Wolf Tattoo

Wolf tattoo’s are often done in American Traditional, or realism, but can also be done in black and grey, neo-traditional, dotwork, tribal, etc. The wolf is often a symbol of determination. It can also stand for having strong ties to family and friends, as the wolf is a pack animal.

The wolf is a particularly meaningful animal for Native American peoples; it is seen as a totem of power and strength, and also a spiritual guide. Wolves are symbolic of family life, as wolves mate for life and are strong parents.

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Bold full chest/stomach traditional piece by Heather Bailey at Black Heart in San Francisco.
Andrey Lukovnikov
Bloody, menacing wolf and skull done by Andrey Lukovnikov from Poland, Wroclaw.

The wolf can also be used to represent hard times, or surviving hard times. A wolf tattoo that features a dagger often means that the person wearing the tattoo has overcome hardship, as well as a promise to oneself that they will never be defeated by personal struggles. Whatever the reason for a wolf tattoo,it is a strong design.

Nick-Luit
American traditional wolf and dagger by Nick Luit from Calgary, Alberta.

 

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Neo-traditional wolf and dagger by Derek Zielinski tattooing out of Glass Heart Tattooing & Arts in Pennsylvania.
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American traditional wolf and dagger by Dominik Dagger at Illumination Tattoo Works in Germany. The heavy blackwork and bold yellow and red make this piece pop.

Black and grey wolf by Matthew Henning of Sacred Heart tattoo in Manchester, and detailed neo-traditional hand banger by Håkan Hävermark at Crooked Moon tattoo in Helsingborg, Sweden.

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Great muted tones in this American traditional chest piece by Mike Adams out of Homestead Tattoo, Frederick MD.
Aniela Fruduva Sweden
Great colour in this elegant neo-traditional piece by Aniela Fruduva from Stockholm, Sweden, tattooing out of Black Byran.
Giena Todryk
Nature piece by Giena Todryk from Krakow, Poland.
Sven Rayen
Black and grey realism piece by Sven Rayen, tattooing out of Studio Palermo, Belgium.
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Full wolf, dotwork piece by Pony Reinhardt at Tenderfoot Studio.

Another popular wolf design is a woman wearing a wolf as a cowl, often inspired by Little Red Riding Hood or Princess Mononoke.

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Neo-traditional wolf cowl piece by Justin Hartman tattooing out of Urban Art Tattoo and Piercing, Mesa, Arizona.
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Another great neo-traditional wolf cowl piece by Evany ink at Chronic Ink tattoo shop, Toronto.

What’s your favourite wolf tattoo style?

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Artist of the Month: Alejandro Prada

Alejandro Prada is a 23 year old blackwork, dotwork tattoo artist from Madrid, Spain, tattooing out of Kaifa’s Tattoo Studio. He mainly does geometric and mandala pieces, but his style can encompass everything from happy hot air balloons, to macabre skulls. Alejandro’s tattooing shows incredible attention to detail and diversity. He is a must see artist to anyone looking to be tattooed in Spain.

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Delicate Peony flower with light grey geometric work beneath.
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Detailed mandala with lacework.
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Stag skull, this must have taken a long time!
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Simple geometric arrow design on the ribs.
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Hot air balloon inspired by the Disney/Pixar movie ‘UP’. Alejandro’s own style shines through well in the balloon.
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Stag beetle and mandala. The use of white ink really makes the beetle pop.
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Badass skull half sleeve.
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Simple but bold face piece.
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Mandala and geometric silhouette of meditation.
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Huge half mandala for the ribs.

Which piece is your favorite?

 

Deadpool Tattoos

Deadpool (Wade Wilson, Merc With The Mouth, Regenerating Degenerate) is the hilariously violent Marvel anti-hero. The first appearance of Deadpool was in 1990 in an issue of “The New Mutants” where he was originally portrayed as a supervillain. Since then Deadpool has progressed to the role of wise cracking, smart ass, violent anti-hero. It has taken a long time, but the world has finally gotten a Deadpool movie, starring Ryan Reynolds. Here are a few of the best Deadpool tattoos!

Kevin Furness
Realistic Deadpool done by Kevin Furness at Seven Tattoo Studio, Las Vegas.
Braden Long at Warlocks in Raleigh
Loveable baby Deadpool done by Braden Long at Warlocks in Raleigh.
Ashley Sorenson BioFX Tattoo
Great use of white space in this comic book version of Deadpool by Ashley Sorenson at BioFX Tattoo.
Bili vegas
Dark, realistic, angry Deadpool done by Bili Vegas at Tattoo Afterlife.
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Comic book, realistic Deadpool done by Zach at Artistic Prick Tattoos. A lot of detail packed into this piece!
Jerred Kincaid
Cartoon Deadpool, Lady Deadpool, and Pirate Deadpool done by Jerred Kincaid at Tiger Rose Tattoo.

What’s your favorite Deadpool moment?

Jesus Tattoos

Tattoos of Jesus Christ are a very popular design, particularly scenes depicting him wearing the crown of thorns or him on the cross. Jesus tattoos are also often paired with his mother Mary, or angels.

Jesus tattoos can be done in many styles, but the most popular are American traditional, realism, and black and grey. Here are a few of the best!

Jacques Boyer
Black and grey chest and stomach piece by Jacques Boyer.
Benjamin Laukis
Great coloured realism piece by Benjamin Laukis at The Black Market Tattoo in Melbourne Australia.
Led Coult
Black and grey realism by Led Coult. Amazing sense of direction and depth in this piece!
Josh Mason Canonsburg, PA
Brilliant black and grey, American traditional back piece done by Josh Mason from Canonsburg, PA.
NikkoHurtado
Absolutely stunning colour chest piece of Jesus at the last supper done by the talented Nikko Hurtado out of Black Anchor Collective.
Niki Norberg
More black and grey realism, in an amazing full back piece done by Niki Norberg out of Konst & tatuering Art & tattoo.
Robert Ryan Asbury Park, NJ
Matching American traditional hand pieces of Christ and the virgin Mary, done by Robert Ryan out of Electric Tattoo in Asbury Park, NJ.
Tonez
Subtle, light black and grey piece by Tonez at Street City Tattoos.
Yomico Moreno
Muted colours in a detailed, realism piece by Yomico Moreno.

Which piece is your favourite?

 

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