Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to learn braille this year? Perhaps you would like to support your kid, relative, or friend who is a braille reader. Or potentially you are a veteran teacher who knows braille, but you’re looking for new ideas for activities and lessons. Whatever your reason, braille is incredible and allows the visually impaired to achieve literacy and that’s a beautiful thing!
January is Braille Literacy Month, in honor of the birthday of Louis Braille, who was born on January 4th, 1809. We now celebrate National World Braille Day on January 4th in honor of his legacy. With technology rapidly evolving and digital services moving into this space, educators insist that braille and reading print is still an incredibly valuable tool for children and adults. Let’s take a look at some braille tattoos that celebrate this tactile writing system!
The tattoo artist who shared this image explained that the braille says the person’s family name and the word “strength.” We love the sentiment behind this inspiring tattoo’s message.
‘Love is Blind’
“I didn’t just get this tattoo in Braille because it was clever, but in honor of my Aunt Cathy,” the person who shared this image wrote of her visually impaired aunt. “My favorite thing about her was how important she could make you feel. If you spoke to her, it felt like nothing mattered more in the entire world than the words coming out of your mouth.”
Sisu is a Finnish concept described as stoic determination, tenacity of purpose, grit, bravery, resilience, and hardiness and is held by Finns themselves to express their national character. While we do not have an equivalent term in English, we still love the idea behind this braille tattoo.
Dates are another popular subject matter for this style of tattoo with this person getting their wedding date tattooed on his wrist. That’s romance!
Do Not Fear
“Everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear,” this braille tattoo reads in part. It looks lovely down the spine in a column like this.
“Only with the heart can one see well; the essential is invisible to the eyes,” this person captioned the image in Spanish. We love the addition of a flower here.
Stay the Course
“Never give up.” Those are words to live by and the inspiration behind this watercolor tattoo. We think it really makes a splash.
This person has a series of braille tattoos of coordinates looks intriguing. The artist has done an incredible job keeping the lines and dots incredibly tidy.
Tiny Dots from France
This subtle face tattoo comes all the way from a person located in France. They captioned the photo “braille for those who care to translate.”
Resilience from Mexico
“Resiliencia” this tattoo reads in Spanish. That’s a great word to tattoo on your body as it will be with you for the rest of your life. Not a bad thing to have on your side!
This beautiful purple butterfly has the word “mum” tattooed below in honor of the person’s mother. This is such a moving tribute and a stunning design.
Here we find the Spanish word for family done as a micro tattoo that is so teeny tiny. We love how sharp and smart this tattoo turned out.
Here, we find the word “faith” tattoo in both braille and typed English. The dots are so perfectly round that it boggles the mind.
“Amistad” is the Spanish word for “friendship” and we find it on these two buddies who got matching tattoos to celebrate it. Bravo!
Here, we find an entire family with the word “familia” tattooed in braille. What a lovely gesture to show love and a shared commitment to one another.
This is a tribute tattoo for this person’s “daddy.” A great way to pay tribute to someone is by tattooing a word or image that reminds you of them always. This is a lovely way to celebrate the man she loved!
Love for Mom
“Love you, mother” the person with this tattoo captioned the image they shared of it. It is so amazing that these simple formations mean so much to people.
“I’ve been searching for a trail to follow again,” this braille quote reads. What a thought-provoking and interesting sentiment!
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Here is a handpoked braille tattoo on a finger that was completed without the aid of a tattoo gun. See how tiny the dots can be done in this style?
‘I love You’
We’re entering a tunnel of love so if you are a grinch, you might want to skip ahead a few images. This bold shoulder tattoo is remarkable and completely amorous.
Here, we find unconditional love tattooed down this person’s spine which is a popular spot for braille, we discovered. What a stunner!
Here we find “be bold” in two different forms. This is great advice we should all heed every single day.
We love this tribute tattoo that’s a reminder to never give up the fight for what you believe in. What a marvelous sentiment to help you live each day like you mean it.
Here, we find red ink that spells “love” and is accompanied by the finest floral, decorative element. How does red immediately make things visually appeal more?
‘Love of Self’
Self-love is such an important element of leading a healthy life. We find a reminder to do just that in this wrist tattoo with the tiniest dots we ever did see. This subtle tattoo has got to be one of most microscopic on the planet!
There you go! 25 braille tattoos that showcase the beauty of the writing and how it inspires others every day of their lives. This month, celebrate this amazing form of communication and the literacy it has given so many!
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.
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