The Meanings Of The Most Popular Tattoo Designs

Published: 22nd June 2006
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Tattoos have been since ever a sign for some meaning that was linked with it. The meaning of Tattoos can be of spiritual nature but can also be a sign of strength or power, harmony and other qualities.

This is a list of the most popular tattoo designs and their meanings:

Anchor tattoo meaning: Safety, hope and salvation.

Angel tattoo meaning: Protection, guardians, keepers of dreams

Bat tattoo meaning: Longevity, happiness, mystery.

Bear tattoo meaning: Good nature, good luck, also ignorance.

Bird tattoo meaning: Birth, intuition, freedom.

Bull tattoo meaning: Fertility, power and strength.

Butterfly tattoo meaning: Spiritual immortality, temporary element of life.

Cat tattoo meaning: Linked to magic and bad omens.

Centaur tattoo meaning: Knowledge and nature, spirit of womanhood.

Chain tattoo meaning: If broken - freedom. If intact-slavery.

Clown tattoo meaning: Laughter, tears, uncertainties.

Clover tattoo meaning: Good luck.

Crescent moon tattoo meaning: Transformation and rebirth. Feminine power

Cross tattoo meaning: Sacrifice, love and salvation.

Crow tattoo meaning: Revival, Gods messenger.
Devil(baby)tattoo meaning: Mischievousness, urgent desire for sex.

Dog tattoo meaning: Man's best friend, loyalty, trustworthiness.

Dolphin tattoo meaning: Benefactor. The saviour's emblem.

Dove tattoo meaning: Universal symbol of peace.


Dragon tattoo meaning: Strength, power. Rules over fire and air.

Dragonfly tattoo meaning: Affinity with the Spiritual Life. Illusion.

Eagle tattoo meaning: King of birds. Might, spiritual growth.

Eye tattoo meaning: Self protection. Ever watching!

Fairy tattoo meaning: Good or evil supernatural powers.

Feather tattoo meaning: Creativity, rebirth and spiritual elevation.

Fish tattoo meaning: Plentifulness, spiritual peace.

Frog tattoo meaning: Positive symbol of pregnancy.
Hawk tattoo(tribal) meaning: Self-discipline.

Heart tattoo meaning: Love, provided it is neither bloody nor torn into pieces.

Horse tattoo meaning: Friend to man, kingship.

Leaf tattoo meaning: Joy, rebirth

Lion tattoo meaning: Might, awareness, immortality, bravery.

Lizard tattoo meaning: Symbolises the soul searching for light.

Lotus tattoo meaning: If open symbolises the sun, if closed, the moon.

Mermaid tattoo meaning: Temptation, seduction, materialism

Monkey tattoo meaning: Wisdom, knowledge, or evil powers.

Moon tattoo meaning: Varied rhythms of life.

Phoenix tattoo meaning: Rebirth

Reaper tattoo meaning: Death

Rose tattoo meaning: Fertility.

Scarab tattoo meaning: Strength and rebirth.

Skull tattoo meaning: Courage, Death.

Snake tattoo meaning: Temptation, knowledge and wisdom.

Spider tattoo meaning: Creativity.

SpiderWeb tattoo meaning: Denial of established order. Beware!

Star tattoo meaning: Spirit, inspiration, resolution of problems.

Sun tattoo meaning: Sacredness of life. Warmth, nurturing.


Sword tattoo meaning: Represents justice, honour, energy.

Tiger tattoo meaning: Fierceness, strength and power.

Turtle tattoo meaning: Fertility, long life.

Unicorn tattoo meaning: Chastity and purity.

Wolf tattoo meaning: Faithfulness in marriage.

YinYang tattoo meaning: Harmony and totality.

Because of their meaning Tattoos are an expression of individuality and should be chosen carefully.

No one wants to be laughed at because he did not know the special meaning of some tattoo on his back.

Before you go to the last step make sure that your dream tattoo design is the right one for you!

My Tip for choosing the right tattoo for you: Browse through a lot of Tattoo Ideas and get inspired by your feelings! A huge gallery of tattoo designs that could inspire you, you can find here:

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Tatoo artist on August 20, 2011 said:
Amateur artists can be much more of a health risk than going to a professional artist. Its very important that needles are single use only and that equipment is properly cleaned after each use.
Genby on September 5, 2011 said:
Good article a lot of tattoo information on a page.
Sally on September 9, 2011 said:
Many young people just get a tattoo to give them statud and gain respect. They are seen as cool and meanings behind them are not always explained. this article gives an insight into what tattoos mean and therefore give more of a reason to get a tattoo. Those wanting a tattoo can now pick one that means something to them and may have a personal meaning. Tattoos could be devoted to a person or event that is important in a person's life.
Adrian on January 17, 2013 said:
Great article I always wondered about the meaning of those tats.

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