40 Bold and Brazen Bear Tattoos
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.
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.
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.
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Fire it up with earth tones when you're going for realistic.
The polar bear, embodying true survivalists everywhere.
Hear them roar.
Cute twist to your typical panda.
Benjamin Laukis doing his thing, bringing this baby bear to life.
Here's another, from one of my favourite artists of all time.
Check out these traditional bears looking bad-ass looking AF.
Like a true Californian!
A good addition to a progressing traditional sleeve.
Stefan Johnsson sure does make vicious-looking bears.
A more feminine take on the ferocious beast.
This Neo-traditional piece totally killed it!
A really good half-sleeve.
Geometric, Blackwork, Dotwork and Everything else:
A fine combination of heavy linework, geometric style and dotwork.
Dotwork and geometric.
A wicked-looking blackwork.
The panda is a symbol patience as a virtue and the balance of yin yang energies.
Despite the bear's fearsome countenance, the bubblegum colors make it look atypically adorable.
Another beautiful blackwork rendition of Dr. Woo.
Beautiful watercolor style on fine linework.
Hope you enjoyed this one! Look out for more!