20 Beautiful Dagger Tattoos

20 Beautiful Dagger Tattoos

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!

Bloody dagger. Artist unknown #dagger #traditional #blood
Bloody dagger. Artist unknown #dagger #traditional #blood

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." :)

Dagger and roses by Stefan Johansson #dagger #rose #traditional
Dagger and roses by Stefan Johansson #dagger #rose #traditional
Here's a beautiful personalized dagger with a moth and rose added for richness by Stefan Johnsson.
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Daggers usually come with floral elements to balance out the intimidating look of the tattoo. It gives it an ornate and elegant feel.
Awesome unconventional rendition of a dagger by Ross K Jones.
Bee-inspired dagger tattoo by Henry Lewis at Skull & Sword tattoo.
Smooth black & grey rendition by Philip Yarnell.
How cool is a dagger through 3 wolf heads and snakes?! Tattoo done at Providence Tattoo.
So much fighting spirit in this one. Awesome backpiece by Stefan Johnsson.
Skull inspired dagger #dagger #snake #skull
Skull inspired dagger #dagger #snake #skull
Check out the rad shading technique done on the skull!
This one is creatively done. Beautiful!
Big cat inspired dagger by Ross Nagle #panther #dagger #traditional #RossNagle
Big cat inspired dagger by Ross Nagle #panther #dagger #traditional #RossNagle
Classic dagger through a panther's head reinvented by Ross Nagle.
This Tibetan dagger's looking neat!
Daggers look stunning in black & grey as well. Tattoo by Tim Hendricks.
Dagger tattoo. Artist unknown #dagger #blackwork #blckwrk
Dagger tattoo. Artist unknown #dagger #blackwork #blckwrk
Love the placement of this one.
Dagger tattoo on the chin #dagger #blackwork #blckwrk
Dagger tattoo on the chin #dagger #blackwork #blckwrk
Any tough & confident chick can rock a Dagger tattoo....even on the face!
Dagger for lunch, dagger for dinner #dagger #traditional #pinup
Dagger for lunch, dagger for dinner #dagger #traditional #pinup
I cannot put into words how this photo is just amazing! Love the dagger placement!
Mix and match dagger combination #knuckle #dagger #hand #traditional #bold
Mix and match dagger combination #knuckle #dagger #hand #traditional #bold
Another clever way to place it on the hands.
The gold effect is stunning!
This design is fascinatingly far-out yet finely executed.

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