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Factor Five
(843) 747-0540
5527 Rivers Ave
Charleston, SC
 
Holly's Body Canvas Tattoo
(843) 873-2662
10150 Dorchester Rd
Summerville, SC
 
House Of Ink Llc
(843) 851-8287
177 Koger Dr
Summerville, SC
 
Lucky 7s Tattoo Studio L
(843) 225-2777
1856 Belgrade Ave Unit B3
Charleston, SC
 
The Museum of Living Arts Body Piercing and Tattoos
(843)225-7127,(843)442-9575
845 Savannah Hwy Suite C
Charleston, SC
 
Factor Five
(843) 747-0540
5527 Rivers Ave
North Charleston, SC
 
Ivory Tiger
(843) 821-8145
1905 N Main St
Summerville, SC
 
The Museum of Living Arts Body Piercing and Tattoos
(843) 225-7127
845 Savannah Hwy Suite C
Charleston, SC
 
Iron Lotus Studios
(843) 225-1304
1921 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC
 
Neon Needle Tattoos
(843) 569-0315
105 Eagle Rd Ste 3
Goose Creek, SC

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Killer Whale tattoos

Killer whale tattoo symbol meanings

Killer Whale Tattoos - Once a feared and maligned creature of the sea, the killer whale - or Orca - is now loved by millions of people around the world, and is one of the favoured subjects for artists of the Pacific Northwest. The largest member of the dolphin family, the killer whale is synonymous with the waters of the Northwest coast of North America. The Tlingit, Nootka, and Haida tribes in particular honour the orca as one of their ancestral spirits, and see it as a symbol of strength and speed.

Legends of the killer whale abound, including those that portray it as a prolific destroyer of sea life, robbing the people of their food source. One Haida legend concerns a supernatural wolf who was so skilful at hunting the whale that much of its catch remained uneaten and spoiled. The Great Spirit created a fog to hinder its hunt, after which the wolf remained in the ocean, where it was believed to have manifested as the killer whale. Mother Earth painted markings on its side as a reminder that it used to be a member of the wolf family. Like wolves in their packs, killer whales stay with their extended family and travel in large pods. They came to be regarded as the ruler and guardian of the oceans, and sometimes the reincarnation of the clan's chief.

Another Orca legend relates how it was snatched from the ocean by Thunderbird and from a great height dropped back into the sea, causing a tremendous roar. From then on, the Orca came to be associated with thunder. For many of the coastal peoples, the whale was synonymous with spiritual rebirth and cultural survival. Because the killer whale mates for life, it has become associated with romance and the power of the family unit. Qualities of harmony, beauty and power are attributed to the Orca for its hunting skills and the way it cares for its young.

Orca motifs appear on many native American objects from clothes to shamanic drums, as well as items of South American origin. Like the river dolphins of the Amazon, however, native American mythology sometimes casts the orca as a dangerous being, who can take people to their realm under the sea and transform them into whales. It is said that if a fisherman should injure a killer whale, it will capsize the canoe and take the fisherman to the underwater Village of the Whales, where the man will be transformed into a whale, himself. Orcas near the shore are believed to be humans thusly transformed, and now trying to com...

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