If you're anything like us, you've watched the Blue Planet series a million times. The beauty of our lakes, ocean, and seas literally seems to know no bounds...from the gliding Manta Rays glowing with plankton to the tuskfish, Percy, who uses tools to open yummy little clams. The entire series has been full of awe inspiring imagery, and we feel like the films, along with Planet Earth and the like, have really strengthened our understanding, love and feelings of protection towards our natural world. And although we love to put together tattoo theme collections for you of all sorts and sizes, this fish tattoo selection is for all those aquatic friends out there.
Not only does this fish tattoo collection, of course, have to include watercolor tattoo of all sorts of incredible and vivid hues, but they also show a wonderful variety of all the different types of fishies out there! And there sure is plenty to choose from: "scientists estimate that the total number of fish species in the world is approximately 33,600." Pretty incredible...so where the heck do all these slinky little babies live? "The majority of the world's fish species (approximately 70%) live in the Pacific Ocean, which is the largest ocean and has the highest number of coral reefs." And, as you may realize, coral reefs are hugely important to the health of the worlds ecosystem.
There are tons of scientists out there who have done research specifically in the fields of fish and why they are so important to the earth...and it seems even something as tiny as the sardine can matter a whole lot! The Smithsonian explains, "Forage fish eat microscopic plants and animals called plankton and become, in turn, a nutrient-rich superfood for everything from larger fish such as salmon and cod, to seabirds like puffins and auklets, and marine mammals like humpback whales and sea lions. (Perhaps somewhat confusingly, forage “fish” also comprise non-fish species such as krill and squid, which play a similar role in the ecosystem.) Their critical role in the marine food web makes forage species so important to wildlife enthusiasts and fisheries alike."
Not only are a large percentage of fish important to larger fish as "superfood", but they're also really important to humans as well! As delicious as bacon is, it could never be considered to wholesome and nutrient rich as a good filet of fish. The Environmental Defense Fund put together a really cohesive article on the health of eating certain fish species, "Fish is a high-protein, low-fat food that provides a range of health benefits. White-fleshed fish, in particular, is lower in fat than any other source of animal protein, and oily fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, or the "good" fats. Since the human body can’t make significant amounts of these essential nutrients, fish are an important part of the diet. Also, fish are low in the "bad" fats commonly found in red meat, called omega-6 fatty acids." But everything in moderation, right? We won't lie...we can always dig a big juicy burger here and there!
Although, all that being said, we're not sure if the people in this fish tattoo collection got their pieces because they loved fishes, eating fishes, or the symbology of fishes...it could be all of those combined, really, but most people have a pretty specific reason for getting certain animals. Maybe these fish tattoos explore their spirit animal? It would definitely make sense...so many of these particular pieces are so graceful and full of movement!
We included some of our favorite tattoo artists too, including Sasha Unisex who we recently talked about in our temporary tattoo article in celebration of music festivals!! Make sure to check it out!