There’s a certain quiet wisdom about the toad, that pond-dweller that features heavily in many myths and fairy tales. Toads may be humble creatures, but there is rich symbolism in a toad tattoo.
The toad is an emblem of transition and transformation because it develops in distinctive growth cycles.
A toad tattoo could indicate that its wearer has reached his final form, that he is finally comfortable in his skin. Toads are also considered good luck. People from Africa to Mexico to Japan believe that toads bring on rainfall and bountiful harvests.
In several Asian cultures, toads are associated with the moon. They are ascribed magical qualities, and their presence signifies wealth and longevity. A toad tattoo can unify these qualities into one subtle yet regal image.
The toad’s bulging eyes and spotted skin make for an eye-catching ink design. The creatures have an introspective quality about them, perfect for the quiet, thoughtful man who shares his wisdom.
Toads are a also a good psychedelic tattoo; the secretions from their warts had hallucinogenic properties for the Aztec people, who often used them in religious rituals.
The glowing eyes of a toad tattoo signify an observant personality or an all-seeing presence. Toads have provided spiritual and physical sustenance to human civilizations since ancient times. They are fascinating creatures that make excellent tattoos–whether your toad tat is the main attraction, or a tiny filler. Because there are many species of toad, you have many color and shape options at your disposal.