Turtle artistry dates back to creation stories and practices of the Egyptians. In Greek culture, the sea turtle was seen as a symbol for ‘woman’. That is one of the reasons why sea turtle tattoos on feet are popular among women.
Others believe that the Mother Turtle is holding up the world and the oceans. Mohawk tradition states that when the earth shakes The World Turtle is stretching to hold the great weight of the earth. Make sure to check out turtle tribal art!
Over the past several thousand years, the turtle has developed a deep and rich symbolism. The Chinese and Japanese came to associate the turtle with patience, solemnity, wisdom, and longevity.
Many people today connect spiritually with the turtle, especially its association with inner peace. The turtle has the ability to withdraw from the world into the safety and security of its shell. This image can encourage people to look within themselves and find inner strength and calm.
The image of retreat within oneself is a powerful symbol. In addition to inner strength, the turtle has also been associated with good fortune, a long life, making many friends, and being a rock others can rely upon. It is because of the turtle’s rich symbolic history that it as become such a popular and respected image today and is so often used in turtle tattoo designs.
The fact that the turtle can go into his shell means to some that he possesses protection, healing and inner knowledge. Some turtles actually live well beyond 100 years old. It’s believed that a turtle’s heart will continue to beat after its dead, and because of this determination to stay alive it represents natural virtue, and power of spirit.
As well, we can thank the turtles in a half shell for a closer look at life in the sewers. Two generations of kids have grown up to be familiar with these pizza eating Ninja Turtle heroes.
With such a long lifespan, slow movement, sturdiness, and wrinkled appearance, turtles are an emblem of seniority and stability in many societies around the world. This is one reason people desire to have turtle skin art on them prominently for all to see. They have a personal and emotional attachment to these mammals. Turtles are the symbol of longevity.
Many people love the ocean, so turtles are popular animals when it comes to people choosing a design for their tattoo graphics. What's more beautiful than the sight of someone catching a ride on the back of a large sea turtle in the deep blue waters off the coast of Hawaii or the Bahamas coral reef? Hang ten dude!