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Bat Tattoos And Meanings

Updated on June 27, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

THE BAT TATTOO


One unique tattoo that you may want to consider is the bat tattoo. Although the bat tattoo is not as popular as other tattoos, they are still chosen as a tattoo design. Bat tattoos are typically wore by men, but women do get such a tattoo. Just like all animal tattoos, the bat tattoo symbolizes traits and attributes of the bat. Bat tattoos can be designed in a variety of different ways and they can be designed with various elements and symbols.

In this article, we will discuss bat tattoos and bat tattoo designs. We will also review bat tattoo designs and you will have the opportunity to view a variety of different bat tattoo designs. In the end, we hope that you are able to find ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo.








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BAT TATTOOS AND FACTS


When it comes to dark and vivid animal tattoos, the bat tattoo is ranked near the top. The bat has been part of mythological stories for centuries. Most of us have heard these mythological stories from time to time where the bat turns into a vampire. The famous book "Dracula" was first published in 1897 and the bat was instantly classified as evil. The bat tattoo is also a very symbolic animal tattoo with a host of symbolic meanings. In this article, we will look at bat tattoo designs, ancient history of the bat, and we will learn the meanings behind the bat tattoo. You will also have a chance to view bat tattoo designs to hopefully get an idea for your next tattoo design.











The bat has been a symbolic animal for a variety of different cultures throughout history. In ancient Greek mythology, bats are associated with the virgin goddess Diana. To the Greeks, the bat symbolized sex, fertility, and motherhood. In ancient Christian art, demons were portrayed to have bat wings. Angels known as "falling angels" were also portrayed with bat wings. To the Native Americans, the bat symbolized death and rebirth. In China, the bat symbolizes good luck, good fortune, and happiness. The bat tattoo can represent all these meanings and as you have read, the meanings can be both positive and negative in nature.















Many people believe that all bats drink blood, but this is barely true. In total, there are over 900 different species of the bat. Out of the 900 or so species, only 3 are known to actually drink blood. The other bats eat fruit and insects, not blood. This shows how ancient myths and legends have tainted the reputation of the bat. One interesting fact about the bat is that it is the only mammal that can fly. 











Bats are usually found in a variety of different Gothic tattoo designs, which are often symbols of a much larger design. For example, bat tattoos are found with other tattoo symbols such as skulls, demons, falling angels, grim reapers, and skeletons. You may also see them associated to black cats and other symbols of Halloween. There are a variety of ways that the bat tattoo can be portrayed.

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BAT TATTOO MEANINGS AND DESIGNS


Just like most animal tattoos, the bat tattoo holds a variety of different meanings to the wearer of this popular tattoo design. The bat tattoo can hold both positive and negative meanings just as it has been symbolized for centuries. Below, you can find the meanings behind the bat tattoo.






  • Death
  • Rebirth
  • Good Fortune
  • Wealth
  • Prosperity
  • Sexual
  • Fertility
  • Motherhood
  • Darkness
  • Evil
  • Demonic
  • Happiness
  • Hunter
  • Freedom
  • Agility







As you can see, there are a variety of different meanings associated to bat tattoos. Some people will choose the bat tattoo for symbolic purposes, but others may choose this mysterious creature because they feel that they have similar personalities with the bat. Remember, in the end, your bat tattoo represents what you want it too.










Bats can be portrayed in a variety of different ways in tattoo designs. Some bats are portrayed to look realistic, with detailed features. You may see others that look like a cartoon. This gives it a softer appeal and these designs are usually chosen by women. You may see "Dracula" tattoos or "Batman" tattoos as well. Tattoo artist have put their own creative twist on bat tattoos over the years. As you can see in the picture chart on the right, there is a design that has bat wings on a heart. You can also see bat wings on skulls. There are many ways to portray bat tattoos. With all these options, you should be able to find a design that fits you perfectly.

Bat tattoo designs are designed to portray the bat in several different manners and personalities. You may want a bat tattoo design that portrays your bat to be innocent and caring. Obviously, this would be a bat tattoo for women. Women may want to have their bat designed alone or with other tattoo symbols, such as stars, the moon, or hearts. Although bats are naturally black, white, and brown, bat tattoo designs can portray a bat in any color. As you can see in the pictures, pink and purple can make a bat look cute, sexy, and fun.

Men usually want a bat tattoo design that is fierce and stunning. Bat tattoo designs can portray the bat alone or with other dark symbols, such as skulls, flames, coffins, or the grim reaper. Some men prefer to have a full detailed bat tattoo while others choose to have the bat symbol, the outline of a bat. Since bats are associated with vampires, you may wish to create a theme with these characters. Some may choose a haunted house theme, a theme that could portray bats with a haunted house, ghost, demons, or other spiritual creatures. Any route you wish to take, you have plenty of options with bat tattoo designs and appropriate symbols.










There are a few important things you need to remember before you get inked. It is very important to fully understand what your tattoo represents and means. You don't want to get a tattoo symbol without knowing what it stands for. Don't rush to get inked. So many people get a tattoo on impulse and they regret it later on down the road. Do your own research. Take the time to view a variety of tattoo designs so you can get an idea of what you like and want. If you feel that the bat tattoo is not for you, be sure to take the time to follow the links below to view more tattoo designs, symbols, ideas, and meanings. Thanks for your visit.

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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Beyond Max, thanks for taking the time to read this article. They are very mysterious. I believe when we look at what they are capable of doing, we can find a new level of respect for them. I have seen the flying fox, much cuter then the bat:)

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      BeyondMax 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Such an awesome job with research, love the pics! Bats are cool, I always see them as a positive mysterious characters and when you look at them really close they are so freaking cute! We have flying foxes here in Aus, they live basically everywhere, they are kinda large like medium size cat and they are adorably fat and fluffy =)

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Faith

      Rahul

      Ky

      AE

      Gypsy

      KJ

      Thanks again to you all and your comments. I truly do appreciate all your support and time. KJ, there are turtle tattoos. In fact, I have an article on them. Ky, agreed. I always try to pick the best ones, but sometimes the selection if few and in between.

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      kjforce 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Enjoyed the hub..never saw a Bat tattoo, they are beautiful.If I was younger, I might consider a tattoo..are there Turtle ones also ? Thanks for sharing the info, found it very interesting...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This was an interesting piece my friend and love those crazy bats.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I most definitely wouldn't want a bat tattoo, but i bet a lot of people do. Your history is interesting..Thank's for sharing..

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      Tony 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Some of these are actually rather good, and then, some aren't. As an inked person myself, I always enjoy reading about the art. Nice Hub, voted up.

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Awesome pics and a great hub! Great research on the facts and amazing presentation.... I would personally like a bat symbol on the back of my neck...

      :) Great hub

      Rahul

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Very interesting, some scary, but I love the ladybug one. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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