Tattoo Designs & Symbols

Based on tattoo design & symbol searches on this site.

The top 25 Tattoo Designs & Symbols provides an overview and explanation of the 25 most popular tattoo designs in the world for 2005. From tribal designs, butterflies, skulls, dragons & zodiac symbols to eagles, pirates, lions, tigers, stars and the sun, you'll find brief explanations and links to more info, images and inspiration.

Our main list of Tattoo Designs & Symbols is continually updated and added to, and we always welcome your comments and suggestions.

The Top Twenty Five Tattoo Designs of 2005

Butterfly tattoo designsButterfly Tattoo Designs

Far and away the most popular tattoo design request. Its ranking shows the influence that women have in tattoo culture, as butterfly designs are an overwhelmingly feminine tattoo choice.
Great Butterfly Tattoo ideas at Tattoo Johnny

Tribal tattoo symbolsTribal Tattoos

Accounts for nearly a third of all tattoo design search requests, and the term "tribal" of course covers an astonishing array of tattoo design possibilities, from the traditional tribal tattoos of indigenous and aboriginal cultures, to the latest in graphic design for the body.
Tribal Tattoo designs at Tattoo Johnny

Kanji tattoo designsKanji Tattoo Symbols

Covers an entire genre of tattoo designs, but Japanese characters account for nearly twenty percent of tattoo design searches.

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Skull tattoosSkull Tattoo Designs

Represented in a number of tattoo design genres, and a classic tattoo design that has been popular for generations of tattoo enthusiasts. Old School, New School and every School in between.
Cool Skull Tattoo ideas at Tattoo Johnny

Dragon tattoo designsDragon Tattoos

A true classic tattoo design that shows the influence of Japanese and Chinese culture in western tattooing. Popular with both men and women. See also Fire Dragons & Water Dragons.
Dragon Tattoo designs at Tattoo Johnny

Zodiac symbols and designsZodiac Symbols

Searches for Zodiac symbols encompasses both the West and the East, with people searching for Zodiac symbols that represent both the classic Greek / Roman Zodiac and the Chinese Zodiac, as well as, searches for Zodiac signs rendered in Japanese Kanji.

Pinup girl tattoosPinup Girl Tattoos

Pretty girls never go out of style especially when it comes to those classic tattoo pin-up girls.
Beautiful Pin-up Tattoos and Designs at Tattoo Johnny

Ankh symbolsAnkh Symbols

The Egyptian symbol of eternity, the "key" or "cross" of life. Often incorporated into other designs.
Ankh Tattoo design ideas at Tattoo Johnny

Heart tattoo designsHeart Symbols

A classic tattoo design standard. Just add "Mom" and you have an instant tattoo icon.
Heart Tattoos and Design ideas from Tattoo Johnny

Eye of HorusEye of Horus

A continuing indication of the fascination with all things Egypt. The Eye of Horus is the symbol for Horus, the Falcon Sky God.

Scorpion tattoo designsScorpion Tattoo Designs

The scorpion is a potent tattoo symbol of danger. Usually a male tattoo, but not always, as there are a few dangerous women out there too.
Scorpion Tattoo Designs at Tattoo Johnny

Snake tattoosSnake Tattoo Symbols

The snake tattoo embraces both Eastern and Western tattoo designs.
Snake tattoos and design ideas at Tattoo Johnny

Cross tattoos and designsCross Tattoos

The cross tattoo and it's religious symbolism is very popular and prominently featured in several tattoo design genres.
Cross Tattoo design ideas at Tattoo Johnny

Sun tatoo designsSun Designs & Symbols

The sun is a very popular design with both men and women. As a tattoo design and symbol, a Sun represents fertility, vitality, passion, courage and eternally renewed youth, light and knowledge.
Sun tattoo design ideas at Tattoo Johnny

Chinese character tattoosChinese Characters

This is a growing area of interest, perhaps showing the influence of the popularity in Japanese and other Asian tattoo styles.
See all 12 of the Chinese Zodiac symbols here.

Hanzi Smatter 一知半解 -- Blog dedicated to the misuse of Kanji characters in Western culture. Careful when you get that new Kanji tattoo... it may not mean what you think it does!

Eagle tattoos and designsEagle Tattoos

The eagle tattoo is a typically male design that crosses over a significant number of tattoo genres, and the influence of the eagle in American tattooing cannot be underestimated. A significant number of military and patriotic service tattoos prominently feature eagles.
Eagle Tattoo design ideas at Tattoo Johnny

Pirate tattoosPirate Tattoo Symbols

Pirate tattoos and nautical tattoo designs are still a strong favorite with tattoo enthusiasts around the world.
Pirate Tattoos at Tattoo Johnny

Star tattoos and designsStar Designs

The star is a tattoo symbol popular with both men and women, the Nautical Star tattoo design has gone through a strong revival.
Star Tattoo design ideas at Tattoo Johnny

Lion tattoo designsLion Tattoos

The influence of the power of the Lion's symbolism can be seen in it's representation in both Chinese and Japanese art and mythology, both cultures beyond it's range.
Lion Tattoo Designs at Tattoo Johnny

Tiger tattoosTiger Tattoos

Tiger tattoo designs are popular in both Eastern and Western tattoo genres.
Tiger Tattoos from Tattoo Johnny

Barbwire Tattoos

Barbwire tattoo designsBarbwire is a tattoo design that first came out of prison culture, was adopted in Latino culture in Southern California, was then co-opted by modern tribal tattoo genre artists and then wildly popularized by Pamela Anderson! An interesting evolution for a tattoo design. Popular with both men and women, especially for arm bands.
Barbwire Tattoos at Tattoo Johnny

Polynesian tattoo designsMaori/Polynesian Tattoo Symbols

This a very popular style of tribal tattooing, Robbie Williams, Mike Tyson and Ben Harper are three celebrities with significant Maori inspired designs. Other than the distinctive Maori designs, a very popular Polynesian design school are the patterns from the Marquesas Islands. Exceedingly popular with celebrities like The Rock and Collin Farrell.

Swallow tattoo designsSwallow Tattoos

The swallow & bluebird are another tattoo design that shows the enduring popularity of nautical tattoo art.

Spider tattoo designsSpider Tattoo Designs

The spider is another tattoo symbol of danger.
Spider Tattoos at Tattoo Johnny

Frog tattoos and designsFrog Tattoos

The frog is a tattoo design that cuts across many cultures.
Frog Tattoos & Designs from Tattoo Johnny

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