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The arrow

The ARROW has many symbolic meaning attached to it

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Symbol of flight penetration & direction

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Symbol of power (to the carrier)

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Symbol of love. Diana (goddess of the hunt) & Eros (used his arrow to pierce the heart with love) Cupid


Symbol of phallic masculine power

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Symbol of hunting and war (e.g. Greek god Apollo and goddess Artemis (both hunters)

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Symbol of swiftness, the rays of the sun, knowledge

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Symbol of the Hindu weather god, Rudra

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On ancient Roman coins, it represented the Zoroastrian god, Mithra

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The native American Cheyenne warriors revered the “sacred medicine arrows” as symbols of male power

Arrows held by skeletons would point to disease or death

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About me

I create under the name ‘Punctured Artefact’

I create tattooed leather art, custom tattoo & flash art

Here is a piece I did which features arrows, and skulls with roses in a circle. Tattooed onto leather, with 1 needle and a regular tattoo gun. The design is then tooled and embossed. The skulls have been raised up using a technique called repousse.

 ‘Arrow Head’

Its part of my ‘little leather veneers’ art collection. Small inky motifs, which can be grouped together


Arrow leather art


Flash sample

Arrow flash sample 2

 Arrow flash


Arrow Mandala (custom ink) 



Aztec arrow (custom ink) 



Arrow flash (Punctured Artefact website)

Interested in the symbolism behind tattoo design, go to my ‘symbolism’ category

If you want to look at my arrow ‘flash’ art from my ready•to•wear•ink collection just click on the link  below. I am always adding in designs weekly, so go back and take a look from time to time!




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