IMO, I used to think or thought Barb-wire tattoos was a symbol as being stubborn, tough, hard-headed, etc. For those who may have a barb wire tattoo has been thru thick and thin all their lives, whether it was good or bad... they think of it as being tough and stubborn and still standing.
Some people just think barbwire tattoos are cool and awesome because of the looks and the popularity of it.
think of it like thorns on a rose. what do people see with thorns on a rose? from what I've heard is the same as i explained about barb wire symbols. if you see thorns, how do you hold it? some people would just hold on to it and let it poke and bleed. that's another symbol of showing how tough they can be and have no fear.
like i said.. its my opinion and from what i've learned about it. my families are a very very strong tattoo freaks.
""When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us""