Those born under this, the first of the Chinese Zodiac signs, can consider themselves lucky in money and power. Chinese mythology attributes the rat with bringing the gift of rice to humankind. Of all the rodents, the rat is the most intelligent, and can make a charming and endearing pet. Queen Victoria and her ladies in waiting had their favorite pet rats on display in gilded cages.
Intelligent and cunning, the rat personality makes a good entrepreneur. As a rat sign, you are imaginative, charming, and truly generous to the person you love. However, watch for a tendency to be quick-tempered and overly critical. You are also inclined to be somewhat of an opportunist. Under the influence of the rat, you could be happy in sales, or as a writer, critic, or publicist.
Rat tattoo designs are often popular with tattoo enthusiasts who are attracted to the California hot rod and street car culture of the fifties and sixties. The iconic "Rat Fink" character was designed and created by custom car legend, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. Roth designs, collectibles and memorabilia are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts. For those who grew up in the sixties, who can forget the "Fink Mobile"! Go Rats!
See also: Animal Tattoo Index.