After first veiwing this tattoo in Tattoo Charlies on the Baltimore Block some 40 years ago I have made a great effort to look back at this cool but spooky tattoo.While sailing in the US Mechant Marines I met a Bosun who had this picture tattooed on his entire back. He had it done in Japan and drank 2 fifths of scotch while a girl applied the ink. Back to the meaning: 1) A soul lost in the sea of life(sin) with no other hope left except to cling to the Rock of Ages (the Cross of Christ) as the only comfort in a life that has been swallowed up. This is the meaning that most believe. 2) A wife morns at the gravestone of her husband who died at sea and the only remembrance is the large tomb stone or Rock that pushes out of the raging sea. Most pictures show the sinking ship in the backround. Anyway you look at it this is a heavy picture that has held my thoughts for almost half a centery. If you really want to get into it buy a copy of Don Ed Hardy's book "Rock of Ages". He really gets into it with both history and pictures. The book is coastly but well worth it. "Enjoy" Joe Kopeck / Parkville,MD
in rock of ages he has a tattoo but in real life no
Steve Byrne at Rock of Ages Tattoo in Austin
an orchid is a beautifull, exotic and rare flower that's what it symbolize but it can be what ever you wnat is your tattoo
It can symbolize a well practiced huntsman.
A black swan tattoo can symbolize man different things. It could symbolize that the owner of it is peaceful and graceful. Swans are mainly known to symbolize grace.
A dagger tattoo symbolizes death.
There are an unlimited number of things that a butterfly tattoo on the left shoulder could symbolize. It could symbolize peace for example.
A butterfly koi tattoo can symbolize a great many things. A butterfly koi can symbolize faith, trust, hope, and love.
Purple is a color of royalty. Dragonflies symbolize good luck. A purple dragonfly tattoo is therefore a very good tattoo to have.
A Scales tattoo could symbolize justice, or the person with the ink could believe in astrology and be a Libra.
Moon tattoos often symbolize motion and change. A tattoo of the earth can symbolize many things, however, it best symbolizes life.
A fish bone tattoo symbolizes high status. The fish bone tattoo was popular among Native American tribes to symbolize their ranking.
A tattoo crown symbolizes authority and loyalty
It depends on the design and symbol's you choose in the tattoo.
Oftentimes, people will get tattoos because they symbolize important concepts. For instance, a waterfall tattoo might symbolize a life change, the passage of time, or renewal.
Usually the Phoenix bird symbolize 're-birth'
Wings symbolize speed, protection, justice, and spirituality
People put on tattoos that generally symbolize something. Cogs in a tattoo symbolizes metal, the skeleton and bearer of machines.
A Zinnia tattoo represents thoughts of absent friends.