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No, no. We can’t do it! We can't put you through this tomfoolery! SPOILER ALERT! All of the following photos are tattoos. Every last one of them. There are no photos depicting real-life animals. The only quiz you we will ask you to take today (besides the Pick a Puppy to Reveal Your Favorite La Croix Flavor quiz) is the quiz of Are You Astonished?, and SPOILER ALERT, you are, and so you’ve just passed with flying colors.
Lions have been religious symbols in many cultures. The structure of a lion and his characteristics symbolize, leadership and powerful position. A lion represents royalty and superiority of position. Known as the King of the Jungle, a lion tattoo stands for bravery and valor. It also represents leo, one of the zodiac signs. The legend has it that Hercules had the strength of ten lions and he wore a lion cape and headdress. A lion tattoo also symbolizes courage, just attitude, protectiveness and fairness while dealing with others.
The sleeve tattoos for men are very expressive. Any man spotting a sleeve tattoo is viewed as open-minded and less likely to be alarmed by any controversial topics that might be discussed. With that impression, the people around them will be more open because they view the man as expressive and bold since they were bold enough to get a sleeve tattoo and show it off to the world in the first place. The sleeve tattoo can be a unique expression of what one stands for or their personal story depending of course on the design.
24. The eye here has a reflection in it that is impossibly hard to do. The statue looks real and the contrast the artist was able to convey is just unreal. This piece is one of our favorites because it evokes such emotion to the observer. The eye makes your heart ache as the candles represent some sort of vigil or homage to someone or something in the past.
Impressed? You should be. These tattoos are true works of art. Some of them clearly honor beloved family pets, while others feature familiar beasts of the wild. The one thing they all have in common though? They are tattoos and not photos of actual animals. If this doesn’t make you want to bolt out the door, run to the nearest tattoo parlor, and have a photorealistic kitten or sloth permanently inked upon your body, we don't know what will. But if you are still uncertain, check out Part One in our series of incredibly realistic animal tattoos. (Again, it is worth reiterating: All photos at that link are not real animals! It’s hard to believe, but it’s the truth!)
Even though we have proof a certain symbol means something in a certain culture – doesn’t mean that’s the end of the line. For example: If you want an owl tattoo, but maybe you’re hung up on learning the owl has some dark or negative meanings in certain cultures. I say, “so what?” A symbol (as a tattoo) is only as powerful as the meaning we give it. All this to say, I hope these articles are helpful, but please give yourself the freedom and permission to express yourself the way you see fit.
Want a tattoo which symbolizes strength? Then this probably won’t come as a surprise, but a lion tattoo is a logical choice. The king of the animals is famous for its ridiculous power, but it’s also a symbol of wisdom, justice and dignity. In ancient Greece lions were viewed as guardians, while in Egypt Sekhmet, the warrior goddess was depicted as a lioness. Celebrities with lion tattoo: Shemar Moore, Robbie Williams.
If you love cars and tattoos, then there is no better way to show your love for both than a car tattoo. Whether you like oldtimers, sport cars or something else, you can get a nice looking car tatttoo on almost any part of your body. Of course, it looks the best when it’s big, but a small car tattoo can still look really good. Don’t forget that you also can get a tattoo which tributes to your favorite car brand.
Even today, skateboarding is really popular extreme sport and a lot of people love doing it on a daily basis. Celebrities like Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen and Rob Dyrdek inspired thousands of people to get their own skateboard and start practicing. Some of them even got a skateboard tattoo! If you are among the people who love skateboarding, a skateboard tattoo is an expressive way to show your love for this cool hobby.
There are different kinds of tribal tattoos, which depends on the place of origin. Some of the most popular tribal tattoos have Hawaiian, Bornean, and Samoan origins. Regardless of style, two things are staples in a tribal tattoo: it comes in solid black and it involves a lot of lines. Artists sometimes include gray shading in a tribal tattoo to make it look deeper. Others prefer to include a dash of colors, usually red as it works well with black.
A tribal tattoo is simple, often with a single color (black) and a straightforward design. starter designs do not have a lot of detail depth compared to realistic tattoos, making it relatively less expensive than other tattoo designs. Finding a well capable artist is also easy as many artists usually start out with tribal tattoo designs. But if you want a real tribal tattoo that lines with real tribes, the designs become much more complicated and expensive.
Sleeves aren’t very easily hidden so make sure to check the policies at work to ensure you can’t get in trouble for new body art. You may be able to hide the pieces pretty well at first but as time goes by and more of your skin is covered, you’ll definitely not be able to cover up the sleeve forever. More than anything, have fun and enjoy the process of creating this masterpiece that will be part of your body forever.
Calling this his “creature sleeve,” artist Ville Prinsen incorporated one of his favorite styles—blackwork—into the design. The nearly-blackout approach sets the stage for these under-the-sea figures. When looking at his client’s arm, it’s as if the creatures have fallen into the depths of the ocean where there’s very little light. This tattoo is a departure from much of his portfolio, however, which mostly incorporates smaller, single subjects like insects, animals, flowers, and mandalas.
Have you ever thought of inking a polar bear on your hand or shoulder? If not then think about it now. This huge white animal, also known as the ‘largest land predator’, is quite popular among tattoo-lovers of these days. A polar bear is considered as a representation of gentleness and cuteness. However, they can turn out to be very precarious during attack.
Warrior sleeve tattoo design symbolizes power and strength. The popular warrior full sleeve tattoos include pictures of warriors and deadly weapons, basically engaged in wars. Some other symbols are also a part of these tattoo designs such as- feathers, heart, skulls, compass, musical symbols, angels, clock, arrows and dream catchers. But, to match the right symbol according to your personality it’s important to discuss it with your tattoo artist before getting inked.
A name tattoo is a serious thing, because it requires a huge amount of commitment towards somebody. A lot of people regret getting a name tattoo, but it doesn’t have to be this way for you. A name tattoo is a great way to remember your loved ones who passed away, or to strengthen your relationship with somebody. Either way, you should think twice before you get a tatto like that. Celebrities with name tattoo: David Beckham, Johnny Depp.
Cloud is the blend of air and water. Obviously the meaning of cloud is the combined meaning of these two elements. Air represents the purification, intuition and emotion while the water represents rain and happiness. When combined together, clouds will depict the meanings of fertility, abundance of wealth and intellectual. Based on the other tattoo elements that are incorporated with the cloud background meanings of clouds will differ as well. Clouds can be painted in plain black or in colors and it can be used in half sleeve tattoo design ideas or in full sleeve tattoo designs.
Russian tattoo artist Roman Melnikov imitates smoke on skin, and its ethereal drifts linger to seemingly hover over the skin. Here, Melnikov has cleverly used negative space in such a way that it hardly feels like use of it at all. The minimalist tattoo implies the outline of a perfect circle as the soft waves surround it with luscious shades of black. Although based in Moscow, Melnikov is taking these talents on the road. In June, he’s traveling to Asia and will be in Hong Kong and Beijing.