Tattoos & What They Symbolise
Anchor tattoos are often associated with a love for the open waters. They can also symbolise holding strong despite whatever might be happening around you.
- Affinity with the ocean
Apart from having strong religious connotations, Angels represent an ever-present force of protection. Angels are traditionally depicted as pure beings sent to vanquish evil and redeem the just. For a believer, an angel tattoo can serve as a comforting reminder of spiritual safety. Religious symbolism aside, angel tattoos just look really cool.
- Devotion to God
Considered a more feminine tattoo selection, a butterfly tattoo can signify transformation. It’s also a symbol for human imagination, as well as the delightful and magical powers of nature.
- Divine beauty
Although the Cross is most synonymous with the Christian faith, it also symbolises triumph over adversity, compassion, forgiveness and loyalty. Often times, the design of the cross image can have cultural significance. For example, the above image is a Celtic cross, which could represent the wearer being proud of his Irish heritage. The cross remains one of the most popular and striking tattoo designs.
- Devotion to Christianity
- Triumph over adversity
Crown tattoos are associated with a range of meanings related to sovereignty, power and authority. They are often used as a symbol to remind people that they have the power to choose their own destiny.
Koi fish tattoos are a symbol for good luck and fortune. Old Japanese legends suggest that koi fish would battle their way up the falls of Yellow River and transform dragons. The colour of koi fish you choose will often change its meaning.
- Strength & Perseverance
Originating from Native American culture, a dream catcher is an amulet that’s believed to capture evil dreams and let the good ones through. People tattoo this on their body in hope that it has the same effect.
- Native American culture
- Good Dreams
The average lifespan of a dragonfly is only 24 hours long. So people use dragonfly tattoos to symbolise just how short life is and it serves as a reminder to make the most of it.
- Carpe diem
- Shortness of life
Rose tattoos symbolise love and beauty. Unlike real-life roses, rose tattoos don’t die, so it can also serve as a symbol of eternal love.
Without the sun, there would be no life on earth. Sun tattoos represent fertility, strength, passion, courage, life, power, light and even knowledge.
- Power & Strength
Depending on the type of star tattoo and the amount of points it has, a star tattoo can have several different meanings. A star shining through dark surroundings is seen as a symbol of hope and truthfulness. In Australia, the Southern Cross is a common star tattoo selection and is a sign of patriotism.