Sword tattoos have several meanings. The image of a sword is a sign of power, courage or freedom. Honor and justice are additional meanings for sword tattoos.
Swords can also be seen as a sign of clarity, which is why they are attractive to some individuals. Tattoos that were popular in decades past include a sword with a rose. Since the rose is a symbol of love, and since the sword can mean freedom, a tattoo that features these two images could signify the freedom to love. The rose and sword tattoo could also mean that the person with the tattoo is fighting for love.