Horseshoe tattoos are usually chosen for their symbolism. They are a well known sign for good luck, but are also acknowledged as a symbol of protection. For some, the horseshoe is simply a sign for the state of Texas and there are some patriotic horseshoes created with the flat of Texas as a backdrop.
In the early 1900s, horseshoes were commonly hung upside down beside doorways. This was believed to protect the home, since no witch could pass through the doorway when protected by the horseshoe.
Some horseshoes are still found hanging by doorways on homes and buildings in various areas of the world. There are some horseshoe tattoos created with the upside down design to symbolize this type of protection.
Horseshoe Tattoo Pictures:
Many of these tattoos are simply designed to symbolize luck. They can feature a horseshoe turned in any direction, depending on the design and the symbolism intended for specific tattoos.
Most designs will incorporate other decorative elements and many will include words or slogans related to luck, lady luck, or the luck of the Irish. The designs are only limited by the imagination and creativity of the designer.
The most infamous horseshoe of all time has to be the one Amy Winehouse wore on her left shoulder. She had a large decorative horseshoe turned upward on the top of her shoulder. The words "Daddy's Girl" were tattooed around the horseshoe, with the first word on the top of her shoulder and the second word sitting below the horseshoe on her arm.
This tattoo has become famous and is even sold as a temporary tattoo online today. The singer is no longer alive, but her tattoos continue to make a lasting impression on fans around the world.
Horseshoe tattoos can have sentimental meanings, such as the one worn by Amy Winehouse, or they can simply be a symbol of luck, good fortune, or protection.
Picture of a superbly designed chest piece including two swallow birds, the phrase "Born To Lost Live To Win", accompanied by a horseshoe centerpiece and flaming background and a pair of nautical stars and playing cards.
Picture of a large nautical star with an equally sized horseshoe serving as the framework of the design.
Picture of a cute piece of artwork located on the back of the calf. A design that features angel wings and a name dedication.