Tiger tattoos have been popular around the world for a long time, with some of the best being done in America, Thailand and Japan.
Tiger tattoos in America In America, tiger tattoos have been among some of the most iconic traditional tattoos. Because of ink color limitations, the tiger was usually done in red, yellow, and green, with a bold black outline. One popular tattoo is a dagger going through a tiger’s head, while another is a tiger alongside roses. American tiger tattoos represent courage, strength, aggression and power.
Tiger tattoos in Thailand In Thailand, tiger tattoos are done in the traditional way of sak yant, usually by a monk with a bamboo rod. Tigers represent power, authority and strength, making them popular among police officers, soldiers, and Muay Thai fighters. A tiger looking back represents protection and having someone or something watch your back.
Tiger tattoos in Japan The Japanese tiger tattoo represents strength, power and courage, or the element of wind. The tiger tattoo also blocks bad luck and bad spirits and keeps you healthy. Common animals alongside the tiger are snakes and dragons.
Today these tiger tattoos have evolved into some of the best realistic, neo traditional and stylised tattoos. Not just seen as a masculine tattoo but feminine also, the look and feel of a tiger tattoo all depend on your artist and what ideas you bring.