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.

  • Strength
  • Stability
  • 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.

  • Spirituality
  • Devotion to God
  • Protection


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.

  • Transformation
  • Divine beauty
  • Femininity


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
  • Forgiveness


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.

  • Sovereignty
  • Power
  • Control

Koi Fish

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.

  • Luck
  • Strength & Perseverance
  • Transformation

Dream Catcher

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 Flowers

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.

  • Love
  • Beauty
  • Nature


Without the sun, there would be no life on earth. Sun tattoos represent fertility, strength, passion, courage, life, power, light and even knowledge.

  • Fertility
  • Life
  • 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.

  • Light
  • Hope

Looking to get inked up? Check out these Mackay tattoo parlours!

Mad Monk Tattoo
If you’re looking for talented and passionate tattoo artists for your body art, book a sitting at Mad Monk Tattoo. Their tattoo parlour offers:

  • Freehand tattoos
  • Sleeve tattoos
  • Tattoo aftercare

Specialising in realism, neo-traditional, Japanese and portrait tattoo work, they can turn your tattoo ideas into a reality. Visit their LocalSearch profile for more information.

Phatt Tatt2
Experts in all types of tattooing, talk to the friendly team at Phatt Tatt2 and see what they can do for you. Their services include:

  • Tattooing
  • Body Piercing
  • Jewellery

Open 7 days a week, the team of tattoo artists will make you feel comfortable every step of the way and even provide you with after-tattoo care. Check out the Phatt Tatt2 LocalSearch profile for examples of their work.