Animal Tattoo Meanings

Animals have a long history as visual symbols. In fact, since ancient times, mankind has been depicting animals in art to convey various culturally-rooted meanings. From cave paintings 20,000 years ago, to 21st-century comic strips, there are many different ideas surrounding and underlying these images.

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language” -Martin Buber

Often, a single animal will represent a handful of ideas, depending on the time and culture. Those who opt for animal tattoos commonly select an animal design based on the meaning associated with it. Take a look at the list of well-known animal symbols below; you may find some that resonate with you.