Lizard Tattoos are popular tattoo designs both for men and women. They can be inked small and large as well, and in many styles, like realistic, cartoonish, simplistic, tribal and so on. Lizards have been highly popular especially in Hawaiian and Polynesian traditions, and as we know these are cultures that associate deep meaning and symbolism to natural creatures and elements - the lizard is not an exception either.
As for lizard tattoos, there are usually two main types that people choose:
Gecko Lizard Tattoos: Geckos can commonly be found in tropical regions of the world. They are completely harmless, and have broad and long bodies. What is special about them is that they can change their natural colors to disguise themselves from predators. They have very good hearing unlike other lizard animals. But what is most important, they look awesome in tattoo form. Some choose a design that covers the full chest or back, or just a small simple design to the legs.
Iguana Lizard Tattoos:Iguanas come mainly from South Africa and Central America. They can grow as large as 5 to 7 feet and have impressive defensive mechanisms. They naturally have bright colors, so you should use intense colors to make it look good as a tattoo.
There are many associations of lizards amongst people. For Example, Native Americans associate them with dreams, thus lizard tattoo wearers are considered dreamers or individuals who can interpret dreams. As for the Romans, lizards symbolized rebirth and resurrection. Another interpretation of them are divine wisdom and fortune, especially for the Greeks and Egyptians.
The popularity of these tattoos is rising nowadays thanks to celebrities also. Let's have a look at stars who have this tattoo:
David Bowie - singer: He has a lizard tattoo on his ankle
Alissa York - author: She inked a gecko lizard on her left arm.
Alex O'Loughlin - actor: You can see a lizard tattoo over the right nipple
Nicholas Cage - actor: He has a special design; a lizard wearing a top hat on his upper back
Specifically talking about gecko or iguana tattoos, we can say that they come in bigger and smaller designs, too. The interesting thing is that many women choose a bigger design, say on the sides, and not only small lizards (like the simplistic tribal one). The tattoos look best with bright colors and in a simple way in my opinion. They can be decorated though with flames, flowers, a yin yang symbol, and so on.