A bear tattoo does more than solely express your monstrous side. They contain lots of symbolism in traditional tribal tattoo design.
Many ancient cultures have legends that bears were coupled to the spiritual world, and are generally often tattooed as links to strength, ferocity in battle, healing, and bravery.
In Norse mythology they believed that Odin, the god of knowledge, healing, battle, sorcery, and death, was often depicts a bear, and the Native American Sioux have myths about a bear who traveled the world teaching the healing arts. Though bears are tend to be seen as wise sages, they are often are ferocious warriors, melding traditional aspects of care, protection, and wisdom with characteristics of power, strength, and savagery.