Traditional Bulldog Tattoos
Traditional Bulldog Tattoo Meaning
The symbol of the bulldog as a mascot gained much popularity on both sides of the Atlantic during the 1st and 2nd World Wars.
During the first World War the Germans often referred to American Military Personnel by demeaning them as Teufelshund or ‘devil dogs’. Turning this insult on its head the United States Marine Corp reappropriated the term by using the bulldog as its symbol of strength and defiance. The image of the bulldog was used positively within recruitment drives and became synonymous with the USMC with many servicemen choosing to get a bulldog tattoo to prove their commitment.
As the bulldog was originally bred as a dog to bait bulls, the image of the bulldog came to represent the stubborn stance taken by the British against the Nazis, with Winston Churchill’s appearance and attitude often optimising the bulldogs spirit. It is during this time that we first began to see bulldog tattoos becoming more prevalent as servicemen would seek to mark there British Pride and Heritage.
With its strong military links you will often see a bulldog tattoo with the dog sporting a helmet, set within a military scene, or draped in a flag showing the wearers allegiance. While these quintessential pairings stand as strong today as they did then, it is now common for non-military personnel to get a bulldog tattoo, as either a commemorative piece, or simply for the enjoyment of this classic traditional tattoo design.
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