Classic, timeless and slightly unique a lantern tattoo would not disappoint!
A vessel for light and finding ones way through darkness the tattoo symbolism of a lantern is almost identical to its purpose in general. Lanterns are guides, they illuminate your path so you know where to go and do not fall into harm’s way. Once upon a time the lantern was a staple item in any home and if you were to walk in the dark a lantern would be by your side, of course with the rise of the lightbulb lanterns became rather redundant and today they are more an item of nostalgia.
Lantern tattoos most frequently represent a light within, illumination, a guiding presence, a motivation to find your place in the world and the physical representation of knowledge and enlightenment. Simply if you’re looking for a nostalgic, illuminating and meaningful tattoo then a lantern is a solid option.