Different organs of our body find their uses in tattoo art, but one specific organ is our heart.
Heart tattoos were a way for people to show that they have love in their lives for a long time. However, modern technology gave tattooists the ability to create some fantastic anatomical tattoos.
But, the heart’s depiction as an organ in the body was not a common depiction in tattoos in the past. Regardless of that, they had their place in tattoo art. One great thing about these designs is that you can use the classic meanings attacked to those simple shapes. Also, you can gain a whole host of other meanings with it.
Here we will talk about anatomical heart tattoos, which are nowadays gaining in popularity. There are various meanings attached to them, and there are different designs from which you can choose.
Our heart is located between our lings, in the middle of our chest, behind and slightly to the left of our breastbone. The double-layered membrane, the pericardium, surrounds our heart like a sac. The layer of the pericardium from the outside surrounds the roots of the main blood vessels of the organ. Ligaments attach it to our spinal column, diaphragm, as well as other parts of our body.
It weighs between 7 and 15 ounces, which is 200 to 425 grams, and it a little larger than the size of our fist. The heart of a person beats more than 3.5 billion times by the end of a long life. Every day, the average beats are about 100,000 times and pumps about 2,000 gallons or 7,571 liters of blood.
Our heart has four chambers. The upper chambers are the left and the right atria, while the lower chambers are the left and right ventricles. A wall of muscles, known as septum, separates the left and right atria and the left and right ventricles. The left vertical is the largest and strongest chamber. The walls of the left ventricle chamber are half-inch thick. However, they have enough force to push blood through the aortic valve and into our bodies.
This organ, together with the circulatory system, creates our cardiovascular system. It works as a pump that pushes blood to the organs, tissues, as well as cells in our body. Blood delivers oxygen, together with nutrients to each cell and removes the carbon dioxide and waste products made by the cells.
Through the complex network of arteries, arterioles, and capillaries, the blood circulates to our whole body. Through venules and veins, the blood returns to our hearts. If all the vessels of the complex network are laid end-to-end, they will extend from about 60,000 miles. This is about 96,500 kilometers, and it is far enough to circle the planet more than twice.
- The anatomical heart used in tattoos.
The depiction of the heart as an actual organ in the human body is not a common motif for tattoos. Reminiscent of the x-ray style of rock art in western Arnhem Land in Australia, the depiction of the heart is as though one could look through the skin and see into the chest. Such a representation is even akin to the biochemical style or the portrayal of wounds.
In some instances, the tattoos of the anatomical one were usually common among heart patients. They symbolized the surgery or some other treatment they received and maybe also their recovery.
While typically a little design symbolizes love, passion, joy, and happiness, the anatomical heart tattoos are different. The working heart can represent a person that has unrivaled passion, or who puts their heart into their work. Also, it can represent someone that has a tough exterior. However, it can show that they want the world to see that they have a beating one like others.
Anatomical tattoos may have various meanings, which depend on their style and design. You can add a lot of additional elements to this design.
Generally said, this tattoo design can symbolize the following things:
- Medicine or healing;
- Spirituality, etc.
The anatomical tattoo can also be a symbol of friendship. If two people want to show their friendship, they can get matching anatomical heart tattoos. In this way, these designs express that one person is a significant part of the other.
Those people that know their passion in life know that their heart drives them to be better every day. Such passions could be regardless of the fact if it is writing, acting, singing, cooking, or other.
Heart tattoos are more like machines than they are about feelings and love. Our heart is only another organ to these wearers. They want the world to see that it functions at a higher level than most will permit. It also pushes them to be better in every aspect of their lives. Regardless of how broken, blackened, or hurt they are, their heart will continue beating strong.