Dagger - Can represent protection, danger or betrayal.
Daisy - Can represent youth and rebirth or carefree.
Death before Dishonor - The phrase 'Death before Dishonor' is usually depicted as a scroll wrapped around a dagger being held by an eagle. It is a popular military tattoo.
Devil - It can be depicted in a scary entity to a playful cartoon depiction. The devil has many different meanings and is associated with evil but it can also be associated with desire and lust.
Devil Girl - A popular form of pin up girl which can represent lust and temptation.
Dice - Dice tattoos are representative of an uncertain outcome. Normally are worn by people who like to take risks.
Dogs - As mans best friend they represent loyalty and faithfulness. They are mostly tattooed as memorials of pet dogs that have passed away and as such are a popular form of portrait.
Dolphins - Dolphins are perceived to be one of the most intelligent of all mammals and have a close connection with humans. Humans have long associated them with symbols of spirituality and the divine.
Dragonfly - Are thought be associated with good luck.
Dream catchers - Dream catchers were used by Native Americans to ward off bad spirits in dreams. The idea was that they would catch bad dreams in the web like circle and only allow good dreams through a small hole in the centre. The feather on the dream catcher was for added protection from spirit guides in the form of certain birds.
Eagle - The eagle is one of the most powerful and majestic birds. As a tattoo eagles can have many different meanings from strength to national pride.
Eight ball - The eight ball is the last ball in a game of pool or billiards. It can mean bad luck as in "behind the eight ball" and is also associated with some of the seamier sides of life.
Eye of Horus - This is an ancient Egyptian symbol and is used as protection.
Fairy - Fairies represent the link with the magical realms. They are imbued with certain powers to make wishes come true.
Falcon - The falcon has long being admired not just for its beauty but also for its strength. It is been associated with meta-physical powers by ancient peoples.
Fan - Fans were carried by men and women in the east and were also an expression of individuality because of their ornate and unique designs. They were used to wave away bad spirits but they are mostly associated with Geisha Girls.
Fish - In some cultures they are associated with fertility but can also be associated with wisdom as in the celtic 'salmon of wisdom'.
Flags - Flags are used to identify with a group or nation. They can mean national pride.
Flames - Fire is all consuming and can mean purification and renewal in beliefs.
Frog - Frogs have always been associated with the magical realm popularized by the Princess kissing a frog and turning him into a Prince.
Gargoyles - Gargoyles are architectural features found on gothic style buildings. They were originally intended as spouts for run off of rain from roofs. Usually depicted as scary looking creatures which scare away evil spirits.
Gecko - Symbolize re-growth and luck as a lizard whose tail grows back if pulled off.
Griffin - A mythical beast which is a cross between an eagle and a lion. Its head is an eagle and lower body that of a lion. It was used by Christians to symbolize the dual nature of Christ.
Grim Reaper - Is an impending figure depicted as a hooded skeleton carrying a scythe. The scythe is used to 'harvest' human souls. To remind the wearer that any moment could be his/her last.
Here are the meaning and symbolism of many common tattoo motifs used all over the world. But please note that the meaning and symbolism of tattoo motifs will change over time and it may not be the same in different countries, cultures etc. Everybody is highly advise to double confirm the meaning and symbolism of their tattoo motifs with other reference materials before getting them tattooed.
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