The classic piece of tattoo design, dagger through the heart, successfully manages to capture both our attention and our emotions. The real power of the image of a dagger through the heart is the combination of two symbols which are well known in their own right. The heart has long represented the seat of the emotions and the very core of a person. Similarly, the dagger is not just any weapon. It long ago became the stealthy weapon of choice for assassins since it was easily concealed and quiet. As such, it inflicted much more than just a stab wound, carrying with it an additional sense of betrayal and hurt, since the attacker had to be close to be effective. So, the heart-with-dagger tattoo is essentially the heart in great pain, perhaps mortally wounded, sometimes a love betrayed, and sometimes even a sacrifice made.
David Beckham got himself a new tattoo while he was in China. David’s rep said about the tattoo:
“The tattoo is written in traditional Mandarin Chinese, and is an old Chinese proverb that says: ’Death and life have determined appointments, Riches and honors depends upon heaven.”
Source : Hollywoodgrind.com
I found this tattoos from ‘www.tattoos-by-design.co.uk‘ where users are allowed to upload their tattoos. I was really touched by the relating description of the user who posted this tattoo. He said -
“this is my Sad clown tattoo i got it done because for years i suffered with depression but did not tell anyone all my friends thought i was happy because i made them laugh they did not see the real me . sorry for depressing you all with my story“
Check out the video of Phil Hansen’s body paint. Here’s what he says about the video.
30 different people that influenced my life were painted one on top of another on my torso. I either painted a picture of the person or an object that represents the person.
To see photos of the work and some brief details about a few check it out at.