Gaara’s tattoo is a very symbolic symbol on his forehead that has a long history behind it. In Japanese culture, the kanji symbol for Gaara’s name written out is �� (gaa-ra). This symbol, known as an oni-gawara, is typically found on the forehead of a mythical figure known as a tanuki. It symbolizes protection from bad luck and evil, and the strength to overcome obstacles. In Gaara’s case, it is associated with his demonic sand-manipulating powers and his desire to protect his loved ones. The kanji symbol also invokes feelings of strength, courage and perseverance in times of hardship, which also applies to Gaara’s character.