Eagles are also often accompanied by word banners, particularly if the tattoo is done as a memorial or tribute to someone. Words such as freedom, strength, and liberty are popular choices added to banners or underneath a tattoo of an eagle.
Images of eagles have played important roles throughout history in many different lands, appearing in various emblems.
In ancient Greece, the eagle was worshiped and associated with the Sun god, while in Norse mythology, eagles were said to be associated with the god Odin, who represented wisdom.
In Native American cultures, the free-spirited eagle is deeply revered and their feathers were often given as a sign of pride, security or friendship.
Eagle tattoos can be done in many different creative ways and found just about anywhere on the body.
The back is a great location for designs of eagles with their wings fully spread as if in flight. If the design is large enough, detailed feathers are usually the main feature of the tattoo, which gives the eagle a realistic appearance.
Eagles can also be done as smaller designs, featuring only the head of the bird, or even done in tribal-style completely in black.
They can also be worked into leg or armbands, or as a part of another design.
Some eagles are tattooed in flight, as if swooping in on their prey, complete with sharp talons, and of course the internet and many tattoo shops are full of images of the majestic eagle in varying poses.
If patriotism is an integral part of the tattoo, red, white, and blue will be prominent colors, in addition to the various shades of browns and beige for the eagle itself.
An eagle can also be incorporated into many backgrounds and mountainous nature scenes, or along with other types of wildlife.