Representing power, success, prosperity, freedom and wealth, eagle tattoos are always in style. Predominantly a male selection, eagle tattoos range from realistic portraits to bold, graphic tribal pieces and can be seen on people of all ages – from young, fearless men to mature, retired veterans.
American eagle tattoos have a worldwide association with the United States. It was adapted as the nation’s symbol upon George Washington first becoming President, when the United States was young and struggling for independence. The bald eagle seemed a perfect fit due to its representation of courage, power and freedom and due to the fact that they can only found in North America. As the symbol of the US Government, the American eagle has made its way onto the skin of countless US military servicemen. As the ultimate statement of patriotism, American eagle tattoos show the love one has for his country and the freedoms within it he ultimately defends.
The eagle is also known to represent wisdom, spiritual protection, and a provider of strength and courage. As the highest flying of all birds, many cultures believe the eagle to be a connection between man and the gods, carrying prayers and spiritual insight. Native Americans believe the eagle to portray honor, bravery, love, friendship and magical powers. Eagles are regarded as the “divine spirit,” the head of all creatures in the air and as the primary servant of the sun. Thus, eagle tattoos are especially popular among their people and eagle designs continuously present in their arts and crafts. When used by Native medicine men, the eagle is thought to bring clear vision and a lifted, soaring spirit.
Having made their way into pop culture, eagles have appeared as some of the most popular symbols in today’s hottest businesses and trends. As the symbol for many well known brands including Goodyear Tires, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, The National Wildlife Foundation, American Eagle Outfitters and American Airlines, eagles have proven to be a winning theme – as have eagle tattoos!
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