Clocks are not a common tattoo design, so when you see one, it catches your attention. They can be designed in so many ways, and they always hold a special meaning for the person getting the tattoo. Whether you want a tattoo that represents the passage of time, or you just think clocks look cool, there’s a design out there for you.
What do clocks symbolize in tattoos?
Clocks can symbolize a lot of different things. For some people, a clock tattoo is a way to commemorate the birth of a child. For others, it’s to remember a loved one who has passed away.
For some, it may represent the ticking of the time bomb that is their life. Carpe diem – a reminder that time is precious and should not be wasted.
Where to place a clock tattoo?
There are a few things to consider when deciding on the placement of your clock tattoo. First, think about the size of the tattoo. A large clock tattoo will need to be placed on the back, ribs, or the
chest. A smaller tattoo can be placed on the wrist, ankle, or even behind the ear.
The wrist and forearm are especially popular locations for a timepiece tattoo, perhaps because we wear wristwatches.
Also, consider the meaning of the tattoo. A clock can represent time passing, mortality, or even Father Time himself. Where you place your tattoo will help convey its meaning.
For example, a clock placed on the wrist may represent the ticking of time and our own mortality.
Whereas, a clock placed on the chest or the bicep may represent strength and resilience against time’s ravages.
What is the best style for a clock tattoo?
If it’s your first time being inked, there’s nothing wrong with choosing a minimalist small clock tattoo. At first, this may look like a simple clock. But get a little closer and check out the finely crafted details:
On the other hand, you could go for something colorful and contemporary. Here’s a conversation starter, a watercolor clock tattoo:
What does a lion with a clock tattoo mean?
We’ve seen this clock tattoo design recommended for guys. It seems to represent different things to different people.
It could stand for being the master of your time. What you think?
At any rate, it’s quite the clock tattoo for your shoulder!
More meanings behind clock tattoos
Schedules govern our lives, and as a society, we place a high value on time, but what if you want to give it up? What if you want to live more freely, without the constraints of structure and rules?
A tattoo of a broken clock is one way to express these feelings.
A painting by Salvador Dali called “The Persistence of Memory” contains a pocket watch lying on top of some melting clocks. If you’re interested in surrealist art, this kind of design may appeal to you. Sometimes the hours and days just seem to run together.
Here’s one kind of melting clock tattoo:
How can I make my clock tattoo one-of-a-kind?
There are numerous ways to personalize and distinguish a clock tattoo. One option is to include personal elements such as dates or initials. Another option is to select a design with a special meaning or symbolism.
We love this tattoo that represents how time heals wounds. See the potion bottle and lightning up above? Then there are lotus flowers, a symbol of rebirth, around the clock.
The difference between a clock tattoo and a pocket watch tattoo
There are a few things to consider when deciding between a clock tattoo and a pocket watch tattoo. First, think about the size and placement of the tattoo. A clock tattoo can be large and showy, or small and delicate. A pocket watch tattoo is usually smaller, since it’s meant to resemble an actual watch. Think about where you want the tattoo to be placed on your body. Both types of tattoos can be placed on the wrist, but a clock tattoo can also be placed on the forearm or upper arm.
Second, consider the meaning you want your tattoo to have. A clock tattoo often symbolizes the passage of time, while a pocket watch tattoo can represent either time running out or being precious and valuable. If you want your tattoo to have a personal meaning, choose something that represents that for you specifically.
As for us, we love this Trash Polka pocket watch tat:
A clock tattoo to honor someone who has passed
A clock tattoo is a reminder that time is precious. Enjoy life and those you love now.
An hourglass tattoo – the oldest clock of all
In some cultures, the hourglass symbol is considered lucky. In others, it’s a memento mori, a reminder of death.
Here you can see a traditional-style “clock” tattoo with a script. We can almost hear it saying “Time flies”.
How to decide on a clock tattoo design
When it comes to choosing a tattoo design, there are many points to take into consideration. The style, the size, the placement, and the colors are just some of the things to think about. You might also be concerned about budget, and that’s completely natural.
First, think about the meaning you want your tattoo to convey. Do you want it to be a reminder of a special moment in your life? Or perhaps you want it to represent something important to you? Once you know what your tattoo will represent, you can start narrowing down your options.
Next, take some time to research different tattoo designs. There are endless possibilities out there, so it’s important to look at as many as possible before making your final decision. Ask to see the artist’s portfolio – don’t be shy. Be upfront with your concerns and your enthusiasm. Collaborate with the artist on a design that you’ll love. After all, a clock tattoo will be with you for all time.
These are some of the best clock tattoo ideas out there. We hope they’ve inspired you for your next adventure getting inked!