Lotus flower tattoos are amazing and have strong symbolic ties to many Asian religions especially throughout India. The lotus flower starts as a small flower on the bottom of a pond in the mud and dung. Gradually growing in the water constantly in motion to the light. Once you start on the surface of the lotus flower to flower, and you will come to a beautiful flower.
In Hinduism and Buddhism the lotus flower is a symbol for the awakening of the spiritual reality of life. The meaning varies slightly between the two religions of course but essentially both religious traditions of the significance of the lotus flower.
In modern times the meaning of the tattoo links lotus flower in its religious symbolism and meaning. Most tattoo enthusiast feel that the tattoo of a lotus flower represents life in general. As the lotus grows in the mud into an object of great beauty people also grow and more beautiful (hopefully!). Thus it symbolized the struggle of life in its most basic form.
Lotus flower tattoos are also very popular for people who have gone through a difficult period and come out of it now. Like the flower they are in the bottom in the muddy, yucky dirty pond, but has also become an object of beauty or the beauty of the IFE screen as it may increase. Thus a lotus flower tattoo or can be a difficult time in life that has been overcome.
Lotus flower and peonies are also two flowers that are very popular among Japanese tattoo artists and being a great compliment to Koi Fish tattoos. Ironically, the two koi fish and lotus flowers can often be found in the same pond for a temple. The Koi is a common symbol of strength and individualism.