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Teardrop - These are a common prison style tattoo denoting 'served time' or the fact that the wearer may have killed a person.
Triple Seven - Usually depicted as a gaming machine where it symbolizes lucky fortune.
Thunderbird - A mythical bird in the Native American tradition known for its power because of its ability to create thunder from its wings. Its most common appearance is with outstretched wings or in a Haida style from the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
Tiger - Tigers are a common style of tattoo for many reasons commonly representing beauty and strength.
Totem Pole - A carved block of wood representing ties to a Native Americans 'power animals' or spirit guides. They can be many variations of animals such as bird, bear, and coyote. They can also tell a story as well as be a protective symbol. Many males get totems tattooed on their arms even though they are not natives.
Turtle - Turtles are known for their long life and slow and steady pace. They can also mean protection as the turtle uses his hard shell.
Unicorn - A mythological creature which looks like a horse with a horn coming out of its forehead. It is often associated with fables and fairy tales because of its enchanting appearance.
Vampires - Vampires appear to be quite common as tattoos maybe perhaps because they have long held a fascination for most people.
Vikings - Vikings came from the Nordic countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark mainly. They are known for the fierce fighting abilities but were also plunderers and pillagers. As a result there appearance would have struck fear into many. They are usually pictured as having long beards, pony tails, wearing round helmets with horns and carrying swords
Virgin Mary - The Virgin Mary is most associated with Catholicism. As religious art, she is most expressed as being pure and a compassionate mother. She is usually depicted wearing flowing white or blue robes praying with a reflective or sad expression.
Whale - Although as a tattoo the whale is not nearly as popular as the dolphin, but symbolically it is no less interesting. Whales have been associated with myths and legends from 'Jonah and the Whale' to myths of killer whales. They are also connected with the world of the unconscious mainly because they live in the deepest oceans which were associated with unconscious emotions and imagery. The sound of whales can be a beautiful and haunting experience and there is no doubt of mankind's fascination with these majestic creatures.
Wolf - Wolves are a popular image in tattoo art. They are laden with symbolism and a recurring theme in many myths and fables. They are known for being pack hunters and have been known to adopt abandoned children. They are also linked with ancient mythology such as that of the Nordic and Native American traditions.
Yin-Yang - Ancient Chinese symbol which represents the opposites contained in everything such as male/female, light/dark, and good/bad. In each is contained the seed of the other and one cannot exist without the other.
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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