We know now that volcanic eruptions are not caused by “the rage of the gods,” but when you observe the paralyzing rivers of hot lava and sun-cancelling clouds of ash, it’s easy to see why people once believed such things.
A volcano tattoo suits the man with a fiery heart and an explosive personality.
It symbolizes the potential of rebirth after destruction; volcanic soil is some of the most fertile in the world, and lingering volcanic ash in the atmosphere creates jaw-dropping sunsets.
If you trace your heritage to a famously volcanic region–say Japan, the Pacific Islands, or southern Italy–the tattoo will have additional meaning to you, as an important chapter in the story of your culture. With a volcano tattoo, you can experiment with color contrast: jet black clouds, bright orange and yellow lava.
The cone shape of the mountain and the squiggles of lava provide an interesting geometrical aspect. And a tropical volcano tattoo can feature additional scenic details. The ironic cheerfulness of palm trees and flowers beside an exploding volcano makes for a compelling image.
Volcanoes are the most visually striking reminder of nature’s might. They epitomize the allure of the natural world–beauty as a child of danger, majesty with a taste of violence. A tattoo of a dormant volcano signifies potential or indicates a return to peace after a tumultuous period. It’s also a good way to populate your skin with all five elements: earth (mountain), volcanic fire, air (clouds), and water below.