Many people view dolphins and dolphin tattoos as highly symbolic – these intelligent creatures are seen as a friendly and benevolent protector and a symbol of the joy and abundance that is associated with the ocean. The dolphin has a near-universal appeal and it almost always draws positive connotations to mind.
That being said, a nice dolphin tattoo is hard to find. For some reason, they turn out bad most of the time. If you’re going for a dolphin tattoo, make sure you find a skilled tattoo artist.
The dolphin has a rich symbolic history. It has been admired and lauded in several cultures for thousands of years:
- The Celts were one of the earliest cultures to appreciate the dolphin. In ancient Celtic art, it stands for prosperity, wisdom, and guidance. Because it lives in the sea, the Celts came to associate dolphins with rejuvenation and a new start in life as well.
- The ancient Greeks also incorporated the dolphin into their mythology. In Greek legends, the animal carried human souls to the “Island of the Blessed” after death. The Greeks saw the dolphin as a mystic figure with a spiritual connection to the sea and the entire universe. They interpreted the presence of dolphins riding in a ship’s wake as a very good omen.
- Some people see the dolphin as a representation of Jesus Christ. It is a symbol of rejuvenation and new life, just as some believe Christ came to bring new life to people on earth.