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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One animal tattoo that you may find interest in is the gorilla tattoo. The gorilla tattoo can hold symbolic value to those who wear such tattoos. Gorilla tattoos can be designed in a variety of different ways and portrayed with several elements and symbols. Although the gorilla tattoo is usually worn by men, the gorilla tattoo may also be chosen by women. In this article, we will discuss gorilla tattoos, gorilla tattoo meanings, and gorilla tattoo designs. You will also have the opportunity to view several gorilla tattoo designs. In the end, we hope that you find what you need for your next tattoo venture.

To better understand all the meanings behind the gorilla, we must take a look at the gorilla in their natural habitat. Many people view the gorilla as an aggressive and violent animal. Truth be told, this is only partially true. The gorilla is often a patient and peaceful animal. Gorillas are often misunderstood and this is one of the main reasons that people think they are ferocious creatures. Gorillas are usually violent when their young is involved or an outside gorilla crosses their territory. Among their own community, the gorilla is usually peaceful and calm.

One of the main attributes of gorillas is their social community. Gorillas are able to communicate among one another in a variety of different ways. Gorillas are very intelligent animals and they also have the ability to communicate with humans. Gorillas can even learn sign language while others have learned to write. In many ways, gorillas can represent human nature.


Gorilla tattoo designs can be designed in a variety of different ways. Gorilla tattoo designs can portray gorillas to look realistic or they can be designed as a cartoon. Gorilla tattoo designs can portray the gorilla to look calm while others may have the gorilla appearing ferocious. Gorilla tattoo designs usually just portray the head of the gorilla. However, you will see some gorilla tattoo designs that portray the entire gorilla.

Gorilla tattoo designs may also portray the gorilla with associated symbols and elements. For example, the gorilla is often designed with bamboo trees, plants, flowers, and even other animals. It is possible that you will see gorilla tattoo designs that portray a gorilla with a young gorilla or another adult gorilla. Gorilla tattoo designs may even have a landscape designed in the background of your gorilla tattoo.

Since gorilla tattoo designs can vary in size and design, some gorilla tattoos may only be tattooed in certain areas while other gorilla tattoo designs may nearly be inked anywhere on the body. It all depends on which gorilla tattoo design you will choose. Please make sure that you take the time to view all the different gorilla tattoo designs in this article. This will give you a general idea of what is available, plus you can pick up some tips and ideas for your own gorilla tattoo design.


Gorilla tattoos can hold symbolic value and represent a variety of different things. Most meanings behind the gorilla tattoo are positive in nature. But remember, in the end, your gorilla tattoo represents what you want it too. With saying that, below you can find the meanings behind the gorilla tattoo.

  • Loyalty
  • Family
  • Strength
  • Community
  • Noble
  • Masculinity
  • Intelligence
  • Nurturing


There are some important things that you need to remember before you get your gorilla tattoo or any tattoo. Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo. Be sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that it represents something different from what you first thought.

Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that get tattooed on an impulse usually regret their tattoo later on down the road. You don't want to make this same mistake. If you are not completely sure on your choice, wait it out. Remember, you will wear this tattoo for the rest of your life.

If you believe the gorilla tattoo is not for you or you want to view more animal tattoos, be sure to follow the links set below. As always, we thank you for your visit!


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Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on September 29, 2012:













Thanks again too you all for everything. Still trying to catch up with everyone so I send my appologies. When done right, gorilla tattoos look great in detail, even beautiful when all the features are done correctly. Always interesting learning the meanings, history behind such tattoos and why someone would choose them. Bill, great question. Hopefully I am halfway by now. LOL

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 15, 2012:

They're amazing but no I wouldn't want a gorilla tattoo on me.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on September 12, 2012:

I don't think I've ever seen a gorilla tattoo, because they have such a striking appearance, that it would be memorable. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Claudia Porter on September 12, 2012:

Amazing. The first photo looks 3d and quite intimidating. Always enjoy your tattoo hubs. I've started looking more closely at people's tattoos.

inway on September 12, 2012:

I can't believe my eyes! So beautiful! I like GORILLA TATTOOS.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 11, 2012:

Wow, It is amazing that the Gorillas can do sign language and write. I used to go to the St Louis zoo every summer to see Phil the Gorilla who was the star attraction.Enjoyed reading the history..Thank's..

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on September 11, 2012:

Some of these are really beautiful works of art. Being a fan of Jane Goodall, as well as Dian Fossey, I just had to take a look at these.

kjforce from Florida on September 11, 2012:

thelyricwriter..quit monkeying around..I know Gorillas are not monkey's...

" very interesting".....

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on September 11, 2012:

Hi my friend great gorilla tattoo collection, i went ape when i saw these beautiful photos .

Vote up and more !!!

Tammy from North Carolina on September 11, 2012:

This is very creative. I don't think I have seen one of these before. If I had this tattoo, I know I would want to pick the gorilla's nose. :) Very vivid photos and something so unique. Great hub!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 11, 2012:

Very cool Ricky! Loved this one a lot. How many more of these can you possibly do?

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on September 11, 2012:

damn thelyricwriter these are amazing and yeah you do have a great knowledge of tats voted awesome :)

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on September 11, 2012:

You have tremendous knowledge of tattoos, great share, voted up.

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