Wolf tattoos have a unique place in body art because the wolf itself means many things to a disparate number of people. It can be a pest and threat to the owners of livestock while having spiritual meaning to tribal societies, where some believe it has a powerful spirit connected to it.
One thing I realized about wolf tattoos is that those inking them don't seem to have a solid concept of what they can do with it, so while there are some interesting and well-done wolf tattoos, there isn't an awful lot of variety and creativity. Even so, I was able to find a few that looked pretty good, and you can see them here.
What I would like to see more of with this tattoo is a full body in attack or hunting mode. There's a little of that in some of the designs, but nowhere near what it could be. Wolves are one of the most ferocious killing machines in the wild, and not to take account of that loses some of the drama and power that a tattoo image could capture. At the same time, some do convey the teeth of the wolves correctly, and those are strong images.
Wolf Howling at the Moon Tattoo
By far the most popular tattoo design for a wolf theme is of one howling at the moon. While it must 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. For me, I would have it hovering over something it just killed to eat, or something similar to that, rather than simply standing howling with a moon in the background.
Another thing I would like is some of that blood-red moonglow or cloud line in the background; I think that would really add to the overall effect of the image. Having said that, this one below is a pretty well-designed wolf, and the misty clouds encompassing the yellow moon look pretty convincing.
Wolf Paw Tattoo
This tattoo with a wolf looking through a paw from behind is too cool. I love the yellow, foreboding eyes, and the death that is obviously behind them.
What the strength of a tattoo like this is is the attraction of it being a good conversation starter. One look at it and someone is sure to comment one way or the other about it. Since that's part of the reason for getting tattoos, it is a success in that regard, and a pretty good ink wolf design as well.
Wolf Skull Tattoo
This wolf-skull tattoo is very unique, and the only one of its kind I could find. It's kind of like ghost rider on four legs. It has a very sinister look, and the detail and lines are very well done. For what it is, it displays very well.
It's a little too intense for my taste, but a very impressive design nonetheless. The ripped flesh in the jaw area is particularly disturbing and noticeable.
Vicious, Snarling Wolf Head Tattoo
I like the teeth of this wolf, but unfortunately, the head bears little resemblance to any type of real wolf. Yet the spirit behind it is right, and maybe that's what the artist was trying to portray. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
What looks good is the white and black lines of the fur as it pulls back from the nose and mouth area of the wolf. With a little adjustment, this tattoo design could be used for a number of animals that are known to bare their teeth.
Wolf Tattoo Tearing Out of Skin
Now this is a pretty cool wolf tattoo. Not only does the head breaking through the skin look good, but the paw below also shredding the skin is really cool. You can almost miss it by looking at the larger part of the picture.
This type of tattoo is known by some as "ripping the flesh" tattoos, something the wolf can definitely be identified with.
But wolf alien? That's a new one!
Tribal Wolf Tattoo
There aren't a lot of them to be found, but the tribal wolf tattoo below is one used occasionally by tattoo enthusiasts. This one wasn't anything special, but it's a decent example of how the themes were incorporated together.
The tribal designs were actually done much better than the head of the wolf, which it appears a number of tattoo artists have difficulty getting to look real.
In my opinion, a tattoo artist who masters the wolf would be guaranteed a lot of work, as there just aren't a lot of good ones out there.
Tattoo of Wolf Running on Arm
Now this is the type of wolf tattoo I was really looking for. You get the sheer power and killer instinct of the beast, and you can see how it would feel to be hunted or attacked by it.
I like how the tattoo artist put it together on the arm, as the placement works well. The detail of the wolf is fantastic, using shadow very effectively to generate an amazing work of art.
Full-Back Werewolf Tattoo
This amazing full-back werewolf tattoo is truly compelling and well done. The detail literally sticks out as you, as you can feel evident change from man to wolf or wolf to man, and the bulging veins give the appearance of being very powerful.
Another thing that really impressed me was the color of the tattoo, which flowed and worked together in a very skillful work of art. It is truly a great werewolf tattoo if that's what you're looking for.
As you can see, there are varying degrees of quality in these wolf tattoos, but you can also see that when they're done right, they can turn out really well.
There's a lot of potentially good tattoo material in a wolf, and the design for them can be expanded and improved in a lot of ways, as those that are done well here show.
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