Tattoos often mean different things to different people, but Inked Magazine lists what some of the most common tattoos symbolize. For example, butterflies often symbolize rebirth and metamorphosis. Lions often symbolize strength, protection and courage. Tigers represent fearlessness, according to the Chinese zodiac, and are one of the three animals that symbolize anger in Buddhism. Eagles are often displayed by Americans to represent their patriotism.Continue Reading
Not all tattoo symbols involve animals. Many have religious significance. Inked Magazine states that the Scarab beetle, a well-known Egyptian amulet, is often tattooed to symbolize transformation and rebirth. The Ankh, which is a cross with a handle, is another popular Egyptian tattoo that symbolizes eternal life, according to Inked Magazine. Tattoos of Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu god represent new beginnings.
Some tattoos are frequently misused, and the swallow tattoo is one example. Swallows are birds that return to the same location each year to nest, so sailors had swallows tattooed on their bodies to help them return home safely. A sailor would get one swallow tattoo before his journey, and the other swallow tattoo would come when he arrived home. Swallow tattoos were evidence that a sailor was experienced. However, the swallow tattoo is common amongst people who have never sailed before.Learn more about Tattoos
While there are many options for tattoos regarding symbols of strength, the universal symbols for peace tend to be regarding peace among people, not inner peace. Animals often appear as symbols of strength in many cultures.Full Answer >
A tattoo of lip prints means different things to different people. To some people they are symbols of love, relationship and romance. In some cultures, the lip print tattoo on a man’s body is meant to be of his loved one, especially his wife, symbolizing an eternal kiss.Full Answer >
A hyena mask tattoo often means different things to different people. In some cultures, hyenas have a bad reputation, and these masks are associated with impurity, immorality, stupidity, cowardice, death, betrayal or corruption. However, hyena mask tattoos have positive meanings in certain areas of the world.Full Answer >
Monkeys are jovial and upbeat creatures that have spiritual significance within Buddhism. It is said that a monkey was given the task of accompanying a monk who had the teachings of Buddha with him. The courage and wit of the monkey is said to have protected the monk from demonic forces. Many people are attracted to this notion when choosing a monkey tattoo, according to iTattooDesigns.Full Answer >