Tattoos can serve a variety of purposes — they can be a gorgeous body embellishments, turn painful memories into something beautiful by covering post-surgery scars, represent strong bonds between people, and more.
A good example of meaningful body art are those semicolon tattoos people were getting not too long ago. Those images, inked on the wrist, were meant to represent people dealing with depression, anxiety, and self-harm.
But those people weren't the only ones to come up with a cryptic symbol to communicate their experiences to the world, and this inception-y Imgur thread proves it.
Yesterday, Imgur user Raingoose shared a photo of her left ear with a caption that says: "Since I'm deaf on [sic] one ear, I thought this was a friendly [way] to tell the world not [to] talking [sic] to me from the left."
Her genius idea to use a tattoo as a means of informing people about her condition was greeted with shouts of support.
Then, something even greater happened — other people started sharing their own tattoos that signify hearing impairment.
This guy went with a more literal design, but we still love it!
These examples prove that tattoos are so much more than just nice pictures people ink on their bodies to make them seem cool or rebellious.
What does your tattoo symbolize?