17 Dec 2012

Shark Tattoos

Shark Tattoos
Shark Tattoos

Shark tattoos depict an animal that is not only fierce but is also considered by some to be the most dangerous creatures on the planet. Their rows of razor sharp teeth, the black, lifeless eyes and non-stop eating makes these creatures the stuff of nightmares. But, in many cultures shark tattoos have a symbolic and sometimes religious meaning. The totems of some First Nations in North America include the shark as a symbol of the hunter, for his ability to adapt and survive. In Australia, the shark is regarded with the same awe and respect that Westerners give the eagle or lion.

Polynesians also considered the shark to be a sacred animal. For them, the shark tattoo served to protect them from their enemies. A Polynesian fisherman would also sport tattoo symbols to protect him and his vessel from sharks in the waters where he fished. Regardless of whether you view the shark as a savage beast ready to consume people, and according to Hollywood whole vessels, or view it as the sacred hunter of the seas then there is a shark tattoo design that would be perfect for you. And if your really daring, you can do what the bearer of this tattoo has done, and get two sharks in one great tattoo.

2 Aug 2012

Shark Tattoos

Shark Tattoos
Shark Tattoos

Much like many of the tattoos of today, shark tattoos have their roots in the sailing world. Men of the sea knew that the shark was perhaps the world’s greatest predator and so they considered the shark tattoos as a symbol of power and fearlessness. Sailors from the western world typically had a shark tattoos to show that they were not afraid of the dangers the sea had to offer. Many of them also believed that if sharks were seen following their ship then it was a sign that somebody was going to die.

For other peoples around the world, the shark was seen more from a point of view of nature rather than just a killing machine. A beloved and respected animal whose power and strength and cunning was something to be worshipped and not feared. Indeed they were considered by the American Indians to be the symbol of the ultimate hunter. And still other peoples around the world, who also had great respect for the shark, saw it more as a food source for man and as such they would give thanks for its bounty. So as you can see the shark tattoos can have many complex meanings.