In general, the deer was viewed as a symbol of unconditional love and kindness. It is associated with healing wounds and mending broken relationships. The Sioux interpreted the deer to have both the masculine quality of swiftness and the feminine quality of power over males. They also viewed the deer as representing ambivalent attitudes.
Despite the occasional dark interpretation, a deer tattoo design will almost always convey a message of purity and power.
Black heart tattoos are recognized to represent a very sad day in someone’s life such as the loss of a relative or friend, end of a relationship or a memorial after a tragic event.