Police Tattoos For Men

Top 47 Police Tattoo Ideas [2020 Inspiration Guide]

For those who work in law enforcement, tattoos related to this profession may serve as a sort of armor they can wear into the battle of their daily grinds. For ink addicts across professional and cultural lines, the permanence and display of strength embodied in a tattoo often holds deep meaning.

For law enforcement officers and agents, police tattoos may afford a sort of symbolic protection or represent a figurative badge of honor.

Police tattoos may also be inked as a way to commemorate the sacrifices made by fallen comrades, or perhaps to speak to the enduring pride the wearer takes in their association with the field.

Common police tattoos include badges, handcuffs, the scales of justice, and myriad artistic interpretations of the “thin blue line” known to symbolize the brotherhood between those who consider police work their calling.

The style choices are completely up to the client, as so many things can be done to develop this subject matter into a visually appealing scene. Likewise, placement on the body is also incredibly flexible. Because this is an overall theme and not one specific piece with specific parameters, the possibilities are endless.

Police tattoos work equally well as small, discreet tributes or as large back or chest pieces. Real dedication can be shown with an intricate set of full sleeves.


Amazing Mens Badge Police Upper Chest Tattoo

American Flag With Gold Star Police Sheriff Tattoo Half Sleeve

American Flag With Thin Blue Line Police Tattoos For Guys

Armor Plate Mens Ripped Skin Police Quarter Sleeve Tattoo

Back Of Leg Calf Old School Cheif Police Badge Guys Tattoos

Blessed Are The Peacemakers Mens Deputy Police Tattoo

Classic Police Doughnut Tattoo On Inner Arm Bicep

Crime Scene Police Dog Mens Leg Tattoo

Detailed Guys Police Patch Tattoo On Arms

Detective Chicago Police Badge Guys Shaded Back Tattoos

Forearm Large Mens Detriot Police Lieutenant Badge Tattoos

Full Sleeve Mens Police Themed Tattoo Design Ideas

Gentleman With Old School Vintage Hartford Police Badge Tattoo On Leg

This tattoo is a great example of a black and gray, American traditional design commemorating the wearer’s time with the Hartford police department. The shading on this piece is well executed and the line work is bold and consistent. The use of negative space for highlights, along with areas of solid, saturated black allows the artist to create contrast and increase definition without the need for the vivid colors usually associated with American traditional tattoos. This simple tattoo will serve as a permanent reminder of the wearer’s respect for the law enforcement community and proudly display his time in service of the community.

Gold Police Badge Mens Arm Tattoo Ideas

This full-color police badge is another example of the way these symbols of service and authority can be commemorated with tattoos. The level of detail and excellent application in this tattoo put the artist’s meticulousness on full display, while the use of different colors layered over each other effectively captures the look and texture of this badge. The variation on the shading on either edge of the badge, as well as the white used on the raised lettering, accurately gives the impression of a light source casting shadows and creating highlights on polished metal.

Guys Police Officer With Wings With Child Arm Tattoo

Here is a full-color design that uses a more illustrative technique to create a meaningful tattoo. The level of color gradation in the blues of the shirt and pants are well-executed and create a realistic image of the folds and creases in the uniform. It also appears that the artist used the American flag pattern of stars and stripes to form angel wings behind the officer as he consoles a little boy holding a teddy bear. The small details that are included—the different parts of the belt, the different badges, patches, and the radio—all work to create a realistic memorial to the good work law enforcement officers do for the community.

Guys Police Torn Skin American Flag Patch And Badge Tattoo On Arm

In Valor There Is Hope Mens Statue 3d Police Rib Cage Side Tattoos

This excellent black and gray piece uses excellent shading and a powerful quote to honor the important work law enforcement does. The quote comes from Greek historian Tacitus and has become the de-facto motto of Police Officers’ Memorial Day, an official holiday honoring fallen officers. This powerful phrase is combined with the statue of a lion, an animal long associated with truth and nobility, to create a deeply meaningful tattoo. The design is completed with the well-executed gray wash shading on the lion, accurately capturing the details in the hair and face and adding an additional layer of texture to this tattoo.

Investigator Mens East Chicago Police Badge Tattoo On Arm

Memorial Police Service Mens Religious Back Of Arm Tattoo

Here is a tattoo that uses black and gray shading to create a powerful memento to the legacy of law enforcement. The silhouette of the officer makes use of well-saturated black as well as negative space and white to create realistic highlights, while the shading perfectly captures the somber expression on the woman’s face. Besides the obvious skill involved in the application of this tattoo, the most notable feature is the excellent composition: the overlapping layers of the officer, patrol car, cross, and woman all work together to create a cohesive and interesting tattoo.

Memorial Tribute Mens Police Officer Portrait Tattoo On Outer Forearm

Mens Metallic Realistic Police Tattoo Design On Upper Arm

Mens Police Officer Badge With Black And Blue Line Tattoo On Inner Forearm

Mens Police Sheriff Badge With Bullet Holes Realistic 3d Tattoo

Mens Quarter Sleeve Police Car And Children Tattoo Design Ideas

Mens Rose Flower With Bullets Police Themed Tattoo On Arm

Mens Shield Police 3d Upper Arm Tattoos

Mens Spartan Helmet With Police Thin Blue Line Design Tattoo On Lower Leg

This interesting piece takes several design elements that have become increasingly popular in the law enforcement community and incorporates them into an interesting tattoo. The Spartan helmet, long a symbol of honor and loyalty, is combined with the “Thin Blue Line” which represents the role of police in maintaining order and the Punisher skull is a popular emblem in law enforcement circles. The black and gray shading on the skull, as well as the fine lining in the crest, work together to give this design a realistic look while maintaining some illustrative aspects. The small details, like the dings and dents in the helmet and highlights, complete this fierce tattoo.

Mens Ultra Realistic Police Badge 3d Arm Tattoos

Police Dog Portrait Mens Back Of Leg Tattoos

Quick Response Team Means Police Arm Old School Eagle And Sword Tattoos

Realistic 3d Police Detective Badge With Papers And Magnifying Glass Mens Quarter Sleeve Tattoo

Realistic Police Officer Scene Mens Thigh Tattoo

Realistic Police Sargent Patch Mens Upper Arm Tattoos

Retro Badge Male Police Tattoo On Upper Chest

Retro Police Officer Mens Small Cartoon Style Arm Tattoo

Rib Cage Side Guys Connecticut Police Badge Shaded Black And Grey Ink Tattoo

Ripped Skin Mens Newark Police Badge Bicep Tattoo

Sergeant Police Badge Ripped Skin Upper Chest Tattoo For Guys

Shaded American Flag With Police Badge Half Sleeve Tattoos For Men

Shaded Soccer Ball With Police Detective Badge Mens Upper Arm Tattoo

Small Guys Detailed Police Badge Back Tattoo

Sun Rays With Hands Holding Police Badge Mens Arm Tattoos

Thin Blue Line Fallen Law Enforcement Office Mens Police Eagle And Badge Inner Arm Bicep Tattoos

Unique Police Badge With Spartan Helmet And Thin Blue Line Mens Leg Calf Tattoos

Upper Chest Mens Torn Skin Police Tattoo

We All Go Home Thin Blue Line Male Police Inner Arm Bicep Tattoos

Police Tattoo FAQ’s

Can police officers have tattoos?

There was a time not so long ago when tattoos were strongly associated with prison culture, and having ink labeled someone as an outlaw at best, and a career criminal at worst. There was little chance of seeing a police officer with a tattoo; however, things have changed in the last thirty years. Now tattoos are less a testament to a criminal record than they are a personal expression of passion and culture. Nowadays, in most departments in major cities, finding a police officer with a tattoo is almost guaranteed.

While tattoos have become far more mainstream—even in the world of law enforcement—there are still guidelines that most officers must follow. It is generally understood that tattoos on the face and neck are inappropriate and some departments may require officers with large arm pieces to wear long sleeves year-round. Vulgar and racist tattoos are also prohibited. Despite the professional limitations, there is a growing acceptance of ink among law enforcement and pieces dedicated to the sacrifice the men and women make in the line of duty are becoming more and more popular.

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