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Paw Print Tattoos That Show the Love for Your Furry Friends

Paw Print Tattoos
For all you animal lovers out there, here's a tattoo that you could use to show your true love and appreciation for your beloved animal. Go through this article to check out the various paw print designs and understand their true meanings.
Gagan Dhillon
Last Updated: May 18, 2018
From the tons of tattoo designs available, you have finally made up your mind and decided to get a paw tattoo inked to honor your beloved animal. Some may prefer a single paw print, whereas others may want a trail. In the end, whatever you decide they will definitely make you look adorable and attractive. But then, you may ask, where to get this tattoo inked? Several years down the line you would want the tattoo(s) to look as appealing and attractive as it were initially and not stretched out. A good tattoo artist should be able to suggest the best for you depending upon your skin texture and age.
Today, we have numerous options and many versatile designs to choose from. A renowned tattoo artist can work wonders with his various creative ideas and designs. Most seasoned tattoo getters know that, when they decide to get themselves inked, they don't necessarily need to stick to one design, as they have the option to experiment with a number of tattoo designs. The most primary concern of the person getting inked, apart from the design, should be what it means, since tattoo designs have hidden second meanings.
The best thing about this tattoo is that you can design it in your own way. Paw tattoos not only look good, but also look rustic enough to be worn by men. Tattoos mean different things to different people, so while one person may get a paw tattoo just because he/she likes the design, others may get it as a totem or to give tribute to his/her dear pet.
paw print tattoo
Below are the different meanings attached with each paw print.
  • Dog: Very protective, adorable, and friendly
  • Cat: Sharp, clever, and watchful
  • Deer: Fertility, beauty, and love
  • Boar: Determined, sincere, and sociable
  • Wolf: Expressive (both vocally and physically), loyal, and possesses fierce strength
  • Tiger: Unpredictable, powerful, and energetic
  • Leopard: Very brave and fierce like a soldier
  • Bear: Authoritative, nurturing, and patient
  • Badger: Fiercely independent, strong-willed, and confident
  • Fox: Adaptable, mysterious, sly, and graceful
  • Arctic Fox: Adaptable to the ever-changing environment, stealth, and persistence
  • Otter: A good friend with brilliant imagination and intelligence
Different Designs
Tattooed woman with dog
Animals play a big part in most of our lives, especially during our childhood. For some, pets are like family and a paw print tattoo just links that bond forever. In case one is not sure of a design, it is best to get a temporary tattoo done first. Eventually, you will find a tattoo that 'speaks to you'. Like most tattoo designs, paw tattoos can be inked anywhere on the body, depending on how visible you want it to be and the pain factor (yes, there are some areas that hurt a lot!).
On the Chest
Tattoos on the chest are a favorite among many celebrities. The famous female rapper, Eve, in fact has two very strategically placed paw tattoos. Rib cage tattoos are a rage among young girls these days, and a paw design near the chest and neck area, not only has a titillating appeal but is also simple and discrete. When it comes to chest tattoos, men often prefer paw tattoo with faces, which make them look fierce and fabulous.
On the Shoulder
If you want to get a tattoo in one of the least painful places, then the shoulder is just the perfect place. Shoulder tattoos for women can be beautifully incorporated with a trail of cat/dog paw prints; this makes them look attractive and fabulous. Tiger tattoos are popular among men, especially intricate paw designs, which signify masculinity.
On the Wrist
Tattoos on female hand
If someone just wants a simple paw tattoo inked, then a wrist tattoo is a good choice for it. Often, wrist and palm tattoos are conversation starters, and the best thing about these tattoos is that both men and women can sport them, without risking a too masculine or feminine look.
On the Thigh
Tattoos on the thigh are the best option for people who want to hide the tattoo whenever they want. Usually such tattoos are common among women. Wing tattoo designs can also be incorporated along with the paw print, as these are usually worn as a remembrance to a recently deceased pet.
On the Hip
Many women get hip tattoos with paw designs interwoven into other designs or opt for a colorful heart inside the paw. Paw tattoos of lions and tigers often imply the wearer's sexual prowess. Although many hardcore animal lovers consider paw tattoos on the hip as offensive, many people still go in for it.
On the Foot
Of the many tattoo ideas for girls, the most sought after are ankle tattoos. Many women choose them as just a small paw on the ankle or a trail of paws forming an anklet, which looks elegant and fashionable. Men prefer getting large-sized paw tattoos done, with the name of the pet or a famous quote inked around the print.
I hope you have gained some inspiration and ideas from this article for your next tattoo. It is very important that you take your own time in deciding and picking your design. Give the design a lot of thought before finalizing it, as tattoo removal processes are very costly and extremely painful. Always get your tattoo done from a professional studio and from an experienced tattoo artist. Don't hesitate to inquire about his/her experience and qualifications. Follow a tattoo expert's directions when it comes to taking care of the newly marked tattoo. In the end, no matter what design you choose or where you decide to place it, always follow the basic care steps to ensure that your tattoo looks fabulous always.