A paw print tattoo is often selected by animal lovers to express their affection for and devotion to their pets, or to memorialize a cherished pet who has passed away. However, the best way to determine true meaning of any tattoo is to ask what it means to the wearer.
Paw print tattoos can vary in size and shape. According to TattooMeNow.com, popular body locations for these tattoos include upper arms, wrists and lower legs.
Memorial paw print tattoos frequently add religious or spiritual symbols, such as crosses, angel wings or hearts, and may include the pet's name and dates of birth and death. More elaborate memorial tattoos often bypass the simple paw print, and instead do a full-color rendering of the lost pet.