25 Beautiful Tiger Tattoos
In Ancient Chinese history, the tiger, being a predator and hunter in nature, represents the masculine principle and is king of all animals
Regarded as one of the four super intelligent creatures (along with the phoenix, dragon and tortoise), the tiger is honored and worshipped not just even in new year festivals, but painted on the walls of homes and temples to ward off evil spirits and grant protection. For over centuries, these super intelligent creatures have been major motifs in Chinese (and even Japanese) art. Let's check out these fiercely awesome 25 beautiful tiger tattoos and learn about its meanings along the way.
The Tiger represents strength, vitality and health. Due to its primal predatory instincts, the tiger also represents unpredictability, willpower and ability to trust yourself.
In ancient Chinese folk tales, the tiger is the protector of the good. Tigers kill evil men and rescue the good ones. Tiger charms, particularly the Hu Chao or "Tiger Claw" amulet, is believed to ward off fear and gives the wearer courage. Other Tiger charms are worn and used to keep away disease and evil. For this reason, children and babies are frequently clothed with tiger images embroidered to their clothes and shoes.
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And those tiger-inspired clothes have created a new trend on the skin - literally! The tiger became a great tattoo inspiration. A creature and symbol worth wearing... which makes it a timeless tattoo inspiration.
FACT: The tiger lives in a variety of places: from tropical & evergreen forests, woodlands, mangrove swamps to grasslands, savannah & rocky countries.
FACT: The historic tiger lived in Turkey, South & Southeast Asia and in far Eastern shores of the continent. Today, they are only found in South & Southeast Asia, China & far eastern Russia.
FACT: Tigers are nocturnal (more active at night). They hunt by using its massive body weight to knock its prey down to the ground and kill it with a deadly bite to the neck. Tigers are ambush predators, and they camouflage themselves first with its stripes before jumping in for the kill. (Tattoo by Julian Siebert.)
FACT: Tigers eat water buffalos, wild boars, antelopes, deers, crocodiles, snakes, and sometimes even cute little creatures such as dogs, sloth bears and hares. But hey, a Tiger!
Did you know? Tigers are also good swimmers, and they can hunt prey while swimming!!!
Tigers live in solitude, except during mating seasons (usually during tropical season, or in the winter at temperate regions) and when females bear young.
Tigers are fiercely territorial & they have mark territories.
People born in the Year of the Tiger are thought to be strong, noble, brave, stubborn and sympathetic. "Born leader" is the keyword for tigers. In Chinese Astrology, people born in these years are believed to possess the fighting spirit & courage of the Tiger: 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022 & 2034. :)
The Tiger never gives up!
The Tiger represents the greatest earthly power and it is the great protector of human life. It chases away the so-called "3 disasters": dire, thieves & ghosts. In Hindu belief, the goddess Durga (meaning "the indestructible") is pictured to have a tiger as a companion. She is the goddess of victory of good over evil.
Beautiful white tiger with stunning eyes by Jesse Pinette, Precision Tattoo, Maine.
FACT: The Tiger is the largest member of the Cat family. There were once 9 subspecies of tigers, but now they have gone extinct. :( There's the Bengal Tiger (less than 2,000), Indochinese (750-1,000), Siberian (450), Sumatran (400-500), Malayan (600-800), South Chinese (extinct), Caspian (extinct), Javan (extinct), Bali (extinct). :( LET'S HELP TO SAVE THE TIGERS!!!! These beautiful creatures also deserve to grace our planet!!! Go to http://www.savetigersnow.org to know how to help! :-)
A tiger shark for the win!!!
Indeed the tiger makes an awesome big piece tattoo. It suits almost all areas of the body! Back, front, chest, rib, and limbs!!!
Even just the head is just as fierce! Tiger head tattoos look great on hands, neck or knees.
It can go as tame and cute, too!
Did you know? Angelina Jolie bears a tiger tattoo which she got in Bangkok back in 2004. :) She had a bengal tiger manually tattooed on her lower back while her thai artist Ajarn Noo Kanpai or Sompong Kanphai who chanted hymns of prayer during the time he worked. The Tattoo was done to celebrate Jolie's Cambodian citizenship.