Flame tattoos come in many different varieties. Some of them use the flames as background to an already existing tattoo. Some people get flames just by themselves. It’s really depends on what your preference is and what the meaning behind the flames are.
Flames go back as far as time does. When man first discovered fire it really was a game changer. The destiny of man was forever altered. Fire and flames can be used with both positivity and with destruction.
Flame Tattoos in Cultures and Religions
Fire is one of the four elements. It’s combined with earth, wind and water. Fire is also associated with the sun. In many different cultures around the world the sun represents “life”. The sun was viewed as the creator of all living things in some cultures.
In Greek Mythology, Prometheus was known to have stolen the fire from the gods. He gave the fire to mortals so they could use it in their everyday life. The Phoenix is made out of flames and has the ability to reincarnate itself every 500 years from its own ashes. The flames on the Phoenix are said to represent transformation and rebirth along with the circle of life.
Hell is said to be made up of eternal hell fire. Flames that burn continuously. In Christianity, those who end up there, are destined to burn for the rest of their lives.
Fire is also used in many religions. The smoke that comes from fires are considered as prayer. In the Hindu religion fire is a sacred element. A different look with fire can be the location on the body.
Flame Tattoos Associated with Hobbies and/or Profession
Flames are a popular choice among bikers. Fire and flames go hand in hand with skull tattoos, dragon tattoos, crosses, hearts and barbed wires.
Many times these flames are associated with fire fighters. Many fire fighters get their logo, station numbers or a number of a fallen brother that they lost in the line of duty.
Flame Tattoo Placement
Different placements represent different things. Fire on the heart means anguish and self sacrifice. Flames on the feet are a sign of high speed. Tattoos placed in the groin area are a sign of being excessively sexy. If they are placed on the head or somewhere around it they are signs of genius, divine power or high mental capabilities.
Of course this doesn’t mean that you have to believe that’s what each of these mean. They could mean something completely different to you. These are just what have been developed through the years over different cultures and even more different religions.
Once you figure out where your flames would be best placed or how they represent something in your life it will be much easier to decide where to get them. Placement always seems to be key with tattoos. It’s a tough decision but hopefully with a little more knowledge your decision will be a little easier.