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Hook Tattoos And Designs-Hook Tattoo Meanings-Hawaiian Hook Tattoos

Updated on April 16, 2014
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One tattoo design that you may want to consider is the hook tattoo. Although hook tattoos are not mainstream, there is a popularity for the tattoo. Hook tattoo designs are commonly popular in coastal area. The hook tattoo can be considered to be an old school tattoo. Hook tattoos are worn by both men and women. Hook tattoos can come in various styles, colors, sizes, and designs. Hook tattoos are commonly portrayed alone but they can be designed with other symbols and elements.

In this article, we will discuss hook tattoos and hook tattoo designs. We will also review hook tattoo meanings and you will have the chance to view a variety of hook tattoo designs below. In the end, we hope that you are able to find ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo.

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Anyone that is associated to the ocean may consider the hook tattoo. The hook tattoo has been a popular choice for sailors and fishermen. Hook tattoos are more commonly seen on men, however, women do wear such tattoos. The hook has even been a symbolic symbol to a variety of Pacific cultures and civilizations. Hook tattoos can come in a variety of different designs other then your normal hook, as you will later see in the Hawaiian hook tattoo.

Hook tattoos can portray a variety of different hooks. Hook tattoos may portray a single hook or perhaps a three-way hook. Hook tattoos are usually designed piercing the skin. Hook tattoos may or may not portray line on the end of the hook. Hook tattoos can come in a variety of different sizes, therefore, they can nearly be designed anywhere on the body.

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The most popular hook tattoo is the Hawaiian hook tattoo. The Hawaiian hook is a very symbolic symbol to the Hawaiians. In the Hawaiian culture, the hook represents strength, prosperity, and good luck. In fact, the Hawaiian hook represents all that is good. The Hawaiian hook tattoo can represent the same meaning.

The Hawaiian hook has a rich history and deep meaning because it was very important to the Hawaiian culture. Hawaii was surrounded by ocean and early Hawaiians depended on the ocean to live. The ocean provided food and travel for early Hawaiians. Even today, the oceans remain a vital resource for Hawaiians.

The word "makua" can represent "hook," often referring to parent. Makua were made out of whale bones, human bones, sea shells, and wood. They would take these items and carve them into hooks. In ancient Hawaii, hooks were commonly wore on jewelry. At this day and age, you can still find hooks on Hawaiian jewelry.

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When it comes to hook tattoos, there are a few meanings that may be applied to them. Although hook tattoos are mainly wore as a decorative, some may hold symbolic value. You find this a lot for those who wear Hawaiian hook tattoos. Below, you can find the meanings behind the hook tattoo.

  • Good Luck
  • Strength
  • Prosperity
  • Safe Passage
  • Fertility
  • Life
  • Incarceration
  • Structure

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Although hooks are usually portrayed alone, they can be designed with a variety of symbols and elements. Hook tattoos can be portrayed with anything associated to the ocean. Such symbols and elements include the shark, dolphin, fish, lighthouse, anchor, or stingray. Hook tattoos may also be designed with mermaids, octopus, starfish, or swordfish. The Hawaiian hook tattoo may be designed with anything that is associated to Hawaii. With so many different options, hopefully you will be able to find the right hook tattoo.

There are some important things that you should remember before you choose to get your hook tattoo or any tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. Make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that get inked on an impulse usually regret their tattoo later on down the road. If you are not sure, don't get inked. Give it some time and then make a decision. If you feel that the hook tattoo is not for you or you want to view more tattoos, please feel free to follow the links below. As always, thanks for your visit.

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      5 years ago

      Makua means "parent" or "elder," the word makau literally means hook. Research the language a little more before you post things

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia



      Thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment. Glad you enjoyed them. To be a simple hook, the symbolism is very broad. Hooks were a way of life for any culture near water.

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      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      A few meanings did puzzle me for a moment but then if you consider the variety of hooks and uses for them - it is no wonder that it comes to such a broad spectrum. Fascinating!

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      6 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      wow's like the skin is on the hook. hehe wonderful! bravo!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia








      Thank you all for your continued time, comments, votes, ect. I must say, I am very appreciative and thankful for you all. These are painful looking, yet, creative. Teaches, good question per say. "On the hook" or "caught on the hook", two references to the term.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Not too fond of the hooks but great hub as always.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Interesting shapes and designs on these. I found your definition of them also interesting -- the incarceration is one that puzzles me.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree with all of the above comments, Beautiful artistic work..Cheers

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Those fist ones looked so real and painful that I flinched! You never fail to amaze and educate me with your tattoos Hubs. You certainly have found your niche.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      These tats I thought cannot have a symbolic meaning but I guess I was wrong.. they are though very decreative

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I like the one on the thumb but the one that looks as though the hook is going straight through the skin on the wrist is so realistic, a very clever artist.

      Awesome Ricky

      Thumbs up

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The first one around the collarbone was pretty cool. I like your suggestion at the end....don't rush into anything. Another informative and well-done hub!


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