The earliest depictions of deer were found in ancient cave drawings, with Native Americans in particular devoting a great deal of time to the study and reverence of this graceful creature of the wild.
Many myths and legends surround the deer, with some Wiccan, Celtic, and Neo-Pagan followers believing the great horned deer god to control the seasons alongside the Mother Goddess.
Regardless of the deer’s personal significance to the individual, there’s no denying its well-earned place in tattoo art.
Deer, as well as stags, have come to represent certain elements and aspects of nature and man. Nobility, grace, speed, benevolence, and family are all common attributes of the deer, and its tattoo likeness is not only found on hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, but men who honor and uphold similar qualities.
Drawn in studious black and white ink to mimic early Victorian nature guides or painted in luscious earth tones, the traditional deer tattoo is a moving testament of one’s own connection to the natural world, as well as their animal spirit.