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45 Colorful Bird Tattoos

Swallows, owls and crows - 45 colorful bird tattoos just for you!

jentheripper in Tattoo Ideas

Birds are fascinating- with their wings, colors and beautiful singing. They have been admired by men since the very beginning of the world, through beliefs and art. Symbols of freedom and joy, they are easily adopted as totems. Bird tattoos are beautiful, but each bird tattoo has got his own meaning that you may want to know before inking it forever on your skin.
Swallows are, of course, the most trending bird tattoos. Coming from the sailor tradition, swallows were used to know the experience of a man. One swallow meant that he had travelled over 5000 nautical miles, and so on. As the swallows are famous for their long journey and the return to the same location every year, swallow tattoos were a token for a safe return to home. One swallow could even be tattooed before taking the boat and the second one when coming back, hence the popular symmetrical swallows on torso. This little speedy bird was also a symbol used in prisons and by thugs. The meaning has evolved with the popularity of old school tattoos. Now, swallow tattoos are mainly used to symbolize love, loyalty, freedom and hope.

Other popular birds are, for example, crows, owls, eagles and birds of prey, each sharing ideas such as cleverness, strength, honor and majesty. The dove is usually used in religious contexts. With its white pure color, it is associated with Christendom, but also peace, freedom, love, purity and grace.

The magpie is a tricky tattoo. For Native Americans, it symbolizes wisdom and creativity. But, in Western culture, it carries a bad meaning: thief, idiot, or bad. This should make you realize that you need to re-evaluate your priorities and that shiny things are not always the most precious ones.

The crane is a big bird often used in Japanese traditional tattoos. Bird of luck, it conveys happiness, luck for the future and wisdom. It is also a symbol of grace and peace.

Of the small birds suitable for a bird tattoo, the robin is very popular with its red chest. As the first bird to appear in Spring, it symbolizes the new beginning. Even more red, the cardinal, mainly used by the fans of the St. Louis Cardinals, means passion, pride and energy. Bright yellow, the finch is an omen of hope and luck. Hummingbirds, with their fun size and colors, represent persistence, efficiency and joy.

And, last but not least, the sparrows. This very common bird is a symbol of community, family, friendship but also simplicity, creativity, boldness and intelligence.

So, what is your bird totem and your bird tattoo? Find some inspiration with those 45 beautiful bird tattoos...

Magpie bird tattoo by Alex Wilkey bird birds magpie AlexWilkey blackwork dotwork
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Amazing bird tattoo as a sleeve by Alexander Pashkov bird birds birdsleeve AlexanderPashkov
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