People often comment that patriotic tattoos are over-the-top designs that are worn by guys who want to show off their love to the country. However, As a tattoo artist, I find it the most appealing method to show one’s devotion to their motherland and country.
A Patriotic tattoo does not represent the government but rather the unconditional love for the nation. You might not be happy with the current government of your nation and you can show that by wearing a unique country flag tattoo.
Patriotic Tattoo ideas
One thing you need to keep in mind is that you do not disrespect your patriotic tattoo knowing or unknowingly. I have seen many people wearing a patriotic tattoo on calves and knees which is not a good placement for a noble tattoo design. It does not matter if you are American or European or Asian, but if you have chosen a country flag tattoo then you must place it on the upper part of your body.
Now that you have made up your mind for a patriotic tattoo then you must know the exact meaning of your tattoo design. You can have multiple symbols inked on your body that will represent your national heritage.
Every nation on this planet has its sigil, own national bird, national animal, and even national plant. You can pick any one of them or have a design that shows each one. Here we will discuss American patriotic tattoos but If you are from a different country then still you can base your tattoo design on similar principles/ideas.
Patriotic Tattoo Designs Meaning
You can choose designs from the below which will have different meanings –
Bald Eagle Tattoo (National Bird Tattoo Design) – The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States of America. It is used as a symbol on Navy SEALs uniforms, and President’s flag. The bird was chosen as the seal of the country in 1782. It was chosen as the emblem of the USA by the founding fathers because it represented fierceness, beauty, strength, and freedom.
Therefore a Bald Eagle tattoo will not only represent your love for the nation but it will also show that you are a supporter of free speech. You too can have to wear a tattoo of your national bird. Australia’s national bird is Emu, Canada’s national bird is Canadian Jay, India has Peacock, the United Kingdom has European Robin and France has Gallic Rooster.
Year of Independence Tattoo – The world has a dark history. The nation of Great Britain ruled half of the planet for more than 300 years. Different countries got independence from their rule in different periods. The USA got its independence on 4 July 1776. You can get the year or even the whole date inked on your body which will represent your love for the nation.
National Flag – USA has the famous 13 red and 13 white strap flags with 50 stars in a blue canton. It is affectionately called the Star-Spangled Banner. The stars represent the 50 United States of America. The white stripes represent purity, the red represents hardiness and valor while the blue represents vigilance and justice.
If you pick your nation’s flag then make sure it is near your heart as it will look more beautiful and meaningful. Each state of US has its flag. Many people chose the flag of their state too as a patriotic tattoo design. You can do the same if you want to.
Misc. Symbols – Many people dedicated their patriotic tattoos to Army and Soldiers. You can try a Uniform tattoo or Guns tattoo or even soldier boots tattoo for your nation. You too can pay homage to your nation’s army with similar designs.
Here are 150+ Patriotic Tattoo designs to choose from
We The People Patriotic Tattoo
American Themed Patriotic Tattoo
Badass Patriotic Tattoos
Half Sleeve Patriotic Tattoos
Full Sleeve Patriotic Tattoos
Cool American Patriotic Tattoos
Cool USA Tattoos
Also Read: American Flag tattoos
The Patriotic tattoo on your arms or bicep or chest or back might look cool but it won’t represent that you truly love your nation. Remember that a Country is for the people, from the people and by the people. If you can not show love to your countrymen then there is no use for having a patriotic tattoo.
References: Duty of a Citizen