Dagger Tattoos

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Dagger tattoos are unique and hold a variety of different symbolic meanings to those who wear them. The dagger has many associations that are linked to past cultures and civilizations. Dagger tattoos can be portrayed alone or with other tattoo symbols.

Knife and Dagger Tattoo designs and symbols are a reoccurring theme and image (that means they pop up a lot!) in many different tattoo genres and eras, and are often tattooed by themselves as a singular object or as an integral part of a gruesome tale!

Dagger Tattoos History

Throughout the Middle East, in Babylon, Mesopotamia, Persia and many other cultures, knives were used to kill animals on special altars to sacrifice them to the Gods. The image of a knife and blood-letting and death are all firmly intertwined. The ability to spill blood, the very essence of life, is an extraordinarily powerful image and a very potent symbol. At its most primal level, the knife or dagger represents Death.

Dagger Tattoos Meaning and Design

Many times a dagger tattoo can express a feeling of sacrifice. This conveyance is ancient, and deeply rooted in many religious/spiritual sects in which sacrifices have been (and still are in some cases) practiced for eons. Do you find yourself in a position of intense sacrifice? Do you hold to a singular devotion, faith or purpose that you would die for? An ornate, glistening knife tattoo might be something to consider to outwardly express that kind of intensity.

Because a knife had so many uses, and was used by every member of early cultures, the rich and wealthy, the powerful and the Nobility, soon began to decorate the hilts of their daggers with gold and jewels until they became potent symbols of rank.

Some at-a-glance symbolic keywords to augment your own research into knife tattoo ideas:

  • Authority
  • Skill
  • Revenge
  • Betrayal
  • Solitude
  • Sacrifice
  • Military duty/service
  • Strategy
  • Sharp Intellect
  • Steely Resolve
  • Flawless Clarity
  • Singularity in Focus
  • Duality
  • Pain
  • Ritual
  • Accomplishment
  • Freedom

Dagger Tattoos Ideas

The dagger through the heart is a classic piece of tattoo design that has withstood both the test of time and the whim of fashion. Like all enduring symbols, it is as relevant today as when it was first done, managing to successfully capture both our attention and our emotions.