What is the symbolic meaning of a bullet tattoo? Many different associations and interpretations can be used to explain this piece of body art.
The classic bullet tattoo design includes the lead ball that has been shot from a gun, also called cartridge or bullet. Once it hits its target, it penetrates and goes through layers of skin before stopping inside the body;
A Bullet can represent life or death depending on how you look at it. It has to hit its intended target in order to be “effective” so it can’t just go anywhere.
When someone gets a bullet tattoo, the meaning will vary depending on why they got that specific design and where on their body it is positioned. The symbolic meaning of a bullet tattoo may vary based on personal feelings towards guns or weapons.
However, since ballistics are used around the world in many professions like hunters, soldiers or law enforcement officers (LEO’s), the symbolism behind bullets also varies widely.
- For some people, getting a Bullet tattoo is about rebellion;
- others get them because it represents protection;
- still other people might use this piece of body art as an expression of extreme toughness.
Bullets sometimes move freely inside our body until they get lodged somewhere because of their shape, so they are often associated with mobility or feelings about being stuck.
Bullet tattoo meaning and symbolism also vary based on the context because it takes two to tango. The gun itself is not enough, you have to take into account the bullet too.
A bullet could represent penetration, speed, strength, certain death or destruction depending on which type of gun shot that specific cartridge.
For example, a 9mm Bullet tattoo design could be used by someone who doesn’t feel like they fit in anywhere since this cartridge size is very common around the world; it can even be used as an expression of power if gotten inked on someone’s thighs for example. On the other hand, a shell or buckshot (shotgun shell) might be used as an expression of war and violence.
A Bullet tattoo can also work as symbols of protection; for example by signaling that one is armed and dangerous if done in a certain spot on the body. A popular location to get a bullet tattoo is behind the ear, but any part of your body where you feel vulnerable could work too.
When choosing this type of tattoo design, it’s also extremely important to take into account the symbolism attached to firearms since they are often associated with violence and power struggles which don’t necessarily have anything to do with actual strength, speed or force.
In fact, having a firearm makes one an easy target because weapons attract predators more than they protect one from them.
For this reason, the symbolism behind bullets isn’t only about toughness or violence; it can also be seen as a protection talisman which has to do with speed and the element of air.
Getting inked with a bullet pairing is associated with an increase in speed if done on your back for example so you could get something like “fly faster” written there by your tattoo artist (if he/she knows what they are doing).
People looking for this type of translation will most likely look towards spiritual meanings rather than physical ones. For people who fall under this category, a question to ask themselves is :Do I need more movement in my life? Do I want to move away from my problems?