The tree tattoo depicted is of a weeping willow devoid of it’s foliage. We all know that the oak tree tattoo means strength but what does the weeping willow tree tattoo have at it’s symbolic core? Let’s take a look at this tattoo design. Weeping willow tree species are tall and their breaches fall like curtains all around the trunk, the very small leaves that look like arrows appear in early springs and last till late in the fall. Despite the fact the English like to relate the weeping willow tree with love, the oldest meaning is given by the Bible where the willow stands for terrible grief. In Arabian stories the weeping willow tree also refers to penitence and suffering, not to mention that the ancients made the funeral torches out of willow wood. There is a story that claims that the death of Alexander the Great was predicted by a tree; the legend says that when he passed the Euphrates in a boat a willow swept his crown away. Returning to modern times the person who brought the weeping willow tree to Europe was a Turk merchant. The weeping willow tree tattoo is one that I don’t get a chance to see very often but is one that is quite beautiful.
Here is one of the small tree tattoos. One that looks somewhat like one of those miniature Japanese trees. Like those Bonsai trees. It’s one of those tattoos that both a shirt and the persons hair is going to mostly cover at any given time so you have to assume it is there for only one reason. Because this person wanted it, and that’s always a the best reason to get one.
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