweet definition anyway. A dreamcatcher is a handwoven net made with beads, shells, feathers, gemstones, and other materials. It is believed that if you hang a dreamcatcher above your bed or door, the net will catch all your nightmares so that you experience happy dreams instead.

3. FLOWERS

Flower Tattoos that Symbolize Hope

There are many flowers that symbolize hope and strength for those who get them inked on their bodies. Being versatile in its own right, these tattoos are a popular choice for men and women as they can convey a message without words. For those looking for flower tattoos that represent hope, consider choosing either Star of Bethlehem, daffodils, iris, daisies, chrysanthemums, snowdrop, hollies, or (yellow) lotus.

4. LOVE

Heart Tattoos that Symbolize Hope

Love Tattoo that Symbolizes Hope

Most commonly, heart tattoos are a symbol of love, happiness, and hope. And the four-letter word―love―has the power to either make or break any individual on the face of earth. If you are someone who believes in or hopes for a life that always brings opportunities for us to find love, then these designs are right for you. But even though we are talking about love, life, and everything else under the stars, a love tattoo is a very personal choice that holds endless meanings for the wearer. Apart from representing hope, love tattoos also depict feelings like trust, passion, devotion, and friendship.

5. QUOTES

Woman with Quote Tattoo that Symbolize Hope on Arm
Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future. ― Robert H. Schuller

For introverts or people who have a tough time expressing their feelings, there's no better way than to borrow some famous quotes as representation. Here are a few quotes we believe might just hit the mark.

"One lives in the hope of becoming a memory."
― Antonio Porchia

"Hope is a talent like any other."
― Storm Jameson

"You believe that easily which you hope for earnestly."
― Terence

"Everything that is done in the world is done by hope."
― Martin Luther King Jr.

"A whole stack of memories never equal one little hope."
― Charles M. Schulz

6. RELIGION

Religious Tattoos that Symbolize Hope
  • Jesus Tattoo that Symbolizes Hope
  • Buddha Tattoo that Symbolizes Hope
  • Lord Rama Tattoo that Symbolizes Hope
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Many of us believe in something or someone―a divine power that has the ability to control the twists and turns that occur in our lives. So, no matter which religion or deity you believe in, a tattoo design that best represents your beliefs and ideologies can truly bring you hope and strength.

7. STARS
  • Woman with Star Tattoos on Neck and Shoulder Blade to Symbolize Hope
  • Woman with Star Tattoos on Shoulder Blade to Symbolize Hope
  • Women with Star Tattoos on Arm to Symbolize Hope
  • Woman with Star Tattoos on Neck and Shoulder Blade to Symbolize Hope
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There are a ton of star tattoos you can choose from that come in different sizes, designs, colors, and concepts. Whether you wish to get a single star, shooting stars, or a cluster of stars, you can easily find thousands of designs to inspire you. With the message of hope, ambition, luck, and success, stars too are quite popular among both the sexes.

8. SWALLOW

Man with Swallow Tattoo that Symbolize Hope on Arm

Swallows have forever been associated with sailors as they would see these birds and know instantly that they are close to land. This gave the sailors hope that no matter where they sailed off to, there is always a home to return to. On the other hand, in ancient Greek mythology, this bird was believed to be capable of carrying the souls of the dead to the underworld. Of course, there are both negative and positive meanings associated with this bird. How the meanings are interpreted and accepted will depend on your outlook on life. Apart from swallows, doves too represent hope.

9. RIBBONS OF HOPE

Hope Tattoo Designs

Last, but certainly not the least, the word 'hope' with ribbons make for a wonderful tattoo. As most of you will already be aware of, these tattoos are quite popular in the cancer community. With relatives and friends of people who are affected by the disease, the ribbons in specific colors become their silent words of prayers for the ones they love.

Perhaps it's the artwork that appeals to you or the meaning that goes beyond the basic graphic, so every tattoo has a story to tell. What is yours?