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The Meaning of Tree Tattoos

Updated on June 08, 2015
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Designing Your Own Tree Tattoo

I got my first tattoo when I was 18. It was a little heart on my lower back, and it hurt less than I thought it would. But the pain was less important than the point behind it.

Getting a tattoo is permanent, and while some people like just to grab something that catches their fancy because it’s pretty or scary or popular, others like to do research and spend time figuring out exactly what they want and why they want it. This article is not written for those who want to copy someone else's tattoo, but rather for those who are looking for ideas and inspiration while they design their own unique and thoroughly meaningful tree tattoo design.

Below, you'll find interpretations of what trees mean and some links to resources for images to use to help jump-start your imagination.

Pine tree forearm tattoo.
Pine tree forearm tattoo. | Source

If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.

—Hal Borland

Religious and Cultural Meaning of Tree Tattoos

As a general rule, trees are thought of as long-lasting and resilient. They survive a long time (from 50 to 5000 years), weathering storms and elements, which makes them a sign of strength and adaptability to many societies. They offer safety to creatures who live in their branches, travelers who rest in their shade, and anyone building their home with lumber. Trees provide apples, pears, and stone fruit and provide medicine to many cultures. These nutritious and medicinal trees have accumulated additional layers of importance and meaning.

Tree worship (aka dendrolatry) is the age-old, multi-cultural practice of worshipping or otherwise mythologizing trees. Some people found certain trees to be sacred, such as the Celts and Greeks who revered oak trees. The Celts honored many trees that were thought to have special powers and also to serve as fairy houses. Druids (and other pagans) met in sacred groves, especially the oak, and the term "druid" may come from the Celtic word for oak. Germans felt that way about lime and linden, Scandinavians about ash, and Lebanese about cedar trees. Buddha reportedly saw Bodhi trees as the symbol of enlightenment; for Hindus, the peepal (or sacred fig or Bodhi tree) is also spiritually and holistically important and is used to treat asthma, jaundice, diabetes, epilepsy, gastric problems, inflammation, and infections. The Hindus also worship the banyan, Ashoka, and sandalwood trees. In the Bible's story of Genesis, the tree of life in the Garden of Eden contained all knowledge of good and evil. In Judaism, in the Kabbalah, the tree of life represents a sacred geometry represented as a diagram of ten points.

Today, a form of tree-worship can bee seen in the Christmas tree, which many people (Christian and not) bring into their home during the holiday season and decorate with ornaments and lights. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica,

The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands to symbolize eternal life was a custom of the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among the pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity in the Scandinavian customs of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the New Year to scare away the devil.

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.

—Alice Walker

A Celtic tree of life tattoo.
A Celtic tree of life tattoo. | Source

Tree of Life Tattoos

The mythology of the tree of life can be found in various religions, philosophies, histories, and cultures, and while its meaning and design varies, the general thought behind it is the same. This tree (also known as the sacred tree, the tree of knowledge, the tree or immortality, the world tree, or the cosmic tree) alludes to the interconnectedness of living things and serves as a metaphor for the idea that we all come from the same life source.

The tree of life symbolizes immortality and eternity, knowledge and wisdom, strength and protection, abundance and growth, forgiveness and salvation. In many tattoos, the tree of life is drawn with its roots and branches intertwined in a circle.

Cherry blossom branch tattoo on side.
Cherry blossom branch tattoo on side. | Source

Cherry Blossom Tree Tattoos

In Asian cultures, cherry blossoms are thought to symbolize feminine beauty. Because of this, and because it’s easier to have a simple cherry blossom bough instead of a whole tree, they are popular choices for women.

It’s good to know, though, that to the Chinese, the cherry blossom tree is more about femininity and grace, while the Japanese see it as not just a symbol of womanhood but also as a symbol of life, as the tree itself displays its annual evolutions in a very showy way and in the spring, the blooms only last a few spectacular weeks.

Tree on foot tattoo: As above, so below.
Tree on foot tattoo: As above, so below. | Source

The Meaning of Leaves, Roots, Branches, or Flowers in Tree Tattoos

There is meaning in a barren or leafless tree, just as there is meaning in a tree with leaves, flowers, or roots.

Roots are symbolic signs of a connection to the past, and they also represent the deep, complicated, and invisible ways the tree supports itself and finds nourishment. Roots can indicate that the tattooed person is connected to their past, their ancestors, or their family. Roots can also show that the person with the tattoo feels well-grounded and strong.

Leaves, on the other hand, can have very different meanings. To some, leaves stand for growth and rebirth because the tree gets new leaves every year. To others, though, the leaves stand for impermanence and things that fade, the cyclic shedding of the old to make way for the new. The size and color of the leaf matters, too. Fresh young leaves are most often used to show new growth while full-size mature leaves may represent an accumulation of years. Using fall colors can also reflect maturity or growth. Decaying leaves are the most negative of the leaves as they show death or dying.

Flowers often represent literal and figurative blossoming, particularly when referring to a woman, and often represent a sexual awakening. The blossoming of a flower is an apt symbol for the blooming of a girl into womanhood. Flowers also signify innocence, virginity, tranquility, and springtime (or youth) in general. Flowers are visual reminders of nature's bounty (as flowers are the first evolution of fruit), beauty, and also life's transient nature (which is why you see them at funerals).

Bare branches are like the unadorned arms of the tree, the parts that reach out and upward toward the unknown. On a family tree, the branches represent individuals. There's something rather vulnerable and eerie about bare branches, which invoke the cold and darkness of winter. To extend an olive branch represents an attempt at repairing a broken relationship and a desire for peace.

Many people use the tree to symbolize the stages, cycles, and seasons of life; with this in mind, a tree with buds might represent youth, one with flowers might represent adolescence or sexual awakening, one with fruit could symbolize maturity or fecundity, and bare branches may represent old age.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

—Anais Nin

The Family Tree.
The Family Tree. | Source
Custom artwork designed by Anji Marth. (Please don't get the same tattoo! The original wearer would be very sad.)
Custom artwork designed by Anji Marth. (Please don't get the same tattoo! The original wearer would be very sad.) | Source

A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.

—e. e. cummings

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Types of Trees and Their Meanings

Depending on the culture, there are multiple interpretations for the meanings of different types of trees. However, here are some basic thoughts to keep in mind for tree tattoos.

Apple trees: Apples appear in many religious traditions, often as a mystical or forbidden fruit. They can be dual-natured: They represent evil and temptation due to the Biblical use of the apple tree in the fall of Adam of Eve, but they also represent knowledge and learning.

Ash trees: Ash trees can be huge in diameter and towering in height, some over 200 feet tall. You can imagine the root system required to support this kind of growth. Its heft, size, and deep and complicated root system can all work as metaphors: The ash speaks of growth, expansion, and higher perspective. Ash trees also often have spiritual significance and are used as offerings to the god(s) or as symbols of spiritual awareness or enlightenment.

Aspen trees: In literature, lore, and legend, you'll find many mentions of quivering aspen leaves. Anyone who's familiar with this tree has seen it dance in the wind. Druids went to aspen groves to watch nature dance and used aspens as auguries. Aspens symbolize a positive end of something (conquering fear or doubt, overcoming hardship), but can also represent mourning or lamentation.

Bay trees: Bay Laurel was believed to aid in communication with the spirits of prophecy and poetry. Bay trees surrounded the temple of Apollo to cleanse souls before they entered. Bay is thought to bring awareness of past lives and buried memories and stimulate psychic awareness. It's a very positive tree that symbolizes glory and honor or rewards.

Beech trees: A sturdy and impressive tree with smooth, grey bark, a short trunk, and wide-spreading branches, the beech is often seen as a representation of lost wisdom and the knowledge and teachings of ancestors or the past. The beech may be a sign of prosperity, knowledge, or patience.

Birch trees: Another positive tree with many medicinal properties, they are often used for new beginnings, rebirth, renewal, and cleansing. With its characteristic white bark, the birch was used for protection: on Midsummer's Eve, boughs were hung over doors to ward off bad luck, and on Mayday, birches were decorated with rags to ward off evil. The traditional witch's broom was made of birch twig.

Cedar trees: The cedar tree has been revered my many for thousands of years, its wood used to make doors for sacred structures and burned in cleansing rituals of purification. The tree was thought to house gods and serve as a passageway to higher realms. Think of your cedar closet – these trees are about protection and incorruptibility.

Cypress trees: The Egyptians used cypress to protect mummies, and the Greeks and Romans used it to make coffins or urns to bury the dead and also buried branches of cypress with their dead. Muslims and Christians both planted cypress in cemeteries to ward off evil spirits. While the aspect of protection is positive, the cypress also represents mourning, death, and sorrow.

Dogwood trees: Prized for its delicate flowers and scent and known for its hard wood, the dogwood makes an interesting choice for a tattoo because it is said to represent indifference and apathy.

Elm trees: These show commitment and dignity.

Fig trees: A fig leaf is often used to convey the figurative covering-up of something that is embarrassing or distasteful, probably stemming from the Bible story in which Adam and Eve used fig leaves to hide their nudity after eating from the tree of knowledge. Many paintings and statues use fig leaves to cover the genitals of their subjects. Thus, fig trees, which are known for their longevity and overabundance, can represent fecundity or an attempt to hide it, but they also might represent a lack of shame.

Hawthorn trees: Another of the positive tree symbols, these are about contentment, happiness, and hope for the future.

Hazel trees: Often thought of as feminine and natural, they can represent wisdom or concealment.

Holly trees: Because of the religious overtones, they are used to symbolize faithfulness, protection, and spirituality.

Joshua trees: Another tree with biblical and religious overtones, they are used to show praise, worship, and strong will.

Laurel trees: While mostly a positive tree that symbolizes tenacity, victory, and heroism, it can also be seen as a symbol of deception.

Linden trees: Closely connected to marriage, these trees symbolize monogamy and love.

Maple trees: Used to symbolize balance, harmony, and duty.

Oak trees: Celts honored oak trees as holy things and believed they could access different psychic realms by "opening the oak door." Oak represent durability, strength, endurance, liberty, and bravery.

Poplar trees: A tree that may be seen as negative, it is often associated with death, burial, and mourning.

Walnut trees: According to Native Americans, walnut trees are symbols of clarity and focus.

White pine trees: Native Americans believe that these trees symbolize serenity.

Willow trees: Freedom, healing, and love lost. They also take on more mystical meanings and can be seen as symbols of magic, inner vision, and dreams.

Yew trees: To some, these are positive, showing signs of resurrection and rebirth, but they also have a negative side of sadness and piety.

Alternative Meanings of Tree Tattoos

Not all tree tattoos have to have meanings. Or, sometimes, they might have a meaning that you don’t believe or ascribe to. Remember, it’s your tattoo, and, therefore, means whatever you want it to mean. It’s good to know what others might think when they see it, but it all boils down to how you want to decorate your body, and what your tattoo represents to you, individually.

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

—Winston Churchill

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Where to Put Your Tree Tattoo (Placement and Pain)

Just like the meaning of your tattoo might be different for you than for everyone else, where to place it is also a very personal decision. Of course, size matters! If you want a large piece, your back may be just the place. But be careful – remember that any spot that is usually covered by clothing or is close to a bone (such as a shoulder) will often be more sensitive than other spots. Other painful spots are spines, hips, ankles, and feet. Women often choose to put tattoos on their breasts—and men on their upper arm—simply because those are considered the “least painful” spots, but don’t let the fear of pain or the pain itself determine your decision. Take a look at the tree you love and figure out for yourself where you will most enjoy seeing it or showing it off for others.

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The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.

—Moliere

Where to Find Images

If flash is your thing, you can go to almost any tattoo studio and check out their walls and books of flash. If you prefer to go prepared, there are also flash websites online. A few good ones include Tattoo Johnny, Free Tattoo Designs, and Pinterest Tree Tattoo Designs.

You can also have an artist create a unique design. Some tattoo artists do original creations, so call and ask your local shop. Another option is to contract with an artist. Even Etsy includes listings of artists who have created tree tattoo flash or are willing to do custom work.

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      khushi 6 months ago

      Can anyone tell me wind tree with birds what does means???

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      Ashley 7 months ago

      Thank you for the great, and interesting, information on the different meaning of trees/tattoos. I am working on designing one of my next tattoos and one might involve the tree of life...this article was very helpful in helping me to determine meaning. Someone actually was once giving me a hard time (somewhat) about how my tattoos don't relate to one another (I currently have 6), but each one was chosen and/or designed for a specific reason and each one holds meaning.

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      PAYAL MOTLA 12 months ago

      Interesting and well in depth . The writer has carefully analysed about what each part of the tree signifies.

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      Barbara 12 months ago

      Thank you, this was very helpful for me to decide on the kind of tree I should get.

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      toteallynerdy 13 months ago

      I have two tattoos now, both of which have deep meaning for me. I am looking for a great tattoo for my rib that will be on of three more I'd like to get. I love tattoos and you've done an amazing job in the depth and research that has gone into this post, thank you for your dedication to the topic and sharing it with us all!

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      Adney john 13 months ago

      Wow, thanks for bringing this depth of information about these tattoos to my attention.

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      gaurav oberoi 13 months ago

      one hell of a description. great job

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      Kawai 13 months ago

      Interesting read even though I don't think I will ever get a tattoo. Didn't know that there's so many different types of meaning behind each tattoo. One should really be careful before getting one. Sometimes I see people with Chinese characters tattoo. Although they look cool I do think they should do more research in the meaning before getting one. Good job!

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      thenmecrab.com 13 months ago

      Trees are revered as symbolic totems whether it’s about producing food essential for the creation of or sustaining an existence, offering shelter from the elements, or simply representative in its own form.

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      James Smith 13 months ago

      Wow, thanks for bringing this depth of information about these tattoos to my attention.

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      Todd McCown 13 months ago from San Antonio

      Very nice!

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      Akshay Sood 13 months ago from India

      Really nice hub ...loved the part where you described each tree. Nice work

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      Sanghita Chatterjee 13 months ago from Kolkata

      I will never get a tatoo done, but your article has given me a very nice insight about the true meaning of tree tatoos. At least I have started taking tatoos seriously! Thank you for this beautiful article!

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      Hilary Clark 14 months ago from La Jolla, California

      You can't go wrong with a tree tattoo!

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      Di Connor 14 months ago

      I'm getting mine done tomorrow I just have to decide on which one, I've got 4 styles I'm looking at .

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      Monique 14 months ago from Wichita, Ks

      Great hub!

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      Ashley Cogdill 14 months ago from Indiana/Chicagoland

      Love this hub. I want to get an ash tree. I can't wait!! :)

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      Treathyl FOX 14 months ago from Austin, Texas

      What an odd topic to write about. It was fascinating! I love trees. But I'll never get a tattoo. Wouldn't want to ruin lovely with wrinkled sagging skin. :)

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      porkchopplanetary 14 months ago from Alexandria

      Loved your hub.

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      MissBella 14 months ago

      wow you don't realise there is so much behind a tattoo thanks for sharing xx

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      Back to Basics 14 months ago from California

      This Hub is amazing, I am so fascinated with tree tattoos. What a great read, thank you! :)

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      Marilyn 14 months ago from Nevada

      Fabulous page! I have a lower back tattoo and do not regret it for a moment! If I do get another one it will be most likely a tree of some sort on my ankle. A lot of meaning behind those trees!

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      Patricia J Dorantes 14 months ago from Mexico City

      Really interesting! I have seen an increase on tree tattoos lately, but I´ve never stopped to think about the meaning of those trees. I thought that it was only a fad, but thanks to you, I know a little bit more about them.

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      Mounota Rahman 14 months ago from USA

      nice tree logo

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      Katrina Ariel 14 months ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      I love trees. I only have one tattoo (of mountains, ocean, the sun, and an Om symbol), but if I got another I'd probably get a tree. You did a FABULOUS job on this hub. Tons of useful and interesting info. Thanks!

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      Chuck Machado 14 months ago from United States

      Amazing work.

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      More 14 months ago from Chiapas , Mexico

      Very Nice!

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      DabbleYou 14 months ago

      I'm just wondering, what if the artist make a mistake in his/her artwork, can it be changed? I can just imagine the pain you have to go through. You'll live with it for the rest of your life.

      Anyway, thanks for a useful information. Great hub.

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      NekoLoko 14 months ago from Florida

      Nice hub! And I like the cherry blossom tree tattoos and you explained everything really well

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      Felishiya Fiamma 15 months ago

      i didn't know all this. Thank you for sharing the information.!!!!!

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      prasanjith kumar 15 months ago

      I really love tatoos.... I always think awhile before putting a tattoo on me to make sure it is meaningful to me... http://www.techafee.com

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      Linda Robinson 15 months ago from Cicero, New York

      Fantastic hub, really enjoyed it. Terrific writing and so much detail and awesome information. The explanations and photos added so much. I look forward to reading many more of your hubs. And so nice to meet you and glad to be following you. Linda

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      Anna Rose Carwel 15 months ago from 80- A Ampaguey Cmpd., Purok 4, East Bayan Aurora Hill, Baguio City

      Interesting! Such an art! I never thought that some kinds of tree have its own meaning. Great information to be learned about.

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      Guglielmo 15 months ago

      very nice art.its all about creativity

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      Sandeep Rathore 15 months ago from New Delhi

      I simply love reading it.

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      Jonah Engler 15 months ago from New York, NY

      This is such a great article. Thanks!

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      brian lehr 15 months ago

      hi i think tatoos are cool

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      Arnab Dutta 15 months ago from Kolkata, India.

      It's deep. I'm glad to know how these things mean. Had no clue.

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      Brennan 16 months ago from Ballito, Kwazulunatal, South Africa

      Very informative & interesting read. I love tattoos. Have quite a few myself.

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      Agustin Lias 16 months ago from 2222 Fillmore St, Hollywood, Fl. 33020

      Interesting, informative and instructive article. It amazes me the aesthetic analysis and interpretation of tattooed trees. I find it interesting the instructions of design and creation of originaldes images. This item exceeds the expectation generated by its title. I invite you to consult "The Meaning of Tattoos Tree".

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      annasmom 16 months ago

      Love this article! Great illustrations too!

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      greenmind 16 months ago

      Good, solid hub with lots of great things to say about tattoos and their meaning. You're a really good writer and I appreciate hubbers like you. Thanks!

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      annasmom 16 months ago

      Nice article! Really liked the tree meanings!

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      Wow! nice tattoos. There are many information about tattoo. I appreciate it.

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      Jean Bakula 16 months ago from New Jersey

      I don't have any tattoos, but loved your explanation about the trees (being a Pagan treehugger)!

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      17 months ago from New York

      Great hub! You now have 200 followers :-)

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      Nic 17 months ago from London

      I love trees!

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      Ralph Schwartz 18 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      What can I say except - WOW - one of the most informative pieces I've read recently. I enjoyed the information you shared on the different kinds of trees and their meanings. I have 4 tattoos, but none are trees.....yet :)

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Love this hub, Kat. This is pretty cool to know about the meaning of tree tattoos. Voted up!

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      Aimee 21 months ago

      I have a hawthorn tree tattoo on my back. Had 4 hours so far, hopefully an other hour or so go to and will be finished.

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      Robin Hartman 2 years ago

      Awesome! Very informative, and I guess it's good to know since I'll be getting a tree tat one day. After I get my anchor, birds, and "inhale love, exhale hate" tattoos. I have no tats now, I got some catching up to do :P

      Anyway, thanks for sharing :)

      Also, origin and meaning is great, but sometimes what the tattoo means to a person is far more important than what it actually means. I think tattoos are more about symbolism than origin :)

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      Cameron 2 years ago

      Its amazing to discover this information. I am always interested in the meanings and origin of tattoos. Whats even more exciting is that it no longer is seen as a taboo and is admired like art. Hoping to stumble across more articles like these, all the best.

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      Mark Tulin 2 years ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Good hub. I've always been fascinated by trees. It's nice to know their symbols/meanings and how that can play out into a tattoo. Too often people get tattoos that they know little or nothing about their origin. Thanks.

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      Susan Caplan McCarthy 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Great information on the meaning of different trees. I have one tree tattoo on one calf and a dryad tattoo on the other calf.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      nope, never, here, if you have a tattoo on the ankle, you are consider a gangster

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      Jasson C 2 years ago from 9E Franklin Avenue, Montvale, 07645, New Jersey, U.S.A.

      Excellent writing! Thank you for this wonderful source of information about tree tattoos .

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      Cheryl Wortman 2 years ago from Keizer,Oregon

      Great information, I did not know trees had meanings. What about a money tree? Bet it means money? Lol

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      einstein 3 years ago

      wow informative!!!bdw do you thinktattoos have to be bold and dark? Think again! Check out these stunning white ink tats! http://einstein45.hostedgalleries.me/gorgeous-whit...

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      Luvtoo Write 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Great examples of beautiful tattoos and what they symbolize. A must read for those thinking about getting one of their own.

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      EaseUp 3 years ago

      Hey, jus loved the way u have put down the explanation for each of the type. Really something to learn !

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      These tree tattoos seem really beautiful and hold a lot of meaning. Thank you. Voted up.

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      ju 3 years ago

      I liked your article. I have a non-traditional custom drawn tree of life tatt. I am considering another tree for a future (soon) tattoo and found your article to be very interesting. It added more things for me to think about, which is always good before getting permanent ink on your body. Like ambercita04 said, I always think several months on a design, placement, and I research my ideas. Then I have a couple of meetings with my artist to get his opinion. Somewhere in this process is when something clicks and I just know it's right, that this is my tattoo. Then it's exciting on tattoo day because I have no doubts about my decision. It's just all fun and the needle high you get, lol

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      L Brander 3 years ago from Canada

      Loved your hub. I didn't realize that all those different types of trees came with such symbolism. Voted up, interesting, useful

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      BEEZKNEEZ 3 years ago

      I never knew that tree tattoos had so much meaning. Thanks for all the information. Great hub!

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      Amber 4 years ago from Winter Park

      Most of my tattoos have meaning. There was only one I did on a whim and of course it is my least favorite. I have been saving money to get the tree of life on my right side with its roots and branches touching parts on my front and back. I always think awhile (usually a year) before putting a tattoo on me to make sure it is meaningful to me.

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      Maddie Ruud 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I love how you broke down the popular meanings of various types of tree tattoos. I've never seen that done so clearly and thoroughly before.

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