75 Badass Lighter Tattoos – Tattoo Ideas, Artists and Designs


Fire is one of man’s most powerful tools. Fire enabled early humans to cook their food and survive harsh climates. And since its discovery, we have been trying to find ways to exploit it. For centuries candles have been used to physically and metaphorically light the way, then in 1823 the lighter arrived. The first lighter was made as part of a lamp by the German chemist Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner. In 1903, ferrocerium was developed by Austrian scientist Carl Auer von Welsbach, who helped invent the modern lighter. Ferrocerium was often misidentified as flint, but it helped companies develop inexpensive, convenient, and easy-to-use lighters for mass consumption.

The first permanent match-style lighter, named the Wonderlite, was invented in 1913 by the New Jersey-based Ronson Company. The Zippo lighter was created by American inventor George Grant Blaisdell in 1932, who founded the company the same year. Soon after, Zippos began to gain popularity, as they were more reliable, had a lifetime warranty, and were marketed as being wind resistant. At the time, Zippos were fueled with naphtha, a flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixture, but in the 1950s they switched to butane as it provided a more controlled flame and emitted less odor.

Today, around 70,000 Zippo lighters are made every day at their factory in Bradford, Pennsylvania. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, with many professional artists collaborating with the brand. In recent years, many amazing lighter tattoos have also been created over the years. Take a look at 75 lighter badass tattoos by talented artists in the gallery below, then let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments section on social media.


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