25 Groovy Gangster Tattoos

Arms and ammunition mark the world of gangsters so their body art too reflects their lifestyle. Gangster Tattoos are used not only as style statements but also as marks of belonging to a particular gang. Many gangsters get inked all over the front of their bodies while some choose to cover only the sleeve arm. The tattoo designs that gangsters choose the range from patterns with pistols and shootouts, to themes of death with skull faces.

You can see many kinds of body art that tell you what kind of lifestyle a gangster has. Many gangsters get word tattoos with patterns drawn around in cool and colorful designs. Some gangsters choose to stick to a single color with many subtle shade variations adding to a realistic look. You can see the skull motif repeated in many interesting variations in many Gangster Tattoos. Some gangsters also play it cool with tattoos showing a comic character handling a gun. Others may choose to get bold with themes showing Jesus, the icon of peace holding guns. From colorful to single colored, bizarre to interesting, the body art that gangsters choose for themselves play with many themes. Check out some tattoos that showcase fantastic designs.

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Seasoned Fun

Check out this seasoned gangster’s upper body covered with intricate patterns and skull motifs.

Seasoned Fun

Seasoned Fun

Bare Arm Tattoo

Many gangsters choose large body art themes with faces and words to cover their bare arms.

Bare Arm Tattoo

Bare Arm Tattoo

Shootout Tattoo

This tattoo showing a man handling a heavy gun is just right for the upper arm of a gangster.

Shootout Tattoo

Shootout Tattoo

Dressed To Shoot

Dressed to shoot, says this remarkable piece of body art showing a man with his mouth covered with a red scarf and dressed in a top hat.

Dressed To Shoot

Dressed To Shoot

A Different Jesus

This gangster’s religion of violence shows in his tattoo of Jesus holding pistols.

A Different Jesus

A Different Jesus

Single Color Gangster Tattoo

This elaborate single color tattoo of a man holding a pair of pistols is ideal for a gangster’s forearm.

Single Color Gangster Tattoo

Single Color Gangster Tattoo

Gangster Skull

Fierce faces and sinister skulls form a common motif for gangster tattoos.

Gangster Skull

Gangster Skull

Just Not An Angel

Gangster tattoos often twist and use common religious motifs. Check out this tattoo showing a man in casual jeans and wings like an angel.

Just Not An Angel

Just Not An Angel

Time To Kill

A mass of ferocious faces, a skull, and a clock show off the violent intent of this gangster.

Time To Kill

Time To Kill

Gangster Retro Tattoo

His arm covered with a tattoo of a vintage car and casino slots this gangster shows off his love for everything vintage.

Gangster Retro Tattoo

Gangster Retro Tattoo

Death By Luck

A pack of cards and the face of a skull showcase the death and fortune theme on the upper arm of this gangster.

Death By Luck

Death By Luck

Gangster Calligraphy Style

Written in an elegant retro style this calligraphy style word tattoo sits above the gangster’s navel area..

Gangster Calligraphy Style

Gangster Calligraphy Style

Masked Murder

Inked in green, bright blue and touches of red this colorful tattoo highlights the masked murder theme.

Masked Murder

Masked Murder

Techno Tattoo

Delicately inked with shades and touches of peach this is a cool retro theme gangster tattoo design.

Techno Tattoo

Techno Tattoo

Dream City

The maze of city buildings and a smiling face with a cigar go well with the ‘Dream City’ word theme tattoo for this urban gangster.

Dream City

Dream City

Mad Skull

Styled in hard angular lines this skull shaped tattoo with the mouth open and cool goggles is a fantastic gangster tattoo.

Mad Skull

Mad Skull

Violent Dog Tattoo

This powerful tattoo showing a huge dog holding two guns is a perfect piece of sleeve art for a gangster.

Violent Dog Tattoo

Violent Dog Tattoo

Gun Style

A tattoo showing a featureless face holding two guns highlights the violent lifestyle of a gangster.

Gun Style

Gun Style

Skull Official

This gangster gets playful with an arm tattoo showing a skull clad in an official suit surrounded by roses.

Skull Official

Skull Official

Skull Colors

Strong shades of green mark the face of this skull tattoo with its head covered with a violent red bandana.

Skull Colors

Skull Colors

Female Gangster

This detailed piece of body art shows a woman gangster smiling as she holds her rifle.

Female Gangster

Female Gangster

Comic Gangster

The popular cartoon character Hobbes holds a guns in this colorful comic theme gangster tattoo.

Comic Gangster

Comic Gangster

Evil Skull

The huge white spaces, distorted lines, and black eye hollows really add to the evil look of this skull tattoo.

Evil Skull

Evil Skull

Gangster Pattern

This is a patterned tattoo in pale blue and red with a six pointed star holding a deep meaning.

Gangster Pattern

Gangster Pattern

Skull Sports

Styled in red and black this skull tattoo with a sports cap has a playful look.

Skull Sports

Skull Sports

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