Tattoo trends come and go, especially in the modern-day time where people set new tattoo trends almost every day thanks to social media. And generally, these trends just seem to be a type of ‘spur of the moment’ tattoos that don’t really carry any depth or specific meaning.
We believe that tattoos should be unique and have a purpose, personal to the person wearing and owning the tattoo. However, one specific tattoo trend that arose lately is the pink and blue ribbon tattoo. Now, the tattoo trends like this one we fully support.
If you’ve come across this specific tattoo design on your social media pages (especially on TikTok), and you’re wondering what it means, then you’re at the right place. In the following paragraphs, we’ll provide an in-depth explanation of this tattoo symbolism, as well as why we think it is a good one too! Let’s get started!
Pink and Blue Ribbon Tattoo Meaning
In order to explain the tattoo’s meaning, we first need to explain the specific meaning of the pink and blue ribbon symbol. Pink and blue ribbon as a symbol promotes the following;
- Baby loss awareness (baby loss during or after pregnancy, miscarriage, neonatal death, stillbirth, and SIDS). – Baby Loss Awareness Week is from October 9th to 15th.
- Infertility awareness
- Pyloric stenosis awareness
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (October 15th in the USA, Canada, Australia, and the UK).
- Male breast cancer awareness
- Infantile disease and illness
- Pre-natal loss (miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, premature birth, stillbirth).
If you see someone wearing a pink and blue ribbon, during Awareness week or not, they’re raising awareness of the aforementioned causes. Unfortunately, they might have also experienced baby loss, and are wearing the ribbon to raise awareness but also remember their own loss and show the world what they’ve gone through. This is a rather personal experience, so people sharing it and talking about it is super important, for them and for everyone else.
The Baby Loss Awareness Week happens every year in October. During this week, people commemorate the loss of their babies and try to provide support and care for everyone affected by the loss. It is an incredible cause that is properly supported by wearing pink and blue ribbons.
The Pink and Blue Ribbon Tattoo
Now, let’s talk about the tattoo. The pink and blue ribbon tattoo carries the same meaning as the physical ribbon itself. The tattoo commemorates the loss of a baby, a male breast cancer survivor, and raises awareness of infertility, infantile disease, prenatal loss and so much more.
Some people simply want to show their support for this cause throughout the year, not just during the October Awareness week. Parents and everyone affected by such an incredibly devastating and sad event of losing a baby get pink and blue ribbon tattoos as a permanent reminder and tribute.
This is also an excellent reminder to people all over the world that there is support and care for them, even if the pain of baby loss may never go away. By seeing that others have gone through the same, parents might be able to handle their loss better and be more hopeful about the future.
Who Should Wear a Pink and Blue Ribbon Tattoo?
When it comes to such sensitive topics, it is always good to point out whether it is appropriate for someone to wear a tattoo or not.
Of course, if you’ve experienced baby loss in your life, whether you’re a man or a woman (as parents), it is more than appropriate for you to wear such a tattoo. The ribbon was created as a way for parents to show what they’ve gone through and commemorate the loss of their baby.
If you’re someone who has also been affected by the baby loss (for example, the brother or the sister, family members, etc.), you are also more than allowed to wear the pink and blue ribbon tattoo.
Now, when it comes to simply spreading awareness of baby loss and infantile diseases, we recommend you wear the ribbon. Getting a permanent tattoo of a pink and blue ribbon in this case would be a questionable choice. It is appropriate enough to spread awareness by wearing the ribbon and explaining its meaning to people who are not familiar with the cause. It would be considered inappropriate to get such a tattoo if you haven’t experienced baby loss (or any other unfortunate events this ribbon stands for) or have been directly affected by such an event.
So, now you know what the pink and blue ribbon tattoo trend means. Now, does this mean you should hop on the trend wave and get this exact tattoo? Unless you yourself or your family hasn’t really been affected by a tragic event of baby loss, we would say that getting the tattoo is inappropriate.
A tattoo is a permanent symbol, so best not to get it, especially if it represents someone else’s battles and sufferings. What we do recommend is to wear the pink and blue ribbon to spread and raise awareness if you want to contribute to the cause, of course. This is especially recommended to do in October, during Baby Loss Awareness Week.