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Family Tattoos

Family tattoos are a great way to show one’s sense of pride and love for their family whether choosing them to honor their family history or perhaps a specific family member. There are a number of different family tattoo designs to choose from when considering these types of tattoos. Some relatives get tattoo designs that were created by the family in order to honor their family name and to show the strength of their bond. Sometimes, family members will have these tattoos will be placed on the same area of the body; but most often, each chooses a different placement for their tattoo thus showing their individuality. Other family tattoo designs represent the lineage of the family as others are chosen as memorials or celebrations of new life.

Family Tree Tattoos
Tattoos that represent family trees will generally consist of images of strong, thick trees with numerous intertwining branches. The tips of these branches are generally etched with the names or initials of each family member. Family tree tattoos often contain lots of details and, therefore, need a larger area of the body to be placed on. Some of the best areas for family tree tattoos include one’s back, shoulder, stomach, legs and arms.

Family Crest Tattoos
A family crest is an artistic symbol of a family’s heritage and is a wonderful way to show pride in one’s family name. These designs are commonly confused with the “coat of arms,” but the crest is actually only one element of such design. The crest is placed at the top of the coat of arms design, and often depicts a regal animal or a mythical god. If a family does not already have a crest design, they can research their surname to find out what it means in order to start creating their own family’s crest.

Symbols for Family Tattoos
There are many intriguing and interesting symbols that represent the word “family”—many of which are Chinese and Japanese designs. With numerous symbols representing different aspects of each relationship within the family, it may be difficult to choose only one design. Symbols for family tattoos often represent the bond between a parent and child, the relationship between siblings, or they may represent the family as a whole. Family tattoo symbols are typically drawn on a smaller scale, making them very easy to place just about anywhere on the body. Common placements for such tattoos include wrist, arm, ankle, neck, shoulder and lower back areas.

Family Name Tattoos
Tattoos consisting of a family’s last name in script or intricate lettering can be a great way of depicting a family tattoo. These “family name tattoos” can be used in combination with other images to symbolize one’s family but can also make quite a statement and be very striking when used by themselves.

Portraits of Family Members
Portraits of family members are often done as celebrations of life for the birth of a child or as a way to pay tribute to a lost loved one, such as a parent, grandparent or a sibling. Banners with the person’s name, birth dates, death dates, and flowers may also accompany these designs.

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