41 Powerful Stories Behind Seemingly Ordinary Tattoos

So we decided recently to ask our readers about their tattoos, and more precisely the stories behind them. Because anyone can rock up at the tattoo parlor and get their name done in Mandarin script, or stamp a tribal on their arm in a lame attempt to draw attention to their scrawny biceps.

These tattoos are different, they are meaningful in ways that are deeply touching. From loving memories of departed family members, to reminders of past struggles and the recovery from things like addiction and depression, this list compiled by Bored Panda will inspire and move you, and perhaps make you reconsider that that rainbow pooping unicorn you were considering getting on your ankle.

Scroll down to check out the list below, and don’t forget to upvote your faves!