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.
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.
Black and grey wolf by Matthew Henning of Sacred Heart tattoo in Manchester.
Detailed neo-traditional hand banger by Håkan Hävermark at Crooked Moon tattoo in Helsingborg, Sweden.
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.
Another popular wolf design is a woman wearing a wolf as a cowl, often inspired by Little Red Riding Hood or Princess Mononoke.
Dale Sarok is a tattoo artist out of Vida Loca Tattoo in Bolton, UK. Dale does black and grey work, making great use of dead space on client’s skin. His work is incredibly detailed, and often features whimsical creatures, various religious imagery, and geometric shapes. He is also an illustrator and often uses quite large canvases for his work. He has done album artwork for the band “Counting Days”.
Some incredible mythological creatures. A great mix of macabre and elegance in these pieces.
Dale also does the occasional portrait piece. Any fans of “The Adams Family”?
Two full sleeves featuring skeletons, skulls, and lots of geometric work. These must have taken a very long time to do with all the detail put into them.
Myself and many others look forward to seeing what Dale will bring to 2016!