There are a great many ideas around for both traditional and more unusual Australian tattoos however one of the most commonly used images, especially by those of British descent, is of course that of the Southern Cross. Australian TattoosIn actuality, the Southern Cross is the most visible constellation in the Southern Hemisphere and this has been used as a symbol ford Australia since the arrival of early colonists. Many of these early settlers were Christians so it is believed to them that this signified the presence of God still watching over them down under. The four points of the Southern Cross are also considered to represent its four moral virtues which are fortitude, temperance, prudence and justice. This particular symbol also forms part of the national flag which is another popular image regularly requested for this type of cultural tattoo.

The Australian flag is dark blue in color with the red, white and blue union jack in the upper left corner and a large white seven pointed star which represents the Commonwealth union in the lower quarter on the same side. The rest of the flag features five white stars – four larger ones with seven points and one smaller five pointed star – to represent the Southern Cross. Since it was first flown in 1901, this has become a strong symbol of Australian pride and patriotism that forms a large part of an Australia’s identity. While this is a favorite image for many Australian tattoos, there are other official flags representing the country, its people and core functions of government so these are also popular and ideal for someone who wants a less commonly used design.

Australian TattoosWhen it comes to images that symbolize Australia, there is one that will immediately pop into the minds of most people and that of course is the kangaroo. As a national symbol, this particular animal has featured on everything from coins and coats of arms to souvenirs to and toys. It has also been widely represented in films; TV shows and books as well as being the adopted emblem of many sports teams, not to mention being the logo of Australia’s national airline. If you want to use Skippy’s image for your Australian tattoos then you will not be short of ideas depicting this particular animal. From boxing kangaroos and cartoon caricatures to tribal-style and zodiac-like versions (the kangaroo is the equivalent of Aries the ram in Australian astrology); you really will be spoilt for choice. Other popular ideas used for these tattoo designs include those featuring the shape and outline of the country itself accompanied by similar themed images to those relating to surfing and the beach, which is a popular pastime for many Australians.

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