“Laugh Now, Cry Later” Tattoo Meanings, Designs, and Ideas
Laughter can be a great stress reliever. It is an effective way to avoid being overwhelmed by unpleasant emotions, particularly anger and sadness. This saying, laugh now cry later, essentially speaks about letting one let go of his stress in a positive manner through laughter.
What Does Tattooing “Laugh Now, Cry Later” Say About You
People who have had really tough lives may choose this tattoo to represent what they have been through and how far they have come since then. And I love it!
The special meanings behind these tattoos are designed for people who want to commemorate events from the past that brought them happiness despite difficult times in life. It can be due to overcoming cancer or other illnesses, or simply getting good grades on an important test, winning a sports championship, etc.
As with all tattoos, some people get it just because it speaks to them emotionally and they like the look of words written out. This tattoo doesn’t need to have a secret meaning, but rather simply be something you enjoy looking at every day.
Additional Meanings to Laugh Now Cry Later –
Combined, the two drama masks represent the theater. The laughing mask represents comedy, while the crying mask represents a tragedy.
But each of these masks actually stands out great on its own. So while you can use them both, here are ideas and meanings each is projecting:
Comedy Mask Meanings –
- Love of life
- Overcoming obstacles
Tragedy Mask Meanings
- Failure (one you wish to remember)
Keep in mind, meanings are always subjective so you can treat the above as “ideas”. In the end, the most important is what it means to YOU and what it makes YOU feel.
“Laugh Now Cry Later” Tattoo Ideas
As with ALL tattoo designs, there are endless ways to implement this tattoo idea. But, this tattoo is really quite versatile so you can really have fun with it! (and hopefully not cry later).
At its basis, its core, the classic design is of the two drama masks. But that’s only the beginning… The masks are generally black but can be changed to match the designs you want to add. If you aren’t the artistic type, find a good tattoo artist to draw up something for you.
- Sometimes people choose only one mask. This is typically done when using words or phrases that already have an established meaning. For example, if someone decides to use this saying for its association with overcoming cancer, they might simply opt for “Laugh.” The other side says “Cry” which may not need any explanation at all depending on the person! It’s really about what makes sense to YOU.
- On its own, this design can look great as an abstract piece behind the ear or on the upper arm/shoulder area. The design can come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the size of your body part. I’ve seen some people get it done as a nice, small line drawing but the possibilities are really endless.
- Another way to wear this tattoo is with dramatic or severe shading! This option gives the mask an evil look which may add a little more drama to your life 🙂 In my opinion, this design works best on arms because it seems like it should be worn on a smaller surface area – i.e. you wouldn’t want to cover up your entire back with this or anything! It just doesn’t seem fitting for that kind of space, but if you’re able to do it then go for it!
Other Fun “Laugh Now Cry Later” Tattoos
Some people choose to mix things up by adding other designs. For example, you could put a rose behind the mask if it’s about overcoming cancer or something like that. And don’t forget, roses come in several colors – red, white, green…etc! You can make it as simple or complicated as you want for this design.
The masks are also sometimes done in different colors (red and black). This tattoo is simple enough that changing these elements isn’t going to do any harm! Sometimes people get other versions of the drama masks at the same time (i.e. an angry one facing right and a happy one facing left).
Tattoing Laugh Now Cry Later as a Couple
I love couple’s tattoo ideas. So when it comes to a tattoo that by definition is made of two parts, it can make an excellent solution.
Having one mask on each has a beautiful symbolism that you complete each other. The only problem is who gets the comedy and who gets the tragedy…?
“Spin-Off” Drama Masks Tattoo Ideas
Just a thought, that’s a bit hard to explain…
While putting the two masks one next to each other gives you the 360 meaning (from bad to good or good to bad) – if you separate them, you can get both. You get the full meaning for an event you overcame but also each mask on it can represent something completely else – for good or bad, and you can show it in the design – the masks don’t need to be 100% completing each other – you can mix symbols, designs, etc. as long as one shows comedy and the other the tragedy the meaning will “pass-through”.
Best Body Placements for “Laugh Now Cry Later” Tattoos
This tattoo works well on the back of arms, hands, neck, and chest – basically, anywhere that is small enough to fit the design. Again if you are getting it with additional elements it may be best placed elsewhere because those designs can sometimes make it look cluttered or tacky… but again, if you pull it off then go for it!
Laugh Now Cry Later Tattoo Sleeves
One way to really give this design a little more flair is to pair up both of the masks into one big piece. This makes for an amazing sleeve idea that will have people constantly asking you about your tattoos! As I mentioned above, sometimes they’re put beside each other but there’s nothing wrong with putting them together either.
Laugh Now Cry Later Tattoo on the Chest
A lot of times this tattoo is being done on the chest. It’s a great location for a mid-sized tattoo.
On rarer occasions, I’ve seen the masks getting separated and one put on each side.
Laugh Now Cry Later Tattoo Behind the Ear
This one tends to be more popular with girls than guys but again, and we can’t seem to be saying that enough – like all tattoos, there are no rules!! You can get it wherever you choose and be proud of your ink 🙂
Laugh Now Cry Later Legs Tattoos
Again works like a charm either combined or separated one on each leg. The classic leg locations are the calves or below and behind the knee.
A “Laugh Now Cry Later” tattoo may be all you need to remind yourself that life’s too short to be so serious. If this is something that resonates with you, there are lots of places to get your design! Just remember if you’re doing it for the meaning behind the words (i.e. cancer), make sure it has special meaning for you and not just because someone else thinks it looks cool 🙂