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Barbed Wire Tattoos And Meanings-Barbed Wire Tattoo Designs And Ideas

Updated on October 28, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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Barbed Wire Tattoos

Barbed wire tattoos can be designed in various ways, styles, and designs. Barbed wire tattoo designs usually are worn as an armband or wristband, portraying barbed wire. When it comes to barbed wire tattoo, they are among the popular tattoos that are chosen by a variety of people. Although the barbed wire is considered a tattoo for men, women do choose to get this design. One of the best things about the barbed wire tattoo is that there is a lot you can do with it. Many people think that barbed wire tattoos are simple, but that is not always the case. There are a variety of different designs that the barbed wire can be included to create a dynamic tattoo, such as heart tattoos and cross tattoos.

The barbed wire has served a variety of different purposes throughout the years and has became an association to many as well. The barbed wire has been used to keep animals and humans in and out of areas for years. As most already know, barbed wire has been used to keep farm animals on the farm and other animals out. Barbed wires are commonly associated with prisons and detention centers also. Barbed wire was used in war as well, most commonly in World War II.

The barbed wire tattoo has been a symbol of the prison system for decades. The barbed wire has been a symbol of incarceration and inprisonment. It is believed that the barbed wire tattoo has Italian roots. The Italians were getting barbed wire tattoos to symolize their time behind bars. It is also believed that the number of spikes on the barbed wire represent how many years they were locked down. Today, you can still find inmates getting barbed wire tattoos to represent the same thing.

One of the more common associations of the barbed wire tattoo is its relation with the "Crown of Thorns". The Crown of Thorns is what Jesus wore when he was crucified. The Crown of Thorns is a well known symbol that is portrayed in paintings and art of Jesus. The Crown of Thorns represents Jesus, Christianity, hope, and faith. The barbed wire tattoo can represent the same meanings as the Crown of Thorns. Some people may consider the barbed wire tattoo as a Christian tattoo. Most would get a Crown of Thorns tattoo rather then barbed wire to symbolize that faith.


Barbed Wire Tattoo Meanings And Symbolism

Barbed wire tattoo meanings can represent positive and negative attributes as a tattoo. There are a variety of different meanings that are associated with the barbed wire tattoo, some good, some bad. It is always important to research the meaning of a tattoo design before you choose to get it. Below, you can find the meanings of the barbed wire tattoo.

  • Protection
  • Strength
  • Power
  • Incarceration
  • Crown of Thorns
  • Jesus
  • Hardship
  • Victory
  • Struggle
  • Solid Foundation
  • Authority
  • Courage
  • Bravery

The barbed wire tattoo can represent a lot of different things to the wearer of this design. Barbed wire tattoo design meanings commonly represent strength, power, and authority. It is a tattoo design that stands out from others. The barbed wire tattoo can also represent hardship and struggles. You may have went through a lot in your life and you want to represent the battle you had to fight through life. It can be a symbol of victory and perseverance.

Meaningful barbed wire tattoos can also represent "courage" and "bravery". This is due to its association with the Crown of Thorns and Jesus. Crown of Thorns tattoo designs portray the thorns that were placed on Jesus' head. When we look at what Jesus had to go through on the cross, it was horrific. Jesus knew what he was walking into before he ever went there. Because of that, Jesus showed deep courage and bravery to die for what he believed in.

Popular barbed wire tattoo designs can be placed in a variety of different locations on the body. Barbed wire designs look really good on people who have large biceps and great muscle tone. It really sets the tattoo off. The barbed wire tattoo is most commonly worn as a armband tattoo. Some people may choose a single strand of barbed wire while others may have two or three strands. There are designs that have small blades and spikes, some have larger blades and spikes. Some people may choose to get the barbed wire tattoo as a legband tattoo. Some may have barbed wire wrapped around their leg or their ankles. A few people may choose to get a strand of barbed wire that is not a band. Be sure to check with your tattoo artist on all the different variations of the barbed wire tattoo.



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      5 years ago

      Truman Capote did research on tattoos he said I never met a murderer without a tatoo

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      *Frank, always great to hear from you pal. Thanks for everything.

      *Hyp, so glad you were able to come by. Thanks for the kind words. We are all students in "life".

      *Alocsin, I appreciate all your visits. Both male and female are fitting. With so many variations of the chain tattoo, there is always something appealing.

      *Pras, always great to hear from you brother. Many thanks for everything. Take care.

      *Gypsy, very bizarre, but unique I would say. They are very creative when you take a close look.

      *F, thanks for all your expertise. You are more then welcome to express your opinion. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      Gypsy Rose Lee: I see what you are saying, but maybe they are not really bizarre: a natural development maybe from the widespread tribal tattoo pattern.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Now these are quite bizarre but interesting.

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      What a beautiful pictures of wire tattoos and your descriptions are well written. Thanks for share with us. Well done a rated up!


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      8 years ago

      alocsin: Well, it might or might not on the surface seem a 'masculine' tattoo. But like you say, many women have a barbed wire tattoo design, too. I guess, especially for a lady wearer, it gives a sense of ruggedness and confidence in negotiating the wears and tears of life. In a sense, it might even seem to enhance a robust sense of femininity, but: what do I know?

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is certainly a masculine tattoo, although I've seen it on a lot of women as well. Many of its meanings apply to both genders. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      8 years ago

      always exploring:

      I see what you mean by your phrase about folks and strokes, yes.

      Re.: 'I don't think I would want one'; I guess you would think the same of other, similar tattoo designs, such as tribal; (unless you meant that you wouldn't want any tattoo)?

      There is such a variety of designs, anyway.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      These are certainly different..I don't think I would want one, but I see many do. I worked with a nursing asst. who had one on her ankle...Is this where you can say, " Different strokes for different folks? " HaHa...

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      8 years ago

      lyricwriter: Interesting hub. Barbed wire tattoos seem to me to be a kind of development of tribal pattern designs.

      Hyphenbird: I guess a barbed heart experience and a barbed wire tattoo go together with some ppl, right?

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      Brenda Barnes 

      8 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      A couple of these look very real and painful. It makes me want to write a poem about a barbed heart. You are forever a teacher and I am student of this art.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      wow some people can be so creative with barbed wire :) up and awesome my friend :)


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