Divorce Tattoos: Trendy or Worth It?


There are plenty of people in the world that love tattoos, which begs the questions: When is the right time to get a tattoo, and should I get one while going through a divorce?

The idea of a divorce tattoo may seem trendy to some, but to others, it can be a remarkable way of healing. Since it is a permanent reminder of the struggles you have gone through and the path you took to get where you are today, a divorce tattoo may be just what you need.

Divorce Tattoo Trends

If you are trying to get some inspiration about what a good divorce tattoo may do for you, consider these trends, which have taken the skin-modification industry by storm:

1. Inspirational Quotes

One of the greatest things about inspirational quotes is that you can find them anywhere, including something a family member used to say to you, your favorite lyric from a song, or even something an actor said in a movie.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to make sure you choose something that has personal meaning. Just because a social media influencer or celebrity has a certain divorce tattoo, it does not necessarily mean that it would be the right thing for you. Choose something related to your divorce, and the specific struggles that you have been through.

2. Children’s Drawings

Take a moment to think about what the most important thing in your life is while you are dealing with divorce. For parents, it is quite obviously their children. Sometimes, it can be better to have a tattoo of something that reminds you of what you are fighting for, such as giving your children a safe and happy home.

Have your kids draw something unique. Then get it tattooed in a place where it will be a constant reminder of why you went through your divorce in the first place. Plus, it is always nice to look down at your kid’s artwork and laugh or smile—even on the hardest days.

3. Memorable Object or Design

Perhaps you are not the type of person that is interested in having an inspirational quote tattooed, or you do not have children. Therefore, there is always the option of selecting a memorable object or design.

Think of any symbols or characters that will help you find guidance throughout this difficult time. Or if you have already gone through the divorce, you can choose something to remind you to always look out for yourself first.

Ideally, you are not going to want to choose something that will remind you of your spouse. Your tattoo should be a symbolic form of healing, rather than a form of revenge.

4. Biblical Verses

The Bible is filled with healing passages. For instance, Philippians 4:13 says, ‘I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.’ If you find yourself reaching towards a higher power to gain assistance and guidance, why not have one of your favorite passages remind you that you should stay strong and resilient?

Are Divorce Tattoos Worth It?

Before you make the jump to book an appointment, you will need to think about whether a divorce tattoo will be worth it or not. They can be a great way to get closure, but at the same time, you need to take enough time to think about whether or not it is what you want. You will need to make sure that it reminds you of something positive, rather than all the negative parts of divorce. Although you may be hurt and spiteful right now, you may not be as angry five years down the road.

Here is the best advice that you can have for choosing the right tattoo to symbolize your divorce: Sit down with your artist and develop a great concept that you will love and cherish forever.

Shawn Leamon, MBA, CDFA is the host of the “Divorce and Your Money Show” and Managing Partner of LaGrande Global, with offices in Dallas, New York and Hanover, New Hampshire.


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Shawn Leamon, MBA, CDFA

Dallas, Texas

Shawn C. H. Leamon is Managing Partner of LaGrande Global, a firm that helps successful families manage large financial transitions like divorce, inheritance and selling a business.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, double majoring in Economics and Philosophy, and his Masters in Business Administration at Spain’s IE Business School.

Before founding LaGrande Global, Shawn helped manage $1.1 billion in client assets at Bernstein Global Wealth Management. He also worked as a credit research analyst at J.P. Morgan. He is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, and he has been an advisor to numerous high-stakes divorce cases.

Shawn is the author of two well-received finance books: Managing Private Wealth: Principles, and Divorce and Your Money: The No-Nonsense Guide, both published in 2016.

In his spare time, Shawn is an ultra-endurance athlete and has competed in events as long as 24 hours. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Alumni Board of Greenhill School.