Silver is usually given as second prize, but these tattoos are number one in our book. Silver is one of the most valuable elements on the planet and is found in the earth’s crust in its purest form. Silver is the most electrically and thermally conductive metal, as well as the most reflective. Silver has been used since prehistoric times and is one of the seven metals of antiquity, which also include gold, copper, tin, lead, iron and mercury. Silver was once more valuable than gold in some parts of the world because silver is more reactive, making native silver rarer.
There is a lot of symbolism in silver, besides just representing second place. In folklore, it is said that a cast silver bullet was the only weapon capable of defeating a werewolf. It is also often synonymous with the moon, as gold is with the sun. There have also been many “silver” characters in popular culture, especially comic books, including Marvel’s Quicksilver, Silver Sable, Silver Samurai, and of course, Silver Surfer from the Fantastic Four.
Take a look at 45 of our favorite silver tattoos in the gallery below. Then let us know your favorite piece from this list in the comments section on social media.