14 Majestic Kiwiana Tui and Fantail Bird Tattoos

Kiwiana icons are what many New Zealanders identify as part of their heritage including their flora and fauna and make beautiful tattoos

New Zealand is a country known in tattoo culture for their Maori heritage of which tattooing was a rite of passage for members of tribes and a symbol of their achievements. This traditional blackwork design has now crossed over into popular tattoo culture and sported by celebs and people alike many of them whose roots lay far from the Maori. 

There are often issues of identity connected to tattooing and for some, it is important that heritage remains true to where you come from. Aside from Maori tattoos New Zealanders also have Kiwiana which is the name given to certain icons and items from their heritage.  These "quirky things that contribute to a sense of nationhood" include both genuine cultural icons and kitsch and also their flora and fauna. 

Sarah CalaveraFrom Tattoodo App
This kiwiana tattoo looks like a beautiful painting #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo  #fantail #newzealand
This kiwiana tattoo looks like a beautiful painting #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #fantail #newzealand


Kiwiana style has worked its way into tattoos too - especially with two iconic birds from New Zealand. The Fantail and Tui bird - often adorned with a beautiful red flower, the Pohutukawa. This tree is found all over the country and flowers all year round. It is commonly referred to as "New Zealand's Christmas Tree". Here are some of the most beautiful Kiwiana fantail and tui bird tattoos from across the web.

Sarah CalaveraFrom Tattoodo App
Minimal palette neo-traditional kiwiana tattoo #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #tui #newzealand
Minimal palette neo-traditional kiwiana tattoo #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #tui #newzealand
Sarah CalaveraFrom Tattoodo App
The Pohutukawa flowers in this design are gorgeous #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo  #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #newzealand
The Pohutukawa flowers in this design are gorgeous #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #newzealand
Sarah CalaveraFrom Tattoodo App
Bold and bight tui bird tattoo and pohutukawa flowers #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #tui #Pohutukawa #newzealand
Bold and bight tui bird tattoo and pohutukawa flowers #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #tui #Pohutukawa #newzealand
Sarah CalaveraFrom Tattoodo App
Beautiful linework on this tui tattoo #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo  #fantail #tui #newzealand
Beautiful linework on this tui tattoo #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #fantail #tui #newzealand
Sarah CalaveraFrom Tattoodo App
This tattoo by Norton Hollows won first place at the NZ International Tattoo Expo held in Tauranga  Photo credit Tracy Hardy #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo  #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #newzealand
This tattoo by Norton Hollows won first place at the NZ International Tattoo Expo held in Tauranga Photo credit Tracy Hardy #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #newzealand
Sarah CalaveraFrom Tattoodo App
Full sleeve tattoo by Adam Craft #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo  #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #adamcraft #newzealand
Full sleeve tattoo by Adam Craft #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #adamcraft #newzealand
Sarah CalaveraFrom Tattoodo App
Leg sleeve tattoo by Adam Craft #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo  #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #Adam Craft #newzealand
Leg sleeve tattoo by Adam Craft #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #Adam Craft #newzealand
Sarah CalaveraFrom Tattoodo App
Full sleeve minimal color tattoo by Adam Craft #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #AdamCraft #newzealand
Full sleeve minimal color tattoo by Adam Craft #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #AdamCraft #newzealand
Sarah CalaveraFrom Tattoodo App
Awesome detailed realism piece #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #fantail #tui #newzealand
Awesome detailed realism piece #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #fantail #tui #newzealand
Sarah CalaveraFrom Tattoodo App
Traditioanl twist on the kiwiana tattoo done by Fabian at Sunset Tattoo, Auckland #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo  #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #traditional #newzealand
Traditioanl twist on the kiwiana tattoo done by Fabian at Sunset Tattoo, Auckland #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #traditional #newzealand
Sarah CalaveraFrom Tattoodo App
Beautiful piece from Otautahitattoo #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #newzealand
Beautiful piece from Otautahitattoo #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #newzealand
Sarah CalaveraFrom Tattoodo App
Stunning colorful fantail from Tiggy Tattoos #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo  #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #newzealand
Stunning colorful fantail from Tiggy Tattoos #kiwiana #bird #birdtattoo #fantail #tui #Pohutukawa #newzealand