No matter how many times we say it, it’s still true and terrible: love hurts. If only heartbreak could hit you like a falling cinder block or cut off of a toe or snap a small bone in two, then things might be easier.
The fact of the matter is that it will never be that simple.
We all cope with heartbreak—whether it be romantic, the death of a family member, the betrayal of a friend, or the loss of your dog—in different ways. Some of us drown our sorrows in whiskey, others find solace in the grease of hamburgers and pizza. But if you’re looking for something that will immortalize your feelings and even give you some physical pain to distract you from the hurt, a crying heart tattoo might just be the best thing for you.
The design was created and popularized by the grandfather of Los Angeles tattoo artistry: Bert Grimm. When you think of the style of 20th century tattoos, you’re likely thinking of Bert Grimm. He was the first to implement bold, thick lines with his ink so that his images would remain for decades.
A crying heart is not only a tribute to the loss you’ve endured, it’s also a callback to the history of tattooing and praise of all the ink that came before you.