15 High-Class Playing Card Tattoos

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The playing card is a classic tattoo image, a symbol of both good luck and fortune, but also a symbol of fate and even death.

Usually showing an ace or one of the face cards, playing card tattoos often incorporate other classic tattoo images like skulls and dice and make for some badass old school ink!
Playing cards were first recorded in Imperial China as early as the 9th century and in the centuries that followed hundreds of variation have existed. Today the playing cards we all recognize are the standard deck of 52 and the four French playing card suits; Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, and Clubs. Notably each suit and card has it's own connotations and meanings attached to it, and the reality is that a deck of cards is often viewed much more than a game. Likewise with playing card tattoos the tattoo is not usually a tribute to a card game but rather uses specific cards and images to create a deeper meaning. For instance a skeletal hand gripping some cards is often interpreted as a symbol of death, i.e. your final hand in life! The meaning behind each playing card tattoo is as varied as any other personal piece of ink but one things for certain, playing card tattoos look awesome!!

3D Ace Card Spades Tattoo by Wanted Tattoo
3D Ace Card Spades Tattoo by Wanted Tattoo
Card Hand Tattoo by Piotr Melnyczuk
Card Hand Tattoo by Piotr Melnyczuk
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Card tattoo
Abstract Card Tattoo by Dave Wah
Abstract Card Tattoo by Dave Wah
Old School Style by Tyler James
Old School Style by Tyler James

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