The eagle is an ancient symbol of manhood. It is not as royal as the lion, but instead it denotes intelligence as well as the ability to oversee all events from a position of authority and knowledge.
Nowadays, it is also associated with the United States of America due to its presence in the national seal and other symbols.
Eagles work very well for chest tattoos because an eagle with spread wings is roughly oval-shaped, which is easy to fit onto the chest. The tattoo itself can be symmetrical or not depending on what you want and whether you want to incorporate any supporting elements or symbols into the tattoo.
Some chest eagle tattoos are very over the top and have flames or other backdrops, while others are more subdued. The eagle also has an association with Mexico due to that country’s founding legend of an eagle holding a snake that indicated where to build the first city.
The eagle is a proud and fierce animal, so you can choose to focus on just the head of the eagle. Try out several different designs and choose what you like best, because you have several good options.