Anarchy tattoos tend to focus on the principals of freedom and independence cherished by anarchists of all stripes. Anarchy tattoo design focuses primarily on the circled 'A' which is the symbol of the anarchist movement as a whole, in a variety of different styles or scripts. Other symbols are also associated with subsets of the anarchist movement. Anarcho-capitalists often use the anarchy symbol in concert with libertarian tattoo ideas, while anarcho-communists often work the symbols of the various socialist movements like the Third International or even the hammer and sickle.
- Anarchy is freedom from authority, typically in the form of governmental intervention. This theoretically results in total liberty for the individual - The “Circle-A” is the most widely recognized sign of anarchy. - The Jolly Roger (or “Black Flag”), the well-known pirate flag, is one of the oldest symbols of anarchy.
In modern times, anarchists are frequently associated with a “pirate lifestyle”, both electronically and socially. Their adherence to this ideology may be more generalized, representing a rejection of common Western cultural values. Ultimately, anarchy is about embracing individual freedoms, and since it lies outside of common societal sensibilities, tattooing is an ideal way to express this mindset—since tattoo art does, too.