It is amazing how much power the tiny fist-sized organ pumping blood throughout our body has on our imagination. In poetry, songs, and literature you always find celebrations of the heart. The heart is a symbol of love, which makes it all the more special for human civilization. Body art also celebrates the heart through beautiful tattoo designs in a single color or many colors. Tattoo artists create many patterns using the heart as the center with motifs such as keys or wings used for deeper meaning.
The heart is typically shown as a pattern of two curves with a dip at the center coming down to meet at a sharp point. Simple Heart Tattoos use red, the color of passion and blood, to ink the heart, or keep the look elegant with a fine lined black ink design. You get to see heart tattoo designs in which a pattern of knots, or vines, or jigsaw puzzle pieces are used to depict the heart. The heart is a pretty motif that can be inked anywhere from the wrist, to the shoulder, to the chest area, to the back of the neck. You also find the heart motif shown with a pretty floral design, or combined with the three-lined peace sign to send out a powerful message about love, nature, and peace. Tattoos showing the heart often keep the basic design simple while creatively playing with the form in artistic new ways, such as using a threaded design, a pattern with flowing colorful lines, or ink shades that make for a 3D look. Simple is beautiful, and sometimes the most basic heart shape can hold a lot of deep meaning, as these tattoo pictures show.
Finger Heart Tattoo
Sometimes the simplest designs can say a lot. Check out this pretty heart outline inked on the finger in red, the color of eternal passion.
Threaded Heart Tattoo
This heart tattoo on the wrist keeps it simple with an elegant threadwork design inked in black.
Inked with simple black strokes this heart pattern with a spiralling motif inside sits pretty on the back of the neck.
Celtic Red Heart
This tattoo combines the Celtic traditional knots motif with the red color of passion to make an elegant heart design.
Heart Puzzle Piece Tattoo
Matters of the heart are sometimes truly a puzzle. This jigsaw puzzle inspired heart with a pretty floral design seems to echo the idea.
Hopelyn Heart Tattoo
The heart can really be hurt, and it has the power to heal too. Check out this beautiful red heart with a bandaid tattooed on the arm.
Key To My Heart Tattoo
This tiny red heart lock theme tattoo on the wrist seems to be just waiting for the right key.
Awesome Heart Tattoo
Styled in a gorgeous 3D design this big red heart tattoo comes with Roman numerals on a gold band for a rich effect.
Heart Fresh Tattoo
The black outline defines this simple red heart tattoo with a white flower growing through it, symbolizing love and peace.
Heart Blue Rose Tattoo
Love is rare and precious like a blue rose, as this tattoo design combining a red heart with a blue rose seems to be saying.
Heart Climber Tattoo
Check out this cute and arty red heart with curvy wings. The swooping tail of the heart makes for a perfect climb for the teeny ladybird as it journeys upward.
A free-flow dance of lines in many colors makes up the heart shape in this simple artistic tattoo.
Heart Bend Tattoo
This simple heart tattoo seems to draw on a bent iron spike for design inspiration. Check out the bow shape at the center where the two spiky points meet.
Hippie Heart Tattoo
The circle of perfection, the peace sign, and a red heart combine in a powerful message about love, peace, and the search for perfection in this simple tattoo.
Embroidery Heart Tattoo
Drawing on applique work for the design idea this tattoo shows an embroidered red heart with a huge needle through it. Does creation mean pain? Perhaps, says this tattoo.
My Pin Cushion Heart
Stuck with pins on all sides to look like a pin cushion this tattoo of a red heart expresses a heart that is in pain.
Lock My Heart Tattoo
Elegant wave-like patterns make up the lock theme heart tattoo shaded in delicate black hues on the back of the neck.
I Heart Music
Styled in musical note patterns and lines of music this heart tattoo celebrates the simple and intense joy of music in bright red.
Knotty Heart Tattoo
Never-ending loops twist round and over each other to make up this heart tattoo design. Sure, sometimes the heart is truly complicated.
Heart Angel Tattoo
This heart tattoo with names comes with huge angel wings. The red and yellow hues of the heart seem to draw on the hopeful rising sun for inspiration.
Red Heart Tattoo
A bright and pure red shades this stunning heart tattoo with the tattoo date inked on the side making it a lifetime treasured memory.
Pink Heart Pattern
A romantic pink shade is used to color this ornamental heart theme tattoo styled in curves and geometrical shapes with flowing lines.
Colorful Hearts Tattoo
Touched with delicate shades of black, this is a series of five simple heart tattoos in red and blue inked vertically along the inner arm.
Pretty Blue Heart Tattoo
A pretty blue pattern makes up this simple heart design, with two dots on either side of the heart completing the traditional decorative look.
Lucky Heart Tattoo
A lucky four leaf clover comes together with a red heart in this inner wrist colorful tattoo in red and green. Simple black lines bound the design.