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Dolphin tattoos are all about joy, exuberance, and creative self-expression. These aquatic mammals are among the best-loved of all animals, as evidenced by the fact that ‘swimming with the dolphins’ is a much sought-after experience. Dolphins embody intelligence, benevolence, and fun. In fact, they are highly intelligent – dolphins’ brains are much larger and more complex than our own! Douglas Adams’ popular series of science fiction books casts dolphins as the most intelligent and evolved species on earth – a notion that no one seems to find all that far fetched! Is it any wonder, then, that dolphin tattoos are so much in demand?
Dolphin Tattoo Designs
The dolphin image is a versatile one, and the wide variety of dolphin tattoos available are testimony to this. This is partly because of the various shapes in which a dolphin can be depicted – normally oblong, it can be curled into a near-spherical shape without looking distorted or overly stylized. So, you can have an outstretched dolphin – or even a chain of them, nose to tail, to form a band – or you can have a dolphin image curled around your bellybutton or on an ankle or shoulder. The latter are were very popular tattoo designs a few years ago, and slightly updated versions remain in hot demand today.
Dolphin tattoos can also be adapted to a variety of other tattoo styles. For example, there is a Celtic dolphin and a tribal dolphin. The universal dolphin image adapts itself well to both of these styles. The tribal dolphin tattoo designs show a dolphin as a totem animal of sorts – a bold and beautiful artistic statement. The Celtic dolphin incorporates the dolphin into a knot work design – often the curved dolphin, simply depicted, sits within a complex Celtic border.
If dolphins appeal to you, or if you have an affinity with the ocean in general, a dolphin tattoo is something you will never tire of. When in doubt, of course, start small – a simple dolphin encircling your ankle bone, for example. Dolphin tattoos are likely to remain a favourite for some time to come. In fact, many people view dolphins and dolphin tattoos as highly symbolic – a benevolent protector, or a symbol of the joy and abundance that is associated with the ocean. A lifelong interest in these graceful, happy creatures is a good indication that a dolphin tattoo just might be for you.
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