People get tattoos for different reasons. For some, they don
tattoos for aesthetic purposes. For others, it gives them some sort of liberated feeling since tattoos are
typically associated with a freedom or rebel lifestyle. Still to others, tattoos represent
something deeper than just aesthetics, things like culture, religion, even ascension to higher position
in the society.
Different styles and designs have different meaning as well.
These so-called tattoo themes represent certain beliefs and aspects of human values that makes tattoo
art into a total self-expression.
These are some more famous tattoo art themes:
1. Rose. It symbolizes love, whether undying affection or
unrequited love. Rose tattoos are usually done "life-size". Red is still the most favored color, although it
is not unusual to see black and white rose tattoos.
2. Dragon. Whether Chinese or Western style, this is a very
popular design for youngsters who sport tattoos. Usually done in the arm and depending on length, dragon
tattoos sometimes cover the entire extremities and may take the appearance of a tattoo sleeve. Dragons
usually come in varying bright colors and in fine, scaly detail.
3. Snakes. Another favorite, also perfect for arms, legs, back
and sometimes even the abdomen, due to its long, windy look. Green seems to be the most popular color and
depending on the colors and intricacy, a snake may take a longer to draw than other
4. Butterfly. Due to the butterfly’s dainty and colorful
features, this has become a favorite among females.
5. Tribal Designs. Another young generation favorite, these are
more on the "free wheeling" style of design and do not involved specific patterns. The basic premise in
Tribal designs leans toward curves and pointed ends, and may lend itself to any desired theme. A simple
butterfly for instance can be made to look like a tribal pattern with some modification from the actual
design. Also, tribal patterns are less colorful and usually come in earth tone colors, blacks and