Eye tattoos are symbols of protection, vigilance, and ward off evil or sadness. The eye is an ancient symbol for protection, so a tattoo of an eye can represent the ability to look out for yourself and stay safe. They are also often associated with intuition, the ability to see things that can’t be seen by the normal eye, and with wisdom, through which one might be able to see through to the truth. People may also choose eye tattoos to represent themes of omniscience, or the idea that one knows what is happening in the world or in the past or present. Eye tattoos can also be a sign of defiance, as those with the tattoo can be seen as having a willingness to stare the world straight in the face and accept the hardships life has to offer.