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Paw Print Tattoos And Paw Print Tattoo Designs; Paw Print Tattoo Meanings And Ideas

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




Paw print tattoos are not considered to be a mainstream tattoo symbol, but they do hold high symbolic value with many people. Paw print tattoos can be done in a variety of different styles. Some tattoo artist are very creative when it comes to paw print tattoo designs. Due to this, paw print tattoo designs can come in a variety of different variations and styles. Paw print tattoos can be worn as a cute tattoo or it can serve a memorial purpose for a lost pet. In many ways, paw print tattoos can serve a variety of different purposes.

As you just read, paw prints can be used in several different ways when it comes to the tattoo. One way that they are commonly used is the dog and cat paw print. As far as design goes for the dog and cat paw print, it is simple yet cute. This is just your ordinary print that is most commonly seen. It has four prints at the top and one big print on the bottom. This type of paw print is inviting, adorable, and friendly.

Dog and cat paw print tattoos can be tattooed almost anywhere on the body and they come in a variety of different sizes. The dog and cat paw print can portray one single paw print or they can portray two, three, or more. Some people may prefer only one single paw print while others may prefer a trail of paw prints. One interesting idea is to have a trail of small paw prints that create a bracelet. This design could be tattooed on the wrist or around the ankles. One photo in this article actually show a paw print necklace tattoo, which is another great idea. However, if you prefer a smaller tattoo, you may want the bracelet on the wrist or ankles.

Out of all the available choices for paw print tattoo variations, the single paw print tattoo is probably the most popular. Some may want to get one paw print tattoo on one hip and another one on the other hip. For women, popular areas to get your paw print tattoo inked include the hips, lower back, neck, and ankles. For men, popular areas include the arm, wrist, neck, and chest. In most cases, the paw print tattoo is colored in solid black. However, this doesn't mean that they are not colored. If you want to color your paw print tattoo blue, have it done in blue! The color choice is yours.

Paw print tattoos can also be used as a memorial tattoo for a lost pet. This would be a great way to give tribute to a lost companion. Most of us have had pets that we truly cared about. Anyone who has a pet or had a close pet knows the bond that can be created from being together. Just as humans, dogs and cats get older and they all will eventually face death. A beautiful paw print tattoo with their name is a great way to pay proper respect for your beloved friend. In such cases, you may want to include wings or a cross with your paw print. Some people may choose to keep the tattoo uplifting and add a bone or ball. This may be something you want to consider.




There are also a few other animals that are chosen for paw print tattoos. The wolf, tiger, and bear are three popular choices when it comes to paw print tattoos. These paw prints differ from cat and dog paw prints. The wolf, tiger, and bear paws often leave claw trails or claw marks. Tattoo artist have come up with some creative designs with these paw print tattoos. One interesting design has the image of the animal within the paw print. The bear and wolf paw print are often designed within dreamcatchers as well. Make sure you take the time to view all the different ways to use these paw print tattoos.

Paw print tattoos are a great choice for anyone that loves animals. It is a great way to love and honor those extra members of our families. If your are Native American, bear and wolf paw prints are a great way to represent your rich history and tradition. Paw print tattoos can serve purpose in all types of men and women, all across the world.

Paw print tattoos can also be a cute and adorable way to honor your children as well. Since paw print tattoos are cute, you may want to get a paw print and had your child's name inked beside it. If you have three children, you could get three paw prints and have your children's names inked by the paw print. You could get creative and paint blue paw prints for your boys or pink paw prints for your girls. You could get a large paw print for your oldest or a small one for the youngest. There are plenty of things that you can do with paw print tattoos. Sometimes, you just have to think outside the box. Just something to keep in mind.

There are some important things you should remember before you go and get inked. Make sure you take the time to research your tattoo and make sure you fully understand what it represents and stands for. Don't rush to get inked. So many people get tattoos on an impulse and they usually regret what they get. Getting a tattoo is a big decision. Make sure you weigh everything out before you take the leap. If you feel that paw print tattoos are not for you, be sure to follow the links below to view more tattoo designs, symbols, ideas, and meanings. Thanks for your visit.




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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Bette, I don't see why you can't. A small tattoo even at this size can be done. 6 characters only, it can be done for sure. Just need to find a tattoo artist with a steady hand, one good at detailing.

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      Bette Podgurski 

      7 years ago

      I just lost my dog , very small dog, and would like a paw print with his name in the pad of his paw print, "Shorty:... Possible??

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Max, I agree. I like the small ones. They would look cute on any girl. Plus, they are a great tattoo to give tribute to your children or grandchildren. True, totally adorable. Max, big thanks and see you soon.

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      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Awe, how cute is that =) I like them in small variation rather than large ones, it's kinda intensifies adorableness =)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      *Alocsin, thanks for dropping by. There are a great mix of paw print tattoos and you can use them in a variety of ways. As you mention, some are cute and others are more graphic.

      *Heather, thanks for taking the time to check out this article. That is a great idea. The wrist is a great spot for paw print tattoos for a girl. Cute tattoo.

      *Krsharp, great advice. Always great to hear from someone that has been there. It is so important and it can't be stressed enough. We don't always think things through, it is part of life. Make sure it is what you want. A year may seem long for others, but it is a short time. I concur.

      *Kash, always great to be graced with your visit. Thanks for your time, comment, and votes friend.

      *MM, your heart of gold is all that and more:) I stay so busy and I try to get on here at least once a day. I am hanging in there though. Thanks for asking. Hope all is well with you as well.

      Hyp, great story. Your right, if you see one that speaks to you, you never forget. I still remember a cross tattoo I seen when I was a young child. Great point. Our pets are like family, in more ways then one. A paw print tattoo links that bond forever. A great choice for all pet lovers.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      8 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      These are fabulous and a great idea. So many of us adore our animal friends. This would be a great way to immortalize their memory.

      I once saw a bear claw slash on a Native American woman's shoulder. It was one of the most powerful things I have ever seen. As you can tell, I never forgot it. Thanks for another fine tattoo Hub lyricwriter.

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Love these tattoo's - especially the paws with the faces!

      Voting up/beautiful.

      Best wishes to you Ricky, I hope all is well with you, Lesley

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      Thomas Silvia 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for all these beautiful photos of these fun tattoos,well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Kristi Sharp 

      8 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      This is a really creative tattoo hub. Nice job. As a tattoo enthusiast and after 19 tattoos, I would absolutely agree with you that you should TAKE YOUR TIME deciding on what you want. Pick your design and then look at it for a full year. If you still love it a year later, go have it tattooed on.

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      8 years ago

      I love my puppy so much I think I will get his paw on my wrist so I have a part of him forever.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I think these tattoos are adorable, though as shown by some of your examples, they can also look quite fierce. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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