Male tattoo enthusiasts on the whole are attracted to potent, masculine images that evoke connotations of strength, power, intellect and courage so birds of prey and wild animal species are popular mammals that are frequently requested by men in particular. Many guys opt for designs of this kind because they can relate or aspire to the characteristics or attributes of a certain animal but alongside the aesthetic value, these are also rich in symbolism and a jaguar tattoo is among the most symbolic of all the big cats. This particular beast has played a significant part in the cultures and mythology of many civilizations from ancient times to the present day and it is particularly synonymous with the regions of South and Central America. This is a very old and extremely potent animal totem that has played a significant part in the mythology of tribes like the Mayans and Aztecs, and in this respect it has been revered and feared in equal measures throughout the centuries. It is therefore not particularly surprising that this image holds such allure for transformation into body art.
This ferocious black cat is the larger and more dangerous than most other big cat species, including the tiger and lion, which puts it at the top of the food chain so a jaguar tattoo is making a strong statement about the wearer. In this regard, it could indicate a strong minded independent individual, with resolute leadership skills who can be extremely cunning and likes to be in command but it is also a symbol of admirable qualities such as bravery and courage too. These can be depicted as body art designs in a variety of differing styles, shapes and sizes whether you are interested in a full bodied jaguar springing in attack-mode or just the head of this magnificent beast. For the latter, there is often some creative emphasis on the eyes which are often inked in a contrasting colored ink such as jade green or red so that they really stand out against the black fur of its coat and its gleaming white fangs. There are also very large designs showing the full animal whether it is stalking, pouncing or even outstretched on the branch of a tree as jaguars are renowned for their climbing skills. A design of this size and caliber however needs a large canvas of skin to really do it justice so areas like the back, ribs and torso are all ideal for more elaborate tattoos of this kind. Small to medium designs can be inked on locations like the arm, shoulder, leg and chest, illustrated in its natural form or even in the style of tribal artwork for a more contemporary and abstract effect.
To the ancient Mayan and Aztec tribes, the jaguar was a symbol for nobility so it was closely connected to the royal family however it was also known as a formidable familiar for the Shamans, individuals who were deemed to have special access to the afterlife. The jaguar tattoo therefore has strong spiritual connotations and has been used as a symbol of guidance and transformation to those seeking contact with the spirit world too.