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Gaara Tattoo Meaning with 65+ Tattoo Designs You Should See

by Sherri Owens

A trip down the very long road with the naruto anime television series helped me understand why the Gaara tattoo represents self-redemption and self-love. The empowering tattoo can be done in several ways to help reflect self-love while doubling as an aesthetically pleasing design.

If you are an anime and manga series fan, you can get the fantastic design of the character Gaara with the tattoo on his head. Prefer to show your love for the series in a more subtle way? Then you can opt for the plain Gaara tattoo to achieve that.

Gaara tattoos are very versatile with several different meanings and images that fit different aesthetics. Want to find a tattoo art that will resonate well with your personality? Then you should definitely stay till the end. But before that, let's learn the origin and meaning behind the Gaara tattoos.

Gaara's Tattoo Meaning

Origin Of The Gaara Tattoos

The Gaara tattoo designs originated from the anime character Gaara created by Masashi Kishimoto in the manga naruto series. The kanji tattoo is done on Gaara's forehead and it translates into 'love'. Gaara got the kanji tattoo which signifies love but serves as a symbol of a demon loving only himself.

The decision to get such a tattoo wasn't a random choice by Gaara, but a choice that he made as a result of the series of events that took place in his life, right from his birth till he was able to understand what love entails. Let us look into the life of Gaara to help you understand the significance of the Gaara tattoo.

Gaara's Mother and Gaara's Birth

Gaara, also known as 'the golden child, prince of the sand gourd, fifth kazekage' was born in the hidden sand village and was considered a shinobi in the shinobi world. His father was the fourth kazekage and was in desperate need of a replacement (the next kazekage) that could control the one-tailed beast and protect their small village.

His siblings were not fit to become the host of the one-tailed beast form and Gaara's father wanted at all costs to find a replacement for when he was no more. Luckily, he got a child that was compatible with the one-tailed beast but at the cost of the life of his wife.

Gaara was not a regular kid, he was born with power and was groomed to become the ultimate weapon of the sand village. His power prompted the decision to isolate Gaara to teach him how to control his abilities to avoid hurting the other kids. Thus growing up, Gaara was always isolated from other children. He only had a teddy bear to play with while he took lessons in isolation.

He didn't understand his difference and powers and would try to interact with people in the village but they avoided him since most were warned that he was a dangerous child. The only connection Gaara had with the outer world was through his uncle who was a father figure to him.

Growing Up

Since he was mostly isolated, Gaara didn't understand a lot of things. He didn't understand the concept of pain and begged his uncle Yashamaru to teach him what pain was. After the explanation, Gaara realized that he had great pain in his heart because he wasn't loved by anyone.

Yashamaru told Gaara that he was loved by his mother and himself and that should be sufficient reason for Gaara to be happy. This made Gaara happy and he wanted to share the joy with the villagers too. It was received as hostility and while Gaara was trying to explain to them that all he wanted was friends. He almost injured the other villagers and was stopped from injuring them badly by the intervention of Yashamaru which he ended up wounding instead.

Gaara's Shell

With age, his powers were becoming overwhelming and Gaara's father resented him for it and planned to assassinate Gaara. The task to kill Gaara was taken on by his uncle Yashamaru. Yashamaru took on the task to prevent Gaara from hating his father. During the assassination attack, Gaara was able to overcome the assassin. He was curious to know who tried to kill him and was extremely shocked when he came to realize that it was his uncle. His uncle Yashamaru lied when Gaara confronted him so he would think he hated him. He confessed that he didn't like Gaara and blamed him for his sister's (Gaara's mother) death.

After this false realization, Gaara grew angry with the world and became a shell of himself. Gaara felt extreme pain and this led him to use his sand to create a brand on his forehead which represents self-love. He also became a dreaded ninja that killed without feeling because he felt like he was doomed to a life of hatred and the only person who could love him was himself.

Gaara continued to live in pain and was seen as a dangerous person throughout most of the anime series. His redemption came when he met the boy naruto who was able to get to him with his words. Naruto told him about his troubled youth and how he was able to overcome the pain he kept inside for a really long time.

Gaara's Symbol and Gaara's Tattoo Meanings

The tattoo on his forehead translates into the 'Demon loving only himself. This birthed the Gaara tattoos which are usually done by lots of people for a variety of reasons.

A large majority of people who get the Gaara tattoo designs are anime fans who love naruto and are fans of the fictional character Gaara. They usually get the tattoo on their forehead just like Gaara has, to show their love for their favorite character. Others get the same tattoo on a different spot like the neck, back, upper arm, or forearms.

Some get the Gaara tattoo art with an image of Gaara's eye and eyebrow drawn close to the tattoo. The people who get this tattoo design are those who relate more to the character. Those who felt lots of pain with how Gaara was treated by other villagers and his family while growing up.

A few get the tattoo in conjunction with other naruto inspired tattoos like the naruto seal, the Sasuke, and the 'X' tattoo. This is my favorite way of getting the Gaara tattoo design since it makes it easy to express your love for Gaara and the whole naruto anime and manga series. Naruto fans should seriously consider these kinds of designs.

Another way of rocking Gaara's brand is by adding an image that shows Gaara in an action pose. You can also get a design of Gaara standing or posing next to the tailed beast. There are lots of other ways you can rock this tattoo, and we'll be seeing them in this article. All you have to do is take your unique and creative idea of the Gaara you'd like to go to a tattoo studio to get it done.

Gaara Tattoo Art For Inspiration

Gaara's Eye With The Gaara Tattoo

If you're like me, then you probably always wondered why Gaara's eyes weren't like that of other anime characters. This is because as explained earlier, Gaara had a rough and sorrowful childhood. He was always sad and alone and faced lots of mental and emotional distress while growing up, so the character was depicted to look sad just like the storyline.

A different source suggests that Gaara appears with large eyebags always to show how he was mentally distressed and found it difficult to sleep or rest.

Most of the Gaara tattoo designs featured here show just his eye with Gaara's brand above or close to it. This tattoo can serve as a reminder of how you've got it easier in life compared to other people and how you should always treat everyone with love and care regardless of their differences.

Sabaku No Gaara Forearm Tattoo

Image by @luancunhatattoo via Instagram

Gaara Eyes Tattoo

Image by @moonbabytattoos via Instagram

Naruto Gaara Tattoo on Hands

Image by @zdallas7 via Instagram

Gaara Tattoo on Arms

Image by @dylan_dystrov via Instagram

Desert Gaara Colored Forearm Tattoo

Image by @dougtatua via Instagram

Shukaku Gaara Eye Tattoo

Image by @h8kaz via Instagram

Naruto Series Gaara Eye Tattoo

Image by @crisbur.tattoo via Instagram

Bold Black Gaara Eyes Tattoo

Image by @ink.ray via Instagram

Kanji, Naruto Seal, Sasuke and 'X' Tattoos

This is for the fans of the naruto series. You can rock your fourth kazekage tattoo with other naruto tattoo images like the seal and Sasuke tattoo images. The tattoo designs are usually done in a similar pattern, with the Gaara tattoo at the top and the 3 other parts of the tattoo drawn below it in a vertical manner.

The arms, forearms, thighs, and legs are great spots of choice for this design. The design is more long than wide and would look great in a long slender body part like the limbs.

Naruto Series Symbols Tattoo on Hands

Image by @rgb_tattoos via Instagram

Black and Colored Naruto Tattoo

Image by @otaku.tattoo via Instagram

Minimalistic Naruto Tattoo on Hands

Image by @naruto.ink via Instagram

Plain Gaara Tattoos

This is the most popular Gaara tattoo design. It features the kanji tattoo which translates directly to love. Some people get it in reference to Gaara's forehead tattoo, while others get it for the actual 'love' meaning it depicts.

Most people get the design done behind their ears, but this is a versatile tattoo that can be done on any part of the body.

Plain Neck Tattoo Designs

Small Red Gaara Tattoo

Image by @bookie_ensoink via Instagram

Small Black Gaara Tattoo

Image by @edw.kong via Instagram

Bold Red Gaara Tattoo Behind the Ear

Image by @nimmerland_ink via Instagram

Little Red Gaara Tattoo

Image by @brennagosselintattoos via Instagram

Simple Gaara Neck Tattoo

Image by @sarahwalsworthtattoo via Instagram

Tiny Gaara Tattoo

Image by @m.j.ram_tattoo via Instagram

Red Kanji Amor Tattoo

Image by @mario_urbe via Instagram

Plain Forearm Tattoo Design

Black Gaara Kanji Forearm Tattoo

Image by @mace_tatu via Instagram

Small Black Gaara Kanji Tattoo

Image by @_martinacorti via Instagram

Red Gaara Kanji Forearm Tattoo

Image by @javiforteza via Instagram

Bold Black Gaara Kanji Tattoo

Image by @jpmillstattoo via Instagram

Plain Stomach Tattoos

Red Gaara Tattoo on the Hip

Image by @hatake.tattoo via Instagram

Bold Red Inked Gaara Tattoo

Image by @princess.madness via Instagram

Red Gaara Tattoo on Tummy

Image by @lally.tattoo via Instagram

Small Gaara Tattoo on Ribs

Image by @hugotattooist via Instagram

Plain Chest Tattoo Designs

Gaara Tattoo on the Chest

Image by @hanzotattoos via Instagram

Simple Gaara Tattoo on the Chest

Image by @studio.mafiar13 via Instagram

Dark Blood Red Gaara Tattoo on the Chest

Image by @ladymermaidink via Instagram

Plain Back Tattoo

Black and Red Gaara Back Tattoo

Image by @lima_lemonart via Instagram

Simple Red Gaara Tattoo

Image by @victor_valadez_tattoo via Instagram

Naruto Series Gaara Symbol Tattoo

Image by @inkbrunoo and checkpointtattoostudioo via Instagram

Plain Face Tattoo Design

Brush Styled Kanji Face Tattoo

Image by @horikitattoos via Instagram

Plain Arm Tattoo

Turquoise Blue Kanji Tattoo

Image by @gonin.tattoo via Instagram

Pink Kanji Forearm Tattoo

Image by @hand.pokka via Instagram

Thigh Tattoo

Red Kanji Thigh Tattoo

Image by @valeria_muti via Instagram

Shoulder Tattoo

Bold Red Kanji Shoulder Tattoo

Image by @danii.zuniga_ via Instagram

Wrist Tattoo

Red Colored Kanji Wrist Tattoo

Image by @hellseynstattoo via Instagram

Gaara Leg Tattoo

Black and Red Kanji Leg Tattoo

Image by @38ink via Instagram

Kanji Tattoo On Gaara's Forehead With Gaara Image

Gaara is such an enchanting character with several poses and facial expressions that are just super cool and amazing to be tatted on the skin. The images featured here are of the different poses of Gaara. Some tattoo designs feature Gaara either in the defense pose, his psycho laughter or standing in front or at the side of the one-tailed beast form.

Arm Tattoo

Gaara's Image Tattoo on Arms

Image by @geektattooworld and animetattooers via Instagram

Black and Red Gaara Arm Tattoo

Image by @foreverartistic via Instagram

Tattoo of Gaara from Naruto Series on Arms

Image by @yannickdelaval via Instagram

Black Gaara Tattoo on Arms

Image by @hellish_ink via Instagram

Thigh Tattoo

Gaara Sand Coffin Tattoo on Thigh

Image by @tattoosbysteveom4l via Instagram

Colored Gaara Tattoo

Image by @sparklesandtattoos via Instagram

Colorful Gaara Tattoo

Image by @geektats via Instagram

Gaara of the Sand Tattoo Piece

Image by @phirmalino via Instagram

Gaara and His Sand Coffin Tattoo

Image by @tattoos.by.steve via Instagram

Forearm Tattoo

Pencil Sketch Style Gaara Tattoo

Image by @mostazatattoo via Instagram

Black Colored Gaara Forearm Tattoo

Image by @tatuador_ck via Instagram

Gaara Anime Forearm Tattoo

Image by @enemigoreal via Instagram

Red Hair Gaara Anime Tattoo

Image by @nelawsm.tattoo and pechschwarztattoo via Instagram

Anger Looking Gaara Forearm Tattoo

Image by @tezytattoo via Instagram

Gaara of the Desert Forearm Tattoo

Image by @hugo_tattoo.art and studiobwtattoo via Instagram

Gaara and the Ball Forearm Tattoo

Image by @otaku.tattoo via Instagram

Black and Red Three Faces of Gaara Forearm Tattoo

Image by @walterperezart via Instagram

Angry Face Gaara Forearm Tattoo

Image by @otaku.work via Instagram

Black and Grey Gaara of the Desert Tattoo

Image by @pinzy.tattoos via Instagram

Grumpy Face Gaara Forearm Tattoo

Image by @vitaltattoo_ via Instagram

Leg Tattoo

Black and Red Desert Gaara Tattoo

Image by @kikooone via Instagram

Monster Face and Gaara Tattoo Meaning

Even though Gaara the outcast turned out to be a protagonist in naruto, let's not forget that Gaara was once an antagonist. His nature and deep hatred for others stem from how Gaara's family resented Gaara. He was filled with anger and hatred and Gaara decided to become the monster that everyone thought of him as.

The Gaara tattoo design featured here shows him in his early days when he was filled with so much hate and was called a monster. The tattoos are done flawlessly by the tattoo artist showing Gaara with the beast, either defending himself or his community.

The Demon with Gaara Tattoo

Image by @mangaartta via Instagram

Monster Face and Gaara Tattoo

Image by @srthope via Instagram

Gaara and Monster Tattoo

Image by @sparklesandtattoos via Instagram

Gaara and Itachi Kunai Tattoo

This is the perfect tattoo image for siblings or friends who are both fans of the anime television series. The tattoo artist incorporates the image of Gaara and kunai perfectly in the small knife. One image features Gaara's symbol on his head with some parts of his face shown while the other image shows kunai in his usual serious expression.

Gaara and Itachi Kunai Tattoo

Image by @meghantattoo via Instagram

Gaara Tattoo and Thunder

A unique and creative idea that you can use to rock your Gaara tattoo is by adding thunder around the Gaara tattoo. The thunder addition to the tattoo design makes it look way cooler than the plain Gaara tattoo, while it retains that simple look.

Gaara Tattoo and Thunder

Image by @png_tattoo via Instagram

Gaara Mummy Tattoo

This is a weird and spooky tattoo design of Gaara. He is featured here as a mummy with the only means of confirming this as Gaara's image being the tattoo design on his head and his normal dark eyes.

Gaara Mummy Tattoo

Image by @sigelarts via Instagram

Gaara and Kakashi Tattoo Design

The Gaara tattoo art done here is paired with an awesome image of the copy ninja Kakashi. Gaara's brand is done in red while the other parts of the tattoo design are done with grey ink, making the tattoo design stand out.

Gaara and Kakashi Tattoo Design

Image by @oni_tattooinkart via Instagram

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