11 Tasteful Magpie Tattoos

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Magpie tattoos are a tasteful bird tattoo with deep symbolism and rich meaning!

There are few birds with as much meaning and symbolism as the magpie, historically seen as a dark mischievous bird the magpie has countless beliefs associated with it. In Britain magpies are an ominous image, in France and Italy they are seen as thieves with taste for shiny valuables. German, Russian, Czech, Bulgarian and Polish traditions likewise see the bird as a trickster and thief, while Swedish folklore associates them with witchcraft.

Perhaps the strongest cultural interpretation of magpies comes from the old nursery rhyme One For Sorrow. Which is based on an old superstition of the number of magpies one sees determining whether they will have good or bad luck. A popular version of the rhyme is as follows;

One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret, Never to be told. Eight for a wish, Nine for a kiss, Ten for a bird, You must not miss

Now you've had your fill of magpie folklore and nursery rhymes sit back and enjoy these tasteful magpie tattoos!

Magpie Rose Tattoo by Antony Fleming
Magpie Rose Tattoo by Antony Fleming
Bold Tattoo by Anders Wester
Bold Tattoo by Anders Wester

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