Tattoo meanings are often very personal to the individual, but an umbrella tattoo can be a symbol of protection, shelter, transportation and even magic. Some of the umbrella's symbolism may come from the traditional parasol-like objects that are part of many older cultures.
Buddha is traditionally depicted with a parasol protecting him, which can be a symbol of wisdom, and in the Tibetan tradition, one of the highest honors is for someone else to hold an umbrella for you. Umbrella tattoos can also be done as a nod to Mary Poppins character and can represent the mysterious and magical. Umbrella tattoos can be both realistic and stylistic in design.