Сat or tomcat designs are very often used for tattooing. These tats have a lot of various meanings which, in their turn, depend on tattoo style and on the person who decides to get this popular and widespread tattoo.
According to scientists, cats appeared about 50 million years ago. Since then, they have been living all this time together with people. This small, clever, graceful, independent and mysterious predatory animal has evoked different feelings among people such as love and hate, devotion and fear.
Cat is respected as a sacred animal (in Egypt) and is hated as the Satan’s agent (according to myths and folklore of different nations) and as representative of evil spirits (among the Slavs). There are a great number of fairy tales, legends, superstitions and rumors about cats.
This animal is very controversial and versatile, that’s why there are a lot of symbols which are carried by cat tattoos. So these tats can symbolize tenderness and love, freedom and desire, success and misfortune, deceit and cunning, independence, freedom of thoughts, quick recovery, vitality, playfulness, some estrangement, great heart warmth.
Different nations have their own perception of cats and their qualities. Thus, ancient Egyptians revered and respected the cat equally with gods. They regarded the cat as a symbol of moon and royalty, at the same time, this animal personified the goddess of joy and fun and symbolized feminity, fertility and motherhood, the victory over evil forces
In Rome, Greece and Asia Minor cats were associated with the moon, hunting, motherhood and uncontrollability. Among Baltic nations, American Indians and Slavic Old Believers the cat (especially black) was a symbol of malicious forces and evil spirits. The Japanese also didn’t like cats considering them malevolent creatures which have vampire traits .
In China, on the contrary, people believed in cat’s ability to dissipate evil spirits. But all nations had one common thing – they always endowed cats with magic qualities.
In the modern world the cat symbolizes grace, sexuality, independence, sophistication, mystery, danger and warmth of the hearth, sensitivity on the one hand and wildness on the other.
At all times people could not be indifferent towards such a wonderful creature, as the cat. That explains their constant desire to be close to this animal, even in the form of tattoo on the body.
Cats tattoos can be applied on various body parts, such as shoulders, forearms, back sides of palms, calves, ankles and back sides of feet, neck (from behind, abdomen, back and hip. But the most popular place to get the cat tattoo is shoulder blade. Here yoo can find realy cool pictures of cats.