170+ Shark Tattoos Designs with Meanings (2021)

Shark tattoos are back in fashion baby. Thanks to the critical success of James Gunn’s DCEU masterpiece “The Suicide Squad”. The adorable and ‘friendly’ King Shark (Voiced by the great Sylvester Stallone) was one of the most standout characters in the film. Nanaue or King Shark had more vocal dialogues than Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy and he made sure to use it to charm the audience.

As soon as the movie became a hit there was a sudden rise in sea-related tattoos, most notably shark tattoos. Everyone was searching about King Shark and his background history. One thing that fans found was that King Shark looks a lot different in comics. The character has several tattoos inked on his ripped shark body. One fan even pointed out that King Shark is a narcissist since he has his portrait tattoo on his lower back.

Now it doesn’t matter if you to are riding the wave of shark tattoos or you want to get a unique and meaningful tattoo for yourself – we got you covered in both cases. Tattoos of Shark were hugely popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This was the time when sea exploration was at its peak. Therefore lots of sailors loved to have a shark tattoo on their body to remind that of what constant danger they have to face every second on the sea.

The trend faded away after the second world war. But it never truly died as the success of Steven Spielberg’s movie ‘Jaws’ again brought them back in trend. During this period a ‘shark sub-culture developed within the American culture where a fan would dig up useless Shark facts or point out that how Sharks are immortals.

Yes, Sharks are dangerous than cows but you will be surprised to know that more people are killed by cows than by sharks every year. Now before you jump onto the bandwagon of shark fandom let me clear you one thing you are here for cool shark tattoo designs not for a debate. You will find the best shark tattoo designs on this page.

Shark tattoos Meanings

So What do Shark Tattoos exactly stand for? Depending on the design the meaning can vary but overall there are a few common symbolism of shark tattoos.  Here are some common meanings –

UNAFRAID – Have you ever heard a story where a shark swam away from a challenge? Even a lion steps back when he senses danger but not Shark. This apex predator of oceans is known to attack even whales that are twice in size.

ADVENTURE – Sharks are known to dwell in the depths of the ocean. A Shark tattoo can symbolize your adventurous spirit.

APEX PREDATOR – A Shark can smell one part per million of blood in the water. A Shark can see clearly in dark seawater. A Shark can hear its prey from miles away. All these qualities make the shark an apex predator. Therefore a shark tattoo can symbolize the top of the chain warrior spirit in you.

IMMORTALITY – Some shark species are almost as old as the complex life on earth. Many Shark species roamed in the ocean during the Jurassic era of Dinosaurs. Sharks are considered tough to kill. That is why a Shark tattoo can also represent immortality.

POPULARITY –  You will be surprised to see how many dedicated shark fandoms are active online. Sharks are so popular in pop culture that movies like Jaws, Sharknado, and Meg made millions at the box office.

MASCULINITY – Since sharks are so dangerous therefore they are always associated with masculinity. You can try a shark tattoo just to show how manly you are.

AUTHORITY – Shark rules the ocean. They are the Kings of the water without crowns. You can try a shark tattoo with a crown on its head to show that you too are a king.

Placement of Shark tattoos

Sharks are huge. Therefore trying them in large size would justify the tattoo. However, people also try small to medium size shark tattoos. If you are trying a large size tattoo of a shark then the chest and back are perfect placement.

But if you are trying in small to the medium size then consider arms (especially biceps) for it. Women can try shark tattoos on their thighs and feet too.

Here take a look at these 170+ Shark tattoo designs –

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Hammerhead Shark tattoo Designs

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Conclusion

Shark tattoos can sometime promote toxic masculinity. So we will urge all our readers to be a gentleman and do not wear a shark tattoo if your motive is only to disrespect others. Share your favorite tattoo from the above photo gallery on facebook too.

References: The History of Sharks