All meanings of the fox symbol in tattoos - will a fox tattoo suit you?

Fox, fox, fox, fox.
The symbolism is dominated by negative meaning.

In European folklore plays the role of a trickster, similar to that played by the coyote in North American Indians.

The main meanings are:

  • sneakiness, cunning;
  • hypocrisy, deceit, treachery;
  • longevity, fertility.
See also:

Animals Coyote Fire Loki Inari Devil Boniface, St. Januarius, St.


Symbolizes longevity, magical powers (for both good and evil deeds), messenger.

Often the end of a fox's tail symbolizes a "treasure of happiness."

Shooting stars are referred to as "heavenly foxes".

The white fox Kitsune is the companion, riding animal and messenger of Inari (the god or goddess of rice and abundance). His wooden or stone figurines are placed near the torii. In their teeth they usually have:

  • a key to a barn of rice - heavenly abundance;
  • a bowl - symbol of the spirit of food;
  • a scroll of Buddhist sutras.

In a consistently negative role does not act, although foxes are ridden by ghosts. Folklore recognizes the fox (hu-li) extraordinary life force:

  • the animal lives in burrows, close to the life-giving forces of the earth;
  • At the age of fifty he can turn into a woman, and at the age of one hundred he can turn into a young girl;
  • the centenarian fox acquires this supernatural clairvoyance:
  • he knows what is going on a thousand miles away,
  • can influence a man's mind and turn him into an idiot;
  • at the age of a thousand years he becomes a heavenly Fox (tien-hu), extremely sensual and with nine tails as a symbol of his supernatural power.

Foxes (foxes' consorts) never change their clothes, but are always clean and tidy in spite of this. They are incredibly seductive and indefatigable in erotic games, can deprive their human husbands of all life force.

Foxy spirits can turn into humans, being actually foxy vampires (koki-teno). With their art of deceiving the senses, they deceive and spoil people. In Japanese lore they play the role of witches (who can also appear in other forms). It was suggested that they be burned and the ashes scattered in rivers. As a remedy for witchcraft, a starfish (???) smeared with fox blood was nailed to doors.

Peculiarities of performance and types of fox tattoos - what fox tattoos are liked by women and men?

You can choose a style of tattoo in advance. To do this, you need to familiarize yourself with some of the features of the execution of these tattoos.

Here they are:

Colorfulness of the image.

When creating a fox tattoo, it is common to use colors that are uplifting. Such colors include Orange, yellow, crimson, green, blue. Native pictures in this color scheme is characterized by brightness. They impress with their colorfulness.
When creating a real image of chanterelles use white, brown, gray shades.

Another color used to depict the fox is black. A win-win variant is also a tattoo in black and white or black and gray style. Shaped in this color is only the outline.

Styles in which the fox is depicted

Let's list the most common:

  • Watercolor.
  • Fae.
  • Japanese.
  • Tribal.
  • Celtic.
  • Oldschool.
  • Geometry.


Tattoos (St. Petersburg) in the form of a fox can be placed anywhere.

Men Prefer to do tattoos on the arms, back, neck, breasts.

And women create chanterelle tattoos more often on the arms, lower abdomen, legs, breasts.

Scale of a tattoo

On the size, first of all, affects the location. You can do a large tattoo with a fox on the back, or the average on the hands, shoulder blade, chest. And a small sized sketch is better to redraw on the neck, wrist.
Of course, the size of the image also depends on your imagination. Experiment, create your own tattoo sketches - what if you like them so much that you want to transfer them to your body.

Look both large and small images of foxes very attractive and unforgettable!

Tattoos with a fox for women

Usually girls choose small or medium-sized tattoos.

Obligatorily the image should be colorful. It will emphasize the cheerfulness and positivity of the owner of the tattoo.

Girls usually add additional symbols to the tattoo.

Fox tattoos for men

Guys choose tattoos in black or black and white color. As a rule, depict the face of a fox, without adding any more symbols to the tattoo.
Hopefully, the above features will help you decide what style to design your tattoo in. You can create a new tattoo sketch, or you can use the ones that have been done.

There is no particular distinction into types. Usually types of tattoos with a fox differ only by additional symbols.

The fox is depicted:

  • With feathers. This gives the tattoo values of lightness, airiness, femininity and tenderness.
  • With a "dream catcher". In this style, the tattoo will be a real amulet, which will protect its owner from life's problems and difficulties.
  • With a swallow. This bird brings good luck, so many depict a tattoo with it.
  • With flowers. The most common flowers - rose and poppy. In the first combination, the tattoo denotes passion, love, and in the second - youth, beauty.
  • With a clock. Means such a tattoo of life, abundance, fertility, prosperity, eternity.
  • With a mouse. The tattoo represents dexterity, skill, courage, cunning.

If you still have questions, you can contact tattoo studio "Maruha". Specialists will advise you and help you create a colorful, beautiful sketch of a fox tattoo.


The negative assessment of Meister Reinecke also finds expression in medieval books about animals. Medieval bestiaries describe the fox as an animal unsurpassed in guile, treachery, deceit, and cunning; he is compared to men who are depraved, seducers, perjurers, who commit theft and murder. Representations of the fox as the embodiment of the devil are common:

  • The reddish color of its fur resembles fire, which (along with the lynx and squirrel) counts it among the ohevost (retinue) of the devil;
  • The ability to pretend to be dead in order to grab his victim is a favorite tactic of Satan;
  • spoiling the vine represents the actions of heretics and enemies of the Church.


  • Boniface, St;
  • Januarius, St.

Sacred Plant.


In the realm of plants, the ninth sector corresponds to currants. In znakhar's books there are a considerable number of recipes for tinctures and decoctions, which include this berry.

For a healing drink they take not only berries, but also leaves, twigs, roots. You get a very flavorful, useful vitamin composition of tea, which has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect.

In addition, currants are used to purify the energy of the space. To achieve this effect, hang bunches of dried currants in rooms. You can also put them in a vase and add to the amulet other dried plants. Make sure to inquire about their properties beforehand!

The sacred symbol of the attic will take away from Foxes unpleasantness and will help them to find their true selves. If constantly to carry a jewel with itself, you will forget about external negativity. After all, the totem of the chertog will always be nearby and stand up for you!

Emblematics .

"When he is hungry and finds nothing to eat, so he swarms in the red clay, until he looks like a bloody, stretches like a dead man, and whittles on the sides. The birds see him bleeding and his tongue dropping off, and they think he's dead. They come at him, and he catches them and eats them. Such is the devil: he pretends to be dead before the living, until he lures them into his calculations and seduces them". Unterkircher

A fox listening to the sounds along the river.

  • I can't entirely rely on that.

A stalked fox crossing a river "listens to sounds coming from a great distance, by which it determines where its pursuers are." EMSI 6-9.
A fox admiring the head of a statue.

  • The head is beautiful, but devoid of brains.

A symbol of the need to furnish and decorate the head not only and not so much on the outside as on the inside. EMSI 7-12

Basic meanings of the fox symbol in tattoos - what can a fox tattoo mean?

Let's list the main meanings of the fox symbol used in modern tattoos:

  • Wisdom, intelligence.
  • Cunning.
  • Protection, security.
  • Sexuality, femininity.
  • Playfulness.
  • Courage.
  • Cunning.
  • Longevity.
  • Prosperity.
  • Prosperity.
  • Business success.
  • Independence.
  • Vigor.
  • Good luck.
  • Education.
  • Self-improvement.
  • Observation.
  • Honor.

Based on this list, you can determine whether you need a fox tattoo.

Many customers, turning to tattoo salons (St. Petersburg), do not think about the meaning of their future tattoo. They do it because they just like this symbol.

Masters Studio "Maruha" recommend to approach carefully and cautiously to a choice of symbols of a tattoo. It is worth familiarizing yourself with the list of meanings beforehand, because it will be difficult to "score" a tattoo you don't like later.

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  • Fox-fire - English
    . lit. fox fire: phosphorescent rots symbolizing the fire of destiny (ignes fatui).
  • Fuchsteufelswild - German
    . rabid, furious < Fuchs, fox; Teufel, devil; wild.
  • "Fuchs be damned" is an expression common in Upper Austria, in which fox serves as a euphemism for the devil.
  • "The fox kuhovarit" is an expression used in Upper Silesia for an impending thunderstorm.
  • An expression from Grimmelshausen's "Simplicissimus," literally translated as "foxy-face" - "to flatter hypocritically."
  • An old expression about the fox preacher in geese indicates sophisticated self-interest.

Draft materials

In mythopoetic traditions the image of the fox acts as a common zoomorphic classifier, often functioning in the linguistic sphere as well [cf. "The fox is about a cunning man; English. The symbolic meanings associated with foxes in different traditions form a single and very stable complex of only partly mythologized meanings (cunning, cleverness, sneakiness, and awareness). The symbolic meanings associated with foxes in different traditions form a single and very stable complex of only partly mythologized meanings (cunning, dexterity, weaseliness, intelligence, flattery, thievery, deception, hypocrisy, caution, patience, selfishness, self-lust, greed, voluptuousness, malice, maliciousness, vindictiveness, solitude). With the image of a fox usually correlates representation of something doubtful, false; the fox often appears unsuccessful, gets into trouble, etc. Therefore, the fox is not associated with mythological characters of the highest levels[2].

The fox can be characterized by magical abilities. Thus, in the Chinese fairy tale tradition the fox at the age of 100 turns into a sorcerer with magical powers, at the age of 1000 he enters the sky and becomes a heavenly fox - three stars in the constellation of Scorpio. The stories of a fox turning into a human (especially during a full moon) are widespread. In North American Indians, Greenland Eskimos, Koryaks, Siberian peoples, in China there is a famous story of a poor man, to whom a fox comes every morning, sheds his skin and becomes a woman; when the man accidentally discovers this, he hides the skin and the woman becomes his wife; but the wife finds her skin, turns into a fox and runs away from home. In Northeast Asia, while there is an abundance of fairy tales about the cunning and shenanigans of the fox, there are plots linking it with the raven, the creator of the world, the creator of the sun, moon, stars, earth, a cultural hero; in them the fox confronts the raven as a (partly) chthonic animal. Especially revealing is the motif of the raven Kutkh cheating on his wife with the fox in the myths of the Itelmen. The fox's changing its appearance explains its role as a demon, an evil spirit, a werewolf, a sorcerer and even the devil himself (in Christian symbolism; in Chinese and Japanese traditions fox stories reveal coincidences with European medieval stories of succubi, incubi, fatal brides, etc.). On the one hand, there is the function of the fox as a trickster (deceiver, joker, etc.) competing with another trickster (meat-eating Coyote, deception of the Raven in Northeast Asia) or an animal of special prestige (bear) or fame (wolf, hare, rooster, etc.), on the other. It is in this function that the fox becomes one of the characters of the animal epic in its two main forms - folklore and fairy-tale and literary (sometimes even poetic).

In Russian folklore tradition, the fox is the main character of the animal tale, which later passed into Lubok.

In Western Europe, the fox was formed beginning in the 11th century. The epic of Renard (Renard, originally a masculine proper name, became in French the common designation of the fox). A special role was played by the Old French "Roman de Renart". At the end of the 12th century there appeared a German, and in the middle of the 13th century a Dutch reworking of this theme, which served as a source for the Lower German "Reinecke-Fuchs". Similar cycles about foxes are known in China ("foxy" epic by Liao Zhai about "fox charms" and foxes' interference in people's lives; in Chinese mythopoetic tradition the fox was considered the embodiment of the soul of the dead, and the system of amulets against foxes was given special importance) and in America (cf. in part "Tales of Uncle Remus," where along with the Rabbit Brother is involved L.). Specialized "fox folklore", a special vocabulary of fox hunting and the techniques of "fox magic" are created among hunters (e.g., in English hunting clubs). In folk tradition, there is a special day associated with the fox or with the beginning of fox hunting, e.g. Martyn the Fox Day (April 14); numerous designs of the motif of revenge (or reward) on the hunter by the fox were popular.

How to choose a tattoo sketch in relation to a place on the body?

The place on the body can both favor this or that fox sketch, and contradict. The main criterion in such a question is the proportionality of the tattoo in relation to the place on the body. Therefore, choose sketches, based on the following advice:

  • large areas on the body (back, chest, arms, forearms, legs, sides, shoulder blades and forearms) - Close-ups of an animal in a jump, a fox in a tangle, an animal that hunts, as well as different interesting styles, details, symbols or other characters to decorate the tattoo;
  • Small areas on the body (hands and wrists, fingers, neck) - If the space for a tattoo is limited, it is better to choose a sketch in the style of minimalism or similar, where the details, symbols, different colors, lines and other elements of the drawing are involved to a minimum.

Pay special attention to whether you will need to periodically hide the tattoo. If yes, give preference to such places as the chest, back, sides and shoulder blades. Otherwise, you can safely experiment with different areas and sketches.


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  • Toporov V. N. Article "The Fox" in MNME
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