There are a variety of reasons why people get breast cancer tattoos. They could be a survivor themselves and beat cancer. They might be currently fighting cancer and would like a reminder to keep up the fight. Or, the tattoos could be for loved ones with cancer to show support and solidarity. Further, people also get breast cancer tattoos to raise awareness about the deadly disease.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we thought we would take a deeper look into cancer tattoos to get a better understanding of the ways people are raising awareness. We looked to social media to discover the types of tattoos people are getting, the trends for them, and the most meaningful and touching designs to inspire your own breast cancer tattoos. Take a look at these stunning designs!
Let These Breast Cancer Tattoos Warm Your Heart!
Here, we find a lovely arrow with the word “warrior” worked into it. A lovely pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness completes this understated design.
A Memorial for Mimi
Here’s one of the sweet breast cancer tattoos that act as a memorial for loved ones lost. A simple name and a ribbon is all it takes to get the message across.
Here’s a clever idea for small breast cancer tattoos! Ask your tattoo artist to incorporate the ribbon into a heart shape. It raises awareness and spreads love.
This is not one but two breast cancer tattoos as it is shared between family members in the form of matching tattoos. It’s such a sweet sentiment to let people fighting breast cancer that they are not alone.
Here’s another example of matching breast cancer tattoos. These are shared by a mother and her daughter. We love the idea of marrying the ribbon with the wings of a butterfly.
Micro tattoos are small designs that are about the size of a quarter or smaller. We find one in the form of a ribbon and flower in this teen-tiny tattoo.
Here’s an evocative tattoo of an anchor and breast cancer awareness ribbon. We love the way the two shapes mirror one another. It’s a great tattoo that reminds us to always stay grounded no matter how bad things get.
Watercolor tattoos are a huge trend right now so it came as no surprise to find them among these breast cancer tattoos. Incorporate florals into your design for an even sweeter piece.
The tattoo artist who posted this image shared that the women who got this tattoo “…was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in October 2019 and had a mastectomy/ reconstruction what a way to celebrate her journey her attitude towards it is a real inspiration.”
Here’s another way you can turn that ribbon into a heart. This memorial tattoo is so understated and sweet. It communicates the message perfectly.
Here’s a tattoo that’s on a son and dedicated to a his mom. The ribbon is paired with boxing gloves. The tattoo reads, “Mom, my fighter, my survivor.” How sweet!
Fight Like a Girl
Here’s a cool message for those diagnosed with breast cancer. “Fight like a girl,” it says. It’s another one of the breast cancer tattoos that marries the ribbon with a heart.
Here’s one of the breast cancer tattoos for survivors. We love the font chosen and the pink ribbon looks dynamic with subtle shading.
For His Mom
This breast cancer tattoo was gotten by a son for his mother. Notice how several of the pink bits that are floating away are shaped like hearts. How tender.
The most popular breast cancer tattoos for survivors are tattoos over scars from surgery or even entire breasts in the case of a mastectomy. Here’s a gorgeous floral design that many survivors are fond of.
Here’s is one of the most stunning breast cancer tattoos on this list. We find two flowers here. According the the person who shared the photo, one is her mom’s birth flower and the other is her birth flower. They are tied together by a pink ribbon. She added that the butterfly symbolizes rebirth for her.
Little Pink Ribbon
As you try and land on the best breast cancer tattoos for you, remember that you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. The pink ribbon is instantly recognizable as a symbol of breast cancer awareness. It makes a statement all on its own.
Keep the Faith
“Fath over fear,” this breast cancer tattoo says. If you’re a person of faith, a ribbon with a cross could prove a powerful reminder of faith and grace.
Here’s another one of the ribbon breast cancer tattoos but it’s been jazzed up with the incorporation of some splashes of paint.
On Angels Wings
We find another cancer awareness ribbon that’s been turned into a butterfly. We like the use of pink throughout which has been shaded in a unique way to add depth.
Here, we find the cancer awareness ribbon worked into the most delicate black and grey roses. Feel free to get creative with your breast cancer tattoos by adding florals and other elements for more visual interest and beauty!
Mother-Daughter Breast Cancer Tattoos
Here are some mother-daughter breast cancer tattoos. Each has a matching ribbon with birds flying from it, an important date, and something a little different. For the daughter, she got “Mum” tattooed and for mom, she got “Survivor.”
Here’s another one of the breast cancer tattoos that incorporates boxing gloves to symbolize a fighting spirit. It’s a little smaller and we think this modest size would be great for most.
Mastectomy Tattoo with Roses
Here’s another one of the breast cancer tattoos for survivors who have had a mastectomy. How gorgeous are these vivid roses? We also love the black ornamentation that swoops around the buds. Bravo!
“I am hope,” this gorgeous butterfly tattoo says. What a nice reminder to embody hope during a battle with cancer.
Here’s a unique one of the ribbon breast cancer tattoos that’s done in a unique way. We find it wrapped around a carnation with little hearts cut out of its ends.
The person who shared the above image wrote that she got it on the 14-year anniversary of her mother’s cancer going into remission. What a beautiful little design.
In this “blessed” design we find the pink ribbon in place of the letter E. It’s a very sharp tattoo that’s not too big which should appeal to a bunch of folks. This tattoo belongs to a survivor.
A Red Rose
In this neo-traditional design, we find a pink ribbon wrapped around a red rose. The design is one of the most straightforward breast cancer tattoos on this list. Gorgeous!
Here is one of the most breathtaking breast cancer tattoos that you will ever see. The flowers are just a masterpiece. The ink colors are brilliant. Truly, this is one of the most moving tattoos we’ve ever seen.
Under the Scar
Another popular location for breast cancer tattoos on survivors is beneath the mastectomy scar. Here is a giant beautiful design that accentuates the scar. A beautiful reminder, no doubt.
How unique does this butterfly look? We love the message of this tattoo, “Never give up,” it instructs us.
Here’s another one of the breast cancer tattoos that’s been inked in solidarity with a mom. The daughter requested the message, “Your battle is my battle.”
Here’s a unique idea for breast cancer tattoos, work the pink ribbon into the Wonder Woman symbol like this, and even consider other heroes that really know how to fight. We imagine a Superwoman design would look equally as cool.
Told You So!
As we expected, we find another superhero breast cancer tattoo. This one imagines the cancer fighter as Superwoman.
Here’s one of the breast cancer tattoos that was gotten by a survivor to remind them to “choose joy.”
A Beautiful Tribute to Mom
We find another butterfly tattoo with a pink ribbon worked into it. It’s more seamless than the other butterfly breast cancer tattoos on this list.
Simple with Meaning
Here’s a minimalist tattoo created with just black lines and a pink ribbon. Sometimes the most simple breast cancer tattoos speak volumes. This is brilliant!
“Bloom anyway,” this tattoo instructs the viewer. We find the pink ribbon in place of the L. Above, another one of the beautifully minimal breast cancer tattoos shows a woman with blooming flowers growing from her head.
“This woman is incredible,” the tattoo artist who shared this image writes. “Do you hear me? Double mastectomy to PREVENT breast cancer that runs in her family.
[A previvor is someone who usually has a hereditary risk of breast or ovarian cancer, genetic or familial and has opted to undergo prophylactic treatment as a preventative measure to avoid a future cancer diagnosis.”
Here’s a stunning memorial tattoo for a mom who died, The flower appears so hopeful with its warm-colored center that cools down into purple and aquamarine. A beautiful one.
In the Heart
Here’s one of the breast cancer tattoos that incorporates plenty of heart thanks to the heartbeat rhythms. What a poignant reminder to raise awareness.
“A tattoo for her aunt and mom— half the ribbon is for breast cancer and the other half is heart disease,” the tattoo artist shared along with this image. For your breast cancer tattoos, the more meaningful, the more beautiful.
More Matching Breast Cancer Tattoos
Here is one of two matching breast cancer tattoos. We find a feather incorporated into the ribbon. It could be a reminder to soar or a symbol of freedom. Whatever the reason, it looks fantastic.
We find another one of the butterfly breast cancer tattoos here with such much incredible color. It looks like an entire sunset inside those wings!
Here’s an understated piece that’s intended to raise awareness. With a simple body shape and some botanical elements this tattoo clearly gets across its point of view.
Put Up a Fight
“Stab cancer in the face,” this photo is captioned. It’s clear that this is one of the breast cancer tattoos for the fighters out there.
Here’s a subtle line tattoo that incorporates a tiny pink ribbon. We wonder what the figure in this design is looking away to. It’s a bit mysterious but still attractive.
Here’s one of the most unique breast cancer tattoos on this list. “She’s my hero,” is written into a sort of American flag design. Instead of stars, we find tiny pink ribbons.
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Sometimes the simplest gestures we make are the most powerful. Just two words: “I’m here,” convey solidarity, strength, and love. What a moving design that’s one of the most minimal on this list!
There you go! We hope you feel inspired by these breast cancer tattoos. These designs are popular for a number of reasons. You might want to show solidarity with a loved one with breast cancer or simply want to raise awareness about the potentially deadly condition. Further, you might be a survivor yourself who wants a reminder of your strength and resistance. Whatever the reason, breast cancer tattoos are always a beautiful celebration of life.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Let These Breast Cancer Tattoos Warm Your Heart!
- 1.1 Warrior
- 1.2 A Memorial for Mimi
- 1.3 With Heart
- 1.4 Shared Battle
- 1.5 Mtching Butterflies
- 1.6 Tiny!
- 1.7 Stay Anchored
- 1.8 Watercolor Sunflower
- 1.9 Mastectomy Scar
- 1.10 With Love
- 1.11 My Fighter
- 1.12 Fight Like a Girl
- 1.13 Survivor
- 1.14 For His Mom
- 1.15 Survivor
- 1.16 Very Personal
- 1.17 Little Pink Ribbon
- 1.18 Keep the Faith
- 1.19 Watercolor Ribbon
- 1.20 On Angels Wings
- 1.21 Delicate Roses
- 1.22 Mother-Daughter Breast Cancer Tattoos
- 1.23 A Fighter
- 1.24 Mastectomy Tattoo with Roses
- 1.25 Hope
- 1.26 Carnation
- 1.27 For Mama
- 1.28 Blessed
- 1.29 A Red Rose
- 1.30 Double Mastectomy
- 1.31 Under the Scar
- 1.32 Keep Fighting
- 1.33 Shared Battle
- 1.34 Wonder Woman
- 1.35 Told You So!
- 1.36 Joy
- 1.37 A Beautiful Tribute to Mom
- 1.38 Simple with Meaning
- 1.39 Keep Growing
- 1.40 The Previvor
- 1.41 A Tribute
- 1.42 In the Heart
- 1.43 Trumpet Flowers
- 1.44 More Matching Breast Cancer Tattoos
- 1.45 Full Color
- 1.46 Understated
- 1.47 Put Up a Fight
- 1.48 Subtle
- 1.49 A Hero
- 1.50 Solidarity
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