Patriotic tattoos are often gotten as a way to represent a lasting pride in the country of the wearer. There are many symbols that may be used to create pieces that express this sentiment. These symbols often consist of flags and maps, as well as emblems that are relevant to specific locations like states or cities. Although many patriotic designs focus on the United States, people from around the world like to show pride in their country by way of body art.
Some of the most commonly seen patriotic tattoos display flags. Often times these flags are basic and display the cloth-looking piece flat against the skin. On occasion, the flag may appear to be waving, it may be large or small, or it may be morphed into another shape. For example, it may take on the appearance of a heart, a flower or even a rainbow. Flags also sometimes appear in larger scenes. For instance, you may see the flag flying in the background of a war scene, it may be wrapped around a pin up model or may be held in the hands of small children.
Patriotic tattoos that depict flags may also appear in map-like designs. These designs typically show the country in an atlas style, but may have small variations where regions that are relevant to the wearer are highlighted, and may be identified by the appearance of a flag. Another variety of this particular design may include a stark or stylized outline or silhouette of a specific country, state or city. One interesting idea would be to create a three dimensional map of a country that features small buildings, people and plant life.
Many patriotic tattoos feature symbols that are well-known and widely accepted within the country of the wearer. For instance, United States-based pieces may show an eagle, a scroll with stylized script that quotes the pledge of allegiance or the statue of liberty. People from Italy may prefer to use the emblem of Italy, while those from India may wish to wear portions of sheet music from the Jana Gana Mana, the national anthem.