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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


If you are into animal tattoos or symbolic tattoos, then you may want to consider the beautiful elephant tattoo. The elephant has been a symbolic character to several different cultures and civilizations, such as the Romans, Hindus, and Greeks. The elephant has also been symbolic to Asian and African cultures. The elephant is the largest land animal in the world, growing up to 10 feet tall and weighing up to 4 tons. Elephant tattoos can be worn as a decorative tattoo or as a symbolic tattoo. Elephant tattoos can also be worn by both men and women.

The Ganesha tattoo is one of the most popular elephant tattoo designs. The Ganesha elephant tattoo portrays the Hindu god Ganesha. Ganesha has the head of an elephant and has a potbelly. Ganesha is portrayed with four arms and only one tusk. The Ganesha elephant is a power religious symbol of the Hindus, even today. The Ganesha tattoo represents good luck and purity.



The elephant tattoo can represent a variety of different meanings for those who wear this tattoo. The elephant tattoo symbolizes several positive meanings toward the wearer. But remember, in the end, your elephant tattoo represents what you want it too. With saying that, below are the meanings behind the elephant tattoo.

  • Longevity
  • Patience
  • Wisdom
  • Chastity
  • Sexuality
  • Power
  • Strength
  • Prosperity
  • Gentleness
  • Creation
  • Good Luck
  • Determination
  • Nobility


One great thing about the elephant tattoo is the fact that they come in several different designs. Elephant tattoo designs can be designed in a variety of different ways. Elephant tattoos may portray the elephant in a realistic way or as a cartoon. Some elephant tattoos will show the entire elephant while others will portray only the head and trunk. Elephant tattoo designs also portray pink elephants, possibly inspired by "Dumbo." Pink elephant tattoos are usually designed to look cute, a possible design for a girl.

Elephant tattoo designs can also portray the elephant in various postures or scenarios. For example, some elephant tattoos will portray a circus elephant or an elephant dressed in circus attire. Elephant tattoos may also have the elephant designed with clothing and jewelry, just as they do in India and in the Hindu culture. The elephant tattoo can also portray the elephant running, standing, sitting, raising its trunk, or picking up items with its trunk.

Elephant tattoos can also be designed in tribal art and Celtic art also. With all the elephant tattoo designs available, it will give you a handful of options to consider when looking for the right elephant tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to view all the different elephant tattoo designs in this article. This will give you a general idea of what elephant tattoos are available, plus you can pick up some tips and ideas for your own elephant tattoo design. As you will see, there are many variations when it comes to elephant tattoo designs.


To better understand the meanings behind elephant tattoos, all we have to do is watch the elephant in its natural environment. The elephant is very large, some growing in access of 4 tons. This alone represents incredible strength. Although they are large and strong, upon observation, we see that elephants are gentle giants. They display patience and gentleness. All of these can be represented by the elephant tattoo.

One interesting fact about the elephant that displays their wisdom is their behavior in death. Elephants are known to throw dirt, plants, and limbs on elephants that have died. As you can imagine, this is quite a spectacle to see. Elephants are also known to pick up bones from other elephants that have passed away. Elephants have been witnessed passing these bones among the family. You can actually compare this to some type of death ritual. Elephants are truly intelligent animals.

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Before you choose to get your elephant tattoo or any tattoo, there are some important things that you need to remember. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. You want to make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that your tattoo represents something different from what you first though. Don't rush to get inked! If you have a second thought about a tattoo, wait it out. Men and women that get tattooed on an impulse usually have regrets about their tattoo later on down the road. You don't want to make this same mistake. Wait until you are completely sure on your choice. If you believe that the elephant tattoo is not for you or you want to view more animal tattoos, please feel free to follow the links below. As always, thanks for your visit!



Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 31, 2012:

Fascinating as always but I wouldn't want to walk around with an elephant on any part of my body. lol

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 28, 2012:

If i were to get an animal tattoo it would be a donkey, just sayin' Hee..

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on August 28, 2012:

I love these, though it looks like because these are large animals, you generally need a large amount of skin for the tattoo. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on August 28, 2012:

A beautiful hub as always LW - and to choose the elephant, you couldn't do much better. I love the symbolism as well, combining such attributes as power, strength but also gentleness and patience and so on. These animals are not only highly intelligent, but have an understanding of life and death that is truly spiritual.

These beautiful tatoos show not only the magnificence of these beautiful animals, but the duality that is in all of us. But more than that, you put all this over in such a wonderful and fascinating way, that your hubs hook and fascinate from the start.

My friend and wonderful writer keep producing these awesome hubs!!

Claudia Porter on August 28, 2012:

these hubs are always amazing. I am continually blown away by the different images that people put on their bodies (blown away both in a good and sometimes in a bad way).

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 28, 2012:

This gives a whole new meeting when someone say an elephant in the room.. great tats bro..

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