35 Lovely Tattoos with Meaning

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feather tattoo

Feather is a symbol of freedom and enlightenment. Feather art can be linked to Native American culture.

A tattoo is a form of body modification that is loved by more and more people. It is not only identification, a fashion statement but also a way to express yourself and personality, which make you are different from others.


There are plenty of tattoo ideas you might have interest. Before making the decision to get a new tattoo, make sure you understand the symbolic meaning of the tattoo. This is very important as you don’t want to end up with regret after a few years. In this post, I consolidated a collection of 35 lovely tattoos with meaning, which you may find out one to express yourself.

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boat tattoo design

As boats travel over water, boats have always represented a journey, adventure.

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rose and skull tattoo

The meaning of Rose and skull is life and death, love and death.

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red rose tattoo

The red rose represents Love, Beauty.

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Skull tattoo

The skull may represent the vessel of the soul, or wisdom of ancestors. It could also mean death.

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black ribbon tattoo

A black ribbon is a symbol of remembrance or mourning. It is also to bring awareness to melanoma.

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butterfly tattoo

In some cultures, butterfly means soul or mind. In Japanese culture if a butterfly enters your guestroom, the person whom you most love is coming to see you.

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lily tattoo

In Christianity, the lily symbolizes chastity and purity of Virgin Mary. In Buddhism, tiger lily (a lily from China) represents mercy, compassion, and aggressive traits associated with feminine nature.

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cherry tattoo

n the Japanese culture, cherry blossom represents the transience of life as it is fading and withered very quickly

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japanese dragon tattoo

In Japanese culture, dragon is a symbol of supernatural powers.

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Compass rose Tattoo

Compass rose tattoo is very popular for sailors as it represents the guidance in the right direction.

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Anchor tattoo

Anchor is a symbol of the Navy. Anchor tattoo is also popular for sailors and it represents strength and hope.

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tree of life tattoo

Tree of life connects all life on our planet, representing the evolutionary divergence of all living creatures.

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Lotus Tattoo

The lotus flower represents purification and faithfulness in Buddhism as it grows from a murky water, while rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

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red ribbon tattoo

The red ribbon has several different meanings in different contexts. It is a symbol for drunk driving prevention, drug prevention, and for the fight against AIDS.

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Angel Tattoo

Angel is one of popular tattoo ideas for expressing love of God and belief of the religion.

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Celtic knot Tattoo

The Celtic knot has no beginning and no end. It’s a a faith statement on the eternal nature of divinity.

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koi fish tattoo

The word koi (also known as carp) comes from Japanese. In Japan, the koi fish symbolizes perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose, which stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals. In China, fish and rice represent fertility and abundance due to their ability to reproduce in speed and volume.

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Maori tattoo

For Maori people, persons with moko (Maori tattoo) represent they have higher social rank or status.

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Eagle Tattoo

The eagle is a symbol of freedom, which represents Protection, Masculinity and Power.

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Dragon Tattoo

In Chinese culture, people worship dragon for rain and better weather for good harvest.

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music micro

Music tattoo is apparently loved by music fans.

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Songbird Tattoo

A songbird is related to sailors. A sailor would know he was close to land once he saw a sparrow flying. It means finding land and good luck.

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clock n roses

The meaning of a clock tattoo is often in memorandum of a specific time. When it goes with rose it may inject the motion of love at that time.

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Jesus tattoo

Jesus tattoo is a symbol of Christianity.

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Phoenix tattoo

Phoenix is a bird which could recycles its own life in the legends of different cultures. Phoenix tattoo represents rebirth, strength, longevity.

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heart tattoo

The heart has long been recognized across cultures as being a symbol for love, charity, and compassion.

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Aztec tattoo

Aztec tattoo reminds people of Aztec civilization in Mexico before the Spanish conquest of the 16th century.

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Gemini tattoo

Gemini is an astrological sign. It is related to the mythological twins Castor and Pollux.

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Demon tattoo

In the Abrahamic traditions, including ancient and medieval Christian demonology, a demon is considered an unclean spirit, sometimes a fallen angel, the spirit of a deceased human.

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Armbands tattoo

A black armband is usually a symbol that signifies mourning.

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Wings tattoo

Wings tattoo refers to Angel wings tattoo, represents the love of God and belief of the religion.

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Aquarius tattoo

Aquarius is he eleventh sign of the zodiac. The symbolic meaning of Aquarius is the water bearer.

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Geisha tattoo

Geisha are traditional Japanese female entertainers which remind people of Japanlese culture.

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US flag tattoo

Flag tattoo is a symbol of patriotism。

4 Comments

  1. The opinion of people regarding tattoo has changed over the years. While it used to be only criminals and rebels who got a tattoo, now everyone can have it without having to be judged. Even a public figure (one as famous as Angelina Jolie) can have their own tattoo. In fact, Angelina Jolie has several tattoos on her body.

  2. yes i agree tattoo mean something & not just for being beautiful or whatever

  3. my tattoo makes me feel good and to succeed in life as i have read this script of tattoo.thanks for posting to us the meaning and importance of tattoos

  4. Where did the owner come up with these meanings?!? A lot of them are very wrong or so incomplete it’s sad. Demons, monsters, zombies and skulls are not symbols of evil or merely of death itself… the demon and skull in particular are often used as a way of stating one has conquered one’s fear of death. It is often the case that the more horrific images are meant in a similar way. Just like how in Mexico you can get a candy skull with your name on it, the point is to show an acceptance and therefore a loss of fear. Monsters or similar things usually mean strength without fear or a lack of fear of that which scares most people. A demon means conquering the demon – with exceptions. The lotus does mean what they say here but they don’t say that the number of petals changes what it means specifically. Angel wings rarely represent belief in Christianity, especially not in the way that pic shows. Traditionally angels have represented faith in some cases, protection in others and still others it represented a loved one gone to heaven. Now though, large wings like that will be most often found on people who are expressing a sort of soulfulness or broken angel motif. A geisha might represent culture if done in a classic way but do you really think a geisha/skeleton/zombie has anything to do with culture? – except maybe the perversion of culture. That Aztec tattoo is amazing but I doubt highly anyone is meaning it to say “hey, weren’t those aztec dudes cool?!” The Aztecs symbolize many things – from ingenuity, warriorship or war, brutal sacrifice, the unknown and on and on. The heart tattoo made from hands is badly drawn… the index fingers do NOT bend without knuckle joints. Red ribbons do not traditionally represent those things… in current times they may well evoke those meanings but in traditional tattoo work the meaning would depend on how it was used. Red ribbons would more likely represent blood in some way, metaphorically. Like a red ribbon tied would be like blood ties, being bound by something as deep as a blood bond. It could be used more sexually depending on the way it was used. Colours were less vibrant or diverse. All these colours are a new thing, so only a few were vibrant and lasted… red was one of those, so a lot more red was used without extra meaning or sometimes used purely as emphasis. And butterflies usually represent transformation or a coming into one’s self… transforming into what is your true self.

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