Rope Tattoo Designs

Updated on March 16, 2020
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Rope Tattoos

Rope is one of the more useful inventions ever made and has numerous uses in the ranching or farming fields. Of course, rural life is far from the only place rope is used, as it plays a major role in sports, sea jobs, and exploring around the world.

Now just because rope is utilitarian doesn't mean it can't also be aesthetically pleasing. Below you'll find some great photos of rope tattoos, too.

The braided or twisted look of the rope makes for good tattoo art material, and looks great when done by a good artist and has a good design.

Rope Tattoo Designs

We'll look at several different rope designs, mostly armbands, wristbands, or a band of some sort, as you'll see below.

Another powerful element of the rope tattoo is the inclusion of knots. The rope will circle the chosen part of the body while having a knot included in the design in some cases. Some of them look really good.

Here we'll just look at rope specifically, and hopefully, it'll generate some tattoo design ideas for you.

Wrist Rope Tattoo

The image at the top of this article depicts a simple twisted rope around the wrist. While the rope is done well, it does make me wonder why someone would go through the trouble of getting some rope ink and just having it designed with nothing else. Maybe the top of the wrist has some additional elements to it, but it doesn't appear to be the case.

As for the rope itself, that was done pretty decently, with the shadow giving it the right texture.


Rope Armband Tattoo

This one almost looks like a ribbon or a fringed shoelace rather than a piece of rope. It's almost like seeing two ends of a rope with a piece of flat material in between.

One thing this design has going for it is that it is a very cool and well-done knot. If you recognize what type of knot it is, leave a comment below for the rest to see.


Thigh Rope Knot Tattoo

Here is another interesting knot tattoo, this time as a band on the thigh. This is a very detailed piece and an extremely difficult one for an artist to execute. The shadowing creates a nice effect.

The one problem is that the artist may have taken the shadowing a little too far, darkening it a little more than it needed to be to get the desired results. But still a good tattoo.

Do you recognize the specific knot with this one?


Two Rope Wristband Tattoos

This is a really good set of wristband tattoos, with the contrasting dark and light colors working together well to create a great rope look.

It's also enjoyable to see the way the artist decided to give each wrist a completely different design. On the left wrist, it is a knot I'm sure someone that has some knowledge of knots knows the name of. Again, leave a comment if you know what it is.

What I like about it is the way the rope appears to hang down to the thumb joint after wrapping around the wrist.


Rope Tattoo Hanging by a Thread

Now I'm not 100 percent sure this tattoo alludes to the idea of "hanging by a thread," but is sure appropriate, even though the rope is inked horizontally. The single strand of rope in the middle really looks fantastic and could speak to any number of areas of like where we feel we're literally hanging on by a thread.

While I really like this theme and design, just as impressive is its extraordinary detail. The closer you look, the more detailed and fibrous it looks, like a real rope on the verge of breaking under the strain of some force. Great tattoo.

Rope Tattoo Designs

Rope is not only utilitarian but makes for a high-quality tattoo design that, for the most part, anyone liking the subject matter wouldn't mind having tattooed on them.

For stand-alone rope tattoos, a band placed in different parts of the body are the predominant design, and it's understandable why when combined with knots and other elements to create a great look.

After viewing these, some of you may not look at rope quite like you used to, and you may rush down to the local tattoo artist to see if you can get some twisted hemp inked on your body.


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      3 years ago

      Simple rope (line) around the wrist is a tattoo sailors get when part of deck force- popular with sailors


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