An arrow tattoo can be simple, yet have the power to speak a thousand words. Getting a tattoo is a permanent commitment, and often times, people like to just grab any design that catches their attention; this can lead to dissatisfaction very quickly. So, think long and hard before you ink, and be absolutely certain that an arrow tattoo (or any other for that matter) is truly what you want.
Choosing the ‘right’ tattoo …
Choosing the right tattoo means being secure and confident about the design you choose, and know that you’ll enjoy it for a long, long time. So…
~ find an experienced and trustworthy artist.
~ avoid making any rash decisions.
~ consider the placement of the tattoo.
~ refine the design; no copycat business.
Only after you’ve invested a considerable amount of time into choosing a design, the result can look really cool. And once you’ve made the decision, the next obvious step is to choose a design that brings a smile on your face.
It is perfectly normal to get a bit overwhelmed with all the designs, patterns, styles, and placement suggestions. There may be hundreds of arrow tattoos out there, and with all honesty, they all look pretty amazing.
What Does an Arrow Tattoo Symbolize?
Considering other Native American symbols, an arrow can hold a variety of meanings and symbolism from one tribe to another. As they were deeply spiritual people, using symbols and signs was a common means to communicate their history, facts, dreams, and ideas. And depending on the way the arrow is depicted in a particular design, naturally, the meaning behind it alters.
~A single arrow indicates protection and defense from anything or anyone wishing to harm you in any way. Also, as arrows signify movement or direction of travel, for a wearer it can mean that he/she should keep aiming ahead with force and power, and not look back.
~Two arrows pointing in opposite directions is a symbol for war.
~Depicting peace or a symbol of burying the hatchet, a broken arrow tattoo is ideal.
~Two crossed arrows is a symbol of friendship.
~If a design has a bundle of five arrows, it usually indicates strength. A single arrow can easily be broken; however, breaking five arrows is tough.
~An arrow through a diamond can symbolize courage and invincibility as you move forward.
Apart from choosing a design that has only an arrow(s), there are other elements that can be included in your tattoo. It may be that you don’t necessarily have a meaning or symbolism in mind, but wish to get this tattoo because it looks good. Whatever your reason may be, do keep in mind that once the tattoo has been inked on you, it will stay with your forever.
For someone who’s searching for a positive outlook toward life, an arrow tattoo is ideal as it symbolizes meaningful direction or finding the right path in life. It gives the message of always moving forward, and aiming ahead. As the arrow is pulled back on the bow, an individual might associate it with life dragging him/her back with challenges. And once the arrow is released from the bow, it launches itself straight ahead to something new, positive, and exciting.