Dolphin tattoos often have a rich symbolism that can be traced back thousands of years. To the ancient Greeks and Romans, dolphins were revered among sailors as symbols of divine protection and guidance, aided, no doubt, by the dolphin’s habit of surfing the bow wave of ships at sea. It was thought that dolphins would assist lost sailors back to their home ports and rescue sailors that fell overboard and take them back to shore. Dolphins were seen to be messengers for the gods, and were closely associated with Poseidon’s daughters, the Nereids, the goddess of love Aphrodite, the heroine Galatea and the music-loving sun god, Apollo. As a matter of fact, dolphins were so prized and cherished, that the penalty for killing one was equal to the killing of a human being. Our affinity with this amazing creature has spawned the tribute of dolphin tattoo designs, living breathing art that testifies to the character, traits and symbolism of the dolphin, and in some way attempts to absorb this creature’s qualities into our own bodies. Dolphin tattoos embody a creature that is intelligent, kind and full of wondrous curiosity. It’s no wonder that they are enjoying a resurgence of sorts in the tattoo community.
I’ve seen some dolphin tattoos that were pretty cool but I’d have to say this one is very average at best. The artwork is good enough to tell what it is but that’s about as far as the artistic talent goes here. The truth is that it’s overall look and coloring comes off as very amateurish. To each his own.
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