Reviewed & updated: December 7, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA
In search of a unique tattoo that can make you stand out in the crowd? Check out these amazing barcode tattoo designs you can get inked with!
Barcodes are a set of vertical lines found on every product available on the market.
While barcodes play an important role in selling goods, barcode tattoos have become quite popular in recent years, due to the various meanings they can hold. To every person, their tattoo stands for something unique and personal.
Are you wondering, “How do barcodes work?”? Barcodes are a visual way of representing encoded information. Barcode scanners are used to scan the black and white bars, that help in translating the encoded information.
What Is The Barcode Tattoo Meaning?
Barcode tattoos often represent individuality. Additionally, since barcodes are used in selling things, a lot of people choose to get barcode tattoos as a form of rejection of the capitalist system and corporate culture of greed. Hence, having a barcode tattoo can mean you are unique and not part of the crowd, in addition to standing against the exploitative system and culture of modern times. These days, many people create their own barcodes from different websites and get that inked on their skin. Such tattoos can be scanned and depending on which barcode you picked to get inked with, relevant information will pop up.
The barcode tattoo can be an excellent way of making your own identity stand out. The world has over 7 billion humans, but with your unique barcode tattoo, you can create a temporary mark for yourself, while you are living.
Read through this article to find some of the latest and most amazing barcode tattoo ideas!
Unique Animal Scratch Barcode Tattoo
Since barcode tattoos are a sign of individuality, you can get a tattoo that can make people believe in your wild side. This tattoo pictured above has a barcode with an animal scratch on top which can let others know of your inner power and strength. The way this tattoo has been designed, makes it look very realistic. A barcode tattoo on the wrist like this one will make it seem like you have the mark of the beast on your skin!
Musical Barcode Tattoo
If you love music and think it forms a significant part of your identity, then you will surely be able to identify yourself with this tattoo design. Beneath the barcode, music player symbols have been inked, that will portray your passion. You can even get the barcodes from your favourite album inked with the symbols beneath it so that when that tattoo is scanned, the result is even more meaningful.
Heart Barcode Tattoo
Heart tattoos are popular throughout the world, due to their simplicity and meaningfulness. If you want to create a world where love is the essence of all activities, and also want to spread the message of acceptance, this tattoo would be perfect for that. The vertical lines in the barcode of this tattoo have made space for the heart symbol, which looks like it has fit the design, perfectly. You can get this tattoo on the back of your arm, as pictured.
If you want a heart barcode tattoo that reminds you of a special memory in your life, then you can use this idea. Here, the heart has been inked using a different coloured ink, which is making it pop out against the black barcodes. If you have a special date to go with your memory, you can get that inked beneath the barcode, just as pictured.
Forearm Barcode Tattoo
Most barcode tattoos are small or minimalist. However, if you wish to get a barcode tattoo that is quite elaborate and will be hard to miss, check out this design! Each line has been inked quite boldly and spaced out to make full use of the forearm. Apart from having personalised meanings attached to it, a tattoo like this looks like geometric art. Tattoos like this make quite a statement, so if you want to get a tattoo that grabs all the eyeballs, this one would be perfect for you.
Personalised Barcode Tattoo
For most people, barcodes convey a personal message or statement. Hence, you can definitely get a tattoo that means something of particular value to you. In this design, a date has been inked under the barcode. You can choose to get any number or word as well, that means something to you. In addition, you can also create barcodes that represent that personal meaning for you. Hence, when you scan the tattoo, the special meaning will pop up. You can get a tattoo like this on your shoulders or on the back of the neck.
Cute And Endearing Barcode Tattoo
If you want a cute style of barcode tattoo that will put a smile on your face whenever you look at it, check out this adorable idea. There are four outlines of small bears on the top and side of the barcode. The little bear on the side is peeping from behind the line of the barcode, which is making the design look even more adorable. This tattoo is done using black ink only, but you can ask your tattoo artist to use various coloured ink. No matter what your age is, a cute tattoo like this will surely appeal to you.
A rainbow barcode tattoo idea like this one is certainly a treat for the eyes! The rainbow is often used as a symbol for the LGBTQ+ communities. Hence, this tattoo could be your way of being part of the community or even just supporting them. You can even use this idea if you want something on your body to remind you of a sunny day with a beautiful rainbow in the sky.
Freedom Barcode Tattoo
As you know, barcode tattoos are related to a stance against the corporate culture and any form of the capitalist system. So, if you think you identify with this message, this barcode tattoo design could be the best way to show that. In this tattoo, it looks like the lines of the barcode are prison bars, which have been pried open. The word,’ Freedom‘ has been inked beneath, which perfectly explains the tattoo. The style of letters has further enhanced this tattoo. You can get this inked on your wrist or on the back of your palm.
Barcode Tattoo With Olive Branch
The message of peace is always important. So, you can opt for this tattoo with two olive branches flanking a barcode. This could be a symbol of how peaceful you are as a person, or could even be inked in honour of someone you love, who passed away. The olive branches are a perfect size and are perfectly framing the barcode, making the tattoo look like art. Barcode tattoos of this sort are special because of the different meanings they can carry. You can use get this tattoo on your back, as pictured, or any other part of your body.
Feminine Barcode Tattoo
Even though most barcode tattoos appear to be unisex, you can make your tattoo look more feminine by adding certain designs and elements. As you can see in the image, this barcode looks quite cute, chic, and colourful. The addition of the butterflies on both sides of the barcode makes it even more appealing. If you are the kind of person to embrace your own femininity, then this is surely one of the best ideas for you! You can get this inked on your wrist or on the back of the neck.
Barcode Tattoo With Quote
A barcode tattoo with a powerful quote can amplify the meaning of the whole tattoo. So, if you wish to get a tattoo that is of particular value, then check out this image. There is a silhouette of a man inked on top of the barcode and the quote ‘Don’t forget the past and you win’ has been written right next to it. The lettering of the quote makes it quite clear and easy to read. You can put your preferred digits or codes under the barcode, that is related to your life. Altogether, this tattoo not only resembles art but will remind you to be in control of your own story by learning from the past.
You can make an even better statement with your barcode tattoo if you pair it with a word that defines you. For example, in this tattoo, ‘Priceless‘ has been inked on top of the barcode. A tattoo like this will further establish your individuality in life and prove to be symbolic of your value that can’t be put on a price tag. You can get this inked on the back of your palm or neck, as pictured.
Now that you know what the barcode symbol stands for and how you can use it to express your inner beliefs, you can easily settle for a barcode tattoo that reflects your personality. Barcode tattoos can be designed in a number of different ways. You can opt for a colourful tattoo or even a monochromatic one. Barcode tattoos with a quote are also quite powerful and meaningful. Small barcode tattoos look amazing on the wrist. You can also choose barcode palm tattoos that will make you stand out.
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