Gun tattoos have always been a representation of power, violence and a determined personlity. Violence is probably the best symbol for the gun as chosen by society. But, other people have had other ideas about what the gun meant as a symbol. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychiatry, had other ideas about the gun. Sigmund Freud believed that weapons and tools of all kinds were used as symbols for the phallus or penis. Objects like a dagger, sabre, rifle, even a train, were not only long and hard, but each was highly potent. Dream analysis continues to see the gun as the subconscious mind’s way of expressing aggressive sexuality. A gun’s sexual connection is obvious in the choice of location of many gun tattoos, positioned to appear as if lodged in the belt, aimed towards the genitalia, whether male or female. A ‘smoking gun’ is usually hard evidence of guilt, but when inked on the skin, it’s worn as a badge of pride. The barrel could equally well be depicted spewing fire or even a flower. The latter is a powerful peace statement, contrasting life and death. It is a representation of the beautiful thing that was spawned from such a seemingly destructive device.
The gun tattoos are like the old standby. They have always been popular among the tattoo population. This one in particular is significant because of where it is located on the body. It’s almost like this person is saying I got gun in my back pocket so don’t me with me. Or maybe it’s the old, ‘is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?’ phrase.
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