The panther is the king of the night – a lethal predator that catches its prey in the most cunning and crafty way possible. Renowned for its almost supernatural ability to apparently vanish into thin air, and then catch its prey by surprise, the panther prowls through the deep, dark jungle, usually atop low branches of trees, where it can get a lordly view of its kingdom.
The panther is a member of the either the leopard or the puma families, and is quite famous as a deadly and dangerous creature, quite commonly called 'the Night Stalker' or 'Lord of the Darkness'. Of all the members of the cat family, though, the panther is probably one of the most revered ones, for its feral yet graceful aura and elegance. Its gait itself is the envy of all our ramp models, for no other creature – whether human or not, can possibly match the deceptively refined poise of the panther. It denotes superior courage, strength, speed and guile.
The panther is the only component of the cat family that hunts quite routinely in the water. This emphasizes the fact that it is the most versatile, and hence, the most powerful of all the others, apart from being the largest. This sure-footed beast is a complex one, not only anatomically, but also mentally and emotionally. If a person is compared with a panther, the main characteristics that come to the mind immediately are wiliness, power, leadership and, most importantly, independence, and an essentially individual way of working, for the panther is one animal that does not depend on any other being for its hunting needs. It is not a scavenger, or a parasite, but a predator, which depends solely on its intrinsic hunting skills.
The panther has long since befuddled the human mind with its long list of attributes, and has hence been an object of continuous reverence and symbolism over the years. It is believed that the panther is a shape-shifter, bearing psychic energy and nocturnal predisposition. The panther are also considered as a symbol of the woman, who is both, beautiful, as well as ferociously protective of her family. The panther was also believed to possess two color phases – yellow and black – yellow believed to pull the sun across the sky, and black, the moon. It has, for a long time, also been a symbol of shamans, or witch doctors. In the superstitious world, the panther/jaguar is also believed to have a sweet breath, which lures its prey toward it.
Whatever the symbolism or belief behind this powerful animal, the jaguar has been quite in demand when it comes to the most popular form of body art – tattoos. Panther tattoo designs are numerous and versatile in nature.
I say numerous because of the sheer number of panther tattoo designs available to us. The crawling panther is perhaps the most common, but there are many other designs, too, such as the depiction of just its face, with a menacing expression on it, or a crouching panther, ready to pounce upon its prey and tear it to shreds. It is not just the design, though. The color-combinations available to us for this particular design are also many and diverse. The panther tattoo design is versatile, too, not just because of its flexibility in terms of size, pattern and color, but also because of the fact that it can be inked onto almost any part of the body. It is for the wearer to decide on that particular aspect, as well as the others, and once that is done, voila! You have a breathtakingly gorgeous panther tattoo design, just the way you want it to be.