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The Most Popular Tattoo Designs and What They Mean

Are you hitting a creative block for your next tattoo? Can’t decide on what to get for your first? We’re here to help get you inspired! Check out some of the most popular tattoo designs and the meaning behind each. 

 

Phases of the moon

Have you been wanting an astrology design that isn’t a sun, star, or zodiac sign? Moon phase tattoos have become increasingly popular. While the moon itself represents feminine mystique and fertility, its many cycles are thought to symbolize the rhythm of time. Moon phases are reminiscent of life because of their continuity and cycles, periods of light and darkness, and constant changes. They are also known to represent related topics such as eternity, immortality, shadows, dreams, and mystery.

 

Dragons

The dragon tattoo is one of the most popular designs that stem from mythology and folklore. It covers a wide range of meanings across different cultures. In countries like China and Japan, the dragon symbolizes strength, wisdom, protection, and balance. In western culture, dragons are thought to represent darker and more fearsome themes — a powerful beast to be slayed. Across all civilizations, dragons are universally seen as intelligent, free-roaming creatures. 

 

Birds

It’s no surprise that bird tattoos are one of the most popular designs. Did you know that there are roughly between 9,000 and 10,000 bird species on our planet? While birds generally represent freedom and happiness, different types of birds represent unique symbols in different cultures. For example, in German cultures, cardinal tattoos represent a passion for life, youth, and happiness. Swallow tattoos are traditionally valued by sailors as a symbol of safety, protection, and a successful journey. For a more mystical tattoo, consider blackbirds! These birds are valued by alchemists for their higher sense of energy, thoughts, and intelligence. 

 

Watercolor designs

Watercolor tattoos are the latest craze, and they’ve been deemed here to stay. While traditional tattoo artists pushed back against the new style, this eye-catching, imaginative, and innovative technique became more widespread within the last decade. Many people like watercolor tattoos for their abstract nature, which juxtaposes the permanent quality of ink with little inconsistencies and whimsical movement. Common themes for watercolor tattoos include animals, celestial bodies, and mystical beings. Proper care for these designs are crucial. Check out our tips on tattoo protection and our favorite products that keep your designs bright and vibrant!

 

Feeling inspired? Here’s to cool art with even cooler stories to tell. 

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