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Still, some of the designs in this collection are empowering in sheer placement and boldness; the choice of an adornment to claim the skin as one’s own. The meaning of other people’s tattoos and their choices to get them will always be a fascinating topic. We are certainly in awe of the ones featured here.
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She runs with the wolves.
This gorgeous tattoo is very personal and as Roxy wrote, “The black night sky to white represents me coming out of a very sad part of my life and into a happy positive strong one.”
Frida Kahlo was a powerful and inspiring woman. Getting a tattoo of her brings her energy to the wearer.
Power over self.
The beautiful semicolon tattoo symbols when a person has power over self, the power of overcoming something, the power to continue.
Self-care and self-love are so important. And this beautiful tattoo symbolizes that connection to self on a whole other level.
The sword, symbolizing battle, and the wings, symbolic of strength and the ability to rise above.
All about the journey.
This is a gorgeous depiction of a strong woman — we love it in black and gray.
Power of reiki.
Reiki is life force energy and this symbol is Cho Ku Rei, the power symbol which is also great for protection.
Always a wand.
Empowerment sometimes comes with a bit of magic. That’s why we adore this magical crystal wand.
A magical take on the all-seeing eye — such a great design to tap into for strength.
Love thy body.
“No shame” — all love. All empowerment.
We couldn’t imagine a more fitting photo to show off this death to patriarchy tattoo.
Taking back the night.
This one is so empowering, not only for the person who has this incredible tattoo, but for all who see it.
This is pure goddess, pure and raw female power.
Empowering tattoos can also come in the form of fairytale-looking designs. She may be sleeping, but she carries a tiny knife. She is fierce.
This tattoo is so intricate and bold. It’s like a coat of armor, and it takes a pretty bold person to pull it off.
Love the world.
We often talk about loving Mother Earth, but there is something different about this image. It’s designed to show more global love, love of everyone on all continents, showing empathy. That is an empowering thought.
Not only can this crane in flight be seen as a rising above, soaring higher kind of mantra, but its placement is absolutely stunning.
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Hands of the goddess.
Hel is the Norse goddess who rules the Underworld. This beautiful tattoo features the hands of this fearsome goddess.
To be female.
We love this design — it’s bold and yet feminine and strong. Just like a woman.
To see all.
Intricate snowflake and an all-seeing eye — what an incredible combination.
A flower is a great symbol of empowerment — to grow and flourish from just a seed. This tattoo in this spot gives it even more power.
All hail Lisa Simpson, feminist icon.
This self-love tattoo serves as a great reminder for any folks who struggle to love themselves.
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Getting a spirit animal tattooed is a beautiful way to carry the reminder of how powerful and empowered a person can be.
This tattoo is total power, total warrior spirit and soul.
This expression will never get old, and never stop being the spark to our fire.
This uterus has a message, and for women it’s cheeky and true.
Special kind of magic.
A tribute tattoo of sorts — “To the witches I have known” harkens to the women who suffered for being female before us.
Empowerment comes in all forms. This tattoo shows that power within the resistance.
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Live long and prosper.
This is a beautiful visual for the symbol for “live long and prosper.”
We love the meaning here — a heart is nurtured and grows.
Find one’s bliss.
This beautiful tattoo depicts the power and beauty of meditation and living a Zen life.
This is another gorgeous example of a spirit animal tattoo.
These Buddhist hand gestures symbolize a state of mind and being fearless.
Sacred geometry always represents something magical, and getting this incredible pattern tattooed in this spot makes it other-level amazing.
We couldn’t be more in love with this gorgeous line tattoo. This is empowerment — a culmination of all things female: intricate, strong, delicate, and gorgeous.
Glitter is symbolic of magic, and this tattoo suggests sprinkling a little magic can help a lot.
A bird with a lady head or a lady with a bird’s wings? We love the latter.
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Taking in the wild energy.
This gorgeous leopard tattoo is symbolic of great strength.
We love the look of this design. That’s an empowered woman.
We could admire this design for hours.
It’s not just the powerful words here (though we love the sentiment), it’s that hand gesture, so simply yet perfectly captured.
Fight like a girl.
“Fight like a girl” is such a great saying used by so many when talking about battling illness. The small text with gorgeous dagger design makes this truly inspiring.
Save these beautiful meaningful tattoos to your Pinterest boards as your inspiration ideas to show strength and beauty!