Cancer has been a health issue not just in the United States but worldwide. Many cancer survivors are getting tattoos to show off their tough fighting spirit. There are several types of tattoos that are most popular with cancer survivors including ribbons, animals, bible verses, inspirational quotes and symbols.
Tattoo Ideas for Cancer Survivors
Ribbons– Ribbons come in different colors, depending on the type of cancer. Ribbons are popular as tattoos because they promote support and awareness. The most popular colored ribbons are pink which represent breast cancer. For general cancer support, lavender is the color of the ribbon. Brain cancer is gray, lung cancer is pearl, prostate cancer is light blue, colon cancer can be either blue or brown and ovarian cancer is teal. The color purple represents three types of cancer: thyroid, pancreatic and testicular.
Animals– Various animals symbolize different things like strength, courage, passion and health. Cancer survivors will often get a tattoo of an animal because of what they represent. Alligators represent survival and strength. Badgers signify strength and health. Buffalos represent honor, reverence and sacred prayer. Falcons signify persistence, compassion, clear judgement and passion.
Bible Verses– Bible verses are also common with cancer survivors. Philippians 4:13- I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me. Psalms 18:32- It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Isaiah 40:31- But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
Inspirational Quotes– There are several quotes that have helped cancer survivors with inspiration. “Cancer is a word, not a sentence” By John Diamon, “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on” by Franklin D Roosevelt and “Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway” by Emory Austin.
Symbols– There are many symbols that have specific meaning to cancer survivors. The butterfly represents soul, independence and freedom. The lion represents family, strength and courage. The orchid flower represents hope and beauty. The tree represents life, honor and understanding.