Although it was 35 years ago that the first ‘Jaws’ film soared to popularity, everyone remembers the menacing theme music that heralded the appearance of the shark; and I would like to place a personal wager that when people see your tribal shark tattoo, many of them will hum that tune to you! Whether you love sharks or hate them, these amazing lords of the sea make very striking tattoo subjects.
They are usually seen as an expression of bravery and fearlessness, and an emblem of protection for the wearer. Sailors (notoriously superstitious people) often wore shark tattoos to signify that they were not afraid of the dangers at sea and also to give them protection on board ship. Other traits of sharks include perception, calculation, intuitiveness, curiosity, efficiency and dynamism and can all be symbolised in a shark tattoo.
Dolphins have always had a wide appeal for people and it is, therefore, unsurprising that dolphin tattoo designs have grown in popularity over the years. If you are considering a dolphin tattoo yourself, you might well want to look into the symbolic meanings behind these amazing creatures, and which might also explain their universal appeal, before deciding on the exact design for you.
With almost forty species of dolphins, in existence all over the world, it is hardly surprising that these graceful and talented creatures are the subject of so many myths, legends and folklore. Early Christian symbolism connects dolphins with the resurrection which gives them spiritual qualities and in many cultures and mythologies they are linked with stories of creation.
Our contemporary fascination with the mysterious creatures of the deep: with whales and sharks and dolphins, for example, must inevitably lead to an interest in the smaller, enchanting, fairy-like creatures of the sea and could explain why seahorse tattoos have become so popular in recent years. I remember the first time I saw a seahorse skeleton as a young child; I could not believe it had once been a living creature. When I could finally accept that it was genuine and had once been a real creature of the sea, the exquisite perfection of its miniscule structure nearly broke my heart! I have nursed a fascination for seahorses ever since and therefore writing about seahorse tattoos has great personal significance for me.
But facts are facts and if you are considering a seahorse tattoo, it might be worth looking into the fascination these tiny fish hold for so many of us. In the first place, seahorses are miniscule, inoffensive creatures which make highly decorative tattoo designs. If represented faithfully on any part of the body, they can offend no-one. Small or large, they are undeniably pretty and conjure up images of magical worlds beneath the oceans, where mermaids and mermen sit on thrones made of coral and pearl.