Meaningful Fire Tattoo Ideas
Mostly, fire shows up as an element within a tattoo - like a design enhancement to really drive home the idea of passion within the whole piece of art.
To me, fire tattoo ideas convey concepts about conversion and transformation. Nothing comes away from fire unchanged. Fire transforms everything within its path. Fire alters the structure, function, appearance and even chemical compositions of everything it touches. This reminds me of the alchemical credo: Transmogrification.
We see this kind of conversion in the alchemical phoenix. Just when this regal bird is utterly consumed in flame, and we think its at the end of its cycle - it reemerges from its own ashes - transformed, renewed, purified.
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Purification is a big symbolic bi-product of fire. Sterilization, cleansing - even baptismal concepts are associated with fire. If you're looking for a tattoo element that conveys a sense of being reborn, fire might be a great tattoo element. Or, perhaps you feel as though you are emerging from a difficult ordeal, and you feel renewed on your life-path, a fire tattoo might be a good way to express that experience.
Countless ancient cultures have held fire as a symbol of hearth and home. From the home fires of Hestia burning a sense of welcome and warmth, to the bonfires of Belanus (Celtic god) marking victory in protecting the clans against encroaching warlords - fire is a clear symbol of keeping community together. Consider your own community - do the fires of connection and inclusion burn brightly within your own clan? Are you the protector and the way-seer for your people? If so, a fire tattoo might further embolden your passion for keeping your family together, safe and protected.
Fire reminds us of our passions - on a sexual level as well as spiritual levels. Flames are often depicted in ancient art to convey a sense of deep ardor (love) and burning desire. It's not all about sex though. If you feel consumed by your faith, and surrender to your spiritual path daily - a fire tattoo might be a way to burn that ideal in your psyche.
Astrological speaking, there are three fire signs within the western zodiac: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. This denotes a personality with fiery passion. If you're getting a tattoo of your fire sign (your own, or of someone you love as a memorial tattoo), you may want to incorporate fire along with your astrological sign to convey a sense of adventure, boldness and high-energy. Check out more on astrology signs and symbolism here.
If you need more kindling for your fire tattoo ideas, check out my Fire Symbols page here.