35 breathtaking autism tattoo ideas

35 Breathtaking Autism Tattoo Ideas That Raise Awareness & Celebrate Love

There are a million reasons why people decide to get tattoos that range from silly to serious. For some, a tattoo is a way to raise awareness for causes that are close to their hearts. Autism tattoos fall into this category as they are a way to offer visibility and solidarity with others who might be on the spectrum or who have family members or close friends with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). After all, there’s no better way to celebrate the people you love in your life than dedicating real estate on your skin to them!

We wanted to discover the best autism tattoo ideas people have gotten in recent days to better understand the symbolism, messages, and imagery employed to make these tattoos so very special. We looked to social media to see what folks are getting inked today. Bright colors, puzzle pieces, ribbons, and the most touching sentiments are what we found an abundance of. If you are close with someone who is on the spectrum, are yourself on it, or you find the cause an important one to fight for, you might be looking for ideas for your very own tattoo. We’ve found some amazing ink for you to take a look at for inspiration below!

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Get Splashy

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The puzzle piece was adopted in 1999 as the universal symbol of solidarity and awareness of those on the ASD spectrum. While some people think it’s not perfect, many people do think the puzzle piece is a smart one. Included in that group is the Autism Society. Thus, you will find a lot of pieces like this one featured in autism tattoos.

Really, It’s a Great Way to Go

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For her brother, this person got a watercolor puzzle inside a heart. A trend we noticed while researching autism awareness tattoos was the watercolor effect which looks like paint and not tattoo ink. You’ll see a few more examples of it as this list continues.

The New ‘Normal’

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“Define normal,” this tattoo instructs the viewer. It’s a beautiful message because we, as a society, have a rather limited definition of what constitutes normalcy. In reality, there’s no such thing! This tattoo smartly comments on this fallacy.

An Iris

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Probably one of our favorite autism tattoos on this list, this iris and puzzle piece are truly breathtaking. It’s one of the best examples of watercolor and how it can be applied to great effect. Find yourself a talented tattoo artist and they can help you design your very own.

Sitch Baby

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We found many autism tattoos that incorporate beloved animated characters in their designs. Here, we find Stitch from Disney’s Lilo & Stitch. How cute is little Stitch with his autism awareness balloon?

The Shell

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Colorful ink really pops next to black and gray ink. Here, we find a puzzle piece decorated turtle shell. The symbolism here is open to interpretation and we think that’s beautiful. The spectrum is so broad that no two people can define how ASD affects a life.

My Heart

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“I am his voice. He is my heart,” this tattoo reads. We assume this is a reference to an individual who is nonverbal. It’s moving that this person has made a vow made in ink to hold their loved one close in their heart.

Mother-Daughter

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Here’s a mother-daughter tattoo that envisions the pair as a couple of giraffes. This charming tattoo also includes a splendid frame to complete the overall look. How sweet is this?!

So Much Love!

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Elephants are also a popular subject matter for autism tattoos. Here we find a parental tattoo that expresses care and love along with the puzzle pieces to raise awareness.

Ribbon

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The autism awareness ribbon contains colorful puzzle pieces in it as we briefly described at the start of this list. Here, we find the ribbon is reimagined with the watercolor effect. The lines of this tatt are super sharp and it looks fantastic.

Sugar Skull

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A sugar skull on this puzzle piece offers more visual interest than other puzzle pieces on this list. It’s a smart idea to take the shape and turn it into a frame for your autism tattoo.

Awareness

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We told you to expect more elephants! Here’s a super precious one with amazing pink and blush highlights. We find puzzle pieces floating inside balloons to represent the two people in this person’s life who they love.

T.K.F.

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We find a puzzle inside a puzzle in this interesting design that also contains someone special’s initials. It’s an interesting idea that could symbolize complexity inside of complexity. Whatever it is, it looks wonderful!

A Fighter

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“I will fight your fight,” is written on a banner that falls over an old lamp. In a technical sense, this is one of the sharpest autism tattoos on this list. The blue, gold and red color scheme proves a winning one.

Celebrate It

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“Autism, Unique, Totally, Intelligent, Sometimes, Mysterious,” this autism tattoo reads. If you’d like a written message like this, you could do something similar with the watercolor splashes of color in the background.

A Beautiful Hand

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A handprint filled with a colorful puzzle is such a tender design. You could do something similar with a baby’s footprint or other shapes that resonate with you.

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Unspoken Love

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“Love needs no words.” It’s true! Love is felt and expressed in many different ways. Need proof? This tattoo is a pure symbol of love and solidarity. What a dream!

Express It All

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While we imagine most people are not looking to get a half-sleeve autism tattoo, it’s a possibility should you want it. We find a lovely design that incorporates the ribbon, puzzle pieces, a brain, and a heart. What a statement!

Mama Bird

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Elephants and giraffes aren’t the only animals to get the mama treatment. This mom has chosen owls to symbolize her relationship in this very sweet design.

Love Is the Answer

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“Love completes the puzzle,” this tattoo reads. Again, we find a lovely watercolor effect here that adds color and visual interest.

A Piece

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Like we saw with the Sugar Skull, this puzzle piece contains imagery that looks fantastic framed in the puzzle piece’s shape. This is a more subtle autism tattoo design but still, it manages to raise awareness.

Love Is Key

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A key with a heart shape incorporated into it fits perfectly in the puzzle-shaped lock. What a wonderful way to express that love is all it takes. How special!

Pieces In the Petals

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This design is a lovely neotraditional tattoo with petals that have been “filled” with the autism awareness puzzle. What an imaginative and creative design.

It’s All You Need

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Here, we find puzzle pieces inside a heart that’s crusted with crystals. It’s unexpected and reflective of this person’s style. No matter what ideas you have for your autism tattoo, you can work with an artist who will help you realize something that’s completely your own.

Go Micro

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Micro tattoos are red hot right now because they don’t take a ton of commitment (you won’t be under the tattoo gun for long) and they are easily hidden should you need to. Here we find a tiny heart inside a puzzle piece. Cute!

Make a Splash

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On the other end of the spectrum, you might want a larger design to really show off. This person got a very big watercolor tattoo with the puzzle pieces and a ribbon. It certainly makes a splash.

Look to the Leaves

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In this autism tattoo, we see a subtler approach with impressionistic puzzle pieces in the rainbow leaves of the tree. It’s simply gorgeous.

The Sweetest Sentiment

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“I wouldn’t change you for the world… But I would change the world for you,” is the most meaningful and heartfelt sentiment for this person who has a loved one touched by ASD.

Rainbow Bright

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Rainbow colors fill the handsome giraffe shape. Inside, we find all sorts of organic shapes but also a couple of blue puzzle pieces that hint at who this tattoo might be in honor of.

Invisible

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“Not all disabilities are visible,” this puzzle autism tattoo reads. It’s such a smart thing to have tattooed because it spreads a message that so many people need to internalize.

Beautiful

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“We all contain multitudes,” seems to be the message of this autism tattoo that features sunshine, a rainbow, and a tornado. Cute little flowers help round out this impressive design.

Celebrate Their Differences

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“Different is beautiful,” is a beautiful message about life. Our differences are what make each of us special. This watercolor autism tattoo has been dedicated to Ryan and Alicia. What a beautiful sentiment to spread through ink.

The Fighter

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“I will fight your fight,” this Batman autism tattoo reads. Inside the bat symbol, we find the familiar puzzle pieces but also the name of a loved one, Travis. We all must fight for those we love.

For Riley

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Here’s another autism tattoo dedicated to a specific person named Riley. The heart shape looks almost 3D thanks to the white ink highlight.

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No Words

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“Love needs no words,” is a sentiment we’ve seen before but it’s worth repeating. We find a cute little Groot holding a Minnie Mouse doll. What a personal and special autism tattoo about a nonverbal loved one.

Wow! These autism tattoos are so moving and emotional, aren’t they? We hope you feel inspired by all the different ways people are raising awareness through their autism tattoos. There is no right or wrong way to go about designing your autism tattoo. The most important thing for you to keep in mind is how you want to express your own personal journey with a disorder that touches so many lives. The way you tell your own unique story can impact others in such beautiful ways.

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