20 Lucky Horseshoe Tattoos

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Luck and superstition are significant part of ones life, even if you don't believe in them yourself you can rarely escape the reach of there associated beliefs. We all have that one friend who carries a lucky bracelet or charm, that one relative who always has to wear something red. No matter who you are luck and superstition is not something you are unfamilair with, even if we don't mean it we will wish someone luck on their venutres, we will avoid breaking a mirror or walking under a ladder.

The concept and belief of good and bad luck likewise holds a strong presence in tattooing. It is a common practice for people to get a tattoo as a symbol of luck or bringer of good fortune, I myself have my lucky number tattooed on my wrist, though there are plenty of other options for a lucky tattoo. A horseshoe perhaps?...

A traditonal symbol and amulet of luck the horseshoe rose to prominence in the Roman Empire, and its 'U' shape was believed to hold of evil! The shape has further been associated with a cresent moon and fetility. More recent traditions have seen horseshoes hung above doorways to protect a home. An upwards facing horseshoe is believed to hold good look and a downward facing horseshoe drains of bad luck. In tattooing horseshoes are frequently accompanied by a banner and the word 'Lucky' or on occassions other symbols of luck like a shamrock.

Take a look at these twenty lucky horseshoe tattoos and see which one will be your bringer of good fortune...

Traditional horseshoe by Alex Strangler
Traditional horseshoe by Alex Strangler
by Chapel Tattoo
by Chapel Tattoo
by KeelHauled Mike of Black Anchor Tattoo in Denton Maryland
by KeelHauled Mike of Black Anchor Tattoo in Denton Maryland
Traditional piece by Matt “Beatdown” Ziolko
Traditional piece by Matt “Beatdown” Ziolko
Ship and horseshoe by Paul Anthony Dobleman
Ship and horseshoe by Paul Anthony Dobleman

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Horseshoe pin up by Samuel Thomson
Horseshoe pin up by Samuel Thomson
Realistic rose and horseshoe by Demon-Tattoo
Realistic rose and horseshoe by Demon-Tattoo
Bold work by Dennis Duarte
Bold work by Dennis Duarte
artist unknown
artist unknown
Hannah Aitchison - Horsehhoe Tattoo
Hannah Aitchison - Horsehhoe Tattoo
Amazing tattoo by Alessandro Raggi
Amazing tattoo by Alessandro Raggi
'Lucky'... unknown artist
'Lucky'... unknown artist
Mom and Dad Horseshoe by Paul Dobleman
Mom and Dad Horseshoe by Paul Dobleman
Great work by Off The Map Tattoo
Great work by Off The Map Tattoo
by Paul Dobleman
by Paul Dobleman
Brilliant tattoo by Phatt-German
Brilliant tattoo by Phatt-German
by Simon Velez
by Simon Velez
Unknown artist
Unknown artist
Beautiful swallow and horseshoe, artist unknown
Beautiful swallow and horseshoe, artist unknown

Now of course we couldn't talk about horseshoe tattoos without reference to the most famous of them all. At first glance Scarlett Johansson's tattoo looks crudely done and well, not all that brilliant, but it is completely intentional. Parisian artist Fuzi Ubtpk specializes in street art and tattooing and has developed a seld-described 'ignorant style' which strays from the traditional composed and bold tattoos we are used to! Clearly Scarlett is a fan and her horseshoe tattoo the result!!

Scarlett Johansson tattoo by Parisian artist Fuzi Ubtpk
Scarlett Johansson tattoo by Parisian artist Fuzi Ubtpk

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Tattoodo Staff Writer and tattoo enthusiast. Lover of all things traditional and blackwork!

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