Feather tattoos are very popular, mostly among young women who wishes to achieve that 'carefree hippie' vibe.
They also imply a sense of emancipation and light semblance. It also looks less threatening than say, a skull with cross bones, mommy will probably let that one pass. Kidding aside, a feather tattoo is originally a symbol of death. But it also depends on the specific type of bird the feather is from. For example, owl feathers are believed to signify mystery and intelligence. Let's go back a bit with its Native American roots and animism.
The feather tattoo can be traced back to mostly Native American origins, after all, feathers are often used in their rituals. The feather is a big deal to the Native American culture. To them, the feather represents the spirit of the bird. This is why, in some movies, a falling feather serves as a harbinger of things to come.The feather is heavily associated with the spiritual realm. It's also used in clothing, tools, jewelry and many more. Some people get feather tattoos to represent their Native American heritage.
There are many variations of feather tattoos such as dreamcatchers, headdresses and totem poles. Each has different meanings of their own.
Nowadays, feather tattoos are interpreted in many ways. From freedom to courage, everyone has their own version of the meaning behind their tattoos. I hear many people complaining about the lack of imagination with all these girls all getting tattooed with the typical feather exploding to birds and sh**. Well, that's just mean. But we definitely won't be blaming you if the poor girl has got it done by some scratcher.
But all in all, overused and overrated or not, the feather is still a good choice for a tattoo. Artists always find ways in taking it up a notch, and come up with incredible ways in making a simple design stand out. Never ceases to amaze us.
This one's a simple, yet well-done design.
A colorful one with newspaper font style / new school style.
Another colorful one in a geometric design.
A simple design, well-done still.
The jewel is a nice feminine touch!
Can't go wrong with trads.
If you're going to get the feather-turning-into-birds anyway, make sure your artist nails it!
A geometric design, if you're opting for a minimalist and semi-abstract style of feather tattoo.
Two different styles by one talented artist. (Note: the peacock feather symbolizes immortality. Because the peacock is believed to possess flesh that does not decay after death. In India, they are the symbols of beauty, grace and prosperity.)
Bejeweled feathers look so glamorous.
Intense work! This sacred geometry and feather sleeve is totally out of this world.
All works by Dodie of L'Heure Bleue Studio, Lyon, FR. They're all equally beautiful with all those details and baroque design.
A nice custom piece of a compass rose with crossed feathers.
Yet another spin to one of the most overused design today: pastel colors and fine lines.
Check out those plumes!
A bit of quote isn't all that bad.
Brush stroke style is another way to go if you're not into geometrics.
Celebrity feather tattoos
This pair of feather tatts is Dave's favorite, claiming that Kat von D (the artist) talked him into it.
This eagle feather tattoo is one of the late singer's earliest tattoos.
Keeping it elegant and delicate with a light blue feather across her lower shoulder.
Model and actress Erin Wasson, keeping it interesting with a feather underboob ink.