Turtle Tattoo Meaning & Symbolism


Turtle Tattoo meaning - some of the meanings of the turtle tattoo are: safe (because of their shell – like a shield), intelligence (it seems that turtles are not only smart, but they are also sociable animals), protection (mostly because of the shield), wisdom, longevity (they live very long, some of them 50+ years old), fertility (the female turtle can lay around 200 eggs. Not as many as the octopus female..). In Tibet the turtle is related to creativity. Some people have turtle tattoos just because they love turtles. Interested in some pictures? Maybe the Kanji turtle tattoo?

The wolf, spider, elephant, bear and many other animals are on the Chinese kanji too.

Turtle tattoo hawaiian

Turtle tattoo hawaiian

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Turtle animals kanji tattoos

Turtle animals kanji tattoos

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Turtle/Sea Turtle history/story:

  • you can find turtles all around the word, but mostly in a couple of places like: Hawaii, East-Pacific, etc. That’s why most people have hawaiian turtle tattoos or even pacific turtle tattoos. Or even tribal turtle tattoos.
  • Feng Shui element: do you know that the turtle is a Feng Shui element, along with the other three: dragon, phoenix and the tiger.
  • Indian culture: the turtle is on one of the avatars of Vishnu. The lion is on another avatar of Vishnu.
  • Fictional/Cartoon turtle tattoos: some people decide to have cartoon turtle tattoos, like - Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael or Donatello (they all are from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). I guess Vanilla Ice has some sort of cartoon turtle tattoo. Here is an entire list of cartoon turtle ideas.
  • Polynesia culture: in this culture the turtle was the war of war and balance (T?matauenga). Turtles are also powerful and have a lot of strength.
  • African culture: in the African culture, the turtle was a clever animal.
  • Chinese culture: in this culture the turtles were the symbol of inaccessibility and power. More important, in Tibet the turtle is a symbol of creativity.

Want some other picture ideas for another tattoo?

Pacific turtle tattoos

Pacific turtle tattoos

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Cute turtle tattoo for women

Cute turtle tattoo for women

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Turtle Tattoo Placement ideas – on your ankle, behind your ear, on your back, on your leg, on your foot, on your wrist. Maybe in many other places. Want more pictures for your next tattoo?

Japanese turtle tattoo

Japanese turtle tattoo

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Sea turtle tattoo

Sea turtle tattoo

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Celebrities with Turtle/Ninja tattoosVanilla Ice (he doesn’t actually have a turtle tattoo, rather the Ninja turtle tattoo), Ruby Rose (she also has the Ninja turtle tattoo), Ryan Moloney (turtle tattoo). If you find more celebrities with this kind of tattoo, please share with us. You can always comment on this blog if you have something to say.

Some people are also interested in Kokopelli tattoos:

Kokopelli turtle tattoo

Kokopelli turtle tattoo

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Turtle tribal designs

Turtle tribal designs

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