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Bull Tattoos And Bull Tattoo Designs-Bull Tattoo Meanings And Ideas-Steer Tattoo Designs

Updated on May 14, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One tattoo that you may find interest in is the bull tattoo. Bull tattoos are very masculine and mainly wore by men. Just like all animal tattoos, the bull tattoo represents attributes and traits of the bull. Due to this, the bull tattoo can symbolize strength and power. Bull tattoo designs can be designed in a variety of different ways. Bull tattoos can be designed in different sizes. However, due to the detail, bull tattoos look much better as a larger sized tattoo.

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


When it comes to animal tattoos, the bull tattoo ranks among the most popular. No other tattoo expresses masculinity and strength quite like the bull. Just as the bull symbolizes this in nature, it can represent the same as a tattoo. The bull doesn't fear anyone or anything. The bull is well known for its fearless

Bull tattoos come in a variety of different designs, colors, and styles. You can choose a design that portrays a bull head with horns, a full body bull, or a bull skull. Bull tattoos can also be done in tribal art and Celtic art as well. Bull tattoos are usually done in shades of brown, black, tan, and white. Bull tattoos can have a calm appearance or they can be raging mad. Some tattoos can also portray the bull standing, appearing to get ready to charge, or fully charging.

The bull tattoo is very symbolic. There are a vast array of different meanings according to who you talk with. The bull has been a symbolic and sacred animal in a variety of different cultures. Just like most animal tattoos, many meanings of the animal is associated to the animal's traits, personality, and characteristics. The bull is widely known to have a short temper and is associated to the color red. Some bull tattoos can express this association, usually with blood.

The bull was very symbolic to the early Celts. As many may already know, the bull is a male cattle. Cattle was one of the first animals to be domesticated by man. This was a big victory for man because this was symbolic to man's strength over animals. Cattle was a food source for man, which in early times was very important. To the Celts, the bull represented the circle of life. According to ancient Celts, the bull symbolized fertility, strength, and power.

The bull was also symbolic to cultures in India and the Mediterranean as well. In Hindu beliefs, the bull represents strength and fertility. When we look at later Celtic beliefs, the bull then symbolized wealth and luxury. Some ancient cultures would sacrifice bulls in religious ceremonies and religious rites.

The bull is also a Western Zodiac Symbol and a popular tattoo choice. Taurus is a Latin words that means "bull". The Taurus represents those who are born on April 20 thru May 21. One of the main associations between the Taurus and those born in the constellation is "stubbornness". Although they have the charcteristic of being stubborn, they also have a playful and loving personality. The bull is a symbol of the sun.

In legends and mythology, there are a variety of different gods that are associated to the bull, either physically or through characteristics. The bull is also considered to be associated to thunder. In many ancient myths, thunder was thought to be made by the hooves and roars of the bull. In some ancient religious beliefs, the bull is affiliated to the sun-god. The bull is considered to be the leader. In some cultures, the bull was considered to be the king of all animals.



There are a variety of different meanings that can be associated to the bull tattoo. Throughout history, the bull has been a constant symbolic animal and was represented by an array of different cultures. Below, you can find the meanings behind bull tattoos.

  • Strength
  • Power
  • Authority
  • Luxury
  • Wealth
  • Fertility
  • Masculinity
  • Stubborn
  • Peaceful
  • Protection
  • Stability
  • Determination
  • Death
  • Resurrection
  • Ferocity
  • No Fear
  • Perseverance
  • Aggressive
  • Virility

There are a variety of common meanings when it comes to the bull tattoo. Strength and power are two of the common terms used to describe bull tattoos. The strength and power that the bull has is undeniable. Bulls are also fearless animals. They do not fear anyone or anything. Someone may want to symbolize the way they look at life, such as "without fear".

The bull is also a symbol of "protection" and "stability". Many people choose the bull as a tattoo because it is a symbol of those born in the Taurus constellation. Zodiac tattoos are very popular among men and women both. Another popular meaning of the bull is determination. We are all determined to be successful in life and to follow our dreams. The bull tattoo can be your way of expressing that determination. It can also serve as a permanent reminder to stay focused and determined.

Before you choose the bull tattoo or any other tattoo symbol, it is very important that you do your research. It is important that you fully understand what the tattoo symbol represents and means before you get it permanently inked. There are many different tattoo symbols to choose from. You want to research as many as you can and go through the symbols that you like. There are many different ways to create your own creative twist on a tattoo design. Be sure to ask your tattoo artist if you have special request. If you feel that the bull tattoo is not for you, be sure to follow the links below to view more tattoo symbols, ideas, and meanings. Thanks for visiting.



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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Once again, thanks to you all. I apologize, I have been very busy lately with work. Hopefully, I will be available more in a week to get back to reading all your articles. Thanks to you all.

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ricky, this tattoo is just so masculine!!

      Beautiful piece of art,well written and interesting as always.

      Voting up, all the best Lesley

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      These are beautiful too. Interesting info provided. Thank you Ricky...

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I don't think I've ever seen a bull tattoo. The one with the dreamcatcher is my favorite. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      I.W. McFarlane 

      8 years ago from Philadelphia

      These tattoos are really beautiful. I assume it takes a lot of time to get any of these tattoos done! You have provided a lot of information here. Thanks for educating me. I don't have a tattoo, but now I know why some people have chosen the bull tattoo as opposed to other symbols. Voted up interesting!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and awesome! Love those horned critters.Made me thing of one of my favorite cartoons Ferdinand the Bull.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      had to vote up but you know in order to make these tattoos come out right.. you're gonna need more skin.. canvas.. perhaps fat people? kidding.. they just look like a lot of space is needed.. but great hub nonetheless..FRank


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