Realistic lord of the rings sword narsil tattoo

Sword tattoos: 43 Best Traditional Sword Tattoo Ideas That Will Draw Attention

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Sword tattoos have always been one of the most popular traditional designs. You can find a sword design at almost every tattoo parlor. Of course, apart from the fact that it looks cool, it has a lot of meaning too. Keep reading if you want to find out more about sword tattoos. We have also collected an incredible collection of sword tattoo pictures.

Half sword tattoo on the right side
Half sword tattoo on the right side
Long sword tattoo on the right leg
Longsword tattoo on the right leg

What do sword tattoos symbolize?

Though we don’t use swords anymore, they are still a ubiquitous symbol in today’s world. You can’t talk about the honor, bravery, and courage of the ancient knights and warriors without mentioning a sword. However, besides these visible symbols, a sword has many more meanings. Also, there are lots of different types of swords with different shapes and different ways of usage. This variety gives you a lot of different options when choosing a tattoo.

So, as we’ve mentioned earlier, swords have been and still are an important symbol. One of the cultures that use the sword symbol a lot in Japan. Japan even has its type of sword – Katana which was the primary weapon of the ancient Samurai. Katana is a symbol of honor, power, and strength. When the Samurai had to end their lives, they used their Katanas to stab their bellies.

Three katanas tattoo on the arm
Three katanas tattoo on the arm
Samurai sword tattoo on the right side
Samurai sword tattoo on the right side
Black tattoo of katana
Black symbol of katana

Another type of a sword is a dagger which is a smaller version of a sword that usually comes along with it. The Roman emperor Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times with it. Thus it became a symbol of betrayal. It is also a symbol of defense, courage, and determination.

Traditional dagger tattoo with a rose by kyle mackenzie
Traditional dagger tattoo with a rose by Kyle Mackenzie
Traditional black dagger tattoo on the inner arm
Classic black dagger tattoo on the inner arm
Three black daggers tattoo
Three black daggers tattoo
Short dagger tattoo on the left arm
Short dagger tattoo on the left arm
Dagger stabbed rose tattoo on left forearm
Dagger stabbed rose tattoo on left forearm

If you consider yourself a fighter who never gives up, a two crossed swords are a perfect choice. It is a symbol of endurance that symbolizes fight to the death no matter what. However, a sword can have an entirely different meaning. For example, a broken sword means a defeat and surrender.

Traditional broken sword tattoo
Traditional broken sword tattoo
Lord of the rings broken sword anduril
Lord of the rings broken sword Anduril
Broken sword and two hands tattoo
Broken sword and two hands tattoo

Placement of sword tattoos

Though it is up to you where you want your tattoo to be, there are trends that you can follow. So, the most popular body parts for sword tattoos are legs, arms, and chest. Legs and arms itself have lots of options. For example, it will look great on both shins or calves, both thighs or both forearms. Daggers will perfectly fit on your hands, wrists or fingers. Also, a mid-sized sword tattoo at the center of your chest will look insanely attractive.

Black sword tattoo on the left wrist
Black sword tattoo on the left wrist
Black sword tattoo with a rose on the left inner wrist
Black sword tattoo with a rose on the left inner wrist
Classic adventure time sword and rose tattoo by jon larson
Classic adventure time sword and rose tattoo by Jon Larson
Fire and heart sword tattoo
Fire and heart sword tattoo
Half sword with flowers tattoo on the left thigh
Half sword with flowers tattoo on the left thigh
Legend of zelda sword tattoo on the inner arm
Legend of Zelda sword tattoo on the inner arm
Black sword tattoo with flowers on the left calf
Black sword tattoo with flowers on the left calf
Realistic lord of the rings sword narsil tattoo
Realistic lord of the rings sword Narsil tattoo
Another lord of the rings sword narsil tattoo on the inner arm
Another lord of the rings sword Narsil tattoo on the inner arm
Short black sword with the flowers
Short black sword with the flowers
Black sword with runes on the righ shin
Black sword with runes on the right shin
Skewer sword and flower tattoo on the left arm
Skewer sword and flower tattoo on the left arm
Small black sword tattoo on the arm
Small black sword tattoo on the arm
Sword tattoos
Sword tattoo in a rectangle
Small sword tattoo on the left upper arm
Small sword tattoo on the left upper arm
Snake and sword black tattoo
Snake and sword black tattoo

Sword tattoo ideas

There are numerous options for sword tattoos. To begin with, choose a type of a sword you like the most. Then, decide whether you want a plain sword tattoo or together with the other symbols. Usually, traditional sword tattoos go along with flowers, hearts or skulls. Finally, select the colors of your tattoo. We recommend getting a black design which you’ll be able to color later.

If you want your tattoo to be unique, collect the ideas and take them to your tattooist. Tell your artist how you imagine your tattoo and ask him or her to make some sketches. Finally, pick the best idea and get ready to ink!

Black work adventure time sword tattoo
A Blackwork adventure time sword tattoo
Lord of the rings sword narsil tattoo
Lord of the rings sword Narsil tattoo
Black work sword and snake tattoo on the left forearm
Blackwork sword and snake tattoo on the left forearm
Long black sword tattoo on the arm
Long black sword tattoo on the arm
Hand holding a broken sword tattoo
Hand holding a broken sword tattoo
Another lord of the rings sword tattoo with the flowers on the left thigh
Another lord of the rings sword tattoo with the flowers on the left thigh
Mid sized sword tattoo on the right arm
Mid-sized sword tattoo on the right arm
Old sword tattoo on the right forearm
Old sword tattoo on the right forearm
Sharp black sword tattoo
Sharp black sword tattoo
Simple sword tattoo on the right inner arm
Simple sword tattoo on the right inner arm
Small sword tattoo with a circle
Small sword tattoo with a circle
Templar sword tattoo on the right arm
Templar sword tattoo on the right arm
Three swords and a stabbed heart
Three swords and a stabbed heart
Viking sword tattoo on the left inner arm
Viking sword tattoo on the left inner arm
Sword tattoos: 43 Best Traditional Sword Tattoo Ideas That Will Draw Attention
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