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Rib Cage Tattoos for Girls

Mayuri Kulkarni
Getting a rib cage tattoo can be a thrilling, yet painful experience. If you have decided to get a tattoo on your rib cage but are confused as to which design to pick, here's some help.
Regardless of what society says or thinks, tattoos are already mainstream. What people are searching for are more creative and unmatchable designs. Of course, there are hundreds of places where you can get a tattoo made, but something about the rib cage sounds sexy.
Many Hollywood actresses have gotten tattoos inked on their rib cages like Megan Fox, Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Lindsay Lohan, Scarlett Johansson, and many more. The design choices are countless and whether you get the tattoo done in colors or black and white, the result is fabulous.
So if you've made up your mind and are sure about getting a rib cage tattoo, we can help you find the right design. Take a look at the following rib cage tattoos for girls and take your pick.

Tattoo Designs to Choose From

Depending on the size and design (intricate details) of your tattoo, you may require more than one seating to complete the tattoo. Also, there is less fat around the rib cage area and this can lead to increased amount of pain while getting the tattoo. Hence, think long and hard before you choose to get a tattoo on your rib cage.
Anchor tattoos have been very common among sailors. The tattoo has come back into fashion as it gives an individual a sense of hope and stability. Of course, there are countless designs and the one that fits right for you can only be decided by you and your tattoo artist.
  • Protection, honor, and duty (common among various military branches)
  • To identify yourself as a Christian (the top-bar resembles a cross)
  • Holding on to values, beliefs, and principles in life
  • Stability and security
This tattoo idea is quite beautiful because the individual acknowledges the fact that birds are trapped in the cage, longing to be free. You can get a design that shows birds flying out of the cage or incorporate any other design that appeals to you.
  • Birds flying out of cage - Breaking free, life, and new direction
  • Empty cage - Leaving the past behind and making a new start or coming out of the closet
  • Bird inside the cage with door locked - Caged in, longing for freedom, being able to tell the world the truth, and/or suffocating inside a make-believe cage in your life
In various cultures, cats are considered to bring good or bad luck; we are all familiar with the belief of black cats crossing the road. Well, it all depends on how you perceive these magnificent creatures.
  • In ancient Egypt - Cats were known to have a watchful gaze and would ward off evil
  • In ancient Rome - They were considered as guardians of homes
  • They can survive in the wild and adapt to different conditions
  • Cats are quick on their feet and have keen sense of smell and hearing
If you wish to get a dragon tattoo solely because it "looks attractive", then the meaning it holds behind may not matter so much. On the other hand, if you're looking at dragon tattoos as a means to express your innermost feelings, then a detailed research is required.
There are many types of dragons, from various cultures such as Mesopotamian, Babylonian, and Sumerian dragons, Asian dragons (Chinese, Hindu, Japanese, Korean), Greek dragons, Irish dragons, Russian dragons, and many more. Every culture offers unique and historically significant symbolisms behind these tattoos.
  • Powerful and courageous
  • Protector of treasures
  • Faithful and selfless courage
  • Terrorizing people and symbol of satanic evil
A dreamcatcher is a beautiful object made by weaving a loose net over a willow hoop. The decoration is then done with colorful feathers and beads. These handmade objects make breathtaking tattoos and look very attractive on girls.
In Native American culture, a dreamcatcher is believed to catch bad or evil dreams and energies.
A mythological aquatic creature, a mermaid has a woman's upper body and a tail of a fish as the lower body. There are several design ideas for mermaid tattoos. You can get Ariel tattoo or go with a different design altogether.
  • Exotic beauty
  • Sensuality and femininity
  • Mystery and allure
  • Link between humans and the life at sea
In Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, Om is considered the most sacred Sanskrit mantra. It is believed that the sound of "Om" was made when the universe (Brahman) was created and came into existence.
As the image provided here, it also contains the face of Gautama Buddha, who was a spiritual teacher from India. Buddhism was founded on Lord Buddha's teachings.
  • Om - Reverence for life, indestructible truth, sacred, and divine expression
  • Buddha - Shedding material possessions, enlightenment, and seeking spirituality
Lately, owl tattoos are becoming more and more popular among girls. Their big, beautiful eyes and the freedom to sketch the creature in various designs are the reasons to get one yourself. Owls are thought to be wise creatures with keen eyesight and hearing abilities.
  • Wisdom and willingness to learn something new
  • Mysterious and having secrets
  • Protector and guardian of the dead (in Hindu, Celtic, and Egyptian cultures)
Peacocks are vibrant and marvelous birds, best known for their tails. They are native to India and Pakistan, and the male peafowl is called a peacock. Over the years, peacocks have been chosen for tattoos because of their breathtaking tails.
  • Pride and glory
  • Kindness and good fortune
  • Wisdom and knowledge
  • Being open
If you feel that a peacock tattoo is not for you, then perhaps just its feather can do the trick; of course, the beauty of a peacock's feather can't be overlooked.
Without having to get the entire bird inked on your rib cage, you can instead opt for the colorful feather. The meaning of peacock feathers (and peacocks) will differ from one culture to another.

  • Integrity and nobility
  • Compassion and truth
  • Royalty and splendor
  • Arrogance and pride (for its beauty)
Call it a sandglass, hourglass, or sand timer, this invertible device was designed to count an hour of time. Today, time is the one factor that seems to be slipping away from us and all we are running behind is to find more of it.
Which is why, a sandglass is the right tattoo design for those who feel the same way. Of course, along with the sandglass, there are other elements that can be added to the design.
  • Time is slipping away
  • No one can stop what's about to come next
  • Balance that can be seen in the universe
  • Life/death is an inevitable future
Yin (the black section) and yang (the white section) are the most popular symbols in Chinese philosophy. In Western civilization, yin and yang mean shadow and light or dark and light.
In the natural world, we can see how everything is interconnected to one another. Yin has the characteristics of the female with a destructive nature. Whereas yang has the characteristics of the male with a creative nature.

  • Ceaseless nature of life
  • For every positive, there is a negative
  • Balance of life

Important Instructions While Getting a Rib Cage Tattoo

  • Always go to an experienced and trusted tattoo artist. If you don't know one, ask a friend who's gotten a tattoo for a referral.
  • Make sure that the tattoo salon is hygienic and the artist uses sterilized equipment.
  • As soon as the needle touches/pokes the skin, the natural instinct is to hold the breath. However, breathe normally while you're getting a tattoo.
  • Hold someone's hand if you feel that the pain is too much or you require support.
  • You may feel giddy while getting a tattoo. If so, ask the tattoo artist to stop for a while.
  • Never be in a hurry to finish the tattoo. Instead, work in sessions to get better results.
Getting a rib cage tattoo is a huge commitment. Think twice before you select a design and its size. If you feel that a design that takes up the lots of space is not for you, then go for a smaller design. After all, you're the one who has to live with the tattoo. So, make sure it's the right one.