What does a dagger tattoo mean?
Tattoos oftentimes hold symbolic meaning to the people who get them. For example, a tattoo of a dagger might represent the idea of power, betrayal, or a military lifestyle.
A tattoo of a dagger through a rose has many different meanings depending on where you are from. Traditionally though it means that you are willing to or have killed something as beautiful as a rose. This motif and meaning holds strong not only from the days of old when sailors would get this tattooed on their bodies to signify that they would go so far as to kill something as beautiful as a rose…
Originally the symbol of Erzulie Dantor, a spirit of cruel vengeance and jealousy. In just the opposite sense, the heart pierced with the dagger has been taken as a variation of the Sacred Heart tattoo by some Christians. More often than not the imagery is literal, the heart is the centre of emotion and love that is in pain, damaged or wounded.
I heard that if I sailor lost a good mate at sea he would put a dagger through his swallow tattoo to symbolize his lost friend. My grandfather told me this and showed me a picture of his sailer friend. He had 2 swallows on his chest and one had a dagger through it. My grandpa then told me about thow he had lost his brother (a sailor too)at sea.