A bear paw tattoo symbolizes a personality of both gentleness and strength, and is sometimes associated with Native American culture. While the symbolism may vary depending on the tattoo's wearer, typical meanings are courage, power and confidence.
Bears are gentle creatures but can be fierce and brave when provoked. The bear paw tattoo symbolizes this type of personality and is sometimes used as a symbol of motherhood and a woman's protection over her "cubs."
Bear claw tattoos are also seen as a symbol of a deep connection with nature or of resurrection, as the bear is known to hibernate and emerge in the Spring.
Female rapper Eve is known for having bear paws prominently tattooed on her chest.