Gun Tattoos: Meanings, Designs, and Ideas
Gun Tattoo Designs
If you're looking for a tattoo to fit your outlaw ways, a gun is a sure-fire way to go. There are a variety of different people that have associations with guns. Soldiers, hunters, policemen and normal everyday people use guns for a variety of different reasons such as protection and hunting. Any type of gun can be tattooed, but if you have a preference for a specific type, make sure you know what it's called. Gun designs can portray the gun to look artistic, realistic, or with a cartoon-like look. When it comes to gun designs, the variations are endless.
When we look at examples, pistols are easily the most common choice among men and women both. Pistols are small and slim in most cases and they can fit in a variety of different locations as a piece of art on the body. 9mm and Colt revolvers are two popular types when it comes to pistol tattoos. Rifles, machine guns, AK's, and shotguns can also be used when it comes to gun designs. You see more rifle designs with the military, such as the U.S. Army and Navy.
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18 Awesome Gun Tattoo Meanings
A Brief History of Symbolism
Guns have been criticized for centuries, ever since they were first created. In the tattoo world, it is no different. Many people associate them with violence and evil. This is only partially true. Yes, they sometimes represent gangs and violence, but not all of them do. They serve multiple purposes for those who wear them for symbolic purposes.
Although they are primarily worn by men, more and more women are now choosing such designs. Women typically choose to decorate them with a variety of different symbols, such as flowers and vines. Women are not alone as men also decorate their gun tattoo designs in similar ways, which helps to downplay the high hype and criticism around them.
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Gun Tattoo Meanings
There are a variety of different meanings that are associated with guns. Many people believe that the gun tattoo can only be attached to negativity, but this is simply not the case—it can be positive at times, as well. In the table above, are the meanings regularly associated with the gun tattoo.
Men and women both choose these designs for different reasons. Some people get them to link themselves to their symbolic meaning, while others may get it for personal reasons. Others might just wear it just because they like the way it looks. Either way, they look great when they are done correctly and with good detail.
They are usually done in gray, silver, or black in most cases. However, some artists have created their own designs that are very colorful and distinct. Since guns are long and short in width, they are often inked on the arms, sides, legs, and back. One popular location among men and women is on the sides of the stomach. This gives the impression of guns in a belt. Some of them portray a single gun while others may be portrayed in a holster. There are plenty of things you can do when it comes to the designs.
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What to Know Before You Get a Tattoo!
There are some very important things to remember before you choose your design. You want to make sure you do your own research and understand what yours represents and means. You want to choose one that fits your personality and one that symbolizes yourself. Don't rush into the process before thinking everything out. When you rush, we tend to get something that we later regret. Do your own research, take your time, and understand the one that you want. Thanks for your visit, and have fun!
© 2012 Richard Ricky Hale