Considered by many to be a very controversial design to get, the rebel flag tattoo is for those who have a lot of pride in their Southern roots or those who have a lot of interest in the Civil War. For those who are interested in getting one of these tats, you’ll find that there are a lot of ways that you can get the flag tattooed on your skin, including as part of a much larger piece or even as a nice sleeve design.
On this page, we will take a look at some of the most frequently used rebel flag tattoo meanings and the most popular design styles.
Easily the most common reason for someone to get a rebel flag tattoo is to make the statement that they’re from the South and they are proud of it, even the things that some people look down upon. You can be pretty sure that anyone who decides to get one of these tattoos has some Southern blood in their body and that they are not ashamed of letting people know about it. Of course, it should not be assumed that someone who has a rebel flag shares all of the opinions of Confederates, but it’s safe to assume that they are proud Southerners.
Another reason why someone might choose to get a rebel flag tattoo is because they are honoring a family member who fought for the South. In these cases, the owners will usually include the name of the family member and perhaps dates of birth and death. In the larger designs that use this meaning, you might also see a portrait of the family member, which can look pretty cool if done by a good tattoo artist.
Even though it’s a bit risky, some people do decide to get their rebel flag tattoos simply because they are fascinated by the history of the South or of American history as a whole. These pieces sometimes have both the current American flag and the Confederate flag in them, though that’s not always the case. However, if you are a fan of American history and want to get a rebel flag design to show it, it’s probably a good idea to mix in a lot of historical American images to make this meaning clearer to outsiders.
Others will get a rebel flag tattoo to complete a full Civil War piece. For example, if you wanted to get a large, detailed tattoo of one of the influential Civil War battles, you could show the rebel flag being carried by a soldier on the Confederate side. Or you could opt to get a tattoo that shows the battle scene with the flags flying above the scene. You could also just show helmets, boots, and other Civil War memorabilia in the image with the flag mixed in.
Regardless of the meanings attached to them, these rebel flag tattoos are most definitely considered to be controversial since so many people see them as symbols of hate. Even if you are a good person who sees everyone as equals, you still might have some negative reactions if you get a rebel flag on your skin. As long as you know that before getting one and the tattoo makes you happy, then you shouldn’t worry about what others have to say about it.
As far as design goes, people can go in many different directions with their rebel flag tattoos. If you just want to get a realistic rectangular rebel flag, then you will probably want to get it on your forearm, your back, or your chest. You can do a lot more with these designs if you have a wavy flag or if you just get part of it in your design. If you want to include the flag with other images, the eagle is a popular one, as are skulls and soldiers. Really, you can get any images with your flag as long as they are meaningful to you and you can find a way to make them look good together in a single design.
If you do plan on getting a rebel flag tattoo, we highly recommend that you figure out a place on your body to put it before you even begin designing the piece. That way you can be sure that the final design will fit perfectly wherever you want it and you won’t have to tweak it or find a new place to put it. If you have trouble with this part of the process, most tattoo artists will be able to help you figure out where these flags can look good on the skin and you can go from there.
Since just about every rebel flag tattoo will be extremely important to the people who get it, it’s vital that an experienced artist is hired to draw up the design and ink it. Flag tattoos are actually very popular all over the world, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding an artist who has a lot of experience drawing them. The key is to find one who is known for doing consistently good work so your chances of getting a great Confederate flag tattoo are higher. Just take 10 or 15 minutes to search for reviews of local artists and you should be able to find a good one.
As long as you recognize that a rebel flag tattoo is going to get you some negative or curious looks, you should get one if it means something special to you. There are a bunch of ways that you can get them designed, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble coming up with a unique way to get your flag tattooed on your skin.
Just be sure that you come up with multiple design options to choose from, pick a great place to put it on your body, and then finally hire a tattoo artist who will make your rebel flag tattoo look just as you had imagined it.