30 Amazing Spanish Tattoos with Meanings

More recently, the Spanish language, just like any other language in the world, is a breathing being that never stops evolving and upgrading, invigorating itself according to the new actualities, vocabulary or inclinations. Having that in common with most languages, Spanish is still an unequaled language in respects to manifold perspectives. Spaniards have, for example, a humongous list of qualifiers when it comes to representing people’s sentiments, aspirations or states of mind literally, as well as for the representation of any object, action or circumstance.

In general, all of these tattoos are compact sentences considering they look more engaging and communicate much more. Depending on what you are looking for, some of them will catch your concentration and some will not, given that there are multiple distinct topics, such as love, life, nature, motivational, quotes… Nonetheless, if you are seizing it, make sure it has an outstanding meaning whichever it is, and that it is not just a trend, but rather something that persists throughout the era.

The language of ‘amor’ is oftentimes lacerated, seldom joyful, always passionate and heartfelt. Pair your love quote with a spill of bright red roses across your bosom or upper arm. Wind it like a fragile ribbon encompassing your wrist. Engrave an affirmation to a past heartbreak on your ankle. Tattoo a lesson learned, in euphoria or sorrow, over your rib cage, to expose as the spirit moves you.

Once you assuredly determine the topic that adequately fits you, it is time to select what style or font you prefer. There are a plethora of them, so you can spend a good measure of time hunting them or you can use websites like this one to produce the ideas you find more relevant for your idea:

  • Pablo Neruda Inspiration

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“I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.” from Pablo Neruda’s poem ‘Every day you play’ is quite a romantic and intricate tattoo idea.

  • Que Sera Sera

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Translation: Whatever will be, will be.

  • Family Love

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Translation: Family, where life starts and love never ends. For someone who is a family person.

  • Family Tattoo Designs

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Showcase your adoration to your family by getting something like this tattooed on yourself.

  • Butterfly Tattoo Designs

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Rather than inking a design of a butterfly, this girl preferred to get a tattoo the Spanish transliteration of the word.

  • Hand Tattoo Designs

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Jesy Nelson got three tattoos on her right hand all at once in January 2018.  Her middle finger knuckle says amor which means “love” in Latin, Spanish, and Portuguese.

  • Viva La Vida

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A piece of simple yet profound advice: “Live the life.”

  • Fly High

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Translation: “Feet, what do I need them for if I have wings to fly.”

  • Chest Tattoo Ideas

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When you think of bulls you might also be prompted to remember of bullfighting which still remains widespread today in places like Spain. A popular belief has been that red enrages this animal but it could be beside the truth! In actuality, bulls are red-green color blind, which proposes that it’s really the matador’s cape doing all the tormenting.

  • Frida Kahlo Designs

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This tat references a poem by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo: “Se pueden inventar verbos? Quiero decirte uno: yo te cielo.”

Translated: “Can one invent verbs? I want to say one: I sky you.”

  • Spanish Quotes

Tattoo in Spanish: “Recuerda que nadie puede cortar tus alas… tú eres quien decide lo alto que quieres volar”.
English: “Remember that nobody can cut your wings off… you are the only one who decides how high you want to fly.”

Does it ring a bell?

  • Something Poetic

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“Es tan corto el amor y es tan largo el olvido.”

Translation: “Love is so short and forgetting is so long.” Chilean poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda drafted this when he made even lost love sound appealing in his poem ‘Puedo escribir los versos más tristes esta noche’ or ‘Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines’.

  • Love Quotes

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“Te amo más que a mi propia piel.”

Translation: “I love you more than my own skin”. This is a quote from Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, an unconventional artist whose turbulent relationship with her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, was as vehement and vigorous as her extraordinary self-portraits.

  • One Word Tattoos

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Sometimes a single word conquers an emotion, an aspiration or a moment of understanding worth remembering to its fullest. A tattoo is a daily memorandum of that insight gained from expertise. One word, or the slightest phrase, is short enough for the side of a finger, the back of the neck just under the hairline or behind the ear, or a simplistic circle of letters encompassing a pierced navel. Choose your word, or words, discreetly for the supreme impact.

  • Destino: Destiny
  • Felicidad: Happiness
  • Serendipia: Serendipity
  • Vivir: To live
  • Para siempre: Forever
  • Vida mágica: Magic life
  • Que sera, sera: What will be, will be
  • Sigue a tu corazón: Follow your heart
  • Family Designs

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“We don’t choose our family, but we do choose who we love.”

To portray your immense love for your family, quotes like these steal the show.

  • Good Advice Tattoo

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Translation: “There is no medicine that cures what happiness cannot.”

  • Simple Tattoo Quotes

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Translation: “Follow your heart.”

  • Meaningful Reminders

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Translation: Magical life.

  • Inspirational Tattoo Ideas

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Translation: “Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

  • Crazy Tattoo Ideas

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The tattoo on the left side of Karis Anderson’s bosom says “La Vida Loca” which is Spanish for “The Crazy Life.” So if your life is crazy enough, why not get this inked on yourself too?

  • Motivating Quotes

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Tattoo in Spanish: «El éxito es la mejor venganza».
English: “Success is the best revenge.”

Feeling reveng-y quite yet?

  • Profound Tattoo Ideas

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Translation: “Everyone has scars, everyone has stories…”

  • A Just Reminder

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Translation: “Happiness is not the goal, it is the journey.”

  • Bold Tattoo Ideas

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Translation: “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.”

  • More Motivation

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Translation: “Everything is in your hands.”

  • Couple Tattoo Designs

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Translation: “Forever.”


¿Hablas español? You’re in a great company. So why not get your next tattoo in the morphology of Cervantes and Neruda? Ink your skin in Spanish with a melodious phrase to commemorate your legacy or borrow inspiration from la vida apasionada.

Here are some more sentences and quotes that you could consider and get tattooed:

1- “Pies, ¿para qué los quiero si tengo alas pa’ volar?” / Feet? What do I want them for if I already have wings to fly. (Frida Kahlo)

2- “Viva la vida” / Live life. (Frida Kahlo)

3– “El conocimiento es poder” / Knowledge is power. (Francis Bacon)

4- Si lo puedes soñar, lo puedes hacer / If you can dream it, you can do it. (Walt Disney)

5- “Nunca, nunca, nunca te rindas” / Never, ever, ever give up. (Winston Churchill)

6- “Mi vida es mi mensaje” / My life is my message. (Mahatma Gandhi)

7- “Sonríe, es terapia gratis” / Smile, it’s free therapy. (Douglas Horton)

8- “El amor es ciego” / Love is blind. (Geoffrey Chaucer)

9- “La belleza es poder; una sonrisa es su espada” / Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. (John Ray)

10- “Mientras hay vida, hay esperanza” / While there’s life, there’s hope. (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

11- “Cuando el amor no es locura, no es amor” / When love is not madness, it is not love. (Pedro Calderon de la Barca)

12- “No cuentes los días, haz que los días cuenten” / Don’t count the days, make the days count. (Muhammad Ali)

13- “No llores porque terminó. Sonríe porque sucedió” / Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. (Dr. Seuss)

14- “El amor lo conquista todo” / Love conquers it all. (Virgilio)

15- “Haz de cada día tu obra maestro” / Make each day your masterpiece. (John Wooden)

16- “El poder de la imaginación nos hace infinitos” / The power of imagination makes us infinite. (John Muir)

17- “No llovía cuando Noé construyó el arca” / It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark. (Howard Ruff)

18- “Todo lo que puedes imaginar es real” / Everything you can imagine is real.(Pablo Picasso)

19- “Solo se vive una vez” / You only live once.

20- “Siempre joven” / Forever young.

21- “Sueña como si fueses a vivir para siempre” / Dream as if you were going to live forever.

22- “Todo tiene belleza pero no todos la ven” / Everything has beauty in it, but not everyone sees it.

23- “La vida sigue” / Life goes on.

24- “Vive la vida que has imaginado” / Live the life that you have imagined.

25- “Mi vida es mi mensaje” / My life is my message.


In a world where the language is not a barrier anymore, thanks to google translate, we hope you find your perfect tattoo!


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