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40+ Rest in Peace Tattoo Ideas to Help You Honor Your Loved Ones

by Sherri Owens

From a basic script to beautiful religious works of art, I have found the best ways for you to honor your friends and family members.

I'm going to be honest, it doesn't matter how many RIP tattoos I design and ink, they always get to me. At the same time, it can be lovely to know that the people who have passed on have inspired so much of love that their friends or family members want to carry their memory everywhere!

Here are the top rest in peace tattoo ideas that I have discovered for you, along with the symbolism of these designs!

The Best RIP Tattoo Designs

Here are the top RIP tattoo ideas for you to check out for yourself:

Simple RIP Tattoo Ideas

If you are simply looking for RIP tattoo ideas with just the phrase, then this is the tattoo that you should consider. With RIP tattoos such as these, one of the first decisions to make is with the font. An elegant, flowing script can be a great option for these RIP tattoo designs but the choice is up to you!

Decorative Rest in Peace Rib Tattoo

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In addition to being minimalistic, another one of the benefits of RIP tattoo ideas such as these is that you have plenty of options when it comes to size. Looking for a subtle tattoo? Then you can opt for a very small design. If you want to go all out, then you can ensure that the tattoo takes up as much room as you like.

Rest in Peace Thigh Tattoo

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Floral RIP Tattoo Ideas

Flowers can seem like a rather natural option for memorial tattoos. For one thing, they can be a part of the mourning process - flowers are given to grieving families and they can also play a significant role in funerals. For another, they can represent the life and beauty of someone who has passed for your RIP tattoo ideas.

Rest in Peace Rose Tattoo

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For these kinds of RIP tattoo ideas, you may also want to include the name of your loved one to add a more personal touch to this permanent reminder. Furthermore, for such RIP tattoos, you may also want to research the different meanings associated with flowers and find the one that will suit the deceased individual the best.

Purple Rose RIP Tattoo

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Floral Rest in Peace Chest Tattoo

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Cross RIP Tattoo Ideas

These RIP tattoos can be a good option if you want to include a religious element in your RIP tattoo ideas but don't want to go overboard. A cross can be a very strong and obvious symbol of faith.

Angel Cross RIP Arm Tattoo

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As you can see from these RIP tattoo designs, there are a lot of ways to draw a cross. You can make it look like a concrete cross which can work well for a permanent reminder. Or, you can consider RIP tattoos that contain a wooden or ornate cross.

Cross and Dove RIP Arm Tattoo

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These RIP tattoo ideas also show you the many ways that you can include the person's name in the design. They also work well for mom and dad tattoos too.

RIP Memorial Cross Arm Tattoo

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Religious RIP Tattoo Ideas

Considering RIP tattoos that have a strong religious theme? If so, then these are the tattoo designs that you need to check out. For such memorial tattoos, you can decide to include as few or as many religious elements as you want.

Angel Wings RIP Tattoo

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This can include an angel or angel wings. Or, it may include praying hands, doves, heaven, heavenly light, and much more!

Praying Hands Religious RIP Tattoo

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Praying Hands and Dove RIP Forearm Tattoo

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Rosary RIP Arm Tattoo

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Feather RIP Tattoo Ideas

If you wish for the person who has passed on to have a spirit that is as light as a feather, then you can show this design to your tattoo artist for inspiration:

Feather RIP Tattoo with Dates

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Portrait RIP Tattoo Ideas

If you believe that a picture can be worth a thousand words, then these may be the tattoos to consider for your loved ones. Of course, to capture the likeness of your loved one, you will need to work with a talented artist.

RIP Portrait with Lettering Tattoo

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You can also include other designs such as praying hands, wings, etc.

Mother and Son Portrait RIP Tattoo

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Father and Son Portrait RIP Tattoo

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Military RIP Tattoo Ideas

If the person that you are honoring served in the military and got a medal or moved up in the ranks, then these are the tattoos that you may want to consider. These make for particularly meaningful dad tattoos!

Rest in Peace Memorial Tattoo

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Forever Remembered RIP Forearm Tattoo

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Mom RIP Tattoo Ideas

If you are looking for mom tattoos for RIP tattoo ideas, then you may want to consider this design for inspiration:

R.I.P Mommy with a Dove Tattoo

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Brother RIP Tattoo Ideas

If you want to honor a biological brother or brother-in-arms, these are the RIP tattoos that you should check out:

RIP Brother with Roman Numbers Date Tattoo

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RIP Angel Wings Memorial Tattoo

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RIP Brother Memorial Tattoo

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Pet RIP Tattoo Ideas

Of course, you may also want to consider rest in peace tattoos for your pet. Here is a design that you can consider:

Pet RIP with Paw Print Tattoo

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Tombstone RIP Tattoo Ideas

As the name suggests, these memorial tattoos involve tombstones - you can choose to customize these as you wish:

Dave and Duke's Tombstone Tattoo

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Tombstone and Skeleton Arm Tattoo

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Tiny Tombstone with RIP Letters Tattoo

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Snake RIP Tattoo Ideas

If you are looking for ideas for some unusual tattoos, then this is a concept to consider:

Snake and Floral RIP Forearm Tattoo

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Custom RIP Tattoo Ideas

Such tattoos can be intensely personal. So, it only makes sense for you to get a tattoo that is specifically customized to the person that you are honoring:

Customized Ricardo Reynoso Memorial Tattoo Piece

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RIP with Sky Mask Tattoo

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Alternative RIP Tattoo Ideas

Do you want to phrase your rest in peace tattoos in a slightly different way? If so, these are the tattoos that can guide your design:

Rest in Heaven Forearm Tattoo

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Floral Rest in Love Memorial Tattoo

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In Loving Memory of RIP Tattoo with Dove and Rose

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Serenity Prayer Forearm Tattoo

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Non-Memorial Tombstone RIP Tattoo Ideas

As you may be aware, the term RIP isn't just used for those who have passed on. This phrase can also be used to signify anything that has ended or moved on.

So, here are some tattoo ideas that can work for you if this is the kind of sentiment you wish to work with:

RIP Tombstone Cartoon Tattoo

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Greyscale Tombstone with Green Grass Tattoo

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Grey RIP Fake Friends Tombstone Tattoo

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I Will Be Okay Tombstone Tattoo

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Small RIP Tombstone Thigh Tattoo

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RIP t Nudes Floral Tombstone Tattoo

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RIP Tombstone with Moon Tattoo

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Halloween Themed RIP Tombstone Tattoo

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What is a Good Tattoo for a Deceased Loved One?

There isn't just one good option for a tattoo to commemorate your loved one. The design can be dependent on both you as well as the person who has passed on. You can include elements that you shared together, something that the other person loved, or decorative elements associated with memorial tattoos - flowers, religious insignia, etc.

What Does the Rest in Peace Tattoo Mean?

This phrase is used to honor someone who has passed away. There are religions and belief systems that do believe in the concept of a soul or spirit as well as a form of life after death. So, the phrase is used to convey hope that someone's spirit is at ease after passing on.

In the same way, an RIP tattoo would similarly convey the same sentiment about a loved one. Of course, a RIP tattoo is also typically used as a way to keep someone close to you or to keep their memory alive even after they have died.

What is a Memorial Piece Tattoo?

A memorial tattoo is similar to a RIP tattoo in the sense that it is meant to commemorate or honor someone who has passed away. However, you may not always find the phrase or acronym RIP in the tattoo.

Where Do You Put a Remembrance Tattoo?

RIP tattoo ideas or remembrance tattoos can be placed anywhere on your body. The placement can depend on how visible you want your tattoo to be - it can also be determined by how small or large the tattoo design is.

One idea for your tattoo would be to place it on your chest, near your heart as a way of keeping that person close to your heart at all times.

Here are the top tattoos for you to choose one to ensure that your loved ones are commemorated in the best possible way!

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