The real reason that animals in Native American culture are so popular, and why they have a “cult like” following with tattoo enthusiasts, isn’t based on the fact that animals are graceful and beautiful alone. It’s more than that. Animals are much more closely linked to early civilization than in our modern lives, yes, but are a natural part of the human psyche as a whole. They exist, we exist, and all humans understand to co-exist with them.
Some of the best animal tattoo designs come from animals that are considered “Kings”. The lion is considered the “King of the Jungle”. A falcon reigns supreme in the sky. A tiger is held in high esteem as one of the fiercest predators in India. And it’s these “Kings” of the animal kingdom we see depicted most in tattoos.