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This is just a tribute (tattoo slideshow)

You gotta believe me! I wish you were there... Okay. Enough Jack Blacking around.

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The recent disaster in Haiti has gotten me thinking about commemorative tattoos, be they for loved ones or traumatic events in your life. Memorial tattoos have been around just as long as tattoos themselves. Maybe you don't have one yourself, but I bet you know at least one person who does have a tattoo that they attribute to a loved one, a band, an event, or anything really. For many people, getting a tattoo is an integral part of the grieving process. For others, tattoos can be a way to celebrate their children, their idols, or a bond with a close friend.

Memorial tattoos can range from religious symbols to portraits to something as simple as a loved one's name. The gesture is a beautiful one and, even if the tattoo is god-awful, you have to respect the person who got it. This person is/was so affected by whoever their tattoo is for that they needed to raise a permanent memorial on their own body.

You can argue that every tattoo has a personal meaning to the wearer, but the following tattoos are representative of the love and dedication people can have for others.