Traditional Tropical Tattoos
Traditional Tropical Tattoo Meaning
Tropical tattoo designs started popping up after WWII largely due to the legend tattooer, Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. Sailor Jerry based himself in Hawaii where he painted several tattoo flash of scenes highlighting his peaceful surroundings. The exoticism of places such as these represented a contrast to the rest of the world and an escape from life’s realities.
Tropical tattoos often consist of beach scenes, mermaids, animals (such as snakes or panthers) and palm trees. Palm trees in particular, hold strong symbolism of paradise and harmony.
Even today, we naturally associate tropical scenery with being on holiday and the feeling of tranquillity that runs alongside that. So it’s not surprising that people get tropical tattoos to carry a reminder of these feelings in their day to day lives.
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