Tattoos have always been a sign for some meaning that was linked with it. The meaning of tattoos can be of spiritual nature, but they can also be a sign of strength or power, harmony, and other qualities.
This is a list of the most popular tattoo designs and their meanings:
Anchor: Safety, hope, and salvation.
Angel: Protection, guardians, keepers of dreams.
Bat: Longevity, happiness, mystery.
Bear: Good nature, good luck, also ignorance.
Bird: Birth, intuition, freedom.
Bull: Fertility, power and strength.
Butterfly: Spiritual immortality, temporary element of life.
Cat: Linked to magic and bad omens.
Centaur: Knowledge and nature, spirit of womanhood.
Chain: If broken; freedom. If intact; slavery.
Clown: Laughter, tears, uncertainties.
Clover: Good luck.
Crescent Moon: Transformation and rebirth. Feminine power
Cross: Sacrifice, love, and salvation.
Crow: Revival, Gods messenger.
Devil (baby): Mischievousness, urgent desire for sex.
Dog: Man’s best friend, loyalty, trustworthiness.
Dolphin: Benefactor. The savior’s emblem.
Dove: Universal symbol of peace.
Dragon: Strength, power. Rules over fire and air.
Dragonfly: Affinity with the Spiritual Life. Illusion.
Eagle: King of birds. Might, spiritual growth.
Eye: Self protection. Ever watching!
Fairy: Good or evil supernatural powers.
Feather: Creativity, rebirth and spiritual elevation.
Fish: Plentifulness, spiritual peace.
Frog: Positive symbol of pregnancy.
Hawk (tribal): Self-discipline.
Heart: Love, provided it is neither bloody nor torn into pieces.
Horse: Friend to man, kingship.
Leaf: Joy, rebirth.
Lion: Might, awareness, immortality, bravery.
Lizard: Symbolizes the soul searching for light.
Lotus: If open symbolizes the sun, if closed, the moon.
Mermaid: Temptation, seduction, materialism.
Monkey: Wisdom, knowledge, or evil powers.
Moon: Varied rhythms of life.
Scarab: Strength and rebirth.
Skull: Courage, death.
Snake: Temptation, knowledge and wisdom.
Spider Web: Denial of established order. Beware!
Star: Spirit, inspiration, resolution of problems.
Sun: Sacredness of life. Warmth, nurturing.
Sword: Represents justice, honor, energy.
Tiger: Fierceness, strength and power.
Turtle: Fertility, long life.
Unicorn: Chastity and purity.
Wolf: Faithfulness in marriage.
Yin Yang: Harmony and totality.
Because of their meanings, tattoos are an expression of individuality and should be chosen carefully. No one wants to be laughed at because he did not know the special meaning behind some of the tattoo on his back. Before you go through the last step make sure that your dream tattoo design is the right one for you!
My advice for choosing the right tattoo for you is browse through a lot of tattoo ideas and get inspired by your feelings. A huge gallery of tattoo designs is a great place to start to get inspired. Also talk to friends, family, and most importantly, the tattooist.
Taken from http://www.tattoo-guides.com/