If you ever thought that tattoos are just some pretty pictures and adornments, you couldn't be more wrong. Since the dawn of tattoos in 4 millennia BC, the tattoo designs always had meaning to them. Whether it was religious markings or illustrations about particular humans lifetime achievements, they were always meant to convey a message of some sorts. Skipping forward to our age, some of the tattoo symbols have lost their intended context along the way, but there are still people who like to translate hidden messages and more profound meanings into their tattoo ideas.

If you are searching for some inspiration and drawing ideas, Bored Panda has compiled a list of tattoos with meaning for you to take a look at. They might look ordinary, but on closer inspection, you'll find that each contains its own special hidden meaning. Some of them change depending on what angle you're looking at them, some of them only work when combined with others, and some of them even glow in the dark, all the while masking some deeper tattoo meanings.

See for yourself in the list below, and don't forget to send us your pictures if you have any meaningful tattoos that even a cave dweller would be jealous of!

#1

Cheshire Cat Tattoo Where A Full Cat Appears Under Black Light

Cheshire Cat Tattoo Where A Full Cat Appears Under Black Light

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Olga Snipes
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great idea, I just wish it was done in more elegant way

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Hidden Message Tattoo

Hidden Message Tattoo

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#3

Harry Potter The Marauders Map Tattoo With Words Appearing Under Black Light

Harry Potter The Marauders Map Tattoo With Words Appearing Under Black Light

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#4

One Foot In The Grave... Literally

One Foot In The Grave... Literally

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#5

"Everything Has Beauty But Not Everyone Can See It" Black And White Ink Tattoo

"Everything Has Beauty But Not Everyone Can See It" Black And White Ink Tattoo

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#6

Ambigram Tattoo With A Powerful Message

Ambigram Tattoo With A Powerful Message

Bekah Miles Report

#7

Anamorphic Skull Tattoo

Anamorphic Skull Tattoo

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#8

Secret Light-saber Tattoo That Shows Under Black Light

Secret Light-saber Tattoo That Shows Under Black Light

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#9

Connect The Dots Giraffe Tattoo

Connect The Dots Giraffe Tattoo

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Priyanka Jatan
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow! I would do a panda connect-the-dots!!!

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#10

Trampoline Tattoo Where The Stick Man Jumps When You Bend Your Palm

Trampoline Tattoo Where The Stick Man Jumps When You Bend Your Palm

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#11

When Everyone Thinks You Are A Saint But You Secretly Know You're A Sinner

When Everyone Thinks You Are A Saint But You Secretly Know You're A Sinner

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#12

Secret Heart Tattoo Which Makes Sense Only When You Hold Hands With Your Significant Other

Secret Heart Tattoo Which Makes Sense Only When You Hold Hands With Your Significant Other

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#13

Secret Sword Tattoo That Only Makes Sense When You Put Your Hands The Right Way

Secret Sword Tattoo That Only Makes Sense When You Put Your Hands The Right Way

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Craftykit
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow... The way he holds his hands makes it look like he has a ton of fingers

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#14

Positive You'll Never Regret Getting It

Positive You'll Never Regret Getting It

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#15

Two Tiny Tattoos That Make Sense When You Put Your Fingers The Right Way

Two Tiny Tattoos That Make Sense When You Put Your Fingers The Right Way

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#16

Optical Illusion Tattoo Where You Can See Two Things At Once

Optical Illusion Tattoo Where You Can See Two Things At Once

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#17

Shark Tattoo Only Visible When You Hold Your Hands Like This

Shark Tattoo Only Visible When You Hold Your Hands Like This

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Samia Guled
Community Member
4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is the shark coming out of the hand?

#19

Connect The Dots Snail House Tattoo

Connect The Dots Snail House Tattoo

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Tiffany Shim
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is that an Infinity tattoo at the end of "Nothing lasts forever" ?

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