A cat tattoo has a multifaceted meaning.
Representatives of the beautiful half of humanity, who choose tattoo sketches of cats (most often the tattoos are miniature, monochrome, that is, black, the cat is depicted stretching out or with playfully raised paws, in general, the drawing is a cartoon), they appeal to this meaning: a symbol of femininity, joy, grace and cunning.
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A deeper study of the history and meaning of cat tattoos reveals interesting facts. In medieval Europe, cats were considered accomplices of witches, and if a person had a tattoo depicting a cat, then for the Inquisition this was evidence of a connection with evil spirits. The fate of man with the cat tattoo it was difficult: he was burned at the stake.
There is a goddess Freya in Norse mythology. His car is pulled by cats. So the Scandinavians were more tolerant of cats.
Two centuries ago, sailors used to draw sketches of cat tattoos. For sailors, the cat was a symbol of good luck (which is not surprising, because the cat exterminates rats on the ship, which means that the products will be preserved on the voyage and they will not have to starve). So this semantic load - a cat tattoo is made for good luck - persists even now.
A special attitude towards tattoos depicting a cat was in Ancient Egypt.
In Egypt there was a cult of worship of cats, so only the priests of the cult of the goddess Basta had the honor of wearing tattoos with the image of this beast (it was represented in the form of a cat) and some representatives of the nobility.
In the East, cats are animals From the temple. So, tattoos depicting a cat in oriental culture are associated with the embodiment of good.
A cat tattoo in modern culture has that meaning: independence, freedom of action (there is a message for “a cat that always walks alone”), the ability to survive in any situation. The last meaning (about super-survival) is directly related to the myth that a cat has nine lives, and when it falls, it always manages to stand on its paws. Also, such a meaning is attached to a cat tattoo - cunning and deceit. Cat tattoos are popular in both color and monochrome.
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Americans of the second half of the 20th century showed the world such a phenomenon as tattoos depicting cats, their pets. Such tattoos are made from a photo of a cat, and probably the main meaning of such tattoos is love for your pets. In Russia, tattoos with portraits of their own cats are not very popular.