Eagle tattoos are a typically male tattoo design that crosses over a significant number of tattoo genres, and the influence of the eagle in American tattooing cannot be underestimated. A significant number of military and patriotic service tattoos prominently feature eagles.
The eagle is a very ancient symbol, generally regarded as solar. For the Greeks and Persians the eagle was sacred to the Sun; with the Egyptians, under the name of Ah, to Horus, and the Kopts worshipped the eagle under the name of Ahom. It was regarded as the sacred emblem of Zeus by the Greeks, and as that of the highest god by the Druids.
For freedom lovers everywhere, the Eagle's ability to fly to the tops of mountains and swoop silently into valleys makes it the unchallenged symbol of a free spirit. The influence of the Eagle in American tattooing cannot be over-estimated, especially within the military and patriotic service tattoos genres. From the most powerful god of the ancient Greek pantheon, to the USA government, the Eagle has everywhere been adopted as an emblem.
As the lion is lord of the land, so the Eagle is supreme in the air. It's one of the favorite symbols of leaders, warriors, and emperors, not only on earth but in the spiritual realms, as well. And little wonder, for the Eagle is the epitome of speed, light, alertness, and power. It represented all that was majestic and noble. Kings and emperors have long included it on their coat of arms as the symbol of supreme strength. But, there are monarchs and gods who may have conveniently overlooked one of the Eagle's most unique traits -- it mates for life.
Below you will find a gallery of inspirational images that will help you in your quest of creating the perfect eagle tattoo.