The Octopus tattoo is the perfect tattoo for creative flexibility as far as tattoo design is concerned. The tattoo artist can design this sea creature to be wrapped around arms and legs, draped over shoulders and wrapped around torsos and backs. Add to that the Octopus’s chameleon like ability to change color to match their surrounds, and their wide variety of colors. They are ideal designs to incorporate into existing tattoos and maritime scenes and they also can symbolize a huge range of characteristics and virtues.
Naturally intelligent, creative and flexible, the octopus also acquires its mystique from the watery environment in which it lives. It is a master of camouflage, and can literally disappear before your eyes. And if that tactic doesn’t work to evade oncoming predators, the octopus will eject a cloud of black ink to make it’s escape. It is all part of the mystery and sense of wonder that surrounds this eight-tentacled creature.
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Tribal tattoos have taken off in the recent years due to their intricate and attractive design, offering many possibilities for the tattoo enthusiast. It is estimated that nearly one third of all tattoo art today is some form of tribal design. The term tribal art refers to any number of designs ranging from the traditional tribal designs of indigenous and aboriginal cultures to the latest in graphic design. This style is characterized by black lines and curving shapes which together form a stylized animal, nature motif, or merely a design which means something deeper to the native artist.
The first tribal tattoos were more than mere decorations; they portrayed a sign of spiritual belief, honor to a deity, or a designation of familial lineage. In some cultures, identical tattoos were applied on the fingers of a man and woman to serve as a wedding ring. They were applied in a very primitive, and quite painful, manner via sticks, combs, needles made of bone, or styluses and utilized inks made from natural dye sources.
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Lily tattoos are a popular choice for tattoos for girls especially on areas like their feet, lower backs, shoulder blades, arms and necks. Lily tattoos can even be made into chains to encircle an arm or ankle. Some especially daring women may choose to even have an extra large flower tattooed up their ribcage for a beautiful effect. The use of lilies as body art goes back to 1580 BC.
Many cultures adapt the lily flower for different meanings. Lily often indicate purity and innocence and sometimes fertility. The flowers to the Chinese were a lucky charm! Pink Stargazer lily tattoos can mean success and wealth while white ones are more often adapted as signs of purity and peace.
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