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Military tattoos are the type you either really like or not, as there seems to be not too much middle ground on the emotional topic of the military in general.

But as far as making a statement and the art surrounding military tattoos, there are some really nice ones, as you'll see in the military tattoo images below.

Many will speak of losses, being a warrior and the challenges and in some cases, consequences, of the need or decision to take military action.

Either way, the images included with a tattoo from the armed forces can be of the most compelling type, and whether you like them or not, they definitely leave an impression on you.

  • USMC Tattoo Designs
    The United States Marines have a proud tradition, dating back (institutionally) to 1775, while operationally well before that. Marines are deployed by means of the sea via Naval vessels in order to respond quickly to emerging threats. The rich...
  • Cow Tattoo Designs
    Cows, or cattle and cowboys, seem to have been joined at the hip for as long as we can remember, and that has extended to our culture overall, making cows an interesting choice for tattoo designs; as they're not only considered a food source, but in.

Military Tattoo telling a story

Usually when I do an article which includes images I will usually save the best for last, as it builds up anticipation to a powerful ending. In this case, I'm turning that around and offering what I consider the best as first.

What is amazing about this tattoo isn't just the quality, but that it tells an amazing story that captures the feel of what was happening. That's one of the more powerful elements and strengths of these tattoos.

Military Tattoo on Back

  • Harley Davidson Tattoos
    Harley Davidson motorcycles, and the brand itself, have become a way of life for many people, and represents, more than anything, freedom. Consequently, Harley fans are forever looking to express the lifestyle, and one of those choices are to get...
  • Fire and Flame Tattoos
    Tattoos incorporating fire or flame into the design look fantastic, and with the occasional exception, are part of a combination of tattoo themes, rather than a standalone image of fire. But even on those occasions, the tattoo is designed in such...

The tattoo below of a soldier walking while apparently surrounded by an angel is amazing. It reminds one of the fact that they are always one step away from eternity, and this is something someone in combat carries with them from moment to moment.

Soldier, Angel Tattoo

  • Powerful Warrior Tattoos
    Tattoo designs are extremely important to those in the midst of making a decision on whether or not to have one permanently inked on their bodies, and almost always they will represent something very significant to those bearing them. It could be...
  • Boat and Ship Tattoos
    Boat and ship tattoos are a surprisingly popular design for those seeking something cool to display on their skin. I don't know if it's because of Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise that has made them so popular, or it has...

I really like this tattoo of soldiers standing on the other side of barbed wire. The addition of the red, white and blue of the barbed wire is a nod toward American soldiers, but the theme is applicable to anyone. Nicely done art as well.

What I would have liked better would for it to have been put in a place where you could see the entire scene at once, and not on the curvature of the arm.

Soldier, Barbed Wire Tattoo

  • Helicopter Tattoos
    When I usually look around for interesting tattoo art, no matter what topic I pick there is usually a plethora of tattoo examples and images to look through. Not in the case of helicopter tattoos, which while extraordinary overall in quality and...
  • Ford Thunderbird, Mustang, Mercury, F-100 Tattoos
    Cars and Trucks are a compelling choice for those seeking tattoos, as people tend to hive off into a favorite brand and stick with them for a long time; it becomes a part of their lives. That's the case with Ford vehicles, which include the Ford...

This is one of those types of military tattoos full of emotion, as it honors a fallen comrade and/or family member, including the name on the dogtags. The flight of the helipcopters and the soldiers shooting is a powerful touch.

Tattoo dog tags, military tribute

  • Sharp Dagger and Knife Tattoos
    Knife and dagger tattoos are among the best themes to work with other props, or even as standalone when they look great by themselves. There is a recurring narrative of hearts with daggers, apparently with idea that someone had been stabbed their...
  • American Flag Tattoo Meanings and Designs
    The American flag is probably the most recognizable national symbol in the world, and to those living in America, it represents something more than simple nationality, but it's a symbol of ideals, such as liberty, freedom and unity. Some names...

While find this somewhat of a humorous tattoo, when you look at the message it can be a stark and chilling reminder of the cost of war and the mindset it takes to engage in it.

As for the tattoo itself, I like the placement and how you can easily view the entire image.

Tattoo of soldier holding skull

  • Unique Armband Tattoos
    Quite possibly the most diverse designs among tattoos I've ever seen is with the armband tattoo style. While there are some very popular armband styles that are ubiquitous in the genre, there are numerous customized armband tattoos; so many that...
  • Med Alert and Medical Tattoos
    Medical alert tattoos have become the way a growing number of people choose to communicate to a potential caregiver. When time and proper treatment are a crucial factor, the tattoo can empower the professional to make the correct decisions very...

This is an incredible and unforgettable tattoo of a mushroom cloud, and while I usually don't like color in tattoos, this one seems to get away with it, while adding something to the overall feel.

I don't like the placement because you lose the effect of the overall image, but seeing it happen in the midst of a city is extraordinary.

I wonder what the person having this tattoo inked on them was thinking when it was done?

  • Star Wars Tattoos
    Star Wars' popularity never diminishes, and neither does the desire for fans to include it as a major part of their body art. There are no shortage of Star Wars characters to have inked on your body, as the rich universe offers an enormous number...
  • Robot Tattoos
    Robots have captured the imaginations of people for decades as a world filled with them serving in numerous capacities has been envisioned as the probable future. That has generated all sorts of interest from writers and artists, as well as those...

The tattoo below is another one of those that tell an amazing story and leave an indelible impression. It's fascinating to me to see something so simple say something so profound in its imagery.

There's not one thing I don't like about this tattoo; not only in the quality but the message and emotion it generates.

  • Chucky the Killer Doll Tattoos
    It's hard to believe the first Chucky movie, Child's Play, was released in 1988, and has another project in the mix, which will be similar to the original Child's Play, but reportedly much darker. That has been pushed back for legal reasons until...
  • Flexible Ear Tattoos
    Ear tattoos are becoming a very popular choice for those seeking to get inked. What is particularly interesting is approximately 95 percent of all those choosing to get an ear tattoo are women (my observation). I think that's because they can...

Finally, we'll end this article with this fantastic bullet armband tattoo. Some people like to use barbed wire tattoos in this way, but the bullets were a surprising and terrific touch.

Bullett Armband Tattoo


I've done a few of these tattoo articles throughout the last couple of years, but few of them have grabbed me like these military tattoos did, both in the ability to speak unusally powerfully in the message they convey, and the quality in which they were made.


Leslie on June 06, 2012:

The "Soldier, Angel" tattoo is in fact the logo of the non-profit organization "Soldiers' Angels". We send care packages and write letters to our troops. It is a fantastic organization. Our website is www.soldiersangels.org for more info.

Beth on June 04, 2012:

The "Soldier, Angel" tattoo is actually the emblem of Soldiers Angels, a volunteer group that provides support and comfort to members of the military. Their motto is "May No Soldier Go Unloved

May No Soldier Walk Alone

May No Soldier Be Forgotten

'Til they All Come Home."

Valerie Conley on June 04, 2012:

The second tatoo, the soldier with the angel wings is the emblem of an organization I volunteer with -- Soldiers' Angels -- check them out -- SoldiersAngels dot org.

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