Water animal tattoos
Water animal tattoos are rather popular nowadays. Water animals can be different, for example different fish, starfish, octopus, dolphin, carps, horsefish.
Water animal tattoo designs representing fish are usually the symbol of health, luck, fertility, richness, sexual might, wit. In Japan fish mean might, endurance and bravery. In China fish means fertility, luck and new birth. African people consider it to be the reincarnation of dead human soul.
Water animal tattoos representing dolphins often mean sea power, safety and speed. If in water animal tattoo design two dolphins looking to the other sides are depicted, it means the duality of nature. Also dolphin acts as a symbol of the sea, freedom, joy and nobility. In Ancient Greece dolphin was considered to be the bearer of the souls of the dead. Also dolphin was always connected with the salvation of drowning people. The last aspect of dolphin symbolism was taken from Christianity, where the dolphin image was connected with Jesus Christ, the world’s savior.
Among other water animal tattoo designs sharks are very popular. Shark is the most ancient and most dangerous animal that exist on our planet. According to the archeological data sharks live in seas and oceans of our planet for more that 40 million years and this creature is actually older than dinosaurs. Nature created shark as the ideal predator, giving it might, power, speed, wit and longing for blood.
The meaning of water animal tattoo design representing shark is always connected with vivacity and bravery, power and aggression, bravery and stubbornness, self-assuredness and grace. But this only applies in general, because for long hundreds of years the cultures of different people were admiring shark their own way by giving it absolutely different qualities and characteristics. Water animal tattoo that is depicting shark is better suited to people who always go to their aim.
Among other popular water animal tattoos we could name crab.
Carps are very popular in water animal tattoo designs. Japanese carps were seen on men from fire brigades, because such animals were highly connected with water, red and orange colors. Japanese carps symbolize might, bravery and strong will.
Whale tattoos are not very popular among Christians. Probably it is because according to the ancient beliefs whale is depicted as the symbol of hell, his jaws are the gates to hell, his stomach is the hell itself.
Crabs, lobsters and scorpions are often associated with the Water Mistress Nina.
One of the most popular water animal tattoos proved to be the octopus. Octopus in the tattoo culture and in other findings is a very mysterious animal. A lot of negative and positive stories and legends are connected with him and he arouses a great deal of fear and adornment. Many people who live near the sea mad octopus their god, the master of the sea. From ancient times people believed that he creates whirlpools and can easily bury the ship in the sea. Also octopus can be the symbol of immortality because he has three hearts.
In some cultures octopus was associated with another world, first of all because of his frightening looks.
Continuing the theme of negative symbolism, we can say that water animal tattoos representing octopus mean evil and darkness. This can be easily explained. The fact is that if the octopus is afraid of something he throws the ink cloud to his enemy and this makes the water black instantly. He does it to go away quickly and unnoticed. Octopus is one of the most popular water animal tattoos among sailors who depicted it on themselves as a guardian.