Anyone interested in having an edgy look with their tattoo will meet those expectations when deciding on a raven as their theme of choice.
There is no doubt Ravens are considered a symbol of a dark force in the world, and whether alone or in a group, there is an ominous sense of foreboding when looking at this untrustworthy creature.
This of course adds up to some enticing material for tattoo artists and those wanting that type of symbol seen on their skin.
When you have a single raven sitting alone, you get the feeling it's watching you on behalf of another, or if it's flying, it's on a mission to report what it has seen.
Mythology in stories presented in books, TV and cinema has created this image of the raven, and it's doubtful the bird will ever get a reprieve from his perceived role in the world. Creative people are just fine with that.
- Weeping Willow Tattoo Designs
The weeping willow is among the more unique and beautiful trees. They are placed near ponds and other areas to help stem erosion, as well as barriers to stop heavy winds. Add to that the amazing look of the tree, and you have a gorgeous and...
- Skull Wearing Hat Tattoo Designs
Tattoos of skulls wearing hats are awesome, and include a little bit of everything in the way of hats, including cowboy hats, top hats, jester and baseball hats. But it doesn't end there. While wearing a variety of hats, the skulls, for the most...
- Cow Skull Tattoo Designs
One of the more memorial objects in the minds of people envisioning the old west is that of cow skulls scattered among the plains or desert. Many of these were the result of droughts where cattle had trouble finding water, or of tough cattle...
Flying Raven Tattoo
A flying raven is considered one looking to find someone or something on behalf of an evil master, or as having already found who or what they were looking for, and are winging it back to report the information.
The raven in this first photo is a good example of that, as it's head looking sideways gives the appearance it is looking for something. I do like the way the tips of the wings are portrayed.
- Zombie Tattoo Designs
There is no doubt one of the more popular themes of the entertainment industry over the last several years has been vampires, werewolves and zombies, among a variety of other roles and characters representing a number of bad creatures. Zombie...
- Fire and Flame Tattoos
Tattoos incorporating fire or flame into the design look fantastic, and with the occasional exception, are part of a combination of tattoo themes, rather than a standalone image of fire. But even on those occasions, the tattoo is designed in such...
Raven, Skull Tattoo
In this raven tattoo is seems the artist is saying the raven is bad and doesn't care. Arrogantly sitting on top of the human skull is definitely sending a message that is clear to the onlooker.
The disproportionate eyes on skull are a nice touch. My only criticism is the feet appear to be facing one way and the body another. That could be from the lack of showing any legs on the bird.
- Peaceful Dove Tattoos
Dove tattoos can be extraordinary in that they represent universal peace, as also depicted in many cases of the dove carrying an olive branch. Also note of doves is a representation of long-term love, as the male and female dove mate for life....
- Hummingbird Tattoo Designs
Hummingbirds are among the most attractive to the average bird watcher, who make special provisions of growing flowers or artificial nectar in feeders to attract them nearby in order to watch them. Consequently it is an inspiration for lovers of the.
Overall this is a very good depiction of a raven. The bird itself is extraordinary, and the colors magnificent in how they portray the bird. The detail of the head and the shadow are well done, and the feet very realistic.
Also of note, to me, is the way the light and dark of the body of the bird work together to produce the well done tattoo. I can't help but wonder why the red in the background. I think the raven would have looked much better without it, standing out more.
- Duck Tattoo Designs
Ducks are a fantastic bird, with a wide array of types, colors and sizes, which has attracted many artists through the years, who have put the beautiful creatures on canvasses of many types. That's also true with tattoo artists, who in response to...
- Compelling Eagle Tattoos
There's nothing much more majestic than the image of an eagle, and when combined with a tattoo, it's endless the versions you can make that are very compelling. Also important with eagles is they included so much detail in real life that it lends...
Raven and Nine Worlds Tattoo
The tattoo below is one showing raven wings with the mythological nine worlds symbol. While appearing simple, this is the type of tattoo that is difficult to design because of the way the lines intersect the dark color.
- Wild and Crazy Chicken Tattoos
It was a lot of fun doing some searches for chicken tattoos, as it's a light and winsome category (for the most part) and projects the enjoyment and love of chickens people have. With few exceptions, most of the chickens were done as cartoon...
- Magnificent Owl Tattoos
Owls are a mysterious and interesting creature, and the fact they are, for the most part, nocturnal (and carnivores), adds to the attraction of this bird of prey. For those who like owls and desire them for a tattoo theme, there are numerous,...
Skull and Raven Tattoo
I'm not familiar with this particular tattoo theme, and so don't know if it's representative of an unknown story or not. It is a very busy design, full of all sorts of parts to look at. Pretty interesting seeing, what appears to be, the raven having fate turned against it, caught by the skull in its grip.
- Cool Goth Tattoos
The Gothic lifestyle is a fascinating one to me, and overall it's really undefinable, although much of the purpose is to startle and grab attention through clothes and themes the participants wear and engage in. With tattoos the purpose is the...
- Amazing Bat Tattoos
Depending on the part of the world you live in, bats can be considered bad omens or representative of evil, or in other places a sign of good luck, if you believe in it. Either way, bat tattoos are very interesting, and they can be inked on as...
Raven Tattoo on Neck and Face
You have to be bold, or possibly unwise, to place any tattoo on your neck in body, especially one that is this size. Most on the neck are made smaller so they can be hidden by the hair or the collar of a shirt or blouse.
As for the tattoo itself, I really like it. The raven looks great, and the proportions are done nicely. The blue color of what appears to be a big branch or log clashes some with the color of the raven, taken a little away from what was otherwise a quality tattoo. The branches below the ear look cool as well. Just wish it would have been placed somewhere else on the body.
Tattoo Depicting Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven"
There's a like to like about the tattoo below if you don't mind the subject matter. The olive green is very unique in my estimation, as I don't remember ever seeing that color so vividly in a tattoo before.
To me, it's incredible when someone can take a design and tell a story with a few images. This one is done quite well in that regard, and the work itself has quality to it.
- Gothic Flower Tattoos
There are a large number of things concerning Gothic culture that interest and fascinate me, and one of those areas that have a lot of expression is in tattoo design. As with Gothic culture itself, there is really no one defining way to describe...
- Gothic Cross Tattoos
Gothic cross tattoos are a fantastic choice for a tattoo, as the variety to choose from are seemingly infinite, especially when you add the minute details so prevalent in Gothic design. For tattoos, Gothic crosses are the most popular, although...
- Unique Rat Tattoos
Just like their real-life counterparts, a rat tattoo is something of a peculiar taste, but for those who are fans of rats, there are some that are extremely nice looking, and many that are humorous, based on the caricature rats can be used as. ...
- Gothic Tree Tattoos
Tree tattoos are among my favorite tattoo designs because of the many ways a tree can be designed, and the other elements you can add to it if you want to make it into a scene. Even if a tree stands alone, with only a few additions, embellishments...
- Vampire Tattoos
Vampires continue to be a fascinating theme to a lot of people, and as always, if people like something, they end up getting it tattooed on their body if they're into tattooing. Surprisingly, there are a lot of styles of vampire tattoos, with...
Raven Tattoos of DJ Ashba
Guitarist DJ Ashba has the best raven tattoos I've seen, and they're displayed on his chest where everyone can see them.
The detail on these are amazing, and the very different positioning of the ravens facing away, and looking at the head of DJ, gives you the creepy feeling they're hungry and are about to enjoy a meal - consisting of DJ's head.
Also giving a sense of foreboding are the limbs the ravens are sitting on, adding to the overall uncomfortable feel they're up to no good. Nice tattoo for the genre.
While ravens are a niche tattoo (most are), for those who find them compelling and fitting the statement they want to make, they are definitely a cool choice that artists can take a lot of liberty with, and creative license, as you can see from these examples.