5 Interesting Tattoo Meanings
Many people get tattoos for sentimental value, as they may mean something significant to them, yet some may just get them because they look awesome and not care what they mean. Whilst you may not of thought what your tattoo stand for, it is always interesting to find out what you are essentially symbolising on your skin! Below we have listed 5 surprisingly true tattoo meanings:
Often seen as a pretty piece of art, a butterfly isn’t always a girly tattoo at heart. These insects symbolize a metamorphosis, change, and rebirth, as a butterfly is well renowned for beginning its life as a caterpillar and sprouting into a butterfly. In Japanese tradition the butterfly is seen as the representation of someone’s soul, and thus commonly symbolises a change in one’s way of life, personality or outlook on life.
Much like it’s close relative the Lion, in Chinese tradition a Tiger tattoo represents fearlessness, power and royalty. It is the Chinese Dragons equal rival and symbolises strength in the soul. As opposed to this, in buddhism, the tiger naturally represents anger, and therefore is seen as an aggressive trait in those who choose this tattoo.
Wolves were often used within Japanese culture as a way to protect ones crops from near by wildlife. Whereas in Roman culture, the wolf was responsible for saving the lives of Romulus and Remus, meaning the creature symbolises bravery and protection.
Monkeys, especially not of the ape family, are often viewed as mischievous, lively, and fun creatures with child-like characteristics. Buddhist culture views the monkey as an early incarnation of Buddha, symbolizing trickery and ugliness. The monkey is also one of the three Chinese senseless creatures symbolizing greed. So it’s safe to say if you happen to have a monkey tattoo, it’s likely you have a slight mischievous or cheeky personality trait to you.
Often misinterpreted, the Swastika is actually used as symbol meaning love and good fortune throughout Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism and has done for centuries. However, more people will commonly associate this symbol with the Nazis since they adopted the symbol prior to World War II.
Do you have any cool, interesting facts or meanings about your tattoo, or any tattoo for that matter? If so, drop us a comment below!