Tattoos can be of different designs. They can be a representation of anything in this world and also can be abstract. There are feminine tattoos such as flowers, butterflies, angels and manly tattoos such as dragons, skulls and animals. Animal tattoos are quite common. Many people make a tattoo of their favorite animal on their bodies. It is important to know first what the animal symbolizes, because a tattoo is a permanent thing. If you get a tattoo done and you don't like it, you will regret forever. A wolf tattoo A greatly popular animal tattoo is that of the wolf. For some cultures the wolf is a very negative symbol but in some the wolf stands out to be a positive symbol. It is the culture of the Native Americans to respect the wolf and treat the wolf as a positive being. The tattoo of a wolf may be used to represent the personality of a person who likes to stay alone and does not care about what other people think about him. But it will not be right to think that all wolves are like that; some wolves do socialize and move in packs. A tiger tattoo A tattoo of a tiger symbolizes royalty. Though the lion is considered the king of the jungle, many think that the tiger is no less. Some even think that if a battle occurs between a tiger and a lion, the tiger will win because of its agility. Thus a tiger represents power, strength, fearlessness and dominance. A horse tattoo The horse is a symbol of intelligence. The meaning of a horse tattoo changes if the color is changed. A dark horse represents rebellious nature, whereas a white horse represents purity. Generally women sport white horse tattoos. They sometimes add wings and horns to the white horse and turn them into a unicorn tattoo. A dog tattoo Dogs are the most faithful creatures of the world. They are loved by human beings. So we often find the tattoo of a dog on the arm of a man representing the dog he once loved but which is not alive anymore. This type of tattoo is seen mostly on firemen and police men who lost their German Shepards and Dalmatians on call duty. A phoenix tattoo The Native Americans call this bird 'thunder bird'. This bird rose from the ashes to victory, so many people tattoo this bird on their skins in order to symbolize their own victory. Phoenix also symbolizes rebirth. An eagle tattoo As eagle is the national bird of America it is a common tattoo subject for Americans. It mainly represents freedom, but it also represents Zeus or the sun.