However you look at it, horseshoes are a symbol of good luck. Many people use this icon to either ward off bad luck, or bring good fortune. Given that for many centuries people have seen tattoos as a sort of talisman to protect themselves from harm; it is understandable why someone would use horseshoe tattoos as their amulet.
One of the more obvious depictions is the gambling horseshoe. With this style, there is a mixture of luck-bearing symbols such as a four leaf clover, a hand of cards with a royal flush, or even high numbered dice. Many of these designs also feature a pinup girl either in the bust style; or full body, usually lying along the length of the horseshoe, one leg kicked playfully into the air.
Many people also like to feature winning racehorses in their horseshoe tattoos. These usually show the head and neck of a horse peering through the design. But one interesting idea is to show the raised leg sporting a golden horseshoe, surrounded by a wreath of camellia, white carnation or clover (all symbols of good luck).
Horseshoe tattoos can also be very simple. They may feature the old-time vision of a dark, worn metal; or they may be more modern and intricate, even showcasing a bold Celtic scroll work. When using horseshoe tattoos in this style, it is good to know that a shoe pointing down is a sign of expelling the bad, and a shoe pointing up is the opposite; that is, gathering up the good.
So whether you are trying to bring yourself a bit of extra luck, or trying to protect yourself from misfortune, horseshoe tattoos may be just the badge you are looking for.