If you can think of a bird more majestic than the soaring eagle in full flight well then we’d love to hear from you! Often a symbol of freedom, the eagle is a fierce choice for a new tattoo. Eagle tattoos can be small or large, interwoven with other themes, or a stand out on their own. Have a browse through these designs for inspiration.
The story behind eagle tattoos
An eagle is a bird whose glide in the sky often take people’s imaginations with it. This magnificent creature often soars amongst the clouds, preying on smaller birds and creatures, symbolizing strength and superiority. Perhaps this is why it is one of the most popular tattoo designs requested across the globe.
Without a doubt, eagles are beautiful and majestic. In fact, there are also many legends attached to them. These birds, nesting on mountain peaks and large trees, have such a strong eyesight and may even frighten human beings, despite their size.
An eagle tattoo on one side of a broad chest is the ultimate symbol of power and patriotism, for an American. This tattoo is ideal for those who consider an eagle as a national symbol.
This small eagle tattoo on your neck is a beauty enhancer, apart from giving a sense of security. It is important to note that this eagle is always visible unless a very high garment like a polo neck is worn. Unless you are comfortable with this, you should avoid tattooing so high up the neck.
An eagle tattoo that covers the whole back of a lady with its wings spread out to the limits, is a tattoo that gives females a chance to portray both strength and beauty. This kind of tattoo which is very large and covers a big part of the body gives out the message that the person carrying it is bold and not afraid to express their message.
The above tattoo is an outline of an eagle which spreads on the whole torso. While it is already magnificent as it is, the owner might later decide to fill in the tattoo which the design can cater for. What is especially grand in this tattoo is the size and how well it is spread on the frontal of this person.
This upper chest decorated with a gliding eagle tattoo that gives the impression of strength and absolute protection. On looking closely one can also get the impression that this eagle is eyeing an enemy and is ready to land on her prey.
A tattoo of a perched eagle on the same body part, holding a prey in its talons adds to the effect of strength. This eagle is also a part of a larger design which the owner has combined to give out a specific message.
An eagle tattoo on the skin alongside the rib cage is a sight to behold. The owner here also has a hairy chest, which gives the impression of the jungle, something that many people find fascinating. Interesting features are the positioning and the colours. The eagle seems to have an extension which is spread over the left arm depicting colourful feathers.
This is the same tattoo we have looked at previously. At the back of the photo one can see a 2D of the actual artwork which is a great work of art. Also, the tattoo is big enough to enable the owner to just show parts of it.
The eagle here is a part of a much larger artwork. Nonetheless, it combines perfectly with the rest of the symbols to manifest a great body design. The artist managed to include different arts and designs that also fit perfectly with the colours used. If you are looking for a tattoo to impress, and you are confident that such a design will not bother you later in life, this is the kind of tattoo to go for.
A gliding eagle tattoo on a clean-shaven head is a symbol of invincibility. From an artistic point of view, this work of art is a product of both a tattoo artist and a hairdresser! Such a tattoo needs constant attention to the hairline in order to be kept looking well.
A tattoo of an eagle clawing a snake on a woman’s back a symbol of both beauty and conquest. The outline of the scales also gives the impression of a net which is very becoming on women. The dark colours also contrast with the complexion, making this tattoo a great design which will definately be admired.
It takes a very bold decision to place a full eagle on the back of a shaven head. Without a doubt, it portrays boldness and toughness. The most impressive part of this design are the claws, which take up a big portion of the size of the tattoo.
This eagle is quite particular for the reason that it is standing with both its wings and beak open. It is standing on a traditional ribbon with the wording ‘Screaming Eagle’ which explains the open beak. This definitely has a particular meaning for the owner, who might want to scream to the world that he is ready to attack, win, or conquer. Although the design is in monotone it is still a very impressive tattoo with great detail.
Placing a tattoo on the lower part of the leg is a very good compromise for many men who cannot have tattoos showing when working for example. This way although the tattoo is fully visible when wearing a shorts, the same tattoo can be completely hidden by long trousers.
We have already encountered a fight between an eagle and a snake. What is interesting here is that the snake is still fully alive and fighting. Notwithstanding that, however, the eagle has already clamped him down and is on top of the situation. This kind of fight might represent the battle between the good and the bad. Snakes have a connotation to evil and the message here might be that the good always prevail.
At the base level, an eagle tattoo represents strength and courage, but it can also mean a unique thing for the wearer. From its character, an eagle’s tattoo will also convey a message of their environment.
The amazing manner by which eagles capture their prey associates them with fearlessness. All these traits of an eagle put together, are what you tattoo say about you. In the case above the prey for the eagle is a locked heart! Can the owner be giving out a message that he has conquered someone’s heart?
Nowadays we see many tattoos that have a corresponding pattern on some other part of the body as is the case in the tattoo above. The owner has an eagle tattoo on his chest which is very aptly complimented by the design on his arm.
Eagles are some of the birds that fly the highest in the sky, signifying both protection and freedom. Since an eagle’s image has been used in the American flag, an eagle-designed tattoo also symbolizes loyalty and patriotism as one can see from the above two tattoos.
The numerous tales about eagles that stem out from different communities made it a very popular bird. It appeared in many emblems and symbolic artifacts. In Greece, the eagle was linked with the God of Sun; in Norse to folklore, where they were associated with wisdom represented by the God Odin, symbolizing authority. It was also an important symbol in the religion of the legendary Mayans.
An eagle on top of a skull can only mean one thing; victory! Skulls are also popular tattoos and this person managed to combine two popular designs in one.
The most beautiful aspect of this tattoo is the colour. The combination of colours used is so rich that you are immediately drawn to it. This is one important issue you will need to discuss with your tattoo artist. What colours if any, are you going to use? Do they suit you? Does your complexion enable this kind of colouring? Is there an alternative?
This is a tattoo which is very easy to decipher. It definitely belongs to a rider who wanted to express his passion through a colourful tattoo on the upper part of his arm which is surely visible when out riding on the streets.
An eagle standing on the bark of a tree ready to attack. Is the owner trying to give out a message that he is always ready to defend his ownself?
There is no rule as to how big the eagle should be in a tattoo. The above tattoo shows an eagle on the hand of a lady and this immediately gives us an idea of the size. As one can see, although smaller than most eagle designs on this page, the tattoo is still detailed and lovely.
Both the tattoos above show an eagle at the top of the arm. Both the eagles look fierce and somewhat angry however the outcome on the designs is different. There are so many aspects to each tattoo design that it would be totally insane to just copy a tattoo from someone else in the exact form, colour and expression. Be sure that your eagle is unique.
The interesting part of this tattoo is the abstract design the whole eagle is made of. Although it might look so, the design is not symmetrical, which makes it even more interesting. The skin visible inside the design is carefully thought to become an integral part of the design.
The darkness of this tattoo looks quite stark when compared to the complexion of the owner. This might have been done by choice. However, one should be very careful on this aspect when planning a tattoo. Your artist will be able to guide you on this matter and together you can come up with a solution that will make your tattoo look in the best way it can be portrayed.
An eagle tattoo is a popular choice. There are just so many symbolisms associated with an eagle that most people can find one that relates to them. An eagle tattoo can be done on any part of your body, and is worn by both males and females.