With an animal tattoo you can express yourself in a lot of ways, depending on the animal you choose for a tattoo. For example, cats are associated with mystery and independence, while dogs are associated with faithfulness and protection. If you want an animal tattoo which symbolizes power and strength, you should go with an elephant tattoo, or if you’re looking for a symbol of guardianship and loyalty, the wolf is a great choice. Celebrites with animal tattoo: Adam Levine, Johnny Depp, Ed Sheeran.
Images of a phoenix are widely used by many tattoo lovers and artists. However, little is known about this mythical bird, that refused to leave the paradise and abstained from the forbidden fruit. A phoenix is known to live for 500 years and builds a nest of aromatic twigs when it gets tired. The bird sets its abode on fire to be consumed by a self made funeral pyre. Within three days, a phoenix rises from the ashes and is reborn as a new soul. Many who get a phoenix tattoo interpret this as a process of overcoming hurdles in life and emerging as an edified person. A phoenix tattoo is a symbol of grace, virtues and victory over evil (represented by death).
You can do a lot with an owl tattoo. These designs look good in vibrant color or black ink, in intricate realistic detail or in abstract or cartoon design, as large or small tattoos; the owl can be sitting on a branch or flying, wings stretched out or hugged tight. Because of this, owl tattoos can be placed nearly anywhere on the body. Owls are often portrayed with other symbols: a key, a clock, a flower, whatever looks and feels right.
Not everyone in society will appreciate a good tattoo and sometimes you might be forced to attend functions where showing off your tattoo might not be appropriate. For the neck, head, face or finger tattoos this can pose a challenge when it comes to concealment, but the sleeve tattoo will enable you to conceal your tattoo if you have to attend gatherings where the crowd is not very tattoo-friendly. The sleeve tattoo in this case becomes an advantage and underneath the shirt, you still get to maintain that symbol that means something to you.
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.
Take a peek into Lucrezia Urtis‘ new school tattoo portfolio and you’ll see romance as a common theme. Her cartoon-style women hug men who are only introduced by their silhouette. This balance of areas of fine details with blank shapes is informed by Urtis’ training in graphic design. “I think that the composition,” she writes, “is the base of every project, made with paper, concrete or on skin. Everything (must be harmonic) in its right place.”
Bird tattoos range from the simplest birds like the sparrow and also encompass the noblest and fiercest creatures like the eagle. Each bird carries its own significance and meaning. Eagles are known to be noble creatures that fly well above the rest, a dove a symbol of peace and a peacock a sign of beauty and royalty. The list goes on given the number of bird species out there.
The popularity of the Koi fish tattoo goes back to an old Chinese and Japanese myth about a huge school of a thousand Koi fish swimming upstream in China's Yellow River. When the little guys reached a huge waterfall, most of the fish turned back. A few of the Koi stuck it out, however, and after 100 years, one of them finally succeeded in leaping to the top of the falls. It impressed the gods so much they turned him into a dragon. The Koi therefore symbolizes strength, bravery, and perseverance.
We could go on for hours talking about animals and their symbolism, the connections they have with us humans and how they bewitch us with their strength and beauty. But we prefer to leave you with the images of the tattoos we have chosen: the best, interpreted by the greatest international tattoo artists. They come in all styles from realistic to traditional, funny style to neo-traditional and Avant garde. Just take a look and choose your animal spirit guide!