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Cool Symbols for Tattoos

Designs That Hold Secret Meaning

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While many people opt for traditional tattoo flash or imagery for their body art, others seek cool symbols for tattoos, some with secret meanings that are only know to them.

Tattoos should be significant and that does not mean that their purpose has to be clearly revealed. Similar to a talisman or a trinket of inherit value, these often small in scale, and at times scattered about, cool symbols for tattoos may inspire you to think deep before you ink. You don't need a large artistic piece of art if you just want to mark a memory or have a visual reminder of something or someone you hold dear. A symbol tattoo holds a little mystery. Take a look at these ideas for popular and cool tattoo symbols.

Popular Cool Symbols for Tattoos

Triangle

When represented as the Delta symbol, the Greek triangle represents change and fluidity. Perfect to mark the passage of seasons, time or personal growth, a triangle tattoo also represents all things in triplicate; such as saying, thinking and doing the right thing. Although many people are very familiar with the Greek Delta, the symbol's most popular form is the Masonic triangle measured at 36 degrees at the apex and 72 degrees at its base.

Infinity

Ask any tattooer what one of the most trendiest tattoo designs are, and they'll likely respond with the infinity symbol. And that's for good reason. The infinity carries rich meaning as the figure eight represents no beginning and no end. Originating from India in mathmateical numerals, the two loops may represent female and male, night and day and light and dark. Because both of the loops sit directly across from the other, the infinity symbol also represents equality, sexual union and two becoming one. The infinity symbol also appears in tarot as part of the Magician's card.

Scallop Shell Shaped like a woman's sexual organ, the scallop shell holds both marine and feminine associations. In Botticelli's The Birth of Venus , the goddess rose from the waters standing on the scallop shell covering herself with her fairy tale tresses. If you want a design that is representative of a watery habitat or that depicts the association of the moon, a scallop shell makes a very cool symbol for a tattoo. Scallop shells are often used in a pin-up style tattoo and are worn on the bosoms of ladies and mermaids. Forget the girl and go for the shells and you still have a feminine design that's oceans deep.

Zodiac Symbols

Whether worn to honor your children, a loved one, or yourself, a zodiac design makes a very cool symbol for a tattoo. A perennial favorite, the symbol related to your astrological sign will never change. You may use either the glyph or the imagery associated with any of the twelve birth signs. For astrological inspiration that goes beyond symbols, take a look at Gemini tattoo ideas here and Leo the Lion ideas here.

Ouroboros

If you want a cool symbol for a tattoo that's also antique, look no further than the Ouroboros. Both a circle and a serpent that swallows his own tail, this symbol first made its appearance in 1600 BC and was named by the Greeks, signifying "self-devourer." Whether you are battling your own demons or want to promote internal strength, the Ouroboros can also be quite regal. In Hindu myth the ouroboros was represented as Nahusha, the Goddess who was celebrated for creating the world. The ouroboros symbolizes the passage of both time and the seasons. This could be the perfect tattoo choice for anyone hoping to promote a higher sense of being. While the ouroboros can be small is scale, the design lends itself to many placement and sizeable suggestions. The outer thigh, forearm and bicep make cool spots for this symbolic tattoo. You could also place the serpent on your lower back or shoulder. No matter where you place it, it's certain to make a strong and interesting statement.

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