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Inspiration, Ideas, and Meanings of Panda Bear Tattoos

Thinking about getting a panda tat?

Thinking about getting a panda tat?

Panda Bear Tattoos

If you're looking for a unique animal tattoo, the panda bear might be your guy. This is not normally considered to be a mainstream tattoo, but it has become more popular in certain spheres. It's worn by both men and women and represents the traits and attributes of the animal. They are often alone in tattoos but sometimes they are seen with various symbols and elements accompanying them. No matter the style, it holds deep symbolic value for all who wear it.

In this article, we will discuss panda bears, the value they hold in different cultures, and take a look at 38 different tattoo designs. In the end, we hope that you are able to find ideas and inspiration for your next unique tattoo.

Panda Tattoo Meanings

There are several different meanings that surround these animals. Most of the meanings are positive in nature. But remember, in the end, your tattoo symbolizes what you want it to. Having said that, in the table below are the most common meanings of the panda bear tattoo.

This is one of the few tattoos that represent both masculinity and femininity. It emphasizes balance, as it is commonly associated with the yin yang symbol. The panda's colors, black and white, also show balance and are thought to represent different cultures.

If you're looking for an inspirational tattoo, it may just fit the bill, as it commonly represents a positive outlook on life. Whether you're trying to achieve an "I can do it" attitude or trying to say "yes" to life more often, the panda tattoo can help. It can symbolize the soul, body, and mind. Since the species is endangered, men and women that live their lives to protect this beautiful creature may choose to honor it with a tattoo. Often they are depicted eating grass or bamboo since pandas spend so much of their life eating these two substances.

There are endless ways to design your tattoo, so talk with your artist to make sure they will be able to give you what you are looking for.

18 Common Panda Bear Tattoo Meanings

1. Strength

7. Yin-yang

13. Knowledge

2. Tranquility

8. Graceful

14. Soul, Body, Mind

3. Peace

9. Nobility

15. Magic

4. Masculinity

10. Optimism

16. Good Fortune

5. Femininity

11. Serenity

17. Environmentalism

6. Balance

12. Wisdom

18. Power

Panda Bear Symbolism

When it comes to deep symbolic symbols of the Eastern culture, the panda ranks among the highest. It's widely known to have been a symbolic animal in Asian cultures for centuries. This tattoo may be chosen by men and women that work with this beloved peaceful animal or worn by those who relate to the unique qualities pandas are known to have. For many years, this animal has been a longtime symbol of peace and serenity.

Although the panda bear is an actual bear, it is not like any other bear in the world—it has one particularly amazing feature that most don't know about: the eyes of a cat. The Chinese refer to it as "Da xiong mao," which means "giant bear cat." Although technically they are classified as carnivores, 99 percent of their diet is bamboo. They're also different from other bears in terms of personality. Nearly all bears are aggressive and vicious, but panda bears are not—their personality is very laid back, which is why many cultures associate them with serenity.

Tattoos of this tranquil animal are found in a countless number of designs. In fact, when it comes to the panda tattoo, nothing is out of the question. They can portray the animal with a realistic look and feel, or in a cartoon fashion. Some designs only portray its head, while others turn the head into a "sugar panda head" tattoo. They're often designed to be cute and peaceful, matching the personality of the animal, but can simultaneously be found portrayed as happy, mad, and even evil. Be sure to view all the different tattoo designs on this page as this will help you get an idea of everything that is available on the market. Plus, it is possible to gain ideas of your own by looking at tattoo designs.

Before You Get a Tattoo...

There are some important things that you need to remember before you choose to get your panda bear tattoo or any tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. You want to make sure that you fully understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You do not want to get a tattoo and find out later that it represents something totally different. Don't rush to get inked! People who rush to get a tattoo usually end up with regrets. Not all of them regret their actions, but a large percentage of them wish they never went to get inked up. Take your time and if you are not sure, don't make the leap. As always, thank you for your visit.


Kathryn Oleson on March 31, 2019:

I actually have a cute little Panda tattoo on my right upper chest. I just love it and it seems that everyone else that sees it does too. I get compliments all the time.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on August 05, 2012:







Thank you all for your comments. Anyone woman looking for a cute tattoo, small or large, the panda is great. HBN and Rosemay, thanks for the votes and appreciation of hard work.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 04, 2012:

Just love these panda tattoos.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on August 03, 2012:

These are absolutely the coolest tattoos, really adorable and cute. Love pandas they always look so curious and I had never noticed that their eyes are like cats... but they are.

Voting up across the board including funny for the cartoon ones.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 03, 2012:

They all are cute, very colorful...

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 03, 2012:

the cartoon versions are probably best but yet again you rock these entries my friend :)

BeyondMax from Sydney, Australia on August 03, 2012:

OH migosh. I just can't stop chuckling. They are so cute but seriously?... =)

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on August 02, 2012:

I agree with Billybuc, these panda bears are really cool. Some of them are absolutely adorable, though I must confess that I've never actually seen a panda tattoo on someone.

Once again, you have shown just how artistic, colorful and creative tattoos can be.

Voted up across the board including funny cause some were so cute that they made me chuckle.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 02, 2012:

I'm laughing again....okay, you have won me over....these tatoos are really cool. Great hub and loved the pictures.