Humans have always been fascinated with the ocean, and sea life tattoos have become a popular way of keeping the magic of the ocean close to home. The sea is often viewed as the primordial source of all life, thus a sea creature tattoo connects us symbolically to our past and the endless ebb and flow transition to our future.
Most sea life tattoos are of animals that live in salt water. Symbolically, salt water is associated with the Earth, with the exoteric (public domain), and with power, force, and chaos. Fresh water, on the other hand, is associated with the Heavens, the esoteric (private), and with life and wisdom.
Aquatic animals show up frequently in folklore in legends. Sometimes they are viewed as ferocious creatures or monsters, other times they are gods or transformed humans.
In Japan, the carp symbolizes love, courage, and dignity, while salmon - for the Celts - can symbolize inspiration, wisdom, and prophecy. Despite these powerful associations, however, we don't see a lot of carp and salmon tattoos! See the links below for the most common (and most attractive) sea life - sea creature tattoo choices.
The creatures that live in our fishbowls or in the sea are certainly not the only form of animal tattoos available. Please see our other pages for bird tattoos, animal tattoos, insect and reptile tattoos.
Mythical sea creatures, such as mermaids, are also very popular for tattoos, and will be discussed later on this site under Fantasy tattoos.
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Corrissa - Turtle Tattoo Not rated yet
My first tattoo - turtle tattoo :) Ever since I was little Ive always loved turtles. One day when I was little there was a turtle crossing the road and …
Sea Turtle Tattoo with Plumeria Not rated yet
i drew this sea turtle tattoo because i wanted something to stand for a long wise life, and i also wanted something to stand for love or feeling of others …
Abe Octopus Tattoo Not rated yet
My Octopus Tattoo is my first tattoo. i got it done on the beautiful island of Guam at Low Tide Tattoos
Stingray Tattoo Hillary Not rated yet
Well I work at a petstore in the fish and reptile department.we sometimes get motoro stingrays in and being a fish department staff member, I sometimes …
Elna Koi Fish Tattoo Not rated yet
Its amazing tattoo....of my body Everybody seems impressed once they saw it. My life quite tough until the end of last year....i lost my hubby....he …
Maci Dolphin Tattoo Not rated yet
This is my third tattoo, wanted one on my foot with no outline and decided on a dolphin as they have been my fav animal since i was a child.