A very nice tribal version, love it! Phoenix tattoo by Douglas Lopretto phoenix tribal

40 Blazing Phoenix Tattoos

The phoenix is a very old symbol and its popularity in the tattoo world is present in many different cultures.

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In Occident, the legend of the phoenix takes its roots in Ancient Greek mythology. It was described as a magical bird with a stunning longevity that had the power to rise from his own ashes (or another bird would rise from the old bird).

In Ancient Egypt, the phoenix was associated with the sun and summer. In Asia, the phoenix, known in China as Fenghuang and Japan as hô-ô, is a bird connected with heaven, and which apparitions are a good omen. It is the symbol of the empress, a female element associated with the dragon, a male element, for war or love.

The meaning of the phoenix is mostly resurrection, and thus, has been used by christians. It is mainly used as tattoos to celebrate the start of a new life or a survival, for cancer survivors for example. In Asia, it stands for justice, fidelity, peace and femininity. Teamed with flames, it alludes to purification and creation. It is also an alchemy and esoteric symbol.

The phoenix tattoo is represented as a big bird, close to an eagle (in Europe) or a peacock (in Asia). Some prefer to depict it with flames, reminding of Russian firebird, or in fire tones and gold. As a Japanese traditional tattoo, phoenix feathers have only primary colors, but it is mostly very colorful. Its royal appearance also makes it fit for black and grey, and big pieces. Pretty or badass, it is always very graceful and flamboyant. It is a design that stands out, to show an outgoing personality or a strong need to live to the fullest. It is a very noble tattoo design, coveted by many ink lovers and an huge challenge for tattoo artists, and thus, especially present in tattoo masters portfolios.

You will recognize many famous names in this selection, but also discover new ones. But all those artists have tried their hand at phoenix tattoos, giving their own vision and touch to this iconic design for the greatest pleasure of their clients and, of course, for our eyes... I hope you will enjoy those 40 smoking hot phoenix tattoos!

The master at work: our friend Henning Jorgensen has made an awesome phoenix tattoo!
The master at work: our friend Henning Jorgensen has made an awesome phoenix tattoo!
Great phoenix tattoo by Zhuo Dan Ting. phoenix zhuodanting
Great phoenix tattoo by Zhuo Dan Ting. #phoenix #zhuodanting

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The European's take with this Photoshop style tattoo by Xoil. photoshop xoil phoenix lettering qoute
The European's take with this Photoshop style tattoo by Xoil. #photoshop #xoil #phoenix #lettering #qoute
Rising from death: epic phoenix tattoo by Mike Moses. epic phoenix mikemoses
Rising from death: epic phoenix tattoo by Mike Moses. #epic #phoenix #mikemoses
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Impressive backpiece phoenix tattoo by Winson! #phoenix #winson
A very nice tribal version, love it! By Douglas Lopretto tribal phoenix
A very nice tribal version, love it! By Douglas Lopretto #tribal #phoenix
Enormous and colorful side phoenix tattoo by Tony Mancia: wow! phoenix tonymancia
Enormous and colorful side phoenix tattoo by Tony Mancia: wow! #phoenix #tonymancia
Great back phoenix tattoo by the talented Tin-Tin from Paris. tintin phoenix
Great back phoenix tattoo by the talented Tin-Tin from Paris. #tintin #phoenix
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The master Shige is of course responsible for this amazing bodysuit. #shige #bodysuit
Another irezumi by Shige, gorgeous! irezumi shige bird colorful
Another irezumi by Shige, gorgeous! #irezumi #shige #bird #colorful
Great idea for a scalp tattoo for a cancer survivor! scalp phoenix
Great idea for a scalp tattoo for a cancer survivor! #scalp #phoenix
New school version of phoenix tattoo by Sarah Miller. sarahmiller phoenix
New school version of phoenix tattoo by Sarah Miller. #sarahmiller #phoenix
Just the flames, nice phoenix tattoo by Rodrigo Tas. phoenix rodrigotas
Just the flames, nice phoenix tattoo by Rodrigo Tas. #phoenix #rodrigotas
Love this phoenix tattoo by Popeye Tatwo, good vibes here! popeyetatwo pheonix
Love this phoenix tattoo by Popeye Tatwo, good vibes here! #popeyetatwo #pheonix
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Very vivid phoenix tattoo, artist unknown. #phoenix #bird #color #back
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Bright colors, rad design and great placement for this phoenix tattoo made at Giahi Tattoo Shop. #giahi #phoenix
Phoenix are making very nice sleeves, artist unknown. phoenix sleeve colorful
Phoenix are making very nice sleeves, artist unknown. #phoenix #sleeve #colorful
Great Japanese traditional phoenix tattoo, artist unknown. phoenix japanese traditional
Great Japanese traditional phoenix tattoo, artist unknown. #phoenix #japanese #traditional
Fancy hip tattoo, colorful and sexy! phoenix
Fancy hip tattoo, colorful and sexy! #phoenix
Brilliant new school phoenix chestpiece, artist unknown. phoenix
Brilliant new school phoenix chestpiece, artist unknown. #phoenix
Just love this neo tribal back tattoo! Unique! phoenix neotribal
Just love this neo tribal back tattoo! Unique! #phoenix #neotribal
Nice colors and patterns here by Nathan Kostechko. phoenix nathankostechko
Nice colors and patterns here by Nathan Kostechko. #phoenix #nathankostechko
Etching style for alchemy related tattoo by Master. alchemy phoenix master
Etching style for alchemy related tattoo by Master. #alchemy #phoenix #master
Lovely sidepiece by Ma of Chronic Ink. maofchronicink phoenix
Lovely sidepiece by Ma of Chronic Ink. #maofchronicink #phoenix
Graphic phoenix tattoo by Lukasz Bam Kaczmarek. phoenix lukaszbamkaczmarek
Graphic phoenix tattoo by Lukasz Bam Kaczmarek. #phoenix #lukaszbamkaczmarek
A technicolor cover-up by Lelo. technicolor coverup phoenix
A technicolor cover-up by Lelo. #technicolor #coverup #phoenix
Burning bright phoenix tattoo by Kid Kros. phoenix kidkros
Burning bright phoenix tattoo by Kid Kros. #phoenix #kidkros
Breath-taking backpiece by Khaosan of famous shop BKK Ink. khaosan phoenix
Breath-taking backpiece by Khaosan of famous shop BKK Ink. #khaosan #phoenix
A detail on a gorgeous phoenix tattoo by Johan Finné. phoenix johanfinne
A detail on a gorgeous phoenix tattoo by Johan Finné. #phoenix #johanfinne
And that huge piece is also by Johan Finné, from Sweden.
And that huge piece is also by Johan Finné, from Sweden.
Beautiful phoenix tattoo by Guicho. guicho phoenix
Beautiful phoenix tattoo by Guicho. #guicho #phoenix
Love the light effect here, by Fede Gas! phoenix
Love the light effect here, by Fede Gas! #phoenix
Amazing detailed phoenix with a cross by Swedish master Ellen Westholm! cross phoenix
Amazing detailed phoenix with a cross by Swedish master Ellen Westholm! #cross #phoenix
Great piece by Ink Master's judge Chris Nunez. Phoenix chrisnunez
Great piece by Ink Master's judge Chris Nunez. #Phoenix #chrisnunez
Flames on black by Chad Chase. phoenix chadchase
Flames on black by Chad Chase. #phoenix #chadchase
Pretty phoenix tattoo by Anna Belozyorova. phoenix annabelozyorova
Pretty phoenix tattoo by Anna Belozyorova. #phoenix #annabelozyorova
Great phoenix tattoo by Ali Ersari. Phoenix aliersari
Great phoenix tattoo by Ali Ersari. #Phoenix #aliersari
Nice phoenix tattoo by Alexander Grim. phoenix alexandergrim
Nice phoenix tattoo by Alexander Grim. #phoenix #alexandergrim
Watercolor Madness for Adam Kremer. watercolor adamkremer phoenix
Watercolor Madness for Adam Kremer. #watercolor #adamkremer #phoenix
One design, two artists: here by Russian master Dmitriy Samohin. dmitriysamohin phoenix
One design, two artists: here by Russian master Dmitriy Samohin. #dmitriysamohin #phoenix
The same design, different version by Nick Potter. nickpotter phoenix
The same design, different version by Nick Potter. #nickpotter #phoenix
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Phoenix tattoo by Gege. #gege #Phoenix
Amazing leg sleeve Phoenix by Jo Harrison. phoenix joharrison
Amazing leg sleeve Phoenix by Jo Harrison. #phoenix #joharrison

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