Despite the fact that today the tattoo of the hedgehog is not very popular, nevertheless, this picture has its fans among the people of art. A special peak in the popularity of the image of the hedgehog on the body came in 1975 — at the time of the sensational animated film «The Hedgehog in the Fog». The comic image of the animal was so much appreciated by both children and adults that a real hedgehog became very popular in the country. If children could buy a toy hedgehog, dazzle it from plasticine or build from other materials, the adults went much further — they began to portray ‘The hedgehog in the fog’ on the body.
The cartoon character was so touchingly looked on the body, which caused exceptionally positive and joyful associations. Today, modern tattoo designers have somewhat modified the character’s animated image, adding modern details to it.
Hedgehogs are insectivorous animals and inhabit our planet for a long time. Accordingly, there is no lack of information about this amazing creature. Many myths, tales and legends of different peoples of the world tell about positive and negative features of the character of this mythical image.
For example, the image of a hedgehog was always presented in the environment of the Goddess Ishtar — symbolizing the emblem of the Mother. Christians have given the image of this peace-loving animal a kind of malicious meaning at the same time — it is believed that the theft of fruits and vegetables is not without reason. So it turns out that the Christian interpretation of the hedgehog symbolism is not too positive.
The people of Asia and Africa did not see anything reprehensible in the image of this animal — rather, on the contrary, the hedgehog’s spines were associated with the gentle rays of the rising sun, and the animal itself was identified with the universal Shiner, and therefore they were treated with reverence. People tried to depict as much fruit as possible on the back of the animal – in this case the following year will bring a big harvest of fruits and vegetables.
Although the modern symbolism of the hedgehog tattoo can and should be interpreted, relying on the positive legacy of mankind. It can be a symbol of defenselessness and militancy at the same time today. And this means that the owner of the tattoo looks helpless and defenseless. But in fact, he has enough internal strength to protect himself and his loved ones.
Tattoos can be applied to people of different ages, women and men. A small picture is best applied to the shoulder blades, shoulders and hands. A larger image is better placed on the chest and back.
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