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Sword Tattoos And Meanings

Updated on September 4, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.



When it comes to the sword, it is one of the oldest and most well known symbols in the world. Swords have been around for thousands of years, nearly as long as man. Swords are very popular as a tattoo also, especially in Asian cultures where swords play vital roles in the cultural history. The sword has been a longtime symbol of warriors, knights, ninjas, and samurai. The sword has been used in the recent past and it is a symbolic relic of the past.

The sword tattoo comes in a variety of different designs and symbols. The sword can come in a variety of different sizes, shapes, and colors. Sword tattoos are also portrayed in a variety of different ways. One of the advantages you have with the sword tattoo is the fact that it can be done in so many different ways. You and your tattoo artist should be able to create a design that is unique and sure to fit your personality.

Three of the more common symbols that are usually portrayed with the sword tattoo are wings, hearts, and flames. These symbols all represent different meanings according to the pair that is portrayed with the sword. One example of this is the sword and heart tattoo. The sword and heart tattoo can be portrayed in a few different ways. One design portrays a sword piercing through the heart. This is usually a representation of a broken heart, lost love, or betrayal. Another sword and heart tattoo designs portrays the sword in front of the heart or beside it. This tattoo design represents protection of the heart or courage of the heart.

The sword and wing tattoo is also a very popular tattoo design. This tattoo often shows a sword with the blade pointed down and wings on the sides. This tattoo design can be used to symbolize the ability to rise above danger. The sword and wing tattoo can also be used to represent protection from your guardian angel. Another popular sword tattoo design is the addition of flames on the blade or surrounding the sword. This design is believed to represent Christianity and purity.



There are several different meanings that are associated to sword tattoos, some meanings depending on other symbols that are portrayed with the sword. Below, you can find the meanings and symbolism of the sword tattoo.

  • Justice
  • Strength
  • Bravery
  • Courage
  • Honor
  • Valor
  • Power
  • Knowledge
  • Noble
  • Danger
  • Liberty
  • Freedom

Two of the most common meanings of the sword tattoo are "bravery" and "courage". You can commonly find sword tattoos among soldiers that are portrayed to represent their bravery and courage in battle. In fact, the sword is considered to be a military emblem. The sword tattoo can also be associated to Christianity as well. Some even consider the sword as a symbol of Christ. Swords can be portrayed as a crucifix and as you learned earlier, so can flames when they are added to the sword.

Sword tattoos are often portrayed with snakes and dragons that usually wrap around the sword. Both are associated with the sword and can represent protection as a tattoo. This also gives the sword a fierce look. When these tattoos can be done in great detail, they can make for a great tattoo design. Since sword tattoos come in a variety of different sizes, it really is a tattoo symbol that gives you options when it comes to different designs.

Sword tattoos can be worn by both men and women. Men more commonly seek natural designs and dark colors on their sword tattoo. Women usually associate flowers, hearts, and colors within their sword tattoo design. You rarely see sword tattoo designs with just a single sword. At the least, they are usually portrayed with a sword case.

Remember, in the end, your sword tattoo symbolizes what you want it too. There are a variety of different things you can use to decorate your sword tattoo, such as jewels or ribbons. Sword tattoos can be placed in a variety of different locations on the body, such as the back, shoulders, sides, or legs. Be sure to look at all the sword designs that you can view so you can get a general idea of what you like. If you feel that the sword tattoo is not for you, be sure to follow the links below for more tattoo symbols, designs, and meanings. Thanks for visiting.



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    • kevins blog52 profile image

      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      That was a a very interesting hub, I didn't realize all the different sword designs and meanings behind them. I voted up and interesting

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      Shaun75 5 years ago from Edison

      I appreciate you about the story of different sword which you explore in your hub... voted up and interesting....:)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      These are awesome..The history is great too..Voted up and away..

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      Beth Perry 5 years ago from Tennesee

      Some very nice tattoos. If I were ever to get a sword 'too it'd have to be with the blade pointing upward, as representative of the god, Tyr.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend,great interesting hub with very beautiful pictures.

      Vote up !!!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      yep.. this is or will make for a good tattoo thelyricwriter up and great again :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Certainly one of the more common hubs I've seen, but never encountered one on the full back. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Something thrilling in looking at all of those sharp sword tattoos.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      *Kevin, thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment. There is a lot of symbolism behind tattoos. Hope you enjoyed it. Take care.

      *Shaun, thanks for coming by. Thanks for showing your appreciation friend. See you soon.

      *AE, always great to have you come by. I am glad the history always interest you. Your support is always welcomed. See you around dear.

      *Beth, thanks for your time and comment. That is a good idea. Most sword tattoos are pointed down. I can see how one pointed up would be reference to your personal beliefs.

      *Kash, thanks again for taking the time to view this article. Glad you liked it. Take care.

      *Frank, always a pleasure pal and many thanks. With so many different types, it makes for a great tattoo. Appreciate everything and see ya soon.

      *Alocsin, always good to get your perspective my friend. Personally, around WV, I have never seen a sword tattoo. The full back tats do look good though.

      *Gypsy, the pleasure is mine dear friend. I like it because it is a tattoo that you can be creative with, put your own personal spin on it.

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