Tattoos inked in remembrance of a dear one who has departed for his/her heavenly abode have been in practice for long. Referred to as RIP tattoos or rest in peace tattoos, the carvings on body parts are done as a mark of respect or to show how much the individual, who is no more, is missed. RIP tattoos are of various designs and patterns. People like to add a personal touch in them as they are very special and close to their heart. Some keep it simple and somber while some go for colorful ones. Dates, prayers and names can be also seen inked as part of the design.
At times, funny elements and cartoons are added to tone down the sadness factor. Nevertheless, a RIP tattoo remains close to the wearer regardless of the form it has. The tattoo is a way of strengthening the emotional connect with the soul resting in peace. Do you want to pay your tribute to someone? Are you one of those missing a dear soul and want to express your love through a RIP tattoo? If your reply is in affirmative, we can help you. Here we have created an interesting gallery of 40 RIP tattoo designs. Take a look.
A touching message worn by a boyfriend in loving memory of his girlfriend.
Angel wings, heart and flower blend together to come up as a RIP tattoo carved on upper back in memory of dear mum.
A somber, black and white tattoo with angel wings for a dear one.
A bald eagle about to rest on a branch symbolises the desire of the wearer that the departed may also find rest.
A tattered ribbon with name wrapped around the holy cross stands for the pain that has broken the wearer.
A sentimental prayer by a grandson worn as a tattoo for the peace of his grandfather’s soul.
Sweet, simple tattoo with name and life time of sister inked on forearm along with a heart shape.
The wearer remembers the death anniversary of her mother through this roman number tattoo carved on arm.
A skull sitting inside a rose with wings around has the birth and death dates inked below along with name.
A black and white portrait of Justin carved on back in his loving memory.
Decent and soothing tattoo with flowers and doves carved on hand in memory of nan.
An elegant butterfly with life time on a scroll expresses the love of a son for his mother.
A tattoo in loving memory of the famous guitarist worn by his fan in black and white.
A large black and white tattoo carved on back with an emotional line conveys the bond the brothers shared.
Affectionate and peaceful faces of Christ and Mary with angel wings inked on back in loving memory of mother.
Heart touching message inked on leg expresses the loss and longing the wearer feels.
Scary and mystic, the tattoo with skull and flowers conveys the mystery of life after death.
A sober tattoo for mom signifying that she will live in her child’s heart forever and always.
A RIP tattoo carved by a fan for the Graffiti artist who died in a car accident.
A rib tattoo for Jessica carved in black with angel wings.
The lady expresses her love for her father with this beautiful rose tattoo having life time inked on upper back.
Cool tattoo with a skull face worn by an admirer on his forearm in memory of his hero.
Bright orange lily resting on foot is symbolic of the favorite flower of the person who is no more.
Red heart embossed on black cross framed by wings for the peaceful soul of mother.
Cute, elegant tattoo with flowers of three colors worn for the peace of children’s souls.
A flying angel with folded hands carved on chest prays for the peace of the departed soul.
This fan of Michael Jackson prays for the peace of his soul through a portrait tattoo.
A sweet, colorful portrait of father painted as a memorial on chest.
A sash with name of the dead adorns the holy cross symbolising the power of prayers in bringing peace.
Name initials and RIP spread around the corners of the cross worn for the peace of the departed soul.
A simple and sad-looking RIP tattoo for granny carved on arm.
A bright and radiant tattoo for Ronnie James Dio with his famous hand symbol.
A sweet and innocent angel playing a mandolin sings tunes for the peace of Dorothy’s soul.
Calligraphic design marked on hand in memory of Valentino with his life time.
Cute tattoo in memory of a girlfriend with her shopping bag expresses how much the boyfriend misses her.
Beautiful designer tattoo with heart shapes carved on arm conveys love and affection.
A rising sun with a cross and tombstone symbolise the new beginning of life after death.
The son’s strong love for his father finds a way through this poignant message inked as tattoo.
An elegant and beautiful expression of love worn with butterfly and heart shapes on back in memory of a boyfriend.
A cool message asking the soul to rest in peace and abjure all earthy desires.