Oh, the many ways thorns have been used to symbolize man's suffering, struggle, and helplessness against the forces of nature. And that's not even scratching the surface. From Jesus's Crown of Thorns to Shakespeare's sonnets about the beauty of a rose, thorn tattoos can come in many different styles and designs...and it's all up to you to find out the meaning, or make it up yourself.
For this collection of thorn tattoos we brought together all types of designs to get you inspired. Illustrative, Traditional...some are gloomy, or funny, and some are as bad ass as they could ever be...since, let's face it, a lot of us get tattoos for that very reason.
For many people the symbolism of thorns is usually indicative of suffering...this probably stems from how Jesus wore them way back in the day, but...obviously...even if you've just admired a rose, and then tried to pluck it from its bush, you've noticed that those things are sharp! This is why, for many designs, the use of thorns goes very well for tattoos that are done in Blackwork style. It's also great for gothic tattoos, religious Traditional, or demonic dark art.
If you're trying to make a statement, or would like a piece packed with tons of meaning, thorns are a good way to go. And although Berly Boy's piece "Life is pain" may be snarky, funny and just a bit clever...it's also super true. Especially, obviously, when it comes to getting inked. These little babies will hurt more than a thorn scratch but we promise it's worth it.
If you're looking for more inspiration, or thorn tattoos just are't your thing, make sure to check out our extensive archive for thousands upon thousands of more images. Once you feel like you know what you want, you can then book with an artist through our app or on the site. We have tons of studios and tattooists who are waiting to make your dream tattoo come true!