At its most primal level, a dagger represents death.
Ancient Aztecs used special ceremonial daggers to cut the still beating hearts out of their human sacrifices as they paid homage to their gods. It's pretty brutal, but such a dagger represented the fearsome power of Death over all other living things.
It is the unknown force behind the steel that has the power to take a life that makes it an intimidating (yet elegant and beautiful) tattoo imagery. The powerful symbol of the dagger evolved and have been around since traditional/old school tattooing flourished, and it's a popular tattoo design because of its sharp and sleek look.
The dagger comes in different layouts and variations, such as a dagger through the heart (symbolizes betrayal in love, or unconditional love to a parent or close family member), or a dagger with a banner that tells something about the bearer's fighting spirit or personality, or a simple dagger with roses for aesthetic purposes. Whichever layout you choose, you will never go wrong with a dagger tattoo. It's a classic. Check out these 20 beautiful Dagger tattoos for ideas. :) Enjoy!
Indeed. Khalil Gibran (all-time favorite author & idealist) wrote that, "Much of your Pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self." :)
Here's a beautiful personalized dagger with a moth and rose added for richness by Stefan Johnsson.