40+ Fox Tattoo Designs and The Meanings Behind Them

By Tephanie Stephenson / April 1, 2018
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Today, we will be discussing the meaning behind the fox tattoo design, the history behind it, and the possible body placements for both men and women.

Foxes are cute, but they are definitely not cuddly. They have pointed ears, bushy tails, and stunning eyes, which only makes them more adorable to everyone’s eyes. Foxes are known to be cunning and deceiving and they survive on these traits. These cute animals have always been the hero of folklore and are a popular choice for tattoo ideas as the fox expresses craftiness, wisdom, and seductiveness.

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The Meaning Behind the Fox Tattoo

One of the reasons why people choose to get a fox tattoo is because it has many different meanings behind it. Some people believe that the fox is associated with sexuality or femininity, while some get it tattooed as for them, it represents intelligence and emotional endurance.

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A cute and innocent fox resting on the arm of the subject.

The fox is seen differently in certain countries, so make sure to read on below as we will explain what it means for a few countries and nationalities.

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Native Americans – The Native Americans believed that the fox is the ultimate master of survival. They see it as cunning and therefore, they can adapt to any type of environment. The Native Americans also believe that both the fox and coyotes are the creators of the Earth.

Peruvians – Peruvians believe that foxes are fierce and strong warriors. For them, the fox can withstand any type of challenge presented to them.

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Japanese – For years, the Japanese people used to believe that the fox signifies beauty. It is known to enchant the Gods with its stunning beauty and can protect the people from misfortune. Today, they believe that white foxes represent success and prosperity.

Malians – For Malians, the fox is known as a trickster. It is cunning and manipulative and is known to get whatever it wants.

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Chinese – Chinese people believe that the fox signifies beauty. Not just beauty – sultry beauty. They are a symbol of fertility, as well as the mediator between two worlds: the living and dead. The fox is also known to be a sign of longevity, transformation, and possible changes. The people of China believe that fox tattoos can bring you good luck.

Greeks – The Greeks believe that foxes are fast, which makes them very difficult to capture. The Romans have this belief that the fox is a symbol of fire.

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European Countries – The people in European countries believe that the fox is a diplomat and that it can benefit from any type of situation. They believe that the animal gets whatever they want, which is why they associated it with being the Gods of the forests.  The people in Europe also believe that the fox signifies fertility.

Celts – The Celts believe that the fox is a sign of wisdom. They treat the fox as a majestic animal that could visit the land of the fairies.

Indians – For the Indians, the fox symbolizes a family. It represents the ties of the families living in the country and signifies the bond in each one.

Egyptians – For the Egyptians, the fox symbolizes Set, the god of desert, storms, disorder, violence, and foreigners.

Koreans – The Koreans believe that the fox stands for a person’s fertility and sexuality and helps the mothers in the country raise their own children and families.

It is totally up to you which one you want to believe and what attributes you want your own fox tattoo to signify. It’s your body and you’d be the one to see the design every day, anyway!

What the Fox Tattoo Mean for Men

For most men, the fox signifies their willingness and ability to stand up for their own families. It can also be a symbol of dedication and dexterity, which is why most men choose a design that shows the fox jumping or with a huge grin on their faces.

This black and grey fox tattoo is done on the subject’s rib cage.

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Women and their Fox Tattoos

For women, the fox simply symbolizes their sexuality and femininity. Most girls that are associated with being sexy and sultry are often called vixen, which is basically the same thing as a fox. Most women also believe that the fox is a very intelligent and cunning animal that can get whatever they want, which is the main reason why most women choose to get a fox tattoo that looks sultry and sexy.

This cute fox tattoo was done on the subject’s ankle.

Awesome Body Placements for Fox Tattoos

On the Thigh – Most women choose to have their fox tattoos done on their thigh. This represents their sultriness and playfulness, and the fox usually comes in an array of different colours.

A stunning black and grey fox tattoo placed on the subject’s leg.

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Lower Leg – Most women and even men choose their lower leg as the place for their fox tattoos. The tail is usually wrapped around the leg, calf, or ankle which makes the fox appear sly and naughty.

This wrap-around fox tattoo looks amazing on the client’s leg.

Wrists – Some people choose their wrists as a subject of a fox tattoo. This area is typically small, which means that smaller designs are chosen to fit this area and placement.

Upper Arms and Shoulders – Both popular with girls and guys, this placement is probably one of the boldest and most popular placements when it comes to tattoos, and fox tattoos are no exception.

A sly fox tattoo on the arm of a female subject.

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Back or Chest – The back or chest is usually reserved for a much bigger tattoo, and when they do choose to have the fox tattooed on their backs and chest, you can expect that the design will be a huge one.

This fox piece was done on the back with a little splash of watercolor tattoo.

Whole Arms or Legs – Some people choose to wrap their arms and legs with a fox tattoo. Other designs can be mixed with it, the popular ones being stars and trees.

We just love how mysterious and sexy fox tattoos look. Make sure to scroll ahead to see some pictures and ideas on what design to get for your fox tattoo.

Go ahead and share your ideas by commenting below! We love hearing from our lovely readers and we are sure we will get some insights and ideas from you guys, too!

An amazingly drawn fox tattoo on the client’s upper thigh.

A really simple and gorgeous black and grey fox tattoo on the ankle.

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A semi wrap around fox tattoo done on the arm.

A half sleeve fox tattoo mixed with other awesome elements.

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This watercolor fox tattoo was done on the feet of the subject.

This cute little fox tattoo is surrounded by flowers and butterflies.

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An orange and black fox tattoo done on the subject’s chest.

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This fox tattoo is accompanied by his little friend: a rabbit.

This fox tattoo was so cleanly and nicely done by the artist!

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This beautiful fox tattoo was wrapped around the client’s arm.

This inspirational fox tattoo was done with a little bit of text and a picture of the moon.

inspirational fox tattoo

These two cute and colorful fox tattoos were done near the ankles.

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A stunning black and grey fox tattoo placed on the subject’s leg.

This amazing orange fox tattoo looks so cool on the arm!

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This fierce and snarly fox was done on the subject’s forearm.

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This detailed and intricate black and grey fox tattoo is done on the back.

black and grey fox tattoo on the back

This simple and small fox tattoo looks amazing and symbolical.

simple fox tattoo

This wrap-around fox tattoo looks amazing on the client’s leg.

intricate fox tattoo

A black and grey fox tattoo with trees and plants around it.

clean arm tattoo

This black and grey fox tattoo is done on the subject’s rib cage.

black and grey fox tattoo on rib cage

Fox tattoo as shown in lines and watercolor.

colourful fox tattoo

This fox tattoo was incorporated with a bit of stars and the galaxy.

fox tattoo with galaxy

 

A fox sleeping on a bed of flowers and leaves.

sleeping fox

A very fierce looking fox.


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Tephanie Stephenson

Tephanie has extensive knowledge when it comes to body and facial piercings. She has seen it all – from nostril piercings all the way to nipple piercings. She has over 10 piercings including a nostril, medusa, eyebrow, tragus, earlobe, and industrial. She is an expert when it comes to cleaning piercings and keeping it infection-free. If you have got any questions for Tephanie about any type of piercing, comment it down below and she will get back to you in a jiffy!

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