Polynesian peoples believe that a person's mana, their spiritual power or life force, is displayed through their tattoo. In spiritual terms a tattoo can suggest a group identity, belonging to a tribe or cult. It will be on a more intimate level than wearing a badge. A tattoo in dreams can also signify something that has left an indelible impression. This could be great hurt, but could also be a good memory. Sometimes, the image that is tattooed is worth interpreting if it can be seen clearly. The colour and design can be important and, while fashions vary, the symbolism is evident. On a physical level, a tattoo will stand for an aspect of our individuality. We wish to be seen as different. To be having a tattoo done in dreams suggests that we are prepared to suffer for this. To be having a tattoo removed indicates that we have rejected some former belief or credo. As both men and women will now have tattoos done, the symbolism of any particular dream tattoo will be easily interpreted. The position of the tattoo and its spiritual symbolism its connection with a system of belief may give us insights. You might also like to consult the entries for Badge/Brooch, Colours and Picture as well as the information on Symbols in the Introduction.