Sea turtle motifs are very popular among tattoo aficionados as they have long been seen as an emblem for wisdom and self-preservation. In the Greek culture, the sea turtle is seen as a symbol for 'woman'. So, such foot tattoos are popular among women folk. Also, it is seen as a symbol of long life.
Since these animals are slow, yet very steady, they are looked upon as symbols of perseverance as well. Since they lay a very large number of eggs at a time, they are also said to be symbols of fertility. The shell of the turtle is hard and it symbolizes protection and strength.
The turtles are well able to escape the world into the comfort of its shell and people who identify well with this attribute get themselves inked with the image of a sea turtle.
The fact that turtles spend a majority of their lives under water and only come to the surface for a quick burst of air, appeals to many people as it tends to symbolize not only a certain amount of safety but also adds a touch of mystery to the being itself.
If you want to make your design more colorful, you can show a green sea turtle surrounded by coral and rocks, all in varying shades of blue which will give it an appearance of being illuminated under deep, dark waters.
You can choose to show intricate details on the shell of the sea turtle. With this design, you may show the sea turtle as a whole or depict it only with its shell. Another example is to create an oval over a large area of the body, which has small tiles in shades of green, brown, or even yellow.
If you like bolder colors, then you can also add metallic shades. A mosaic design can also be created which shows other symbols such as stars, the sun, or even an open blossom of a flower. If you are a sailor or want to create a nautical theme, then an image of a compass rose onto the shell of the sea turtle makes for a wonderful design.
The other beautiful thing about these designs is that you can also create your own tattoo. The other alternative is to have the artist design a different tattoo motif. The appeal of this design lies in the fact that other designs can be well incorporated with it.