Tattoo Classics: Battle Royale Tattoos

jentheripper in Tattoo Ideas

Tattoo art has got its historical classics, and among them, Battle Royale tattoos are very popular.

This theme became popular when American traditional tattoo met Japanese traditional tattoo and started mixing influences. Battle Royale tattoos are a combination of animals, locked in a lethal combat. Each animal selected to create the Battle Royale has different meanings.

The more popular combinations are the supreme trio dragon, eagle, snake, but you also find many tiger, eagle, snake versions. It is also very common to see the duo snake/eagle. They all represent a fight between opposite or complementary forces. Good versus Evil, past versus present, Christianity versus Paganism, Sky versus Earth but also the union of spirit and matter and of the different forces of the universe. There are as many meanings as persons, and you can replace easily the main animals by others. It is not surprising to find big cats such as panthers, octopus and even sharks entering the brawl. The combinations are infinite.

But the most important thing in Battle Royale tattoos is the composition. Mostly intended for large scale tattoos, the placement of each animal is essential for a good composition, as well as the respect of the proportions. The genuine dynamic of Battle Royale tattoos is the most important thing for a tattoo artist. So, if you want a badass tattoo, pick a master and check those examples of Battle Royale tattoos for inspiration and knowledge of the tattoo culture.

For Tim Lehi, it is a tiger, an eagle and a snake.
For Tim Lehi, it is a tiger, an eagle and a snake.
Valerie Vargas has chosen a smaller version, with a dragon.
Valerie Vargas has chosen a smaller version, with a dragon.
The classic trio, a collaboration piece by Mike Rubendall, Grez and Chris O'donnell.
The classic trio, a collaboration piece by Mike Rubendall, Grez and Chris O'donnell.

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Only two forces for Marius Meyer.
Only two forces for Marius Meyer.
Battle Royale Tattoos are also coveted in new school style, here by talented Josh Payne.
Battle Royale Tattoos are also coveted in new school style, here by talented Josh Payne.
Tiger and cobra snake for Jeff Zuck.
Tiger and cobra snake for Jeff Zuck.
Rad torso piece by Frank Carter.
Rad torso piece by Frank Carter.
David Bruehl has chosen a mountain lion.
David Bruehl has chosen a mountain lion.
Tiger and snake by Dave Wah.
Tiger and snake by Dave Wah.

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