A deer is associated with kindness and gentleness. It holds a high significance culturally and spiritually, and is believed to convey the transition between life and death. The antlers have widespread popularity these days. ThoughtfulTattoos inks down some awe-inspiring deer skull tattoo designs, along with its meaning and significance.
Besides being singers, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, are both hunting enthusiasts, and have got matching deer skull tattoos promoting the Buck Commander brand.
Tattoos, for me, are like a timeline of my life. I could look at a certain tattoo, and it reminds of me of a certain time in my life and why I got that tattoo. ―Tyga
The deer has been the cultural symbol worldwide. The Celtic considered deer as magical and religious, whereas the Asians linked it to happiness and fortune, while Native Americans feel it signifies love! Many hunters decide to do this tattoo for contributing the level of respect they have for this lovely animal.
If you’ve decided to go for this skull design, be careful that you choose a body part that has enough width to get the antlers done. While going for a deer skull tattoo, it is important to consider the position of the antlers and the number you want to include in your inked art. For instance, like when a stag is in danger, he prepares himself for conflict by lowering his head. Or the number can represent your grand-children, or your marriage anniversary date number.
Deer skull tattoos could be inked on different body parts, but the celebrated placements include chest tattoos, back inks, sleeve tats (especially for men), and thigh tattoos (for women).
Hunting/Trophies: Hunting, Toughness & Rigidity
The most prominent use of deer skull tattoos is trophy! Rewarding self with a deer trophy comes from the fact that hunting deer requires expertise. Modern deer trophy tats also have variations by infusing arrows, or some weapon that was used primarily to attack deer. Some also add angel wings to these to soften the imagery and to add more meaning to the tattoo.
Tribal Tattoos: Art, Beauty, Honor, Power
Since ancient times, the deer has been associated with art and poetry by Celts owing to its slender beauty and lithesome lifestyle.
Tattoos for Men: Power, Masculinity
It is believed that the deer tattoos evolved especially for men. The designs say it all. Gosh! the antlers are so masculine and powerful!
Tattoos for Women: Grace, Beauty, Femininity, Love, Regrowth & Renewal
Yes, women too get deer tats. Of course, they have a feminine touch to their designs. The antlers in women tattoos are more relaxed conveying womanly attributes, and to some extent – peace and elegance. Most importantly, these tattoos signify grace and love. The deer-skull-ring conveys either of the two―she’s married to a hunter, or considers hunting as her better half. It can also simply mean that the girl loves antlers!
Floral Designs: Balance, Regrowth & Renewal, Beauty
Floral skull tattoos incorporates and interesting mix of colors and almost contrasting elements. These are usually preferred by women, but they look super-sexy on men too (chest and back tats); men who wanna add a soft element to the skull.
Death & Rebirth: Balance, Life and Death Transition, Spirituality
The sample shown is integration of deer skull, with traditional skulls. Hmm, an interesting combination! A skull tattoo reminds us to live life to its fullest because it has to end someday. They also signify spiritual belief in life after death. Some also consider these tattoos as religious works of art.
You can customize these designs, add variations to the deer skull, or you can add other elements that hold a meaning in your life. Do a thorough research before getting inked. Make sure it depicts your personality, and something that makes you feel good every time you see/read it. Happy tattooing!