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Updated on August 11, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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Fire Tattoos-Flame Tattoos

When it comes to fire and flame tattoos, they can represent an array of different meanings. Few tattoo designs and symbols catch someone's eye like fire and flame tattoos. Fire and flame tattoos can be portrayed solely as flames, sometimes with smoke. They can also be portrayed with a variety of different tattoo symbols and designs that can change the overall meaning of the tattoo. In this article, you will learn about fire and flame tattoo meanings, tattoo designs, tattoo ideas, and why fire played an important role in evolution.

When man first made fire, it was a huge accomplishment and it would change man's destiny forever. Once man figured out how to create and control fire, the benefits were seen instantly. Once fire was created, man could cook, clear brush and forest, and make tools. Fire would give man warmth in the cold and it would offer protection from other men and deadly animals. Fire would give man light in the dark and eventually was part of religious ceremonies and religious rites.

When we look at what fire and flames represent, we find that both are very diverse in associated meanings. Fire and flames can be used in positive manners, but they can also cause destruction and devastation of wide proportions. As you already know, fire and flames give off heat, which can give you warmth in the cold. It can also give us light in the dark. Fire can also be very destructive and can burn nearly anything down to ashes. Nearly anything that is in the path of the flames can be destroyed. Every year, wildfires destroy thousands of acres of land. Fires can claim buildings, homes, and also human life. When a fire is out of control, the results can be devastating.

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As you have already read, fire played a very important role for all humans. Without fire, we would never have came as far as we have. Fire and flames have held symbolic value to a variety of different ancient religions and cultures. Fire is a very important element of life. Fire is one of the four elements, also including Earth, Wind, and Water. Fire and flames are also associated to the sun. In many different cultures, the sun represents "life". The sun was viewed as the creator of all living things.

Fire and flames are also mentioned in a variety of different myths and legends. In Greek Mythology, Prometheus was known to have stolen the fire from the gods. Prometheus gave the fire to mortals so they could use it. The Phoenix is made out of flames and has the ability to reincarnate itself every 500 years from its own ashes. The flames on the Phoenix are said to symbolize transformation and rebirth. It also represents the circle of life, just as the sun.

Fire and flames can also have been used as symbols of Christianity and Hell. Hell is made up of fire and flames to torture those who sin and are casted there by God. It is said that those who end up in hell will be there to suffer for eternity. Fire is also a symbol of the Holy Ghost. Some may even refer to the burning bush that Moses saw.


Fire Tattoo Meanings-Flame Tattoo Meanings

As you have read, fire and flame tattoos have a diversity of different meanings and associations. Some meanings depend on which tattoo symbol is associated to the fire and flames. For example, fire and flames on a heart tattoo represent deep passion and desire. Alone, the heart represents love. Below, you can find the meanings behind fire and flame tattoos.

  • Change
  • Temptation
  • Warning
  • Danger
  • Lust
  • Hell
  • Holy Spirit
  • The Sun
  • Life
  • Sin
  • Destruction
  • Passion
  • Wisdom
  • Knowledge
  • Light
  • Rebirth
  • Transformation
  • Creation
  • Phoenix
  • Circle Of Life
  • Energy
  • Life Source

Since there are so many diverse meanings of fire and flame tattoos, you really see a variety of different reasons why they are chosen as a tattoo. Most meanings depend on what tattoo symbol is portrayed with the fire and flames. Fire and flames have both positive and negative associations, therefore, meanings behind the tattoo can be either positive in nature or negative.

Fire and flames can be associated to all kinds of different tattoo symbols. Flames and fire can be associated with skull tattoos, dragon tattoos, Phoenix tattoos, cross tattoos, demon tattoos, heart tattoos, barbed wire tattoos, and many more. Flames are a popular choice among bikers and can be associated to Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Since there are so many different associations, fire and flame tattoos are very popular. If you want flames and fire put on a certain tattoo symbol, it can be done. The options are endless with the fire and flame tattoos.

Fire and flames are commonly used in firefighter tattoos. Some may get a firefighter helmet tattooed with flames or get their logo or station number tattooed on them. Flames and fire are also commonly associated to skull tattoos as well. There are a variety of different ways that you can portray your fire and flame tattoos. You can get an idea of what you want by viewing other tattoos on this article and others.

It is very important to do your own research, whether it is for fire and flame tattoos or other tattoo symbols. You want to make sure that you fully understand what your tattoo symbols represents and stands for. You should try to learn everything your tattoo means as well. Take your time and don't rush into getting a tattoo. Make sure you are 100% confident on your choice. If you feel that fire and flame tattoos are not for you, be sure to follow the links below to view more tattoo symbols, ideas, designs, and meanings. Thanks for visiting.

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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Raj Kamal Singh, thanks for viewing this article. Hlad you enjoyed them. Take care.

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      Raj kamal singh 

      6 years ago

      Really fantastic collection of tattoos!!!!!!!!!!!!""

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank y all for visiting and your comments. I have been awhile for a little while so sorry I can't address you all individually. Many thanks and I wish you all the best.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      I like the colorful ones, but the black and white ones are REALLY striking. Voting up and beautiful. :)

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      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Thailand

      Interesting article. I actually like the flame and tribal style tattoos, but only when in black and white. I'm not sure why, but most lose their impact when in colour, unless exceptionally well done.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up! These are great and fiery!

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      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      One of the more dramatic tattoos, especially when it wraps around the entire limb with color. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Some of these are amazing, others almost frightening. All are wonderfully done and presented in your own great style. Very nice Hub lyricwriter.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A great hub and the detail you go into is in depth. I don't think I would ever have a flame tattoo but it is very interesting.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      thelyricwriter this was hot...huh? LOL great share as usuasl

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      6 years ago

      Very colorful.

      I think most of the examples you gave are of male tattoos; I think the fire motif tends mainly to be used by men.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub about the symbolism around fire and flame tattoos.

      As the photos show, these tattoos can be pretty intense and some are very colorful.

      Some reminded me of the decals on hot rod cars.

      Voted up, useful and awesome.


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