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Shield Tattoos And Designs-Shield Tattoo Meanings And Ideas-Shield Tattoo Pictures

Updated on May 8, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


Although the shield tattoo is not considered to be a mainstream tattoo design, there still is a popularity for the tattoo. The shield tattoo is worn by both men and women. Just like most tattoos, the shield tattoo is also very symbolic. The shield tattoo is the type of tattoo that can be designed to fit you personally. In many cases, the shield tattoo symbolizes the traits, attributes, and name of the wearer. Shield tattoo designs often include symbols and elements that are meaningful to the women and men that wear such a tattoo.

Shield tattoos can be designed in a variety of different ways. However, the shield tattoo usually contains a lot of detail, shading, and symbols. Due to this, the shield tattoo is often designed as a large sized tattoo. If you believe the shield tattoo is for you, feel free to read below.


One interesting tattoo that you may consider is the shield tattoo. Shield tattoos can be designed in a variety of different ways, some to portray one's personality or family. Shield tattoos are seen for on men, but women do choose them. The shield tattoo can also hold symbolic value to those who wear such tattoos. In this article, we will discuss how shield tattoos are designed, shield tattoo meanings, and you will have the opportunity to view several shield tattoo designs. In the end, we hope that you are able to find what you need and find inspiration for your next tattoo.

Most commonly, shield tattoos are designed to represent something personal to the wearer. With this option, it opens up all kinds of possibilities for a unique tattoo. For example, if you are big on hunting, you may include a big buck or gun on your shield. If you are firefighter, you could portray your firefighter shield on your shield tattoo. Any symbol or element that defines who you are can be designed on your shield tattoo.

Some men and women have no personal connection to their shield tattoo, meaning that they do not include personal elements that define them as a person. Instead, they have created a unique design that they wear as body art. In terms you can understand, their shield tattoo is merely a decorative tattoo. In this case, the shield tattoo may or may not hold symbolic value to the wearer. However, there is nothing wrong with wearing a tattoo only for decorative purposes. Once again, you have the opportunity to create something unique by using any symbol or element that you wish. Skulls, swords, daggers, animals, flags, and flowers can all be used in a shield tattoo. The possibilities are endless.

Shields are also included in family crest tattoos and coat of arms tattoos. Family crest tattoos and coat of arm tattoos are usually a symbolic symbol of one's family and heritage. In such tattoo designs, shields are often placed as a center piece. Some men and women have a bloodline that dates back centuries. The family crest and coat of arms was first created by knights. Due to their armor, knights began to create colorful coat of arms to distinguish one knight from another. This made it much easier to tell who was friend or foe. If your interested in a tattoo that represents your name, family, and heritage, these tattoos are a great fit. You may want to research your name and heritage to see if you already have a family crest. It is also very possible that it has changed over the years. If you can find an original, try creating your own. At the least, it would be an interesting project for you and your family.


When it comes to the shield tattoo, there are a few symbolic meanings one may apply. Symbolic meanings behind the shield tattoo are positive. But remember, in the end, your tattoo symbolizes what you want it too. With saying that, below are the meanings that may be applied to the shield tattoo.

  • Cover
  • Protection
  • Family
  • Heritage
  • Honor
  • Bravery
  • Respect
  • Duty

As you read above, there are many things that you can use to design on your shield. If you want a shield tattoo that represents you, use symbols and emblems that are associated to your personality and attributes. There is no wrong answer in this situation. This is a great tattoo symbol to use because it can symbolize the person you are, symbolize your character. You can add things that you like, whether that is a car or a certain animal. With this tattoo, if you wish, you can make it personal or you can simply go with a design that you like. Either way, you can't go wrong.

You can also add other tattoo symbols that can give your shield tattoo a whole new meaning. In this case, your shield could be designed as a background. One popular tattoo symbol for men is the skull. The skull tattoo can symbolize both life and death. Some people wear the skull tattoo to symbolize they are fearless. If you add skulls to your shield, your tattoo can then symbolize that you are fearless when it comes to life. In this case, you are just using the shield as a background. You can do this with any symbolic tattoo. This is just another idea how you can creatively use your shield tattoo.

Shield tattoos don't always portray a single shield. In fact, some shield tattoo designs can be quite impressive and unique. One example of this is the Celtic shield. The Celtic shield portrays a shield that is done in Celtic art. Another creative idea is a shield tattoo that represents the country that you live in or the country that you are from. In this case, you could use your country's emblem on your shield tattoo or the colors of your national flag. Although the shield is simple in design, there are many ways to make it unique!

There are some very important things that you need to remember before you get you shield tattoo or any tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. You want to make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get a tattoo and find out that it represents something different from what you first thought. Don't rush to get inked! Getting a tattoo is a big choice. Men and women that get a tattoo on an impulse usually have regrets about their decision later on down the road. Don't make this mistake. If you are not completely sure, don't get inked. You need to wait until you are completely sure. If you feel that the shield tattoo is not for you or you want to view more tattoos, please feel free to follow the links below. Thanks for your visit!

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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Teaches, always nice to have you read my article. I like the large ones if they are detailed right. Sometimes it is hard to find a great gallery of well done tattoos but I found a good portion with these. Glad you enjoy them, it means a lot! Take care:)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Wow, some of them are really large! Always enjoy looking in on your posts.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia




      Thanks for taking the time to comment y'all! Hyp, your right. I have seen them on a few soldiers, many getting the US Seal. Alocsin and Gypsy, I am always grateful:) Take care.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      These are quite a bit fancier and bigger than the shield tattoos I've seen. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Never seen these kind of tattoos. They are very interesting.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      These are very strong and powerful. I can see a shield tattoo on a military man or someone committed to a cause. They are just beautiful and the variety and meaning is endless depending entirely on the person choosing one. Thanks for this very interesting tattoo Hub.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia








      Thanks again for taking the time to drop a comment. I appreciate all of you. The shield tattoo is an example of a personal marker. You can come up with a design to put on it and totally make it your own. Michael, I appreciate a comment like that. Rosemay, thanks so much. Ruby, you always have an eye for the best design! CC, Dreamhowl, Frank, Bill, thank you all for your time and friendship:)

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      There are some very intricate and colourful designs shown here and some really interesting ones.

      Awesome job Ricky. love the way you did the slideshow.

      You have my votes on presentation

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      These are really colorful. I liked the one with the flag the best..Thank's again Ricky..

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      Michael Fielder 

      7 years ago from North Central West Virginia, where the green grass grows...


      I have never really been a big fan of body art, but the more I read your hubs, the better I understand it. And the more interested I become... the mark of a good writer to me, ey???

      I think so, hmmm...


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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      7 years ago from Western NC

      Fine job on this one. I hadn't thought of shields, but I think this would be a great fit for those who are looking for something with great symbolic value - even though they don't have to be symbolic for the person with the tattoo. As always, great pictures!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      again these are awesome I love the shield tats LOL

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      Jessica Peri 

      7 years ago from United States

      Those tattoos are all pretty awesome. I don't think I'd ever be able to decide on a design that fit my just right though - it's a lot of detail to think about. I enjoyed the hub!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The detail really is something else! These are true artists that do this, aren't they? I'm blown away by the work they do.

      Great job my friend!


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