Who can forget the movie Finding Nemo? In it, the large shark named Chum famously quips, "Dolphin tattoos. They think they're so cute. Oh, look at me, I'm a flippy little dolphin, let me flip for you.” It's plain to see that Chum is merely jealous of dolphins' keen intelligence and talent, though; the scene is extremely funny.
As inane as this quote may be, it is sure to bring a big grin to your face. Before settling on a particular tattoo of a dolphin, you might want to think about the names that you would use to describe your ideal dolphin.
On one episode of the long-running - and extremely popular - animated TV series The Simpsons, Marge said, “I brought you a tuna sandwich. They say it's brain food. I guess because there's so much dolphin in it, and you know how smart they are.”
Nearly all of the time, tattoos of dolphin designs have been depicted as graceful, intelligent and benevolent creatures. There are, of course, exceptions.
A 1973 movie called "The Day of the Dolphins" featured a group of exceptionally smart dolphins. They had been kidnapped; at one point in the movie, they manage to pull of a major assassination with success. Although such a feat took an amazing level of intelligence and comprehension, it also required some less-than-friendly motives, too, which flew in the face of most other depictions of dolphin tattoos throughout history.
Jack Handy, of Saturday Night Live fame, once said, "“If you saw two guys named Hambone and Flippy, which one would you think liked dolphins most? I'd say Flippy, wouldn't you? You'd be wrong though.
Although dolphins probably wouldn't chortle at this line, it's pretty hilarious. A dolphin done in the same style as a Simpsons character might be a cool idea for a tattoo design, actually.