A quick look at casino and gaming-related tattoos and imagery
We often hear the phrases “luck of the draw” and “roll of the dice”. They drive home the fact that random chance is as much a part of life as everyday decisions. As such, gaming imagery such as playing cards and dice have become a rich source of tattoo inspiration for the adventurous and the risk takers.
The Ace of Spades, in particular, has been wrapped in legend thanks to folklore and popular culture. It is often considered as having the highest value in a deck of cards and has at times been associated with the darker aspects of the human psyche.
Still, it remains a largely popular choice for both tattoo artists and aficionados alike. While the design itself is aesthetically pleasing and instantly recognizable, the blog PsyWarrior.com notes that the Ace of Spades may hold deeper meaning born from ancient readings of a full playing card deck. The Ace of Spades reportedly represents the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one, making it a perfect choice for those wanting to start anew.
Similarly, the Joker card, which is actually not often used as a part of the standard playing card deck, has been used extensively in tattoos due to its reputation as a “wild card”. As such, the Joker can be seen to symbolize good luck, especially for gamers and poker players. The popular image of the Joker as a random and unpredictable variable has also helped cement it as a popular choice for those who want to project a spontaneous image.
Although the above designs are still not as mainstream as, say, Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, there is reason to believe that their popularity may soon soar to new heights. After all, online gaming is finally starting to make its presence felt once again in the United States. Online gaming operator and Gioco Digitale owner bwin is leading the pack alongside the land-based Borgata, capturing over 40% of the New Jersey online gaming market according to Bloomberg.
The advent of online gaming and its seemingly inevitable expansion to other states sets the stage for a preponderance of gaming-related tattoos and imagery in the near future. Don’t just get one for the sake of getting before others, though. A tattoo will stay with you for the rest of your life (barring expensive laser treatments, of course), so be sure to decide on one that actually means something to you.