Eagle tattoos are a popular choice among the men and women who serve as police officers, firefighters, soldiers, or other service members, as the eagle is a symbol for all branches of the United States government.
The talons of the eagle often hold of a word banner with a motto such as freedom, strength, or liberty. This is often done in memoriam as a tribute to someone.
The eagle is a recurrent symbol through history in many different nations, being used in various emblems. In both Ancient Greek and Norse mythology, the eagle was associated with one or more gods, and revered as sacred. Among the Native Americas, the eagle was also revered for its majesty and free-spirit. Eagle feathers were highly prized, and they were given as a symbol of pride, security or friendship.
There is no limit to the how’s or where’s of an eagle tattoo, other than creative and the available canvas of skin. The most common areas for eagles are the bicep, the shoulders, and the back.
The back is an excellent place to tattoo a spread eagle. If the planned design is big enough, the feathers become the main feature of the tattoo, with an elaborate attention to detail, giving the eagle a sense of realism.
Eagles don’t have to be so big. They can be used in smaller designs, featuring only the head. The eagle can be used as a component of another design, working it into an armband or sleeve. Eagles also look great in a tribal-style monochrome design.
There are many poses of the eagle that you can find in tattoo shops and on the internet, but some of the most popular involve the eagle in flight, possibly swooping down on some prey.
If patriotism is primary motivation of the tattoo, then the American colors of red, white, and blue will be prominent used within the overall design, on top of the various browns for the actual eagle.
An eagle can stand along, or be drawn into a scene of nature—mountains and forests—possibly with other kinds of wildlife.