Flags make a great tattoo idea. Flag tattoos are a way to show national pride for your country of origin, your country of habitation or even the country of your ancestors – giving you a chance to honor your roots. Flag tattoos can represent countries you have visited, spent significant time in or had deep experiences in while traveling or living abroad. They are also versatile in terms of how they can be used making them a fun tattoo idea.
Getting a tattoo representing the country where you live is a common tattoo theme. For example, American flags are a very popular tattoo here in America. They show patriotism, pride and love for the country that takes care of you. This theme can work for any country you love with any flag that represents it. Every country has a flag! It’s a great show of pride!
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If you were born in a different country than the country where you now live, a tattoo representing the flag of your birth country, is a solid way to keep in touch with your origins. It is a way to remember and honor the county that you started life in. It keeps you connected to your birth country at all times.
Getting a tattoo representing the birth country of your grandparents or ancestors is a really cool way to be connected to your roots. It is a way to bring some of your ancestral culture into the present and represent your roots in a bold way on your own body. Now your grandmother might disagree, but a tattoo is a personal thing after all!
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Flag tattoos are very versatile in terms of design and placement. If you want the flag by itself, it is best to be placed on an appropriate canvas – shoulder blade, shoulder, or calf for example. If you want the details of the flag to be visible you will have to get it large enough for the artist to accomplish this.
Flag tattoos can also be incorporated into larger tattoos and become part of a sleeve or a back piece. The design of a flag can also be tattooed in a way where it is not actually a flag, but rather the design of a particular flag turned into something else – like an eagle or a guitar colored as an American flag for example. Flags can be rendered in all their colorful glory or represented in black and white as well.