Bat Tattoos

Unique in the animal kingdom, the bat is the only mammal that can fly. Although this singular ability may contribute to its abundance worldwide, there is no doubt that the bat is a successful animal, since it accounts for 20% of all mammal species. It comes as no surprise, then, that the symbolism of the bat covers quite a wide spectrum as well.

Of all the animals tattoos, bat tattoos are probably considered the creepiest and most sinister. Western civilization, mostly due to European legends, tends to regard bats as unclean, and a sign of darkness and death. Legends often portray the bat as a form of the devil and, of course, as a vampire. Bram Stoker’s 1897 book Dracula, in particular, solidified the bat as an evil creature.

A bat tattoo is one that has the potential to have a multitude of different meanings. In most ordinary, conventional, westernized cultures, the bat is an animal associated with darkness and mystery. Satan is depicted by Christianity as having wings similar to a bat. Popular culture associates the bat with stories like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with vampire tales like it, and with fictional characters like Batman. That might seem simple, but Chinese and Native American viewpoints of bat symbolism offer a different perspective when it comes to what a bat can really represent.

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