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Feather Tattoos to Tickle Your Fancy

Feather Tattoos to Tickle Your Fancy

Tattoo Ideas1 min Read

Feather tattoos are more than just organic and pretty — they’re also symbols of freedom and inspiration

Feathers, as an icon, can’t really be separated from their animal origins — birds. Each type of feather carries its own significance, due to the color patterning and the bird’s cultural meaning. There is what can be considered the generic feather tattoo, the simple silhouette or shape that implies that a bird of any kind dropped a feather along its travels. When taken at face value, the generic feather has come to represent spirituality and the sacred — birds fly, and their ability to fly has always been closely associated with the heavens. Plus, the other most famous winged icons in western culture (and also one of the other most famous tattoos) is the Angel.

Awesome feather tattoo, Artist unknown. #feather #feathertattoo
Awesome feather tattoo, Artist unknown. #feather #feathertattoo
by Alice Carrier of Wonderland Tattoo in Portland, OR. #feather #feathertattoo
by Alice Carrier of Wonderland Tattoo in Portland, OR. #feather #feathertattoo
Peacock feathers by Katie Shocrylas #feather #feathertattoo
Peacock feathers by Katie Shocrylas #feather #feathertattoo
by Carlos Breakone of Fine Heart Custom Ink #feather #feathertattoo
by Carlos Breakone of Fine Heart Custom Ink #feather #feathertattoo
Red feather by Mark Matias #feather #feathertattoo
Red feather by Mark Matias #feather #feathertattoo
by Lee Wagner #feather #feathertattoo
by Lee Wagner #feather #feathertattoo
by Myra Oh of Orange Park, FL #feather #feathertattoo
by Myra Oh of Orange Park, FL #feather #feathertattoo
by Nancy Abraham #feather #feathertattoo
by Nancy Abraham #feather #feathertattoo
by Alice Kendall #feather #feathertattoo
by Alice Kendall #feather #feathertattoo
Artist unknown. #feather #feathertattoo
Artist unknown. #feather #feathertattoo
by Melissa Daye of Agape Art Collective in Costa Mesa, CA #feather #feathertattoo
by Melissa Daye of Agape Art Collective in Costa Mesa, CA #feather #feathertattoo
by Michael Kenny of London, Ontario #feather #feathertattoo
by Michael Kenny of London, Ontario #feather #feathertattoo
by Jessica White of Reclamare Gallery & Custom Tattoo in Sacramento, CA. #feather #feathertattoo
by Jessica White of Reclamare Gallery & Custom Tattoo in Sacramento, CA. #feather #feathertattoo
Feather tattoo #feather #feathertattoo
Feather tattoo #feather #feathertattoo
by Martin Tran of Chronic Ink Tattoos in Toronto, ON #feather #feathertattoo
by Martin Tran of Chronic Ink Tattoos in Toronto, ON #feather #feathertattoo

Some folks go further: not ready to be satisfied by simply using a real feather, tattoo aficionados have gone further to have feather tattoos inscribed in their skin. General or specific, feather tattoos have a permanent place in our tattoo lexicon, due to their simplicity, ubiquity, and allure.


Hateful Kate
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