Across many cultures around the world, dice are used in games of chance or gambling. In an instant, the random toss of dice determines the unpredictable outcome of a game or wager. The symbol of a pair of dice enjoys continued popularity as a tattoo.
You're a Risk-Taker
Choosing a tattoo of dice shows your inclination to take risks in life and leave the outcomes up to fate.
A Charmed Life
Dice tattoos can represent a belief that you consider yourself lucky. It can symbolise the fact that you rely on luck rather than on inherent talents or learnt skills.
A Metaphor for Life
Dice tattoos can be seen as a metaphor for life. The tattoo may imply a belief that we can no more predict the future than we can predict the roll of the dice.
A Heedful Warning
When incorporated into a larger motif consisting of gambling vices, often known as the "Man's Ruin" tattoo, dice in the tattoo can serve as part of a warning against the pitfalls of gambling. Dice in these tattoos are often united in a design containing images of alcohol, playing cards, women and weapons.
As a prison tattoo, dice can be the symbol of a gambler. Alternatively, if you dispense with the full boxed structure of a die and choose five dots arranged like the five seen on a die head, it means to be "alone within these four walls."