Reptile tattoos are very popular and look really good. The best example of reptile tattoo design is lizard. Lizard is well known and widely used from ancient times. Lizard in reptile tattoo designs is often depicted in the shape of letter S. But still the abundance of different meanings of lizard tattoos results in the difference in the meanings of reptile tattoos.
In ancient times reptile tattoos were connected with water and moon elements. Lizards symbolized swiftness, quickness and speed, as well as the ability of avoid catching and good wit. In Maori tribes green lizards were the symbol of dark and demonic forces and at the same time these people thought that lizard image can draw away evil, and that is why the reptile tattoos of new Zealand people Maori are thought as a powerful protector and were thought as the demon patron.
In Greek mythology lizard was connected with the god of trading and rhetoric – Mercury. It was known to symbolize the allegoric depiction of logic. In folklore of the Australian aborigines and some people of Africa this reptile is called the ancestor and its image is present in their tales and legends.
In general case in antique world lizard was considered to be the symbol of wisdom and luck, agility and logic. South American Indian tribes considered it to be the symbol of fertility and sexuality. In the Northern America Lizards were called the masters of rain – the sky element of the water, and also they were considered to be the symbol of growth and development. In the beliefs of our ancestors lizard was also the positive symbol. It was known to guard from dangers. Some people thought that lizards can tell the dreams. In Russian fairy-tales lizards were of a lot of help to people, they told people about dangers in advance and helped them. Ancient Rome citizens thought this reptile to mean death and resurrection.
Reptile tattoo meanings are often described as swiftness and resurrection. It is explained with the ability of lizards for regeneration. This property is the unique ability of a reptile to throw away or leave its tale and other body parts that grow again later. Reptiles do it in case of danger or after some period of time when the tail, for example, is worn out.
Reptile tattoo can be protection, it can help to find the strength for the following struggle and development.
From all the rest images oа reptile tattoos the most symbolic are chameleon and goanna.
Chameleon as it is known became the acknowledged symbol of adaptation, originality and difference, extraordinarity. The meaning of the reptile tattoo representing chameleon is about his creativity and extravagancy, flexibility and liquidity. In ancient times chameleon is connected with air element and it was thought that he is fed by the wind. For people this animal became the symbol of a person without principles who can be easy manipulated and changes fast according to the influence.
Goanna differs from other reptiles because of its big size – it is often called Comodo Dragon.
In ancient times among Thai people this animal was the forecaster of the sorrow and everything bad, bad luck, and was the symbol of protection. The meaning of the goanna reptile tattoo is revealed by patience and attention, tranquility and inner lock, and also the strength.
Reptile tattoos, as we can see, can be very different – symbolic and the state of art. If you want your tattoo to be a real masterpiece it is better for you to go to the respectable tattoo shop and see what they can offer you. Every skillful tattoo artist has his portfolio and different reptile tattoo designs in it.