Barbed Wire - Also known as barbwire and was created to mark territory in the 1800's. It has come to symbolize more than the control of land and because of its use in prisons and such places has come to be associated with confinement. This has not stopped it from being a popular choice of arm-band tattoo made even more popular by Pamela Anderson.
Bar Code - The bar code is used extensively in retail and is ubiquitous when shopping. In tattooing it has come to mean the co-modification of modern life and a yearning for individuality. It is both a humorous look at human bodies and also an indictment of how packaged human bodies have become.
Bat - The bat is generally seen as a negative symbol in the West but has the opposite meaning in the Far East where it is associated with good luck. The Mayans considered bats to have god-like qualities.
Bees - Bees can symbolize being industrious and also working with a 'hive' mentality. The appearance can also mean being stung!
Benten - A Japanese God of fortune and represents wisdom, literature and the sea.
Betty Boop - Once a popular cartoon tattoo depicted as an innocent looking girl tugging at her skirt.
Bio Hazard Symbol - This is a very popular form of tattoo. Its design resembles a tribal tattoo design even though it is used extensively in the bio chemical industry.
Bio Mechanical - This is a form of tattoo that can be placed anywhere on the body and gives the effect of looking into that part of the body. It can be depicted as robotic parts such as tubes and mechanical parts or sinewy flesh.
Birds - Symbolically birds have had many positive associations and can mean many things such as freedom, peace, longevity and spirituality.
Black Rose - This tattoo can represent sadness, tragedy and struggle.
Black Widow - The black widow is a popular tattoo amongst Goths. It can represent the female aspect as the female is known for eating the male after mating.
Bombs - The bomb with fuse attached has become a new school tattoo symbol and can mean impending danger and aggression.
Borneo Rosette - Originating in the island of Borneo off Malaysia. This form of tattoo has been practiced for thousands of years. Males in Borneo often receive this tattoo as a form of honor particularly in battle. It is often worn on the shoulder and looks like a dark flower with a spiral in the center.
Born to Ride - This is a popular biker tattoo worn by biker gang members such as the 'Outlaws' and can be written above or below other biker symbols such as motorcycle logos or skulls.
Bulldog - This is a British symbol that has been adopted by members of the US Marine Corp and goes back to World War 1.
British Bulldog - This is an image of a bulldog wearing a union jack waistcoat and sporting a bowler hat, sometimes also shown smoking a cigar. It has become synonymous with extreme nationalism.
Butterfly - This is without a doubt one of the most popular tattoos worn by women. Butterfly tattoos can mean several things such as beauty, metamorphosis, freedom, happiness and fragility. Many cultures have associated the butterfly with the soul.
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