Daggers are often seen as much more cutthroat and merciless weapons than swords – which are much longer, sleek and most of all used in battles. A dagger, on the other hand, is probably much more often used as a secret weapon in conspiracies of assassinations: as it is smaller than the traditional swords, it can be hidden on the body until the last moment. These little stealth weapons can be tattooed alone or be part of a larger work. These two options allow you to customize the drawing for the size, shape, pattern and color of the dagger, as well as other pictures you choose to include in the drawing.
Meanings of tattoos of daggers
Since these tattoos can be easily customized, there are many different meanings for dagger tattoos. Some of these are:
- The death
- Objectives / ambition
- The rebellion
- The duality of life
- Overcoming obstacles
- A broken heart
- The treason
- The absence of fear
- The danger
Variations of tattoos of daggers
Heart and dagger
It's a classic combination of two incredibly powerful symbols: the heart symbolizes the love and hidden desires of a person, while the dagger can symbolize death, destruction and betrayal. Put these two images together and you will have a powerful symbol of mourning, betrayed love or personal sacrifice. One way to personalize this drawing is to change the position of the dagger: a dagger that directly passes through the heart can represent a clear and clear end (although the suffering remains), while a torn edge may represent a wound that does not is not healed yet. Another way to personalize this drawing is to write a few words on a white ribbon placed on the heart. It can be an inspiring or encouraging phrase (such as "what does not kill makes you stronger") or the name of the person who betrayed you.
Skull and dagger
The tattoos daggers and skulls are another powerful combination of symbols. If the daggers are crossed behind the skull, this drawing can evoke the black and white flag of the pirates, which they hoisted when they approached the boats they were going to loot. This flag was a warning: "go or die" and remains, still today, an easily recognizable symbol of danger or intimidation. The combination between the dagger and the skull can also be quite threatening, because it is a direct representation of death. If the dagger is in the skull, either at the back or directly planted at the top, it can create some customization of the design. There is another possible meaning of this drawing: overcoming our fear of death. Planting a dagger in a skull can demonstrate that you have already conquered your fear and that death no longer worries you.
Snake and dagger
A serpent wrapped around a dagger is the symbol of healing and medicine, which is why it is a popular tattoo among medical professionals around the world. But the combination of these two symbols is also representative of Mercury, the Roman god messages and communication, which was also responsible for driving souls into the afterlife. Tattoos of snakes and daggers can therefore represent a certain affinity with Roman mythology and your personal connection with this god of luck, deception and travelers. If you want to personalize your tattoo a bit more, you can place a Latin quote (the language of the ancient Romans) in your drawing.
Rose and dagger
The tattoos of roses and daggers can represent the duality of human life through the two visibly opposite meanings of these two images combined in a drawing: the roses represent beauty, love, friendship and vitality while the dagger symbolizes death, treason the destruction and the insidious nature of things or beings. To convey this message effectively, you can represent a series of roses, or a rosebush, surrounding the dagger, demonstrating that the two elements can coexist. If you want to show the predominance of the dark elements of life, pierce the rose with the dagger and draw a few drops of blood to accentuate the effect. You can easily customize this drawing by varying the shape of the dagger or the color of the roses or by adding a personal quote on a white ribbon placed across the dagger.
Dragon and dagger
Associating one of the greatest mythological forces, the dragon, with a small weapon like the dagger, can represent an individual's ability to defeat any obstacle or enemy, no matter how small. The tattoos of dragons and daggers so are great choices of drawings for those who have overcome or hoping to overcome an intimidating obstacle through their determination and courage. You can make this tattoo unique by giving a personal touch to the dagger or by drawing the dragon so that it evokes the fear or the obstacle that you have overcome: this can be done by modifying the facial expression and the color, or through the characteristics of the dragon.
Dagger in a garter belt
It is a drawing more and more popular with the fairer sex and, placed around the thigh, it can be incredibly sexy and feminine. But if the placement is attractive, the image itself represents the power of the woman: in the past, daggers were often placed by women in their garter belt to protect themselves in case of danger. If attacked, they did not hesitate to strike and kill their aggressor. You can play on this juxtaposition between the delicate and powerful side of the motif by creating an incredibly feminine and detailed design of garter belt combined with a particularly sharp and threatening dagger, perhaps by placing a few drops of the blood of your last victim … Give free rein to your imagination regarding colors and design: you can customize the tattoo to match your unique personality.