From a symbolic perspective, the image of a roller coaster immediately evokes several strong feelings.
It suggests the adrenaline rush and heart-pumping excitement of careening down a steep incline at 70 miles per hour, or defying gravity with a loop-the-loop in mid-air.
It conveys a sense of fun and a love of adventure. It tells everyone who sees your tattoo that you’re the kind of guy who enjoys taking risks and living on the edge. It says that you aren’t the sort of man who’s content to stay in one place or play things safe. It says you insist on living your life to the fullest, and you won’t settle for just being a passive participant. You want to be in the center of the action.
In terms of design, a roller coaster tattoo opens up a huge, exciting world of artistic possibilities, particularly if you’re interested in a half or a full sleeve. The winding cross-cross of roller coaster tracks encircling your arm or leg makes for a bold visual statement, and the opportunity to inject your design with vibrant color allows for further creativity possibility.
This is the sort of tattoo not for the faint of heart, and certainly not for the new initiate into the world of tattooing. Think of it as the body modification equivalent of the “You Must Be This Tall to Ride” sign, and then ask yourself whether you’re ready for what it has to offer. If you want to announce the world that you’re a thrill-seeker, this tattoo is for you.