Although a spade tattoo has different meanings for each wearer and artist, it is typically considered to be a symbol of good luck. Spades are often inked alone, but they are also sometimes accompanied by other images, such as playing cards.
Spade tattoos are popular among card players and gamblers in general. Related symbols like dice, horseshoes and four-leaf clovers are sometimes included with spade tattoos. Other tattoo bearers opt to make their spade designs darker-themed, including skulls or bones in their artwork.
The ace of spades symbol is requested more often than the king or queen of spades cards. The spade is considered a unisex symbol.