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


Although it is not a mainstream tattoo, the mushroom tattoo can spark the interest of many. Most of us know that the mushroom has many uses, but few know just how symbolic the mushroom is. The mushroom has been a symbolic plant to a variety of cultures and civilizations through history, none more then China. The Chinese believed that the mushroom could promote spiritual healing. They believed that the mushroom was very beneficial to the body. In China, the mushroom is also a symbol of a long life, which is linked back to their beliefs that the mushroom is good for the body. The Chinese also believed that the mushroom symbolized transformation, rebirth, and happiness. They believed that the mushroom only grows in peaceful times.

Several different cultures believed that the mushroom is a symbol of the human soul. Elsewhere, it is believed that the mushroom represents enlightenment. The mushroom can also represent masculinity, due to its symbolism of male fertility and virility. Literature tells us that the mushroom is a symbol of immorality and eccentricity. Some people believe that the mushroom is a symbol of weird things or the unbelievable. The mushroom is also a symbol of the psychedelic realm and fantasy.



Mushroom tattoo designs can be designed in a variety of different ways. The mushroom tattoo can be portrayed with a variety of different elements and symbols. The mushroom is commonly seen with fairies, frogs, and butterflies. The mushroom is very popular in fantasy related tattoos, which often portray all three. Wizards, stars, dragonflies, and pinup girls are also designed with mushroom tattoos. Mushroom tattoos can be designed to look realistic or as a cartoon, which can portray cartoon-like characters.

Mushroom tattoos are usually very colorful and vivid. As you can clearly see from the mushroom tattoo designs in this article, any color choice would be appropriate. Since there are several different species of mushrooms, mushrooms can be portrayed in several different shapes and sizes. One variation of the mushroom tattoo is the famous Mario mushroom. This is a tattoo of the magical mushroom that made Mario larger then life.

Some mushroom tattoo designs may portray the mushroom is a psychedelic way. For example, some mushroom tattoos may portray a mushroom melting away or the entire tattoo design melting away. Some mushroom tattoos may have an elf sitting on top of a mushroom smoking or kissing a fairy. You may also see mushroom tattoos that portray a naked pinup girl or pinup fairy. This is not an uncommon feature with mushroom tattoo designs.


With so many different symbolic associations linked to the mushroom, the mushroom tattoo can represent a variety of different things. Some can be positive in nature while others are negative. But remember, in the end, your mushroom tattoo symbolizes what you want it too symbolize. With that, below are the meanings that may be applied to the mushroom tattoo.

  • Longevity
  • Strength
  • Prosperity
  • Protection
  • Rebirth
  • Transformation
  • The Soul
  • Intuition
  • Growth
  • Immorality
  • Enlightenment
  • Happiness
  • Peace
  • Freedom
  • Illusion


When it comes to the mushroom tattoo, you have a lot of options to consider. It all depends on what your looking for. Mushrooms look great with fairies, possibly adding butterflies, flowers, or ladybugs. Mushroom tattoos may portray fat mushroom or skinny mushrooms that tower like trees. Mushrooms work best with fantasy tattoos. With so many fantasy symbols available, you can make a great fantasy sleeve or tattoo.

Since mushrooms can be designed large or small, they can nearly be tattooed all over the body. You have to go with color if your choosing a mushroom tattoo, it just looks much better then plain black ink. For men, flaming mushrooms are always a great choice, possibly with stars and trail art. Great colors for mushroom tattoos include blues, purples, and yellows. Or course, you can choose any color that you wish, but these three colors look great together.

Make sure that you take the time to view all the different mushroom tattoo designs in this article. This will help give you a general idea of what mushroom tattoo designs are available. Plus, you can also pick up great ideas and inspiration for your own mushroom tattoo or another tattoo down the line.



There are some very important things that you need to remember before you choose your mushroom tattoo or any tattoo. Always be sure to research the tattoo that you are considering. Make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get a tattoo and find out later that it represents something different from what you first thought. Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that rush to get inked usually have regrets about their tattoo later on down the road. If you are not completely sure on your tattoo choice, don't get inked. Remember, you will be sporting this for the rest of your life. If you think that the mushroom tattoo is not for you and you want to view more tattoos, simply follow the links below. As always, thanks for your visit. If you have any questions, you can leave them below.

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Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on September 02, 2012:

Thank you all for your comments, times, votes, ect. Rosemay, to be honest, many don't. Glad you enjoyed it. Hyp, same here. I do like the color usage in them though. KJ, LOL:) That is funny:) Plinka, there's a thought, a wise one that is. Thanks. Bill, LOL. Thanks again. You have the option in your photo app. It is on the left, click the scroll arrow and you will see an option that says "thumbnail." Tom, Ruby, Gypsy, thank you all for everything :) Eddy, you should know I remember. LOL Your wise though, no sense rushing when your still undecided. Teaches, I agree. Just something about them. Thanks again. Alastar, makes sense huh. I would have to believe that one of them did. Shaman, perfect tat. Thanks Alastar.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on August 30, 2012:

Now I know why the Allman Bros had a mushroom as their motto. Wonder if any of the original members had a shroom tat. Might also be a good style for a shaman. Interesting style for sure.

Dianna Mendez on August 27, 2012:

There is something so whimsical about mushrooms and you have tattoos posted here that prove it. Love the frog and the fairy.

Eddy Jones from Wales. on August 27, 2012:

I can remember telling you a long time ago that I was going to have a tattoo and sadly I must admit that I still haven't had one. You keep on sharing all these wonderful ideas which will push me in the right direction very very soon I hope. Thanks for sharing.and enjoy your day.


Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 27, 2012:

Love those mushroom tattoos. So colorful.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 26, 2012:

The frog on the mushroom is adorable, another fun layout. Thank you Ricky..

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on August 26, 2012:

Mushroom tattoo hub is fun and has some good photos has well .

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 26, 2012:

Okay my friend, these were cool! The last one in particular. Not mythical beasts as requested :) but cool nonetheless. Great hub! How do you do that thumbnail sketch thing on the multiple pictures?

plinka from Budapest, Hungary on August 26, 2012:

Don't get inked when having magic mushrooms! :-) Nice images and interesting hub.

kjforce from Florida on August 26, 2012:

Thelyricwriter....Loved the photos...and what a subject for a " FUNGUY" such as yourself..couldn't resist...get it " fungi ? "

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on August 26, 2012:

Tattooing a mushroom on my body never occurred to me. Some of these are very pretty though and the meanings behind them are interesting. It is kinds seventies for sure. Thanks for the entertainment!

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on August 25, 2012:

I would hnever have thought of a mushroom tattoo, there is such a variety from something simple to extremely detailed.

Enjoyed reading the histoy and symbolic meanings too, I had no idea there was so much to the humble mushroom.

Thank you Ricky.

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