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


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 R. Some of the most popular tattoo designs and symbols on this page include Religious Tattoo Designs, Rose Tattoos, Rosary Tattoos, Rose with Thorns, Raven Tattoos, Red Welsh Dragon Designs, Roosters and Rabbits.

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Rabbit tattoo symbol ideasRabbit Tattoos - From ancient times, the rabbit and the hare have symbolized abundance, sexuality, lust and fertility. To 'breed like a rabbit' suggests rampant and unrestrained growth. In African and American oral tradition, the rabbit is an archetypal trickster, sometimes hero, almost always lovable, but often amoral. Likewise in Japanese lore, the white rabbit proves too clever and arrogant for its own good, meeting disastrous ends. In the Chinese zodiac, the rabbit... more

Year of the Rabbit tattoo designsRabbit (Chinese Zodiac Symbol)
Born in 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011.

You are the kind of person, that people like to be around affectionate, obliging, always pleasant. You have a tendency, though, to get too sentimental and seem superficial. Being cautious and conservative, you are successful in business but would also make a good lawyer, diplomat, or actor. See all 12 animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac here

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Raccoon tattoo symbol ideasRaccoon Tattoos - The raccoon and his black mask and white and black striped tail conjure up various characters - bandit, carnival reveller, or actor of old. The raccoon is all these things, a mischievous master of disguise. This nocturnal scavenger also symbolizes our hidden identities, our dark side, that which we don't know about ourselves. Perhaps the perfect symbol of our 'alter egos'. As a symbol of curiosity, dexterity and mischievousness, a raccoon tattoo would be a statement about one's enthusiasm for adventure, exploration, and trickery. They are similar to the Trickster in Native American folklore, due to their ability to mislead. .. more

Ram and sheep tattoo symbol ideasRagdoll Cat Tattoos - The Ragdoll is a cat breed with blue eyes and a distinct colorpoint coat. It is a large and muscular semi-longhair cat with a soft and silky coat. Developed by controversial American breeder Ann Baker, it is best known for its docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature. The name "Ragdoll" is derived from... more

Ram and sheep tattoo symbol ideasRam Tattoos - Like the wolf that stayed at the edge of an ancient campfire and over time became our constant companion, the dog, and in a similar fashion to other herd animals like cattle and goats, sheep were also among the very first wild animals to be domesticated. And in the transformation from a wild to a domestic creature, our images of sheep, both conscious and unconscious were forever altered. The ram is the male member of the sheep family... more

Rat tattoo symbol ideasRat Tattoos - Symbol of resourcefulness and adaptability, the rat adapts to almost any climatic condition, being found on all continents except Antarctica. Without any confining breeding season, this highly fecund creature can produce thousands of offspring in a year. Its survival instincts have proven ferocious as it fights to keep other scavengers out of its territories. To this end, the rat has even exterminated one of its own species - the black rat... more

Year of the Rat tattoo designsRat (Chinese Zodiac Symbol)
Born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008.

You are imaginative, charming, and truly generous to the person you love. However, you have a tendency to be quick-tempered and overly critical. You are also inclined to be somewhat of an opportunist. Rats often acquire great wealth are very entrepreneurial. Born under this sign, you should be happy in sales or as a writer, critic, or publicist. See all 12 animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac here

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Rattlesnake tattoo symbol ideasRattlesnake, Diamondback, Sidewinder, Rattler - For the Native American, the indigenous rattlesnake (commonly known as the 'rattler', but also as the diamondback or sidewinder) is a symbol of potency and fertility. With a strike as fast as lightning, it has become associated with rain and the act of entering the earth and bringing forth life. It is regarded as the male symbol of creation. It is also a symbol of death and transformation, since its venom has the power to turn life towards death, delivering humans to the edge of one world and to the brink... more


Raven tattoo symbol ideasRaven Tattoos - For many of the indigenous people of the Americas, the raven is a powerful animal totem, a protector and spirit guide. He's a shape- shifter and messenger and a symbol of transformation. Its coal black plumage invokes the void, secrecy, and mystery. But the raven is also a solar symbol. The mythical raven brought the Sun to mankind, and in so doing became a symbol of light. From the earliest times, raven myths tell of its intelligence and concern for humans. As a powerful spirit guide, the raven is the keeper of secrets. It is associated with the shadowy world of spells and magic.... more


Razor Blade tattoo symbol meaningsRazor Blade - Razor blades, as a tattoo design can symbolize several things, all of them a little "edgy". A razor blade is sharp, it cuts things, sometimes dubious things, and it has often been used as an instrument of suicide, as in "cutting ones wrists".

The Razor Blade, in particular the straight-edge style that were designed to be used as replaceable blades, are a tattoo design that harkens back to a time in the seventies and eighties when such razors were regularly used as drug paraphernalia. A razor blade was used to cut up drugs ranging from marijuana to shaving cocaine crystals into a powder fine enough that it could be smoked or snorted into... more


Rebel tattoo designsRebel Flag Tattoos - Rebel Flags, The Confederate Flag or The Confederate Battle Flag (also known as; The Southern Cross & Southern Cross Flags), which are flags which depict the blue saltire as used in various flags of the Confederate States of America in the American Civil War. It is also called the "rebel" or "Dixie" flag, and is often incorrectly referred to as the "Stars and Bars" (the actual "Stars and Bars" is the First National Flag, which used an entirely different design... more

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Red dragon tattoo designsRed Welsh Dragon - For those of Welsh heritage and family roots in Wales, the Red Welsh Dragon is one of the single most popular tattoo designs, as popular as the Rampant Lion is with the Scots, or the Lion Standard with the English. A symbol with a rich and ancient heraldic past, the Welsh Dragon has a fascinating history - just one of the many reasons it makes such a wonderful and powerful tattoo symbol that represents Welsh heritage... more

Religious Tattoos - As long as people have been marking and modifying their physical appearance, there has been a strong spiritual element to the practice of body art and body modification. Even before the rise of organized religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the West and Buddhism & Hinduism in the East, with their widely recognized symbols of religious faith and devotion, tattoos often clearly were intended to serve a purpose beyond simple expressions of decoration and identification. Many early tattoos clearly had a cosmic connection and wove early man into the fabric of the larger universe. See the complete Religious Tattoos page here

Retriever tattoo symbol meaningsRetriever Tattoos - The Golden Retriever is a hallmark of the breed and is described in the standard as "kindly, friendly and confident". They are not "one man dogs" and are generally equally amiable with both strangers and those familiar to them. Their trusting, gentle disposition therefore makes them a poor guard dog. Any form of unprovoked aggression or hostility towards either people, dogs or other animals, whether in the show ring or community, is completely unacceptable in a Golden Retriever and is not in keeping with the character of the breed... more

Rock of Ages tattoo symbol ideasRock of Ages  - A classic tattoo design of nautical origin. The symbolism behind the Sailor's Cross or what is sometimes known as the Rock of Ages, many fold.

Nautical tattooing was rich with designs that had a highly symbolic nature and they were tattoos that were designed to function as specifically amulets and talismans, in other words, they were tattoos rendered for protection. Having the words "Hold Fast" tattooed on your fingers was in the hope that you would never lose your grip while in the rigging high above deck. Other symbols showed you had... more

Staff of Asclepius tattoos and designsRod of Asclepius Tattoos - The traditional symbol of medicine is the Rod of Asclepius -- a rough hewn rod with a single snake twined around it. The snake symbolizes, through the shedding of its skin, the renewal of life. Asclepius was a Greek physician who according to legend was the son of Apollo and a mortal. He appears in ancient scripts dated around 1500 BC. He was later deified as the God of Healing, and is usually depicted holding a staff with that accompanying single snake. One explanation of the Asclepius symbol would have us believe that the snake was a parasitic worm, a common human affliction in ancient societies, and visible beneath the skin of the abdomen. A physician would locate the position of the worm, make an incision in... more

Rooster tattoo symbol meaningsRooster Tattoos - First to announce the dawn of a new day, the rooster is the universal symbol of the rising sun, and of renewal, resurrection and redemption. As the cockerel (or 'cock'), it is also a common representative of the male element. Virile, defender of the flock against intruders, ambitious, curious, self reliant and courageous, the cock may waver however when it comes to making a commitment. Vigilance and courage in declaring the truth have been attributed to the rooster in legends... more

Year of the Rooster tattoo designsRooster (Chinese Zodiac Symbol)
Born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

The Rooster is a hard worker; shrewd and definite in decision making often speaking his mind. Because of this, you tend to seem boastful to others. You are a dreamer, flashy dresser, and extravagant to an extreme. Born under this sign you should be happy as a restaurant owner, publicist, soldier or world traveler. See all 12 animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac here

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Rosary tattoo design meaningsRosary Tattoo - The Rosary (its name comes from the Latin "rosarium," meaning "crown of roses"), is an important and traditional devotion of the Roman Catholic Church, combining prayer and meditation in sequences of ten "Hail Marys," each sequence being called a decade. A complete Rosary involves the completion of... more


Rose tattoo design meaningsRose Tattoo - The Rose in the West represents what the Lotus does in the East. A symbol of love, but especially of a love that is pure. Because of the roses' beauty, scent and shape, it is the ultimate floral symbol. Of all the flower tattoo designs, the rose is still the most popular and the most requested. Interestingly, the rose is nearly as popular with men as it is with women... more



Rose with thorns tattoo design ideasRose with Thorns - A tattoo of a rose with prominent thorns - the thorns being the means by which the rose protects itself - reminds us that beauty does not come without sacrifice and that caution must be exercised, lest the prick of the thorn draw blood. Love is not without risk. Ecstasy does not come without it's share of agony. The thorny rose tattoo is a perfect way for people to remind themselves of these things...  more


Rottweiler tattoo symbol meaningsRottweiler Tattoos - The Rottweiler, or Rottweil Metzgerhund ("Butchers Dog"), is a " large size, stalwart dog" breed originating in Germany as a herding dog. It is a hardy and very intelligent breed. Rottweilers also worked as draught dogs, pulling carts to carry meat and other products to market as well as for hunting.... more


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