Gun tattoos are as popular today as they have ever been. We see a re-surge in their popularity in times of war, gang activity, survival activity, sporting activity, gun collecting activity, and constitutional rights activity. The type of gun you will get in your gun tattoo design will be your favorite gun. The one exception is the gun collectors who may admire a particular piece from a specific era only because they find it a great weapon. See below for some trendy gun tattoo designs and ideas.
Types of Gun Tattoos
Tommy gun tattoos may be the perfect gun tattoos for you. The Thompson Sub Machine Gun, in the twenties, was as romantic as it was deadly. The love-hate affair with criminals like Machine Gun Kelly, Al Capone, and The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre will forever immortalize the Tommy gun in history. A simple Tommy gun tattoo idea may be the outline of the gun done in black ink. For a more elaborate tattoo design, you may try using a side view of the gun in dark blue ink with a dark cherry color ink for the stock and handgrip and even a few brass shell casings placed around the gun.
Gun Tattoos with Roses
Roses and guns have been inked together for many years now. Something is alluring in their design. The contrast between the cold blue steel and the roses’ vibrant colors bring life to the tattoo. You will need to choose your personal preference in type of gun, but for this tattoo idea, let’s picture a gunmetal blue .45 caliber handgun in a side view. You can also use two long stem red roses crossed behind the gun at about a 45-degree angle and with a few extra rose vines woven through the trigger guard.
Gun Tattoos with Skulls
Skull and gun tattoo designs can give you that menacing look you are after. This design offers many options in the patterns, so run wild with it. Try using an old west theme with an old looking .30-30 rifle with plenty of scratches and nicks at a 45-degree angle right below the skull. You may also like the skull wearing a worn-out cowboy hat and an old red bandanna as a nose and mouth mask. Skulls are trendy in tattoo designs. Another entirely different skull and gun tattoos are the new phenomena of having the weapon of choice tattooed on a shaven head. You shave all your hair off and have a gun tattooed upon your head. It may or may not signify a relationship or association with a sub-culture. So you may want to do some homework before deciding on these designs.
Gun Tattoos for Girls
Gun tattoos for girls are not much different than gun tattoos for men. After all, many women are into sport shooting as well as arming themselves for self-protection. Girl gun tattoos are seen with hearts, flowers, or angel wings to soften the image up. Try using a stainless steel .38 caliber handgun set in the center of a heart with a single blue flower between the gun and heart.
Small Gun Tattoos
Small gun tattoos are a fun tattoo design seen most often on women. Typically we see the compact Derringer .22 short in this tattoo design. For a simple design, try using a side view of the gun in a bright color with a black handgrip and adding a rose with thorns to finish the tattoo off.
Coloring of Gun Tattoos
Coloring of gun tattoos is not essential, but if you want real body art that pops, it is crucial. The ink colors available today and the sophistication of tattoo artists are so developed that achieving a realistic look is possible. Don’t settle for anything less. If your gun tattoos include an older weapon, perhaps rusty, you will want oranges, reds, browns, blacks, and shading done to achieve that oxidized look. You’ll also need an artist who can use colors to add an aged look to the wood. Once that wooden handle that was highly polished is now dull, your tattoo artist can talk over the colors and techniques they will use to accomplish this look. If you decide to add additional items to your gun tattoo design, choose colors that complement the weapon’s color. Purples, greens, turquoise, and yellows go nicely with gunmetal blue.
The gun with rose tattoos shows well in medium size on the back, arm, or leg. Girly gun tattoo designs look great in small to medium length on the back, stomach, and upper leg. Placement for Tommy Gun Tattoos are seen best on the leg or forearm and even across the back. Skull and gun tattoo designs look great in medium size on the upper arm, shoulder blade, and lower leg.
The derringer is the most amusing of all guns in terms of placement. In the past, women have traditionally hidden derringers all over their bodies, and today they are doing the same with these tattoos. Derringer gun tattoos on women are often seen in the most interesting places. Some are placed on the abdomen so that the gun’s handle is visible from the pants’ top. Some are completely concealed in the breast area, and you won’t see them unless exposed.