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Umbrella Tattoo Designs, Meanings, and Ideas

Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

Umbrella tattoos and their meanings.

Umbrella tattoos and their meanings.

Umbrella Tattoos

Learn about the umbrella tattoo design, its variations, and meanings and view a variety of them. In the end, we hope that you can find ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo.


The umbrella design could portray a number of symbols, including the global symbol of "protection." We use the umbrella for a variety of reasons, mainly for shelter and shade.

It can be coupled with many different associations as well. From insurance to Mary Poppins, it's more than a small shelter from the rain. However, rain is one of the most popular images to couple with the umbrella, for obvious reasons. The design might also have quotes that are associated with rain, such as "Bring on the rain" or "When it rains, it pours."

Of course, it can also just be decorative.


  • The umbrella can be designed with the rain, sun, moon, flowers, fairies, geisha, and with the pinup girl.
  • They may also be designed with stars, birds, clocks, cats, or other animals. It is a universal symbol that can nearly be portrayed with anything.
  • One design that is popular is when it's coupled with an eye (see below).
  • You may want an umbrella with dots, circles, or stripes. You can choose any color as well.
  • See below for a photo of a dandelion flower as an umbrella. This is a great example of how the umbrella can be creatively used.

There are more than fifty designs in this article. Taking the time to view them all can help you find ideas for your own. Plus, this will give you a general idea of what variations are available.


Since the umbrella has symbolic value, you may feel that these meanings reflect on you as a person. Remember, in the end, your umbrella tattoo represents what you want it too. Below are a few popular meanings:

  • Protection
  • Shade
  • Magic
  • Shelter
  • Safety
  • Travel
  • Wealth
  • Royalty

More Ideas

The umbrella can be portrayed alone, with a person, or even with an animal. The options are limitless, if you think about it. It can even be seen as a fantasy tattoo because you can incorporate majestic animals with it.

Some other ideas:

  • Lightning and clouds in the background.
  • Add artistic art and trail ink to portray wind.
  • Have a name designed on it (a great idea for those with children).
  • Cupcakes, ice cream, and other whimsical looking sweets.

Have ideas of your own? Be sure to share them below.

Thanks for visiting!

© 2012 Richard Ricky Hale


Catherine Taylor from Canada on November 05, 2012:

As always, just love your tatt hubs lyric. I'm adding an umbrella to the list of tattoos I want to get done.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on August 30, 2012:








Thanks for the comments and your time all:)

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on August 28, 2012:

What an unusual choice for a tattoo -- I don't think I've ever seen one in Southern California. I imagine they're more common in rainier climes, such as Seattle. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 26, 2012:

Let it rain, let it rain. Amazing and colorful.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 25, 2012:

Umbrella tattoos are unique to me, never saw one before. They are colorful..Voted up and interesting..Cheers

Dianna Mendez on August 25, 2012:

Looked at the tattoos and just wanted to stop in and give you my support. Keep up the great posts.

Eddy Jones from Wales. on August 25, 2012:

Brilliant and thank you for sharing .

Enjoy your weekend.


Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on August 25, 2012:

These are unique, some cute, some a little bit naughty, all so different. I wasn't sure what to expect when I saw the title and was surprised to see so many.

Well presented and very interesting as always.

Voting up and more

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on August 24, 2012:

I do not believe I have ever seen an umbrella tattoo. How very odd and unique. Great presentation, lyricwriter! I agree with Bill, I'd like to see one on mythical creatures like unicorns, Pegasus, etc. Voted up and more. :)

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on August 24, 2012:

Bill, always great to hear from you pal. I am always open to request. Truth be said, I have wrote so many that I have trouble finding new ones:) So any request is appreciated. I will see what I can come up with.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 24, 2012:

Nope, couldn't get into these; I wasn't moved at all, but as usual your impeccable work in displaying them. What's next? Let's see....I'll make a about mythical creatures or superheroes????