Bear Tattoo Design Ideas

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Published on May 10, 2023

Are you searching through the wilderness on your hunt for the ultimate Bear Tattoo?

Well, worry not, you’re about to bear witness to some of the most pawsitively stunning Bear Tattoo designs you’ve ever witnessed. 

So bear with us as we unleash our wild sides and take you through some of the greatest Bear Tattoos the internet has to offer. 

Bear Tattoo Meaning

While the process of tattooing can be unbearable (I’ll stop now) at times, a Bear Tattoo is totally worth the long and painful process. 

Bear Tattoos come with a lot of meaning, from calm and furious, strength and patronage, self-confidence and power. But that’s just your typical Bear Tattoo.

With so many Bears throughout media, Bear Tattoos have a whole new lease on life with their symbolism, from friendship, laziness, family, and even wisdom, depending on what Bear you choose to ink yourself in can ultimately decide what kind of symbolism you’re going for. 

Bear Tattoo Designs

Now that we know a little bit about Bear Tattoos, lets take a journey through the wilderness that is the Bear Tattoo Design. 

1. Standard Bear Tattoo

Standard Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @yebel_tattooer

Your Standard Bear Tattoo is simply just your full Bear tattooed anywhere on your body, usually on all fours with no expression on its face. This lovely Bear Tattoo carries with it all the symbolism of a Bear Tattoo and is excellently done with nice deep blacks and great use of negative space. 

2. Bear Family Tattoo

Bear Family Tattoo

Photo credit: @cole_hand_luke

A Bear Family Tattoo carries the symbolism of family ties and the protection of your children. This gorgeous Animal Tattoo has a mother bear with her two children and a gorgeous Landscape Tattoo of a huge mountain in the background and the rushing waters in the foreground. 

3. Peaceful Bear Tattoo

Peaceful Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @nox.tattoos

If you’re someone who sees themselves as laidback and calm, this Peaceful Bear Tattoo is perfect for you. This Bear Tattoo is absolutely gorgeous with a happy and peaceful-looking Bear sitting on his bottom while surrounded by some leaves with the addition of some lovely handpoked halo design around it. 

4. Neo-Traditional Bear Tattoo

Neo-Traditional Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @matthewlimberstattoo

Neo-traditional tattoos take design elements of traditional tattoos and adds modern uses of color, smaller line weights, increased details, varied line sizes, and dramatic highlights. This beautiful Neo-traditional Bear looks super cute and has great rich brown coloring and some nice added flowers. 

5. Yosemite Bear Tattoo

Yosemite Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @californiacorey

This lovely Landscape Bear Tattoo is inspired by the Yosemite Wilderness, probably the Yosemite National Park.

This super cool design has the Bear with the landscape of the Yosemite wilderness as the pattern of its fur. 

6. Fierce Bear Tattoo

Fierce Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @mederinktattoo_

Opposite to the Peaceful Bear Tattoo from earlier, this Tattoo Design has a fierce Bear showing off his teeth with one blind eye. The bottom of Tattoo has a roaming Bear walking through the wilderness with some nice trees in the background. 

7. Sun Bear Tattoo

Sun Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @drmorsetattoo

The Sun Bear is the smallest species of Bear on the planet. The Sun Bear is the most arboreal of all bears because of its excellent climbing ability and even sunbathes or sleeps in trees that are 2 to 7m above the ground. This lovely Sun Bear Tattoo shows the Bear up in his tree with some lovely sparkling effects. 

8. Paw Print Bear Tattoo

Paw Print Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @yoanna.art_ink

Paw Print tattoos are an excellent way to pay homage to your chosen Animal Tattoo without having to all out with its design. However, with that said, this design is not one of those and is in fact an incredibly detailed Portrait Tattoo of a Bear within the confines of a Bear’s paw. 

9. Cool Bear Tattoo

Cool Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @alinaxtattoo

You don’t have to be so serious with your Bear Tattoo all the time, instead you can be cool about it like this cool sunglass wearing Bear Tattoo. This great little Tattoo Design has a super laidback-looking Bear who oozes style with his nice sunglasses. 

10. Swimming Bear Tattoo

Swimming Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @goodbodyart

This is a great idea for your Tattoo Design. This Bear Tattoo has an amazing three-dimensional feel, with the bear literally swimming with the wearer's skin. The detailing is fantastic, especially the reflection and ripple effects coming off the Bear. 

11. Geometric Bear Tattoo

Geometric Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @dori.tatts

Geometric tattoos use fine, precise lines, bold lines, geometric shapes, angels, grays, blacks, and even vibrant colors. This lovely Geometric Bear Tattoo has one side being the normal face of a Bear, with the other being the left side of the Bears face (right from our perspective) made up of a bed of flowers. 

12. Disco Ball Bear Tattoo

Disco Ball Bear Tattoo

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If you’re someone who loves to dance and has the party bug, check out this unbelievably cool Disco Ball Bear Tattoo by Nicotattoo.

Nico specializes in metal aesthetic tattoos with incredible reflection effects on a lot of his designs. 

13. Gummy Bear Tattoo

Gummy Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @inkflow_akiwong

If you have a sweet tooth then what could be better for a Bear Tattoo than a Gummy Bear Tattoo?  This Tattoo is by AkiWong of Inkflow Studio with Aki focusing on amazing real-life looking Tattoos with incredible reflection effects. 

14. Honey Bottle Bear Tattoo

Honey Bottle Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @az.jpg

This amazing illustrative tattoo is of (what I think is) a bottle of honey in the shape of a Bear. This is quite possibly a bottle of Kirkland raw organic honey that is pure, raw honey that's made from bees that forage for pollen and nectar on flowers that haven't been treated with synthetic pesticides or herbicides. We aren’t sponsored by Kirklands FYI. 

15. Waving Bear Tattoo

Waving Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @msfuckface.tattoos

Have you ever seen the video of the waving Bear? Well, you can get a Tattoo in honor of the video with this super adorable waving Bear Tattoo. I’m certain this isn’t inspired by the video, but it’s still super cute and would make a nice design if you’re looking for your own Bear Tattoo that isn’t so serious looking. 

16. Circus Bear Tattoo

Circus Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @phillucktattoo

While we don’t condone Bears performing at the circus around here and urge you to check out organizations such as Free The Bears who have helped rescue over 1,000 bears of the world's most vulnerable bear species and provide ongoing care to hundreds of rescued sun bears and moon bears at the sanctuaries we operate in three countries. But we are aware that if you want to get a circus performing also doesn’t mean you condone it. So check out this cool design of a Bear on a unicycle performing juggling. 

17. Kanye West Bear Tattoo

Kanye West Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @tat2sumi

The Kanye West Bear also known as The Dropout Bear, or the Graduation Bear, is a an anthropomorphic symbol, character, and mascot for American rapper Kanye West. Designed by Sam Hansen it was used in the album cover art, promotion, and music videos for West's first three studio albums, The College Dropout (2004), Late Registration (2005), and Graduation (2007).

18. Space Bear Tattoo

Space Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @acostattoo

If you are a lover of Space and Bears why not get yourself a Space Bear Tattoo? I’m nit really sure what to say about this Tattoo Design other than it is exactly what it says on the tin, it’s a Bear, and it’s in Space. But did you know in Native American astrology, people born between August 22 and September 21 are considered bears.

19. Teddy Bear Tattoo

Teddy Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @amyjtattoos

Of course, you can't have a list of Bears without having a Teddy Bear on it. While I personally never had a Teddy Bear in my youth (I had a cat and hippo for comfort), I know the Teddy Bear is a universal symbol of childhood, and synonymous with tenderness and gentleness.

20. Crazy Bear Tattoo

Crazy Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @javierfranko

If you want to go a bit more wild with your Bear Tattoo, then check out this Crazy Bear Tattoo. This incredibly cool Bear Tattoo has the Bear with manic eyes exuding power as arrows slam and smash off of its face. The Bear is probably being hunted and it’s not going down without a fight. 

21. Neon Teddy Bear Tattoo

Neon Teddy Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @pureum_tattoo

If you want a Teddy Bear Tattoo but still don’t think it’s bright enough for you, try out this super cool Neon Teddy Bear Tattoo. This Tattoo is amazing with a couple of vibrant colors with excellent glowing effects that make it look like it really will glow in the dark. 

22. Panda Tattoo Idea

Panda Tattoo Idea

Photo credit: @eddiestacey

Possibly the most famous of the Bears is the Panda. The Giant Panda is a bear species endemic to China that is characterized by its black-and-white coat and rotund body. The Panda’s diet consists almost entirely of bamboo, making the bear mostly herbivorous, despite being classified in the order Carnivora. Also Red Pandas are not Bears before you ask where they are. 

23. Bear And Honey Tattoo

Bear And Honey Tattoo

Photo credit: @crowwleysart

When I was a child I believed that the moon was made of cheese (thanks to Wallace and Gromit), and that Bears exclusively ate honey. While it is true that Bears do love honey, they also eat a lot more including the bees and larvae inside the beehive, as they are a good source of protein.

24. Winnie The Pooh Tattoo

Winnie The Pooh Tattoo

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I think we all know who is responsible for my belief that Bears only ate honey, and here he is. Winnie the Pooh is a fictional anthropomorphic teddy bear created by English author A. A. Milne and English illustrator E. H. Shepard. Winnie the Pooh was inspired by a stuffed toy that Milne had bought for his son Christopher Robin in Harrods department store and a bear they had viewed at London Zoo.

25. Teddiursa Tattoo

Teddiursa Tattoo

Photo credit: @kevotakutattoo

This Pokémon Tattoo is of Teddiursa the 216th Pokédex. Teddisura loves honey so much that it often has two different types of honey on each paw that it is often seen licking. Despite Teddiura’s love for honey, surprisingly doesn’t have the ‘Dazzling Honey’ food as one of its favorites on its preferred food list. 

26. Yogi Bear Tattoo

Yogi Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @valeriamarinaci

Yogi Bear is a character who has appeared in numerous comic books, animated television shows, and films that made his debut in The Huckleberry Hound Show. Yogi Bear's character was based off of the Ed Norton character from The Honeymooners. Yogi Bear was the first ever breakout animated character becoming even more popular than the main character of the show he appeared in, Huckleberry Hound. 

27. Kung-Fu Panda Tattoo

Kung-Fu Panda Tattoo

Photo credit: @artandsoltattoo

Po is the protagonist of the Kung Fu Panda franchise, a clumsy kung-fu fanatic who was improbably chosen as the champion of the Valley of Peace. Po was prophesied to become the Dragon Warrior with having the ability to learn kung fu at a glance. After many adventures Po would step down as the Dragon Warrior to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace.

28. Lorek Byrnison Tattoo

Lorek Byrnison Tattoo

Photo credit: @senseoftheterrific

Iorek Byrnison is the deuteragonist of the book trilogy His Dark Materials and is the rightful king of Svalbard. Originally the king of the armored bears in Svalbard, he became an outcast and was exiled when he killed another bear in a fight. Extremely proud and formidably selfless, Lorek would never betray a promise he had made.

29. Panda JuJutsu Kaisen Tattoo

Panda JuJutsu Kaisen Tattoo

Photo credit: @abeartattoos

This Anime Tattoo is of Panda, one of the major supporting characters in the Jujutsu Kaisen series. Despite his name, Panda is in fact not a Panda and is an Abrupt-Mutation Cursed Corpse. Panda is an upbeat and calm individual who is often sarcastic making light of every situation. 

30. Moneybags Tattoo

Moneybags Tattoo

Photo credit: Facebook

The bane of my childhood, Moneybags is the greedy con artist who first appeared in Spyro 2: Riptos Rage (Gateway to Glimmer for my fellow Europeans) who continuously charges Spyro a “small fee” in order to progress through the game. Possibly the most satisfying moment in any Spyro game was when you got to chase him down at the end of Spyro 3 and repeatedly charge and flame Moneybags to get all your hard-earned gems back. 

31. Paddington Bear Tattoo

Paddington Bear Tattoo

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Paddington Bear is a British icon appearing in over 20 books, has his own feature films, television series, and commercials, and even appeared alongside the late Queen Elizabeth II for her platinum jubilee for tea and marmalade sandwiches. A Paddington Bear stuffed toy was even chosen by British tunnellers as the first item to pass to their French counterparts when the two sides of the Channel Tunnel were linked in 1994.

32. Lotso Tattoo

Lotso Tattoo

Photo credit: @stephen.russotattoo

Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear is the main antagonist of the third installment of the Toy Story franchise. Lotso was the favorite toy of a girl named Daisy who accidentally left Lotso behind after a picnic. Having not given up on Daisy Losto and two other toys, Chuckles and Big Baby set out to return to Daisy, only to find Lotso replaced by a newer Lotso Bear. Currently, I am in Vietnam and there is a Lotso mania going on at the moment with all kinds of Lotso merchandise, from pens, erasers, t-shirts, dresses, key chains, you name it, there’s a Losto version of it. 

33. Bear In The Big Blue House Tattoo 

Bear In The Big Blue House Tattoo

Photo credit: @milky_tattoodles

Bear in the Big Blue House is an American children's television series about Bear, who lives in the Big Blue House and cares for his friends Ojo, Tutter, Treelo, Pip, Pop, and Shadow. The show revolves around the gang's adventures, which include solving problems, sharing, cooperating with each other, and developing social/life skills.

34. Smokey Bear Tattoo

Smokey Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @urban_porvida

Smokey Bear (not Smokey The Bear) is an American campaign and advertising icon of the U.S. Forest Service. Smokey Bear’s main role is to educate the public about the dangers of unplanned human-caused wildfires. Smokey’s slogan was "Remember... Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires” for over 5 decades before in April 2001, when the message was officially updated to "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires."

35. Care Bear Tattoo

Care Bear Tattoo

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The American Greetings Association originally used the Care Bears on greeting cards before they spawned into a franchise of films, television series, and plush toys. Each Care Bear is a different color and has a unique image on its stomach that represents its personality. 

36. We Bare Bears Tattoo

We Bare Bears Tattoo

Photo credit: @lorena.leon.tattooart

We Bare Bears is an American animated series created for Cartoon Network. Based on Daniel Chong's webcomic The Three Bare Bears the show follows the adventures of three adoptive brother Bears as they attempt to integrate with human society. The Bears often form a "bear stack", which they use to get around the city and solve problems.

37. Baloo Tattoo

Baloo Tattoo

Photo credit: @nicolezulianello

Baloo is the deuteragonist of Disney's 1967 animated feature film The Jungle Book a film based on Rudyard Kipling's novel of the same name. Unlike the book version, the movie Baloo is a fun-loving, easygoing, sloth bear who becomes best friends with a “man-cub" named Mowgli. Baloo’s signature song "The Bare Necessities" was almost cut from the film and only survived when filmmakers begged for it to be kept in. 

38. Rupert The Bear Tattoo

Rupert The Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @jolie_rouge_tattoo

Rupert is an English children's comic strip character and franchise. Rupert was originally created as a way to win sales from the rival Daily Mail and Daily Mirror for the Daily Express.  Each story begins in Nutwood, where Rupert usually sets out on a small errand for his mother or to visit a friend, which then develops into an adventure to an exotic place

39. Banjo And Kazooie Tattoo

Banjo And Kazooie Tattoo

Photo credit: @mu_tattooer

This Video Game Tattoo is of Banjo the Bear and Kazzoie the Red-Crested Breegull. The game follows the story of Banjo and Kazzoie who set out on a quest to save Banjo’s sister Tooty, who is kidnapped by Gruntilda, the witch, who wants to steal her beauty for herself. 

40. Rupert Tattoo

Rupert Tattoo

Photo credit: @mr_zart

Another Rupert Bear Tattoo. This one might seem awfully familiar but you can’t quite place it. This Rupert is the personal confidant and best friend of Stewie Griffin from the Family Guy series. Stewie tells all his secrets to Rupert and often gets upset when Rupert does not respond.

41. Fozzie Bear Tattoo

Fozzie Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @kariokitattoo

Fozzie Bear is The Muppet Show's comedian who often tells bad jokes, punctuated with his catchphrase laugh, "Wocka wocka wocka!" It is common that Fozzie would attempt to imitate a guest star's most famous act to attempt to emulate their success, only to comically fail completely at the attempt.

Where To Get Your Bear Tattoo 

Now that we’ve seen some of the best Bear Tattoos there are, let’s take a look at some of the best places to get your chosen Bear Design.

1. Bear Tattoo Idea On Chest

Bear Tattoo Idea On Chest

Photo credit: @gloriatattoo

There is probably no better place for a Bear Tattoo than on the chest. The chest makes a powerful statement for almost any design, but particularly for Animal Tattoos. While a fierce Bear might be more masculine and powerful for your Bear Chest Tattoo, I thought this Geometric Bear Tatto was also excellently done. 

2. Bear Tattoo On Hand

Bear Tattoo On Hand

Photo credit: @michal_hladik_art

A Bear Hand Tattoo is another excellent choice. What could be a better place to get a Tattoo then somewhere everyone can see it all the time? Just keep in mind the hand is a painful place to get inked. 

3. Bear Tattoo On Leg

Bear Tattoo On Leg

Photo credit: @hanz_tattoo

If you live in a hot climate then the leg is a great place to get your Bear Tattoo. The thigh offers a lot of place for nice big designs and also has a lot of fat to dull the pain when getting tattooed, but this cool design on the calf is also excellent as you can show it off more often.  

4. Shoulder Bear Tattoo

Shoulder Bear Tattoo

Photo credit: @cheyennefurrow

The Shoulder is noted as one of the least painful places to get yourself inked, and its unique rounded shape can really add more depth to your Tattoo Design if you choose the correct one. This lovely Shoulder Tattoo has great synergy with both the Bear’s rounded face and the shoulder's rounded anatomy. 

5. Arm Bear Tattoo Idea

Arm Bear Tattoo Idea

Photo credit: @yumemonchi

Lastly, the arm is one of the best places to get a decent-sized Bear Tattoo that you can also show off as often as possible. If you live in hot weather, you can easily wear a vest or short-sleeved shirt and show off your design as often as possible, and you can have the comfort of knowing it can be easily covered, too, at a moment's notice. 


So ends our un-bear-lievable journey through some of the best Bear Tattoo Designs.

We hope you are Bear-y Happy without our choices and have found some Bear-illiant inspiration for your next Tattoo Design, but if Bear Tattoo’s don’t inspire you, Bear in mind we have a whole lot more Tattoo Design to choose from, like these silky smooth Spider Tattoo Designs, these floundering Fish Tattoos, or these tenacious Tiger Tattoo styles.  

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