Most domesticated cat tattoos (ie. persian cat tattoos, siamese cat tattoos, barman cat tattoos, etc.) are sought by women; however, big cat tattoos (ie. panther tattoos, tiger tattoos and lion tattoos) are popular designs among both sexes. Whether inked in full color or greyscale, drawn as fully detailed felines or a simple graphic outlines, cat tattoos can carry many messages through the shape of their eyes (angry, sad, helpless, etc.), to their body language (snuggly, crawling, hunting, etc). With so many designs to choose from, cat lovers around the world should have no problem choosing the puuurfect cat tattoo design to adorn their arms, chests, backs or legs.
Black Cat Tattoos
Black cat tattoos are generally associated with bad luck or witchcraft. Many times black cats will appear alongside the number "13," another known symbol of bad luck due to its relation to "Friday the 13th." Black cats are also commonly associated with Halloween; therefore, some black cat tattoos pair black cats with pumpkins, full moons and sexy witches with ample cleavage and long flowing hair. Other designs combine black cats with dice and/or flames for a more colorful appearance while others may opt for simple black silhouettes for a more graphic appeal.
In contrast to the notion that all black cats are bad luck, sailors used to keep black cats with them at sea to bring them good luck and their wives were thought to keep black cats with them at home to ward off dangerous happenings to their husbands while they were away. Therefore, black cat tattoos featuring black cats with four leaf clovers or horseshoes are not designs that are contradictory in meaning, but rather representations of good luck.
Big Cat Tattoos
Big cat tattoos are tattoo designs that feature any of the large, exotic cats found in the wildópanthers, lions, tigers, cheetahs, and bob cats to name a few. These cats are known for their strength, power, predatory habits, sharp teeth and claws, and exotic colors and patterns. Big cat tattoos are the most popular of all cat tattoos with both panthers and tigers topping the list.
Most big cat tattoos feature the animals crawling up one's leg or torso, relaxing by an exotic waterfall, growling, or ripping through one's skin. Many times bright red blood is included in these compositions for a punch of color while other designs incorporate bold, black tribal patterns to add to the overall exotic nature of the designs.
Persian Cat Tattoos
Among all domestic cat tattoo designs, persian cat tattoos are some of the most commonly chosen. With fluffy coats and large eyes, mostly women choose these designs showing particular liking to persian kitten designs for their cuteness and big blue eyes. These adorable kittens are many times paired with red hearts, colorful flowers and flowing vines for an even more feminine feel.
Sphynx Cat Tattoos
Sphynx cats are hairless cats also known as Canadian Hairless Cats. Modern sphinxes are descendants from a litter of domestic shorthair farm cats that produced a hairless kitten in Canada around 1966 although earlier sitings of the breed have been noted in Mexico. As some of the most sociable of domestic cats, sphinxes are known to be intelligent, affectionate, cuddly and playful. Their exposed skin requires quite a bit of maintenance with one bath a week, sunscreen in the summer (with very limited time outdoors), and lotions to keep their skin from drying out. The unique look of this breed has made sphinx cats popular among tattoo enthusiasts with many owners choosing portraits of their cats to bare on their arms, chests and backs.
Sex Kitten Tattoos
Sex kitten tattoos generally involve words (such as "Sex Kitten" or "Slave") or portraits of kittens with the addition of cat-like details (cat eyes, ears, and/or cat tails) incorporated into the text. Others are portraits of well endowed women with large breasts and long legs appearing as dominatricesómany times with cat eyes, ears, whiskers and tailsóbaring whips, chains and latex clothing. Sex kitten tattoos are generally chosen by young women considered to have sex appeal.
Popular Cartoon Cat Tattoos
For those seeking whimsical cat tattoos, there are many cartoon-like designs to choose from that can be found hanging on the walls of many tattoo parlors. However, the most popular of these childlike designs will most likely not be found on printed flash sheets because they are copyrighted characters from many of the popular television cartoon shows and children's stories that have been both viewed and loved for generations. Felix the Cat, Garfield, Tom (from the Tom and Jerry series), Sylvester, the Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland children's book character) and the Cat in the Hat (Dr. Seuss) are all top contenders for those seeking cartoon-style cat tattoos that remind them of their childhood. These characters are generally chosen for their whimsical characteristics, familiar faces, and their relation to youth while allowing for a colorful piece of body art.
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