More and more people are finding the idea of having a tattoo acceptable. In the past only social outcasts were the ones who had tattoos, but now celebrities and superstars are getting them done. The spreading of tattoos is not confined to men, women are also having tattoos and they are loving it. There is no one set of symbols that are exclusively being used for tattoos either. It is a sign of the times that we are in, that there are so many inspirations for the designs and patterns by those who are getting tattoos.
People are looking to different cultures that would serve as inspiration for their tattoos. Thus you can see guys sporting tattoos with Polynesian patterns, or Japanese characters. It is also one way for people to connect with their heritage. We can see guys with Scottish ancestors wearing some Celtic design, or something similar. For those who are giving serious thought to having ink on their skin, it is quite important to know the meaning of the symbols that you can use. You might like to know the meaning behind hummingbird tattoos for example, or of a tiger design. We have compiled here a list of the meaning of some of the most popular tattoo designs and symbols that are being used today.
The hummingbird is part of the symbology that we have derived from Native Americans. To them and other cultures birds hold special meaning and significance. Hummingbirds are seen to represent intimacy and of course, love and romance. Their beaks are seen as instruments that can be used for accomplishing the most difficult of goals.They are also seen to symbolize peace on earth and happiness.
Tattoos with wing designs are quite common. Because of the association of wings with angels, wings are usually seen to represent something spiritual. It can be used to represent lightness and even power, when used to symbolize something eagle-like.
This is another popular design that has Oriental influence. The dragon plays a prominent part in the mythology of many Asian cultures and can be used to represent power.
The phoenix is a mythical bird that can be found both in the mythology of the East and the West. It represents rebirth.
The lion can be seen to symbolize power since it is seen as the the king of all animals.
The Sun is used to symbolize so many things in different cultures all over the world. As a tattoo it can be used to show fertility, energy, vitality, youthful courage and knowledge. There are various patterns and ways of showing the Sun as well that can be derived from different cultures all over the world.
The various Zodiac signs can be used in tattoos and each of them would have a different meaning. They represent the supposed characteristics of the person falling under a particular sign. A quick search for your sign will tell you all the characteristics that are associate with it.
These are just some of the more common symbols and designs used for tattoos today. The most important thing to keep in mind is getting a tattoo that you’ll be happy with for years to come. Think about the future when you are in your forties or fifties or sixties. Will you still be happy with the symbolism of the tattoo you’ve chosen today in twenties or thirties? Even though tattoos can be removed quite well nowadays, it is painful and costly and not an easy solution to a mistake made by choosing the wrong tattoo. It is better to take your time finding that perfect tattoo rather than rush into something quickly that you might regret.