A shark tattoo is a power symbol in Western culture. It stands for fearlessness, with an emphasis on the lack of fear from death. Sailors have also adorned their bodies with shark tattoos to gain godly favor in the past.
Some sailors get shark tattoos to help protect themselves from harm while at sea. Some tribes of the First Nations in North America revered the shark as a sacred creature. People with Native American heritage sometimes obtain shark tattoos to symbolize their inner hunters as well as their resilient and adaptable spirits.
Australians view the shark as a majestic and heroic creature in the same way Americans are inspired by the lion. Their shark tattoos also imply power and strength.