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Castle Tattoo Designs And Meanings-Castle Tattoo Ideas And Pictures

Updated on September 13, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

Castle Tattoos

Castle tattoos can be some of the most detailed tattoo designs in the world when done correctly. The castle tattoo is not a mainstream tattoo, but due to the many variations and designs, there's a popularity for this unique tattoo. Castle tattoo designs can include a variety of different elements within a castle, as well as dozens of different associations. Castle designs make for a great tattoo theme because of this. As you'll learn, castle tattoos are very versatile as a tattoo symbol, giving the artist and wearer plenty to consider.

Castle tattoos can also hold symbolic value to the men and women that wear this body art. Castle tattoo meanings can vary in meanings, representing both positive and negative attributes. Castle tattoo meanings can vary depending on what tattoo symbols are being portrayed within the castle design. Castle tattoos can portray the castle alone, depict different elements of the castle, or designed with other symbols.

Castle History

The castle has been around for many centuries. Early castles were first built around the 5th century B.C. Although much smaller then castles built later, these early castles still served the same purpose. Many early castles were built with wood and didn't stand a chance against large armies such as the Romans. As time progressed, more castles were built with stone.

Stone and mud walls began being built around 1500 B.C., as well as towers. These key elements were also included in the construction of castles in later centuries. Castles were made up of many different features. Around the 5th century B.C., castles began to pop up all over England. It wasn't until medieval Europe that we saw massive castles being built all over Europe around the 9th century. One of the earliest known stone castles was built in Doué-la-Fontaine, France, around the middle of the 9th century.

Stone castles offered much more protection then wooden castles. Although they cost more to be built, the security from the castle was worth it. The large stone walls and towers protected the inside of the castle and "earthworks" protected the outside. Castles were placed on higher grounds, given the castle the advantage point. Ditches and hills protected the outside of the castle, making it harder for the enemy to converge on the castle.

Castles remained in England and all over Europe for many centuries, all the way up to the mid 1850s. They protected the men, women, and children that were confined in their walls. Castles were a symbol of power, royalty, and strength. At one time, castles covered all of Europe and England. Today, they are a symbol of our past and heritage.

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Castle Tattoo Designs

Castle tattoo designs can be designed in a variety of different manners. Castle tattoo designs can be inked in many variations, from realistic to cartoon-like. While some castle tattoos may be designed simple, other castle tattoo designs are very realistic and detailed. In fact, castle tattoos in this manner require great line work and art. Some castle designs may portray the detail of thousands of individual stones, not an easy task. Castles may portray dozens of different elements to the castle, such as walls and towers.

The many variations of castle tattoo designs offer you a variety of different options with this design. Castle tattoos can be done in gray and black ink or colored ink. As you can see in this article, castle tattoo designs come in several styles. Castles can be portrayed alone or with associated elements, such as dragons, knights, swords, daggers, shields, or a Coat of Arms. The landscape can also be inked within your castle tattoo design. You have so many different symbols and elements at your disposal to make a great tattoo.

Castle tattoos can be worn by both men and women. As you can see, castle tattoo designs can be designed for specific sexes. Women's castle tattoo designs are usually not graphic and portrays the castle in the eyes of a princess. Remember how the princess is locked away in the highest point of the castle? Walt Disney castle tattoo designs are an option for women. With this design, the castle will portray a character and their castle. Women's castle tattoos often portray the castle as a cartoon or with a cartoon-like look. Fairies, flowers, or the moon may be incorporated within such a tattoo. There's a variety of different characters that have been portrayed within some type of castle, you may wish to go this route.

Men's castle tattoo designs are often graphic, detailed, and often stunning. Dragons and knights are commonly incorporated within such castle tattoos. You will see castle designs that depict a dragon attacking the castle or a knight slaying a dragon. Dragons and castles both require detailed line work. Flames, tribal art, Celtic art, swords, shields, daggers, and other associated symbols may be included.

Due to the size and detail of castle tattoos, most are inked on the back. The back area gives you plenty of room to hold a castle tattoo. Smaller castle tattoo designs can be placed on the sides, upper arms, and legs. Make sure that you take the time to view all the different castle tattoo design pictures in this article. This will give you a general idea of what to expect when you start looking for your dragon tattoo. Also, you can gain ideas and inspiration for your own design.

Castle Tattoo Meanings

Castle tattoo meanings can symbolize a variety of different things. Alone, the castle tattoo represents protection and power. Castle tattoo meanings can vary depending on what elements and symbols are included with the castle. However, in the end, your castle represents what you want it too. Below, the meanings of the castle tattoo.

  • Royalty
  • Protection
  • Strength
  • Power
  • Wealth
  • Magical
  • Heritage
  • England
  • Europe
  • Courage

Before Your Castle Tattoo

Before you get your castle tattoo, there's a few things you should consider. First, just as you are now, take the time to research your tattoo. You want to be certain that you fully understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that it symbolizes something different.

Take the time to look through dozens of castle tattoo designs before getting inked up. Look through them until you find one that your sure you love. Don't rush to get inked either. Men and women that rush to get tattooed usually regret their tattoo later down the road. Don't make this same mistake, tattoos are meant to be for life. Make sure you choose a design that you won't mind wearing forever.

Castle tattoo designs are a unique tattoo, a design that has the possibility of being stunning. Even so, castle tattoos are not for everyone. If you feel that this tattoo isn't for you, please take the time to follow the links below to view more tattoos. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to comment below. We'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions regarding castle tattoos and tattoos in general. We appreciate your support and time. Thanks and make sure you visit our other articles on tattoos. Thanks again!


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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      DDE, thanks for stopping by. I love the idea of castle tattoos, so many different elements and variations. Glad you enjoyed the concept.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      DDE, thanks for stopping by. I love the idea of castle tattoos, so many different elements and variations. Glad you enjoyed the concept.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Castle Tattoo Designs And Meanings-Castle Tattoo Ideas And Pictures this is an awesome idea for any one who ejoys tattoos and looks so beautiful

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      @Teaches, thanks for the comment. Castle tattoos have that aura, especially one with great detail. I guess you could go with a crown tattoo, but castle tattoo designs are an eye catcher.

      @Carrie, thanks for the visit. Love the artwork of the castle tattoo. Always great to meet someone that appreciates the artistic perspective cause tattoo artist are "artist."

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      Carrie Lee Night 

      7 years ago from Northeast United States

      Thank you for this great, artistic hub :) Love the pictures and enjoy tattoo art. Still don't have a tattoo yet....but the castles should do make me think. :) Have a wonderful week.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Another impressive post on tattoos. These would certainly make you feel like royalty.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      @Prasetio, thanks for the comment. There's a handful of great castle tattoos, both men and women. It's tough, personally, I want one that is very detailed, catches all the aspects that make castles unique.

      @Chitrangada, these castles do. I love that you view tattoos as art because they are. The only difference, skin and paper. Thanks for everything.

      @Aviannovice, ohh, that sounds cool! I appreciate you taking the time to comment, I know your not big on tattoos, so I thank you.

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I found this extremely intriguing when I saw the title. Years ago, I had a fax cover sheet of a castle that was down a winding road. I had it designed by a friend with the stipulation that it be viewed through a keyhole on a wooden door. As intended, it was both mysterious and striking. Thanks for the memories.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wow! Looks like a painting on a canvas. So beautiful as always, wonderful tattoo designs.

      Thanks! Voted up and pinned!

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful and amazing creations. Hard to pick one of them. Thanks for sharing with us. - Prasetio -

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      @Radhikasree, LOL, castle tattoos are truly a unique tattoo design. I love the detail in them, certainly a symbol of power and strength. Thanks again

      @Faith, thanks for sharing your story, truly magical for sure! I love castles, always wanted to see one, if I ever get the chance to get to England. Castle tattoo designs are beautiful, plenty of options to put in your castle tattoo. Thanks my dear.

      @Frank, I always think of you when I do certain tattoos, but I wasn't sure about the castle tattoo. Glad you liked them, we'll get you one some day:)

      @Kim, castle tattoos are unique. I like that castle tattoo design also. You make a good point. Black and gray shade vs. colored castle tattoos. I prefer a colored castle tattoo but with dark shades. That is a good choice though. Detail certainly matters both ways. Thanks again

      @Sueswan, thanks for everything! You don't hear about castle tattoos a lot, but they are beautiful when done right. Great choice, I love that quote. Appreciate you and best wishes.

      @Nell, LOL. I imagine that you have seen castles in England Nell, yeah? I always wanted to see one. Castle tattoos are not common, but some of the tattoos above are beautiful. Thanks for your support Nell, take care.

      @WiccanSage, thanks for taking the time to comment. I'm so sorry to hear about your condition, truly am. If you're into tattoos, such as I am, you probably appreciate the art. Think about some of your favorite tattoos and hang them in your room as art, may make you feel a little better. Certainly sending my prayers, God Bless.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      7 years ago

      These are amazing... I love the Disney tat back especially, as I am a huge Disney fan. I would give anything to get more tats but I have health issues now that make it a bad idea. I enjoyed looking at these so much.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi lyric, who would have thought of a castle tattoo? saying that, they really are beautiful, I love all of them! another great article and voted up and shared! nell

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      7 years ago

      Hi lyric

      I never would have guessed that there was castle tattoos. My favorite one here is the last one. "A dream is a wish your heart makes"

      Take care and have a great weekend my friend. :)

      Voted up and sharing

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      7 years ago from North Carolina

      What an interesting idea for a tattoo. I had never thought about a castle. While difficult to choose, I believe the last pic was my favorite one. The lack of color for me represented a more realistic looking castle, and I liked how the sentiment was wrapped in there, too. Per usual V+++ and Shares.

      To a most talented hubber,


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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      my goodness these castles are now my new favorite of your tats they just blew me away!!!!

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, wow, I don't know why I am always surprised at the different kinds of tattoos. I would never have thought of a castle, but they look amazing.

      My dad was in the Army and so my mom went over to Germany when she was pregnant and she would tell me about looking out of the hospital window when my brother was born and seeing up on a hill, a beautiful castle. Seems magical to me : )

      Up and more and sharing (well, I already shared earlier, as I saw this, but was unable to comment at the time)

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      You've so many ideas for tattoo designs. Castle tattoo seems to be suitable for men who long for power and strength.


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