Considered by many to be the oldest mechanism for sport and self defense, the archer’s bow no doubt played a crucial role in the pursuits of our earliest ancestors.
While the bow and arrow of today may have become regulated to sport and game hunting, those who follow this ancient way have every reason to want to commit this timeless skill to their flesh.
Bowhunting tattoos have slowly crept into the mainstream aesthetic, due to the many positive cultural correlations that were previously relegated to only a select few. Aboriginal and Native American groups have extended the bowhunter emblem to a number of individuals with deep and personal connections to its imagery. The bowhunting symbol, for example, can denote perseverance over adversity in the wild, a celebration of one’s survival over animal and element.
Bowhunting tattoos differ in style and concept, with emphasis placed on particular points of interest to the wearer. Some may choose to focus on the archer himself, while others prefer the instrument to be the main focal point, in some cases with the bow and quiver in separation of each other.
Regardless of the rendering you choose, there is no denying the poignant and powerful imagery associated with the bowhunter. Here is a modern man who has mastered the most ancient of rigors, and is at the top of his game no matter where in the world he calls home.