The most common stingray tattoos are Polynesian-style tribal designs, done in the solid black colors. That is because with their love and reverence for the sea and aquatic life, the Polynesians see the stingray as a symbol of gentle strength, protection and achievement.
Stingrays are generally peaceful creatures. They may seem harmless as they glide gracefully across water, but they can also be dangerous when provoked. They are superb hunters, too, capable of stealth and deception. Stingrays can hide beneath underwater sand, even evading the detection of sharks, which are supposedly the most perceptive of predators. As such, the stingray can also symbolize adaptability, survival, speed, agility, intelligence and cunning.