Black and grey bear tattoo on the left bicep

Bear Tattoo: 45 Most Amazing Bear Tattoo Ideas You Have To See

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Bear tattoo is an excellent choice for nature lovers. Although, despite its beautiful look, the bear tattoo can have many different meanings. First of all, it is because there are many species around the world. Secondly, the symbol of the bear varies from region to region. If you are thinking about a bear tattoo, we invite you to read further to learn more about bear tattoos.

Half realistic half geometric bear head tattoo
Half realistic half geometric bear head tattoo
Bear ink in traditional style on the left upper arm
Bear ink in traditional style on the left upper arm

What does a bear tattoo mean?

Bears are the largest carnivorous animals in the world; they can weigh more than 600 kg and reach a height of 1.6 meters. They have short ears and rudimentary tails. As we’ve said before, there are many different bear species with different characteristics and looks. So, a bear tattoo can have many meanings. Although, these are the primary symbols of the bear tattoo:

  • Strength, courage, and confidence
  • Protection and leadership
  • The power of healing
  • Spirituality and deep connection with nature
  • Resurrection (because of the hibernation)
Traditional tattoo of bear's head on the left shoulder
Traditional tattoo of bear’s head on the left shoulder
Black bear with flowers tattoo on the outer forearm
Black bear with flowers tattoo on the outer forearm

Bear tattoo meaning in different regions

As we’ve mentioned before, the meaning varies depending on the part of the world. For example, the seven tribes of the Great Sioux Nation believed that the bears had a power of healing. There’s an old legend about a bear that managed to heal itself by eating the leaves of Oxalis oregana. He spread the word of this plant’s healing powers to his brothers and sisters in Sioux Nation. Also, in other Native American tribes, the bear was a symbol of the tribe’s warriors.

Polar bear and mountains tattoo on the right arm
Polar bear and mountains tattoo on the right arm

Meanwhile, the Nordic people often portrayed their god Odin as a bear. Also, the early humans used the fur and the bones of these animals, because they thought that they would get the bear’s strength and the vigor.

Brown bear tattoo on the arm
Brown bear tattoo on the arm

The polar bear has a significant cultural and spiritual impact on the local Arctic people. The Eskimos revere these animals because of their excellent hunting skills. Meanwhile, the Nenets of Siberia believes that the amulets made from polar bear teeth protect them from all kinds of evil. The Inuit and Eskimo tribes also have a lot of tales and legends of the polar bear’s love and devotion to their baby bears.

Arm tattoo of a super angry black bear
Arm tattoo of a super angry black bear

Bear tattoo placement

Tattoos are an excellent way to show these mighty and majestic animals. Bear tattoos are suitable both for men and women. As for the placement for a bear tattoo – we suggest forearms, thighs, and chest. Although you should not stick only to these and it is up to you. However, you should remember that the bear is a detailed design. So if you are going to get a more prominent tattoo, don’t put it on the small body part like hand, feet or neck. For larger pieces, the best parts are back, shoulder blades or the chest. But if you want a small tattoo for example just the bear’s head, you can put it on almost every part of your body. We’re sure it will look good anywhere since the bear is such a beautiful animal.

Three eyed bear on the hand
Three-eyed bear on the left hand
Colorful bear head tattoo on the left arm
Colorful bear head tattoo on the left arm
Abstract tattoo of a black paintbrush stroke bear on the left arm
Abstract tattoo of a black paintbrush stroke bear on the left arm
Bear sitting near the tree tattoo on the left arm
Bear sitting near the tree tattoo on the left arm
Angry bear on the left calf
Angry bear on the left calf
Black bear tattoo design
Black bear tattoo design
Ankle tattoo of origami bear by karsten vom dach
Ankle tattoo of origami bear by Karsten vom Dach
Classy bear head on the left thigh
Classy bear head on the left thigh
Awesome black sleeve tattoo of a beer and woods
Awesome black sleeve tattoo of a beer and woods
Bear and all seeing eye tattoo on the arm
Bear and all-seeing eye tattoo on the arm

Bear tattoo ideas

Take a look at our bear gallery. We’re sure you will find inspiration, and your bear tattoo will be awesome. Also, remember to be creative and make something original out of these ideas! Ask your tattooist to help you sketch if you can’t draw. Don’t forget to leave a comment below and check out our other animal tattoos.

Geometric polar bear tattoo on the left bicep by sasha unisex
Geometric polar bear tattoo on the left bicep by Sasha Unisex
Bear and flower tattoo on the arm
Bear and flower tattoo on the arm
Dotwork style tattoo of a bear with a landscape on the left forearm
Dotwork style tattoo of a bear with a landscape on the left forearm
Bear and mountains tattoo on the right side of the chest and shoulder
Bear and mountains tattoo on the right side of the chest and shoulder
California grizzly bear tattoo on the left rib cage
California grizzly bear tattoo on the left rib cage
Bear head and icosidodecahedron tattoo on the left arm
Bear head and icosidodecahedron tattoo on the left arm
Old school bear tattoo on the upper arm
Old school bear tattoo on the upper arm
Bear with nature landscape tattoo on the arm
Bear with nature landscape tattoo on the arm
Cool bear wearing human hat and sunglasses tattoo on the back of the upper arm
A cool tattoo of a bear wearing a human hat and sunglasses on the back of the upper arm
Bear on the forearm by danilo delfino
Bear on the forearm by Danilo Delfino
Bear tattoo with a mountainous landscape on the left bicep
Bear tattoo with a mountainous landscape on the left bicep
Black dotwork bear head tattoo on the right inner arm
Black dot-work bear head tattoo on the right inner arm
Bear with cosmic landscape tattoo on the left bicep
Bear with cosmic landscape tattoo on the left bicep
Black and grey bear on the left bicep
Black and grey bear on the left bicep
Small outline bear on an ankle
Small outline bear on an ankle
Dotwork bear family tattoo
Dotwork bear family tattoo
Traditional bear ink on the right thigh
Traditional bear ink on the right thigh
Gorgeous bear with arctic night landscape tattoo on the right arm
Gorgeous bear with arctic night landscape tattoo on the right arm
Monochrome bear and paw tattoo on the arm
Monochrome bear and paw tattoo on the arm
Wireframe black bear tattoos on both arms
Wireframe black bear tattoos on both arms
Realistic tattoo of a black bear on the left side of the back
Realistic tattoo of a black bear on the left side of the back
Super tattoo design of a realistic bear and trees above
Super tattoo design of a realistic-looking bear and trees above
Traditional bear and lantern tattoo
Traditional bear and lantern tattoo
Tiny outline bear wrist tattoo
Tiny outline bear wrist tattoo
Yosemite bear with sunset behind the mountains tattoo
Yosemite bear with a sunset behind the mountains tattoo
Two bear tattoos on both thighs
Two bear tattoos on both thighs
Wonderful polar bear tattoo on the right forearm
Incredible polar bear tattoo on the right forearm
Dotwork bear on the inner arm
Dotwork bear tattoo on the inner arm
Bear Tattoo: 45 Most Amazing Bear Tattoo Ideas You Have To See
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