35+ Turtle Tattoo Designs that portray beauty and tranquility

The turtle is a widely revered creature and often perceived as a symbol of strength, stamina and stability given its ability to effectively navigate through land, sea and other conditions deemed as harsh by human beings.  The turtles seem to live such a peaceful life by always minding their own business as they go through daily life experiences. Since a turtle is pretty much ubiquitous and found all over, each culture endows it with its own meaning and significance. Turtle tattoo designs are usually just as diverse and meaningful. While it is a design element that can be depicted solely or as part of a more diverse tattoo – usually each turtle tattoo is quite different in nature.

The turtle is often associated with various myths revolving around creation especially in India and North America. The art of turtle tattooing is a common practice in Polynesia where turtle rattoos are used as talismans of protection and spirituality. Wearing a turtle tattoo symbolizes deep and intertwined meaning as depicted in the versatile characteristics of the turtle.

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The tribal turtle tattoo is a popular choice for tattoo lovers with the design featuring artistic styles that clearly demonstrate the dominant characteristics of the turtle. The turtle tattoo design below is a real display of fine artwork and design that looks cool on both men and women.

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The turtle is known as a very exceptional creature with a very long life span and a very hard shell that keeps it safe from diverse climate and whether conditions. Having these tattoo symbolizes some element of longevity and ability to endure.

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Turtle tattoos can be worn on any part of the body with designs that are either small or large depending on the wearer’s preferance. The below turtle tattoo design fits well on the leg where it’s worn.

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Turtle tattoos are usually pretty realistic in color and detail, however you will often see these designs in Pacific or Hawaiian style, which is generally drawn in black ink. Some people may want to incorporate bright and unusual colors of the Pacific turtle into the shell of the design. In most cases, turtle tattoos depict the complete turtle, though it is not uncommon to see just various parts of the turtle such as the head or just the shell. These shells are often colorfully embellished in the Pacific style of art.

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According to the Japanese culture, turtle tattoo is perceived to symbolize protection especially for those travelling by sea. Given the turtles are also known to indwell the seas and oceans, having it on when you sail signifies the character of the turtle as they navigate both the land and the waters.

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The Vietnamese are known to dorn different colours of the turtle tattoo which according to them symbolize a golden god that come to rescue when they are goind through some challenge or trouble.The turtle tattoo below looks spectacular on the wearer and quite ideal for women.

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You will also often see the cartoon version of the animal when researching turtle tattoo designs. When done with painstaking detail the tattoo of lifelike turtle will look really striking. You can also provide a feminine and cute angle to the look of the turtle tattoo if you so desire. If you feel that it will look good you can even get the outline of the turtle done.

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One aspect of the turtle that stands out quite often is it’s peaceful nature especially as it interacts with other creatures. As shown in the below tattoo, it’s easy to spot the turtle peacefully interacting with different creatures harmoniously as it goes through its life.

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In the pacific area, a turtle is supposed to embody peace, calm and a feeling of complete serenity. The same sort of significance is attached in the Polynesian and Hawaiian culture. Among Native American people it is believed that the turtle played a part in the creation of the Earth.

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It’s normally inspiring how the turtle manages the transition between the land and waters. The whole process is carried with an aspect of calm and fits so well with the Indian myth regarding the turtle that it carries the whole world on its back given its versatility in the land and sea.

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