Moths are known for their attraction to light, often resulting in the downfall of said moth. In such a context moths have come to symbolize self-destruction, unearthly love and the pursuit of desires. Often called the butterfly of the night moths also symbolize darkness and occasionally death, perhaps then that’s why dotwork moths look so good when done in a bold black ink. Dotwork moth tattoos are some of the more popular moth designs and on top of that one of the most requested dotwork tattoos in general. Something about the dotwork style suits itself perfectly to moths. Read More
During the time of the Egyptians, stone-carved scarabs were used as magical amulets and protective talismans to aide its wearer with the power of «eternal renewal of life.» Scarabs were also employed as talismans and royal seals. The winged scarab was used in Egyptian funeral rites. When the long linen strips covering mummies have been unwrapped, many small charms and amulets have been uncovered. Foremost among them have been sacred Scarab beetles. Read More
A flower with a bumblebee is the age-old classic representation of flirtation and love. Bumble bee tattoos are very attractive and can be depicted in various sizes. The little ones look cute with their innocent-baby like designs and wondering eyes looking out at the world. The larger examples of tattoos show off the classic combination of yellow and black that epitomizes the bee. As an art form, this tattoo design can be varied as far as ones imagination takes one, but the basic theme of love never changes. Read More
Beekeeping has been documented as a human activity as far back as with the Ancient Egyptians where beeswax was used in the mummification process. Since then bees have had a place in countless cultures, societies and traditions and in doing so have taken on all manner of meaning and symbolism- from bringers of death to the restorers of life, from symbols of royalty and historic kings to keepers of wisdom- you name it bees have been associated with it!! In the modern world bees are often associated with being industrious, busy and hardworking, and it is from contemporary associations like these that many bee tattoos find their meaning!
Although of course most people can’t see a bee without thinking of the sting! Yet, aside from stinging people bees are vital to human existence and not just because they make honey. One of the most widely used comments on the importance of bees reportedly comes from Albert Einstein, though it is worth saying there is no actual evidence for him saying it but it still puts in perspective just how crucial bees are. Read More
Cultures all over the world associate the fabled Ladybug with Good Luck and Good Fortune. For the English and French farmers it indicates good weather. In Sweden and other countries the Ladybug will bring Good Luck with finding your true love. Some Asian cultures believe that the Ladybug understands human language, and has been blessed by God. In Europe, during the Middle Ages, insects were destroying the crops, so the Catholic farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. Soon the Ladybugs came, ate the plant-destroying pests and saved the crops! The farmers began calling the ladybugs «The Beetles of Our Lady», and they eventually became known as «Lady Beetles»! The red wings represented the Virgin’s cloak and the black spots represented her joys and sorrows.
In the ancient times a lot of national communities regarded mantises with respect and caution. Many Islam followers believed that when the mantis is in its praying posture it directs its face to the Mecca. In Morocco there was a belief that these insects can show the lost person in the north direction. In Japan, “hara-kiri ” (killing with sickle) mantis symbolized courage and cruelty. The handles of the samurai swords were decorated with the image of the mantis in the way they came into the view of the enemy. In China, these creatures have been used in the sphere of alternative medicine since the earliest times, but the Chinese also paid homage to the combat qualities of these warlike and ruthless creatures: there are poses and stands in kung-fu that imitate the posture of the mantis ready to attack. Bushmen thought the mantis was the creator of the world. The mantis also symbolizes women’s power as the females of this species are much stronger and bigger that the males and devour the latter after mating.
Among the animal art tattoos, the Scorpion designed tattoos are in great demand although scorpion tattoos are not considered to be a main stream tattoo, Scorpion tattoos are mostly worn by men however women are also not far behind in the race. In fact, the scorpion tattoo will represent a range of various meanings. Scorpion tattoo designs are often designed in many different sizes. Because of this attribute, scorpion tattoos can nearly be tattooed anyplace on the body.
A dragonfly is an ancient insect that has lived on earth for hundreds of millions years. A dragonfly is also a popular tattoos idea for women as they normally look lovely as well as carry rich symbolic meanings. The dragonfly is a symbol of dream and signifies constant change in the perception of self realization.
Insects are not the most popular tattoo design, but butterflies are an exception. Butterfly tattoos are a feminine kind of tattoo and come in a great variety of shapes and sizes: colorful or black, stylized or real (like a monarch butterfly tattoo). They are the 4th most popular tattoo design, after tribal, star and cross tattoos and they are probably the most popular design for women and girls.