Turtles, while not necessarily associated with power or with brawn, have a long history of being inspirational totems. One of the oldest known animals, turtle fossils date back about 220 million years, and tortoises, the turtle’s land-loving cousin, are known to live upwards of 200 years. Turtles got game and history — they live all over the world, in various terrains and climates, and have more than 300 different species. That’s a lot of Turtle and a lot of inspiration for turtle tattoos.
Earthy, persistent, engaging — it’s no wonder people feel inspired to get turtle tattoos on their bodies. The sweet turtle has been a symbol for ages, and will continue to be, especially for folks who feel a specific connection to both land and water.