Tattoo Quotes for All



It has taken me quite a while to collect these tattoo quotes, but I think that some of them are downright funny, while others are so profound that you can live by them.

However you experience these quotes, I hope that you will enjoy them, and find some of them inspirational.

Please keep an eye open for my store to be opened soon. I will have T-shirts, fridge magnets and hopefully, greeting cards with tattoo designs and tattoo quotes. I am sure that you will enjoy them.

In the meanwhile, enjoy these.

Tattoo Quotes

The only difference between a tattooed person and a person who isn't tattooed is that a tattooed person doesn't care if you're tattooed or not. ~(Sign often seen in tattoo shops)

Love lasts forever, but a tattoo lasts six months longer.
~(Anon)

The human body is always treated as an image of society.
~ANTHROPOLOGIST MARY DOUGLAS

The woman must bear children and the man must be tattooed.
~Polynesian Proverb

In Galatians 6:17, Saint Paul says, "From this time onward let no one trouble me; for, as for me, I bear, branded on my body, the scars of Jesus as my Master."

The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who have tattoos, and those who are afraid of people with tattoos.
~Author Unknown

The tattoo attracts and also repels precisely because it is different.
~Margo DeMello, Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community, 2000

A tattoo is a true poetic creation, and is always more than meets the eye. As a tattoo is grounded on living skin, so its essence emotes a poignancy unique to the mortal human condition.
~V. Vale and Andrea Juno, Modern Primitives

For westerners, the tattoo has always been a metaphor of difference.
~Margo DeMello, Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community, 2000

There is no "underground" community, no dark den of drunken sailors initiating themselves into manhood via cheap, ill-conceived exercises in bodily perforation; it's just a group of people who delight in using their bodies as billboards.
~Joanne McCubrey, "Walking Art: Tattoos," Mountain Democrat Weekend magazine, 9 February 1990

Show me a man with a tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting past.
~Jack London

Women, don't get a tattoo. That butterfly looks great on your breast when you're twenty or thirty, but when you get to seventy, it stretches into a condor.
~Billy Elmer

You may lose your most valuable property through misfortune in various ways. You may lose your house, your wife and other treasures. But of your moko, you cannot be deprived except by death. It will be your ornament and companion until your last day.
~Netana Whakaari of Waimana


Ink to paper is thoughtful
Ink to flesh, hard-core.
If Shakespeare were a tattooist
We'd appreciate body art more.
~Carrie Latet

You think it, I ink it.
~Saying of tattooists

Tattoo. What a loaded word it is, rife with associations to goons, goofs, bikers, tribal warriors, carnival artists, drunken sailors and floozies.
~Jon Anderson, "Epidermal Dalis," Chicago Tribune, 6 October 1994

Inking without a plan gives Booth freedom to explore the desires of those seated in his chair, he says, to feed off their energy, allowing his clients' demons to help guide the needle.
~Joshua Lipton, about tattoo artist Paul Booth, "Bad Skin," Rolling Stone, 28 March 2002.

Beauty is skin deep. A tattoo goes all the way to the bone.
~Author Unknown

Tattooing is about personalizing the body, making it a true home and fit temple for the spirit that dwells inside it.... Tattooing therefore, is a way of keeping the spiritual and material needs of my body in balance.
~Michelle Delio

Your body is a temple, but how long can you live in the same house before you redecorate?
~Author Unknown


Tattoo the pristine flesh
What is permanent anyway?
This ink only lasts 'til the grave,
Skin and ideas decompose
That which we did compose.
~Corri Alius

Tattoos are like marriage: it's a lifelong commitment, it hurts like hell, and the color fades over time.
~The Quote Garden

When the designs are chosen with care, tattoos have a power and magic all their own. They decorate the body but they also enhance the soul.
~Michelle Delio

A genuine tattoo.... tells a story. I like stories and tattoos, no matter how well done, and if they don't tell a story that involves you emotionally, then they're just there for decoration, then they're not a valid tattoo. There has to be some emotional appeal or they're not, to my way of thinking, a real tattoo. It tells people what you are and what you believe in, so there's no mistakes.
~Leo, tattooist, 1993, quoted in Margo DeMello, Bodies of Inscription, 2000

Celebrity Tattoo Quotes

I want to get a tattoo of myself on my entire body, only two inches taller.
~Steven Wright

Sometimes I bust out and do things so permanent. Like tattoos and marriage.
~Drew Barrymore

People have asked me, what about your tattoos when you're ninety? Why would it bother me then? I would still want to get tattooed even when I'm a grandmother.
~Nicole Miller, noted fashion designer

Everybody gets the tattoo they deserve. (actor David Duchovny, who has a tattoo of a compass on his ankle, [with N, S, E, West, his daughter's name] as Fox Mulder on the X-Files, a show Thomas Lockhart worked on in the famous Tattoo episode)

Tattoos aren't meant for everybody and they're too goddamn good for some people.
~Lyle Tuttle, tattoo artist, author, and lecturer.

We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935)

For someone who likes tattoos, the most precious thing is bare skin.
~Cher

The perfect tattoo... the one I believe we are all struggling toward... is the one that turned the jackass into a zebra.
~Cliff Raven

Beauty is skin deep. A tattoo goes all the way to the bone.
~Vince Hemingson

Quirky is sexy, like scars or chipped teeth. I also like tattoos - they're rebellious.
~Jennifer Aniston

Tattoos are like stories - they're symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful.
~Pamela Anderson

I think I have enough tattoos for now. If I get any others, I'll probably do my kids initials.
~Niki Taylor

I got my first tattoo, a Playboy Bunny, because I was young, dumb and drunk...
~Anna Nicole Smith

The universality of tattooing is a curious subject for speculation.
~Captain James Cook - 1779

Death could come at any time, Angelina Jolie says. The tattoo is a strong reminder to live fully in the moment and never have regrets. (About her first tattoo of the Japanese Kanji for Death) I didn't get the tattoo for the dark reason everyone thinks.



If tattoo quotes are not really your thing, please feel free to browse my site for something that may be of more itnerest to you.

If you are looking for tattoo designs, please visit my free design gallery. You are bound to find something there that you like.

I am also currently working on adding a whole bunh of new designs from an excellent tattoo designer. I just need to format the artwork for my site, so please check back regularly to see the amazing new designs.

Till next time!