The wolf has become one of the most popular animal types used for tribal tattoos. It is widely accepted as an aggressive and brave animal, which makes it perfect for an animal tattoo. A wolf tattoo can have many different interpretations. There can be a cute, little tat like a baby wolf or a sad, wounded old wolf, depending on your personal interpretation. Most wolf tats are dark with black lines on them.
Brief history and the background
The wolf is said to have first been used in North America by the Native Americans around 200 years ago. With the dark colors and bold lines, wolves can represent strength, perseverance, determination and valor. But they are also part of Native American tradition, being called September tats.
A September tattoo has a meaning different from a regular wolf tattoo. Each color represents a specific month in the Native American calendar. The colors are red, green, yellow and orange. September is when most people would celebrate thanksgiving. The colors represent good health, plentiful crops and harvest. If you were born in September, a wolf tattoo would express your status in the tribe.
Wolf symbols are very common among modern Indian art styles.
The wolf symbolizes cunning, survival skills and danger. Wolves are known for their ferocity and strength but are also courageous, strong willed and greatly respected as the most noble of animals. So you can see why the wolf tattoo would be such a great choice.
Wolves have also been inked as symbols of the full moon.
The wolf tattoo is often associated with the full moon, because it is when they are most active during the night time hours. The wolf is also one of the four ancient guardians of the moon, along with the tiger, snake, and leopard. This connection is made because the wolf is the only animal that never leaves its den during the night time hours. It is not always possible to find a wolf in the wild today, so the symbol full moon is used to represent this strong, brave animal.
The Lone Wolf Tattoo
This is also connected to the idea of man’s inherent wickedness.
The lone wolf symbolizes a person that is trying to go it alone, a person that lacks the understanding of other people, yet is doing what must be done in order to survive in the world. Sometimes the lone wolf symbolizes someone that is trying to get into a group, like a family, that has members that don’t fully understand the situation or what is going on. This is why the lone wolf tattoo is often combined with other symbolic elements to make a unique design.
A unique kind of wolf tattoo.
Some people may have a wolf tattoo symbolized by the silhouette of a stag, which represents the bloodline wolves that were introduced to the European continent by human beings. The symbols used to make these stencils originally represented the ancient pack animals that were part of a pack. Each wolf was represented by a different color, until the modern days when it was possible to use different colors, although black and white remain two of the most popular colors.
The different colors represented by wolves represent the primary and secondary packs within a pack, which usually includes a red wolf, a brown wolf, a black wolf, and a white wolf. These are some of the meanings that can be found in wolf tattoo designs.