Animal tattoos are popular because there are so many animals to choose from. Anybody can choose an animal to represent something within themselves or in their lives. It could be an expression of a personality trait that they have, such as strength or purity or anything else. For example, if one chooses an animal to show that their are strong and fierce, they may choose to use the tiger or lion to do that. If one wants to represent freedom, they may choose an animal that can fly like a bird or a butterfly.
Animals can also be used to represent others as well. The Chinese zodiac is perfect to represent a group of people, even an entire family. Whatever animal the family members are born in the year of, can be their symbol in a tattoo. A literal use of the animal tattoo can be a portrait of a pet. This can help a pet owner mourn if their pet has died.
Animal tattoos can be created in any style imaginable. There have been animal tattoos as long as old school tattoos have existed. Animals can also be depicted in a tribal tattoo design or even new school with bright, unrealistic colors. Most animal tattoos that are the most impressive are realistic tattoos, especially if the animals are depicted in some kind of action.
Common animals seen in tattoo include: the koi fish, lions and tigers, bears, wolves, dogs and cats, birds, especially peacocks and eagles, frogs, lizards, butterflies, dragonflies. But any animal is the perfect theme for a tattoo!
Wonderful pet portrait.
Great realistic tattoo of a bear.
Here's a cool tiger with tribal and celtic influences.
Cool old school snake by Trent Edwards.
A different kind of fox by Greg Whitehead.