A serenity prayer tattoo is a design that consists of the serenity prayer, a prayer that asks for strength, acceptance, courage and wisdom. The specific design and lettering of a serenity prayer depends on the wearer's preferences.
Serenity prayer tattoos tend to be large in size due to the extensive wording of the prayer and are commonly applied to the back or bicep, as well as the area of the body that runs from the armpit to the hip.
The serenity prayer was written in 1943 wartime by a pastor named Reinhold Niebuhr and was often recited during church services, offering people strength and encouragement during difficult times. In the late 1950s, the prayer was adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous as the organization's unofficial mantra and is commonly recited at the closings of 12-step recovery meetings.