The shark is seen as the largest predator in the world and generally, shark tattoos have the meaning of power and fearlessness.
Among sailors, the tattoo has a meaning of protection.
In many places the shark is viewed more positively than negatively, as it is characterized in movies. Many indigenous tribes around the world view the shark as a sacred animal, and its power and strength are revered rather than feared.
In Australia, it is also viewed with respect and admiration. Polynesians consider it sacred, and the shark tattoo is symbolic of protection against their enemies.