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Meanings, Designs, and Ideas for Candle Tattoos

Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

Thinking about getting a candle tattoo?

Thinking about getting a candle tattoo?

Is a Candle Tattoo for You?

Often considered one of the more creative tattoo types, the candle tattoo may just be the perfect tattoo choice for you. They can be designed in many different ways— they're the type of tattoo that gives you the ability to add your own creative twist that fits your style and personality. They can be worn by both men and women and often hold symbolic value for those who wear them. In this article, we will discuss the tattoos themselves, and their meanings. The article also features several design options. In the end, we hope that you can find ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo project.

Throughout history, the candle has been used for a variety of different things. Most commonly, the candle is a symbol of religion and spirituality. Candles are commonly used in the church and for several religious ceremonies. Candles are also used for celebrations, such as a birthday, an anniversary, or a wedding. The candle can represent light over dark, good over evil. The candle tattoo can represent light in your life that carries honor and wisdom through dark times. When choosing what type and style of tattoo you may want your candle to be, keep these things in mind.

Candle Tattoo Meanings

The candle tattoo does hold symbolic value for the men and women that wear this type of tattoo. But remember, in the end, yours will symbolize what you want it to. With that said, below you can find the meanings that may be applied to your own design:

  • Religion
  • Christianity
  • Honor
  • Faith
  • Love
  • Wisdom
  • Good
  • Energy
  • Life

The color of your tattoo can also determine its meaning. Each colored candle can represent a variety of different meanings that may be applied to your tattoo. As before, in the end, it will represent what you want it to. Below, you can find the meanings behind each color.

  • Blue: Truth, Wisdom, Protection, Understanding, Patience
  • Green: Abundance, Growth, Success, Healing, Good Luck
  • Orange: Power, Luck, Attraction, Prosperity, Ambition, Courage
  • Pink: Love, Friendship, Affection, Unconditional Love, Caring
  • Purple: Spirituality, Confidence, Success, Healing, Recognition
  • Red: Vitality, Strength, Love, Protection, Desire, Courage
  • White: Healing, Purity, Unity, Innocence, Peace, Spirituality
  • Yellow: Wisdom, Honor, Inspiration, Energy, Stability

Candle Tattoo Designs and Appearance

One great thing about this type of tattoo is the fact that it can be created and designed in so many different ways. Their designs can portray a variety of different elements and symbols—truth be told, many things can be considered appropriate when designed with the candle. Such symbols and elements may include:

  • Flowers
  • Mirrors
  • Vines
  • Ivy
  • Feathers
  • Skulls
  • Books

These are only some of the other accents and accompaniments that we often see with candle tattoos. They are among the rare types of tattoos that can be designed with anything that comes to mind, so use your imagination!

Another great thing about them is that there are many different ways to design the candle. Candles may be long, short, tall, or wide. They may portray the candle on a plate, in a Victorian candle holder, they may portray one single candle or several candles. Another aspect of candle tattoo designs is the fact that they can be designed either lit or blown out—both of which have distinctly different feelings and meanings. You can also create interesting art with the lite smoke from the candle. No matter what style you prefer it is the perfect opportunity for someone to create their own masterpiece.

Make sure that you take the time to view all the different designs in this article. This can give you a great advantage when thinking of the perfect design as you will have a better idea of what styles are available—plus, you can pick up tips and ideas to create your own unique masterpiece.

Before You Get a Tattoo...

There are some important things to remember before you choose to get your candle tattoo or any tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. It is important for you to completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that your tattoo represents something different from what you first thought.

Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that rush to get tattooed usually regret their tattoo later on down the road. If you are not completely sure, or if you're having second thoughts, just wait it out. You don't want to make the mistake of getting inked without thinking the entire process out. When you are completely sure without questions, you are ready to get inked.

Candle tattoos are a great choice for men and women both. You can do a lot with them, so they give you the opportunity to create the perfect tattoo that fits your style and personality. Remember, think outside the box! As always, we thank you for your visit!

© 2012 Richard Ricky Hale


Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on October 05, 2012:









Thank you all for taking the time to comment and drop by. I enjoy tattoos like the candle. So much you can do with them and they are symbolic for many things. Great points and I truly appreciate you all. I shall see all of you soon.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on September 26, 2012:

It looks like there are lots of variations for the candle, and they're all so colorful. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 26, 2012:

Some hot and burning tattoos.

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on September 26, 2012:

This gives new meaning to the phrase "Go towards the light."

Great photos and descriptions

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 25, 2012:

Really they are quite lovely..

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on September 25, 2012:

Great colorful tattoos and all the photos were amazing ! Well done !

Vote up and more !!!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 25, 2012:

lyric, candles wouldn't be my first choice for a tattoo, but I like the definitions of the colors. Fantastic information and pictures as always. Great job!

DragonBallSuper on September 25, 2012:

wow that was cool, but i find scary and flaming if i see one wearing this design on their skin :) Great hub! i am always amazed by the designs..never know there are people who loved candle designs!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 24, 2012:

Great job as always Ricky! Not my favorite designs, but you covered it well.