Tattoos are more than just artwork, as the following selection shows.
Behind each of these tattoos there is a story. A tribute that someone wants to immortalize in ink. An experience, a feeling... The symbolism varies from one person to the other.
Here are 20 photos of particularly touching tattoos.
1. Unconditional love
2. Because his fiancé is the sunshine of his life
4. For their baby, who passed away
5. For her dearly departed mom
6. The sound recording of their grandma's last voicemail
7. Stunningly accurate
8. They'd been planning to have this done for a long time
9. Uniting in the battle against breast cancer
10. The other half of the ticket is on her husband's arm
11. A scar and a bad memory covered up
12. To show that she's deaf in one ear
13. Sun and moon unite for life
14. A flag that represents their bi-national heritage
15. One bad tattoo transformed into a stunning one of her pooch
16. To represent the late arrival of her baby girl
17. To honor 10 years' of friendship
18. Just before they left to work in different countries
19. Her cat's delighted with the result
20. When you cover up a tattoo you got done with your ex