18 Funky Monkey Tattoos

jentheripper in Tattoo Ideas

If you enjoy some monkey business, you should definitely think about monkey tattoos... Monkey is a general term for primates, a type of animal including apes, chimp, macaques, monkeys and many other species. Some scientists think monkeys are the cousins of humans, and their capacity to communicate with us, imitate us and use our inventions (music, computers...) is explaining why we sometimes feel so close to them. Monkey are intelligent and curious, always exploring with a child-like positivity. Very social, they enjoy their tribes and families. They are also humorous, playful, easy-going and good at heart, many qualities expressed by monkey tattoos for their owners. In Asian cultures, monkey's representation is often playing tricks, but also a Wise and noble creature. In India, the Hindu god Hanuman has got the appearance of a monkey, and, in China, literature's legendary heroe Sun Wukong is often known as the Monkey King, a powerful warrior with an ape look. They are both very coveted for spiritual monkey tattoos. But the most popular design is indeed the three wise monkeys (also know as the mystic apes): three monkeys, one covering his eyes (in Japanese tradition he's called Mizaru), one covering his ears (Kikazaru) and one covering his mouth (Iwazaru). They are illustrating the proverbial principle to see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. In Western culture, the meaning of this philosophy has been misinterpreted as a lack of responsability, and is often gang related. But in Buddhism, it is a lesson to avoid negativity, in order to focus on wisdom and happiness. Primates always seem happy, and that's why monkey tattoos are always very cheerful and merry, with colors, cartoon design and funky compositions. So if you love monkeying around or always see life on the bright side, you should definitely check those cheeky monkey tattoos!

Cool monkey warrior by Victor Chil!
Cool monkey warrior by Victor Chil!
Crazy new school tattoo by Tony Ciavarro.
Crazy new school tattoo by Tony Ciavarro.
Cute and great painting effect, by Timscraft.
Cute and great painting effect, by Timscraft.
Even monkeys love music... by Sasha Unisex.
Even monkeys love music... by Sasha Unisex.
Creative piece by Peter Aurisch.
Creative piece by Peter Aurisch.
How glorious is that little guy? By Ottos.
How glorious is that little guy? By Ottos.

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