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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wolf Tattoo

Wolf Tattoo
Here we have a pretty wild looking wolf tattoo. One that doesn’t really need a whole lot of explanation. We can see they it is sort of grey in color, which is probably very realistic and we can see that this particular wolf is being vicious at this very moment, which I am certain is very realistic. It’s nose is tightened up and it’s teeth are separated just enough to make that really scary, throaty type of growl before it pounces on us. It wants to do damage. Now with this wolf tattoo I wouldn’t say it’s great and I wouldn’t say it’s bad. All I can say is that it’s a wolf tattoo.
Through out the years wolves have been very mis-understood and as a result they have become extinct in many places. In North America their near extinction was due primarily to their regular attacks on livestock. This led to cash bounties being put on their skins and the mass slaughter began. Native Americans often identify with the wolf, feeling they got the same sort of raw deal and have still somehow managed to survive, just as the wolf has. Thus is born a lot of the legends of a lone wolf type and how one very strong and cunning man can overcome.

Wolf Tattoo
The popularity of wolf tattoos can be attributed to the long relationship that wolves and men have enjoyed. Our shared history goes back at least 40,000 years and the modern dog is a direct descendant of Asian wolves. Wolf tattoos have come to symbolize courage, loyalty and allegiance to the family because of their distinct pack behavior. But, wolves can also have a negative connotation. They are sometimes seen as harbingers of evil or omens of death. They have also symbolized fear of the night, darkness, and even demonic possession. At the same time men could not help but admire the skill and success of the wolf pack. Certain cultures had a reverence for the wolf. For instance, the Romans venerated the wolf, because of the legend of the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, being suckled by a she-wolf after being abandoned. The Roman god of war, Mars held the wolf sacred and to spot one before a battle was an omen of certain victory. So, wolf tattoos can have a dual symbolism depending on the culture and the beliefs of the bearer. Regardless, wolf tattoos can be a nice addition to any collection of modern body art.

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