60+ Amazing Raven Tattoo Ideas That Will Make You Soar

By Jason Hamilton / September 9, 2019
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If you are looking for a new tattoo idea then why not try out a raven tattoo on for size! These are some pretty amazing tattoos and anyone would love them. If you are looking for something unique, then you can’t go wrong with the raven tattoo. This is a unisex tattoo, both men and women have taken them and run with the awesome idea. The great thing about the raven tattoo is that you can add other things to it in order to give the tattoo a greater meaning.

A forearm tattoo of a raven in realistic detail.

A shoulder blade tattoo of a raven flying with a tree.

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A red and black forearm tattoo of a raven’s head.

A black tattoo of a raven with geometric detailing.

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We have found many raven tattoo ideas that you are sure to love. Use this list as an inspiration for your own raven tattoo. Raven tattoos can come in many shapes and sizes and we hope that you are able to find a tattoo that you like in here as well.

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The History of Raven Symbolism in Various Cultures

  • The raven is a common fixture in ancient and modern literature. In most books, the raven was a dark character and often linked to death.
  • Many ancient cultures believed that the magical raven carried powerful secrets. In some mythologies, this bird is thought to be a creature that can’t keep a secret.
  • The raven is the first bird mentioned in the Bible. Later, Noah releases a raven after the flood to see if the waters have receded. According to the Law of Moses, it is forbidden to eat ravens.

A fairly sized leg tattoo of a raven in flight.

A large and intricate breast tattoo of a raven in flight.

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A large and highly detailed forearm tattoo of a raven’s head.

A fairly sized raven image on the nape that is highly detailed.

A large and intricately detailed forearm raven tattoo.

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  • In the Quran’s story of Cain and Abel, it is a raven who teaches Cain how to bury his brother.
  • The raven is also associated with the Celtic culture. This is one reason why you will see raven tattoos in Celtic art. The Celts were no strangers to war and saw ravens eating the dead on the battlefield. They viewed the raven as a symbol of war and death.
  • However, the Celtic raven tattoo also represents protection, magic, and prophecy. This is primarily because they believed that this bird had magical powers.
  • Native Americans believed that the raven brought light to the earth and that it was a symbol of balance, of the dance between good and bad.
  • In Greek and Roman mythology, the raven is linked to Apollo and Athena. Since it flies high in the sky, it has attributes of the sun and wisdom.

A hand tattoo of a raven’s head.

A large chest tattoo of a detailed raven.

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A large upper sleeve tattoo of a raven in a painting-like style.

A leg tattoo of a black raven.

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An upper back tattoo of a raven perched on a tree branch.

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  • In Viking or Norse mythology, Odin is referred to as the “raven-god” because of his association with Huginn (an Old Norse word for “thought”) and Muninn (“memory”), the two ravens that perch on his shoulders. These two fly around the world and bring information back to whisper in his ear.
  • Odin also had two wolf familiars, Geri and Freki. Ravens are often called Wolf-Birds because they often form friendly symbiotic relationships with wolves. Many old stories of the Tlingit and Inuittwo Native American groups in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, told about wily ravens who played tricks on both wolves and humans.

The raven is a symbol of intelligence and wisdom. This tattoo can represent both the good and bad in its wearer.

What Do Raven Tattoos Represent?

Common associations with ravens are:

  • Protection (because they watch over events)
  • Magic (usually dark, Pagan, or otherworldly)
  • Future (their birds-eye-view gives them a kind of omniscience)
  • Secrets (for the same reason they can see the future)
  • Death (not as a cause of death, but perhaps as an omen)
  • Light (Native Americans believed they brought light to earth)
  • Shadows (literally and psychologically; ravens represent the unconscious, unknown side of a personality)
  • Inner Self (Jung associated ravens with the parts of our psyches that we refuse to see)

A fairly sized image of a raven as a chest tattoo.

A large rib tattoo of an intricately designed raven.

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A huge chest and an abdominal tattoo of a highly detailed raven with a tribal sun detailing.

An intricately made and highly detailed full chest tattoo of a raven.

An intricately designed and meticulously inked shoulder and chest tattoo of a raven.

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  • War (they arrive to help clean up the battlefield)
  • Prophecy (because of their all-seeing vantage)
  • Memory (they represent the shadows of all the people and events of the past)
  • Misery or Pain (perhaps because of their association with war and death)
  • Intelligence or Wisdom (of course, ravens are extremely intelligent creatures)
  • Thought (they draw our attention to unconscious thoughts, memories, and desires).

A small but highly detailed leg tattoo of a raven as ink blots.

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A large and intricately designed raven tattoo on the chest with the words “the only constant is change”

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A highly detailed shoulder to chest tattoo of a raven in tribal detail.

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An intricately designed and highly detailed large sleeve tattoo of a raven.

A simple black tattoo of a raven on the head.

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The Various Designs Of A Raven Tattoo

The raven tattoo has been the subject of a lot of tattoo designs throughout history. from the traditional raven tattoo to the newer geometric tattoo, the raven tattoo has been very much considered as a flexible tattoo design.

Here are just some of the best raven tattoo designs we have seen so far:

A sketch like chest tattoo of a flying raven or raven.

A fairly large upper back tattoo of a raven in flight made out of swords and knives.

A highly detailed forearm tattoo of a raven’s head.

Another highly detailed forearm tattoo of a raven.

A highly detailed upper sleeve tattoo of a raven’s head and a forest.

The Neo-Traditional Raven Tattoo

Something that is old and irrelevant cannot be modernized right? Wrong! Old designs can still come to life because of artists and enthusiasts that gives out passionate efforts to modernize things that are considered old. Look at vintage cars and objects for example, yes they are old but they can be considered “rad” or cool when given proper care. This is also the same case with tattoo designs that are considered classics. Most millennials would think that having classic tattoo designs makes them feel old. This is the reason why neo-traditional tattoo designs were born. Artists and enthusiasts alike would like to revitalize the classic designs so that they will still have a foothold in an industry that is completely changing with the times.

A vibrantly colored neotraditional raven tattoo.

A highly detailed neotraditional tattoo of a raven with flowers and a yellow sun.

A chirping image of a raven in neotraditional style with a pink flower.

A wonderfully made cover up neotraditional tattoo of a raven on the upper sleeve.

`A highly detailed raven image in neotraditional style inked on the forearm.

What truly makes a tattoo design be classified as a neo-traditional tattoo is its bold choice of colors. Most often, neo-traditional tattoos will have eye-popping colors be mixed with other eye-popping colors to make the tattoo stand out from the crowd. Another element that we commonly see in neo-traditional tattoos are the bold outlines of the objects of the tattoo. These bold outlines also help to make the tattoo design pop out and make it easier to mix different colors since there is this somewhat sufficient boundary to each color.

Do not know what we are talking about? Here are some neo-traditional tattoo ideas we have seen on the web to help you.

A highly detailed and intricately designed neotraditional tattoo of a pair of white and black ravens with flowers and a pocket watch.

A highly detailed upper sleeve and chest tattoo of a raven.

A highly detailed neotraditional tattoo of a raven on the sleeve with a red apple.

A yellow and black intricately made neotraditional raven tattoo on the thigh.

A very detailed raven design on the upper sleeve.

A wonderful leg tattoo of a raven and a skull.

An upper sleeve tattoo of a woman a raven on her head.

 

A magnificent full back tattoo of a raven above a skull design element.

An alluring full back neo traditional raven design.

A sublime neo-traditional raven image inked on the chest.

A radiant and alluring blue raven design inked on the forearm.

A vibrantly colored and intricately detailed thigh raven design.

A flawless and radiant raven design inked on the forearm.

A radiant full sleeve raven design.

An appealing raven design inked on the forearm.

A glamorous upper sleeve tattoo with a geometric design element.

A glorious upper sleeve raven tattoo.

The Geometric Raven Tattoo

As the days go by and tattoo designs come and go, a lot of the designs that come out in recent years continues to challenge tattoo artists and tattoo enthusiasts alike. One of the most challenging to be released in the past few years was geometric tattoo designs. Everyone in the body art industry and the tattoo community are raving about geometric tattoo designs for quite some time now and for sure you would like to ask us if it’s worth the rave reviews and comments it is having now. Well, it is for you to decide but worry not as we will help you figure out if it is really worth it.

A back tattoo of a flying raven with geometric detail.

A large sleeve tattoo of a crow’s head with a geometric shape background.

A large upper back tattoo of a raven with a geometric circle or dot pattern.

A large forearm tattoo of a raven with geometric art deco detailing.

A low poly geometric raven tattoo on the forearm.

A charming and simple geometric row tattoo design on a forearm.

An alluring and creative raven design with a geometric design element.

A radiant raven design inked on the forearm with a geometric design element.

Geometry is a branch of mathematics that is concerned with questions of shape, size, the relative position of figures, and the properties of space. This branch of mathematics, and in extension, science, is mostly considered as a graphic, logical, and numerical form of thinking. It is filled with figures, lines, and measurements which makes it a very interesting field of mathematics.

We are pretty sure, however, that the reason why geometric tattoo designs were inspired by geometry was not that of the measurements but rather the figures in this intellectual field. Geometric tattoos explore the idea of using numerous lines to form a unique shape and figure which can accentuate a simple tattoo.

Since its introduction in the body art industry a few years ago, a lot of designs were made that can be classified under the geometric tattoo design category. Most of these designs are modern and artsy and here are some of the designs which feature geometric themes:

A fairly small flying raven in geometric detailing.

An intricately detailed upper sleeve tattoo of two crows with additional geometric detailing.

A tattoo of two raven heads in a simple geometric shape.

A low poly raven head tattoo on the forearm.

Another low poly geometric raven with a simple geometric background.

An elegant neo-traditional raven designed inked on the forearm with geometric design elements.

A flawless and intricately forearm raven image with futuristic elements.

A charming raven design inked on the forearm.

 

A simple but beautiful low poly geometric tattoo of two raven birds on either wrist.

An engaging forearm blackout raven image holding a book inside a triangle pattern.


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Jason Hamilton

Jason has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon. Jason would be very happy to answer any questions about tattoos that you may have! Leave a comment below and he’ll answer it for you right away!

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