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Updated on August 6, 2012
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One unique and interesting creature of the sea is the mystical seahorse. The seahorse has been commonly mentioned in myths and legends for centuries. Although seahorse tattoos are not considered to be a mainstream tattoo, they can make for a great tattoo. Even though the seahorse is considered to be a feminine symbol, men still sport the seahorse tattoo. The seahorse tattoo can also hold symbolic value to those who wear this magical symbol. In this article, we will discuss seahorse tattoos, seahorse tattoo meanings, and you will have a chance to view several seahorse tattoo designs. In the end, we hope that you are able to find ideas and inspiration for your tattoo.

To better understand the symbolism behind the seahorse, we have to view the seahorse in their natural environment. If you have ever seen a seahorse in the wild, they are a relatively calm creature. Although they are not fast, they swim through the water in a graceful manner. While many animals adapt to their environment or change, the seahorse has remained the same. In this regard, the seahorse can symbolize "staying true to yourself." The same meaning can be applied to the seahorse tattoo. The seahorse also has the ability to change colors when it is threatened, which symbolizes protection. The seahorse can also use its tail to grab seaweed and plants. The seahorse shows incredible strength by doing this.

The seahorse has also be a symbolic figure to a variety of different cultures. Many cultures believed that the seahorse was a mystical and magical creature. Some believed that the seahorse had magical abilities. Some believed that the seahorse had the ability to carry the souls of departed sailors. The seahorse would carry the souls to the underworld and make sure the soul had a safe journey. Due to this, the seahorse can be a symbol of the soul and protection.

The seahorse was also a symbolic animal to the Greeks, Romans, and other European cultures. The Romans and Greeks believed that the seahorse was associated to the sea god Neptune. Due to this association, they viewed the seahorse as a symbol of power and strength. The Romans and Greeks also believed that the seahorse had special powers and abilities. The seahorse is also mentioned in mythology and legends.

The Chinese and Asian cultures also found the seahorse to be symbolic to their culture. In China, they believed that the seahorse was actually a type of sea dragon. In the Chinese culture, the dragon is a very symbolic figure. Since the Chinese believed that the seahorse was associated to the dragon, the seahorse took on attributes of the dragon. Due to this, the seahorse symbolizes power and strength. The Chinese also believed that the seahorse was a symbol of good luck. Sailors and fishermen also thought the seahorse was a symbol of good luck. Some would even carry a seahorse charm for good luck on their trips.

One special quality of the seahorse that some may not know is the fact that the male seahorse is the one that carries the eggs. The female seahorse impregnates the male seahorse and the male carries the eggs in his tail. A few weeks later, the eggs are developed and born. Many people interpret this as a symbol of female dominance or even fatherhood. If a male is becoming a father, he may consider a seahorse tattoo. The seahorse is also considered to be a symbol of a free spirited person. Anyone of these meanings can relate back to the seahorse tattoo. If one thing is for sure, the seahorse is the definition of uniqueness.


The seahorse tattoo can represent a variety of different meanings. In most cases, their symbolism is positive and perhaps inspirational. Keep in mind, your tattoo represents what you want it too. In saying that, below are the meanings that can be applied to the seahorse tattoo.

  • Strength
  • Power
  • Protection
  • Free Spirit
  • Soul
  • Elegant
  • Patience
  • Generosity
  • Vision
  • Persistence
  • Creativity
  • Courage
  • Confidence
  • Stubbornness

The seahorse tattoo can be designed in a variety of different variations and designs. Two popular variations of the seahorse tattoo is the tribal seahorse tattoo and the Celtic seahorse tattoo. The tribal seahorse tattoo is done in tribal art while the Celtic seahorse is done in Celtic art. The Celtic seahorse tattoo is said to represent courage.

The seahorse tattoo can be designed with a variety of different symbols and elements. Anything that is associated to the sea and ocean can be used in seahorse tattoo designs. If you wish, you can portray the water, bubbles, seaweed, coral, starfish, fish, octopus, or anything else from the oceans. Make sure that you take the time to view all the different seahorse tattoo designs in this article. This will give you an idea of all the designs that are available. Plus, you can pick up some great ideas and possibly inspiration for your tattoo. Seahorse tattoos can come in a variety of different colors. No color would be a wrong choice. Color combinations that look great together include blue/black, pink/purple, red/yellow, or gray/black.

When it comes to the seahorse tattoo, you have plenty of options to weigh out. The possibilities are endless. You should be able to find a color and design that fits your personality. With all the associations to the ocean, perhaps you want to add a seahorse to your dolphin tattoo or octopus tattoo. Since seahorse tattoos can portray the seahorse in any size, they can nearly be tattooed anywhere on the body. This gives you options also. They look great small or in larger designs. When it comes to seahorse tattoos, there is a little for everyone.

There are some very important things that you should remember before you go get your tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. You want to make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get a tattoo and find out later that it symbolizes things that you didn't even know. Don't rush to get inked! Don't run out and get a tattoo on an impulse. Most men and women that rush to get inked usually have regrets soon after or later on down the road. You don't want to make this same mistake. Take your time and if you are not sure, don't get tattooed. You can always get tattooed later on. If you feel that the seahorse tattoo is not for you or you want to view more tattoos, please feel free to follow the links below. As always, thank you for taking the time to read this article.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Rosemay, thanks for the time, comment, and votes:) Glad you were able to take some new knowledge away:) Best wishes gal:)

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      WOW these are beautiful Ricky. I can relate to seahorses being free spirits, they are such beautiful creatures. Interesting facts too that I didn't know.

      Awesome job Ricky

      Up and more

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia






      Thank you all for taking the time to drop by and for your time. It is greatly appreciated:) When it comes to tattoos, we all have opinions. Yes, it is a reversal role, that is obvious. These meanings may or may not be applied to your tattoo.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Love those seahorses.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, these are pretty neat and I love the colours! interesting background too, another great job Ricky, thank you and voted up

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting article, facts i was unaware of, very colorful..Thank you..

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      Mammoth Hunter 5 years ago

      A reversal, but not of dominance. It is a reversal of the nurturing aspect. Males can be nurturing, given the opportunity, but we are usually assigned a different gender stereotype role. The seahorse represents those aspects often denied humans due to preconceptions of limitations.

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      Mammoth Hunter 5 years ago

      Great article.

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      These are so sweet! Great background info, another side of nature to reverse the dominant roles =)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      the seahorses look amazing on skin great share my friend :)

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      PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Friend,

      This is a great hub, and I love Seahorses. Your do an excellent job of explaining the artwork and the background of the tattoos.

      I wish humans were like seahorses and the men carried the babies---we would have very few babies---I am afraid. HA!

      Your Hub Friend,

      Bobbi Purvis