Shield tattoos are a rare sight, and it’s the even rarer breed of man who is drawn to this symbol and likewise able to transcend its ancient origins, emerging as a wholly modern figure.
So of course it makes sense that that man is you. Regarded for thousands of years as both a literal and symbolic figure of protection, the shield has long been carried by the man who fights for what he loves and defends those who are unable to do the same.
It is, in its own way, a swearing of allegiance, and is thus a highly personal totem.
For that reason the shield tattoo can be personalized to suit the wearer’s identity, from inlaid symbols to favorite quotes, and even family names and references. While the shield tattoo can be inked in any size, it is generally large enough to contain all the relics of one’s individual legacy. Some shield tattoos denote one’s profession, while others draw attention to a particular passion or hobby. The shield, like the man, is forged under its own unique principles.
Some shield tattoos can be an actual coat of arms or a family crest. Dating back to the Middle Ages, knights would often uphold these emblems in honor of their heritage and the country they served–and which side they served on. Regardless of your own intent, there’s no denying the power of the shield image.
Just as its origins are seeped in the ancient ways of our ancestors, the shield tattoo can also be easily updated to suit our modern times and values. One needn’t limit himself to the history books; the shield tattoo is an affirmation that its wearer is forging ahead and intent on making history of his own.