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The Howl of the Wolf Tattoo

Like the bear, wolves are very prominent tattoo subjects. Get inspiration for your next wolf tattoo!

Xavier in Tattoo Ideas

Wolf tattoo will embody strength and fearlessness.

Wolf tattoo symbolizes being wild and skilled hunters. They are regarded as supreme hunters of the forest. They value their freedom, thus their reputation for being untameable.

Wolf tattoo, artist unknown wolf portrait traditional
Wolf tattoo, artist unknown #wolf #portrait #traditional

Let's skip the part about how many usually think about teenage werewolves on the mainstream when they hear the word 'wolf'. I'm not a big fan of TeenWolf or Twilight or whatever and I'm not here to make fun of them, no matter how tempting, it's sad that wolves are reduced to teen lovers versus sparkly vampires these days. Let's all be excited again with wolves and remember how vicious as f-ck they actually are. 

Wolf tattoo by Teniele Sadd wolf wolftattoo tenielesadd
Wolf tattoo by Teniele Sadd #wolf #wolftattoo #tenielesadd
Insane Wolf tattoo by Josh Payne joshpayne wolftattoo wolf
Insane Wolf tattoo by Josh Payne #joshpayne #wolftattoo #wolf
Artist unknown.
Artist unknown.

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As we all know, wolves travel in packs. Which is why they are commonly associated with family and close ties. It has a lot to do with territorial advantage among actual wolves. They have that sense of unity by being a part of a clan. And on a light note for closet hopeless romantics, wolves only mate with one partner for their whole life, until the other dies that is. Despite being bloodthirsty beasts, wolves are nurturing parents. The whole pack takes part in taking care of the pups.

Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown. wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown. #wolf #wolftattoo

Wolves not only play a part in Native American symbolisms but they also appear in mythologies and tales. In the modern age, many can identify themselves with wolves while some see the wolf as the foe they go against in inner battles. The big, bad wolf becomes the lad you unsuspectingly fall in love with, who ends up eating you alive in the end. Or maybe we should start talking about how Jacob is so right for Bella.

Let's not forget about the lone wolf or the rogue wolf, as some may call them. Lone wolves are those who have broken off from the pack or where thrown out from the pack they were born into. The lone wolves may be the old alpha who's grown weaker. Or maybe it's the omega who's grown tired of the other pack members' shit. It's that kind of angst people can sympathize with.

Wolf tattoo by Victor Chil wolf wolftattoo victorchil
Wolf tattoo by Victor Chil #wolf #wolftattoo #victorchil

People may get a wolf tattoo for various reasons, but never too distant from one another. It's always somehow connected to the best qualities of wolves and the things people see in wolves that reflect themselves.  A wolf tattoo owner talks about how his tattoo is important him, "My tattoo reminds me I always have the support of a pack when I need it, but also have the freedom to be independent."

Wolf tattoo by Kirsten Holliday wolf kirstenholliday mycalvins moon nature
Wolf tattoo by Kirsten Holliday #wolf #kirstenholliday #mycalvins #moon #nature

I'm not going to delve deeper about every single one of wolf symbolisms and their origins (because they will be mainly boring) but in most cultures, the wolf is largely associated with protection. Protector of secrets, protector of the innocence of children and many others. They also act as guides since wolves does a lot of travelling in the wild, even on their own they find a a place for themselves.

Wolf tattoo by Piotr Deadi Dedel wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo by Piotr Deadi Dedel #wolf #wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo by Halasz Matyas wolf wolftattoo halaszmatyas
Wolf tattoo by Halasz Matyas #wolf #wolftattoo #halaszmatyas
Wolf tattoo by Jeff Gogue wolf jeffgogue
Wolf tattoo by Jeff Gogue #wolf #jeffgogue

Anyway, here's a nice story I read a while ago.

An old grandfather told his grandson: “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, and resentment. The other is good. It is joy, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and bravery.”

The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”

The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”

Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown. wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown. #wolf #wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown. wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown. #wolf #wolftattoo

A wolf howling at the moon is symbolizes the calling of the animal for the Great Spirit, perhaps for guidance, for protection, or for its heart's desires.

Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown. wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown. #wolf #wolftattoo

A man might befriend a wolf, even break a wolf, but no man could truly tame a wolf.

— George R.R. Martin

Wolf gentleman tattoo
Wolf gentleman tattoo
Wolf tattoo, artist unknown. wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo, artist unknown. #wolf #wolftattoo

“We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be –the mythologized epitome of a savage ruthless killer – which is, in reality, no more than a reflected image of ourself.”

- Farley Mowat

Wolf tattoo by Domantas Parvainis wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo by Domantas Parvainis #wolf #wolftattoo

“Throw me to the wolves and I'll return leading the pack” ―Unknown

Wolf tattoo by @da_ink/Instagram wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo by @da_ink/Instagram #wolf #wolftattoo

Perhaps one of the most gorgeous wolf tattoo sleeves around.

Wolf tattoo, artist unknown. wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo, artist unknown. #wolf #wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown. wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown. #wolf #wolftattoo
Matching wolf tattoo by Matt Lambdin wolf wolftattoo
Matching wolf tattoo by Matt Lambdin #wolf #wolftattoo
Creative wolf tattoo, artist unknown. creative wolf wolftattoo
Creative wolf tattoo, artist unknown. #creative #wolf #wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown. wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown. #wolf #wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo, artist unknown.
Wolf tattoo, artist unknown.
Wolf tattoo by Thomson Tattoos thomsontattoo wolf wolftattoos
Wolf tattoo by Thomson Tattoos #thomsontattoo #wolf #wolftattoos
Wolf tattoo by William Jackman wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo by William Jackman #wolf #wolftattoo

Awesome spin to the traditional wolf stabbed by a dagger tattoo.

Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown. wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown. #wolftattoo

Here's how you make a sexy lady even sexier.

Wolf tattoo by Aniela wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo by Aniela #wolf #wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo by Yliana Paolini wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo by Yliana Paolini #wolf #wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo by Augis Tattoo wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo by Augis Tattoo #wolf #wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo by Jeff Gogue wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo by Jeff Gogue #wolf #wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo By Aleksandr Okharin wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo By Aleksandr Okharin #wolf #wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo by Mitch Allenden wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo by Mitch Allenden #wolf #wolftattoo
Wolf tatto by Giena Todryk wolf wolftattoo
Wolf tatto by Giena Todryk #wolf #wolftattoo
Colorful wolf tattoo, artist unknown.
Colorful wolf tattoo, artist unknown.

Insane how this wolf can still look fierce despite being coloured in with a very happy yellow, pink and baby blue.

Wolf tattoo by Marcin Aleksander Surowiec
Wolf tattoo by Marcin Aleksander Surowiec
Wolf tattoo by Richard Santay
Wolf tattoo by Richard Santay
Wolf tattoo by Jay Freestyle wolftattoo
Wolf tattoo by Jay Freestyle #wolftattoo
By Massimo Piazzetta wolftattoo wolf
By Massimo Piazzetta #wolftattoo #wolf
Wolf tattoo by Jacob Pedersen wolftattoo wolf
Wolf tattoo by Jacob Pedersen #wolftattoo #wolf
Watercolor wolf tattoo, artist unknown. wolf wolftattoo
Watercolor wolf tattoo, artist unknown. #wolf #wolftattoo

Beautiful use of dotwork and watercolour style in one piece.

Wolf tattoo by Sasha Unisex
Wolf tattoo by Sasha Unisex

Sasha Unisex, doing what she does best, beautiful wolf tattoo for you.

Artist unknown. wolf wolftattoo
Artist unknown. #wolf #wolftattoo

Tame your inner she-wolf.

Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown.
Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown.

Channel your inner Cara Delevingne and pose as a threat against her tattoo of the king of the jungle.

Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown.
Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown.

A classic wolf in black and grey to show everyone your spirit animal.

Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown.
Wolf tattoo, Artist unknown.

This is such an adorable underboob tatt, something I'd probably get. Its 'shitty-idgaf' style which is becoming more popular these days really appeals to me.

Tattoo by Chad Chase of Sanford, Maine
Tattoo by Chad Chase of Sanford, Maine

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Xavier

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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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