Fire or flame tattoos can symbolize warmth or destruction, as fire can destroy a home or provide heat for those in the home. Wrist tattoos are often selected by those who want small body art that is not too noticeable.
Fire is also seen as a masculine element in Eastern tradition. When flames are added to an existing tattoo, they can change the meaning of the body art. For instance, a flaming heart could be a symbol of a passionate relationship, or it can symbolize the deterioration of a romantic coupling. A tattoo of flames can be a sign of illumination or direction for life's path, but can also show that there are situations in life that, like fire, can not be controlled.