The shark tattoo has long been viewed as a dangerous and ruthless predator. Anybody who ever saw the movie Jaws, will tell you how scary this creature can be. But, shark tattoos are viewed by different cultures in different ways. For example, Polynesians considered the shark to be a sacred animal. For them, the shark tattoo served to protect them from their enemies. A Polynesian fisherman would also sport shark tattoos to protect him and his vessel from sharks in the waters where he fished. And the shark is considered a sacred symbol in Australia as well. It speaks of the connection between the land and the sea, as well as a favorite food for many of the natives. Aborigines could recognize when a shark was ‘fat’, meaning ‘ready for catching’. They came to believe that the many varieties of shark were placed on earth for the nourishment of man. In that way the shark tattoo is symbolic of life giving sustenance. Hopefully, the next time you see a shark tattoo you’ll think of more then just the eating machine depicted in the movies. Hopefully you will grant this creature the honor and respect it commands.
There are many variations of shark tattoos out there and this is just one of them. This one is not all that well done. It’s a bit cartoonish and the coloring is a little unrealistic as well but it still gets the point across. The shark is the ultimate killer. It never stops swimming and it will never stop killing. A predator like no other. Not a bad message to wear as a tattoo for some people.
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