A bear claw tattoo can have a variety of meanings depending on the individual. It is often used as a symbol of strength, power and bravery, as the bear is one of the most powerful animals in nature. It can also represent the cycle of life, or the journey of the spirit through life and beyond, with the claws representing the grip of this spirit over its earthly life. Other interpretations of the bear claw tattoo include renewal and resurrection, honor, protection and wisdom. The power of the bear is also often associated with good luck, so the tattoo can also symbolize a desire for the wearer to attract good fortune into their life.