Snakes have always been popular subjects for tattoos and a snake tribal tattoo can be a very impressive piece of body art. As an animal totem, snakes would speak volumes (if they could) about those who are drawn to them. Such people are extra-ordinary and, accordingly, possess some extra-ordinary qualities. They are intuitive and often gifted natural healers; their innate intuition helps them to make correct decisions quickly and enables them to attune to the thoughts and emotions of others. They also have admirable natural diplomacy and skills of rhetoric or literary flair. If you recognise yourself in this description, you are almost certainly considering getting a snake tribal tattoo.
Your natural intuition and caution should prevent you from making a rash decision, but a word to the wise before you begin. Tribal art, by its nature, is meant to be permanent, so you must take care with your choice of design and positioning to ensure you choose something you are willing to live with for the rest of your life.
Do all your research about this style of tattoo, as well as its design, so you are fully conversant with what to expect. You will never be short of choice online, but you need to discriminate carefully between good and bad. It is worth paying a little extra to see the work of specialists in tribal tattoo art to give you maximum choice and access to the highest standards of tribal tattoo designs.
Though not a common tattoo animal choice, the buffalo tattoo or bison tattoo is rich with symbolism, especially in Native American traditions.
The Sioux, in particular, viewed the buffalo as the chief of all animals. Anyone who has seen the 1990 Oscar-winning movie “Dances with Wolves” knows the reverence the people had for the “tatanka” which sustained them. It is a spiritual archetype.
Like the bear, the buffalo is a form of Wind Power, known to act as a whirlwind which can confuse the enemy and heal the afflicted. The buffalo symbolizes both masculine and feminine qualities. On the masculine side, it represents powers such as strength, courage, persistence, invulnerability, a power over females, and serves as a defender of its people. On the feminine side, it represents the powers of hospitality, generosity, and feminine virtue and courage.
It is also a sign of affluence. The white buffalo, in particular – though sometimes hard to capture in tattoo art – is considered the holiest of animals. It symbolizes that prayers have been heard, and that wealth is on its way.
Owusu writes about the buffalo in beautiful terms, claiming that it “teaches us that everything exists in abundance if it is respected and accepted with gratitude” (p. 245). A buffalo tattoo sends the message that we can not do it on our own; goals can be reached only with the power of the Great Spirit.
Saddle up, and get on over to your local tattoo artist for a horse tattoo design. Somewhat rare as an animal totem tattoo, horses still carry a lot of cultural and historical meaning – though these meanings are sometimes vague and contradictory.
Beginning in the Ice Age, where cave dwellers sketched early horses on their walls, the horse has fascinated humankind. Seen simultaneously as intelligent yet skittish, the horse is used as both a positive and negative symbol: day and night, sun and moon, good and evil, reasoned wisdom and unbridled lust.
Sometimes the interpretation given the horse is based upon who is riding it or following it on a chariot/wagon. Islamic tradition tells of Mohammed’s journey from Mecca to Jerusalem, and then to heaven, on the back of the great steed Alborak. That is quite a different horse story than the four horsemen of the Apocalypse that John foretold in the New Testament’s Revelation.
Some might call those stories “a horse of a different color.” True to form, the color of horse you choose might also influence the nature of the story told. White horses symbolize purity and the journey of the soul (see also Unicorns, Pegasus), while black horses – especially in dream literature – are a symbol of grief. The grey horse was an omen of death in English, German, and Norse folklore, and remains so in Wales.
Chinese tales of the horse are especially rich. The winged horse MAAH was a heavenly creature who disrupted heaven with his boundless spirit. His wings were clipped and he was sent to earth, where humans tried – but failed – to squelch his wild nature. The horse is the seventh sign (July) of the Chinese zodiac, and it has a year in its honor every 12th year (with the next coming in 2014). Those who embody the horse symbol like to be useful, but are equally difficult to tie down.
Grasshopper & Locust Tattoo Design Meanings — A ‘plague of locusts’ is perhaps our most common reference to the grasshopper family, and gives this insatiable insect a horrifying reputation. Walt Disney did his best to anthropomorphize this creature in the guise of Jiminy Cricket, the comical and wise sidekick of Pinocchio, serving as his official conscience. In heraldry, nobility and wisdom were two of the grasshopper’s attributes, emblematic of great warriors and destroyers.
For the Ancients, the mysteries of the cosmos were explained in legends about creatures large and small, the grasshopper being one of the smallest and also among the earliest to arrive on the mythical stage. Evidence of its role in the cultural life of human societies can be found in art, mythology, religion and literature dating back thousands of years.
Dragonfly Tattoo Meanings – The dragonfly, like the fairy and butterfly tattoo is an extremely popular tattoo design for women. The design can be a small sexy secret or a large tribute to the wild and free spirit that the dragonfly represents. The dragonfly is the power of light. The dragonfly inhabits two realms: air and water and passes the influence of both these elements to the wearer.
The image of the dragonfly sparks the creative power of the imagination. Living in an aura of fantasy, the dragonfly’s fluttering wings inspire thoughts of fairies and butterflies; bubbles and snowflakes. They flit from flower to flower, from tree to tree; settling on dew-kissed leaves and grass. Within sight yet always out of reach, the dragonfly has buzzed itself into the tattoo culture. Dragonfly tattoo designs are landing everywhere -on arms, chests, hips and tailbones!
Ladybug Tattoo Designs – Cultures all over the world associate the fabled Ladybug with Good Luck and Good Fortune. For the English and French farmers it indicates good weather. In Sweden and other countries the Ladybug will bring Good Luck with finding your true love. Some Asian cultures believe that the Ladybug understands human language, and has been blessed by God. In Europe, during the Middle Ages, insects were destroying the crops, so the Catholic farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon the Ladybugs came, ate the plant-destroying pests and saved the crops! The farmers began calling the ladybugs “The Beetles of Our Lady”, and they eventually became known as “Lady Beetles”! The red wings represented the Virgin’s cloak and the black spots represented her joys and sorrows.
The ladybug is the Official State Bug of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Ohio.
A Ladybug landing on a person will bring Good Fortune, and if one lands on you when you are ill, it takes the illness away.
If a ladybug lands on the hand of a recently married woman the number of dots on its back is the number of children she will have.
Badger Tattoo Design Meanings – The badger is either fierce, strong, and shy – or aggressive and anti-social – depending on your respect or antipathy for this nocturnal creature.
Many people came to first know the badger in Kenneth Graham’s, The Wind in the Willows. Mr. Badger is a gruff, solitary figure who ‘hates society’. But he is also the wise hermit, and proves himself brave, cooperating in times of need to keep the enemy away. In that famous story, the badger is the symbol of common sense.
In the wild, the badger frequently cleans out its den and changes its straw bedding, making it a good example of domestic order and cleanliness. As an animal that digs deep into the earth, the badger has links to the mysteries and magic of the underworld, as well as to the spirits of animals and plants. For anyone seeking a symbol of the balance between that which lies beneath the earth to that which lies above, the badger is a great teacher.
Goat Tattoo Design Meanings – Virile, lustful and cunning, the goat has stirred the human imagination for millennia. Strong sexual connotations surround the goat – horns and erect members – turning it into a symbol of male potency, but also female fecundity and nurturing. As an animal totem, the goat’s sharp horns symbolize perception. It represents practicality and stability, encouraging balanced perspective. Patience, honest ambition and determination are also symbols of the goat.
In the Chinese Zodiac, the goat and ram are interchangeable. Under this sign, the goat/ram is the symbol of perseverance and sensitivity. Those born under this sign are said to be stoics, keeping their feelings to themselves. Except for the knack of always getting off on the wrong foot with people, the goat can be charming company. They are elegant and artistic but the first to complain about things. Goats are advised to put aside their pessimism and try to be less dependent on material comforts. Goats make good actors, gardeners, and beachcombers.
Pug Tattoos-The Pug is a small breed of dog with a wrinkly, short muzzled face, and curled tail. The word “pug” may have come from the Old English pugg or “puge”, which were affectionate terms for a playful little devil or monkey. Pug puppies are often called puglets. The breed is often summarized as multum in parvo (“much in little”), describing the Pug’s remarkable personality despite its small size.
While most Pugs appearing in eighteenth century prints tended to be long and lean, modern breed preferences are for a square, cobby body, a compact form, a deep chest, and well-developed muscle. Breeding preference goes to “button” Pugs. The legs are very strong, straight, of moderate length, and are set well under. The shoulders are moderately laid back. The pasterns are strong, neither steep nor down.
Wolf Tattoo Design Meanings – The wolf is a powerful mythological and spiritual symbol in many cultures around the world, due to it’s widespread distribution across North America, Europe and Asia. Modern dogs are descendants of Asian wolves and the relationships between man and wolves goes back at least forty thousand years.
Wolves were predatory competitors with early man and wolves symbolized ferocity, cunning, stealth, cruelty and even evil – but because of their close-knit pack behavior wolves also represented loyalty, courage, fidelity and victory. The tendency of wolves to hunt at dusk and dawn and to communicate by howling at night in many cases caused wolves to be associated with the spirit or shadow world, shape-shifters and malevolent or evil spirits.