Rodeos consist of several physically dangerous events for both men and women – all of which involve horses, bulls and/or steers. These events separate the tough from the weak, and those with rodeo tattoos usually choose them to represent their tough nature, rugged spirit or genuine love of the sport. Rodeo tattoos can also represent an enjoyment of Western culture and the cowboy lifestyle.
Bull Riding Rodeo Tattoos
Rodeo tattoos commonly feature images of bulls, and for good reason. The sport of bull riding is extremely dangerous and a challenge that not every cowboy can handle. Only the strongest thrive in this tough sport; therefore, body art representative of bull riding symbolize resilience and brute strength. A bull riding rodeo tattoo also affirms a sense of masculinity and a passion for the thrill of bull riding competitions.
Some of the more simpler tattoo designs relative to rodeos are those in the form of a bull’s head graphic, usually in outline form. These graphics are commonly black in color and are many times combined with tribal details or tribal armband patterns to create a more interesting design. On the other hand, customized and highly detailed bull rodeo tattoos can look almost as real as actual photographs, featuring a bull rider and bucking bull in action. The stronger and more unpredictable a bull is, the more impressive the rider appears; therefore, heavily muscled bulls are usually preferred for bull riding rodeo tattoos.
Bronco Riding Rodeo Tattoos
Bronco riding is a classic rodeo event that calls for the best cowboys to display the most style and courage while riding bucking broncos. This event has its roots in the Old West, when cowboys would gather and compete against one another for recognition in their communities. The best riders will add drama to their ride, showing great style as they control the animal they are riding. These bronco riding rodeo tattoos symbolize a sense of rugged competitiveness, along with the brave spirit and showy style that only the best cowboys are known for.
Barrel Racing Rodeo Tattoos
Barrel racing at rodeos is a female sport. Riders and their horses are timed as they quickly run around a pattern of set barrels without knocking them over. This sport demonstrates agility and dexterity: it is also representative of the Western lifestyle. Barrel racing rodeo tattoos are fitting choices for women who enjoy the thrill of rodeo competition, and feel a strong link to the rodeo culture.
Steer Wrestling Rodeo Tattoos
Steer wrestling is also known as bulldogging, and it is a dangerous event. Participants attempt to jump off their horses onto wild steers while they are in motion. They must then wrestle the steers to the ground with their bare hands by grabbing it by its horns and twisting the steer’s horns to the ground to control them. This sport has injured many cowboys and is a great test of skill and courage; therefore, steer wrestling is a sport that can be seen as a true symbol of masculine power and agility. Many steer wrestling rodeo tattoo designs feature some element of the event itself, either a cowboy riding his horse in pursuit of a runaway steer or the steer being wrestled into submission.
“8” Rodeo Tattoos
In the rodeo ring, the number eight has major significance. In both bull and bronco riding, the rider must stay on the animal without falling off for a minimum of eight seconds. After the rider successfully completes an eight second ride using only one arm, a bell sounds indicating that the rider may dismount or use his other arm to hold on. The bell also indicates that scoring is complete. Staying on a bull or bronco for the full eight seconds is difficult, and only the best can handle these wild animals for the duration of the required time. This sport is a demanding test of strength that calls for great bravery and a true passion for the event. By displaying this type of rodeo tattoo, you are showing the world your ability to rise to the challenges of life, without fear or weakness.
Popular themes for rodeo tattoos include:
Horses / Broncos