The resurgence of interest in traditional style tattoos has started to focus on depictions of wild animals. Bears are a particularly common subject, and they are frequently depicted in the middle of a ferocious roar.
The thick coat and wide teeth of a bear work well the traditional style, and the contrast between dark fur and a red mouth is very striking.
They definitely look cool, but a traditional bear tattoo does more than just show off your animalistic side. Tattoos of these creatures actually contain a lot of symbolism in traditional artwork.
Many ancient cultures had legends that bears were connected to the spiritual world, and they are often linked to strength, ferocity in battle, healing, and bravery. Norse mythology believed that Odin, the god of healing, knowledge, battle, sorcery, and death, often wandered the world while accompanied by a bear.
The Sioux people had legends about a bear who traveled around the world teaching the healing arts. Though bears are often seen as wise sages, they also have the ability to be ferocious warriors. Many traditional tattoos attempt to capture the dual aspects of the bear by pairing with other symbols of wisdom, savagery, and courageousness.