Jaguar - Jaguars have long been associated with otherworldly powers by ancient cultures in Central America. The Americans Indians regarded them as 'power animals' or having shamanistic qualities.
Jesus- As the founder of Christianity, is a popular choice of tattoo for those who want to express their devotion. There are many depictions of Jesus ranging from the image of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns or on a cross. Then there is the brightly colored new school variety of tattoo that depicts Jesus as an icon of popular culture.
Joker - The Joker is associated with playing cards and is related to 'The Fool' in tarot cards. As a playing card they usually have special powers and can be used in play or not as in 'Jokers wild'. Even though the Joker is seen as someone foolish they are also quite intelligent.
King of Hearts - The King of Hearts is the highest card in a 52 card deck. As a tattoo it can be done to express good luck but can also be associated with love.
Kintaro - Kintaro is a legendary Japanese hero imbued with great strength. Often Kintaro is seen wrestling with a Koi or Japanese Carp. In Japanese tattoos, Kintaro is a popular tattoo as it depicts the warrior aspect.
Knot work - Knot work or Celtic Knot work was developed by the Celtic people of Ireland and Northern Europe. It is to be seen in many ancient Irish manuscripts such as the Book of Kells, on display in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Symbolically it can represent the eternal and intertwined nature of the human soul. It is a popular form of tattoo especially as an armband.
Koi - Also known as Japanese Carp. In Japanese tattooing it is one of the most discernible and popular styles. It has many meanings as is it known for its ability to climb waterfalls and as such symbolizes courage over adversity.
Lady Luck - Most commonly associated with gambling because of the depiction of a scantily clad lady with dice, cards and sometimes a horse-shoe.
Lesbian Love - This is two female symbols interlocked. The symbol for female is a circle with a cross pointing downwards.
Lighthouse - A welcome sight for seafarers and has come to mean safety and protection. The light in the lighthouse can also mean guidance giving direction to those off course.
Lily - Lilies are known for purity and chastity and are also associated with death being a common flower at funerals.
Lion - Lions are the 'king of the jungle' and project strength. They are sometimes depicted in their natural state or in emblems and national motifs.
Lion with Sword - This is a Middle Eastern symbol for royalty and power and is a popular tattoo choice.
Lizard - Lizards are a popular tattoo choice in the Hawaiian and Polynesian tradition. They can be depicted like the gecko or as more in a tribal style of tattoo.
Lotus - Lotus flowers alongside roses are probably the flower with the most meaning associated with it. In many belief systems they express spiritual purity mainly because they are so beautiful and can grow in the murkiest of water.
Love and Hate - These are usually spelled out on the tops of each finger so that they are visible when a fist is made. As tattoos they are usually associated with 'common types' and criminals.
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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