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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.

In 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 Koi Tattoo Meaning

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 Koi Tattoo Meaning

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 Koi Tattoo Meaning

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 Koi Tattoo Meaning

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!




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 Tattoo Meaning

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 Tattoo Meaning

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 Meaning of Phoenix Tattoo

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'.

The Phoenix bird fascinated me when I was watching Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix wherein this magical bird raised from its own ashes and healed wounds from its tears. As I grew older, this bird kept on fascinating me all the more. Therefore, when I did some significant research on this bird, I was convinced that I wanted the phoenix bird tattoo for sure. I mean if someone comes up to me and asks me what does a phoenix tattoo mean to me, I would be happy to tell people about its significance in my life. It means renewal, which is important for one to live a happy life; it means winning over difficulties, which motivates one to never lose hope; it means immortality; which means that no matter what life gives you, you will always emerge as a winner. So if all these qualities or meanings relate to you deeply in your life, then don't wait, a phoenix tattoo is waiting to imprint on your body forever.



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 a 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.

Eagle & Heart


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 tatoo of soldiers); betrayal.

Hearts with wings: freedom, spirit, free spirit




About Wolf Tattoos

Wolves, given their critical repute in the Native American culture, found an auspicious place as body art. The meaning of wolf tattoos in their culture used to range from spirituality to downright masculinity. They were considered to be the shamans or the harbingers of future events. They were greatly revered as epitomes of loyalty and success. Their nature of confronting enemies in unity (known as pack) signifies their discipline and loyalty.

It is also believed that Remus and Romulus, the founders of the ancient city of Rome, were brought up by a she wolf. This signifies its compassion and warmth.


Wolf Howling At The Moon ----

This is by far the most popular amongst all wolf tattoos. It depicts a howling wolf silhouetted against a murky lunar background. It resembles death and the mysteries lurking the depth of darkness.

Wolf Looking Through The Paws ----

This tattoo resembles a wolf's face peering through its paws. It portrays a darker theme of resilience and composure.


Lion & Tiger


Sun, Start(s)


Cross, Sparrow