Category Archives for Tattoo Meanings

Dandelion Tattoo Meanings

Nothing captures the whimsical memory of childhood summers quite like dandelions. Even as adults, there’s still something magical in finding the perfect, fluffy white dandelion and sending your wish off into the air as you blow away the tiny seeds. For such a small flower, dandelions have had a surprisingly big presence in Western culture, […]

Compass Tattoo Meanings

No matter where in the world you are, it’s pretty hard to walk into a tattoo studio and not find a tattoo of a compass on someone. Compasses are one of the more common ink designs, and with good reason. They’re universal to just about every society on Earth, and are associated with nothing but […]

Lotus Flower Tattoo Meaning

Lotus flowers are an incredibly popular subject for tattoos, and with good reason. They are one of the most beautiful flowers in nature, and are heavily symbolic for many cultures. The lotus is an especially important symbol in several religions, including Buddhism, Shintoism, Taoism, and Hinduism. It’s often said that the lotus is to the […]

Owl Tattoo Meanings

If there’s one bird that everyone seems to love, it’s definitely the owl. These majestic birds of prey can somehow pull off being badass, wise, spooky, and adorable all at the same time. Owls have been featured frequently as characters in pop culture, and have strong ties to mythology in just about every corner of […]

Arrow Tattoo Meanings

Let’s face it… archers are cool. Some of the most awesome characters in pop culture have been archers, like Legolas, Katniss Everdeen, Hawkeye, or Merida from “Brave.” The upsurge in popular bow-wielding characters is at least partially responsible for the recent increase of arrow-based ink, but arrow tattoos have a wealth of symbolism that make […]

Koi Fish Tattoo Meanings

Koi fish are absolutely gorgeous, and one of the best-known icons of Japanese and Chinese culture. Originally, koi were just common carp fish, but were selectively bred to produce the beautiful colors and patterns that we see today. The elegance of their shape and their brightly glittering, colorful scales make them one of the most […]

Wolf Tattoo Meaning

Wolves have stalked through the human psyche for our entire history.  For some of us, they are terrifying predators, creatures of the night that haunt our dreams and whose iconic howl sends chills down our spine. For others, wolves are noble warrior spirits, guardians, and symbols of strength and loyalty.  Notoriously shy of humans, wolves […]

Butterfly Tattoo Meaning

It is an essentially universal truth that butterflies are seen around the world as icons of nature’s beauty, and they have been highly sought after as tattoo subjects for nearly as long as the art form has been around. The meaning of butterfly tattoos extends far beyond just the concept of beauty, though; they can […]

Feather Tattoo Meaning

Feathers have always been a popular choice for tattoo designs, either on their own or incorporated into larger pieces. Feather symbolism spans over many cultures, though it is particularly strong in Native American culture. Most Native Americans are Animists, meaning that they believe that every part of nature – humans, animals, plants, the earth, etc. […]

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