Tattoos have become a very popular way to express yourself, and they are available in many shapes and styles. One of the most popular images for tattooing is a cat.
Cats are wonderful animals that can mean many things to different people.
In this article, we will talk about the cat tattoo, its meanings and styles so that you can choose the perfect cat tattoo for yourself.
Meaning of the cat tattoo
The meaning of the cat tattoo is associated with various cults, legends, fairy tales and modern associations.
According to one version, cats were domesticated by humans later than other animals. The reason why members of the feline family came to live near humans was mutual. Animals caught small rodents, thereby getting food for themselves and saving the crops from death. So cats have become assistants of people.
As we know, the ancient Egyptians worshipped the goddess Bast, who was depicted as a woman with a cat’s head. Bast was the patroness of joy, cheerfulness, fertility and the home. The cat was considered a sacred animal in Egypt.
People who brought harm to the cat were subjected to execution.
In ancient Rome, cats were considered a symbol of independence and freedom. Their independence and self-sufficiency was known to humans. The goddess of freedom was often depicted with a cat lying at her feet.
Buddhist legend has it that the cat did not mourn the death of the Buddha because it was too busy minding its own business. And according to another version of this legend, the cat protected the oil from the rat from the lamp, which was supposed to burn for the glory of Buddha.
Thus the cat became a symbol of duality, of good and evil beginnings in man.
In many traditions cats and cats were considered the guardian of the home, the talisman and protector of the family. Cats’ ability to see in the dark was equated with magical powers. It was believed that cats could protect their owners from evil spirits.
In Islam, cats are also loved and respected. A cat once saved the Prophet Muhammad from a poisonous snake bite. In gratitude for this, the prophet endowed all cats with the ability to fall only on their paws.
Cats symbolize magic, divination, and mystical powers. Black cats in particular have earned themselves a witchy reputation.
Cat tattoo styles
Cat tattoos can be done in many styles including traditional, realistic, minimalist, geometric, black and white, color and many more.
The traditional style can include classic cat images with various details. The realistic style can be more detailed and closer to the real cat.
Minimalist style can be more simplistic, using simpler shapes and lines. Geometric style can incorporate geometric shapes and lines to create a unique design.
A black and white style can be done in black and white to create a beautiful and stylish effect. A color style can be more vibrant and bright, using different colors to create a unique image.