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Updated on May 8, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One unique tattoo that you may find interest in is the deer tattoo. Deer tattoos are not a mainstream tattoo design, but they are a popularity for the tattoo design. Deer tattoos are commonly worn on men, but women do get such a tattoo. Deer tattoos can be designed in a variety of different ways. Deer tattoos may also be designed with other symbols and elements. Deer tattoos can be done in various sizes, but do to the detail work in the tattoo, they are normally designed as a larger sized tattoo. Just like all animal tattoos, the deer tattoo represents traits and attributes of the deer.

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

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When it comes to ancient animal symbols, the deer ranks among the oldest. The deer has been symbolic to a variety of ancient cultures all across the world. The same can be said about the deer tattoo. The deer tattoo holds deep symbolic value. As a tattoo, there are several different variations of the deer. In fact, deer tattoos can include the buck, stag, fawn, white tail, black tail, and the deer skull tattoo.

The deer holds high symbolic value to a number of ancient cultures and civilizations. The deer has been symbolic to cultures all over the world for thousands of years. The deer had many uses among the Native Americans, such as food, tools, and clothing. The deer represented love and healing to the Native Americans. Deer was linked to joy, happiness, and good luck in several Asian cultures. The deer was also symbolic to the Celtic community. The deer was actually mentioned in Celtic myths and legends. To the Celts, the deer symbolized magic and spirituality.

Food, clothing, shelter, and tools were only a few of the many uses for deer. Many Native American tribes would carefully watch the deer graze and by watching, they were able to find some of the best herbs available for medicine. One of the most common characteristics of the deer is patience and watching, meanings that can relate back to the deer tattoo.

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There are several different meanings that are associated to deer tattoos. The deer is one of the few animals that represents both masculinity and femininity. The deer tattoo can represent both male and female characteristics. Keep in mind, some meanings are associated with the male while others are associated to the female deer. Other meanings are associated to the white tail deer, black tail deer, and the deer skull tattoo. Below, you can find the many meanings behind the deer tattoo.

  • Grace
  • Piety
  • Purity
  • Power
  • Masculinity
  • Femininity
  • Love
  • Spirituality
  • Swiftness
  • Christianity
  • Fertility
  • Beauty
  • Peace
  • Watchfulness
  • Regrowth
  • Balance
  • Subtiety

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As we briefly discussed above, there are a variety of different deer tattoo designs to choose from. The most popular deer tattoo variation is the male deer tattoo or buck tattoo. The male deer grows horns and the value of the deer is based on the size of his horns. For any hunter, a prized 12 point buck or better is the trophy of a lifetime. Each horn point on the deer is counted to determine what point buck the deer is. Most buck tattoos portray a big prized buck that has 12 points or more. These buck tattoos can portray only the deer or they can be designed in their natural habitat. The deer may be portrayed with trees, water, during autumn, or with the sun.

Another popular variation of deer tattoos is the deer skull tattoo. This tattoo is just like it is described, the skull of a deer. This is also a popular choice for hunters. The deer skull tattoo may also be chosen by anyone that hunts or is respectful of the deer. Many hunters respect what the deer gives them. This practice dates back thousands of years. Many hunters will choose the deer skull tattoo to symbolize that level of respect for the beautiful animal. The deer skull tattoo can represent life and death. Some believe it represents the spiritual transformation from the physical body into the spiritual body and soul.

Deer skull tattoos can be designed to portray something unique in your life. Since this tattoo represents life, it can also be symbolic of something important in your life. Although a 14 point buck skull is quite impressive, one may want to choose a 5 point buck to represent their five children or family size. Some people decorate their deer skull with wings or a cross. Deer skull tattoos may also portray a replica of the trophy buck you captured in your life. If someone caught a 15 point buck, they may have it tattooed as a trophy. You can also do this with buck tattoos.


It usually takes a certain kind of person to get a deer tattoo. Most men and women that choose deer tattoos are hunters or respect them in more ways then one. Some women choose to get Bambi tattooed, which is a cartoon character in the Disney movie "Bambi". This is a cute tattoo design. Some men and women do choose deer tattoos for symbolic reasons. The deer represents many positive meanings. If your considering the deer tattoo, be sure to view as many deer tattoo designs as you can.

It is very important to do your own research when considering any tattoo. You want to make sure that you fully understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. Make sure you take the time to view all the different tattoo designs that are available to you. This will help you gain some inspiration and ideas for your own tattoo. Don't rush to get tattooed! Don't go to get your tattoo unless you are 110% sure that it is what you want. Those who get a tattoo on an impulse usually have regrets about their choice later on down the road. Even with laser removal and cover ups, not all tattoos can be removed or fixed. You are going to wear it for the rest of your life. Make sure it is what you want. If you feel that the deer tattoo is not for you or you want to view more tattoos, please feel free to follow the links below to view more on tattoos, tattoo symbols, tattoo ideas, and tattoo meanings. Thanks for your visit!


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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      KJ, great to hear from you:) How have you been? I love it, thanks for the addition. I'm surrounded by big time hunters in WV, I just was never in to hunting. I see deer all the time, but honestly know very little about them. Well, thanks for taking the time to drop by and I hope this comment finds you well KJ, I truly do:)

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      5 years ago from Florida

      thelyricwriter...just a few facts regarding the " deer " family...

      Caribou ( Reindeer ) are the only species in which antlers are typically found on females. ... The small hair covered bumps on a six month old male fawn's head (a button buck) are .... Nutrition is also simple, as a deer has to have enough to eat to grow antlers. In many cultures the deer is a symbol of good fortune, power. In china they are considered especially lucky-..the doe is seen as gentle and kind..while the buck sjgnifies power and abundance...just a little knowledge as I grew up with all male/hunters...who were my " outdoors men" educators...loved the comments regarding this unique hub, done by one of my favorite hubbers...good day

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Coolent, thanks for taking the time to comment on this article about deer tattoos. Great question, and yes, the buck/stag differ in meanings. Doe tattoos can represent grace, agility, awareness, femininity, nurture, or even family as the doe will defend their young. I see nothing wrong with this personally. Would I consider a doe tattoo design? Probably not, if I was a male that found meaning in it, sure. I've seen buck tattoo designs with a doe or two, but not alone, at least not on a man. That's just my personal opinion though, I'd rather have a 12 pointer then a doe. For a female, sure. One doe tattoo idea, perhaps a young doe or buck to symbolize your children, I may be up for something to that nature. Even a buck, doe, and fawn. It's a great question, I'm curious what others will think Coolent.

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      5 years ago


      love the article that you did, but im wondering on the different sexes of the deer. the stag and doe both have very different meanings. what's your opinion on a male going for a doe tattoo and a female going for a stag one.


    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Gypsy, thanks for reading this article. Bambi is actually a great "cute" tattoo. Seen a few with butterflies and cute flowers before. So why not:)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Loved this. Bambi never looked so good.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you all and sorry for the late reply. Still trying to keep up on work and get back to reading hubs. I am very grateful to you all, many thanks:) Best wishes to all.

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      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Wow! Amazing deer tattoos!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I enjoyed reading the history of the symbolic meanings, there is just something magical about dears so it is not surprising at all. Now if I had one of these I would probably think about going for a bambi, but that doesn't seem to sit right in the respect of these beautiful animals, it would have to be something like the head in the first lot of photos.

      Awesome hub once again.

      P.S Sorry I haven't been around to read your others I had some bad news.

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      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Wow, this is very interesting. But I feel kinda controversial. I like them but separately from the attached to it body LOL (how messed up is that!)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love this. The little Deer with the butterfly on it's tail is adoreble. Bamby was my favorite movie when growing up. Thank you...

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      If I read many more of your tattoo articles, I will be tempted to go out and get one! I love the Bambi tattoo. I admire you for all the research you do on this subject.

      I voted this Hub Up

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      well to be honest when I read the title to this installment I was eager to see what deer tats would look like.. great share my friend

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      7 years ago from Florida

      thelyricwriter...lovely photos..being a deer lover myself and having a Mother and twin fawns living on our property..( see pic on my hub)..loved the research you did...I myself do not condon killing these beautiful majestic creatures..although I " shoot " them with a camera..the research you have done on these hubs is astounding..

      thumbs up..voted up...

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm wondering if these are more common in the Northwest or other areas where deer are common. I've never seen this tattoo here in Southern California. But they are quite magnificent. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      7 years ago

      I love reading about Celtic mythology. The Celtics associated the deer with the fairie realm and believed him to be their leader. This myth has been used in the movie Snow White and the Huntsman. Another great hub, voted up!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      These are so beautiful. I need a virtual body so I can get all of the lovely tattoos you tempt me with. laugh


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