Leprechaun tattoos most commonly find their meaning in the love of all things Irish. A few other examples would be Shamrocks, a Four Leaf Clover, and the Harp. More specifically for the Leprechaun however, the wearer of such a design would be one seeking mischief and maybe a little alchoholic fun. Leprechauns in the history of Ireland were known to run rampant and raid the wine and liquor cabinets of houses, sometimes earning them the name Clurichaun. Leprechaun tattoos are also a symbol of the “little people” and are mainly worn by Irish Americans, rather than Irish natives. Irish natives perceive that the Leprechaun tattoo is “plastic” and not authentically Irish. Though leprechauns are part of Irish history, they have changed over the years and slowly became Americanized. But Irish Americans may feel that Leprechaun tattoos mark them as one of the little people and show their remembrance of their heritage.
Many design options can be chosen for one seeking a Leprechaun tattoo. They can be portrayed as light and jovial, sometimes with a pot of gold, a four leaf clover, or shamrock in the background. Most always are they clad in their classic green suits, but those in Ireland prefer to go with the more traditional looks, whose color was more commonly red. More often than not though, leprechaun tattoos feature a leprechaun doing something mischievous, such as dropping his pants, flipping the bird, or brandishing a bottle of liquor. Leprechaun tattoos may also have phrases under or around them. Examples of this include “Luck of the Irish”, and “Where da gold at?” Many people have also gotten the Leprechaun tattoos because their football team happens to be the Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” whose mascot is a leprechaun. This particular Leprechaun tattoo is usually shown as the profile of the Leprechaun, with his fist raised, always ready for a fight.