Lotus flower tattoo are amazing and have strong symbolic ties to many Asian religions especially throughout India. The lotus flower starts as a small flower down at the bottom of a pond in the mud and slime. It grows slowly to the water surface in a continuous movement toward the light. When it comes to the surface of the lotus flower begins to blossom and turn into a beautiful flower.
In Hinduism and Buddhism the lotus flower has become a symbol for awakening to the spiritual reality of life. The meaning varies slightly between the two religions of course but essentially both religious traditions place importance on the lotus flower.
In modern times, the meaning of a lotus flower tattoo ties in its symbolism and religious significance. Most tattoo enthusiasts believe that a tattoo of a lotus flower represent life in general. As the lotus flower grows in mud great people object beauty even to grow and develop into something more beautiful (hopefully!). Thus, the symbol represents the struggle of life in its most basic form.
Lotus flower tattoo are also popular for people who have had a difficult time and are now coming out of it. Like the flower, they were in the mud, yucky dirty bottom of the pond, but they have passed this by displaying an object of beauty or hyphae of beauty as the case. Thus, a tattoo flower or lotus flower can also be a difficult time in life that has been exceeded.
Lotus flower tattoo and peonies are also two flowers that are very popular among Japanese tattoo artists and they make a great compliment to Koi Fish tattoos. Ironically enough the two koi fish and lotus flowers are often found in the same pond in front of a temple. koi fish is a symbol typically for strength and individualism.