Cats have been used as symbols throughout history. In ancient Egypt, they were known as "mau," were associated with the goddesses Isis and Ba'at, and were often depicted in art and even mummified. In Greek times, they were linked with cleanliness, lust, deviousness, and cunning.


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In modern times, cats have often been associated with independence, and have even become symbols of rebellion. For example, South Korean law dictates that tattoos can only be done by medical practitioners. In response, tattoo enthusiasts have started to get cat tattoos as a form of protest.

If you have your own cat tattoos, post them here or vote on the classiest cat tattoos below!

#1 Minimalistic Tattoo

Minimalistic Tattoo

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AprilBailey 2 years ago

OMG - My Patches looks just like this one!!! Wonder if it's paws are like hers (one paw all white pads nut one black and the other paw is all black but one white)

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#2 Forever A Cat Lady

Forever A Cat Lady

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LeannaArcturus 2 years ago

I love this one <3

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#3 Sleeping Kitty Tattoo

Sleeping Kitty Tattoo

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CoryCorynn 2 years ago

This design was created by rubyetc.tumblr.com Credit the artist

#5 Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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BedaMeda 2 years ago

decent and beautiful ♥

#7 Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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KittiTanka 2 years ago

wow love it! amazing what a few lines can turn into

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#8 Minimalistic Cat Tattoo

Minimalistic Cat Tattoo

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Nishy 1 year ago

Cute lil tattoo

#10 Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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AlishaSmith 2 years ago

love!

#11 Geometric Cat Tattoo

Geometric Cat Tattoo

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KittiTanka 2 years ago

Wouldn't personally get it, but there's something about this that i just love

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#13 Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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Denise Knue 10 months ago

Simple, feminine

#14 My First Tattoo

My First Tattoo

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SarahMoseley 2 years ago

Pusheen!!!!!

#15 Sleeping Kitty Tattoo

Sleeping Kitty Tattoo

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AndersMagrioteli 2 years ago

Cute, pure and typical cat. ZzZzZz

#16 Simon's Cat Tattoo

Simon's Cat Tattoo

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OscarZambotti 2 years ago

My wife's tattoo <3 :)

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#17 Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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GrumpyCat7 2 years ago

Tail looks like something else altogether!

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#18 Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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GrumpyCat7 2 years ago

Beautiful.

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#19 Different Kind Of Pet Portrait

Different Kind Of Pet Portrait

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SarahPeterson 2 years ago

I love it forget snippy and her comment it's not like it's a sleeve of detailed cats! Christ all mighty

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#20 High Five Cats Tattoo

High Five Cats Tattoo

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TrishaLusher 2 years ago

My best friend and I have this tattoo so when we high five, our cats high five as well!!!

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