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Bear Tattoos And Bear Tattoo Designs-Bear Tattoo Meanings And Ideas-Tattoo Pictures

Updated on August 11, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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HISTORY OF BEAR SYMBOLISM


When it comes to the history of symbolism in bears, there is a vast variety of different meanings. There are many different types of breeds of the bear, such as the grizzly, black bear, polar bear, and the Kodiak bear. The bear is considered one of the top symbolic animals in the world. The bear is very symbolic to the Native Americans and it is believed to hold special powers. Many North American tribes thought highly of the bear, especially the Sioux Indians and the Pueblo. Some tribes even considered the bear to be a sacred animal with the power of healing. Since there is so many different breeds, in tattoo terms, it gives you a variety of options to think about.







The bear plays both sides of the fence per say when it comes to symbolism. For example, the bear can be represented as a gentle, noble creature, but it can also be portrayed as a fierce animal. When it comes to tattoos, this is something you may want to consider. Two people can have the same tattoo, but it can represent opposite meanings. Due to this diversity, the bear has symbolized good and bad throughout history. The Celts and other European cultures viewed the bear as a symbol of warfare. The Celts and Germans also used the bear to represent bravery. Christians viewed the bear as a symbol of evil influence and cruelty through the Old testament. This meaning has changed over the years though. In modern times, Christians view the bear as a symbol of resurrection.











As I mentioned earlier, the bear was a symbol of many native tribes in North America. The bear is more symbol to Native Americans then any other civilization. The Pueblo Indians thought highly of the bear. They believed the bear had the power to heal. They used the bear to represent hunting, healing, and battle. The Sioux Indians were also commonly associated with the bear. To the Sioux, the bear represents the power of the wind. It represented whirlwinds, which were used to confuse enemy tribes and other enemies. The Sioux also believed that the bear had curing powers and the ability to locate things.







For many native tribes, the bear represented their self-image, self-reflection. Many American Indians believed the bear was symbolic to their need to use silence to hear the voice of the higher self. The bear represented both female and male powers. It is one of the few symbols that is associated to men and women. The feminine side represented their powers associated with the earth and creativity. The masculine side represented the powers of strength, courage, persistence, invulnerability, and observation. Some cultures believed that bears were once people who formed their own spiritual tribe.







The bear has been symbolized and portrayed in cultures for centuries. The bear tattoo has many meanings and due to its diverse background, it really makes for an interesting tattoo. Natives from Alaska may use the bear tattoo to symbolize the fact that they live in Alaska. In this case, the grizzly is the most common breed. Someone from Kentucky may choose the black bear tattoo. Geographic location does play a part in bear tattoos.

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BEAR TATTOO MEANINGS AND IDEAS


Since the bear is a very symbolic animal, the bear tattoo has a variety of different meanings. One of the most common meanings of the bear tattoo is strength and power. The bear is very strong and shows great power in nature. Some people base their bear tattoo meaning on the bear's qualities and characteristics. For example, the bear is a great hunter and some of them are excellent at fishing. A person that enjoys hunting and fishing may get a bear tattoo to represent that.







Two more popular meanings of the bear tattoo is protection and confidence. Most bears are very protective animals of their territory and cubs. If you walk into their territory or get in between them and their cubs, the bear is likely to attack you. If it comes down to it, the bear will protect its space. Some people that choose the bear tattoo may feel that the tattoo protects them. It can also be a symbol that you are a confident person. It can also remind you to keep your confidence in anything that you do in life.







The bear is also a symbol of motherhood and sovereignty. In fact, if you see the bear tattoo with a cub, it is probably representing motherhood. Bear cub paw tattoos represent motherhood as well. Since the bear is a female symbol as well, the bear tattoo can be worn by women also. In this case, the bear tattoo can represent a mother and their children. Some women will get their children's names inked inside the tattoo. Also, for example, a mother may get a tattoo with two cubs to represent her two children. The bear can also be a symbol for nurture. The bear cub can represent this also. In fact, it is a great way to represent your children for the rest of your life and theirs.







As I stated earlier in this article, there is several different kinds of species of bears. The Grizzly and the Kodiak bear represents immense power, strength, and danger. The Polar bear is very unique and is often portrayed by people who are associated to saving them because they are endangered. There are only a few thousand Polar bears left in the entire world. This can also be said for the Kiola. Someone that works at a zoo with these animals or works at a wildlife refuge may wear them as a tattoo design to represent their love of the species.







The bear tattoo can be inked in a variety of different designs. Some are portrayed in dreamcatchers and Native tattoos. Some designs include bear paw prints or cub prints, while others may include a mother bear with her cub. Bears can also be tattooed in Celtic tattoo styles or tribal tattoo styles. With all the different styles and designs, it gives you plenty of options to consider when you think about your specific tattoo design.

The bear tattoo also can be portrayed in different ways. Some people design their bear to have a fierce and evil look, while others may have a more calm and relaxed look. Some are portrayed with only the face of the bear and others have the entire bear body. Some designs have the male bear and some have the female bear. The female bear will usually have a bear cub or two. Each one has different meanings that you may want to consider before you choose the way your bear tattoo is portrayed.

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THE BEAR TODAY AND A REMINDER

In modern times, the bear is portrayed in movies, cartoons, sports, and television. The Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, and the Memphis Grizzlies are a few of the sports franchises that use the bear to symbolize their team. The bear was used in the cartoon "CareBears". Some people choose to get the bear tattoo as a cartoon or they may get their favorite sport team tattooed. Most bear tattoos are large in terms of the tattoo and are commonly placed on the arm. The back and legs are also two common areas.







Before you decide to get a tattoo, make sure you do your research. There are lots of different designs, styles, and meanings that you need to overlook. It is very important to do your research so you can be confident about your tattoo choice. You don't want to rush into the tattoo process. If you rush, you are more likely to get a tattoo design that you will later regret down the road. If you believe the bear tattoo design is not for you, be sure to check out more articles in the links below. Thanks for visiting.

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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      AE, thank you again my dear. Glad you enjoyed them. Hope you have a great weekend.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Gypsy, thanks for another visit. LOL. The bear symbol has been around for a while. I remember that classic as a child as well.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Mikey, thanks for dropping by to read this article. Have a good one.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Landscapeartist, thanks for taking the time to read this article. Have a great day.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Eddy, thanks for sropping by and for the comment. I can't wait to hear what design you choose. Hopefully these articles make it easier on you. Take care.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      These were truly beautiful. The history is interesting indeed. I like the prints on the foot..Thank you again...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Have loved bears ever since my first teddy bear and The Three Little Bears.

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      mikeydcarroll67 

      6 years ago

      These are amazing!

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      Roberta McIlroy 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      these are awesome tattoos. thank you for sharing with us.

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      Wow these tattoos are amazing;I am promising myself that very soon I am going to have that long awaited tattoo.

      Thanks for sharing this one which I vote up and bookmark.

      Thank you so much for sharing;takecare and enjoy the rest of your day.

      Eddy.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank, thanks for dropping by and for the comment. Thanks for the compliment. LOL, very likely so Frank, very likely so. See ya around.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      you are amazing at putting together these types of hubs.. thelyricwriter.. amazing.. the first tattoo of the grolwing bear.. imagine that one on a girl's back.. it'll even kill Viagra..LOL if u get my drift..

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