Bored with tattooing common designs, then you should try the barber tattoo for a change which has quite a unique and cool look.
If you’re looking for something new and unique to add to your tattoo collection, you might want to consider the barber tattoo. This style has a cool and distinctive look that sets it apart from more common designs.
The history of barbering dates back to ancient times. In fact, the concept of hairdressing or barber service started during 5000 B.C. in Egypt. Barbershops became a place for gossip and daily news when they were introduced in Rome in 296 B.C. It also became an important part of the Greek lifestyle just like the public baths.
The word “barber” is derived from the Latin word “barba,” which means beard. As time went by, barbers even performed surgery and dentistry around the world other than hairdressing. The first major change came in the twentieth century when barbers started to only groom hair and beards. It broke off from the branch of cosmetology and became a well-paying profession. In modern times with the styling of hair and beard, guess what? The concept even has been imbibed into the tattoo world.
Simple Barber Tattoo
The barber tattoo is a simple yet unique design that uses the tools barbers use for grooming their clients. The comb, razor, scissors, and trimmer are all done in black ink for this tattoo. Each object has its own purpose of use and that is the exact meaning reflected by the tattoo design.
This tattoo is a popular choice among men and can be done by a person who is himself a barber or owns a barbershop. It can also be inked by anyone who loves getting their hair and beard done neatly and respects the profession of barbers.
Male Barber Colorful Tattoo
A colorful barber tattoo is a great way to show off your love for the profession. Multiple colors of ink are used to create this tattoo, which typically consists of the image of a man using his tools to groom his client or himself. Other additional objects like shaving foam, aftershave bottles, or flowers can be further added to highlight the tattoo.
The size of the tattoo ranges from medium to large and the best place to put them is on the forearm, thighs, shin, calves, bicep, and back1. Here the tattooer can represent that he is proud of his profession or sometimes can portray the fact that he likes to do his grooming with his own hands.
Barber Sweeney Todd Tattoo
If you’re a fan of Tim Burton’s work, then you’re probably familiar with the character of Sweeney Todd, the demon barber played by Johnny Depp. In the movie, Sweeney is framed for a crime he didn’t commit and is imprisoned. He returns and vows vengeance on the person who has framed him by killing his customers with his razor.
The setting of the movie shows nineteenth-century London and the profession of a barber can also be seen through the movie lens. The corruption of Victorian society is also highlighted in this movie. The one who gets the Sweeney tattoo done is either a fan of Tim Burton or Johnny Depp or loves the Victorian concept of a barber.
Barber Word Tattoo
Barbers are proud of their profession and often get the word “barber” tattooed on their body. These tattoos are typically done in black ink and are popular among men. The word “barber” can be fused with other objects like a scissor, comb, razor, trimmer, or pole.
Tattooing these looks extremely cool and people understand instantly the profession of the tattooer. The best place to tattoo them is on the head, wrist, finger, forearm, bicep, and shin. It takes years of practice and follow-up to learn the technique of this artistry and hence is a great tattoo of choice.
Barber With Clock Tattoo
Cutting hair and shaving the beard is a work of art and without quality work, a barber just like a tattoo artist is not recognized as an efficient one. Popular barbershops are known for their quality work and clients have to make an appointment before getting a haircut. Just like artists, they take a few hours to show their magic with scissors and combs.
From making appointments to getting hair done the concept of time is very important here. For this reason, many people get a barber tattoo with a clock. The clock here not only shows the importance of time but it can also show that just like other professions if you give a barber a proper amount of time they will make you more attractive with their grooming skills.
Barber Small Tattoo
Small tattoos are becoming an extremely popular choice in the tattoo industry. It is natural that small tattoos relating to barbers will also be on the rise for their uniqueness. Now when these tattoos are inked by anyone mostly the tools in the barber shop are used as tattoo ideas. They can be either done in traditional black ink or colorful ink and totally depends on the tattooer.
The best places to put these tattoos are on the wrist, ankle, fingers, neck, back of the ear, and forearm. Tattooing the tools can be done in a variety of formats, like a single tool including a razor, a scissor, or a trimmer can be tattooed. Again two tools can be done in combination like a scissor and a comb, or a razor and a scissor. Though these tattoos are small in stature yet they can be extremely loud in a subtle manner.
Barber Finger Tattoo
Just like a painter cannot do their painting without their fingers it is impossible for a barber to cut hair or shave a beard. This is the first thing that is represented by the finger barber tattoo which is mostly done using black ink.
Barber shop tools which include the scissor, comb, razor, and trimmer are mostly tattooed on each finger to represent the profession. The tattoo can also be the sign of an expert barber who has mastered the craft with years of practice and follow-up.
Barber Pole Tattoo
While passing by a barber shop or opening to enter it our attention often goes to the barber pole with predominantly white, red, and blue stripes. Now many people do not know that these stripes are a sign and have a rich history. The best place to put these pole tattoos depends on the size of the tattoo.
The white and red stripes on the tubes represent bandages drawing the concept from earlier times when barbers used to perform surgery and dentistry. Sometimes white, red and blue are found on these poles which is a homage to the American national flag. These tattoos are done mostly with colorful ink and are put on the forearm, wrist, bicep, calves, shin, back, and thighs.
Barber Traditional Tattoo
Around the world, in many places, local barber shops still use only scissors, razors, and combs for getting the hair and beard done. They do not use modern technologies and love their traditional tools for their profession.
Popular mostly among men the one with the traditional barber tattoo design wants to show that they love the old methods more than the new ones and wants to stick with that only. The best area to ink this tattoo is on the forearm, bicep, chest, shin, and back.
Barber With Eye Tattoo
Many people can get puzzled by this weird-looking tattoo but it is probably one of the most unique and layered meaning drawing one can get on the skin. Mostly done with black ink this tattoo can be created with an eye inside a hand holding scissor, trimmer, or razor, or can be done by putting the hair grooming tools in a triangle manner keeping the eye inside that triangle.
Cutting hair and shaving beards for clients can take hours just like a beautiful painting. The barber has to pay close attention to getting the haircut or beard done right just like a symmetrical tattoo. The eye represents this attention to detail done by barbers. This tattoo is like a homage to the mind and driving force of the creation of a beautiful work by the barber. The best place to put these tattoos is on the forearm, wrist, shin, bicep, back, and chest.
Tattoos are a great way to express yourself and show off your unique style. Barber tattoos are no exception. Whether you’re interested in getting a finger barber tool tattoo, a barber pole tattoo, or a traditional barber tool tattoo, there are plenty of options to choose from.
When it comes to placement, the most popular areas for these tattoos include the forearm, wrist, bicep, calves, shin, back, and thighs. As for cost, this can vary depending on the size and complexity of the design. It’s always a good idea to do your research and find a reputable tattoo artist who can help you create the perfect design.
While tattoos are generally safe, there are some potential negative side effects and risks to be aware of. These can include infection, allergic reactions, and scarring. It’s important to follow proper aftercare instructions and keep your tattoo clean and dry to minimize these risks.
Overall, barber tattoos are a great way to show off your love for the profession and express your unique style. Whether you’re a barber yourself or just appreciate the craft, there’s no better way to show your support than with a stylish and meaningful tattoo.
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Last reviewed and updated on May 23, 2023