"Ink to paper is thoughtful
Ink to flesh, hard-core.
If Shakespeare were a tattooist
We'd appreciate body art more."
― Terri Guillemets
Even though tattoos have become quite common around the world, its significance and reason(s) differ from one person to another. Depending on a client's wishes, tattoo artists try to portray those feelings through the designs.
So, when it comes to a pocket watch, it can make for an interesting and beautiful tattoo for anyone. You can get the design inked as is, or choose to include other elements like flowers, leaves, birds, butterflies, wings, skull, hourglass, etc.; the sky is the limit. Things that move you, are an integral part of your life―all these can be a part of your tattoo.
5 Pocket Watch Tattoo Designs
As these tattoos include a lot of details, small and large elements, and shading, the size of the tattoo will be quite large. Of course, the placement, size, and details of the tattoo rely entirely on your choice. So, keep this point in mind before you finalize a concept.
Owl with Pocket Watch
Hourglass with Pocket Watch
Butterfly with Pocket Watch
Eye on Pyramid with Pocket Watch
Skull with Pocket Watch
Meaning and Symbolism
When it comes to pocket watch tattoos, there can be several different designs and variations. As you choose to include certain elements, the meaning or significance of the tattoo can be interpreted accordingly.
Firstly, an obvious meaning of the tattoo is time
. What most of us fail to realize is that we don't have enough time on our hands to accomplish the things we wish for. With every passing moment, we are losing precious time that will never return. So, it is important to seize as many opportunities as possible, and live our lives the way we want to.
You can get this tattoo to immortalize a particular moment
. It can be anything from a birthday or wedding day to your child's birth or someone's death. The hands of the watch can be used to represent the accurate time of the day as well.
Generally speaking, a clock usually symbolizes life
. Time will never stop for anyone or anything. And no matter how much we try to run away from it, time will
catch up with us all.
A pocket watch tattoo can also represent feelings like eternal
. No matter where we go in life, one thing remains constant―time. With the clock symbolizing this very meaning, many people like the idea of getting it as a tattoo. There are other elements that can be included in a design such as doves, flowers, angels, and stars. With the positive outlook on life, this tattoo can express your deepest feelings without words.
When you incorporate other elements into your design, you widen the spectrum of meanings and symbolism attached to it. For example, if you're getting a pocket watch tattoo with an owl, the design includes the association of an owl with it. Same goes with inking an hourglass, a skull, a mermaid, or flowers with the pocket watch. Many people also like to get the Salvador Dalí pocket watch tattoo which is inspired from the painting, The Persistence of Memory
. So, remember what you want the tattoo to appear as, or be perceived as, and then finalize a design. This way, the tattoo will be much more personal and special to you.
Research is one of the key elements to any tattoo. You have to spend some time and search for images that grab your interest. Make notes to share with your tattoo artist, and save designs that appeal to you. This way, you and your tattoo artist can work together to come up with a unique design.