The combination of heart tattoos and names started in the beginning of the 20th century when sailors wore red hearts with the word Mom in the center.
In Ancient Egypt myths, the heart was weighed against the feather of Ma'at (the ancient Egyptian goddess of truth). Hearts and flowers are an obvious combination, both being a symbol of love (especially the rose).
Pete Doherty: has a heart with the letter K on the inside (for Kate Moss) on his left shoulder.
Goldie Hawn: actress with a small blue heart tattoo on her ankle, done in Tahiti for her 60th birthday. Ville Valo: has a heartagram (combination of a heart and a pentagram) on his neck and belly and a heart tattoo on his right wrist.
Christians believe it is the seat of emotions (more particularly love) and Islam sees the heart as the spiritual centre. It doesn't really look like the real thing, more like a cow's heart (historically, people saw a lot more cow hearts than human hearts).
This Christian symbol stands for the heart of Jesus Christ and the divine love for humanity.
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