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Updated on November 7, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

Turtle Tattoo Designs


Turtle Tattoos And Turtle Tattoo Designs

When it comes to graceful aquatic animals, none may be more so then the turtle. Turtle are seen as peaceful and graceful creatures. Turtles can be found in rivers, ponds, oceans, and streams all across the world. Since the turtle is found all across the globe, turtles are often associated to a variety of different cultures. This is one reason why the turtle tattoo is popular. As a tattoo and in life, the turtle remains one of the most symbolic creatures in the world.

Turtle tattoos can be done in a variety of different ways. When it comes to turtle tattoo designs, there can be a lot of options to weigh out. Turtles are a common symbol in Hawaiian tattoo designs and Pacific tattoo designs, usually done in black ink. However, some people may choose to brighten their turtle tattoo with exotic colors native to the Pacific. Turtle tattoos can either portray the entire turtle, the front half of the turtle, or the turtle shell. Turtle shells are often decorated in Pacific art. There are many different ways for you to create the perfect tattoo when it comes to this design.

Turtle tattoos can be portrayed in different ways as well. Turtle tattoos can be portrayed to look realistic or they can be portrayed as cartoon tattoos. Realistic turtle tattoos look really good when they are done correctly and in great detail. This design is usually chosen for the detail of the tattoo. To give the turtle tattoo more of a girlish and cute look, turtle tattoos can be done in cartoon designs also. Turtle tattoos can also be portrayed as an outline design. This tattoo design portrays the outer shape of the turtle and it is often decorated with art or other symbols.

Since the turtle is found all across the world, there are a variety of different cultural associations linked to the turtle. One of the most common cultural associations of the turtle is from Pacific cultures, such as the Hawaiians and Polynesians. These Pacific cultures believed that the turtle symbolized calmness, serenity, and tranquility. They viewed the turtle as a peaceful creature of the waters. The turtle is also symbolic to some Native American tribes. These tribes believed that turtles took part in creating the Earth. Due to this, you may see Native American tattoo designs with the turtle.

Turtle tattoo designs are designed in many styles and variations. Turtle tattoo designs may portray the turtle to look realistic or you may see a tribal turtle tattoo design. Turtle designs may depict only the turtle or other symbols and elements may be added. Turtle tattoos can come in several different sizes and colors. Turtles are a great design to work with, perfect for the tattoo artist and the wearer. It all depends on what your looking for. Turtles are graceful creatures, beautiful, and elegant. They offer the wearer protection.


Turtle Tattoo Meanings

Turtle tattoos usually hold symbolic meanings for those who wear this animal tattoo. As most animal tattoos, we can view the turtle in nature to fully understand most of the meanings that are associated to the turtle. Below, you can find some of the meanings that are linked to the turtle tattoo.

  • Serenity
  • Peaceful
  • Courage
  • Bravery
  • Perseverance
  • Wisdom
  • Protection
  • Safety
  • Healing
  • Stamina
  • Longevity
  • Gentleness

Since there are a variety of different meanings associated to the turtle tattoo, anyone of the meanings above can be linked to turtle tattoos. Two of the most common meanings of the turtle tattoo is longevity and perseverance. Turtles have the ability to live longer then most humans, usually 80-100 years old. Although the turtle is slow, their speed never deters them from doing what needs to be done.

The turtle can also symbolize spirituality and healing. In a variety of different ancient cultures, it is believed that the turtle has the power to heal. In many cultures all across the world, the turtle is a symbol of wisdom. The turtle represents protection and safety also. The turtle can hide back in their shell from other animals when they are in danger. Their shell is hard enough to protect them from most animals and conditions.

Turtle tattoos can come in a variety of different designs. Turtles can be portrayed with a variety of different symbols and things. Turtles can be portrayed with exotic flower tattoos and plants. Turtles can also be portrayed with other aquatic animals, such as fish, dolphins, or seals. Turtles can be portrayed in water or without. Take your time viewing turtle tattoo designs so you can get an idea of what tattoo design you may want.

It is very important to remember to do your research before you go and get inked, turtle tattoo or not. You need to make sure you research each tattoo symbol that you are interested in getting. You should take the time to fully understand what your tattoo symbol represents and means. Take your time viewing all the tattoo symbols that you are interested in so you can get a general idea of what designs you like and don't. If you feel that the turtle tattoo is not for you, be sure to follow the links below to view more tattoo symbols, designs, and meanings. Thanks for visiting.

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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      TriDiva, thanks for the comment. LOL!! That would be something special! Everyone of my tattoos are meaningful and I always tell people the same. I like the colors of turtle tattoos, turtle tattoo designs. I prefer sea turtle tattoos, but as long as there's good detail, they all look great. Glad you found a meaningful tattoo, always follow your heart in everything.

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      6 years ago

      Wow, I had no idea there was so much meaning attached to turtles! I only recently toyed with the idea of getting a turtle tattoo because I started doing triathlons a couple years ago and I'm very slow, often finishing last. But my mantra is "slow and steady, wins the race" from "The Tortoise and the Hare." So I persevere and always finish. The key component behind all endurance sports is to FINISH. Looks like I just found my new tattoo! :-)

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      6 years ago

      ilove turtle..

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      CC, thanks for taking the time to drop by and read this article on turtle tattoos. Glad you liked it and thanks for the share. See you around.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      7 years ago from Western NC

      Votes and more! I loved this hub! In fact, I just wrote a hub on turtle symbolism and I'm linking back to this because it's so beautiful and well-done. Thank you for sharing.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      TJP, I am so glad you have found some inspiration. This is why I do what I do. Your story shows how one can find meaning in a tattoo. A turtle tattoo is fitting for you. So glad you are deciding to do this. Best wishes and send me a pic when you are done.

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      7 years ago

      My father's nickname for me was "Turtle". No one else has ever been allowed to call me that besides him. He passed away around a yr. ago. I am 63 yrs. old and I am going to get my first tattoo in a personal tribute to my dad. I quit smoking for my mom. These pics are great, I am now more determined than ever to get my tattoo. Thank you again from, a devoted daughter.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks to you all for your time, comments, votes, and constant support. It is greatly appreciated.

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      Saadia A 

      7 years ago

      Hello thelyricwriter...i must say you always have brought up really very different and unique ideas for tattoos. Above all the best thing is that you explain the symbolic meanings attached to them in a very well manner. I really enjoyed your this Hub.I myself find the idea of having a turtle tattoo as so cute :)

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge and lovely pictures. My vote up,awesome,interesting and beautiful!!! take care !!!

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Very interesting hub on a hot topic -- tattooing. I never realized the turtle was such a popular subject in tattoos, but after seeing the beautiful pictures you posted I can see why. My grandson has a thing for turtles and wants a turtle cake for his third birthday! Happy turtle tattooing. (I have one small tattoo and that's it for me.) Voted up and interesting. Thanks for SHARING.

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      7 years ago from North Carolina

      I love the meaning behind the turtle tattoo. These are really cute. I love your tattoo hubs but it would be hard to pick one with all these choices you show us. This is another great example. Well done!

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      7 years ago from Neverland

      I don't have a tattoo but there have been many many times I've thought about getting one. IF I ever get "inked" I will get a four-leaf clover to symbolize my Irish heritage or a TURTLE!! I love turtles and have them all over the house and I even have one hanging from my rearview mirror in my truck :) I see about 12 designs here that I would consider getting.

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      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Fabulous collection of tattoo turtle images. So colorful and varied. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Debby

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      7 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      I love turtles and have a turtle tattoo on my ankle. Thanks for sharing all this info and the beautiful tatt photos! Voted up!

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      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Excellent Hub. Voted up and shared. I've seen several turtle tattoos but had no idea of all the different meanings.

      On a side note, I'm getting tattoo number four next month-- a memorial piece for my uncle-- and it will be my first animal (A buzzard, since that was my uncle's nickname. He ran a camp and that was name he chose for himself. Plus, he kind of resembled a buzzard.)

      Thanks for this. Well done

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Seeker7, thanks for taking the time to drop by. I appreciate everything my friend. Hope all is well. I agree, very majestic animals. Love seeing the huge turtles.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Another awesome hub TLW! It doesn't surprise me that so many people go for a turtle tattoo - they really are majestic and awesome animals, especially when you see them in the ocean.

      When you watch them you do feel calm and totally absorbed into nature.

      This was really fascinating and beautiful photos of the tatoos! Voted up!

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you all for your comments and time. I appreciate all your support:)

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      7 years ago

      Hi Lyricwriter,

      I like what the turtle tattoo represents. I remember a show when I was kid, called Razzle Dazzle. It's main character was Howard the Turtle.

      Voted up and awesome.

      I hope all is well with you my friend.

      Take Care


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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      You know my Love for Turtles, Lyric, so I really Enjoyed this Hub on "Turtle Tattoos" and their Meanings. It's so Amazing to look at the Artwork that goes into each and everyone of them...from Big to the Small. Truly another Treat to read about. Once again, Thanks for Sharing!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I don't know that I've ever seen a turtle tattoo, though I wouldn't recognize the top one as such. That's my favorite though. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Continue to be surprised with all the different tat styles Lyric. Haven't seen any turtle tats yet but I like them. That big one with the green Loggerhead is awesome.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      These are really beautiful. I esp. like the one with the pink background...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Love those turtle tattoos!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Another interesting hub about tattoos and their symbolic meanings.

      I love turtles and liked the colorful tattos in this hub.

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      7 years ago from Central USA

      love the tatoos! My husband wants them now

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love turtles. They are cute animal. Thanks for share beautiful photograph of turtle tattoos. Good job and take care!


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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      thank you for the brief lesson on turtles and the tattoos.. another great Hub my friend :)


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