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Captain America Tattoo Designs And Meanings-Captain America Tattoo Ideas And Pictures

Updated on September 26, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

Captain America History And Symbolism

Captain America has been a iconic American character 70+ years. Also known as Steve Rogers, Captain American became a prominent symbol of everything that America stood for. Captain America is a fictional character that was first published by Marvel Comics in March of 1941. Captain America was created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Captain America represented everything that America stands for, freedom, independence, and equality. Captain America was born at a time when America needed a hero.

Steve Rogers was a very frail man before he took an experimental serum that gave him powers. Captain America was created to help the United States win World War II. Captain America was very popular during the 1940s with the efforts of the war. Once World War II ended, so did Captain America's popularity. Captain America was discontinued and despite a brief appearance in the early 1950s, he remained in suspended animation. Captain America arose from the ashes in the 1964 as he became an Avenger, a group of superheroes that included Flash and Iron Man. Ever since, Captain America was a relevant character by Marvel Comics.

Captain America is one of the most well know superheroes ever created. With over 70 years in publication, Captain America has become iconic. Captain America's only weapon was his shield, used for both offense and defense. He was very strong and agile. Captain America was a great fighter, leader, and partner. In 2007, Captain America gained a new popularity as he was played by Chris Evans in the movie. Today, Captain America is considered to be one of the top 10 superheroes of all time.

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Captain America Tattoo Designs

Captain America tattoo designs can be designed in a variety of different ways. Captain America has been portrayed for 70+ years with different styles and variations. From the very first comic in 1941 to the movie in 2007, there's several ways to portray Captain America. Some of you may be looking for a Captain America tattoo that looks like the comic while others may want a realistic-looking Captain America tattoo design. Either way, you can't go wrong, choose the style that best fits you and your personality.

Tattoo designs of Captain America can come in a variety of different sizes and colors. Captain America has always wore the American motif of red, white, and blue. These three colors have never changed, but the shades of each color has. This is something that you will have to consider. You may want to have your Captain America tattoo designed in a darker or lighter shade. There's no wrong choice, you're the one that is wearing the tattoo. Just make sure you're completely happy with your choice.

Captain America tattoo designs can portray Captain America in various postures and conditions. One Captain America design may depict him running with his shield by his side while another may portray him dunking behind the shield. You may wish to have Captain America's shield tattooed, which is a common choice. Others may choose to have only Captain America's face inked. In total, there's dozens of different variations.

There's a variety of different symbols and elements that can also be included in your Captain America tattoo design. Captain America is commonly designed alone, but different symbols and elements can be added to the tattoo. Since Captain America represents "America," you may consider an American flag in the background or even a bald eagle. If you know the history of the comic book, you may portray Captain America in the World War II era, even on the iceberg where he awoke before joining the Avengers. You can do a lot to enhance the overall tattoo by adding a background.

Recently, over the past decade, many have turned to Captain America as a symbol for the tragic events that occurred on 9-11-01. In such cases, Captain America tattoo designs can portray elements from that terrible day that is etched in our history. Captain America can even serve as a memorial tattoo, representing our loved ones that were lost. As you can imagine, this can be a very symbolic tattoo who wears it for this purpose. Was Captain America your favorite hero growing up? It's not uncommon to search for a tattoo of your childhood hero. We search tattoos for a variety of different reasons, just make sure you find one that you're sure to like forever.

Make sure that you take the time to view all the different Captain America tattoo designs in the article. There's dozens of tattoos to browse through. For starters, this gives you a general idea of what Captain America tattoos look like. Plus, if you pay close attention, you can also gain ideas and inspiration for your own tattoo of Captain America.

Captain America Tattoo Meanings

Captain America tattoo meanings can symbolize a variety of positive attributes. Yes, Captain America does represent America, but it also represents qualities of America. Remember though, in the end, your tattoo symbolizes what you want it too. Below, you'll find the meanings behind the Captain America tattoo.

  • America
  • Honor
  • Independence
  • Freedom
  • Strength
  • Agility
  • Protection
  • Power
  • Structure
  • Leadership
  • Partnership


There's a few things that you should consider before getting your Captain America tattoo or any tattoo. Just as you are now, you should take the time to research your tattoo at a credible source. You want to make sure that you fully understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get tattooed and find out later that your tattoo represents something differently from what you first thought.

Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that rush to get inked usually have regrets about their tattoo later on down the road, don't make the same mistake. Take your time and browse through designs until you find one that you're sure to love. You don't want to go through the process of cover-ups and laser removal.

Captain America tattoos are a great choice for men and women. However, this tattoo is not for everyone. If you feel that the Captain America tattoo is not for you, be sure to follow the links below to view more tattoos. We appreciate your time and support as we continue to provide free tattoo advice and information. If you have a comment, question, or suggestion, please feel free to leave it below. Once again, thanks for your visit and be sure to view our other tattoo articles on our website.


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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Mel, thanks for the comment. I'm glad you chose to read this article. I know tattoos are not for everyone, we're all different. However, what they represent can be so interesting and meaningful in the same manner. I try to help others choose for themselves, helping them learn what each tattoo symbol represents and stands for. I appreciate such a great comment.

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      Because I do not have any tattoos myself (although I might consider a small, discrete Mr. Zip tattoo), at first I was reluctant to read your hubs. But then I saw that your hubs are not really about tattoos but about the ideals they represent. Very interesting approach and great hub!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Teaches, thanks again for the comment and visit. I knew Captain America has been around for awhile, but never 70+ years. Certainly one of the most well known superheroes.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Now Captain America is one tattoo I would love to see! I can't think of a more decent hero.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia





      Thank you all for taking the time to drop by. I appreciate your time. I grew up at a time where comics were already past their Golden Age. Captain America, I remember having a toy for him when I was a child. It's a great chance for anyone wanting to represent their childhood hero.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      I read many comics when I was a kid .. loved Captain America.. taught me about patriotism..great hub with cool pictures .. might get me one of these ... naw!!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      this is awesome Yeah love Spidey, but Captain is cool too :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      The possibilities are endless....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was never a Captain America fan...Spiderman, baby, Spiderman! :)