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Coffin Tattoos And Meanings-Coffin Tattoo Designs And Ideas-Coffin Tattoo 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.

One popular Gothic themed tattoo symbol is the coffin. The coffin tattoo is mysterious and dark, plus sported by both men and women. Gothic tattoo designs can have a dark nature, but yet inspirational. One great thing about coffin tattoos is the fact that they can come in a variety of different designs and variations. From roses to spider webs, there are several appropriate symbols that can be portrayed with coffins. Take a close look at all the coffin tattoo designs in the article and you will see all the differences between each coffin tattoo design. With all the options available, you should be able to find an appropriate tattoo design that fits your personality.

Most of us already know what a coffin is for. If you don't, you will eventually find out. The coffin is a sound reminder that all of us face death. Despite what we believe at times, nobody can live forever. The coffin tattoo is a reminder that death awaits us all. Due to this, the coffin tattoo can be a reminder to live life to the fullest. We only have one life and one chance to make the most of our time here. Every time you view your coffin tattoo, you will be reminded of this.

The coffin has a variety of associations that can also be linked to the coffin tattoo. The coffin has been a longtime symbol of vampires for many years. Vampires are said to sleep and rest inside a coffin. The most popular vampire of the past is Dracula. Vampires have been portrayed in literature and movies for decades. It is not uncommon to see vampires portrayed in coffin tattoos. Anything that is associated to death can be linked and portrayed within coffin tattoos. Skulls, spiders, and spider webs are also commonly portrayed within coffin tattoo designs. The grim reaper is another character that can be inked within coffin tattoos. Roses, bones, crosses, and wings are also common in coffin tattoo designs.

For many of us, death is a scary thought. While we are young, death rarely comes across our mind. As we age, we tend to think about it more and more. As we enter the last stages of our life, it is a thought that lingers nearly all the time. While many will fear this final moment in their life, some have embraced it. These people are satisfied and look on to the afterlife. The coffin tattoo can be symbolic of this very thought, "ready to die." It represents that you are at peace with yourself and your life.


When it comes to coffin tattoos, there are several different symbolic meanings. Some meanings of the coffin tattoo is positive while others are negative. Remember, in the end, your tattoo represents what you want it too. In saying that, you can find the meanings behind the coffin tattoo.

  • Death
  • Gothic
  • Mortality
  • Afterlife
  • Vengeance
  • Loss
  • Inspiration
  • Hope
  • Remembrance

As you read above, there is a lot you can do with coffin tattoos. Although some coffin tattoo designs are darn in nature and in ink, some coffin tattoos can be quite symbolic and very colorful. One great example of this is the coffin and candle tattoo. The coffin and candle tattoo is very colorful and has a lit candle placed inside the coffin. This can represent to see the light in dark situations. It may also symbolize a path of light in the afterlife. None the less, it is a unique and creative tattoo design.

Coffin tattoos can also serve a variety of purposes as well. Coffin tattoos are perfect for someone looking for a Gothic tattoo. Vampires, spiders, spider webs, or bats can all be designed in coffin tattoos. Coffin tattoos can also serve a purpose as a memorial. In such cases, someone may have a beautiful coffin designed with roses and vines. Coffin tattoos can also have inspirational words designed on banners. Some examples of this would be mortality, perseverance, live forever, or never die. Just be sure to take the time to view all the different coffin tattoo designs on this article. This will give you a great idea of all the coffin tattoo variations that are available to you.

There are some important things that you should remember before you choose your coffin tattoo or any tattoo. Be sure to take the time to do research on your tattoo, just as you are right now. Make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. Don't rush to get inked! Most men and women that rush to get tattooed usually have regrets about their decision later on down the road. If you are not sure, give your thought more time. Make the right choice the first time around. If you feel that the coffin tattoo is not for you or you want to view more tattoos, please feel free to follow the links below. As always, thanks for your visit.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for the comments and your time:) Gypsy, LOL. You never know? Snowdrops, I don't like them either. They scare me also. Max, thought the same. I had to add him. I am sure he has suffered enough:) Laptop, at the least, no boring conversation. Just imagine if one was religious. AE and Kash, thanks to you both:)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      lol What will they think of next? Does Gomez already have his coffin tattoo?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ricky, Very colorful, but i wouldn't want one for me. Hee..

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend thanks for another tattoo hub, i not a fan of these tattoos but the photos were nice .

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Christiano Odhiambo 5 years ago from Nairobi

      The coffin with a cobra!

      I think the tattoos are so fine for someone who cares little about how other's perceive him or her. They are also awesome when you want to pass across a specific message. I just wonder what will happen when someone with such a tattoo becomes friends with another who hates them. Will it be a source of nice jokes?

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      o_O This is as freaky as can be...and the funniest part is that it's not funny. You just look a that one with 'hello kitty', that guy can't be serious or can he? LOL

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Waaahh!! i wont get a coffin scared of coffins :)

      Anyway, thanks a gain for sharing. I really learn a lot and see tattoos i haven't seen before.