The narwhal is called the unicorn of the sea, so that alone should tell you why these cool-looking designs have grown in popularity in recent years. It has the look of a whale mixed with a dolphin mixed with a unicorn, and it often looks fantastic in tattoo form.
On this page we will take a look at why so many people have opted to get the narwhal tattoo over all of the other sea life tattoo designs that were available to them.
The most common meaning given to narwhal tattoos is simply “magic.” This means that the owner wants to believe that there is magic in the world, or it could even mean that the person is a practicing magician. In either case you don’t have to do anything special to the narwhal design if you don’t want to, though adding in extra elements that represent magic can make the meaning come through a bit clearer.
The narwhals are known for living short lives, so these tattoos can represent the owner’s wish to live each day to the fullest. It can serve as a motivational tool, in which case you would want to put the design where you can see it on a regular basis. Many people choose to get their narwhal tattoos on their forearms or biceps in these cases.
Yet another reason why people get narwhal tattoos is because they love the sea. The narwhal represents the unknown and the interesting creature that live underwater, so people who get these tattoos often want others to know that they have a strong interest in being on the water and all of the creatures that live in it.
The narwhal is a peaceful creature, so you can also get a narwhal tattoo to show that you have a gentle side. This is an amazing meaning to use if you take pride in being calm and collected regardless of what is thrown at you in your life. You can also look at your narwhal any time you feel angry or frustrated to remind yourself that it’s better to take a deep breath and move on than to harbor negative feelings.
While the majority of narwhal tattoos show the entire body of the animal, some people opt to get the tusk alone since it is what is said to give the narwhal its magical powers. This also gives you a bit more freedom with the design. For example, you can easily fit the tusk on your wrist or even on your finger, which you can’t do as easily with a full-bodied narwhal tattoo.
One of the coolest ways to get a narwhal tattoo inked on your body is to have it swimming up or down your forearm. You can do this with or without water, though we recommend adding in some “moving” water to add to the effect. You can even have its head above water with the rest of its body making a swimming motion. The narwhal can be swimming towards your hand or towards your head.
What’s great about narwhal tattoos is that they can look just as nice in all-black or black and gray ink as they do in color. In most cases people do use color, especially if they are including water or other natural elements. However, if you are only getting the narwhal in your design, you might find that black ink actually works better on your skin. It’s a good idea to get multiple designs drawn up both in color and in black to see which one you like best.
If you want to give your narwhal tattoo more of a magical look (if you decide to use that meaning, that is) you can get what’s called a watercolor tattoo. Most tattoo artists know the watercolor technique, so you won’t have to seek out a specialist to do this type of design. This is a very nice way to get this tattoo even if you aren’t planning on using the “magic” meaning, but it certainly adds to the overall design if you do use it.
The narwhal tattoo design process can be a bit tricky in some cases, but it’s definitely worth it if you end up with a design that you’ll be happy with for the rest of your life. It’s important to not only come up with a design that you love, but you should also figure out where you want to place it and why.
You should ask yourself if you think having your narwhal tattoo will give it more meaning, or is it the type of tattoo you want to keep to yourself in a hidden area of your body. Take some time to think these types of things over before you commit to a narwhal tattoo design.
As with all other animal tattoos, you should definitely look into getting a great artist in your area to make your narwhal tattoo for you. The best ones will draw up multiple designs for you, allow you to take your time in choosing one that works, and then take great care in making sure that you are 100 percent pleased with the final result. We definitely do not recommend just walking into the first tattoo shop that you see and hoping that you get the exact narwhal tattoo that you had imagined.
After reading all of that, hopefully now you can see why people from all over the world have decided to get narwhal tattoos over all other designs. They are fascinating creatures that both look nice in tattoo form and bring with them plenty of meanings that most people can relate to.
Just be sure that you take your time through the design process, choose a meaning or two that really do define who you are, and then find a tattoo artist who can make it look great on your skin. Do all of that and you are sure to end up with a narwhal tattoo that you and everyone else will love to look at.