Since its inception into American popular culture in the early 1900s, the Harley-Davidson has remained one of the most vibrant cult symbols of all time. It's been over a hundred years since William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson first created their dream in the 1900s. and ever since, the Harley craze shows no signs of dying down. This bike subculture has been perpetuated not only through its legendary and unique motorbikes but also through the mind boggling repertoire of Harley Davidson collectibles and memorabilia. And not only that, there is also the tattoo.
As we all know, tattoos are one of the ways in which a lot of people decide to express their uniqueness of personal identity. For most, it is a symbol of freedom, freedom from the herd and the millions of people floating all around. Having a tattoo is a way of standing out among a crowd. Now when we look at the history of the Harley, the similarities are easily visible. In the bike culture, the Harley signified a kind of freedom and that expression of being on the road, free from all restrictions. Having a Harley Davidson bike meant that you were different and stood out from the rest of the crowd as well. Now when you combine the concepts of both, you get a winning combination, that is, the Harley tattoo.
A lot of non bikers sport a Harley tattoo as well. This is an expression of a wish to be part of the legendary Harley subculture without actually riding a Harley Davidson bike. In a Harley tattoo, there can be many variations. One is an arrangement of the brand name intertwined within eagles, wings or wheels. The tattoo can also be the legendary bar and shield logo that was created in 1910. That is the most prominent Harley sign of all times. Also, another similar feature of both Harley Davidson bikes and tattoos is the factor of customization. Just as the bike is customized in different ways by its owner to give it a new and distinct look, in a similar fashion, one tries to make his or her tattoo the most unique possible. So different combinations and variations of the Harley Davidson tattoo has emerged over the years. A lot of the tattoos are in black, as is obvious.
Thus, the Harley Davidson bike has a very special bad boy image which has stayed over the years. Having a tattoo just perpetuates this kind of an image of daredevilry and adventure. You can twist and turn your tattoo into anything that you want to and make it an expression of your individuality.