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Awesome Tattoo Designs, Ideas, Symbols, And Meanings

Updated on June 19, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


Choosing the right tattoo can be a very difficult process. If your looking for your first tattoo or your tenth, you always want to choose the right tattoo. There are a variety of different ways to find the right tattoo. It all depends on what you are looking for. Men and women choose tattoos for different reasons. Some may choose a tattoo to represent their past life, future, or current life. Some men and women may want a tattoo that symbolizes their children or loved ones. Some people may even get their animal totem or Zodiac symbol. Many women and men choose a tattoo symbol that gives meaning to their life. Nearly all tattoos hold special meaning and symbolism. In this article, we will discuss several different ways to help you find the perfect tattoo for yourself. We will also cover popular tattoo symbols, designs, ideas, and meanings. In the end, we hope that you are able to find what you need and we hope that you are able to make a confident decision on your next tattoo venture.


Since there are thousands of tattoo symbols, it can sometimes be difficult to choose only one. On top of that, it can be that much harder finding a tattoo that symbolizes what you stand for, represent, or believe in. We want to make this decision easier for you and help you understand the process of finding a tattoo that will symbolize you. Since we are all different, we have different wants, likes, and needs. The same can be said for each tattoo symbol. Each tattoo symbol represents something different. For example, we will review the butterfly tattoo. The butterfly tattoo is a popular choice among women. The butterfly tattoo symbolizes freedom and fragility. Women that may choose this specific tattoo may want to express that they are free. Perhaps, a women may choose the butterfly tattoo because they are now on their own. The butterfly now represents this freedom in her life. This is just one example of why men and women may choose a specific tattoo. Meaning and symbolism play a big role when choosing a tattoo.

Some men and women may want to choose a tattoo that represents where they are born or where they live. In the United States, the American flag is a very popular tattoo. The entire "American Theme" are popular tattoos. The bald eagle is often portrayed with the American flag in tattoos. If you are from Canada, you may want to choose the maple leaf tattoo. Country flags are not always a popular choice for a tattoo, but if it is what you want, make it happen!

Men and women may also choose to get a tattoo that represents their city or place of birth. In America, New York and L.A. tattoos are quite common. Some may choose to have a famous landmark in their tattoo that represents their home. For example, if you are from Brooklyn, you may choose to have the Brooklyn Bridge inked. We always have a special connection to our home and some choose to represent it in a tattoo. Anything that represents your home can be used. You can also apply yourself in a tattoo that represents your home, making it to be a tattoo that represents you and your home.


Most men and women choose to get a tattoo that symbolizes them. They choose a tattoo symbol that represents them and one that has special meaning. So how can you find a tattoo that has special meaning? Nearly all tattoo symbols hold special meanings that may or may not represent them. Since there are so many tattoo symbols, it is best that you do your own research to find their meanings. We have took some of the more popular tattoo symbols below and listed their meanings.

  • Butterfly- Freedom, Independence, Soul
  • Cherry Blossom- Wealth, Youth, Beauty
  • Cross- Christ, Spirituality, Faith
  • Crown- Power, Royalty, Wealth
  • Diamond- Durability, Wealth, Luxury
  • Dove- Love, Peace, Innocence
  • Dragon- Power, Fearless,
  • Dreamcatcher- Protection, Guidance, Good Omen
  • Grim Reaper- Death, Life, Remembrance
  • Heart- Romance, Desire, Love
  • Key- Responsibility, Opportunity, Freedom
  • Koi- Courage, Endurance, Perseverance
  • Lion- Strength, Courage, Family
  • Moon- Femininity, Balance, Renewal
  • Octopus- Change, Protection, Agility
  • Orchid- Beauty, Hope, Precious
  • Owl- Independence, Knowledge, Wisdom
  • Phoenix- Prosperity, Kindness, Rebirth
  • Rosary- Christ, Strength, Remembrance
  • Rose- True Love, Faith, Everlasting
  • Skull- Good Luck, Death, Life
  • Star- Achievement, Regeneration, Magical
  • Tiger- Strength, Courage, Ferocity
  • Tree- Understanding, Honor, Life
  • Turtle- Graceful, Longevity, Serenity
  • Vine- Power, Everlasting, Devotion
  • Wolf- Success, Wisdom, Family


Our life can also influence our decision making when it comes to our tattoo choice. Our past, present, and future can all be symbolized in one tattoo or perhaps more. If your still having trouble choosing a tattoo or your looking for more ideas, take the time to reflect on your life. For example, perhaps you were in the military. You may then want to choose a tattoo that symbolizes this great accomplishment. If you worked on motorcycles your whole life, you may want to choose a motorcycle tattoo. Take the time to reflect on your life and think about what is important to you. This may be the route that leads you to your next tattoo.

Our children can also be a big influence on a tattoo. Our love and bond for our children is unconditional. We often try to find ways to show them how much we care or what they mean to us. There are many tattoos that can be portrayed to represent our children. Baby hand prints and footprints are two of the most popular. Often, these type of tattoos include their name above or under the prints. If you don't want the foot or hand print tattoo, you may just want to choose to get their names tattooed on you.

Another great idea for a tattoo is by finding a meaningful tattoo that represents your family, pride, or heritage. We see these types of tattoos within the Irish community and Celts. The shamrock tattoo is often worn by those from Ireland to symbolize their Irish heritage. Men and women that choose to wear such a tattoo find great pride in wearing such a symbol. If you are unable to find such a meaningful tattoo symbol, you may want to look into seeing if you have a family crest or coat of arms. If you can't, many tattoo artist will have great examples that can be applied to the type of tattoo that you want. If you're into the family theme tattoo, you can always choose to get your last name inked on your back or elsewhere. If you feel that the name will be too plain, you can always add symbols and elements to your tattoo design.


There are some important things to remember before you choose to get any tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. You want to make sure that you fully understand what your tattoo stands for and represents. You don't want to get inked and find out later that your tattoo represents something totally different from what you first thought. Take the time to research and understand all the meanings behind your tattoo.

Never rush to get inked! Many men and women rush into the tattoo process without thinking twice about their decision. Make sure you really want this tattoo because you will be wearing it for the rest of your life. Men and women that do rush may later regret their decision. If so, then you have to go through the removal process and it can be costly and time consuming.

Remember, there are thousands of different tattoo symbols too choose from. Make sure that you take the time to look through them all and make a decision. Always make sure that your tattoo is what you really want and don't get tattooed on an impulse thought.


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      Mark 3 years ago


      i have tattoo skull with flame

      that means death.

      and i'd like to make more tattoo that wont give to my skull a meaning of death.

      please give me ideas :-)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you all for your visits, I'm so far behind! All my followers, you know I try to always give you credits, I'm very busy with my freelance business. Your all always "appreciated" though. Tattoos and tattoo designs have been a big part of my life and writing career. I appreciate all of you taking the time to learn about all the symbolism, I'm very grateful.

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Choosing the right tattoos by considering the ideas, symbols and meanings is a great choice since tattoos will remains forever on our skin. Awesome hubs, thanks for share!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow, I do not know why I haven't been getting notifications of your hub but I have missed so many! Thank you for this great, comprehensive hub! I still haven't done it yet but am planning on one soon!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      It is such a pleasure to read your hubs about tattoos again. You are a wealth of knowledge and present them in such a beautiful way.

      UP and Awesome my friend

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      The tattoos you posted are just beautiful. Your knowledge and research are always impeccable. I truly believe you could teach a college course about the art of tattooing!

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Great information and I completely appreciate the beauty of some tattoos. I confess I could never have a tattoo myself though!!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      always good to see a new post from you my friend and as always awesome!!!!!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great, informative and colorful hub. Well done. Passing this on.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Love the floral tattoos. It has been some time since I have seen one of your tattoo posts, but may be due to hub feeds. Glad to see this one.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      There are so many kinds of tattoos, i had no idea. The rose is beautiful. You've been gone..Missed you...

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend great hub and very interesting information. I enjoyed the explanation and meaning of each tattoo hub you have done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida appears HP cut me off or cyberspace had a glich...thank you for the amazing intro into the world of tatoos. The research, with explanation and meaning of each tattoo hub you wrote was awesome and you are to be commended..Also the fact you reminded people to give consideration to to which, where and why they considered getting it is an important decision..kudos for taking on this challenge..and doing a superb job..I now am more aware when I see someone with a tattoo..and find it very interesting..kudos to you on a job well done..look forward to your next endeavor on HP..enjoy your day my friend...

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      thelyricwriter....Thank you for this amazing introduction to the " WO

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      This has been an awesome series you have penned. Great finale while providing insight and very important advice for those contemplating the option of getting inked. I particularly enjoyed the meaning behind so many awesome tattoo choices.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Here's a suggestion. Try a henna version of the tattoo and see if you can live with it for an extended period of time. If you can't, then perhaps permanent tattoos are not for you. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      My first tattoo totally represents my quirky personality and my need to not follow the crowd. I knew it was the right one when I go butterflies in my stomach when I saw the photo to use as reference.... I wont get a tattoo until i get thet butterfly feeilng about the design. Even then I wait a few months to actually get it... I adore all of my tattoos. And I can't wait til I get the butterflies again....

      This is a GRAT HUB to help folks on their way to choosing a tat. I recommend starting beased on these ideas and something grat is bound to jump out at you!

      Thank you for your great tattoo hubs. Saving the world from bad tattoo decisions! :)