Hebrew Tattoo Ideas

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Hebrew Tattoo Ideas
Turn your favourite Hebrew word or phrase into a tattoo. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Tattoos are a popular form of self-expression and creativity. A tattoo can be something private -- a name, phrase or symbol meant to give the individual strength -- or it can be for show. Hebrew, one of the oldest languages still spoken, is becoming a popular language for tattoos. Before getting a tattoo in Hebrew, however, do your research to be sure that the tattoo you are getting says what you want it to say.

Tips for Hebrew Tattoos

Not only are tattoos themselves permanent, but so are any mistakes that are made when applying the tattoo. When getting a tattoo in a foreign language or script it is important to make sure the translation is accurate. This is especially important when it comes to Hebrew tattoos because the Hebrew alphabet is completely different from English and the language is gender specific. Before visiting the tattoo parlour, do your research carefully to ensure that the tattoo you are getting actually says what you want it to say.

Phrases from Scripture

Using your favourite verse of scripture or an inspirational phrase into a tattoo can be a great way to carry your faith with you always. Popular choices for Hebrew tattoos of scriptural phrases include, "I am the way, the truth and the light," "I am what I am" and "I am for my beloved and my beloved is for me." Other inspirational or spiritual phrases like "live, laugh, love" and "live your dreams" can also be translated into Hebrew for tattoos.

Spiritual Words

Words and symbols are very popular as tattoos because they can be made small and hardly noticeable, if the individual desires, and because words and symbols can capture great meaning. Many individuals get tattoos of the Chinese characters for words like strength, wisdom or love, but Hebrew words and symbols are also becoming popular as tattoos. Ideas for tattoos of Hebrew words include "hope," "truth," "love," "faith" and identifiers such as "mother," "brother" or "sister."


Many people get tattoos of the names of their significant others, role models or lost loved ones. Getting a tattoo of the name of someone you love or admire is a great way to show your respect and admiration for that person. Translating names into Hebrew can be difficult, however, because the Hebrew alphabet is completely different from English. Transliteration, using Hebrew letters to spell English words, will not work because there are fewer letters in the Hebrew alphabet and not all modern names can be accurately translated. Consult a translation service or a Hebrew speaker to see if the name you want as a tattoo can be translated accurately.

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