Top 101 Memorial Tattoo Ideas – [2021 Inspiration Guide]
Blissful sentimentality is serenely encapsulated within all kinds of memorial tattoos. These timeless tributes are touching emblems of a warm inner nature that exclusively focuses on forging positive connections with other people.
Nothing captures the pain of bereavement better than a memorial tattoo.
They often rely on idyllic décor to emphasize a longing for the good times instead of focusing on the end. These stirring representations of emotion are laced with vital appeal, which is derived from the appearance of sensitivity.
Memorial tattoos are frequently enhanced by the inclusion of names and dates. These savvy additions will beatifically serve as a concrete reminder of any individual at the center of this homage. These benevolent adornments can be used to remember anyone who has left your life. Common themes include lost parents, grandparents and spouses. Deceased pets may also be honored in this fashion.
Some memorial tattoos actually recognize the death of a fallen icon or idol. They can be pursued as a way to note kinship with a celebrity or hero who passes away. There are literally no limits! For a little encouragement, we have crafted this divine assembly of memorial tattoos that will serve as a catalyst for your own masterpiece:
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1. Memorial Tattoos of Pets
For many of us, pets truly are family. They go through the ups and downs of life with us, always ready to reassure us that it’s all going to be okay. Sometimes they’re the only ones we feel we can really talk to or be ourselves around, especially when the humans in our lives are being – less than supportive.
Whether it’s a forever-friend pet you’ve recently lost or your favorite childhood playmate, it’s little wonder that so many memorial tattoos are in honor of our four-legged friends. To ensure the most lifelike portrait possible, choose a tattoo artist with animal experience. Realistic fur, eyes and shaping will make your buddy look real enough to leap off your arm and play fetch!
2. Memorial Tattoo Portraits
Portraits are difficult, but when properly executed, they’re some of the most powerful tattoos around. Delicate shading, realistic proportions and poses allow this tattoo to capture not only the appearance but the personality of the subjects.
A realistic portrait is considered by many to be one of the most difficult tattoos. We’ve all seen online galleries of truly horrific portraits which make loved ones into disfigured aliens. Avoiding this is simple – do your research and find a tattoo artist with a high level of skill in photo-realist portraits. Paying extra for this skill is well worth it, as evidenced by the breathtakingly lifelike portraits above.
Pictures speak a thousand words and having a realistic photo of your loved one on your skin for life speaks even more. Be sure to choose your favorite photo – memorial tattoos based on photos can capture just about any expression and emotion, so choose a photo that brings out the best in your loved one.
3. Small & Simple Memorial Tattoos
As you can see, there’s no reason to go big and flashy with your memorial tattoos. Sometimes, a small, simple memorial says all that needs to be said. Detail counts heavily in smaller tattoos, whether it’s linework, dotwork, realism or shading. Small and simple memorials can also help to avoid potentially painful questions which a larger or more visible tattoo may elicit from well-meaning strangers.
4. Occupational & Hobby Memorial Tattoos
The realism, fine linework and artistic depth shown here demonstrate how powerful a memorial tattoo can be. Faces aren’t important here – the eternal memories of days spent in the woods are.
Did your deceased loved one have a favorite hobby or pastime? Perhaps they served proudly in the military or were dedicated to a particular occupation or sport. If so, this is a poignant way to honor them by utilizing something that brought them joy or pride in life.
This is particularly true if you (or they) believed in remembering the good times, rather than dwelling on loss. Seeing them enjoying their favorite activity or an occupation which made them proud may make it easier for you and surviving loved ones to remember them in happier times.
5. Personalized Memorial Tattoos
Proving that blackwork is an art form unto itself, this tattoo combines uber-personalization with a powerful tribute to a proud marine. A pop of blue sets this piece off beautifully.
While all memorial tattoos are personalized in a broad sense, sometimes you want to go the extra mile and add text. This might be a name, dates, a poem or message. The stereotypical “MOM” tattooed on the bicep of a tough sailor is another example of personalization – proper names are fine, but so are familiar names and nicknames, or specific imagery.
When adding text to memorial tattoos, font, size and crisp lettering are everything. In addition, try to match the style of the writing to the style of the tattoo. To use the above example, an old-school style heart in memory of mom will look best with matching Sailor Jerry-style writing. Photo-realistic portraits are complemented beautifully by classical script lettering. Work with your artist, trying out different styles until you find one which feels right.
6. Religious Memorial Tattoos
If you or your loved one counted religion or spirituality as a big part of life, commemorating them with an inspiring tattoo is a natural. Perhaps they had a favorite quote from a holy book such as the Bible, Koran or Torah. Don’t be afraid to stray from English – a quote in the original language of the book is a beautiful touch. It also makes your tattoo less of a public statement and more of a personal tribute between you and the departed.
If you favor images over words, consider adding some details. Doves, roses and crosses are gorgeous when inked as part of memorial tattoos. Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism each have a wealth of symbolism, allowing you to create a personalized memorial tattoo which symbolizes one of the most important things in your loved one’s life – their faith and the better life to which they’ve moved on.
Memorial Tattoo FAQs
Can You Get a Tattoo With Someone’s Ashes?
When it comes to memorial tattoos, ashes are about as personalized as it gets. Tattoos created with cremation ashes – referred to as ritual or commemorative tattoos – are perfectly safe and legal. To create these tattoos, a very small amount of your loved one’s ashes are mixed into the ink used in your tattoo.
Cremated remains have been heated to a temperature between 1500 and 1900 Fahrenheit. This destroys all potentially dangerous bacteria which normally live in the human body and live on after death in decaying tissue. The heat of a crematorium essentially vaporizes all soft tissue, then crushes the skeletal remains into the sandy texture we traditionally call ashes. These remains are sterile, and therefore perfectly safe for use in a tattoo. Your tattoo artist – preferably one with commemorative tattoo experience – will select the most finely ground, powder-like material to ensure smooth, quality workmanship.
Due to religious restrictions on bodily remains and sentimentality, be sure that all family members and loved ones know and approve of your choice before obtaining ashes for this purpose. If possible, ask your loved one if they approve and have them tell others that they’ve given your future tattoo their blessing. This can avoid potentially awkward and painful discussions once they’re gone.
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The Best 20 Leather Jackets for Men in 2021
With the winter months (hopefully) dwindling down, it’s time to start planning ahead to a time where we can wear thinner jackets and fewer layers. While it may be tempting to quickly shed your parka and grab for whatever piece of outerwear is nearby, don’t reach for last year’s wardrobe item just yet. Isn’t it time you try something new, like, say, a leather jacket?
Though it may seem all leather jackets are similar, there are actually many different designs and styles that work for different body types and tastes. In this article, we will take a look at the hottest leather jacket trends that have hit the market this season.
1. Ionic Black Leather Jacket
Ionic Black Leather Jacket from The Jacket Maker is an excellent choice for any guy looking for a slim and sleek jacket in a classic black finish.
It’s made with incredibly tough, yet soft, sheepskin leather, making it a great choice for guys that aren’t used to wearing leather jackets.
One of the best things about the Ionic is its streamlined look. While it offers four outside pockets, the zippers are subtle, so they don’t detract from the sleek look. This design gives it a more streamlined look than most leather jackets, without taking away from any of the authenticity.
2. Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket
There is a reason why leather jackets and bikers are usually associated with one another. Historically, many motorcycle riders have seen a leather jacket as a stylish way to protect themselves, not only from the elements but also from the possibility of a crash. While this may seem hard to believe – it’s not like leather comes with a large amount of padding, after all – leather has actually been shown to offer more protection than your average vinyl jacket or equivalent.
Maybe you’re not hopping on a motorcycle anytime soon, but you can still treat yourself to this biker-inspired Saint Laurent leather jacket. With a price tag surpassing $5,000, it’s certainly our premium pick on this list, but if you’re looking for the leather jacket of a lifetime, you have it right here. This pick is sure to come with the “for life” quality Saint Laurent is particularly known for.
3. Reiss Keith Leather Cafe Racer Jacket
Reiss is a British fashion retailer that’s been around since the 1970s. For the first 30 years of its brand history, it focused solely on men’s fashion before eventually expanding to carry items for women as well. However, the fact high-quality items for men are at the heart of this brand is very apparent through their simple wardrobe staples such as the Keith leather cafe racer jacket.
This Reiss jacket comes at a considerably lower price point than its counterparts, which makes it a pick that packs a lot of value. It’s made from super-soft leather and features a full lining. It’s the perfect choice for anybody who prefers a slim-fit jacket.
4. Dean Brown Leather Biker Jacket
Let’s be honest… A traditional racing-style biker jacket is about as cool as it gets. With the high band-style collar and heavy-duty zippers on the front of The Jacket Maker’s Dean Brown Leather Biker Jacket, you’re sure to get that badass look.
The Dean is made with 100% real cowhide leather, so it might be a little stiff at first, but it will break in and patina like none other. The Dean features three zippered pockets on the front as well as zippered cuffs, providing that authentic racing jacket-look without killing your bank account.
5. Ksubi Capital Leather Jacket
The Capital Leather Jacket from Ksubi comes in 100% authentic leather and is designed to have a biker fit. It’s heavy-duty with a protective interior quilted lining. It also features retro details such as antique zippers.
Kusbi is an Australian fashion label that’s existed since the 1990s. While the brand was originally focused on high-end denim, they’ve expanded their offerings over time to include other textiles such as leather. Items from Ksubi’s collections have been shown at such high-profile events as New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, and the company operates a flagship store in New York’s SOHO neighborhood.
6. Charcoal Navy Blue Suede Biker Jacket
Leather jackets don’t only come in black and brown. If you want something less traditional, check out this navy-blue suede jacket from The Jacket Maker.
The outer shell is made from real goatskin suede leather, and there’s a quilted polyester lining inside for added warmth. Suede has a softer feel and look than other leather types, and is ideal if you’re going for a more boho look.
This jacket boasts a total of four pockets—two inside and two outside.
7. Acne Studios Off-Centred Zipper Biker Jacket
Swedish fashion powerhouse Acne Studios is well-known for their basic wardrobe pieces, so it makes sense that they would have the classic leather jacket look on lock. We love the way this off-centered jacket packs a punch of personality with its multiple buckles and zippers, but we love even more the way that it does not compromise softness or comfort at the expense of appearance.
This jacket comes with a high-end price tag, but it has the high-end materials to match. It is made of 100% genuine lambskin and comes with an interior lining of 100% viscose. Its unique off-center zip takes its inspiration from street style.
8. Lavendard Brown Leather Biker Jacket
The Jacket Maker has something for everyone, including guys that are a bit intimidated by purchasing their first leather jacket. Not only is the Lavendard incredibly affordable, but it also has a really approachable look despite its biker moniker. With open hem cuffs and a tailored fit, it looks great with badass-inspired outfits as well as everyday wear.
The Lavendard is made of real cowhide, which means it will take on a great patina over time. But it might be a bit stiff when you first get it. The more you wear it, the faster it’ll form to your body, break-in, and soften up. The fact that it goes with so many outfits will help speed up that process.
9. Saturdays NYC Leather Harrington Jacket
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand Saturdays NYC, prepare to fall in love. As a laidback lifestyle brand, Saturdays NYC infuses its love for all things surfer culture in all of its fashion offerings. While primarily known for their loungewear, such as sweats and pullover sweaters, they also happen to make one of the best leather jackets on the market right now.
The leather Harrington jacket features a smooth design and has deep pockets for your convenience. It is made of 100% lambskin leather and features a lining made of polyester. Staying true to its brand’s carefree nature, this jacket features a more relaxed fit than many classic leather jackets.
10. Allaric Alley Mocha Leather Biker Jacket
The most distinctive thing about this biker jacket is the integrated waist belt, which helps create an edgy look. This mocha-colored jacket uses real cowhide leather on the outer shell, with a quilted viscose lining inside.
With two pockets inside and three outside, there’s no shortage of places to keep your wallet and keys.
11. Berluti Piped Venezia Leather Jacket
Unlike the other options we’ve included so far, Berluti is known less for being a fashion brand and more for being a leather maker. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the Paris-based manufacturer has been producing fine leather clothing items and accessories, from belts to bags to jackets.
Berluti’s piped Venezia leather jacket is the apex of luxury leather fashion. Made from a distinctive brown shade, this jacket line has been around since the 1980s – and it’s a style that certainly stands the test of time.
This jacket is made from 100% authentic patinated calfskin leather and features shoulder patches and a buttoned collar. For optimal breathability, the jacket even features ventilation eyelets.
12. Kingsman Burnished Leather Jacket
Kingsman is a line of high-quality clothing pieces that exists as a collaboration between Mr. Matthew Vaughn, director of the film The King’s Man, and international online fashion retailer MR PORTER. The line features items that are inspired by classic military style and timeless sensibilities.
The burnished leather jacket from the Kingsman line is unique for its length as well as its appearance. It draws direct inspiration from an aviator jacket worn on-screen in The King’s Man, a period piece that takes place in the 1940s. The jacket is made out of sturdy cow leather and buttons made of buffalo horns. It also features two linings – one made of cotton, and one made of viscose.
13. Francis B-3 Black & White Leather Bomber Jacket
There’s only one way to improve upon a traditional bomber: Add shearling fabric. If you’re going for a more flamboyant look, this black and white bomber jacket is sure to make an impact. It combines real leather on the outside with a faux fur lining.
The white faux fur lining accentuates the black leather, making this jacket stand out from the crowd. It will keep you warm as well!
The dual front pouch pockets are great for a phone and a pair of gloves, so if you’re wearing it on a motorcycle, you’ll have the storage you need.
14. AllSaints Milo Leather Biker Jacket
AllSaints is a British fashion brand from the United Kingdom. Since its founding in the 1990s, it has grown to an international presence that consists of more than 200 retail stores across Europe, North America, and Asia. The brand is mostly focused on fashion for women and men, though it also sells footwear and other accessories. It has primarily seen its popularity grow thanks to its popularity among a celebrity clientele.
AllSaints makes a number of leather jackets, but the Milo biker jacket is definitely one to write home about. This is a jacket that brings out the very best of two very different worlds – including a soft composition and sharp edges – since it is made of tender lamb leather and decorated to the nines with perfectly-placed zippers and buckles. It also has a distinctive slim fit.
15. Golden Bear Sherpa Jacket
San Francisco brand Golden Bear may have its roots in ship workers in the San Francisco Bay since the 1920s, but it’s evolved today to combine both utilitarianism and high-end style. Although not as recognized outside of its native northern California, to know the stylish jackets of Golden Bear is to love them.
The sherpa jacket, in particular, is exquisite. Like any Golden Bear clothing piece, it’s designed to be worn for life, and fortunately, it comes with a style that will be sure to stay in fashion for decades to come, with brown distressed leather and a notable shearling collar that can be detached.
16. Sven Mocha Suede Bomber Jacket
Here’s another suede leather jacket, this time in a subtle mocha finish. This jacket is made using real goatskin leather and has a total of six pockets (two inside and four outside).
This jacket looks best with a tight fit, which can be achieved perfectly using The Jacket Maker’s custom fitting service.
17. Tom Ford Zip-up Leather Jacket
Tom Ford is well-known for their high-end scents and formal clothing, but they have a strong foot in the casual jacket sphere as well. Not that this zip-up leather jacket is something you would wear to a casual house party. Its sleek edges and formal design make it more than suitable for a fancy professional event or night out on the town.
True to its brand’s roots, no attention to detail was spared in the creation of this particular wardrobe piece. Its straightforward design features 100% authentic leather and a cotton and polyamide lining. It is truly meant to last for life. Made in Italy, this jacket has shallow pockets in the front and a zipper down the center.
18. Schott Vintaged Fitted Cowhide Leather Motorcycle Jacket
Schott is an iconic name in leather jacket world, thanks in part to Marlon Brando, who wore a Schott jacket in The Wild Ones.
This jacket is pricey, but has a classic design and is built to last decades. It’s made from a lighter weight cowhide, which makes it breathable, so it’s perfect for wearing in warmer months.
As you’d expect from this brand, the Schott Vintaged jacket is made in the USA.
19. Bomia Ma-1 Black Leather Bomber Jacket
This classic black leather jacket has a timeless look that will never go out of fashion. It’s made from genuine leather on the outside with a polyester lining inside.
This motorcycle jacket has a rib knit collar and cuffs and a zipped pocket on the left sleeve.
The leather feels soft yet tough—you can tell this jacket is the real deal!
20. Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket
This sleek, minimalistic jacket is a real moto jacket trusted by serious bikers. It also looks incredibly cool, with a distressed, vintage feel and a truly American feel.
This jacket can be supplemented with RSD x Forcefield armor to give you extra protection while riding.
Leather Jacket FAQs
While there are many different unique leather jacket configurations out there, there are four classic syles you should be most aware of. In no particular order, they are the leather bomber jacket (also called aviator jacket), the leather racer jacket (sometimes called moto), the trenchcoat, and the fencer. While bomber jackets and racer jackets tend to be more relaxed, the trenchcoat and the fencer are more dramatic.
If you care for your leather jacket correctly you should have a wardrobe piece that’ll last you a lifetime. Most leather jackets cannot be washed at home and must only be handled professionally. The first step to taking proper care of your jacket is to adhere to this rule.
You should also keep your leather jacket dry as often as possible and keep it away from extreme heat or cold air. If you are not going to be wearing your leather jacket for a period of time, such as during a warm season, then you’ll want to be sure that you are hanging it up correctly – this means out of direct sunlight and in a properly-ventilated area.
Determining how much to pay for a leather jacket is a very personal matter. For an authentic leather jacket, you will probably be paying, at a baseline, $500. However, this price can easily skyrocket from here, depending on the jacket’s materials and manufacturing process.
Some leather jackets can cost as much as $10,000! There is no right or wrong number – it’s instead about the brands you like and the style that you envision for yourself.