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Meaning of Tattoos


About Dragon Tattoos ----

Dragons are one of the most popular mythological
creatures.The descend from various legends, telling tales of
fire-breathing, winded creatures.There are two different dragons that you'll commonly see the Easter and the Western dragons. The Eastern dragons of thr orient are seen as benevolent creatures who are the protectors of life, fertility, and good fortune. The Western dragons tend to be the evil creatures that destroy villages and guard hoards of treasure.

Chinese dragons are the symbols of power and mystery as
depicted in Eastern and Western legends.
The dragon evoked fear and worship in man.
Dragons are a popular tattoo among both men and woman,
each person finding a different reason ans symbolism behind the dragon.
general men tend to use dragon tattoos to represent:
*  Courage
*  Strength
*  Raw power and force
*  Wisdom and reason
*  Protectors of sacred items
In General, women tend to use dragon tattoos to represent:
*  Creator
*  Protector of life
*  Strength

About Koi Tattoos

A koi fish tattoo with running water symbolizes courage and the ability to attain goals and to overcome life’s difficulties. When the fish is depicted to be swimming upstream, it can symbolize that the person who has got the tattoo, is still struggling with his problem.

On the other hand, if the koi fish tattoo design is depicted swimming downstream, it implies that the person has already overcome his difficulties. Among other koi tattoo meanings, love for the opposite sex or a longing feeling for a specific person is very popular. This love can be described as ‘romantic love’ or ‘passionate love’. In Buddhism, koi represents fearlessness and courage, as if the fish is caught, it is said to await the cutting knife without a quiver, similar to a Samurai warrior facing the sword.

It is the beauty and charm of the koi fish which has made it a popular symbol for family, especially in Japan. On Children’s Day in Japan, tubular flags are designed, where a black koi stands for father, flame red for mother, blue and white koi for boy and pink and red for girl. Thus the fish can be thought of as a symbol for family strength and unity.

Red Kois

Red koi fish represents love. It also symbolizes strength and masculinity. The color red always symbolizes bravery and energy. Red koi fish is said to be strongest and is known for its ability to swim opposite to the strongest currents of the river.

Dragon Kois

Dragon koi tattoo symbolizes overcoming obstacles, as koi fish travel up the Yellow river and once it reaches the end of the river it transforms into a dragon. Hence, overcoming adversity represented by the strong river to fulfill its own destiny and reaching its goal is another popular symbolization of koi tattoos.

It is also seen as a symbol of strength and will, the will to go against odds to reach its destiny. A dragon is also a representation of power and ferocity, along with mystery and aura. It is also seen as re-birth, new start or beginning, more so after a divorce or bereavement signaling a new chapter in a strong willed person’s life. Thus it enables them to move on start afresh in life.

Black Kois

The black koi tattoo design is said to be a symbol of success after a change. It is most likely to cross Lung Men and win transformation into dragons. Hence, it is can also be seen as a fight against adversity. Read on koi fish tattoos for girls.

Blue Kois

The meaning associated with a blue koi is controversial. It is said to represent masculinity and may also be associated with reproduction. You may want to read on koi fish tattoos for women.

** After reading about koi tattoo meaning, I have understood that the most important meaning attached to a koi fish is that of a fight against adversity and returning successful from the fight. So if this is the story of your life, you might just want to get a koi tattoo done!

More Koi Fish Tattoo Meaning

The roots of Koi Fish legend lies on an old Japanese myth. Probably surprising to many westerners is the large very old myth that surrounds these beautiful fish in the Orient and their elevated status there. Widely known here as the colorful fish that are common in public ponds and fountains, carp (Koi is Japanese for carp) can be found in colors that include white, yellow, gold, deep orange, and some are even Calico-colored. Particularly beautiful specimens have been known to fetch prices of over half a million dollars from private collectors who specialize in their breeding and showing. But Koi more than just a colorful and collectible fish. It is also one of the most popular and beautiful of Japanese tattoo symbols - a beauty that belies its symbolic meaning. Although Chinese origin,
the carp is now widely celebrated in Japan, particularly for its manly qualities. It is said to climb waterfalls bravely, and, if caught, is it on the cutting board awaits the knife without a quiver, not unlike a samurai (warrior) against a sword.

This theme goes back to ancient China, where a legend tells of how any koi that succeeded in climbing cases at a point called Dragon Gate (on the Yellow River) would be a dragon.

Based on this legend, it became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement. 

Finally, the stoic fish associated with so many masculine and positive qualities that it was reserved for the annual Boys’ Day Festival in Japan where even today colorful, streaming koi flags are traditionally displayed for each son in the family.

Koi, especially in combination with flowing water, symbolizing the same: courage, ability to achieve high goals and overcome life’s difficulties.

About Phoenix Tattoos

The phoenix is another tattoo design that illustrates the enduring popularity of Asian tattooing traditions. But the phoenix is also a design with a rich mythological history in both Eastern and western cultures. Tales of the phoenix appear in ancient Arabian, Greek, Roman, and Far Eastern mythology. In both Greek and Egyptian tales, the phoenix represented the sun, dying in flames at the end of the day and rising each morning.

"Let us consider that wonderful sign [of the resurrection] which takes place in Eastern lands, that is, in Arabia and the countries round about. There is a certain bird which is called a phoenix. This is the only one of its kind, and lives five hundred years. And when the time of its dissolution draws near that it must die, it builds itself a nest of frankincense, and myrrh, and other spices, into which, when the time is fulfilled, it enters and dies. But as the flesh decays a certain kind of worm is produced, which, being nourished by the juices of the dead bird, brings forth feathers. Then, when it has acquired strength, it takes up that nest in which are the bones of its parent, and bearing these it passes from the land of Arabia into Egypt, to the city called Heliopolis. And, in open day, flying in the sight of all men, it places them on the altar of the sun, and having done this, hastens back to its former abode. The priests then inspect the registers of the dates, and find that it has returned exactly as the five hundredth year was completed." ~ Phoenix in chapter 25 of the First Epistle of Clement

This is by far the most significant meaning of the phoenix tattoo design, 'The Resurrection'! From the above extract taken from the first epistle of clement, it is clearly stated that the phoenix bird is the only creature that takes birth from its own ashes. Keeping this in mind, the phoenix tattoo signifies rebirth or a new beginning which is derived from the ashes of the past. As a matter of fact, the Egyptians believed that the Phoenix bird was a symbol of the Sun God Ra. It was known to live for 500 years and then build a nest of its own and set itself into fire. It was said that after 3 days it would rise again from its own ashes and would carry the ashes of its previous life to the Sun city known as Heliopolis and submit the ashes to the Sun. The dying and rising after 3 days is also very similar to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, due to which this tattoo design is also associated with the Christianity.

Rising Phoenix Tattoos
A very popular tattoo design of the phoenix bird is its rising from fire, famously represented in the tribal phoenix tattoo design. The fire represents death and turbulence, and the rising phoenix bird symbolizes victory over death or the troubles of life! The rising phoenix tattoo design also represents rebirth/resurrection/new beginning. Which means no matter how difficult the past might have been for you, no matter how many difficult situations you would have gone through, no matter how much people or situations have tried to break you, you still emerge as a winner defeating all the challenges of life! Because of this, many believers in Christ's resurrection also go for a rising phoenix bird tattoo design reminding themselves of the Christ's 'winning over death' and living a 'new life after death'!

Chinese Phoenix Tattoos

The phoenix bird also holds a great significant in the Chinese mythology and culture. Did you know that in ancient China, the Empress was the only person worthy of wearing the symbol of the phoenix? As a matter of fact, the Phoenix symbol comes only second to the symbol of the Dragon in Chinese culture. The Chinese believed the phoenix bird to be a symbol of virtue and grace associated with the feminine side.
The Chinese phoenix bird was known to have feathers colored black, white, green, red and yellow, which are considered to be the most significant primary colors. Also the phoenix is considered to be the greatest bird in China representing the feminine attributes. On the other hand, the Dragon is considered to be the symbol of the imperial male attributes. The combination of both these signs represent the yin and yang.

Other Meanings of Phoenix Tattoos

In Greek language the meaning of the term phoenix is translated to 'red', which represents fire, and after the aforementioned discussion, we all are aware as to why fire is associated with the bird's existence! The Jews believe that the phoenix was the only creature who refrained itself from eating the forbidden fruit and it did so by setting itself on fire. Because it preferred to die than to sin, it was risen from its ashes after 3 days, signifying winning over temptation and renewing itself from sacrifice. The Japanese refer the Phoenix bird as the 'hō-ō ' which means the 'Immortal Bird' signifying immortality. Even the Romans put the phoenix symbol on their coins signifying an 'undying Empire'.

Cherry Blossom Tree Tree Tattoos

Cherry blossom symbolizes feminine beauty by the Chinese people and they are very beautiful flowers from the Asian cherry trees. Asian and Japanese cherry
blossom tattoos are a popular tattoo among woman and girls, it is a feminine tattoo design and represent beauty. Cherry blossom tattoos makes a perfect
small tattoo design to have on the foot or ankle. Common variations of Cherry blossom tattoos are branch, sparrow, black and white, pagoda, and koi fish motives 

The cherry blossom tree are wildly spread in Japan china and India. They are called "sakura" in Japanese and means Japanese flowering cherry. This
trees has nothing to do with the cherry fruit, the cherry fruit grows on another species of tree. In Japan cherry blossom trees symbolize clouds and are
a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. These Japanese trees are fragile and dies quickly, that is why they also symbolize mortality. The Japanese cherry blossom tattoos have great meanings and makes a
beautiful Asian tattoo design.

Cherry Blossom Tattoos on the Back

Cherry blossom tattoos are a great motive for a big full back tattoo design. Cherry blossom tattoos are often a big tattoo that covers the whole side, stomach or back, it can be a upper back, lover back or full back tattoo. If you are looking for a big and beautiful Asian motive that covers the whole back, cherry blossom trees are the perfect motive for girls. They can be combined with other Asian motives like the koi fish.

The Japanese Cherry blossom tattoo reflects female dominance and feminine power. It signifies that life has different phases that
keeps changing and it's also a symbol of honor and loyalty. On the other side, cherry blossom represents feminine beauty.

Small Cherry Blossom Flower Tattoos

They makes a great foot tattoo.
If you are considering a small cherry blossom tattoo, then the foot is a perfect place to have a cute flower. It is a beautiful feminine motive and has an oriental feel about it. These small designs can be just a little single blossom flower without many branches. Blossom flowers looks great together with another Asian flower the lotus flower and that is a popular combination. lotus flowers and cherry blossom flowers both has spiritual meanings to them. Lotus flowers are a symbol for awakening to the spiritual reality of life.

Japanese and Chinese tattoo designs have always been in trend. Cherry blossom tree tattoos belong to Japanese and Chinese culture and are extremely popular. They are known for their beautiful designs filled with vibrant colors. A cherry blossom tree tattoo is basically a feminine tattoo and hence it falls under some of the best feminine tattoo designs. The cherry tree bears different meanings in Japanese and Chinese cultures. Before knowing more about these tattoo designs, let us
know more about the meanings associated with these tattoos.

Cherry blossom tree is considered to be a symbol of feminine beauty. It has a very significant place in Japanese culture and is called "
Sakura". The flowers of this tree are very beautiful and you wish that they could long last, but they fade away within couple of weeks. Thus Japanese people consider the cherry blossom tree to be a symbol of life since the life span of this tree is very short. The tree blooms in the spring equinox and the flowers shed quickly. The Japanese samurai also linked the cheery blossom tree with transience of life. Thus a Japanese cherry blossom tattoo basically symbolizes transience of life. While the Chinese cherry blossom tattoo designs symbolize femininity and grace. Thus we can conclude that love, life, feminism, happiness, beauty, etc., are some of the significant meanings of a cherry blossom tree tattoo in Japanese and Chinese culture.

 About Angel Tattoos

Angel Tattoos Can Mean More Than Religion ---- Angel tattoos are very spiritual and symbolic. They are important in many religions, such as the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths. They are believed to be messengers of god, and protective, such as guardian angels. It is believed that the word Angel comes from the Greek language meaning "messenger".

Angel tattoos are popular with both women and men. On women, angel tattoos are seen to represent serenity and calmness within, while on men an angel tattoo represents an connection with the higher self.

Angel tattoo designs have become increasingly popular; an angel is a symbol of devotion, spirituality and faith and signifies a relationship with God. An angel can be intended as a figure of guidance and protection. An angel is often used as the centerpiece of a tattoo that is intended as a memorial.

About Cross Tattoos 

As a tattoo design or symbol, there is perhaps no religious icon or symbol more universally recognized today than the Christian Cross. Religious symbolism is prominently featured in several tattoo design genres, both ancient and modern, and in fact it could be argued that all traditional tattooing among indigenous peoples has a strong spiritual element.

About Eagle Tattoos 

The eagle tattoo is a typically male design that crosses over a significant number of tattoo genres, and the influence of the eagle in American tattooing cannot be underestimated. For freedom lovers everywhere, the Eagle's ability to fly to the tops of mountains and swoop silently into valleys makes it the unchallenged symbol of a free spirit. The influence of the Eagle in American tattooing cannot be over-estimated, especially within the military and patriotic service tattoos genres.

About Heart Tattoos  

Heart tattoos have been popular for well over a century. Heart tattoos were very popular with Servicemen in WWII; tokens of their loved ones that accompanied them and were a constant reminder of what they were fighting for.

Most heart tattoos tend to represent love, passion, happiness, and adoration, but there are other meanings for a heart tattoo. Some of the more common can include the following:

Bleeding heart : lost love

Broken heart: loss of a loved one, rejected love, or a failed relationship

Pierced heart: whether pierced with swords, arrows, or other objects; tend to represent unforgetable and saddened memories of love

Hearts with dagger: bravery (usually the tattoo of soldiers); betrayal.

Hearts with wings: freedom, spirit, free spirit.

Heart tattoos for girls are not only cute, but they are attractive at the same time. The sacred heart, or the heart wing tattoo, symbolizes love, belief and compassion for mankind, and devotion and faith in God. Negative emotions are reflected by broken heart or bleeding heart.

About Sparrow Tattoos  

The swallow & bluebird are another tattoo design that shows the enduring popularity of nautical tattoo art. In ancient times, the swallow was associated with the 'imperishable' stars and the souls of the dead. According to Greek legend, secret texts told how to transform into a swallow, something the ancient deities liked to do. The swallow is a tattoo design that is popular with both men and women.

About Rose tattoos  

A tattoo design with a rich history that crosses both gender lines and design lines. The Rose in the West represents what the Lotus does in the East. A symbol of love, but especially of a love that is pure. Because of the rose's beauty, scent and shape, it is the ultimate floral symbol. Of all the flower tattoo designs, the rose is still the most popular and the most requested. Interestingly, the rose is nearly as popular with men as it is with women.

The color of rose is symbolic of various things. Having a red rose tattoo signifies passion, love and respect, while a yellow rose is symbolic of loyalty and friendship. The pink rose shows your graceful nature and white rose is a symbol of platonic love.

About Lotus Tattoos

"I am the being, who in spite of my miry surroundings, have remained untouched and stood up to be the exemplar of beauty and purity."

If the lotus could speak it would have said these words and bragged about itself which is so unlikely for the humble lotus. It has been the symbol of detachment
from worldly desires and illusions according to the Hindu religious scriptures. It symbolized purity in the true sense of the term in spite of its seed being
the stagnant water. Lotus symbolizes Life ever renewed and revitalized when it peeks out of the muddy waters every morning.

Lotus as a flower symbolizes the journey and advancement of the soul through the realization of the material world to be one with the supreme soul.
Though Buddhism adopted the concept of "Om Mani Padme Hum" – a hymn that celebrates the ‘jewel in lotus’-the essence and spirit being invested in the core of all mankind, which can glow into radiant brightness if he can save himself from the debris of life.

Christianity has White lily as the equivalent of Lotus, related to Mary the Virgin mother, signifies chastity and fecundity. Doesn’t "Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God" echo "Om Mani Padme Hum"?

Lotus flower tattoos have different connotations. It reflects spiritualism, divinity and purity within a human being. It is also connected with feminine beauty, marital fidelity and warmth in character.

About Lily Tattoos

Lilly tattoos are very popular among women and the color of lilies is significant of the character, nature and behavior of a woman. While orange lily denotes contempt, disdain and hatred, white lily is symbolic of purity, innocence and timidity. Pink lily connotes prosperity,
wealth and materialistic pleasure.

About Iris Tattoos

Iris flower tattoos are immensely popular among women epitomizing beauty and perfection in a female. This exotic flower also represents wisdom, knowledge, faith, sweetness, serenity and all attributes that a woman should possess.

About Flower Tattoos 

Flowers as tattoo designs and symbols can be far more than just pretty pictures. Flowers are the embodiment of nature and concise symbols of the cycle of birth, life, procreation, death and rebirth. Specific flowers have come to represent a myriad of different beliefs in different cultures. Flowers figure prominently as design motifs in most tattoo design genres.

About Butterfly Tattoos

A generally feminine tattoo design choice and a perennial favorite. It's ranking shows the growing influence that women have in tattoo culture. Even so, the Butterfly is not entirely the exclusive domain of the feminine. The Roman Emperor, Augustus, took it as his personal symbol, and the warrior priests of the Mexican Popolucas peoples sported the Butterfly as a motif on their breastplates. Their Butterfly was also the symbol of fire. Delightful, magical and transformational, the Butterfly reminds its admirers of the mystery of nature and the richness of human imagination.

While butterfly tattoos for girls can be cute, their symbolism is entirely different. Butterfly tattoos with meaning is quite ambiguous because some consider it as a representation of childbirth will others associate it with fragility impermanence of human life.

About Fairy Tattoos 

A tattoo design with a long history in story, myth and folklore. Fairies in literature are often the personification of human wishes and desire in the form of little people with magical powers. As a tattoo design they can be symbols of youthful innocence and a desire to retain a
child-like imagination, wonder and awe. Most popular with women and a fairy is a design with a strong magical element.

About Skull Tattoos

Represented in a number of tattoo design genres, and a classic tattoo design that has been popular for generations of tattoo enthusiasts. Nautical Tattoos with the Jolly Roger, or famed pirate's flag of Skull and Crossed Bones, Old School Tattoos, New School Tattoos, Bio-Mechanical and every School of Tattoos in between. In Buddhism and Hinduism, skulls can be seen in their religious art.

Skull tattoos have a wide variety of symbolic meanings, depending on how the skull is used. There are so many ways to depict skulls that they can be used to make statements as diverse as how powerful a person is to how cute and girly he or she is.

There are skull tattoos that are meant to be frightening, ones that are drawn to be as realistic as possible and some that are drawn in pink with hearts for eye sockets. The skull is such a universal symbol that it can be adapted to literally any meaning, from religious to political to simply an artistic design with aesthetic merit.

 Meaning of Barbed Wire Tattoo Designs

The Crown of Thorn  

The barbed tattoo has taken its inspiration from the crown of thorns which Jesus was made to wear before being crucified. It is a symbol of strength and faith in the power of the almighty. It is also a symbol which represents the fact that the individual wearing the tattoo has seen much hardship in his life and has been able to withstand all hurdles and pain, because of his faith in the Lord. The fact that he too is one
of the many children of God and he will be given peace after he passes through this life onto heaven, where he will face his final judgment, is one of the symbols that this tattoo represents.

Tattoo Meanings in General:                  

Anchor - Safety, hope and salvation.

Angel - Protection, guardians, keepers of dreams

Bat - Longevity, happiness, mystery.

Bear - Good nature, good luck, also ignorance.

Bird - Birth, intuition, freedom.

Bull - Fertility, power and strength.

Butterfly - Spiritual immortality, temporary element of life.

Cat - Magical and bad omens.

Centaur - Knowledge and nature, spirit of womanhood.

Chain - If broken = freedom. If intact = slavery.

Clover - Good luck.

Clown - Laughter, tears, uncertainties.

Crescent Moon - Transformation and rebirth. Feminine power

Cross - Sacrifice, love and salvation.

Crow - Gods messenger.

Devil - Mischievousness, urgent desire for sex.

Dog - Man's best friend, loyalty, trustworthiness.

Dolphin - Benefactor, The savior’s emblem.

Dove - Universal symbol of peace.

Dragon - Strength, power

Dragonfly - Affinity with the Spiritual Life.

Eagle - King of birds. Might, spiritual growth.

Eye - Self protection.

Fairy - Good or evil supernatural powers.

Feather - Creativity, rebirth and spiritual elevation.

Fish - Plentiful ness, spiritual peace.

Frog - Positive symbol of pregnancy.

Hawk - Self-discipline.

Heart - Love, provided it is neither bloody nor torn into pieces.

Horse - Friend to man, kingship.

Leaf - Joy, rebirth

Lion - Might, awareness, immortality, and bravery.

Lizard - Symbolizes the soul searching for light.

Lotus - If open symbolizes the sun, if closed, the moon.

Mermaid - Temptation, seduction, materialism

Monkey - Wisdom, knowledge, or evil powers.

Moon - Varied rhythms of life.

Phoenix - Rebirth

Reaper - Death

Rose - Fertility.

Scarab - Strength and rebirth.

Skull - Courage, Death.

Snake - Temptation, knowledge and wisdom.

Spider - Creativity. Denial of established order. Beware!

Star - Spirit, inspiration, resolution of problems.

Sun - Sacredness of life. Warmth, nurturing.

Sword - Represents justice, honor, and energy.

Tiger - Fierceness, strength and power.

Turtle - Fertility, long life.

Unicorn - Chastity and purity.

Wolf - Faithfulness in marriage.

Yin Yang - Harmony and totality.