40 Bold and Brazen Bear Tattoos

Xavier in Tattoo Ideas

Among the many animals people like to get tattoos of are bears...

The bold and brazen bear shares many noble qualities with its animal tattoo counterparts, like the lion and the wolf. The bear is a known symbol for courage and strength. In Native American symbolism, the bear is seen as a free spirit like the great wind. It is also admired for the way it rummages around the woods benignly and yet could turn into a mauling rage machine once provoked. And of course, like the other animals mentioned, the bear also shares another important attribute-- it's one of those on top of the damn food chain.

by Valentin Hirsch
by Valentin Hirsch

The bear is a symbol of healing in Sioux symbolism while the Cree honors the bear as a symbol for successful hunt. There are many more interpretations of this powerful animal in the Native American culture and even more from the rest of the world. Other people see the bear as their spirit animal for its sense of confidence and leadership. All the while, taking importance of some quiet time and solitude, qualities which many people can relate to.

by Nouvelle Rita of Lisbon, Portugal
by Nouvelle Rita of Lisbon, Portugal

It doesn't end there. There are a number of different types of bear by region and  specie, a lot to choose from if you're looking for a bear tattoo. There's one for the right person. Where did you think 'mama bear' came from? And not all bears are silent savages, either. Because pandas. On second thought, scratch that. Mommy pandas feed on their deceased young. Yep, let that sink in.

First, let's see a few more realistic designs.

Artist unknown.
Artist unknown.

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Fire it up with earth tones when you're going for realistic.

by Petri Syrjala
by Petri Syrjala

The polar bear, embodying true survivalists everywhere.

by Ayı Dövme
by Ayı Dövme

Hear them roar.

by Florian Karg
by Florian Karg

Cute twist to your typical panda.

by Megan Massacre
by Megan Massacre

Savage!

by Benjamin Laukis
by Benjamin Laukis

Benjamin Laukis doing his thing, bringing this baby bear to life.

by Niki Norberg
by Niki Norberg

Here's another, from one of my favourite artists of all time.

Check out these traditional bears looking bad-ass looking AF.

by Phil Hatchet-Yau at Tahiti Felix's Master Tattoo & Museum in San Diego, CA
by Phil Hatchet-Yau at Tahiti Felix's Master Tattoo & Museum in San Diego, CA

Like a true Californian!

by Bert Thomas
by Bert Thomas

Vicious!

by Samuele Briganti
by Samuele Briganti

A good addition to a progressing traditional sleeve.

by Stefan Johnsson
by Stefan Johnsson
by Stefan Johnsson
by Stefan Johnsson

Stefan Johnsson sure does make vicious-looking bears.

by Annie Frenzel
by Annie Frenzel

Impressive colouring!

by Kirsten Holliday of Wonderland Tattoos, Portland Oregon
by Kirsten Holliday of Wonderland Tattoos, Portland Oregon

A more feminine take on the ferocious beast.

by Mitch Allenden at Inspirations in Morley, UK
by Mitch Allenden at Inspirations in Morley, UK

This Neo-traditional piece totally killed it!

by Philip Yarnell
by Philip Yarnell

Dapper.

by Salvation Tattoo
by Salvation Tattoo

Uncanny.

by Samantha Smith Tattoo Co, Richmond, BC
by Samantha Smith Tattoo Co, Richmond, BC

Lovely.

By Providence Tattoo
By Providence Tattoo

A really good half-sleeve.

Geometric, Blackwork, Dotwork and Everything else:

by David Hale
by David Hale

A fine combination of heavy linework, geometric style and dotwork.

Artist unknown.
Artist unknown.

Dotwork and geometric.

by Philippe Fernandez
by Philippe Fernandez
by Silvija Šablinskaitė of Super 7 Tattoo, Vilnius
by Silvija Šablinskaitė of Super 7 Tattoo, Vilnius

A wicked-looking blackwork.

by Sven Rayen - Antwerp, Belgium
by Sven Rayen - Antwerp, Belgium

The panda is a symbol patience as a virtue and the balance of yin yang energies.

Artist unknown.
Artist unknown.
Artist unknown.
Artist unknown.
Artist unknown.
Artist unknown.

Despite the bear's fearsome countenance, the bubblegum colors make it look atypically adorable.

Artist unknown
Artist unknown
by Philip Milic
by Philip Milic
by David Hale
by David Hale
Artist unknown.
Artist unknown.

Win!

by Barbe Rousse
by Barbe Rousse
by Dave Koenig at Tenth Sanctum Tattoo in Omaha, Nebraska
by Dave Koenig at Tenth Sanctum Tattoo in Omaha, Nebraska
by Dr Woo
by Dr Woo

Another beautiful blackwork rendition of Dr. Woo.

by Peter Aurisch
by Peter Aurisch
Illustration done by Scott Allen Hill. Tattoo done by Ben at American Tattoo.
Illustration done by Scott Allen Hill. Tattoo done by Ben at American Tattoo.
Uncle Arlos A Plus Tattoos
Uncle Arlos A Plus Tattoos

Beautiful watercolor style on fine linework.

Unknown artist.
Unknown artist.

California represent.

Hope you enjoyed this one! Look out for more!

Xavier

@Xavier

When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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