Dolphins have always had a special relationship with man because it’s hard not to appreciate the beauty, intelligence, and curiosity that dolphins have. Dolphins have been known to save drowning swimmers and love to play and interact with humans. Dolphins have a certain mystical element of being man’s protector and can provide a deep sense of connection to nature and the universe.
Dolphin tattoo designs can be done in a variety of styles and colors, with there really being no ’standard’ way to design a dolphin tattoo. Most dolphin tattoo designs depict the dolphin surfing a wave or smiling on the surface. Dolphin designs can be done as a single dolphin, a mother and baby dolphin, or a whole family of dolphins. Dolphin tattoos can be placed almost anywhere, but a popular choice is to encircle a limb such as an arm of calf with a band of dolphins.
A popular dolphin tattoo design for women is a circle formed by two dolphins touching nose to tale. These can be used as a circular focal point for several other designs such as a tribal or Celtic armband design. Additional detail can be added to a dolphin tattoo using water, a sunset, clouds, fish, turtles, or other elements of nature. Dolphins are also a natural complement to mermaid tattoos, or other nautical tattoos, as sailors consider dolphins to be a sign of good luck.