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Bridge Tattoos And Meanings; Bridge Tattoo Ideas And Bridge Tattoo Designs

Updated on September 18, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


Bridge Tattoos And Designs

Although bridge tattoos are not considered a mainstream tattoo motif, bridge tattoos can be very unique, detailed, and creative. More importantly, bridge tattoos can hold the highest levels of symbolic value to those who wear them. Bridge tattoos are often inked to represent one's home, a permanent symbol of where one was born or lives. Bridge tattoos are done in several different ways and with a variety of different details that make them unique. One common and popular addition that men and women choose is adding their zip code to their bridge tattoo.

No matter where you travel in the world, you will eventually cross a bridge or two. Bridges allow us to travel over obstacles, such as rivers, mountains, canyons, and all other natural barriers. Nearly every state and country has a bridge or two that is well known. Some bridges are known across the world. The Golden State Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge are two examples of famous bridges that are known all around the world. These two bridges are commonly chosen for bridge tattoos, especially by those who live in close areas around the bridges.

Bridge tattoo designs can be tattooed in several different ways. Some of the most popular bridges in the world reside in famous cities. One great example of this is the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Brooklyn Bridge tattoos often display the Brooklyn skyline or symbols that are associated to Brooklyn and New York. If your considering a bridge tattoo, you may want to add the background of the city to add a dimension to your tattoo. You could add a boat going under the bridge or you can place a sunset behind the bridge. Many bridge tattoos are done in solid black ink, but you can't go wrong with a little color.

Some people choose to portray their bridge alone in their bridge tattoo. There is nothing wrong with this. However, you want to make sure your bridge is very detailed and done correctly. By doing this, the features should stand out and others should be able to recognize the bridge. There are also creative things you can do with this design. One great example is having the bridge built on or within clouds, Depending on the color of your bridge, you may want to go with a sky blue background. It goes great with white. The Golden State Bridge would be a great choice to do this. The red, white, and blue would look great.

When done correctly, bridge tattoo designs can look amazing. The detail in bridge tattoos make or break the tattoo, so you want a tattoo artist that does great detailed line work. You may already know a famous bridge near you that you may be able to use. You may want to have your city tattooed on you and it may include a few bridges. City tattoos are quite popular, especially in the underground. There is nothing in the world that can represent your home like a tattoo of your city.


Bridge Tattoo Meanings

The bridge tattoo is very symbolic when one is portraying their home or the place they love. The bridge tattoo can also hold deeper meaning to those who wear it. Below, you can find the meanings behind the bridge tattoo.

  • As One
  • Strength
  • Together
  • No Boundaries
  • Limitless
  • Flexibility
  • Perseverance
  • United

One example of tattoo variations for the bridge tattoo is the burning bridge tattoo. Most of us have heard the famous phrase, "don't burn your bridges". The burning bridge tattoo design represents past mistakes that we can't change. All of us can relate to this. At one time or another, we have made mistakes that we can't take back. The burning bridge tattoo can remind you to think before you act.



Make sure you take the time to look at all the different bridge tattoos in this article. This will give you a better idea of how they are done and hopefully you can pick up a few ideas of your own. One unique idea is the California logo tattoo below. It has the state of California outlined and has symbols associated to the state. As you read before, there are a lot of unique things you can do with bridge tattoos, whether you are concentrating on a single bridge or bridge within a city.

Make sure you take your time and do your own research. Those who rush to get inked usually end up with a lifetime of regret. Make sure you are fully sure on the tattoo you choose. There are thousands of different tattoo symbols to choose from. Make sure you take the time to find what you want. If you are not sure about the bridge tattoo design, be sure to follow the links below to view more tattoo symbols, designs, ideas, and meanings. Thanks for visiting.



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    • BeyondMax profile image


      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Those are impressively huge. Wow. I bet it took a very long time to get them whole finished... Fascinating!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      *Frank, always a pleasure to have you drop by. Your crazy. lol I guess you make a good point.

      *Gypsy, appreciate all your support. I wouldn't get one myself, but I don't live in New York or Cali. I can see why one would get one though.

      *Rosemay, thanks for taking the time to comment. That is actually the same tattoo on one person from 3 perspectives. They take these pictures so you can see the entire tattoo.

      *KJ, appreciate the visit and comment. Literally, there are thousands. I am appreciative that you take the time to view them KJ. I should be thanking you. Thanks for your kind words and have a great Memorial Day.

      *Alocsin, glad to hear from you. I feel the same. You wouldn't think of that they would be popular, but they are in certain areas. Plus, bridges are used in a variety of tattoos anyway. So it is viewed in many ways.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I thought this was a strange choice for a tattoo when I first saw your title. But the intricacy and perspective of the designs are interesting to look up. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

    • kj force profile image


      7 years ago from Florida there no subject that has not ended up as a tattoo ? I have learned a lot since you started this " series "..thanks..well written/informative...

      have a safe Memorial week-end

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Hi Ricky. An interesting read, I was looking at the the one with the bridge broken up into 3 on 3 different arms, I am guessing they must be brothers or something.

      Very interesting tattoos.

      Wonderful hub UP and all the buttons

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      WOW What will they think of next. Interesting but I wouldn't want to walk around with a bridge on me.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      a very good share my friend.. but damn that's a lot of ink being used creating bridges..:) up and awesome from me :)


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