Tigers are often perceived as being extremely menacing. After all, they can hunt down their prey quickly and ruthlessly. Nobody wants to come face to face with a tribal tiger tattoo in the wild; chances are, things aren't going to go well for the human in that equation.
With their bold orange and black stripes, tigers are a delight to behold and lend themselves well to any tribal design. Their menace is tempered by their beauty. There's no denying the fact that these are exotically attractive creatures. Like moths to the flame, humans have been tempted by tigers for centuries - and they don't always come out intact.
Why Are Tigers so Inspiring?
In addition to being impressively large, tiger tattoos have many other compelling things going for them. Their canine teeth can grow to be up to four inches long; that's one set of fangs that you don't want to square off against!
They are predators and carnivores; if you've ever watched them in action on a nature show, you were undoubtedly impressed with how stealthily they can move, despite their size. Most people probably harbor a secret wish to be as intimidating and feared as the tiger, which is why so many of us choose to have them tattooed on our bodies.
Of course, tribal tiger tattoos extends far beyond the Chinese zodiac. In addition to symbolizing fearlessness, they are also known to symbolize royalty. That's why many royals have adopted the tiger as their symbol through the years.
Tiger body art is also thought to represent wrath; in ancient China, the tiger was also a symbol for war. All told, most people think of strength, power, arrogance and nobility when they think of tribal tigers. It is just a natural response to the creature's unique personality and capabilities.
Anyone who wants to project a tough, fearsome image would do well to adopt the tiger as their skin art - but they better be able to back it up!
Quotes About Tigers.
A lot has been said about tigers through the years. "Tyger! Tyger! burning bright/In the forests of the night/What immortal hand or eye/Could frame thy fearful symmetry?" is a poem by William Blake that appeared in "Songs of Experience." It was also quoted in a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip once, so readers of that strip may be familiar with it that way.
An old Indian proverb says, “Do not blame God for having created the tiger, but thank him for not having given it wings." This is definitely true - can you imagine if tigers could swoop down from the sky? Chaos would reign!
U.S. president John F. Kennedy once said, “In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.” This is obviously a warning not to try and ride on the coat tails of those who are more powerful than you.