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

Updated on July 19, 2012
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.



One popular symbolic animal tattoo is the hawk. The hawk has been mentioned throughout history by a variety of cultures throughout the world. Hawk tattoos are sported by men, however, a few women may consider the hawk tattoo. Just like other animal tattoos, the hawk is rich in symbolic history and meaning. In this article, we will take a look at hawk symbolism, hawk tattoo designs, and hawk tattoo meanings. Hopefully, in the end, you will walk away with some ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo project.

The hawk has been a symbolic animal to numerous cultures and civilizations throughout history. The hawk has been mentioned in Egyptian, Roman, and Greek mythology. The hawk has also been symbolized in movies and literature. The hawk is associated to the Greek sun god and the Egyptian sun god Ra. Due to this, hawk tattoos may include the sun. In total, there are more then 200 different species of hawks all across the world.

The hawk has a variety of attributes and characteristics that can be associated to the hawk tattoo. The hawk has been a longtime symbol of intelligence and perspective. The hawk has the best eyesight of any bird of prey. The hawk can spot a field mouse from over one mile above. The hawk is one of the top hunters in the world. The hawk is the perfect symbol of success.

The hawk was also a very symbolic animal to the Native Americans. The Native Americans believed that the hawk was a symbol of truth and honor. The Native Americans had a high level of respect for the attributes of the hawk. They admired the beauty and characteristic of the hawk, which was one of their totem animals. Hawk tattoo designs may be designed with Native American symbols and associations.



The hawk tattoo is very symbolic and can represent a variety of different things. Just like most animal tattoos, men and women usually try to find an animal that they share characteristics and traits with. Below, you can find the meanings behind the hawk tattoo.

  • Healing
  • Vision
  • Perspective
  • Hunter
  • Power
  • Freedom
  • Strength
  • Awareness
  • Truth
  • Honor
  • Victory
  • Fidelity
  • Family
  • Flight
  • Protection

As you see above, the hawk is very symbolic as a tattoo. The hawk has been a longtime symbol of victory in a variety of ancient cultures. The hawk is a solar animal, therefore, it is associated to the sun and fire. Because of this, the hawk can symbolize energy and brilliance. The hawk is also commonly associated with the military and war.

One popular hawk tattoo is the tribal hawk tattoo. The tribal hawk tattoo is done in tribal art and can be done in a variety of different designs. Tribal hawks can be designed in various sizes, therefore, it can be tattooed on the legs, arms, chest, and the back. Hawk tattoos can portray the hawk flying or sitting with a watchful eye. Some hawk tattoos may portray the hawk grasping a branch with their talons. Make sure you take the time to view all the different hawk tattoo designs so you will be familiar with all the hawk tattoo designs that are available.

There are some important thins that you should remember before you choose to get a tattoo. Be sure to take the time to research what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get a tattoo and find out later that it means something different. Don't rush to get inked! I can't stress how important this is. Remember, you are going to have this tattoo for life. Even with laser removal and cover ups, every tattoo can't be fixed. Men and women that rush to get inked usually have regrets about their tattoo later on down the road. If you are not sure, don't get inked. Rethink the process and wait until you are completely sure about your tattoo. If you feel that the hawk tattoo is not for you or you want to view more tattoos, be sure to follow the links below. As always, thanks for your visit.

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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for taking the time to drop by all.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      8 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Another fine article instilling further the title of tattoo master.

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      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I had no idea there are so many meanings to the hawk tattoo! Awesome!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Lovely animal for a tattoo, though with some of these, I'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between a hawk and an eagle. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Deb Hirt 

      8 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      These are very attractive, especially the kestrel.

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      8 years ago

      I love hawks! People sometimes call me the Eye of the Hawk! I notice every little detail and people don't always like that LOL Another great hub!


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