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Italian Tattoos

Italian style tattoos have grown to become popular markers for those of Italian background or upbringing, or as a way to display one's liking of Italy's romantic language and culture. As the number of requests for these particular tattoos have increased, so have the number of Italian tattoo designs to choose from. One of the most popular types of Italian tattoo designs are Italian words or phrases inked in script-style lettering. Simple, yet graphic, Italian words and phrases allow one to say whatever they want in a way that only those familiar with the Italian language will be able to interpret. Other common Italian tattoos include those representing heritage: the Italian horn, Italian flag, trinacria, and the outline of Italy. These tattoo designs are generally inked in green, white and red (the three colors seen on Italy's national flag) and are suitable for both men and women alike.

Italian Flag Tattoos
The Italian flag is made up of three vertical rectangles all of equal size. The left rectangle is green (representing hope), the middle rectangle is white (representing faith), and the right rectangle is red (representing charity). To give more depth, definition and character to this style of tattoo, many designs display the flag as if they were blowing in the wind or draped over objects. Less obvious versions of Italian flag tattoos include compositions such hearts colored in the three stripes of the Italian flag.

Outlines of Italy
The outline of Italy is also a common tattoo design among Italians. It is another great way to declare one's Italian background and has become popular among many tattoo enthusiasts as a way to show their love of Italian culture. The outline of Italy is commonly combined with the colors of the Italian flag. Other designs pair the outline with other elements that have meaning to the wearer: crosses, banners baring names or dates, military dog tags, and flowers to name a few.

Italian Horn Tattoos
Italian horns, referred to as “Cornos” meaning “horns" or “Corncellos” meaning “little horns,” were worn as amulets for protection in ancient times. Traditionally worn by men, they were believed to ward off evil. Corno tattoos can be easily customized by wrapping Italian colored banners around the cornos, placing crowns on top, or drawn as pendants on tattooed necklaces or ankle bracelets. These Italian tattoo designs have grown to be popular among both men and women.

Trinacria Italian Tattoos
Trinacria is an Italian symbol consisting of a gorgon's head with hair made up of snakes that are holding ears of wheat, coming off from the head are thee legs bent at the knee, equal distances apart. A gorgon is a mythological personality described as a terrible creature that is in part, made up of the three daughters of the gods of the sea. This symbol, drawn up with strong man’s legs was popular with Spartan warriors because it represented power or force. The Romans referred to trinacria as trinacrium, meaning star with three points, its triangular shape represents the three capes of Sicily. Sicilians most commonly wear this Italian style tattoo.

Italian Script tattoos
Italian script tattoos have become popular among such celebrities as Lindsay Lohan, who has “La Bella Vita” meaning “the beautiful life” inscribed on her lower back and Hayden Panetierre, who has “Vivere Senza Rimipianti” which was intended to translate as “to live without regrets” tattooed down the left side of her torso. Unfortunately for Hayden, she didn’t do her research and her beautiful Italian tattoo is slightly misspelled! One extra “i” in rimpianti has changed the word "regrets" to "regretted"—a good lesson to others to do plenty of research prior to getting this style of tattoo.

Here are some of the most common word and phrases chosen to be inked in the Italian language:

"Lamore e cieco" – Love is blind
"La vita e bella" - Life is beautiful
"Ti amo" – I love you
"Per sempre tua" – forever yours
"La calma e la virtu" – The calm is the virtue of the strong
"Vita mia" – My life
"Quel che non ammazza, ingress" – That which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger
"Amore" – Love
"Vita" – Life
"Verita" – Truth
"Bella" – Beauty
"Per sempre" - Forever

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