Wolf Tattoo

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.

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Bold full chest/stomach traditional piece by Heather Bailey at Black Heart in San Francisco.
Andrey Lukovnikov
Bloody, menacing wolf and skull done by Andrey Lukovnikov from Poland, Wroclaw.

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.

Nick-Luit
American traditional wolf and dagger by Nick Luit from Calgary, Alberta.
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Neo-traditional wolf and dagger by Derek Zielinski tattooing out of Glass Heart Tattooing & Arts in Pennsylvania.
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American traditional wolf and dagger by Dominik Dagger at Illumination Tattoo Works in Germany. The heavy blackwork and bold yellow and red make this piece pop.

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.

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Great muted tones in this American traditional chest piece by Mike Adams out of Homestead Tattoo, Frederick MD.
Aniela Fruduva Sweden
Great colour in this elegant neo-traditional piece by Aniela Fruduva from Stockholm, Sweden, tattooing out of Black Byran.
Giena Todryk
Nature piece by Giena Todryk from Krakow, Poland.
Sven Rayen
Black and grey realism piece by Sven Rayen, tattooing out of Studio Palermo, Belgium.
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Full wolf, dotwork piece by Pony Reinhardt at Tenderfoot Studio.

Another popular wolf design is a woman wearing a wolf as a cowl, often inspired by Little Red Riding Hood or Princess Mononoke.

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Neo-traditional wolf cowl piece by Justin Hartman tattooing out of Urban Art Tattoo and Piercing, Mesa, Arizona.
Evanyuink Chronic Ink tattoo shop Toronto
Another great neo-traditional wolf cowl piece by Evany ink at Chronic Ink tattoo shop, Toronto.

What’s your favourite wolf tattoo style?

Artist of the Month. Dale Sarok

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”.

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Detailed torch with excellent use of dead space in the flames.
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An x-ray of an orca whale.
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Macabre butterfly with skull.
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Hot air balloon with anchor, featuring designs similar to those found in mandala’s on the balloon.
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Fierce, snarling wolf head. Look closely at all the detail in the muzzle of this creature.
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Viking ax with celtic knots within the blade. Incredible detail in the woodwork.
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Skull with mountain landscape. Great amount of detail in such a small space.

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”?

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Tree growing out of an anatomically correct heart. This is another example of fantastic use of dead space, both in the leaves and the heart. The roots of the tree blend seamlessly into the veins of the heart.
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A religious Sacred Heart.
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Dale always does fire beautifully.

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!