Tattoos are sort of a permanent expression of emotion and other feelings like sadness, happiness, whimsical, anger, sorrow, and grief. It’s between the person getting that tattoo and the tattoo artist to decide how to best depict the objective. A tattoo is the window to one’s soul.

After 9/11, some people touched by the tragedy used tattoos to express their emotions and affection. From images of the Twin Towers to the words “enduring freedom” in script to a weeping eagle, the September 11 tattoos are as diverse as the people who got them.

Here are some of the self-explainatory tattoos that show people’s concern for 9/11. However big or small, colorful or aggressive, 9/11 tattoos are lasting moments in time that capture people’s emotion.