Despite being a material originally created for making fences on ranches in the mid-1800s, the barbed wire has a meaning even greater than just property control. Due to their use in prisons and battlefields, barbed wire tattoos also have a connotation of suffering, capture, and confinement. Their popularity in modern tattoos can be directly attributed to their armband-like application and similarity to the tribal style. Also in 1996. the movie Barb Wire, starring Pamela Anderson helped popularize this style of tattoo.


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