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The bridge I helped build is not meant for holding

I wield symbolic tattoos

When cut I show no bleeding

And when seen I don't show my shoes

I've also been spliced.

What am I?

Hint:

I can be very tricky

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I'm going with

a face card,

and I'll go out on a limb and say it's

the King of Hearts.

Leaning heavily on the answers already given by @Matt Nau and @gtwebb, here's my variation:

When I'm a bridge, I'm not meant for holding

As a high value card in bridge, you usually don't want to hold a King, and as a heart, it is a major suit.

I wield symbolic tattoos

The suit and value markings describe the card

When cut I show no bleeding

Look at him - he's stabbing himself in the head without bleeding. Also, when you cut the deck, no gore is encountered.

And when seen I don't show my shoes

You can't see his feet (see the splice). Alternatively, the dealer's shoe is generally full of unseen cards. Seen cards would not be in the shoe.

I've also been spliced.

He has two heads. His body was spliced in the middle with a clone.

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    $\begingroup$ Perfect! That was my exact reasoning. $\endgroup$ – Jason_ Aug 5 '16 at 19:54
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    $\begingroup$ +1 to you for making me do a crash course on the rules of bridge. $\endgroup$ – GuitarPicker Aug 5 '16 at 23:55
  • $\begingroup$ Good job. :/ (You cost me an accept... :P) +1 anyways. $\endgroup$ – user58 Aug 6 '16 at 18:57
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Cards/Bridge game?

When I'm a bridge, I'm not meant for holding

Bridge the card game

I wield symbolic tattoos

The suits

When cut I show no bleeding

Cut the deck = split

And when seen I don't show my shoes

A deck is sometimes called a shoe

I've also been spliced.

Also not sure; maybe another refernce to splitting the deck?

The hint:

A trick is something in the game - see this/Card tricks (Thanks, @Angelo!)

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  • $\begingroup$ You're close, but you've missed the double meaning (; $\endgroup$ – Jason_ Aug 4 '16 at 21:10
  • $\begingroup$ the hint could be related to magic/magicians. $\endgroup$ – Angelo Aug 4 '16 at 22:12
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I am

Ethernet Cabling?

When I'm a bridge, I'm not meant for holding

Ethernet can be used to bridge routers

I wield symbolic tattoos

Markings show cable specs

When cut I show no bleeding

Cables are cut all the time. They just have wires

And when seen I don't show my shoes

Shoes are an item used to make cables

I've also been spliced.

Cables are spliced for different purposes

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  • $\begingroup$ nice reasoning, though the hint doesn't quite suit it. $\endgroup$ – Jason_ Aug 4 '16 at 20:34
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Perhaps

A deck of cards

When I'm a bridge, I'm not meant for holding

Bridging as in part of shuffling

I wield symbolic tattoos

Marked with 4 suits

When cut I show no bleeding

Cut the deck

And when seen I don't show my shoes

Not sure perhaps something to do with a dealing shoe

I've also been spliced.

games like magic the gathering can splice a card onto another one.

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  • $\begingroup$ You were ninja'd. $\endgroup$ – user58 Aug 4 '16 at 20:26
  • $\begingroup$ You are close, but haven't quite solved it! $\endgroup$ – Jason_ Aug 4 '16 at 20:30
  • $\begingroup$ @Jason_ Does that mean that my answer (Which is above) is also incorrect, as they are basically the same thing, with the exception of mine also being Bridge? $\endgroup$ – user58 Aug 4 '16 at 20:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Mithrandir Yes, I'm waiting for the best reasoning scince you both answered about the same time. $\endgroup$ – Jason_ Aug 4 '16 at 20:54
  • $\begingroup$ @Jason_ See my edit. $\endgroup$ – user58 Aug 4 '16 at 20:59
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Genes or DNA

When I'm a bridge, I'm not meant for holding

Engineered DNA

I wield symbolic tattoos

DNA has adenine(A), cytosine(C), guanine(G) and thymine(T). The symbols are used to represent the sugar.

When cut I show no bleeding

Genes and DNA can be cut and pasted but don't bleed

And when seen I don't show my shoes

Not sure on this one

I've also been spliced.

Gene Splicing

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  • $\begingroup$ Very interesting take on it. $\endgroup$ – Jason_ Aug 4 '16 at 20:31

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