Roman numeral tattoos are a pretty popular pick for body art enthusiasts. They’re interesting, sleek, and more complex than plain numbers. These types of tattoos use letters from the Latin alphabet to form a number. You can go for something which holds a deeper meaning to you – like a wedding anniversary, birthday, or lucky number. Alternatively, you can simply opt for a design you think looks great, no hidden meaning required. But if there is a date with special significance to you, why not commemorate it permanently with a timeless Roman numeral design? Even celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Miley Cyrus, and Rihanna have embraced this trend, so you’ll certainly be in great company. If you’re warming up to the idea, we’ve gathered a few eye-catching designs to give you a starting point.
By combining a Roman numeral tattoo with the arrow symbol you can cross off two major body art trends in one fell swoop. The arrow symbolizes direction and acts as a reminder that difficulties in life can propel you forward, on to better things. A combination of these symbols can be a fabulous pick for matching tattoos. You can get one with your friends or with a loved one.
You can also go for a clock tattoo with Roman numerals, to symbolize the passage of time. It looks great on the upper arm, as above, or on your back. We love those cute tree branches!
This is a date, probably one that has a great meaning to the wearer. We applaud the placing, which makes for pretty sexy body art.
A great example of how you can combine Roman numeral tattoos with other symbols to get impressive results. Trees are thought of as long-lasting and resilient, so it’s natural to want a small part of one with you forever. Plus, there’s something eerie and magical about branches, that makes them very visually appealing, especially when the artist knows what he’s doing. Case and point.
The clock makes another special appearance, this time as part of a more complex design. The shadows and the inner clock mechanism show just how talented and attentive to details the artist was.
We love this idea of getting Roman numerals on your toes! The addition of the colorful hearts makes this design even more whimsical.
Minimal, expressive, and incredibly cute. Good things can come in small packages, and we’re hearing that minimal tattoos are all the rage this year. Plus, who doesn’t approve of hearts used as cute separators? We’re big fans!
If you want to get a special tattoo as a couple, celebrating the day you met or a special anniversary is a good idea. These designs are similar, but not identical, so you can personalize the tattoos based on personal preferences. Maybe you’re a fan of geometry, while your partner is more into symbols and patterns. You can surely work together to find some middle ground.
We’re left wondering where the tattoo ends, but we can’t help but applaud the placement. It quite unique and attractive.
This is a pretty common placement for Roman numeral tattoos, which makes sense. If you’re opting for a date which has special meaning to you, you would want to look at it as often as possible.
An identical matching tattoo we’re digging mostly because of the placement. It’s simple, yet very effective.
Roman numeral tattoos looks awesome in black and white, so you’ll probably even get some new Instagram followers thanks to your eye-catching body art.
A *big* design that we don’t recommend getting unless you’re 100 percent sure you’ll dig it in a couple of years as well. It’s usually advisable to go for something smaller in the beginning, like for your first body art, and only upgrade to designs like this one after a while, when you really understand what sporting such a huge design entails.
Elegant, small, pretty. If that’s a variation of the infinity symbol, it’s one we really like.
If there are multiple dates you’d like to celebrate, placingthem one beneath the other can be a good idea. Plus, the placement here is great – the girl can let her hair down and no one would ever know she’s sporting such a daring and beautiful tattoo. We all need a bit of mystery in our lives, at least from time to time.
The addition of the stars and hearts is welcome, as it gives the design a bit of an edge, don’t you think?
This tattoo is perfection. Remember what we said about minimal designs being very trendy? As you can see, there’s a reason why. Plus – getting such a tattoo hurts significantly less. Something to think about.
Combining Roman numerals with pattern doesn’t sound particularly good in theory, but works extremely well in practice. We live and we learn.
Much simpler than the similar design above, but just as cute and appealing.
This is what we call a particularly manly design. The broken wall may signify a broken relationship of some sort or maybe some kind of difficulty the wearer had to overcome? One can only speculate.
Pairing a special date with the name of the person you shared that special date is another way to go. Or maybe it’s a birthday? Either scenario works here.
Some flashy detailed work on the ‘I’s, to help the tattoo stand out even more. Why not?
If you have a lucky number, inking it in Roman numeral form can be more interesting. This isn’t a date, but it’s probably a number (14) the wearer holds dear to their heart.
Another great placement for Roman numeral tattoos. We love the subtle difference between the slim lines and the bulkier ones.
This tattoo is a little too big to work on its own, but it looks amazing paired with the other two designs. Plus, although it only uses black ink, it kind of sticks out when put next to that (very cute) colorful flower.
If you and your significant other are thinking about getting inked, why not do it right before the wedding? It’s a great way to make the day even more special than it already is.
This fitting placement is turning out to be pretty popular, and for good reason.
When getting a Roman numeral tattoo, feel free to experiment with fonts. You can ask the artist for help or do it on your own – there are numerous sites offering free fonts you can play with. No special designer skills required.
These splashes of color are so perfect we just can’t look away.
We talked about celebrating multiple dates in this fitting manner, so here’s a pic to showcase the fact that your back poses as excellent canvas for such an interesting piece of body art.
Making the Roman numeral part of a bigger tattoo – like a full sleeve, for example – is another way to go. And it looks pretty sharp if you ask us.
Smaller than the one featured above, but very feminine and elegant nonetheless.
Matching tattoos are quite popular as you can see; especially if we’re talking about a date with significance. The placement is slightly different here, but it’s clear that these two designs go together.
We’re all for using dots to separate the numbers. Gives the design a bit of an edge.
Roses are popular tattoos for both men and women ever since the 1930’s. A rose can symbolize love if thorns aren’t present, or can act as a reminder that love requires sacrifices when thorns are featured in the design. As we can see her, we can bet that the wearer didn’t experience much trouble in their love life. Not to mention the fact that pairing a rose with a Roman numeral is both stylish and memorable.
We love the cute pattern accompanying this design. It’s so slick and attractive!
We like to think that this tattoo symbolizes the date when the wearer finally figured out their direction in life. Makes for a good story.
Penelope surely is special. If there’s someone in your life you’d like to celebrate, getting a tattoo of their name and their date of birth can be a good place to start.
This guy goes straight to the point, no frivolous additions needed. We applaud him.
Lovely, subtle, cute.
You’ll catch everyone’s eye when sporting this tattoo. It’s impressive, well-crafted, and impactful. We love the contrast between the two fonts.
As simple as it gets. Still stunning.
We love this idea! Roman numeral in the shape of an infinity sign? It would never have crossed our minds. And yet it works so well! The use of color is perfect.
There are many Roman numeral tattoo variations to consider before getting inked, starting with the placement and ending with the perfect design. This is a classic, but you can try adding another symbol or trying a different font to make it your own.
Fortissimo means powerful from what we know, but we’d have to ask the wearer about the meaning behind this amazing body art.
Great placement, lovely font, cute dots. And perfect symmetry.
The rose appears again paired with Roman numerals, this time in a more complex and detailed designs we’re drooling over.
Aww, the birds are uber-cute. Don’t you agree?
What a neat idea for placement! It looks gorgeous, and it’s also partially hidden, which gives it a certain allure of mystery.
The infinity symbol is hugely popular among ink enthusiasts, so there’s no wonder we see it popping up over and over again.
Tattoos can be incredibly hot. Just in case you had doubts about that, here’s some serious proof.
What better way to highlight your muscles than with the help of well-crafted body art?
Embracing all things minimal. Absolutely gorgeous.
Another great plus of Roman numeral tattoos? They don’t take a century to carve, so you’ll be out of the parlor in no time. Not that this should be a factor when picking your design, but we thought it was worth mentioning.
That wolf is staring right at us, isn’t he?
We love butterflies, so we can’t help but applaud this. Special kudos for that mesmerizing shade of orange.
How cute is this? Very!
Simple, eye-catching, lovely.
We don’t know about you, but we’re already seriously considering getting one of these stunning designs.
Remember what we said about your Roman numeral tattoo looking great on Instagram? We had a point.
Bold, masculine, very attractive. Only three words to describe this lovely body art. Wondering what the date represents.
If there are two special dates you’d like to highlight, here’s a great idea for placement.
Similar to the one above, still fabulous.
What a mighty bird!
Friendly advice: getting inked on the ribcage hurts. You might want to take a friend to the parlor to hold their hand while the artist works.
Tattoos instead of wedding rings? We’re big fans of the trend!
That flock of birds is to die for, and looks great in addition to the classy Roman numerals.
The wearer is probably a fan of geometry, if we had to guess.
Simple and yet oh so effective. The abs don’t do any harm when it comes to catching someone’s eye either.
Now this is what we call an utterly memorable design.
Elephants are the best <3
Roman numeral tattoos are elegant and will never go out of style. Whether you choose a basic design or combine Latin letters with other symbols, you can’t go wrong with trusting the Romans. All that’s left is to settle on a unique design that speaks to you and schedule a visit to the tattoo parlor.