Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast cancer is a type of cancer that affects thousands of women all around the world. October is the official awareness month for breast cancer and we're doing our part to pain the internet pink for breast cancer awareness. There's a variety of different events and walks that build funds for breast cancer research. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women. The pink ribbon is the international symbol for breast cancer. During the month of October, millions will show their support by wearing pink to support breast cancer awareness.
The American Cancer Society releases statistics for breast cancer and the stats are shocking. In 2013, nearly 40,000 women will die from breast cancer. Even with our technological advancements and development, we still lose 40,000 women annually. One is too many, this is why breast cancer awareness is so important. The stats above are only for women from the United States. At this time, we estimate that there is nearly 3 million breast cancer survivors in America.
We want to take the time to thank everyone that supports breast cancer and thanks to those that bring awareness. Breast cancer tattoos are a permanent way to bring awareness to breast cancer. Breast cancer survivors may consider having a pink ribbon tattoo to symbolize their winning fight against cancer. As you can imagine, breast cancer tattoo designs can hold deep symbolic value to the wearer and loved ones.
Bringing Awareness To Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Tattoo Designs
Breast cancer tattoo designs can be designed in a variety of different style and variations. The pink ribbon is the international symbol for breast cancer. Pink ribbon tattoos can be tattooed alone or portrayed with other symbols and elements. The most common breast cancer tattoo is the pink ribbon alone. This type of breast cancer tattoo can be designed in several different sizes. Due to this, pink ribbon designs can be placed nearly anywhere.
Pink breast cancer ribbons can also be designed with inspirational words and other symbols. You'll see inspirational words such as hope, faith, love, and believe. The "h" and "l" in each of these four words can be designed as a pink ribbon or inked beside the word. You may have your own inspirational word or quote that you would like to add to your breast cancer tattoo design. Animals can also be portrayed with the pink ribbon. Butterflies, doves, and swallows are the more common animals found within breast cancer tattoos.
Breast cancer tattoos can also be designed with beautiful flowers. If you have a favorite flower, such as the rose or daisy, you may wish to have a breast cancer ribbon designed with the flowers. Do you have a special symbol or element that represents you? If so, you can add that symbol to your pink ribbon. Names are another popular element that is found in breast cancer tattoos. You could have your first name or last name designed with your pink ribbon.
Since breast cancer tattoos are often worn as a memorial to represent a loved one, it can be designed with symbols and elements that represent this face. You'll see pink ribbon designs with angel wings, crosses, or the halo. You may see birth dates and the date of death within the design. Remember, you could add any symbol that you want to your pink ribbon tattoo design. You may want to consider using a symbol or element that is meaningful to you.
These are just a few of the many ideas out there for breast cancer tattoo designs. Make sure that you take the time to view all this different breast cancer tattoos in this article. This will give you a general idea of what to expect when you start looking for your pink ribbon design. Plus, you can pick up tips and ideas for your own tattoo.
Breast Cancer Tattoo Meaning
Breast cancer tattoo designs can symbolize a variety of different meanings. Breast cancer tattoos often represent yourself or a loved one that has breast cancer or is battling breast cancer. These tattoo designs can also represent a breast cancer survivor also. Due to the nature of breast cancer, such designs can be extremely meaningful. Below, you can find the meanings of breast cancer tattoos.
Breast cancer tattoo designs can also represent someone close that we've lost to breast cancer. In such cases, your pink ribbon design is worn to celebrate their life, strength, and courage. It also brings awareness to breast cancer also. Breast cancer tattoo designs are very symbolic and worn proudly.
Before you get your breast cancer tattoo or any tattoo, always make sure that you research your tattoo. Make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get tattooed and find out later that it symbolizes something different from what you first thought.
Never rush to get inked! Men and women that get inked on an impulse usually have regrets about their tattoo later in life, don't make this same mistake. Take the time to view multiple tattoo designs and motifs until you're sure you found the right design for you.
Breast cancer body art is a great tattoo choice for women and men. These tattoos are very symbolic and meaningful. It's a great way to honor your own fight or the fight of a loved one. If you or a loved one has breast cancer, you know how demanding the cancer can be. The strength that it takes to overcome and manage with breast cancer is undeniable, so always wear your pink ribbon proudly.
Show Your Support For Breast Cancer
pandabear on April 05, 2014:
I have three tattoos. Two of them have breast cancer ribbons and butterflies for my aunt who survived breast cancer and my grandmother who passed from it. My third is the date in roman numerals that my grandmother passed. Breast cancer tattoos are beautiful and mine mean so much to me. This is a great article and a great way to promote breast cancer awareness.
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on October 04, 2013:
Benjamin, thanks for the comment, votes, and your time. I love these inspirational tattoos, talking about spiritual healing. It's so symbolic and breast cancer tattoos are beautiful.
Benjamin Chege on October 04, 2013:
Hi thelyricwriter. What a way to raise awareness on breast cancer. Honestly, I did not know of the existence of breast cancer tatoos. I find your work appealing, informative and important. Voted up, useful, awesome and beautiful. Nice read.
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on October 04, 2013:
Thank you all for your comments, advice, votes, shares, and time. Breast cancer tattoo designs are the type of tattoo that shows you how meaningful a tattoo can be for the wearer. Kim, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother and mother, you have all my blessings. Not only is this article for tattoo lovers and for those who are seeking the tattoo, it's also written to bring awareness to breast cancer and all the people behind the scenes trying to find a cure.
Audrey Howitt from California on October 02, 2013:
These are wonderful! Thank you--I just didn't even have a clue!
Martie Coetser from South Africa on October 02, 2013:
Beautiful and meaningful tattoos. I hope they are also available as stickers for those who don't have the courage to get a real one :)
ocfireflies from North Carolina on October 02, 2013:
My grandmother died of breast cancer. My mother has been battling breast cancer for several years. Naturally, I find this one to be more than special. Thank You. A definite V+/share.
Many Blessings to you my friend,
Faith Reaper from southern USA on October 01, 2013:
Awesome dearest lyric! Thank you for doing your part to bring awareness to breast cancer and October being breast cancer awareness month! You're the best!
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God bless you,
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 01, 2013:
Wasn't aware that there was a breast cancer tattoo. It almost makes the tattoo a worthy cause. Thank you for sharing.
Mary Craig from New York on October 01, 2013:
Like all your tattoo hubs this is very informational. The facts are very educational. Of course this one has a special meaning and I'm sure we'll be see more of these tattoos. As a testament to life they are all beautiful. Great job!
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