Rooster designs—as well as rooster tattoos—are important symbols in many different cultures. In Japanese culture, roosters are sacred animals believed to give their morning call to the Sun Goddess, bringing out the light of day. The ancient Greeks believed that roosters saluted to the sun every morning to symbolize their victories over the night. Many Christians regard roosters as symbols for Christ’s passion while also signifying the repentance of the saint and religious vigilance as well as resurrection. In Celtic myth, the resounding calls of roosters are said to have warned the gods of impending danger.
Aside from all of their symbolisms, roosters are beautiful creatures that lend themselves to creating spectacular works of art—including body art. Rooster tattoos are typically inked in a variety of vibrant shades commonly consisting of reds, greens, blues, purples and yellows. These designs generally have a majestic appeal and can be done in a variety of different sizes and styles. From realistic designs to fantasy art, rooster tattoos can be made to suit any individual’s specific tastes.
Fighting Rooster Tattoos
The image of fighting roosters is a very popular tattoo design, particularly among men. The concept of rooster fights is ancient and originated from the rural cultures of Latin America. This gory sport is banned in many countries across the world; however, it is still practiced in some areas for its entertainment value and opportunities to gain fast money. These specific tattoo designs feature two fighting roosters, typically showcasing a wide array of brightly colored feathers. Fighting rooster tattoos are often used as a symbol of bravery and valor.
Rooster Zodiac Tattoos
The rooster is the tenth sign in the Chinese zodiac and represents people born in the years 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017. According to Chinese astrology, people born under the sign of the rooster are hard workers, shrewd and definite when making decisions, confident and capable, able to bounce back from setbacks, and they often speak their minds. Roosters are Chinese symbols of honesty as well as physical and moral fortitude. They are the symbol of “yang” and signify fortune, luck, fidelity and protection. Rooster zodiac tattoos are a great way for people born under this cultural sign to proudly display these beautiful animals and their many positive traits.
Rooster & Pig Sailor Tattoos
Perhaps one of the most intriguing rooster tattoos is the traditional rooster and pig sailor tattoo. In the old days, drowning at sea had always been a major concern for sailors as many of them did not know how to swim. Thus began a tradition of tattooing a pig on one’s left foot and a rooster on their right foot was created to protect them from drowning. These two animals were chosen as neither are adept swimmers, so it was believed that by having each tattooed on opposite feet they would help hurry the sailor back to the ship and safely return them home. Because of this superstition, tattoo designs of the pig and rooster were often depicted as running or fleeing.
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