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Updated on May 22, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One interesting tattoo that you may want to consider is the fox tattoo. Fox tattoos are not mainstream tattoos, but there is a popularity for the tattoo. Fox tattoos can be worn by both men and women. They can also hold symbolic value to the wearer. Just like all animal tattoos, the fox tattoo symbolizes traits and attributes of the fox. Fox tattoo designs can portray the fox alone or with other symbols and elements. Fox tattoo designs can be designed in several sizes as well.

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


The fox has been a symbolic character to several cultures throughout time. The fox has been associated with legends and folklore for centuries. Foxes have been portrayed in books and movies as well. The fox is a symbol of good and bad, positive and negative. The fox also represents the feminine nature. Although the fox tattoo represents femininity, fox tattoos are wore by both men and women. Fox tattoo designs can be designed in various styles and themes.

As mentioned above, the fox has been a symbolic animal to a number of different cultures all over the world. The fox has played a symbolic part to the Japanese, Chinese, Native Americans, and most of Europe. In Japan, the fox is associated with the rain and the rain god Inari. To the Japanese, the fox is a symbol of protection and longevity. The Chinese believed that the fox was linked to the afterlife. They believed when someone saw a fox, it was actually a symbolic gesture from the departed. The Celtic community believed that the fox was a symbol of wisdom and intelligence. They actually honored the fox for its wisdom. The Celts believed that the fox was a guide in the afterlife. With the help of the fox and the fox's knowledge of the environment, they believed they would be guided correctly in the afterlife.

The fox has several different meanings that are symbolic. The same can be said for the fox tattoo. The fox can represent both good and bad. The fox can represent an attribute that is positive and negative. We see this type of symbolism in the Native Americans. To the Native Americans, the fox was an important character. Some Native Americans believed that the fox was a symbol of intelligence. They viewed the fox as a "noble" messenger. Yet, other Native Americans believed that the fox was a symbol of evil and destruction. They believed that the fox was unpredictable and unreliable.


Fox tattoos can be designed in a variety of different ways as a tattoo. Most of us have heard the old saying, "slick as a fox" or "sly as a fox." The fox can represent someone that is sneaky, cunning, or deceitful. Due to this, fox tattoos can be designed to portray such things. This would explain the tattoo on the right which portrays a fox with a cigar peaking to see someone or something. Fox tattoo designs can be designed in this fashion. You may see a a fox designed with an glasses, which portrays cleverness. You may also see a fox portrayed in clothing as a tattoo. In folklore legends, it was believed that the fox had the ability to transform into a human. They would do this by disguising themselves in different ways. Because of this, fox tattoos will portray a variety of human elements within fox tattoo designs.

Fox tattoo designs may portray the fox to look realistic, humanly, or as a cartoon. Fox tattoos that portray the fox in a realistic way can include any symbol or element that is associated to their environment, such as trees, animals, or birds. Fox tattoos that portray the fox as a human or cartoon usually are designed with human elements, such as clothing, hats, or glasses. These tattoos can also portray the fox doing human things, such as smoking, drinking, or sitting on a chair. You can really have some fun with this type of fox tattoo. Be sure to take the time to view all the different fox tattoo designs in this article. Not only will you become familiar with the different fox tattoos that are available, you may also pick up ideas and inspiration for your fox tattoo.


When it comes to the fox tattoo, there are several different meanings that can be applied. As you read above, the fox tattoo can represent positive attributes and negative attributes as well. But keep in mind, in the end, your fox tattoo represents what you want it too. With saying that, you can find the meanings of the fox tattoo below.

  • Cleverness
  • Stealth
  • Transformation
  • Focus
  • Longevity
  • Trickery
  • Cunning
  • Playfulness
  • Wisdom
  • Intelligence
  • Focus
  • Sexuality
  • Vitality
  • Protection
  • Determination
  • Adaptability


Another popular variation to fox tattoos is the tribal fox tattoo. This tattoo portrays the fox in tribal art. These are a great tattoo choice for men. Tribal art is very popular among men. Another type of fox tattoos is the Fox Racing logo. Although it is not popular, it is worth mentioning. Since there are so many variations and designs to consider with the fox tattoo, it gives you plenty of options to consider. This can be an advantage for those who are looking for a unique design and an disadvantage for those who can't choose one design to get inked. Bottom line, whether you wear the fox tattoo for symbolic purposes or as a decorative tattoo, you have a lot to think about.

There are some very important things that you need to remember before you get your fox tattoo or any tattoo. As you are now, make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. You want to make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. Don't rush to get inked! If you are not completely sure, don't go ahead and get tattooed. Men and women that rush their tattoo without thinking usually end up with a tattoo that they hate later on down the road. Avoid this mistake by taking your time, doing your research, and choosing a design that you won't care to sport for the rest of your life. If you feel that the fox tattoo is not for you or you want to check out some more tattoos, please feel free to follow the links belows! As always, we thank you for your visit.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia







      Thanks for taking the time to drop by, vote, comment, and leave feedback. Just want all of you to know that I greatly appreciate your support through this series. Best wishes.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Love these.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The baby Fox is so cute. They all are amazing..Thank you Ricky..

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Another great tattoo hub, this is a foxy hub for sure !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I had no idea of the meanings assigned to foxes in various cultures! I'm not into tattoos, but I found this to be a thoroughly interesting hub!

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Love the ones that look closer to the real thing. I wonder what people think when they go after cartoon-ish characters... Unless it's something like naughtiness in mind. =)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I guess these differs from the wolf tattoos not only by color but it has a bit of a Disney quality to it. Voting this Up and Beautiful.