6 Meaningful Foreign Language Tattoos That Will Make You Want To Get Inked

Tattoos symbolize something that is near to a person’s heart. Here are six stories of people who decided to get inked in another language.

As commitments go, tattoos are a pretty big one. People tend to choose things that have a deep connection to their identity or their cultural heritage. We asked six people what foreign language tattoos they have, and why they decided to get it. As you’ll see, people don’t always pick the languages you might expect.

Six Foreign Language Tattoos And Their Stories

Foreign Language Tattoos — Yiddish
I decided to get “oy vey” on my forearm for many reasons, one being the fact that I say this Yiddish phrase quite frequently, and also due to my Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. My mom’s mother is probably where I got most of my Yiddish from, and I hold those few words and phrases from my culture very dear to me. Also, just as a fun fact, I got this tattoo about a week before the 2016 presidential election. Whoops. 😂

Foreign Language Tattoos — Oy Vey

Foreign Language Tattoos — Gaelic
I got it while I was living in Manchester, England. I chose the phrase because I have been through some experiences that seemed to want to break me, and each time I only ended up stronger. I chose the language as a nod to my 100 percent Irish heritage. Having these words in Gaelic on my arm feels like a permanent link to my ancestors.

Foreign Language Tattoos — Strong In The Broken Places

Foreign Language Tattoos — Old Norse Runes
My partner and I got these Nordic runes that would put the fear into one’s enemy because that was the most romantic thing we could think of 😭.

Foreign Language Tattoos — To Put Fear In One's Enemy

Foreign Language Tattoos — Malagasy
I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar and after my service ended I got the Malagasy word “sambatra,” meaning happy or blessed, on my forearm. It’s a daily reminder, not only of the life-changing experiences I had on the “red island,” but also of the fact that I am, in many ways, so very blessed.

Foreign Language Tattoos — Blessed

Foreign Language Tattoos — Binary
It’s my birthday in binary (May 19, 1996) because I’m a big ol’ nerd.

Foreign Language Tattoos — Birthday

Foreign Language Tattoos — French
So I got the tattoo this February, right out of the blue, but I was thinking about getting a tattoo for the past year. I chose this word, which is heart in French, because I’ve never really experienced romantic love. It’s kinda weird because with the past few guys I’ve dated, I always ended things after a bit because I just never felt that emotionally invested in them. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve broken a few hearts along the way. Weird thing is, I want to experience it so badly, I’ve just never felt the spark, but I want to so badly. This tattoo is not a reminder of lovey-dovey relationships that people would assume that I have experienced; it’s a reminder of what may or may not even come my way. Also I speak French so it’s not as obnoxious as you think.

Foreign Language Tattoos — Heart

Have these foreign language tattoos inspired you to get inked yourself?

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