Dolphin tattoos are very popular among both men and women and are often found in a variety of different shapes, sizes and styles in various different areas on the body and are often combined with other eye-catching images such as tribal art, flowers, stars, ocean waves, ect. Most people have a strong emotional connection with dolphins and find dolphin tattoos very appealing as they are symbolic of having several positive meaning such as harmony, intelligence, friendship, luck, prosperity, playfulness, freedom, power, generosity, peace and many more. Dolphins have co-existed with humans for many years and share many similarities with humans for example they breathe air, are warm-blooded, speak their own language, are very intelligent and have strong sense of community with each other as well as the world around them and the more we learn about these creature, the more we believe that they carry a divine spark which separates them from other animals.
Dolphin Tattoo Symbolism
Dolphin tattoos represent different meanings for different people, cultures and beliefs. In many Greek and Roman myths, dolphin have appeared several times within them and were said to bring humans who were lost at sea, back home safely and save sailors from drowning at sea, they were also messengers and errand runners for Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea.
Christian symbolism conveys the dolphin as an aspect of Christ and believes that dolphins transported the spirits of the faithful to Christ’s side upon separation of their physical bodies, therefore in Christianity; dolphin tattoos are represented as new life.
The Celts associate dolphins as the protectors and guardians of all things associated with water and according to Celtic beliefs, water is seen to have the power to wash away and heal past problems and rejuvenate a person so they can have a fresh new start at life. Therefore the Celts believe that dolphin tattoos are represented as death of a past lifestyle and the birth of new life.
The Hindus believe that dolphins heralded Ganga’s, the goddess of the Ganges River, descent from the heavens and she even often rode on a dolphin. A tattoo of two dolphins together represents Ying and Yang in Chinese philosophy which symbolizes harmony and the balance of life and nature. The native American believe that dolphins were regarded as the messengers of knowledge that comes from deep within us, therefore dolphin tattoos symbolize kindness and wisdom to the native Americans.
Dolphin Tattoo Design Ideas
Dolphin tattoos symbolize a wide range of positive meanings to a very wide group of diverse people so there is no wrong way to design a dolphin tattoo, although most dolphin tattoo designs have the dolphin breaching or playing on the surface of the water, very rarely they are swimming through the depths of the sea and are very popular in areas of the body such as the ankle, back, arms, stomach and the chest. Tribal dolphin tattoos are designed using very bold outlines and solid, strong colors and are representative of hope, also tribal dolphin tattoos have Celtic meanings. Realistic dolphin tattoos have a naturalistic and elegant appeal to them and are typically in a blend colors such as blues and greys. Two curved dolphin figures touching at the beaks and tails creates an illusion of a heart afar and have a symbolic meaning of love. Cartoon dolphin tattoos are often in a variety of bright colors and typically have a whimsical appeal and are often seen as creative, cute, fun and loving. Finally some people prefer dolphin tattoos with a more futurist look; this particular style portrays a shiny, metallic appearance and has a symbolic meaning of new life.