Autism tattoos are absolutely stunning! I mean, there’s just something about a good autism tattoo that we can’t take our eyes off of.
We use tattoos as a way to honor things that are truly close to our hearts. Parents often get tattoos of their children’s names. Veterans get inked to honor their fallen comrades who’ve died in the line of duty, and the list goes on.
A tattoo tells a story. And that story is unique for each person. And autism tattoos are no exception!
Individuals get tattoos to symbolize their awareness of this condition. This could result from personal experience of having a child with autism. But more often, people get autism tattoos motivated by the love they have for someone close to them.
With a tattoo, the simple message is this. Autism awareness is very important.
Tattoos provide a way for families to draw attention to a complex condition. The ultimate goal is the same – to help those on the autism spectrum live a productive and fulfilling life.
So in this post, I’m going to highlight 30 of the most stunning autism tattoos. And if you’re looking for ideas, hopefully, this will spark some creativity!
“Different Not Less” Autism Tattoo
Heart – Puzzle – Flower Autism Tattoo
Abstract Butterfly Autism Tattoo
Mother – Child – Hearts Autism Tattoo
Boy Behind Puzzle Autism Tattoo
Love – Puzzle Autism Tattoo
Puzzle – Butterfly Autism Tattoo
Mother – Daughter – Heart – Tree Autism Tattoo
Boy – Balloon – Cape Autism Tattoo
Puzzle Pieces in Butterfly – Name Autism Tattoo
Cut-Out Puzzle Piece Autism Tattoo
Mother – Daughter – Tree – Puzzle Autism Tattoo
Puzzle Piece – Ribbon Autism Tattoo
Puzzle-Piece Butterfly Autism Tattoo
Love with Puzzle Piece Autism Tattoo
3 Puzzle Piece Autism Tattoo
Butterfly with trailing puzzle pieces Autism Tattoo
Mickey Mouse Autism Tattoo
Heart-in-puzzle-pieces Autism Tattoo
Ribbon – Puzzle-piece – Music Autism Tattoo
Pieces in Puzzle Autism Tattoo
Butterfly – Heart – Ribbon Autism Tattoo
“The Struggle Is Part Of The Journey” Autism Tattoo
“I Am His Voice He Is My Heart” Autism Tattoo
Stars – Puzzle Autism Tattoo
Ribbon Autism Tattoo
Butterfly – Ribbon Tattoo
Squirt Autism Tattoo
“Always Unique Totally Intelligent Sometimes Mysterious” Autism Tattoo
Puzzle – Piece – Leaf – Heart Autism Tattoo
These are just a few of the amazing autism tattoos out there. But more than just getting inked, it’s always important to understand what’s driving you to get a tattoo. Here are the top reasons why people get autism tattoos:
Top Reasons why people get Autism Tattoos
So here are the top reasons why people get autism tattoos.
#1 It’s Personal
The first reason is obvious. It’s personal. Tattoos are deeply personal for each individual. Through tattoos, we get a glimpse into the lives of other people. After all, tattoos are an extension of that particular person’s story put on full display.
People get autism tattoos because they love someone who has been impacted by autism. So to them, tattoos are a way of permanently declaring their love, support, and dedication to their loved one.
#2 Autism Tattoos Raise Public Awareness
When someone sees a tattoo, they know that there’s a story behind it. So getting a tattoo breaks the proverbial ice to start the conversation. Even if you got inked to celebrate a loved one, tattoos have the potential to start a conversation. And that itself will help to raise awareness.
Keep in mind, a lot of people have misconceptions and misunderstandings about autism. A tattoo may very well be the door through which you help people understand this condition. You can inform and actually help others who are autistic get the understanding they need.
#3: Autism Tattoos Inspire
Autism success stories often don’t get well-deserved attention that they are worthy of. This may be due to the fact that negative news gets more views than inspirational stories. However, an autism tattoo is one way that parents can reflect their resilience.
Autism tattoos inspire hope in those who are coping with the disorder. It indicates that there is hope beyond the diagnosis. Individuals on the autism spectrum are able to lead a productive life despite the challenges.
For those coping with autism, the struggle is real. Parents are constantly in need of inspiration, and a quick glance at a tattoo gives them that. Sometimes people just need a small dose of hope. And for them, tattoos offer that sense of positive affirmation.
#4: Autism Tattoos Acknowledges Caregivers
Not everyone is going to go out and get a tattoo but that doesn’t mean they are not dealing with the same hardships. Autism tattoos not only celebrate a loved one, but it also celebrates caregivers of autistic individuals.
This includes those who don’t often get recognized for their tireless efforts. We should never forget the sacrifices caregivers make to help their loved ones. Tattoos are a great way to recognize family members who are making daily sacrifices.
#5: Autism Tattoos Symbolize a New Beginning
When a loved one gets diagnosed with autism, it can be frightening! Some describe feeling a deep sense of loss, in that they have to mentally resign certain hopes they once had. But once the parents get to a place of acceptance, new hope takes hold.
Parents realize that autism doesn’t resign the hopes of a joyful or productive life. By acknowledging that autism is not the end, this allows parents to establish a new beginning.
Getting a permanent symbol inked onto your body is a way of solidifying that truth. Tattoos remind parents that their love for them is unfaltering. The tattoo tells a far bigger story than just a phrase. It symbolizes a lifetime commitment that parents are proud to make.
We Relate to Stories as Inspiration.
A tattoo helps prompt us to tell this story again and again. It becomes a psychological prompt for you to ask yourself these important questions:
- What story do I want to tell myself?
- Does autism change me at the core?
- What are the ways that this experience will help us grow as a family?
- Is my self-narrative negative or positive? If it’s negative, what can I do to change that?
- Does my self-narrative give me enough room to grow?
- What are some steps that I can take to ensure my loved one gets the help they need? Are they able to live a productive and happy life?
- Am I being careful of the words I use? Remember that words can be powerful.
As you can see, tattoos can be a very powerful tool to help ground you when you might be wrestling with these questions.
Autism Tattoos Represent Hope
Autism tattoos are a reminder to parents that they write their own stories. No matter what other people say or what their own thoughts tempt them to believe, autism doesn’t have the final word. Autism isn’t the end. In fact, it’s a new beginning.
At the end of the day, autism tattoos symbolize the hope that we have for our loved ones. By raising autism awareness, we’re doing our part to highlight their contribution. Why? Because we’re all in this together!
Why is the Autism Ribbon in so many tattoos?
Now you’ll notice the autism ribbon in many of the tattoos above. So what’s the deal with the ribbon?
The autism ribbon was designed before the turn of the century as a way to bring greater awareness. The ribbon is made up of several puzzle pieces, each having different colors. It represents how complex the autism spectrum is and the colors represent diversity.
Its bright colors are to bring hope to those who feel hopeless upon discovery of this condition. We want to increase awareness and what better way to draw attention than to make it bright?
The autism ribbon is the most common tattoo that people will get to share their stories. Some people get an inspirational phrase or some other symbol along with the ribbon. Nonetheless, the ribbon is usually the most prominent part of the tattoo.
It’s easy to recognize and generates questions from those curious about autism. Again, tattoos are all about spreading awareness through storytelling. And some stories are just better told through imagery.
Meaning Behind the Autism Ribbon
The autism ribbon holds a lot of meaning for individuals who fall under the autism spectrum.
- The many puzzle pieces united and the connection of the bow communicates that individuals with autism are never alone.
- The different shapes of each puzzle piece communicate that everyone is uniquely different.
- The puzzle communicates that autism itself is a puzzle to solve. We don’t know it’s cause and there is no one-size-fits-all solution that works for all.
- Society often defines people as either “normal” or “abnormal” but in reality, we are all different. Autism just means a person is unique in a different way.
- The bold colors communicate awareness and empowerment, as many family members and caregivers have to speak on behalf of those who can’t speak up for themselves.
Reshaping Negative Narratives & Getting Support
There are various negative stigmas associated with autism. Despite the negative narratives that surround autism, we must not fall prey to believing them.
Autism tattoos are one way of reshaping negative narratives. Autism tattoos give a positive outlook. These tattoos highlight the resilience of individuals and caregivers impacted by autism.
However, an autism tattoo in itself has no power to do the deeper work of managing the behaviors of an autistic child.
In fact, even the most experienced parents will at some point doubt their ability to effectively manage their autistic child. And that is natural because we want to ensure the best for our children despite our shortcomings.
If you are one of those parents who are “all-in” and so invested that you would permanently, declare your love through an autism tattoo, I applaud you.
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A.D. Daisley holds a Masters Degree from the University of Central Florida and has been working in the field as a Behavior Analyst since 2005. He has provided services to children and adults with varying diagnoses such as autism, mental retardation, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). His scope of experience also includes coordinating therapy to individuals and families in conjunction with other supports including School Teachers, Adult Day Training Facility Staff (ADT’s) and Speech/Occupational therapists. He is the Director and Behavior Analyst at Alternative Outcomes since 2007. A.D is also the Director of Creátre, a non-profit organization that uses the arts for the purpose of skill training, outreach and to display community leadership.