53 Popular & Patriotic Flag Tattoos To Ink On The Shoulder

Are you planning on getting a flag tattoo on your shoulder? Then, we have got you covered! Flag tattoos are one of the most patriotic and meaningful inks one can ever get. Be it a proud citizen or a person commemorating the loss of a loved soldier, national flag tattoos cater to all such themes.

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The key here is getting the right artist because they are the ones who will bring the beloved flag tattoo to life. Can a flag tattoo inked on your shoulder be both meaningful and stylish? Of course!

If visibility is all you want, you can never go wrong with a shoulder tattoo. They ensure the patriotism of your tattoo is always on display. Such tattoos are popular among men, especially those who love showing off their gains. But wait, that does not take away from the fact that women look badass, too, flaunting their shoulder tattoos.

Flag tattoos inked on the shoulder can be versatile because the wearer may hide them by wearing full sleeve shirts and T-shirts. Besides, flag tattoos can be ripped, tattered, torn, and faded in the background. You can also pair other significant elements with a flag tattoo.

Want the best and most popular designs? We have got not 10, not 20 but 53 patriotic flag tattoos ideas that will convince you to book an appointment right away! We have featured both colored and black ink designs. Dive In!

P.S – Expect to find great, unique tattoo ideas for the American Flag. Let’s bring the stars and stripes of the American flag to life through the best tattoo ideas!

1. American Flag Tattoo Design On Shoulder

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Want to go big? Here’s a full-sleeve American Flag tattoo idea for you that goes onto the shoulders too! Of course, you can go for endless designs, but if you want a medieval touch, the tattoo shown in the picture will fit the bill. Featuring a 3D metal arm sleeve, followed by a bright, waving American Flag, this is one of the best full-arm flag tattoo ideas. 

P.S. – This may not be ideal for first-timers because large tattoos mean more pain. Instead, look for a smaller, minimal alternative.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red, & White

Tattoo Size: Large

Skin Type: Fair to medium

2. American Flag Tattoo On Shoulder

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Your tattoo, your rules! Sure, the American Flag comprises bright colors, but if you want your flag tattoo to look subtle, that is doable too! Just ask your artist to keep it neutral, just like this picture. The white ink can be omitted. Instead, the skin tone (fair to medium) can be left in areas requiring white ink. A few detailings with gray ink will give a final 3-D touch to the tattoo.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue & Red

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair to medium

3. Flaming American Flag Tattoo On Shoulder

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A flame can signify both life and destruction. Fag tattoos, on the other hand, have been used for ages to pay homage to a soldier. The two elements combined can have several interpretations. A clear-cut meaning that can be derived from such tattoos is – the end and eternity. Fire is said to make things pure. Hence, this tattoo could signify that a patriot’s body may end, but the soul is still around in the form of energy.

Preferred Ink Color: Black, Blue & Shades of Orange

Tattoo Size: Small

Skin Type: Fair to medium

4. American Flag Tattoo On Half Sleeve

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Are you thinking of getting a half-sleeve flag tattoo? It’s totally doable! Half-sleeve flag tattoos are an absolute favorite among men. The best part is you may choose to conceal them, too, if required. Just put on a 3/4th sleeve T-shirt, and it’s done. Alternatively, you may also choose to show them by wearing those hunky gym vests.

Preferred Ink Color: Black & gray

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair to medium

5. American Flag Tattoo With Dates

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A flag tattoo with birth dates and name initials is a cliche way of inking in the memory of a war veteran. But guess what, cliches are cliches for a reason. You can never go wrong with this flag tattoo design if you are getting a memorial tattoo. Getting inked on the inner bicep also makes the tattoo less revealing. The choice of ink is yours. Such tattoos look great in both black as well as colored ink.

Preferred Ink Color: Black & gray

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair, medium & Dark

6. American Flag Tattoo On Full Sleeve

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If you prefer large, elaborate tattoos, consider getting a full sleeve tattoo of the American Flag. Patriotism comes in all sizes, so go on, make a statement with this tattoo idea. The best part of such tattoos is that you can incorporate other meaningful elements into them because there’s no shortage of space.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, White & Red

Tattoo Size: Large

Skin Type: Fair to medium

7. Black And Gray American Flag Tattoo

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The idea of a bright, full-colored tattoo may not appeal to some people. Keep calm. Our tattoo ideas have got you covered! You can be proud and patriotic even with flag tattoos made of black and gray ink. You can even add a few of your favorite phrases or words to it, just like the one shown in the picture. Get your custom-made black & gray flag tattoo now!

Preferred Ink Color: Black & Gray

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair to medium

8. Awesome American Flag Tattoo On Shoulder

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USA lovers, here’s the cutest flag tattoo idea for your biceps and shoulders. Have a look at this awesome American flag tattoo. The reasons to get a flag tattoo can be many. If you are a patriot and want a bright, beautiful flag tattoo, you can never go wrong with this design. Featuring bold texts stating “made in the US” over the American flag, this could be the most pleasing body artwork you’ve ever had.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, White & Red

Tattoo Size: Medium or Large

Skin Type: Fair to medium

9. Awesome Flag Tattoo

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Aren’t so many of us fascinated by those superhero movies in which their skin would shred away and beneath would be another layer of something great? Well, if you happen to find a good artist, this can be done with your flag tattoo too. Believe it or not, ripped skin flag tattoos are more popular than you think. The idea here is to show the flag embedded under the skin. You may choose to get this flag tattoo with or without color.

Preferred Ink Color: Shades Of Gray

Tattoo Size: Medium or Large

Skin Type: Fair to medium

10. American Flag Tattoo On Bicep

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An American Flag tattoo on the bicep is a highly preferred tattoo style among men, especially gym freaks. Such tattoos look great both on the inner as well as outer biceps. If half-sleeve tattoos are what you wish to have, bicep tattoos will fit the bill for you. You can get it in either colored or black ink based on your budget and preference.

Preferred Ink Color: Black & Red

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair, medium & dark

11. Bald Eagle and American Flag Tattoo

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Men who served in the military are most likely to get the bald eagle and American Flag tattoo. The bald eagle signifies strength and freedom. Paired with a bright, waving American flag, a bald eagle tattoo is great for depicting a proud American patriot. The advantage of getting this exact design on a full sleeve is that you will have a lot of space to showcase these elements.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red, White & Yellow

Tattoo Size: Large

Skin Type: Fair to medium

12. American Flag Tattoo

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Here’s another excellent idea for a ripped skin American Flag Tattoo, this time with a colorful twist. This tattoo features bright inks on the flag and 3D sketching for the shredded skin, starting from the outer corner of the chest and continuing throughout the outer bicep. One’s reason to get such tattoos can be many ranging from patriotism to independence to remembrance.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red & White

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair to medium

13. Beautiful American Flag Tattoo

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Do you crave beauty and aesthetics? Think no more. Consider getting this eye-catching full-sleeve American Flag tattoo. The key to getting an aesthetic American Flag tattoo is to ask your artist to use colors generously. Look at the tattoo in the picture. Don’t the bright blue and red colors catch your attention first? Secondly, don’t keep things messy. Ask your artist to make every pattern and element precise and clean.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red, White & Black

Tattoo Size: Large

Skin Type: Fair to medium

14. American Flag Skull Tattoo

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Up for audacious tattooing? We’ve got ideas for that too. Well, this is not a regular skull. This tattoo features the punisher skull in the American flag. Typically, the two elements paired together suggest the vigilante. Interpretations apart, such skull tattoos have got really popular among the people. If you are looking for a punk tattoo idea, this might be the one for you. Did you notice the ripped skin effect done here for a 3D look?

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red, White & Black

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair to medium

15. Beautiful Eagle And American Flag Tattoo

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Did we say shoulder tattoo? Well, maybe some part of the chest too! People get tattoos that start from the chest and end on the shoulder all the time. The tattoo in the picture, for example, shows a beautiful bald eagle on the chest along with a bright American Flag that continues on the shoulder. The eagle and its placement signify the holder’s love for the country. Ex-soldiers planning on getting inked can get this tattoo without a second thought.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red, White & Yellow

Tattoo Size: Medium to Large

Skin Type: Fair to medium

16. Awesome American Flag Tattoo Design

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Are you thinking of a half-sleeve American flag tattoo that has high visibility? Ask your artist to ink one at the backside of your shoulder. Another advantage of such tattoos is that they do not take forever to get made and cause less pain. These are ideal for people concerned about the pain from getting inked.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red & White

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair to medium

17. British Flag Tattoo On Shoulder

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Flag tattoos can be of any nationality. If you want a British Flag inked on your shoulder. This tattoo is another example of the ripped skin tattoo, but with no 3D effect. Instead, a black outline has been used to differentiate between the skin and the embedded flag. We recommend getting such tattoos in color.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red & White

Tattoo Size: Medium to large

Skin Type: Fair to medium

18. Eagle Head Flag Tattoo On Shoulder

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Get a customized bald eagle and American flag tattoo! Not everybody would be up for standard designs. If you are like making a statement through unique designs, this could be the tattoo idea for you. This eagle head tattoo is built to last, featuring a clean blend of the eagle and the American flag in bold, black ink. 

Preferred Ink Color: Black

Tattoo Size: Medium 

Skin Type: Fair to medium

19. Graceful American Flag Tattoo On Bicep

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Can a flag tattoo look bold and graceful at the same time? The answer is yes! The dictionary meaning of the word “graceful” suggests “something that has elegance.” Some people, however, may not associate tattoos with elegance. So let’s break the norms! 

Here’s the most elegant American Flag tattoo idea! Showcasing a royal-looking hoisted flag with the shiny-golden eagle on the top, this is a patriotic tattoo that could make a style statement too!

P.S. – Be prepared for many questions because this tattoo’s aesthetic appeal is irresistible.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red & Black

Tattoo Size: Medium 

Skin Type: Fair 

20. German Flag Tattoo On Shoulder

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Proud to be German and looking for a tattoo idea? Here’s one for our German friends. Consider getting is royal German Flag tattoo on your shoulder. Want good visibility? Get inked on the outer bicep, just as shown in the picture. Want your tattoo to portray unity and pride? What better than getting a colored German Flag tattoo with the imperial eagle?!

Preferred Ink Color: Black, Red & Yellow

Tattoo Size: Medium 

Skin Type: Fair to medium

21. Patriotic Eagle Tattoo With American Flag

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The best part about including the bald eagle in your American Flag Tattoo is that you can experiment with the design and illustration. This tattoo, for example, uses pale white and red ink on the eagle while keeping the blue color towards the outer corner. The image of the eagle is similar to that of an eagle flying down to catch prey or make a landing. Interpretations apart, this is a modern way to wear a flag tattoo.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red & White

Tattoo Size: Large

Skin Type: Fair to medium

22. Creative Flag Tattoo On Shoulder

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Craving creativity? We have got an idea for that too. Here’s an unconventional way of getting the flag inked. Mostly, flags tend to rise high up, waving in the air. However, this tattoo portrays a different take on the American Flag. It showcases the flag as the American Soil, surrounded by vast, clear fields and high rising mountains. Creativity knows no limits! Such tattoos are great in portraying freedom and peace.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red & Black

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair to medium

23. Firefighter American Flag Tattoo On Shoulder

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Want a meaningful flag tattoo that is dedicated to the real heroes? The firefighter tattoo, along with the American Flag, will be perfect. Firefighters are among the bravest, self-sacrificing people and are modern-day heroes. Such tattoos are great for commemorating firefighters’ service or remembering a firefighter who made an impact.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red, Black & Yellow

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair to medium

24. Gun And American Flag Tattoo On Shoulder

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Here’s another American Flag tattoo idea to dedicate to the real heroes. This is not just any gun. It’s a soldier’s gun. Such tattoos are made in memory of a soldier lost in war. The tattoo in the picture shows the last belongings of a soldier. The mood or the reason for getting such tattoos is primarily serious and sad. However, if you want to dedicate a tattoo to the soldiers who sacrifice their lives to protect the nation, the one in the picture is a great idea.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red & Black

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair to medium

25. Mexican Flag Tattoo

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Are you a proud Mexican and want your tattoo to depict pride for your home country? Here’s a Mexican flag tattoo idea for you. Such tattoos are popular among people who have moved out of their country. Whatever is your reason, go ahead and get your tattoo. You could try the ripped skin effect, 3D shading, with or without color.

Preferred Ink Color: Green, White, Red & Black

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair, medium & dark

26. Elegant American Flag Tattoo On Half Sleeve

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Are you the one who already has an American Flag tattoo but do not like how it looks? Keep calm. We have got this. Here’s how you can fix your old tattoo and make it look amazing. Fixing bad tattoos is a widespread practice among tattoo artists. All you need to do is find a good artist. Avoid going to the same artist who did it before! The tattoo in the picture is a classic example of how a good tattoo artist can make all the difference.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red & White

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair to medium

27. Colorful American Flag Tattoo

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One of the most challenging decisions while getting a tattoo is choosing whether your tattoo will be in color or black & gray. If you want a flag tattoo as bright as your personality, a colorful American flag tattoo is the way to go! Make sure to choose the right palette for the respective colors to avoid a dirty look. 

P.S. – It’s essential to check the portfolio of your tattoo artist in detail because some specialize in colors while some don’t.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red & White

Tattoo Size: Large

Skin Type: Fair

28. American Flag Tattoo For Women

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“The American Flag Tattoo is male-dominated.” Guess what? There are no absolutes in the world of tattoos. So here’s a flattering American Flag tattoo idea that would look great on women: why should men have all the fun? Featuring a half-sleeve American Flag in color gradients and 3D details, Ladies, you know you want to get this tattoo.  

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red & White

Tattoo Size: Medium 

Skin Type: Fair to Medium

29. Unique American Eagle & Flag Tattoo

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Bald eagle and patriotism tattoos are popular among Americans. In most American Flag tattoos, the bald eagle is shown as a separate element, but who wants to follow the rules? If you are looking for a unique eagle tattoo design, just have a look at this picture! Showcasing the American Flag on the wings of the eagle, this tattoo idea can quench your thirst for a unique, patriotic tattoo.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red & White

Tattoo Size: Medium 

Skin Type: Fair to Medium

30. American Flag Tattoo With Phrases

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An American flag tattoo with words of inspiration and faith. What can be more wholesome? Whether you choose a quote that’s close to your heart or timeless words of wisdom, words go well with national flag tattoos. Make it colored or black; this tattoo idea is an excellent way of adding meaning to your flag tattoo. 

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red, White & Black

Tattoo Size: Medium 

Skin Type: Fair to Medium

31. Irish Flag Tattoo On Shoulder 

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This tattoo idea is just for you if you have rich, historical Irish roots! 

People looking to express their Irish heritage can get an Irish Flag tattoo on the shoulder. 

Such tattoos best depict emotions like unity and pride. In addition, the bold green, white and orange stripes of the flag of Ireland will make a statement when inked on your body.

Preferred Ink Color: Green, White & Orange

Tattoo Size: Medium or Large

Skin Type: Fair to Medium

32. Nice American Flag Tattoo Full Sleeve

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If you want to go all out, consider getting an American Flag Tattoo in full sleeve. This tattoo has great detailing starting from the outer corner of the chest and continuing to the entire arm. One reason why this pops out is the generous usage of bright-colored ink. This is one of the biggest takeaways of a colored tattoo. Gym dudes who love showing off their biceps can prefer this tattoo idea.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, White, Red, Green, Black & Brown

Tattoo Size: Large

Skin Type: Fair

33. Innovative US Flag And Skull Tattoo

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Here’s another Us Flag tattoo idea with a skull. Skulls make you wonder that we are all the same on the inside. Usually, skull tattoos are seen as grim and moribund. However, paired with the American flag, skull tattoos can represent lost war veterans. Another thing about skull tattoos is that they are usually made in black ink. The incorporation of the American Flag adds an excellent color element to the tattoo.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, White, Red & Black

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair

34. American Flag Tattoo On Inner Bicep

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Bicep tattoos are trendy among men. The visibility of such tattoos depends on whether they are inked on the outer bicep or the inner bicep. While outer bicep tattoos show themselves off, some people may not want everyone to see their tattoos. If you wish to have a flag tattoo that’s sleek, badass and can be covered up when needed, an inner bicep placement will work well. 

Preferred Ink Color: Blue & Red

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair

35. Statue Of Liberty With USA Flag Tattoo

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Is your idea of a flag tattoo big, bold, and overpowering? An all-around USA flag tattoo on the full sleeve will be perfect for you. You can add elements like the statue of liberty or the bald eagle to your tattoo as well. We have already covered USA flag tattoo ideas with the bald eagle. Statue Of Liberty with the USA flag tattoo is great for signifying freedom. Nothing can represent the USA better than a flag tattoo and the Statue Of Liberty. 

Preferred Ink Color: Blue & Red, Black Yellow & Green

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair

36. Black And White US Flag Tattoo Design

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Want a bold, stark tone in your tattoo? We have got you covered. The idea of a colored tattoo may not seem appealing to everyone. Keep calm. Black and white tattoos are here for you. The best part about flag tattoos is that they can be versatile in terms of ink color. Be it blackwork or opaque gray detailing, you may choose the ink color as per your preference and skin tone. 

Preferred Ink Color: Black & White

Tattoo Size: Medium to Large

Skin Type: Fair, medium & dark

37. Pirate Flag Tattoo On Shoulder

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Want the ultimate badass flag tattoo? The rebellious pirate flag tattoo is here! These designs are a unique choice and work perfectly for the people who want to make a statement. A typical, traditional flag tattoo would be made in black ink. However, bold, somber colors would look great too. This picture shows dark shades of blue and purple along with the black ink. The pirate skull, used as a danger sign in today’s times, is a staple for such tattoos.

Preferred Ink Color: Black, Blue, White & Red

Tattoo Size: Small

Skin Type: Fair, medium & dark

38. Black Pirate Flag Tattoo

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Speak of the devil, and the devil is here. This black pirate skull with crossbones is excellent for showcasing bohemian and rustic vibes. The Jolly Roger flag, which once was seen as a sign of attack, is now used as a fashion symbol. A black pirate flag tattoo could signify rebellion and agitation against something. If this tattoo idea intrigues you, consider getting it on your shoulder or bicep.

Preferred Ink Color: Black

Tattoo Size: Small

Skin Type: Fair, medium & dark

39. Waving USA Flag Tattoo 

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Love your country and love tattoos? Express your pride and patriotism through a waving American flag tattoo. These are an excellent option for getting meaningful ink along with a three-dimensional look. Imagine having a flat flag tattoo with no curls and waves. That would look so non-appealing and unreal, isn’t it? Instead, ask your artist to create a waving flag effect to get the most out of your USA flag tattoo.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red & White

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair

40. American Flag With Cross Tattoo

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There’s a famous slogan that goes along with the American flag tattoo: “In God We Trust”. However, some of you may not want scripts and texts in your tattoo. A great way to portray the same message without adding quotes or words to your tattoo would be to include the cross in it. Alternatively, the American flag tattoo with a cross can also be made to commemorate the loss of a loved one. 

Preferred Ink Color: Red, Black  & White

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair

41. American Flag Bow Tattoo

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Women mainly wear a bow tattoo because of its cute and feminine appeal. However, women looking for an American flag tattoo can opt for this design. For the record, this is not just a pretty tattoo; it has got a significant denotation too. Like a bow is fastened to tie things, an American flag bow tattoo can signify security and motivation.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red, White & Black

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair to Medium

42. Wonderful American Flag Tattoo On Bicep

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If you have decided on getting a colored flag tattoo, don’t have second thoughts because you are doing the right thing. The three gorgeous colors of the American flag blend effortlessly while getting inked, and the result is something aesthetic, meaningful, and wholesome. In addition, such tattoos are a fantastic way of expressing the beliefs and ideologies of a proud American.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red & White 

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair 

43. Military American Flag Tattoo

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Military tattoos are popular among both ex-military men and even those currently serving. Alternatively, such tattoos are also made in memory of a lost soldier. The American flag, tanks, berets, soldiers, helicopters, etc., look great on military theme tattoos. You may use a combination of colored and black ink for these tattoos. The ones who are serving must go through the latest tattoo policy of the United States Army before getting inked.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red, White & Black

Tattoo Size: Medium to large

Skin Type: Fair

44. Tribal American Flag Tattoo

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Like popular trends? Consider getting a tribal American flag tattoo. Tribal shoulder tattoos are the most famous tattoo designs among men. However, an all-black American flag merged in the lines and curves of the tribal tattoo is a bomb tattoo idea for gym freaks and bikers. The usual idea behind a national flag tattoo is to portray elegance and courtesy; however, adding a black, tribal tattoo would turn it into a punk, rumble look.

Preferred Ink Color: Black & Red

Tattoo Size: Large

Skin Type: Fair, Medium & Dark

45. Two Flag Tattoo On Shoulder

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America is a country of cultural diversity. Countless people from various ethnicities live here. People with multi-cultures and nationalities who want a tattoo that showcases their admiration for their cultural blend can go for a two-flag tattoo. The picture shows a crossed tattoo of the American and the Irish flag. You can choose to have two flag tattoos based on your ethnicity.

Preferred Ink Color: Multicolored

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair, Medium & Dark

46. Black & gray American Flag & Bald Eagle Tattoo

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The Black and gray palette can never go out of fashion. So get your monochromatic American flag and bald eagle tattoo now! The tattoo shown in the picture is a unique style featuring the eagle as part of the flag. What stands out in this tattoo are the red eyes of the eagle. Adding color to one central element is an excellent way of making a black and gray tattoo stand out.

Preferred Ink Color: Black & gray

Tattoo Size: Medium

Skin Type: Fair, Medium & Dark

47. American Flag Tattoo With Dog Paw 3/4 Sleeve

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A stand-alone dog tattoo depicts devotion and loyalty. Paired with the American flag tattoo, it can have interpretative meanings. Alternatively, such tattoos can also be made in memory of the special force dogs. Interpretations apart, paws make every tattoo look adorable. So if you love dogs and want to add them to your flag tattoo, go ahead. Your tattoo, your rules!

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Black & Red

Tattoo Size: Medium to Large

Skin Type: Fair, Medium & Dark

48. Patriotic Design American Flag Tattoo With Eagle

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Here’s yet another tattoo idea that is inspired by the US military. The illustration on the shoulder shows a soldier on duty, and the lower part of the tattoo shows the American flag, followed by a bald eagle. Veterans or those who wish to commemorate the loss of a loved soldier can opt for this patriotic design American flag tattoo with an eagle.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Black & Red

Tattoo Size: Medium 

Skin Type: Fair 

49. American Flag Spartan Helmet Tattoo

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Spartan warriors from the old times have been known to be the most formidable fighters ever. However, their modern-day popularity is because of the movie 300. If you want your American flag tattoo to suggest patriotism, strength, and rich history at the same time, consider adding a spartan helmet to it. While men prefer inking it on their chests, a classic shoulder flag tattoo will look great too.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Black, Red & Black

Tattoo Size: Medium 

Skin Type: Fair

50. American Flag And Fireman Sleeve Tattoo

A firefighter on a rescue mission is the best example of a heroic tattoo. These modern-day heroes are a true inspiration and are symbolic of strength and sacrifice. Add more meaning to your American flag tattoo by adding a firefighter on duty to it. If this is a tattoo to commemorate the loss of a fighter, consider getting inked in black and gray.                                                                                                                                                                                

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Preferred Ink Color: Black & gray

Tattoo Size: Medium 

Skin Type: Fair, medium & dark

51. Aesthetic Military Flag Tattoo

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A military flag tattoo that is aesthetically appealing too! Who could resist that? Who said that flag tattoos could not be bright, fun, and gorgeous? Just have a look at this military-inspired tattoo featuring a bold and beautiful officer. When we said having a great artist can make all the difference, we meant this. Art speaks for itself! The illustration of the lady officer in uniform, small jets in the sky, the national flag in the background, and a perfect blend of red and blue ink make this tattoo stand out.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red & White

Tattoo Size: Medium to Large

Skin Type: Fair

52. Religious American Flag Tattoo With Jesus

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Having Jesus inked is the most popular idea for a Christian religious tattoo. If you wish to add a devout element to your flag tattoo, consider adding Jesus or any other God illustration to it. For example, inking an American flag and the image of Jesus could suggest faith, power, and love.

Looking at this tattoo, it seems that the wearer already had the Jesus tattoo and got the American flag inked later.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red, White & Black

Tattoo Size: Medium to Large

Skin Type: Fair, medium & dark

53. We The People American Flag Tattoo

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Here’s the last idea for popular and patriotic flag tattoos on the shoulder. “We the people” is a very typical phrase associated with the American flag. You may add this to your flag tattoo to introduce a text element to it. Originally, this phrase was used in context of the American constitution. This tattoo design on the shoulder suggests the wearer’s unity and faith in the US.

Preferred Ink Color: Blue, Red, White & Black

Tattoo Size: Medium 

Skin Type: Fair to medium

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FAQs

What does a flag tattoo mean?

National flags are banners that represent the country. They associate with patriotism, military and leadership of the respective country. The tattoo of a national flag portrays pride in one’s country. Therefore, if someone gets the tattoo of a flag, it would mean that the wearer intends to portray pride, faith, respect and tribute to his/her country.

Can you get an American flag tattoo?

Of course, you can! As long as you intend to depict pride, memory, and faith, getting an American Flag is totally ok. One can avoid adding elements or words that suggest negativity. If your organization has tattoo guidelines, do not forget to go through them before getting inked.

What is the meaning of an all-black American flag?

In terms of tattoos, an all-black American flag would simply mean that the wearer chose black ink over colored ink. However, a black American flag signifies a declaration of war. Therefore people who get such tattoos knowing the interpretation would intend to portray the act of not giving up. Alternatively, black American flag tattoos are also inked in memory of a lost one.

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