There is probably not a tattoo more masculine or more ingrained in American tattooing more then the eagle tattoo. Though, it was once thought of as being strictly in the domain of bikers and members of the military, it has since crossed over to mainstream culture. And a lot of it’s popularity can be attributed to it’s innate symbolic meaning. The eagle is a very ancient symbol, generally regarded as solar. For the Greeks and Persians the eagle was sacred to the Sun. It was regarded as the sacred emblem of Zeus by the Greeks, and as that of the highest god by the Druids. In myth and legend, the Eagle was the sun god, symbolizing light and power, with fire and water as its elements. It was the symbol of spiritual power and courage, fearless in thunder and lightning, but when shown in imagery with the snake, it symbolized conflict and strife. Eagle tattoos represent courage and raw power. It’s also a symbol of freedom and hope. It’s one of the favorite symbols of leaders, warriors, and emperors. The eagle tattoo is the epitome of speed, light and alertness. It represented all that was majestic and noble. Kings and emperors have long included it on their coat of arms as the symbol of their supreme strength.
Eagle tattoos can be very cool and this one is very nice. It takes a lot of very detailed work to put a bird like this on someones arm and the end result is usually well worth it. This could stand to be a little more varied in color but that is not a complaint, just an observation. As far as eagle tattoos go this one is very good.
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