50+ Eagle Tattoo Designs: An Eye-Popping Gallery

By Jason Hamilton / March 24, 2018
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Eagle tattoos have been in numerous cultures and civilizations since time immemorial. From Precolumbian America, Classical Greek, and Post-war Asia, an eagle tattoo represents an individual’s stature in a specific society. Currently, however, the meaning behind the design has evolved to become a symbol of freedom and liberty and because of this, eagle tattoo designs, despite its age in cultures and societies, still maintain a significant foothold in the growing body art industry.


What Is The History Behind Eagle Tattoos?

Eagles have held a powerful symbolic meaning in ancient civilizations. In Early Christianity, the eagle symbolizes Jesus Christ while the Greeks associate the animal with the Zeus. In Central America, the Mayans and Aztecs affiliate the eagle with the sun. In addition, they also believed that the eagle is the only animal that is powerful enough to look at the Sun without blinking an eye. These are just a few examples of how deeply regarded the eagle was in early civilizations.

What Does An Eagle Tattoo Mean?

There are a lot of reasons as to why the eagle is one of the most dominant tattoo designs in the industry. One such reason is that it symbolizes power and strength. Since the eagle is an apex predator or on top of the food chain, no other predators come after them hence being a symbol of power.


Another famous reason as to why a lot of people come up with ideas to have an eagle tattooed on their bodies is because of its representation of freedom. The eagle is a powerful winged animal that can soar high above the clouds and flight is synonymous with freedom, thus, its association with liberty and freedom.

In addition to the reasons mentioned above, Americans often get this tattoo as an exhibit to their patriotism and love for the country. Soldiers serving the military have eagles tattooed on their bodies because it is the emblem of the US. Eagles are heavily featured in all branches of the military and thus its fame on American men and women.


Different Body Placements of Eagle Tattoos

The thing with an eagle tattoo design is that it is very versatile in body placements. A tattoo artist can morph the design to fit into the body part the person want the tattoo to be inked. But oftentimes, people want to ink their eagle tattoos on the upper arm or on one side of the chest depending on the design they chose to be imprinted on to their body. Due to this, A misconception on eagle tattoos was created wherein numerous tattoo enthusiasts say that it can only be inked on the upper arm or on the chest since most eagle tattoos are inked on those places.

You can place eagle tattoos on different parts of the body due to its versatility.


Eagle Tattoo Designs and Ideas

Here are a few eagle tattoo ideas that can be found all over the internet. This list will be updated once more designs catch our eyes.

Eagle Tattoos for Men

1. Eagle with the night sky as double exposure


2. A modern take on an eagle head


3. Post-modern tribal eagle design


4. A realistic eagle head design


5. Aztec-inspired eagle holding a snake

6. A Bald Eagle with the American Flag in the background

American Eagle Tattoo


7. A cartoonized version of the US emblem

8. Another modern tattoo design for an eagle head

9. A realistic eagle design on the forearm


10. A bald eagle perched on a branch.

11. A sketch-inspired eagle design


12. A design that combines an eagle head and a rose.

13.  A large back tattoo that features an eagle fighting a wolf.


14. A cartoonized eagle


15. A tribal-inspired eagle

Eagle Tattoos for Women

1.  An eagle with a tree with double exposure


2. A small eagle tattoo on the wrist

3. An eagle tattoed on the back of the neck

Eagle Neck Tattoo

4. An eagle holding a rope tattooed on a woman’s thigh


5. An eagle holding a dreamcatcher

6. An eagle tattooed on the lower abdomen


7. A large tattoo featuring an eagle holding a snake


8. An eagle with an abstract image of the wilderness as double exposure

9. An eagle with the American Flag as its skin.

10. Two soaring eagles with a quote from the bible.

11. A classic colored eagle tattoo

classic eagle tattoo

12. A Native American-inspired tattoo full of detail

13. A medium-sized eagle tattoo

14. An eagle in flight tattooed on the lower back area

15. A large tribal-inspired eagle tattoo

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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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