The Lone Wolf

The second tattoo I got was The Lone Wolf on my back

The tattoo was done on 27th April 2011 by Shaun at Mantra and took around four hours to complete.

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The image was custom drawn by Shaun based on a description and sketches given to him during a quick consultation. There should be no other tattoo out there which is the same as this one.


The reason/meaning for this one, Native American and Celtic custom regard Wolf as the way of find the deepest levels of self, of inner knowing and intuition. Wolves are probably the most misunderstood of all wild animals. The wolf, is a symbol of the night. This time can seem lonesome and scary to us. But it is also the time when through dreams, we may discover valuable things about ourselves. This is a lonely path. To truly come to understand yourself, you must be alone, undeterred by the beliefs, judgements and views of others. The wolf teaches us to learn about our inner self and to discover our inner power and strength. However, to achieve this, we must take risks and face our deepest fears. When a lone wolf is spotted in the wilderness it embodies freedom. When seen in a pack it embodies a feel of community. The Wolf’s senses are highly developed. They are extremely intelligent with excellent hearing, sense of smell and strong feeling. As well as being determined animals they are also cunning.

I believe the description above describes me. The tattoo shows my “inner wolf” hence it being drawn as though it has torn through the skin to get out.

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As for “did it hurt?” The honest answer is yes. There will always be some pain with any tattoo and anyone who claims otherwise is lying. The level of pain, the severity and the discomfort varies from person to person, placement to placement and even down to how well you slept the night before or even what you ate the night before. In the case of this tattoo the discomfort level would be around about a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10 in most places, some areas (spine for instance) were more like a 7.

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