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130 Monkey tattoos (and their meanings)

Monkeys are small, jovial, energetic and mischievous creatures who have strong links with certain religious groups. A Buddhist legend tells that before the Buddha ascended to heaven he would have invited all the animals of the world to join him. Unfortunately, only eleven species would have answered the call. Buddha would have rewarded them by giving their name to the signs of the zodiac.

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A monkey was to accompany a monk carrying the holy teachings of the Buddha. The animal's quick, mischievous and courageous spirit would have protected the monk from demons, helping him to spread the Buddha's teachings in many corners of the world. This is why apes are seen as messengers of gods and protectors.

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Monkeys also represent repentance and salvation. In Buddhism, one of the first steps on the path of enlightenment is to tranquilize ourmonkey spirit"always moving by means of meditation.

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Meaning of tattoos of monkeys

The tattoos of monkeys exist in all colors and sizes. Throughout human history, these adorable creatures have represented:

  • Intelligence and playfulness
  • Protection
  • Fertility
  • harmony
  • Justice
  • Spirituality

Variations of monkey tattoo designs

Chimpanzee

With a genetic difference of only 3%, chimpanzees are our closest living relatives. This makes them the first and unfortunate subjects of incalculable controversial experiences. Chimpanzees occupy a special place in our hearts and many people with tattoos of chimpanzees feel a deep connection with these beautiful animals.

Tribal monkey

Popular tribal motifs have Polynesian, North American (native tribes) and Haida influences. These beautiful drawings are supposed to represent the connection between monkeys and their image in many religions.

Greasemonkey

The tattoos of greasemonkey are the expression of your curious nature and symbolize the inquisitive spirit of these animals. They represent your need to discover and explore.

Skull and monkey

The image of a monkey looking at a skull sends a powerful message about the mortality of man. Skulls typically represent death and destruction, while a monkey symbolizes humanity in its entirety (since we have a common ancestor). The tattoos of skulls and monkeys speak to people trying to adapt to a drastic change in their lives.

Baby monkey

The childhood of any species represents innocence and youth, which is why a baby monkey is no exception. People usually choose this tattoo design to pay homage to a child or commemorate their own childhood.

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