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Animal Tattoos


Animal Tattoos Orange County

Animal Tattoos Orange County | Port City Tattoo

Port City Tattoo is known for their wide variety of tattooing techniques and styles. We are also widely known for being one of the best tattoo shops in Orange County and Los Angeles to get expertly inked Animal Tattoos. From dainty tattoos, to huge majestic animal tattoos that cover a huge portion of the body, our Costa Mesa and Long Beach Tattoo Artists can work with you on any concept or idea, large or small.

Port City Tattoo has long been considered one of the best tattoo shops in Orange County by our loyal customers. They make the drive because our tattooing services are high quality, versatile and visually stunning. We have even been awarded “The Best Tattoo Shop in Orange County” by OC Weekly, and we couldn’t be more proud to uphold the title.

Whether you are wanting to get a your favorite spirit animal tattooed at our Long Beach or Costa Mesa Tattoo Shop, or an Asian inspired tattoo, a portrait, or prefer to go for a traditional tattoo, our skilled Port City Tattoo Artists can deliver it all. Our highly talented staff at our Port City tattoo shops can reference a picture or drawing, or we can free-hand a custom sketch based on the description of tattoo you’re trying to go for. We also welcome all guests that visit our Port City Tattoo Shop and peruse our huge catalog of Artist Portfolios to see if something catches your eye.


Call us today to set up an appointment : (562) 494-6800 


Location of Port City Tattoo


Port City Tattoo has two locations, our original tattoo shop in Long Beach and our sister tattoo shop in Costa Mesa. Both locations are convenient to all of Los Angeles county and Orange County. Travel a little further for the best that LA has to offer. You can’t let a thing like distance come between you and quality tattooing!!

Visually inspiring and sure to turn heads, Port City’s Animal Tattoos are increasingly popular and are thick with symbolism and meaning. As with any art form that has stood the test of time and culture, tattooing continues to evolve, but the basics remain the same. Port City Tattoo makes it a point to deliver the best animal tattoos in Orange County and Los Angeles.

Port City Animal Tattoo Designs & Symbolism


From spirit animals to your family pet, mythical creatures to extinct reptiles, animal tattoos are wildly popular and have a wide variety of meanings. Animal Tattoos mostly carry personal meaning to the individual before thought of having a cultural significance. There are some general symbolisms associated with popular animal tattoos and they make for great inspiration when you’re trying to get solid tattoo ideas.

Big Cat Tattoos :

  • Lion Tattoos Orange County

    Lion Tattoos Orange County | Port City Tattoo

    Tiger Tattoos are forever tied to strength, power and stamina. Deeply rooted in Eastern cultures, tiger tattoos are held in high regard and thought to have healing powers and a symbol of passion and sensuality. 

  • Panther Tattoos are known to symbolize strength, mystery, stealth, companionship, adventure and loyalty.
  • Lion Tattoos are commonly tied to power, courage, royalty, and wisdom. The regal quality of Lion Tattoos make them a very popular choice for those searching to get an animal tattoo. 


Fish Tattoos / Aquatic Tattoos :

  • Koi Fish Tattoos are symbolic in Japanese culture and stand for good luck and fortune. They are associated with perseverance in adversity, strength of purpose. In Buddhism, the koi fish is symbolic of courage.
  • Dolphin Tattoos are popular with females. They symbolize intuition, harmony, intelligence friendship and generosity.
  • Crab Tattoos symbolize transformation, life cycles, trust, emotion, protection and regeneration.
  • Shark tattoos carry with them a message of a cunning predator, calculating, perceptive, and that of having an instinctive personality. 


Bird Tattoos :

  • Orange County Animal Tattoos

    Animal Tattoos Los Angeles

    Dove tattoos often are symbolic of peace or peaceful. These birds also carry a message of hope, love, freedom, promise, maternity, and messenger.

  • The eagle is frequently used tattoos of patriotism. In spirituality, the eagle also stands for spiritual protection, guardianship, opportunity, freedom, skill, authority, vision, power, and leadership.
  • Peacocks are a glorious bird symbolizing vision, royalty, power, beauty, awakening, refinement, and incorruptibility.
  • Hummingbirds are popular tattoos for females, often with a flower. The hummingbird itself represents joy, energy, vitality, healing, peace, infinity, agility, playfulness, loyalty, and affection.


Amphibian / Reptile Tattoos :

  • Snake tattoos come in many shapes and sizes, and carry their own unique meaning. At it’s core, the symbol of a snake stands for duality and the search for balance. Other meanings generally include cycles, rebirth, patience, awareness, healing, intellect, protection, transformation, and awareness.
  • Frog tattoos carry symbolism of fertility, luck, purity, rebirth, renewal, healing, metamorphosis, and opportunity.
  • Turtles and tortoises carry a totem message of “sure and steady” as well as protection, based on this animals’ self defense manner of withdrawing into its shell. Patience and stability are also associated with the turtle.


Port City Tattoos Orange County & Los Angeles


Eagle Tattoos Orange County

Eagle Tattoos Orange County | Port City

Our tattoo family is just as important to us as our beloved clients. That’s why Port City Tattoo goes above and beyond to only hire the very best tattooists from all over the world. Our expert tattoo artists each have over ten years of experience in a wide variety of tattooing techniques. Some of the styles of tattoos that we offer at Port City Tattoo include black and gray, Animal Tattoos, Sacred Geometry Tattoo Designs, Sugar Skull Tattoos, Portraits, Traditional  Tattoos, Realistic Ink, Japanese designs and lettering, Koi Fish, amongst a catalog of others. We have a total of eight artists on staff at any given time. Come in and we’ll set you up with the artist that best compliments your style.

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Additionally, if you are feeling a little adventurous and have a concept, but no visual aid to reference, our Port City Tattoo Artists can help you describe your idea accurately and then sketch it out for you. Upon your thumbs-up we then begin the process of making it a permanent masterpiece on your skin. Get the artistry your body deserves, come to Port City Tattoo in either Long Beach or Costa Mesa for all of your tattooing needs. All of Port City’s Animal Tattoos deliver a unique look. Our animal tattoos all hold significant meaning, which has made them popular fixtures of tattoo art in the United States. Visit one of our award winning tattoo shops in Long Beach or Costa Mesa today and get inked by the best in the Southwest. 


Port City is Proud to extend its animal tattooing services to following cities :

Costa Mesa • Long Beach • Downey • Huntington Beach • Redondo Beach • Hermosa Beach • Anaheim • Santa Ana • Orange County • Orange • Torrance • Irvine • Tustin • Lakewood • Cypress • Newport Beach • Seal Beach • Los Alamitos • Garden Grove • Westminster • San Pedro • Signal Hill • Fullerton • Buena Park • Mission Viejo • Carson • Fountain Valley • La Palma • Cerritos • Compton • Rossmoor • Bellflower • Stanton • Laguna Hills • Lake Forest • Gardena • Lawndale • Palos Verdes • Lomita • Paramount • Laguna Beach • San Joaquin Hills • Manhattan Beach • Norwalk • La Mirada • Lynwood • South Gate • Whittier • Pico Rivera • Yorba Linda • Santa Fe Springs • Dana Point • Corona Del Mar • Torrance