Many people identify with their astrological signs. Some even identify with it to the extent that they want to get something in its likeness tattooed on their body. In this case, we are looking at pieces that represent the astrological sign of the Taurus—more often known as the bull of the zodiac.
Tauruses are born between April 21 and May 21 and are known for their ambition, practicality, artistry, ability to analyze their mental and physical strength, their patience, and of course, their stubbornness.
The following pieces show off how each Taurus flaunts their preferred characteristics through the varying mediums of tattoo styles.
1. Simple Taurus Tattoos
Simplicity is the name of the game for a few of these individuals who presumably identify with the Taurus astrological sign. It is possible that these people enjoy the image of the bull or the characteristics of the bull sign in itself—it is difficult to say.
What we do know though, is that the glyph, which is the physical symbol for the sign, is sufficient enough to get the point across in some of these pieces. Some rely on the deep shading of the gothic style on blank skin, where others add sprinkles of colours. Simplicity does not always imply small in size, but rather the complexity of the image. A large glyph with heavy shading sits in simplicity on a man’s back—bold and undoubtedly a painful sit.
There are many simple and minimalist pieces that fall under the category of geometric, Gothic, and even straight line work. There is even a piece that follows the lines of the stars that signify the sign of the Taurus in the sky; though not immediately identifiable, it is nevertheless meaningful for the individual sporting it.
2. Full Bull Style Taurus Tattoo
Numerous tattoo pieces in this section identify with the Taurus in a literal manner; meaning, they look to the characteristics of the bull to direct the unique and fierce style of their particular body art. These pieces do not rely on the symbol of the sign, instead zooming in on the detail of the animal itself to highlight its natural strength, and detailing rippling muscles that signify blatant masculinity.
A serious conviction of glare in pieces with details eyes, as well as a sense of independence and wild hedonism. People who fall under the astrological sign of the Taurus are in general, people who love luxury, comfort, and are known for their stubbornness. Bulls as animals are associated with stubbornness due to their use temperament during bullfight; possessing a dedication that is difficult to deter.
3. Tribal Style Bull Tattoos
In general, Tribal style tattoos blend in a high level of spiritual significance with the central focus of the image on the person’s skin. In this case, it is a bull; the image of the animal slightly more animated and primitive as it blends in with traditional shapes and complex patterns.
These tribal style tattoos depend upon the negative space to create multiple shapes on the background of the canvas, which helps to elevate the centerpiece of the serious figure. Dark shading of various shapes creates the face of the bull, its horns and eyes prominent and dedicated.
The designs of the animal are going to depend upon which style of tribal work is being applied— the Samoan style is considered a symbol of high status, whereas the Mayan style is generally more maze-like and used to appease a certain God.
4. Geometric Style Taurus Tattoos
The geometric style of tattoos can something replicate the look of a Tribal tattoo; the exists a similar use of lines, patterns, shading, and use of negative space. Geometric pieces though, as a rule, will usually look more minimalist than Tribal tattoos. Tribal tattoos are attempting to make a large statement with a large piece, usually on at least half a sleeve or calf. Geometric will have less shading in black and usually allow for some sprinkle of color.
This is what is being seen in this section; use of color and shapes that are not Tribal style, with thinner lines, and more of the casual use of the blank space of skin. This doesn’t mean though that the image of the bull is less impressive—one-piece is a clever alignment of multiple sizes of triangles constructed into the head of the bull, eyes tiny, more personal than impressionistic than other pieces in this article.
5. Surrealist/Colorful Taurus Tattoos
The image of the bull on its own isn’t enough for some people. Some people took their astrological sign to the next level, dipping their minds into dreamlike concepts of the bull. One-piece applies a blue moon-like stream leading to the skeletal shape of the creature expanding into a shoulder piece, while another once more utilizing the skull of the creature into the colorful shine of sorts on the back of their forearm.
It is definite these surrealist pieces are not straight-forward, but they are not meant to be. Another piece falls under the category of American Traditional, using the styles standard shades and tangible features. This bull appears to be frowning without pupils, staring off into the eyes of its opponent—which can be taken both figuratively and literally.
Taurus Tattoo FAQ
Which animal is linked to Taurus?
People with the astrological sign of the Taurus are born between the dates of April 20 and May 20. Taurus is Latin for the bull and is the second astrological sign in the current zodiac. It belongs to the element of Earth and is said to have a feminine polarity.
What is the Taurus glyph?
Its glyph, which is defined as a symbol that is specific to that word, is an upside-down triangle with two lines pointing upward. This is, of course, meant to represent the shape of a bull with horns.
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