In the wild, elephants are immense, strong creatures that are viewed by many civilizations as noble creatures; they are a popular tattoo choice for an individual looking for an empowering design that shows their hardiness. The symbolism behind an elephant tattoo varies based on the age and color of the elephant.
Adult elephants are regarded as firm but loving parents who teach their young how to successfully survive. Juvenile elephants are often mischievous, energetic and curious. Opting for an elephant that is in a particular stage of its life may reflect how the individual is currently feeling in his or her own situation.
Albino elephants are viewed by some religions as a divine symbol. As a tattoo, a white elephant may be chosen to bring the individual good luck in his or her life.