Plenty of people get tattoos of all things from nature, be it animals, flowers, or otherwise.
A favorite animal is a popular choice and if your favorite animal, or the one that means the most to you, is the adorable chinchilla, why wouldn’t you?
These fuzzy little creatures are affectionate and curious enough to make great pets, so it’s no surprise many loving chinchilla owners will have a favorite pet or a past companion tattooed on them.
However, if you want to ensure that your tattoo has more meaning, or you simply want to know more about what that chinchilla is said to symbolize before you decorate your body with one, here are a few things about chinchilla symbolism you might want to know.
About the chinchilla
There are a lot of different qualities and traits that we associated with chinchillas for one reason or another.
These energetic and playful rodents are originally from the region that is now known as Chile, up in the Andes Mountains.
They have been in contact with humans for millions of years, with earliest records indicating the Native American Aymara people would harvest them, keeping them for pets and for their fur.
Indeed, their fur is one of the most noteworthy things about them, being up to sixty times denser than a human hair.
At one point, around 1900, these lovable little rodents were almost hunted to extinction, until several countries in which they are native, including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru, made it illegal to hunt wild chinchillas.
Many are still kept for their fur, which can be harmlessly harvested from them, but they have also made popular pets, kept by people all around the world.
Traditional myths and folktales
Believe it or not, as long as chinchillas have been around humans, there haven’t been many myths or legends that feature them as characters.
This is largely because they did not factor in the daily lives of those who shared an ecosystem with them back in ancient times.
As forest creatures, they were easily harvested by the Aymara peoples, who could harvest up to 1000 people a day.
Even back then, they were known to be highly social creatures, but they did not have any specific folklore attached to them.
Nowadays, when we think of the chinchilla, there are a few things we think about first.
The fuzzy hair and big ears might be first thing to pop into your head, but we also typically think of them as familial and very communal creatures.
As such, chinchillas are often associated with warmth, friendliness, and welcoming.
Any owner of these cute critters will know how much they like to jump, to bound, and to hop around at great speeds.
As such, they are widely known as playful and nimble creatures and might fit those with personalities that are just as playful, jolly, and fun-loving.
Given that they have come from the mountain air of the Andes to spread around the world as pets, chinchillas are also known for versatility and resilience and can carry that meaning, too.
Chinchillas have become popular in neo-pagan and modern Wicca culture as spirit and totem animals.
Here, they share much of the same significance as what most people would associate with them. However, there are also a few meanings specific to this tradition.
For one, chinchillas can serve as a symbol of vigilance, watchfulness, and care.
They are known to be very acutely aware of their environment, in thanks part to those large ears and, as such, they can symbolize preparedness and a readiness to act.
The social side of the chinchilla is said to present a calling to come out of hiding and to find like-minded people and social circles.
As such, chinchillas are well-loved as a symbol of finding community and of living in the moment. These critters are a mark of sensitivity to others and a playful, frolicking nature that invites them in, as well.
Inspirational tattoo designs
The symbolism and meaning attached to chinchillas, as named above, may be able to help you come up with some designs and imagery that you might want to turn into a tattoo.
However, if you’re looking for inspiration, then there are plenty of tattoo designs already out there that can get your mind ticking.
As cute as they are, many people like to pair chinchillas with other traditionally appealing and inviting natural scenes, such as having them surrounded by or on top of flowers, with the color able to contrast their white or grey fur very well.
Given how small and simple they are, aesthetically, chinchillas are fairly easy to design around so many like to enhance their playful character with basic apparel like sunglasses, monocles, hats, and hair accessories, often worn by those big characterful ears.
If you’re a chinchilla owner, then you might want your tattoo to act as a dedication to a beloved pet.
Often, tattoos that serve this purpose tend to go for a more photorealistic and detailed look to adequately capture their image.
Others might instead go for a paw-print of a past companion as a simple, subtle, but cute dedication to them.
The shape of the chinchilla is fairly recognizable and yet also basic, meaning that the cartoony and cute style, low detail, with small beady eyes, can heighten the cute factor of the chinchillas and make it easier to fit in smaller sizes so that it can be placed anywhere on the body, too.
Choosing the design that suits you best
Most animals have some degree of shamanic, traditional, or neo-pagan symbolism attached to them that can add some extra meaning to your tattoo and the chinchilla is no different.
Hopefully, the information above gives you some more insight into what kind of meaning you can offer your next tattoo as well as some ideas on what kind of designs might suit the chinchilla best.