If you are looking for a tattoo that is all about power and strength then why not try out a sword tattoo, you won’t regret it! The TV show Vikings have brought back the love of the old-school sword designs, and both men and women want to be bad-asses. Swords just aren’t for men any longer.
Swords, as evidenced by The Vikings, have been around for a very long time. They were the main weapons used in war before guns ever came around and they look really cool. The image of a sword certainly has a sense of manliness to it, but these days’ women are embracing their inner badass and considering Lagertha from The Vikings is one of the most badass female warriors in the show, it’s clear that it’s okay for women to kick ass as well. This is the kind of tattoo that spans across all cultures and has a lot of symbolism to it.
Swords are not just powerful they have a lot of sophistication to them as well. If you are a confident person than you can totally pull off a sword tattoo. With the right tattoo design, you can not only be stylish, but you will be one step above the competition when it comes to badassery. Weapons also make men feel more manly, and the masculine power behind a sword is really unmatched.
There are many different means behind a sword tattoo, and some of them are pretty cool. In Buddhism, a blade (sword) is seen to eliminate ignorance swiftly. The Alchemists believe that a sword represents achieving purity at it’s fullest. In Christianity, the sword is meant to portray the force of justice. After all, the Archangels of Heaven always fought with a sword. In African cultures, the sword is viewed as a means of personal growth.
There are many different techniques available for artists to provide you with the sword tattoo that you have always dreamed of. There are many different variations of the blade technology, so the sky is the limit with your design options.
There are many different design options to choose from, and we compiled a list to help you choose a design for yourself. Below are 80 Awesome Sword Tattoo Ideas for the Viking in You:
1. Slicing the Skin
A great tattoo design, this one is a little cartoonish if that’s the style that you are looking for. There are plenty of colors involved in this one as well.
2. Angel Wars
A great tattoo design that has a lot of symbolism and dark details.
3. Curved Blade
These are always terrifying blades to see but talk about a badass sword.
4. Stunning Designs
This blade is ornate and ready for battle, it’s clearly an old school blade that you are sure to love.
5. Bright Red
There is a lot of symbolism to this tattoo; I’m just not sure what it is. Is the battle against the animal, it’s hard to tell, but I do love the bright red.
6. Greek Warriors
These are the type of armor that soldiers wore in the Greek armies, Achilles would have worn the same thing. I love the detail, especially on such a small piece.
7. Powerful Sword
A great sword that is not only creative but colorful as well.
8. Killing Panthers
This cartoon image is one for the books; you won’t get enough of this playful but yet violent image.
9. Simple Designs
The Excalibur sword can not be moved by anyone but the most righteous. Can you move it?
10. The Samurai Sword
The Samurai Sword was made popular because of all the Martial Arts movies that have come out over the years. This one is quite large and surrounded by flowers.
11. Black and White
This small blade is done with a great technique. A sword that really looks great amongst the flowers.
12. Medieval Designs
This bright blue sword has been sheathed because it is so sharp. I love the colors and the unique designs involved.
13. Simple Swords
A simple Samurai Sword that fits nicely on the leg.
14. Just a Dagger
A great example of a simple but powerful dagger.
15. Ornate Designs
This unique design makes it look like the blade is embedded into the skin. The handle is quite detailed and ornate.
16. Bloody Sword
A great sword design with some blood splotches.
17. Broken Sword
A broken sword with a wedding band? There is certainly some massive symbolism here.
18. Detailed Images
A great detailed design that is very dark. There is a dragon wrapped around the sword of a warrior.
19. A Knight’s Sword
A great design that has the sword embedded in the skin.
20. Just Parts
Another example of a broken sword, possibly broken in battle.
21. Stunning Colors
You don’t get a sword more powerful and beautiful than this one. I love the combination of gold’s and purples together.
22. Sleeve Designs
A detailed sleeve design that is devoid of color.
23. Double Swords
A simple tattoo design that has a double sword.
24. Inside the Skin
A great tattoo design of an ornate sword that is embedded into the skin and coming out the other side.
25. Dragon Art
Why not have a dragon silhouette curling around your sword. This one is amazing.
26. Multiple Swords
A great many swords together, this is a great tattoo if you want a large design with more than one sword.
27. Matching Designs
If you are looking for matching designs then why not try out some swords?
28. Killing Tigers
If you have a hunter inside of you, then you might enjoy this tattoo with the sword penetrating the head of the tiger while it bleeds out of the mouth.
29. Royal Swords
There is a lot going on with this sword tattoo, in fact, it’s a gorgeous design if you are looking for a sleeve. I love the fact that the sword goes through the crown.
30. Knight Armour
A great tattoo if you have a lot of respect for knights.
31. The Skull
It’s a small tattoo, but it’s also pretty cool to look at.
32. An Honourable Fight
A great tattoo if you love the soldiers from back in the day.
33. Cross Designs
This sword has an ornate cross as the handle.
34. A Stabbing
That’s a pretty big sword to be stuck in your stomach, but he’s walking around just fine.
35. Gorgeous Rose
This flower design is original as there is a gorgeous sword embedded in the middle of the rose.
36. Double Samurai’s
Great samurai swords that create a simple design.
37. Bright Colors
A gorgeous sash that surrounds the sword makes for a colorful tattoo.
38. Carrying a Sword
Always have your sword with you, with this tattoo design.
39. The Dark Warrior
A great warrior tattoo for those who like the dark side.
40. Sinking Waves
A great tattoo that is full of color.
41. Sad Heart
There is a lot of symbolism when it comes to this heart, and the daggers run deep.
42. Rose Tattoos
Another example of a sword embedded inside of a heart.
43. Just the Handle
Another example of a sword tattoo that is embedded in the skin.
44. Standard Sword
A great sword tattoo that has lots of colors.
45. Great Designs
This sword is surrounded by beautiful red flowers.
46. Plunged Inside
These types of tattoos are very popular.
47. Feather Sword
This is a very different sword indeed because it looks exactly like a feather. A stunning overall design that you are sure to love.
48. Big Skull
If you are looking for a cool skull design, then this is it. I love the fact that you can see the sword through the skull head.
49. Snake Sword
It looks like this snake is protecting the sword and we just love that.
50. Detailed Skull
Another great example of the skull and sword design but this one has a lot more detail to it, plus it’s very dark.
51. Personalize It
Any design can be personalized to make it your own.
52. Thin Designs
Just a simple thin sword that goes down the arm.
This stunning design is so beautiful. You have an Archangel design here complete with wings and a sword on the back. You can’t get cooler than this design; it’s breathtaking.
54. Other Elements
Add other elements to your sword design.
55. Stunning Skulls
Another great example of the sword and skull design, this one has great details like the jaw bone falling off and the addition of the snake.
56. Sword and Wings
A great design that is small enough to go anywhere.
57. The Knight
This sexy tattoo is all about a knight in full armor with his sword.
58. Cutting Deep
Another example of this popular tattoo design with bold colors.
59. Excalibur Designs
The story of Excalibur is an old one, but it still intrigues people to this day. This design has a lot of mystery and detail to it.
60. Crossing Swords
A great tattoo design of old swords crossing one another.
61. Three Swords
A simple design of three swords overlapping one another.
62. Small Designs
A small sword can be placed anywhere on the body.
63. Deep Colors
I love the deep red in this design; it contrasts well with the dark tattoo.
64. Killing Time
Can you find the symbolism behind this tattoo? We have a sword crushing a watch.
65. Simple Blade
In this tattoo, the handle is very ornate and detailed while the blade itself is very simple, almost as if the two don’t go together. The blade almost seems like it’s disappearing.
66. Great Quotes
Quotes can be added to any tattoo to add some punch to it. Add an inspirational quote that has meaning for your own life.
67. An Outline
This design is truly elegant and beautiful. If you want something simple but pretty then this is the design for you.
68. Large Tattoos
If you are looking for a large tattoo, then this might be the one for you. It goes the full length of the body and is quite detailed.
69. The Key to Heaven
This is very symbolic to a religion of sorts since you have angels wings, keys, and a sword. Are they the keys to Heaven?
70. Broken Pieces
This sword is broken into pieces.
71. Lion Head
This stunning sword tattoo has an amazing handle with a lion’s head on it. The blade is also embedded into the skin.
72. Standard and Simple
You don’t have to have a huge ornate design in order to have a sword. This is a great example of a simple sword that doesn’t take up a lot of room.
73. Beautiful Colors
A stunning sword design with the sword embedded in the rose but the colors are magnificent. They are deep and bright and just so gorgeous.
74. Killing the Heart
Another popular design, this one has the three swords penetrating the heart once again. It’s a simple design that doesn’t take up a lot of room.
75. Angels Around Us
If you like the idea of a guardian angel, then you are sure to love this tattoo. It has a shield, sword and some wings. This angel is ready for war.
76. Stormy Skies
A sword thrown on the ground after a war. A great image that looks very stormy.
77. Creative Elements
This would be considered a geometric design because of the circle in the background. This is a very simple sword design, but it still has a lot of detail considering it’s so small.
78. Jewelry Designs
This is a great example of how a sword can be made feminine. There is elegant jewelry surrounding the sword which creates a very gorgeous image.
79. Sketchy Images
This sword tattoo is done with a sketch technique that makes it look more like a drawing. It’s stunning because it almost looks like it’s part of the skin.
80. Bold and Beautiful
A great tattoo design for a few reasons. There are bold colors involved here that just make the tattoo pop; it’s absolutely stunning. Then there is the design, and that’s pretty awesome because there is a shield that is very creative and ornate. The sword gets sheathed inside of the shield.