Palm tree tattoos can have several different meanings which makes them a really special choice for body ink. Before opting for the Palm tree tattoo you must decide which version you are going after. In the classic era of tattooing (the Sailor Jerry era), Palm tree tattoos were chosen by people of the mid-west as it was considered the tree of life.
However, after world war 2, the tourism industry erupted with billions of dollars of investment from Saudi countries. Beaches and islands like Hawaii became a favorite vacation destination for many. Many travel agencies used palm trees to symbolize dream tropical vacations.
Importance of Palm tree
The meaning of palm tree tattoos also shifted from ‘Life Giver’ to ‘beach vacation’. Many people chose palm tree tattoos as a memorial of their past travels to the tropical part of the world. If you are one such people then make sure to try a watercolor or pastel version of it.
Palms have been used by our civilization for thousands of years. Interestingly palms have been praised by almost all ancient cultures from Egyptians to Romans, Vikings, and even Aryans of India.
The ancient Mayan cultures even used Palms to make furniture for their homes. Similarly, Romans used the sap of palm in the fermentation of alcohol (especially wine). The Aryans wrote about coconut oil in Vedas. It was extensively used to stop hair loss and improve skin health.
Palm Tree Tattoo Meanings
Here are some deep meanings of Palm tree tattoos –
Victory – The ancient Greece culture used Palm leaves to signify their victory over their enemies. Many ancient historians recorded that the palm tree branch was the award that was given to the winner of the ancient Olympic games.
You can use a palm tree branch tattoo to signify that you are a winner in real life who never gives up.
Peace – Ancient Egyptians used gift fruits and seeds of palm trees to their friends as a symbol of peace and respect. This included coconuts, dates, and oil palm seeds. You can get inked with various subspecies of famous palm trees like Coconut trees or date trees to show that you are a peace-supporting person.
Eternal Life – Ancient Romans considered the palm as a magical tree that has many medicinal properties. They were the first culture that found that oil of palm can be used to treat many injuries and infections.
Ayurveda also described many medicinal benefits of Palm tree oil and leaves. Many professionals in the Health industry choose palm trees to symbolize their importance in day-to-day life.
Good Times – Since Palm tree is heavily used by travel agencies in mid-western countries therefore it is often associated with good times. You can get inked with a tropical palm tree tattoo on your body to show that you are an outdoor person.
Environmentalist – Due to the rapid growth of industrialization in mid-west and tropical areas, Palms are being cut down to make roads and set up industries. This has resulted in the loss of the natural habitat of palm trees.
If you care about the environment and you want to raise awareness among people regarding this then you can try a palm tree tattoo that shows their endangered status.
Palm Tree Tattoo Placement
Palm tree tattoos can be inked on almost any part of the body. However, it is a beautiful tattoo design and therefore it should be preferred on the visible part of the body. You can try palm tree on your bicep or your forearm. Many small designs can also be tried around the wrist, neck, or even on the thigh.
Women can try palm trees around their stomach, rib cage, or spine too. A Palm tree tattoo design on the lower back will also look appealing.
We have collected 200+ beautiful palm tree tattoos here that will suit both men and women. Take a look at this photo gallery and pick out your favorite design –
Palm Tree Tattoo Designs
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As a tattoo artist I always support tattoos that raise awareness about climate change and nature preservation. Palm tree is obviously one of the tattoo choices that you can pick. You ask about your Facebook friends or even your Pinterest followers regarding the design that you picked. Share these designs on your favorite social media platform and do tell us which designs you found the best.
References: Arecaceae Wiki