Tattoo Symbols and Designs - B



Meanings of Tattoo Symbols and Designs that start with the letter B


Tattoo Designs & Symbols provides tattoo meanings, overviews and explanations of some of the most popular tattoo designs in the world today. The tattoo symbols & designs on this page all start with the letter B. Some of the most popular tattoo designs and symbols on this page include Butterflies, Birds, Bees, Buddha Tattoos, Barcodes, Bears, Bull Tattoos and Bluebirds.

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Badger tattoo designsBadger Tattoo Designs - The badger is either fierce, strong, and shy - or aggressive and anti-social - depending on your respect or antipathy for this nocturnal creature.

Many people came to first know the badger in Kenneth Graham's, The Wind in the Willows. Mr. Badger is a gruff, solitary figure who 'hates society'. But he is also the wise hermit, and proves himself brave, cooperating in times of need to keep the enemy away... more

Bamboo tattoo  designsBamboo Tattoo Designs - Bamboo is a favourite tattoo design motif for individual seeking to have large parts of their anatomy covered with skin ink. In tattoo scenes which feature creatures like tigers and dragons, bamboo is a popular backdrop, used in a similar fashion to design elements like smoke, fire, clouds and water. Bamboo gives a tattoo an authentically Asian feel, its segmented stalks and long leaves instantly recognizable all around the world. For centuries, of course, indigenous tattoo artists in tropical regions would have likely applied their ink with bamboo implements, a practice still employed in Samoa, Japan, Thailand, & Borneo... more

Barbwire tattoo designsBarbwire Tattoo Designs - The barbwire tattoo is a tattoo design that first came out of prison culture, then it was adopted in Latino culture in Southern California, was then co-opted by modern tribal tattoo genre artists... more

Barcode tattoo designsBarcode Tattoos - The use of the barcode as a tattoo design is meant to be ironical, a warning that if we are not careful as a culture, we are all in danger of becoming products ourselves. A barcode tattoo is also a protest against... more

Soldier's CrossBattlefield Cross Tattoo - A battlefield cross is a makeshift memorial to a fallen or missing soldier. Built from the soldier's inverted rifle, bayonet, boots and helmet, it's not exactly a cross. Nor is it meant to mark an actual grave, since casualties are usually transported home for burial. On or close to the spot where the soldier died in action, the instant sculpture honours their ultimate sacrifice, and provides comrades with an immediate ritual by which they can begin to make sense of their loss. As an American military tattoo, the battlefield cross motif has, for many, become a permanent memorial to loss and mourning... more

Bat tattoo designsBat Tattoos - The only mammal that truly flies and not just glides, is the bat. By defying gravity and navigating with a heightened audio sensitivity, the bat has become a symbol of transformation, intuition, and clairaudient abilities. Because bats are highly social animals living together in colonies, they are also a symbol of adaptability and survival... more

Beagle tattoosBeagle Tattoo - The Beagle is a breed of small to medium-sized dog. A member of the Hound Group, it is similar in appearance to the Foxhound but smaller, with shorter legs and longer, softer ears. Beagles are scent hounds, developed primarily for tracking hare, rabbit, and other game.... more

Bear tattoosBear Tattoo - The bear is a popular symbol in many cultures around the world, appearing in many European, North American and Asian myths & legends. The bear was both feared & admired for its great strength and ferocity. The bear is a powerful animal totem, or spirit in shamanistic and animist belief systems. Bears in dreams were thought to be spirit guides. Some early peoples believed the bear was a human clad in bearskin. Others believed that it understood human speech... more

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Bear tattoosBear & Bull Tattoo - The bull and the bear, two of the most powerful animal symbols we have, are used to describe trends in the stock market. The market is 'bullish' when prices of equities charge upward over an extended period of time - and 'bear-ish' when prices are in continual decline. Short-lived upward or downward swings are referred to as 'corrections' in the market. The duration of the trend is key... more

Bee and wasp tattoosBee, Wasp or Hornet Tattoo - Mankind has had a long history with bees, and presumably with wasps & hornets as well. There is archaeological evidence dating back at least ten thousand years that early humans gathered honey-combs for the sweet treasure it contained. There is even a possibility that Neanderthals may have practiced a primitive form of bee-keeping... more

Bernese Mountain Dog tattoosBernese Mountain Dog Tattoo - The Bernese Mountain Dog, called in Swiss German the Berner Sennenhund, is a large breed of dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. The name Sennenhund refers to people called Senn, herders in the Swiss Alps. Berner (or Bernese in English) refers to the area of the breed's origin... more

Betty Page tattoosBetty Page Tattoos - Nicknamed the "Girl With The Perfect Figure", in 1955 Betty Page won the title "Miss Pin-up Girl of the World".

Bettie's allure was an image of the girl next door with an attitude that hinted at a love of the naughty. Her image on camera was shy and daring at the same time, simple, yet exotic. Her influence is still evident today in fashion, films, and popular culture. The dark-haired girl has become a living legend, a modern icon, a symbol of beauty and femininity that continues to inspire generations of women... more

Biomechanical tattoo meaningsBiomechanical Tattoos -  Bio-mechanical tattoos are realistic, three-dimensional impressions of a robotic bio-realm beneath the skin. It's a 'tromp l'oeil', or 'trick of the eye', since the skin often appears to be peeled back to reveal what you're truly made of - an improbable (but somehow sublime) combination of mechanics and flesh. Where there should be a mess of blood and bone, tendons and sinew, we might see mechanical components - gears, tubes, and levers. Some say these titanium parts represent our hidden potential.. more

Bird tattoo meaningsBird Tattoos -  Birds, real and fabled, have long been among the most popular of all the tattoo designs and symbols for over a hundred years. It is difficult to imagine American tattooing without the Eagle or Japanese tattooing without the Phoenix. Birds are powerful metaphors for our moods and phases of life. All over the world, birds have been chosen to represent the widest range of human emotions and every country and culture has stories and myths were birds play central roles.. more


Bird of paradise tattoo meaningsBird of Paradise Tattoos -  Bird of Paradise tattoo designs can be found popping up in the most interesting of places, from the artwork of Greg Irons - iconoclastic San Francisco-based tattoo artist and graphic artist in the 60's and 70's - to the traditional Japanese tattooing of previous centuries. What is the attraction? The Bird of Paradise is the 'Diva' of the avian world, the flashy cousin of the raven and crow. The Bird of Paradise was rumoured to have come from the heavenly realms, where it soared through paradise without ever touching the earth... more


Birman Cats tattoo meaningsBirman Cat Tattoos - Also known as "Sacred Cat of Burma" (particularly so in some languages), it is not to be confused with the Burmese, which is a separate and dissimilar breed. The Birman has a pale coloured body and darker points with deep blue eyes. The Birman breed is recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) and by the Canadian Cat Association (CCA).... more


Black Cat tattoosBlack Cat Tattoos - Black Cat tattoo designs are usually associated as a symbol of the Occult, Witches and Pagan religions. During the terrible times of the Medieval Inquisitions carried out by the Roman Catholic Church, individuals who were thought to be heretics or witches were actively... more


Bluebell tattoosBluebell Tattoo - The bluebell -- has inspired lovers, artists, and poets to sing their praises, but all carry a warning. The Bluebell, while connoting constancy and everlasting love, is known to be an unlucky flower to pick. The common Bluebell flowers in April and May. The stems are 10-30 cm long and bend over at the top. The lavender-blue flowers are pendulous, tubular with the petals... more


Bluebird tattoosBluebird Tattoo - The bluebird -- like the swallow with which it's often associated -- is a favourite nautical symbol of good luck. As a nautical tattoo design, the bluebird has sometimes been mistaken within popular culture for the swallow, or swift and the two very different species of birds have quite similar colouring, with bright accents of blue and orange, verging to both red and yellow. In mythology, the bluebird is the universally acknowledged sign of happiness, prosperity, good health... more


Boar tattoosBoar Tattoo Designs - The Chinese Zodiac makes no distinction between the pig and the boar - the former having been domesticated from the wild boar some ten thousand years ago.

In the West, the term boar is usually used to refer to the wild pigs of the forest. Technically, 'Boar' denotes an adult, uncastrated male of certain species, including the domestic pig. The wild variety is swift, nocturnal, omnivorous, and sports a razor sharp set of sharp tusks... more


Bodhi Tree tattoosBodhi Tree Tattoo Designs - The Bodhi Tree, symbol of Buddha's enlightenment, is a reminder of the ultimate human potential that lies within us all. 'Bodhi' in the Sanskrit language, means 'fully awake'. Some people see this sacred Buddhist symbol as the 'World Tree', the mythical tree whose roots lie deep in the earth and whose branches support the heavens. At the site of Buddha's enlightenment, a descendent of the original tree is said to be growing today. And at some Buddhist centres around the world, offshoots of the famous Bodhi tree can be found... more


Boxer Dog tattoosBoxer Dog Tattoo - Developed in Germany, the Boxer is a breed of stocky, medium-sized, short-haired dog. The coat is smooth and fawn or brindled, with or without white markings. Boxers are brachycephalic (they have broad, short skulls), and have a square muzzle, mandibular prognathism (an underbite), very strong jaws... more


Lord Brahma tattoosBrahma Tattoo Designs - Brahma is often said to have originated from the 'Cosmic Mother', although some sacred texts depict Brahma as the creative spirit arising from Brahman, the Supreme Being. Setting out to create the universe, Brahma first manifested water, into which his seed was planted. From this seed grew a golden egg, and out of that was Brahma born. Another interpretation finds Brahma arising from the thousand-petal lotus which sprang... more


Buddha tattoosBuddha Tattoos - As a tattoo symbol Buddha may be represented by a literal symbol, such as the statues of Buddha one is familiar with, or by a Lion, a Begging Bowl, a Stupa, an empty Throne, the Bodhi Tree - the tree under which Buddha achieved enlightenment, Buddha's footprints, or an Eight-Spoked Wheel and Deer. Siddhartha Guatama was born a prince, but one of the sages present at his birth predicted greatness that would surpass any regal power. He was sure that Siddhartha would attain 'supreme knowledge', that is, become a Buddha... more


Buddha's empty throneBuddha's Empty Throne -  The Empty Throne of Buddha is often shown supporting the Dharma Wheel or the Bodhi Tree. Sometimes, the base of the throne is decorated with other symbols of the Buddha's teaching, such as lions and deer - see, The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism. The idea of an 'empty throne' was meant to imply that the master is sitting there, yet no 'self' is present. The throne is a way to approach the master even through his absence... more


Buddha's eyesBuddha's Eyes -  On almost all Buddhist shrines (stupas) - especially in Nepal - a giant pair of eyes look out from all four sides of the main tower, seeing in all directions. These are Buddha Eyes, or Wisdom Eyes, and they symbolize Buddha's omniscience. They are meant to remind us to cultivate compassion towards all living creatures, and to be mindful in everything we do. For the Nepalese, the Buddha's Eyes have come to symbolize their nation... more


Buddha tattoosBuddha's Footprint -  Images of Buddha's footprint symbolize Buddha's presence in his teachings - the dharma - and enforce the fact that he was a mortal man who walked the earth. It reminds us that the spiritual life has its feet on the ground, and that while we aspire to 'transcendence', we should never lose awareness of the material plane of existence. At the same time, a disembodied foot speaks of Buddha's absence, the absence of the human personality, and by extension, his non-attachment to this life. Buddha's footprint, or Buddhapada is one of the aniconic symbols of Buddhism - which is to say, it doesn't attempt to be a true likeness of the master. For years after Buddha's death his disciples kept Buddha's physical incarnation out of the teaching... more


Buddha tattoosBuddha's Three Jewels -  The Three Jewels - known in Sanskrit as the Triratna - are not actual gems or precious stones at all, but gifts for those on the spiritual path. They are called 'jewels', because for practitioners of Buddhism, they are the most precious gifts in the spiritual life. They are the three refuges - the three sources of refuge from the endless cycle of rebirth (Samsara) - the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. The design resembles a rounded 'W'. It is often depicted supported by the lotus flower, which itself is a symbol of enlightenment. And it is often shown in association with the Dharma wheel, the symbol of Buddha's teachings... more


Buddhist begging bowl tattoosBuddhist Begging Bowl - The begging bowl is one of the primary symbols of the chosen life of the Buddhist monk. Every monk who has been initiated into Buddhist practice carries with him a begging bowl on his journey through life. It signifies the surrender of worrying about worldly living and also of concern for tomorrow.

The Buddhist monk moves through the highways and byways of life with nothing but his begging bowl and his staff - and his beliefs... more


Buddhist tattoosBuddhist Tattoos - Many of the symbols we now know as 'Buddhist' originated from the Hindu tradition, since it was into the Hindu culture and religion that Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later known as the Buddha, was born. Not until several centuries after his death did symbols relating specifically to the Buddha, and the religion he inspired, come into being. The first archeological evidence of Buddhist symbols were from the time of the Hindu King Ashoka, who was inspired by the teachings of Buddha. The king lived around 250 BC in Sarnath, India, a site still visited today for its wealth of archeological discoveries pertaining to early Buddhism... more


Buddhist golden fish tattoosBuddhist Golden Fish Tattoos - In Buddhism, the golden fish - usually depicted as a pair - symbolize the state of fearlessness while afloat in an ocean of suffering - or what Buddhists call 'the sea of samsara'. The golden fish became the sign of happiness and emancipation, of freedom and spontaneity, all of which are the consequences and result of the liberation one experiences when taking the teachings of the Buddha to heart... more

Buddhist knot tattoosBuddhist Knot Tattoos - The Endless Knot is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols in Buddhism, and one of the most popular symbols in Tibetan Buddhism. Also referred to as the 'Mystic Dragon', it symbolizes the infinite wisdom and compassion of the Buddha for all sentient beings.

Resembling the well-known Celtic knot, this unbroken weaving of geometric lines has shown up in many cultures around the world, making it a universal symbol... more

Buddhist lion tattoosBuddhist Lion Tattoos - A 'lion among men' was how the earliest followers of Buddha's referred to their enlightened master. In time, the lion was adopted as a symbol of Buddha himself, and remains the animal most often associated with him. Legend would have us believe that a lion followed the Buddha around after his enlightenment. Buddha's Lotus Throne was supported by eight lions, symbolic of the bodhisattvas who carried the truth of the Buddha Dharma (teachings) to the eight directions of the universe... more

Buddhist wealth vase tattoosBuddhist Treasure Vase Tattoos - The Treasure Vase - known also as the 'wealth vase' - and 'vase of inexhaustible treasure' - became the Buddhist symbol of spiritual abundance. As one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism, it represents not only the wealth of Buddha's teaching but his never-diminishing generosity and compassion. Legend attributes to it a special quality, that of always remaining full despite much being taken from it... more

Buddhist victory banner tattoosBuddhist Victory Banner Tattoos - One of the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism, the victory banner signifies Buddha's enlightenment through his conquering of passion, pride, lust, and the fear of death. These four pitfalls are known as the 'four maras', and are considered by Buddhists to be the hindrances we face on our spiritual journey. Liberation, or the state of nirvana, can only be realized when the battle over the four maras is won. In ancient times the 'victory banner' once implied a 'flag', but it would be a mistake to consider the Buddhist victory banner as such. It is a cylinder usually made of beaten copper. It is mounted on a pole and surmounted by a small white parasol. Billowing silken scarves of white and yellow were often attached... more

Bull tattoo designs available hereBull Tattoos - The Bull is a symbol of power, strength, resurrection, masculinity, fertility, impulsiveness, fathers, kingship, and the Zodiac sign and constellation Taurus. The widespread presence of the Bull in many different and widespread cultural mythologies and early religions can be explained by the fact that cattle were among the first animals domesticated by man, in fact probably not longer after the Asian wolf became the household dog. The Bull straddles two opposites in the world of mythology and symbolism, in that it is both a solar and a lunar creature. The Bull's male fertility, fiery temperament, and role as father of the herd make him the masculine sun-god in many cults... more

Bulldog tattoosBulldog Tattoo - A Bulldog, also known as British Bulldog or English Bulldog, is a breed of dog which traces its ancestry to England. It should not be confused with other varieties such as the American Bulldog or the French Bulldog, which have a similar appearance. Despite their famous "sourpuss" expression, bulldogs are generally docile although can prove to be very fast movers over a short distance. They are friendly and gregarious but occasionally willful... more

Butterfly tattoosButterfly Tattoo Designs - far and away one of the most popular tattoo design requests. Its ranking shows the influence that women have in tattoo culture, as butterfly tattoos & designs are an overwhelmingly feminine tattoo choice. The butterfly, because of its short life, its physical beauty, and its... more


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