The question mark tattoo is associated with the wearer's questions about his or her personal life and belief system, including sexuality and religion. It is also worn by members of the Filipino gang Bahala Na. Because tattoo meanings are so highly personal, a question mark tattoo may have a completely different significance for its wearer.Continue Reading
Among the individuals who sport a question mark tattoo is actor Johnny Depp, whose tattoo is on the inside of his right ankle. It is a symbol of his 1997 movie "The Brave."
The Bahala Na gang, formed in the Philippines in the early 1940s, uses tattoos featuring question marks, snakes and daggers and their initials, BNG, as their gang symbols. While based in the Philippines, Bahala Na has chapters in North America, mainly in California, Latin America and Europe, according to Bistado.Learn more about Tattoos
Benefits to getting a tattoo include artistic self-expression, such as a tattoo preserving a specific memory, symbolizing a religion or philosophy, expressing passion or simply decorating the skin. A tattoo is a permanent body modification using indelible ink.Full Answer >
The origin of the noun "tattoo," meaning a design or mark imprinted on a person's skin, is from Polynesian nouns with the same meaning. In Tahiti and Samoa, the original noun was "tatau." In the Marquesas Islands, the original noun was "tatu."Full Answer >
In the year 450 B.C., Greek historian Herodotus wrote that among certain cultures, tattoos were a mark of high birth, and to be without them signified low social status. This is also the case with the ancient Britons, who wore tattoos as badges of honor. The history of tattoos goes back much further than this, however, and encompasses many different civilizations.Full Answer >
Lion tattoos, tiger tattoos and koi or Japanese carp tattoos are some of the common designs for tattoos that symbolize strength. They also symbolize courage, power and perseverance. Simple tattoo designs that signify strength are images of the Sun and Chinese symbols or characters that literally translate to strength.Full Answer >