Tattoos are very common in the biker community. Some bikers believe that tattoos are common because bikers have a habit of customizing everything they own. Once they cannot customize their bikes anymore, they move on to customize their body with tattoos. Many biker tattoos picture specific motorcycle makes like Harley Davidson. Other biker tattoos show the biker's dream bike. Some common images in biker tattoos are flames, skulls, wings, motorcycles and women. Many biker tattoos have an air of rebellion about them, even if the biker is not a member of a biker gang or does not live a nomadic biker lifestyle.
A common misconception is that bikers with tattoos are all deviants who were outcast from society, but the reality is that many tattooed bikers have full-time careers and families at home. A biker tattoo is just one method bikers use to symbolize their love for the freedom of the road. A flaming motorcycle can symbolize the biker's love for speed and adventure. A skull and motorcycle tattoo may symbolize rebellion and danger. Wings in a motorcycle tattoo could symbolize freedom, or a biker friend that lost their life. Bikers are often very patriotic and some biker tattoos pay tribute to the USA. Biker tattoos commonly include patriotic motifs such as bald eagles, American flags and Harley Davidson, an American brand of motorcycle. Because the biker lifestyle is deeply entrenched in American history and culture, patriotic biker tattoos are a popular choice:
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