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

Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One style of tattoos that men and women find interest in is pirate tattoos. Overall, pirate tattoos can include a variety of different symbols that are associated to the pirate theme. Pirate tattoos are not considered to be a mainstream tattoo, but they offer the wearer several unique perspectives of pirate art in tattooing. In this article, we will discuss pirate tattoos, pirate tattoo designs, pirate tattoo meanings, and you will also have the opportunity to view a variety of different pirate tattoos. In the end, we hope that you are able to find inspiration and everything in between for your next tattoo venture.

Many men and women find interest within pirate theme tattoos because the wide variety of different styles that pirate tattoos offer. There are several different symbols that can be applied to pirate tattoos. The most famous and most common symbol used for pirate tattoos is the skull or even the skeleton. The skull crossbone has been a longtime symbol of pirates. The ship, ship wheel, parrot, compass, and cap are also symbols used in pirate tattoos.

Many tattoo artist favor the pirate tattoo design because of the versatility of the tattoo. This tattoo design gives them plenty too ponder as they are many ways too come up with an exceptional pirate tattoo. With so many symbols too work with, the pirate tattoo design is the perfect theme to create a masterful tattoo.



When it comes too pirate tattoos, there are many differences in meanings. Overall, the meaning behind pirate tattoos often depends on what symbols and elements are presented. Since pirate tattoos often include many symbols, it can be hard to pinpoint one overall meaning. However, below you can find general meanings that are applied to pirate tattoos. Remember, in the end, your tattoo represents what you want it too. With that, below are the meanings behind the pirate tattoo.

  • Courage
  • Freedom
  • Unity
  • Travel
  • Bravery
  • Deceit
  • Loyalty


As you read earlier. pirate tattoo designs can include a variety of different symbols and elements associated to the pirate theme. As mentioned, one of the most common symbols that reflect the pirate is the skull crossbone. A black flag with a white skull crossbone has been a trade mark of the pirates for hundreds of years. A large portion of pirate tattoos include some type of skull or skeleton figure. This type of pirate tattoo often includes some type of pirate attire, such as a pirate hat, eye patch, or cap.

The most popular pirate tattoo is the pirate ship tattoo. This pirate tattoo design portrays a pirate ship that is often designed in great detail. When done correctly, the pirate ship tattoo can be a stunning piece. Personally, I think they look much better as a full back piece because it gives the artist plenty of room for the detail work. Another popular pirate tattoo design is the lady pirate. This pirate tattoo design simply portrays a lady pirate. She may be designed with an eye patch or cap. In most cases, these women are portrayed with very little clothing. The lady pirate may be designed to look bad to the bone or sexy.

Some pirate tattoos may be created too portray a pirate character from a novel or movie. One of the more modern day pirates that are often inked is that of Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp. In fact, you are likely to see quite a few pirate tattoos that are based from the characters in the movie series Pirates of the Caribbean.

You may draw your own designs or you may come across a tattoo artist that has created their own pirate character. Pirate tattoos can portray pirates in a variety of different ways. Pirates can also be designed with a host of different symbols and elements. Such symbols may include parrots, gold, daggers, swords, ship wheels, and stars. Remember, you can think outside the box and use any symbol that you wish. This is what makes tattoos unique. Your symbols and elements don't have to be associated to the pirate theme. However, most people want to keep the entire theme intact.

Please be sure to take the time to view all the different pirate tattoo designs in this article. This will give you a general idea of what pirate tattoo designs look like. Plus, you can pick up tips and ideas for your own pirate tattoo. Either way, it is a win-win situation.


There are a few things that you want to consider before you get your pirate tattoo or any tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. Make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that your tattoo symbolizes something different from what you first thought.

Don't rush to get inked! Many men and women make the mistake of getting inked on an impulse without thinking. Remember, you are planning to wear this for the rest of your life. Plus, you don't want to have to go through the process of laser removal and cover ups. Make sure that you make the right choice the first time around.

Pirate tattoos are a great versatile tattoo design. This is a bonus for tattoo artist and a bonus for those seeking a pirate tattoo. There are hundreds of creative ways to make the ultimate pirate tattoo with all the associated symbols and elements for the pirate theme. Once again, it never hurts too look at all the pirate tattoos that you can. If you feel that the pirate tattoo is not for you or you want to view similar themes, be sure to follow the links below. As always, thanks for your visit!

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Dianna Mendez on December 05, 2012:

With all the hoopla about pirates, this is sure to hit the top of the charts. I love the lady pirate tattoo photo posted at the end. Charming!

most unique tattoos on December 04, 2012:

A nice collection of tattoos!!! cool and unique too!!!!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on December 02, 2012:

These are quite common and I wonder if they've increased since the release of "Pirates of the Caribbean." Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on November 30, 2012:

Well me matey, these are fantastic! arrrrrgh

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 30, 2012:

These pirates are just awesome.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 29, 2012:

Where have you been? The pirate tattoos are beautiful, and meaningful to many. I didn't know that. Thank you for sharing Ricky..

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on November 29, 2012:

Wow, what an interesting hub. I had no idea what pirate tattoos meant, Thank you for writing this hub.

Voted up.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on November 29, 2012:

Wow! I haven't seen any of yours in a while! Thank you for sharing!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 29, 2012:

Arghh! Very cool tattoos my friend! Nice job of highlighting them. I hope you are well this holiday season.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on November 29, 2012:

damn lyrics haven't see you in a while couldn't get my dose of your tats.. until now! YES! bless you man

Joseph Renne from Milton on November 28, 2012:

Love Flash Tattoo Picks Like This. Pirate Tats Rock. Do me a favor and check out one of my hubs.

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