Wolf Tattoos: Designs, Ideas, and Meanings
Wolf tattoos are very popular and considered to be a mainstream tattoo. They can be designed in a variety of different ways and portrayed with different elements and symbols. Just like all animal tattoos, the wolf tattoo represents traits and attributes of the wolf.
In this article, we will discuss wolf tattoo designs. We will also review their meanings and you will have the opportunity to view many photos. We hope that you are able to find inspiration for your next tattoo.
A hungry wolf at all the herd will run, In hopes, through many, to make sure of one.— William Congreve
A man might befriend a wolf, even break a wolf, but no man could truly tame a wolf.— George R.R. Martin
The History, Meaning, and Associations of the Wolf Tattoo
The wolf is a very symbolic creature that holds deep meaning for many different cultures throughout history, most notably with Native Americans: to numerous tribes across North America and in other parts of the world, wolves are very powerful and important.
Wolves have survived in harsh locations for tens of thousands of years. They are intelligent and skillful hunters who rarely hunt alone (unless they have been cast out of the pack). Wolves live and hunt in packs, tight-knit family groups that increase their chances of survival.
The wolf plays a part in mythology, literature, movies, legends, and stories like "Little Red Riding Hood" and "The Three Little Pigs." Werewolves are also a part of our collective consciousness, depicted in many YA and fantasy novels and seen in shows like MTV's "Teen Wolf." The werewolf (half human and half man) was also portrayed in Roman mythology, as in the story of Romulus and Remus. Whether portrayed as good or evil, wolves are always powerful, and the same can be said about a wolf tattoo.
Native Americans viewed the wolf as a totem animal or spirit sent to help guide us through life, symbolizing loyalty and perseverance. In legends,the wolf had great powers given by the Great Spirit. Wolves also had the power to change into people.
Like most predators, the wolf is often seen as an evil creature. Ancient Christians said the wolf was a symbol of Satan, and thus a bad omen. Today, probably because humans have fewer interactions with wolves, they no longer fear wolves so much.
Wolves are strongly associated with family. Because they live and hunt in packs, they have survived. The pack also gives them a territorial advantage against other predators. A wolf will only mate with one partner while the pair is alive. Because they mate for life, and because the whole pack will help take care of the pups, wolves are also known as caring parents. Thus a wolf tattoo can symbolize tight family bonds.
There's always the hyena of morality at the garden gate, and the real wolf at the end of the street.— D. H. Lawrence
Wolf Tattoo Meanings
Wolf Tattoo: Meanings and Designs
The wolf tattoo is a great way to display loyalty and devotion to family. Some people have their entire "pack" of loved ones inked or get a single wolf paw tattoo and have names of loved ones inked inside the design.
The wolf tattoo can also represent love. A tattoo can show a pair of powerful yet calm and gentle wolves. Some people try to give such tattoos a cute look by adding hearts: This could be done with a heart in the background or heart-shaped clouds. Just like in family designs, the name of the loved one is often used.
One of the most popular designs depicts a wolf howling in front of a full moon. In ancient legends and even today, bad things are usually associated with a wolf when the moon is full. Since the wolf is often associated with the dark, it is believed to be a symbol of dark things, but it doesn't have to; it can be associated with the joy of running and playing in the moonlight. Remember, your tattoo symbolizes what you want it to.
There are many different styles of design that you can choose:
- Native American
And many different ways to depict the wolf:
- Howling Wolf
- Wolf Paw Prints
- Blue-Eyed Wolf
- Snarling Wolf
- Wolf Skull
There are also a variety of different types of wolves to consider:
- Arctic Wolf
- Timber Wolf
- Black Wolf
- Red Wolf
- Gray Wolf
- White Wolf
There are many things you can do to enhance and personalize your tattoo. Wolves can be portrayed with other animals such as bears, eagles, deer, bison, or owls. They might also be associated with trees, the moon, mountains, snow, rocks, or water. A wolf is often associated with Native American symbols as well, such as feathers and dreamcatchers. Many people feel that the extra symbols in the tattoo make it look better. However, that is your choice to make.
Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It's just a different wolf.— Alfred Hitchcock
More Tattoo Styles, Ideas, and Meanings
- Bear Tattoos
- Celtic Tattoos
- Celtic Knot Work / Tree of Life Tattoos
- Chain Tattoos
- Compass Tattoos
- Crown Tattoos
- Dad Tattoos
- Dragon Tattoos
- Dreamcatcher Tattoos
- Eagle Tattoos
- Feather Tattoos
- Gothic Tattoos
- Key and Lock Tattoos
- Knight Tattoos
- Lighthouse Tattoos
- Lion Tattoos
- Maori Tattoos
- Moon Tattoos
- Octopus Tattoos
- Owl Tattoos
- Paw Print Tattoos
- Phoenix Tattoos
- Pit Bull Tattoos
- Samurai Tattoos
- Shark Tattoos
- Skull Tattoos
- Spider Tattoos
- Star Tattoos
- Sun Tattoos
- Tiger Tattoos
- Tribal Tattoos
- Warrior Tattoos
- Wing Tattoos
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