From a simple Roman numeral aesthetic to complex clock tattoo designs, there are many different ways to get a Roman numerals tattoo.
I love when clients come to me with designs for Roman numerals. It’s like getting a secret code tattooed on you. You can add so much significance to your tattoo.
In this post, I will show you the top Roman numeral tattoo ideas and explain the various concepts behind them. Let’s get started.
Here are the top ideas for Roman Numerals that you should consider:
If you are looking for a truly minimalistic Roman numeral tattoo, then you should consider getting one, two, or a series of Roman numerals tattooed on you.
Numbers hold far more value to us than most people realize. Some of us have a lucky number. Others believe in angel numbers – that a set of digits is a sign of greater power.
In other cases, a series of numbers may represent a person, event, or time. A Roman numerals design is a great way to showcase this significance while still keeping its meaning hidden and personal.
This is a pretty minimalistic concept for a Roman numeral tattoo. It is a great option for a first tattoo, as there is minimal fuss and pain involved! This is especially true with small Roman numerals.
Here are some of the Roman numerals tattoo design ideas that you should check out:
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The most common orientation for Roman numerals is horizontal. However, if that feels a bit boring to you, check out this Roman numerals concept. This goes down the side of the outer arm so that you can see it from a different angle.
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If you want something really different, check out this Roman numerals ink. It follows the curve of the shoulder, instantly making your tattoo super unique.
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I absolutely love this Roman numerals ink design. A lot of people imagine that you can get creative with Roman numerals, but they would be wrong and this design proves it! Here, the Roman numerals are in lower case and cursive – how beautiful and delicate is that?
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The most common type of Roman numeral tattoo design is where the Roman numerals form dates. With these kinds of Roman numeral tattoos, you will notice a small dot in between the Roman numerals.
So, what kind of dates do people usually get tattooed on them in Roman numerals or sometimes red ink? Well, as you can imagine it is all about the important dates.
Birthdays are popular. A lot of people like to get birthday tattoos of a parent, a spouse, or a child. Some people will also get Roman numerals for their siblings as well.
Then, there is your wedding date or wedding anniversary.
You can also get a death date tattooed on your body. This will be a memorial Roman numerals tattoo and a way to keep your loved ones who have passed on close to you.
The design behind such Roman numerals tattoos are largely the same as it boasts a rather minimalistic design. There are only three things that you really need to consider here.
First, is size – what size do you want your Roman numerals tattoo to be? The Roman numeral design looks good for both large and small tattoos. So, either one can work for you.
The other thing you need to consider is the placement. If you want to show off your Roman numeral tattoo and showcase its meaning, it makes sense to get your Roman numeral tattoo in a place that’s more visible.
In this instance, a wrist tattoo, a forearm tattoo, or an upper arm tattoo will work well for you. An inner arm tattoo, collar bone, or shoulder tattoo works well if you want the small Roman numerals to be visible sometimes but still have the option to get it covered up.
If you want to keep the meaning or person close to your heart, a Roman numerals chest tattoo is a cool placement idea. This also works if you don’t want your Roman numeral tattoo to be too visible.
Finally, there is the color. Most people go with black ink Roman numerals but you can switch things up and go for colored ink for a nice change.
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In a similar vein, you can also get several dates and Roman numeral tattoos. This is a great idea if you want to acknowledge important people in your life. It also works well as a matching tattoo!
Here it’s just a matter of layering the dates in Roman numerals on top of the other.
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If you’re looking for a different way to style your body art, I would consider this a beautiful tattoo. Rather than the tattoo is in a straight line, it’s in a circle. This makes your ink look a lot more distinctive.
Since you can’t tell where the tattoo begins or ends, there is more mystery to the numbers as well.
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Flowers are some of the most popular and common elements of tattoos. It is the perfect accompaniment to your Roman numeral tattoo, especially if you are looking to add some flair to the tattoo design.
On the one hand, flowers can be an aesthetic decision. After all, flowers are lovely and tend to beautify other parts of a tattoo like Roman numerals.
At the same time, flowers hold a lot of significance. They are typically associated with women due to their grace, beauty, and delicate structure.
So, if you would like to commemorate an important woman in your life – grandmother, mother, sister, partner, or friend – this is an element you can consider adding to your Roman numeral tattoo.
Also, remember that each flower type has its own special meaning as well. For instance, roses tend to be a popular choice to pair with Roman numerals.
Roses are associated with romantic love and passion. They are linked to youth and beauty as well.
So, if you are considering getting flowers alongside your Roman numerals, I suggest that you do some research. This will help you discover just which flower has the right meaning for you and your Roman numeral tattoo.
Keep in mind that while flowers are feminine and can be a symbol for women, they are now being used by men and women equally in tattoos.
If you’re looking for something simple, then you should draw some inspiration from this body art design. Here, you just have the outline of the rose, making it a minimalistic and delicate tattoo.
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If you prefer a tattoo with more detail, you should consider this concept. Not only are the flowers intricate and exquisite, but the numerals are included in a very subtle and understated way.
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Do you prefer different flowers instead or like the idea of a bouquet of them? Then there are ideas that you should be checking out:
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Here are some other designs:
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Another beautiful addition to your Roman numeral design is butterflies. Once again, you can use butterflies as a way to get a beautiful tattoo for your Roman numerals.
Butterflies can also add a lot of meaning to your Roman numeral tattoo. For one thing, butterflies are associated with positive change and transformation. They create a cocoon around themselves while they are caterpillars and then emerge as beautiful winged creatures.
Many people also think of butterflies as symbols of freedom as they can fly wherever they choose.
Interestingly enough, butterflies can also be a symbol of how to make the most of life. These lovely insects don’t live for very long. However, they bless the world with their beauty while they are around.
Here are some Roman numerals tattoos for inspiration:
I absolutely love this tattoo because the flowers have been designed to look like butterfly wings. This is a great option if you want a more delicate or ethereal-looking tattoo.
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Here are some other options:
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It’s a lovely idea to combine letters or words with Roman numerals. For one thing, words can add more meaning or context to your Roman numeral tattoo. At the same time, the contrast between these two elements also makes for a more interesting Roman numeral tattoo.
I really like this one in particular, and it’s a good idea to take notes from it if you want to combine Roman numerals and script. Here, the font for the words and the Roman numerals match each other creating a more cohesive tattoo.
If you take a closer look, you will see that the rose is done in the same dark, gothic fashion as well. It really pulls the tattoo together.
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Of course, if you’re feeling a little rebellious, you should take inspiration from this Roman numerals concept. Not only is the script done in a completely different font, but they have used a color that is light and cheerful – quite unlike what is used for the Roman numbers.
This is a great way to create a really striking tattoo.
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In this tattoo, there is some distinction between the numbers and the writing. However, if you look closely, you will notice that the words and flowers match up. This gives them a point of connection and helps to balance out the design.
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I really love this tattoo design – the strokes of the words are so beautifully done that they’re barely discernible from the numbers. Also, I love the placement and the use of two sets of Roman numerals for this tattoo.
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This is a wonderful tattoo idea if you want the numbers and not the script to be the center of attention. Here, two tiny initials are inscribed between the numbers. While this does personalize the tattoo, it doesn’t detract from the desired focus of the design.
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Adding angels or angel wings to your Roman numeral tattoo is a great way to elevate it to another level.
Angels can have a lot of different meanings – so, they are a good fit for lots of different tattoos with Roman numerals.
Angels are considered guardians and their wings can be symbols of safety and protection. So, if you get an angel with your Roman numerals tattoo, maybe you want to safeguard whatever is associated with those Roman numerals.
An angel can also be a good accompaniment to a Roman numerals tattoo design, as a memorial for someone who has passed.
If you want your Roman numerals tattoo to have more religious significance, then an angel would be a great choice. This kind of Roman numerals tattoo design could remind you to stay on the right path or to live in a way that’s in line with your faith.
If this is the kind of sentiment that you are going for, you may want to include other religious elements with your Roman numerals tattoo – a cross tattoo, for instance.
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Roman numerals are often found on old-fashioned clocks. Their association with Ancient Rome can make Roman numerals seem quite regal, adding to the flair of pocket watches.
So, if you want to get a clock tattoo along with your Roman numerals tattoo idea, it would actually be a good fit.
There are a couple of ways you can make this tattoo idea work for you. If you want, the Roman numerals could be beside the clock. Or, the Roman numerals could be incorporated into the clock design. In any case, it will make for a stunning tattoo.
You may be wondering why you should get such a Roman numerals image. Well, there are two reasons.
The first has to do with marking an important time or date. This could be the birth of a child, but many people will also get times and dates for weddings and even when loved ones have passed.
The second reason could be to remind you of the passage of time. Time waits for no man and it is important to make every moment count. After all, you have no idea how much time you have.
Here are the Roman numeral tattoos you should check out to see what tattoo idea works for you. Keep in mind that these Roman numerals body art is quite complex. This is because you have the chance to add any elements you like.
So, if you want a bold and beautiful piece, it’s best to work with experienced and talented tattoo artists to make sure that you get the design you like.
As you will see with the following tattoos, with clocks, you can tell a whole story – this could be about your past, present, or future. These kinds of tattoos can be reminders but they can also be promises to yourself about how you want to live your life.
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As I have mentioned a few times now, you get large or small Roman numerals to represent something important. So, adding a crown tattoo at the top of a Roman numerals tattoo is a great way to highlight this significance.
A crown shows that the person the numbers are associated with is important to you. They rule your heart.
One idea to consider with this kind of tattoo is to get a crown that matches the person you are commemorating. This doesn’t just mean choosing a masculine crown for a man and a more delicate tiara for a woman.
You can also consider their personal style. Are they the stoic type? Then, a regal crown would be a great fit. On the other hand, if they are bold or ostentatious, go with a diamond-studded crown.
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If you have ever seen someone with Roman numerals body art, you’ve probably wondered what it meant. Well, on their own, Roman numbers don’t really mean anything.
The main reason people use Roman numerals in body art is that it looks beautiful and regal. It’s better to use Roman numbers than the traditional number system. Let’s face it, getting your loved ones or children’s birth date in Roman numerals is much cooler.
Most people don’t read Roman numerals readily. So, if you want to disguise the actual meaning of your tattoo or don’t want everybody to have access to sensitive information, Roman numerals are a great way to mask it.
These are all the Roman numerals tattoos you need to know about. While this may be a simple design, it is quite versatile. Due to this, you have the freedom to play around with the various elements of your tattoo and come up with an original idea. The above tattoos will be a great starting point for you in the meantime.