This looks like the king of all wolf tattoos. The image of a somewhat docile wolf which is wearing the war bonnet headset of a Native American Indian Chief. I don’t know if the American Indians considered the wolf cunning enough to depict him as their great leader but if so it certainly would not surprise me a bit. In many cases, they did have a similar type of personality profile. Cunning, strong and solitary. Able to lead others and fight in packs but always ready to fight alone if necessary. And also somewhat of an outcast, or an outsider looking from the outside in rather then the reverse. A lot the Indian braves were very much like this indeed and so then was the wolf himself.
These wolf tattoos were in fact very popular among American Indians and still are. They do consider the wolf all of these things and more and even believe that in many ways the wolves fate is tied to their own. A master of survival and cunning, and yet very social animals, the wolf stands for many of the things that these people hold dear to their own hearts.
Wolf tattoos have a unique place because the wolf itself means many things to many people. It can be a pest and threat to the owners of livestock, while having spiritual meaning to tribal societies, which consider having a powerful spirit connected to it. What I would like to see more of with the wolf tattoo is a full body in attack or hunting mode. There’s a little of that in some of the wolf tattoo designs, but no where near what it could have been. Wolves are one of the most ferocious killing machines in the wild, and to not take account of that loses some of the drama and power that an image could capture. At the same time, some do convey the teeth of the wolves correctly, and those are strong images. Be far the ‘howling at the moon’ wolf tattoo is the most popular wolf tattoo, and while it would have to be part of the wolf tattoo genre, I would go another way if I was going to have a wolf inked on me. But that’s obviously personal taste, so it’s not right or wrong in that sense, but I would have it hovering over something it just killed to eat, or something like that, rather than simply standing howling with a moon in the background.
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