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Breakups can be extremely difficult and many people cope with their emotions with tattoos. However, there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to get tattooed after a tough breakup. Take a look at 12 of the best and worst breakup tattoos we found online in the list below—then let us know if you got tattooed after a difficult breakup in the comments section on Facebook. 



We've all seen the void stamp used to cover the name of an ex, however, there are much better ways to cover up a regrettable tattoo.

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Instead of going for something cliché to cover up the name of your ex, use the breakup to get a tattoo that symbolizes your freedom from the relationship. Butterflies have been a popular piece of tattoo flesh for decades and they always add an element of beauty to a design.


Fighting Words

While we understand being upset with an ex, especially if they cheated, we're not sure who would want to live with this tattoo. Seriously, we understand the aspect of getting revenge but you're only hurting yourself with this tattoo.

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If you want to be dark and get a tattoo to represent the death of your relationship, why not go with a skull? Skulls are a timeless tattoo design that not only carry many meanings, but are visually appealing for both the wearer and the general public. 


Dumpster Diving

Again, while a tattoo shaming your ex may feel good in the moment—we doubt that someone would want to wear this piece for the rest of their life. 

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Instead of getting revenge on an ex through a tattoo, try going for a design that represents the opportunities that may follow your breakup. A galaxy is a great way to focus on being optimistic after having your heart broken and in the long run, it's better to channel your energy in a positive way, rather than a negative one. 



While this coverup is definitely hilarious, we'll always be wondering who the hell Sarah is. Unless your current girl doesn't mind constantly being reminded of their ex, a complete coverup is more ideal. 

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An hourglass is a beautiful way to reflect the passing of time and distinguish between the past, present and future of your love life. 


Name Game

Seriously, who thinks of these ideas? Not only will the name Nathan always be a visible reminder, but what happens after Ryan Wilson? Will the collector just continue adding to the tattoo until it becomes a full back piece?

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Flying Birds

This tattoo could have been made for a breakup, because it symbolizes freedom though and through. The flying bird, as well as the lock and key, are great ways of showing that you've moved on from a relationship in a positive way.


Screw You

Like many of the tattoos you've seen above, we strongly discourage getting a vengeful and spiteful tattoo after a breakup. We bet this person wound up getting a second cover up shortly after their first one.

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Fire and Ice

If you want a tattoo that signifies the end of the world feeling that you experience after a traumatic breakup, take inspiration from poet Robert Frost with a fire and ice tattoo. Not only is this design symbolic, but it's totally gorgeous.