Japanese snake tattoos are a symbol of wisdom and good luck. The body art can also convey strength and change. Some people get the tattoo to symbolize protection from bad fortune or sickness.
Japanese snake tattoos can also be a sign of protection from the consequences of making bad choices in life. Snakes are a sign of regeneration or healing in Japanese culture, as snakes are a symbol of good health. Body art featuring a Japanese snake is a sign of the "divine feminine." The snake was associated with a woman in ancient Japan because the animal sheds its skin, symbolizing the way in which a woman can take on male characteristics.