Common good-luck symbols such as four-leaf clovers, ladybugs, horseshoes, wishbones and golden coins are typically used for tattoos. In other cultures, good-luck symbols such as Japanese daruma dolls, Native American dream catchers and the Chinese Maneki Neko or "beckoning cat" are also used.Continue Reading
Ancient Celts believed that finding a green clover with four leaves rather than the usual three was good luck. A tattoo of a four-leaf clover symbolizes luck in love, wealth, fertility, health and fame. Similarly, a Maneki Neko statue or image placed in a home or business brought financial prosperity to the inhabitants, according to Chinese folklore. A tattoo of the "beckoning cat" is thought to bring similar endowments.
A horseshoe is believed to be lucky not because of its placement on the feet of horses, but because it is shaped like the moon. According to superstition, a horseshoe tattoo needs to face up in order to be lucky.
Keys are also a symbol for luck that might make a good tattoo, and keys are even luckier in sets of three. Three is considered a lucky, and even holy, number by some people. Keys bring luck in money matters, health, and love. Rabbit's feet and pennies are also thought to be symbols of luck.Learn more about Tattoos