Traditional Tiger Tattoos

The tiger is considered the lord of the jungle within Indian culture and it’s no wonder why this powerful animal has garnered such a title. One of the most deadly jungle predators, the tiger is known for its ability to hunt and ambush its prey without detection. A traditional tiger tattoo ranks among the top of its class within the traditional style, with its beautiful stripes being replicated in art among many cultures throughout history.

How we perceive the tiger today has largely been influenced by many Asian cultures, taking their place within Zodiac calendars and being just as prominent of a symbol as the dragon. In China, the tiger is represented as protectors of the dead, closely associated with both God and wealth. Korean cultures believed that they are the king of animals whilst Japanese Samurais would adorn tigers upon their chest. A traditional tiger tattoo, when viewed in this context, represents strength, good luck, wisdom and prosperity.

In India, tigers are considered to be one of the most destructive and violent animals. It’s not uncommon to find stories of how tigers would wipe out entire villages and bring disrepair to the people of India. A sculpture made in the 18th century, Tipu’s Tiger, was created for Tipu Sultan as an emblem to expresses hatred for the British empire. The sculpture depicts a tiger attacking a European man, which emits a wailing sound when using the mechanisms.

With tigers being solitary animals, a traditional tiger tattoo can represent a lack of desire to follow the crowd and trust your instincts instead. A wearer can find meaning in being a free spirit with a powerful tiger tattoo.

Similarly to traditional panther tattoos, a tiger can be designed in a crawling stance or with a number of other motifs. These can include a jungle setting, in battle or with other elements such as skulls or daggers.

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