Many of the plants and floral imagery used in body art design are as rich in symbolic significance as they are in aesthetic beauty and this includes a bamboo tattoo which you may not instantly consider to be an ideal subject matter. This particular image is actually widely requested to form part of many oriental themed designs as it is synonymous with the Far east and china in particular where it literally can be found growing everywhere. In nature it is durable enough to survive all four seasons but it also has the flexibility to endure the bend with the wind in whatever direction it blows so this is a potent symbol for one with the ability to cope with adversity, who can survive whatever surprises life throws at them.
Asian images have long been popular for transforming into body art designs and images like the dragon, samurai warrior and geisha girl may be set against a backdrop of natural images like the cherry blossom or combined with Japanese Kanji or Chinese characters. However, one of the most popular elements for designs of this kind is the bamboo tattoo design which is often used in the background with popular oriental animals like the tiger or panda. As the staple diet of the latter, there are many designs featuring this cuddly creature munching on bamboo or reclining among its natural habitat so next time you see a tattoo in this style, take a closer look and you will appreciate the aesthetic value it adds to the overall design.