Howling at the Moon: Wonderful Wolf Tattoos

Howling at the Moon: Wonderful Wolf Tattoos

By Tattoo Ideas

If you feel like the wolf is your spirit animal, you may want to check out this incredible collection of inspirational wolf tattoos.

We feel like, maybe, wolves get a bad wrap when it comes to mainstream movies...which is weird, because wolf tattoos are some of the most popular pieces to collect. They're basically an everlasting trend. It may be that wolves have a long history involved in magical legends and symbols, but they also have cultural affiliations like that of the Native American spirit animals. Beyond that, it may be their connection and representation of nature that makes them such a favorable design concept for tattoos...even their natural beauty, those sparkling eyes and thick fur, make for incredible depictions. In this collection of wolf tattoos, we brought together a bunch of different stylistic portrayals of this powerful animal.

So the last film we saw that had anything to do with wolves was The Grey with Liam Neeson...who, honestly, we totally adore because he just seems like a pretty cool dude. But in this film *spoiler alert* Liam's character is involved in a plane crash that lands him in the frigid winter landscape of the Alaskan wilderness. Basically, not only is Liam trying to survive the crash and the natural weather, but apparently there's also a crazy group of wolves out to eat him, and the others who survived the plane wreckage. However, wolves aren't actually that violent. In fact, some of these wolf tattoos wonderfully capture the sort of poetic pensive, quiet quality that this animal possesses. Although wolves are known for their bravery, strength, and endurance, "...they tend to fear and avoid human beings, especially in North America." This is partly due to the invention of firearms, which wolves cannot match no matter how fast or how strong they may be. Rapid wolves, on the other hand, have been known to attack. 

There are also some movies, however, that do show wolves in a more positive and revered light. White Fang, the 1991 film, tells the story of a cruelly treated wolf/dog pup who manages to find a healthy relationship with a human friend. No one could ever forget the Disney flick, Balto, which had tons of little kids in the 90's howling during playtime. Never Cry Wolf is another Disney movie, live-action instead of animation, that considers a serious side of humanities connection with nature, including the pressures on wolves due to hunting for pelts. Each of these is a great example of mankind's emotional and physical attachment to this special animal. And these artworks are also great representations of that. Blackwork wolf tattoos, Traditional wolf tattoos, and Realistic wolf tattoos are some of peoples favorite styles to get these animals produced in, and we're sure that popular culture has a great hand in these aesthetically pleasing designs.

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You have to keep in mind that many of the films created by wolves are very much inspired by the ancient legends that proceeded them. The Native Americans of North America have felt a great admiration for wolves due to their similarities to their own struggles. "Native American tribes recognized the wolf for its extreme devotion to its family, and many drew parallels between wolf pack members and the members of the tribe. Also, the wolf's superior and cooperative hunting skills made it the envy of many tribes. Finally, the wolf was known to defend its home against outsiders, a task with which each tribe had to contend as well." Each tribe has many different legends, and cultures across the globe have also created stories based on these wonderfully animals. If you feel a kinship to wolves, you may also want to see if these wolf tattoos inspire you! We hope you enjoy this collection, and if you have a wolf tattoo of your own, be sure to share and tag it in our app!

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